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Daily Current Affairs – 13th March 2020


1. Wings India 2020 begins

  • Wings India 2020, the four-day civil aviation business exhibition and air show, has begun at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad.
  • The theme of the exhibition is – “Flying for all”.
  • The biennial event being organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will continue till Sunday at the Begumpet airport.
  • The event will have dazzling aerobatics performed twice a day by two teams — Sarang, the helicopter aerobatics team of Indian Air Force and Global Stars team of British pilots on fixed wing aircrafts.
  • The event will also host conferences between various company heads and a CEO’s forum.



2. Stock Market Crash continues amid Coronavirus fears

  • Following the global trend, bloodbath continued on DalalStreet with both Sensex and Nifty hitting their 3-year lows falling by 10 percent to hit lower circuits, after which trading was halted for 45 minutes in line with the SEBI guidelines.
  • Sensex plunged by nearly 3000 points on March 13 to hit low of 29,687; while Nifty fell by nearly 950 points to 8,624.
  • In addition to this, Rupee also hit a fresh record low of Rs 74.48 against the US dollar following the market crash with quick sell-off in domestic equities.
  • In India, Sensex and Nifty crashed by nearly 7 percent. While BSE Sensex fell by nearly 2500 points or by 6.5 per cent to 32,990, NSE Nifty dropped by around 700 points to intra-day low, below 9700 points


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Currently, around 126,490 confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus have been reported from across the world. This figure includes 4.637 deaths and around 68, 315 recoveries.

India currently has 73 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 11 are fresh cases and four patients recovered successfully.



3. ‘Joy Bangla’ to be national slogan of Bangladesh

  • The High Court of Bangladesh has ordered that ‘Joy Bangla’ will be the national slogan of Bangladesh.
  • The two judge bench of High Court asked the authorities to take necessary steps so that all the people holding constitutional posts and state officials use ‘Joy Bangla’ after their speeches on national days and other appropriate occasions.
  • ‘Joy Bangla’ was the main slogan during the liberation war of Bangladesh fought against Pakistan in 1971.
  • The first President of Bangladesh Sheikh MujiburRahman also used ‘Joy Bangla’ in his speeches and especially during his historic 7th March speech in 1971 declaring the goal of independence for Bangladesh.


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BANGLADESH – Capital:Dhaka; Currency:Bangladeshi taka; Anthem: Amar Sonar Bangla;

President: Abdul Hamid; Prime Minister:Sheikh Hasina.



4. Monthly Average balance waived off on 44.51 crore SBI savings bank a/c

  • State Bank of India (SBI) announced that it has decided to waive off maintenance of Monthly Average Balance (MAB) on all 44.51 crore SBI savings bank accounts.
  • Currently, SBI Savings Bank customers need to maintain MAB of Rs 3000, Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 in Metro, Semi-Urban and Rural areas respectively.
  • The bank used to levy a penalty of Rs 5 to Rs 15 + taxes on non-maintenance of MAB.
  • The bank has also waived off SMS charges and has also rationalized interest rate on savings bank accounts to a flat 3 per cent per annum for all buckets.


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SBI – Founded: 1806 as Bank of Calcutta; Renamed in 1840 as Bank of Bombay; In 1843 as Bank of Madras; in 1921 as Imperial Bank of India and finally renamed as State Bank of India in 1955;

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra; Chairman:Rajnish Kumar.



5. WEF’s Young Global Leaders list

  • World Economic Forum (WEF) named Byju Classes’ founder ByjuRaveendran and Zomato’s co-founder Gaurav Gupta in its new list of 115 Young Global Leaders.
  • The other three Indians on the list are Tara Singh Vachani (CEO of Antara Senior Living), VinatiMutreja (Managing Director and CEO, Vinati Organics Limited), and SwapanMehra (CEO, Iora Ecological Solutions).
  • Announcing the list, Geneva-based WEF said these ‘change-makers’ from as many as 52 countries are working in areas ranging from revamping of health systems to investigating corruption while using their power of the under 40s to change the world.
  • Raveendran, who launched Byju’s as a learning app in 2015, calls himself a teacher by choice and an entrepreneur by chance.
  • Gupta’s Zomato has been a pioneering food technology start-up, which he launched as a table reservation business and then scaled it up across India, the UAE and Australia.



6.Main national event for International Day of Yoga to be held in Leh

  • The main national event for the International Day of Yoga will be held in Leh, the capital of Ladakh this year.
  • The event, which is held on the 21st of June every year, will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The event promises to be unique and different since such a large congregation for Yoga will be taking place in a high altitude location like Leh for the first time.
  • The Prime Minister is expected to carry out yogasanas based on Common Yoga Protocol along with an anticipated gathering of 15 to 20 thousand people on the Yoga Day at Leh.


7. Surjit Singh Deswal gets additional charge of BSF DG

  • Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Haryana cadre Surjit Singh Deswal took over the additional charge of Director General (DG) of Border Security Force (BSF).
  • Deswal, a 1984-batch IPS officer, is currently the Director-General of Indo-Tibet Border Police.
  • He has succeeded Director-General VivekJohri, who has been appointed Director-General of Madhya Pradesh Police.


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