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1. Indian Railways Launches Its First ‘Restaurant On Wheels’
- Indian Railways has launched its first ‘Restaurant on Wheels’ at the circulating area of Asansol railway station for the use of passengers as well as the general public.
- The Restaurant on Wheels was developed by refurbishing two over-aged MEMU coaches.
- This unique effort will not only improve the facilities at Asansol station but will also generate non-fare revenue earnings approximately Rs 50 lakh in the next five years.
- The Minister also launched other passenger amenities at Asansol Station including Electronic Reservation Chart Display System (Developed through MPLAD fund), which will provide easy access to information about the reservation status in different trains.
- Indian Railways has also installed a squat machine at Anand Vihar railway station in Delhi where a person can earn a free platform ticket if he/she performs 30 squats in 180 seconds to encourage Fir India Movement.
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Indian Railways is amongst the biggest train systems in the world, and it operates around 13,000 passenger trains every day.
2. MuhyiddinYassin takes oath as Malaysia’s new Prime Minister
- MuhyiddinYassin took oath as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia despite opposition from former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad, who slammed the move as illegal.
- The swearing-in ceremony took place at the national palace in Kuala Lumpur.He heads a coalition government, which is dominated by the nation’s ethnic Malay Muslim majority.
- The appointment came after this week’s shock resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a move that plunged the country into crisis following a weekend of political wrangling and the collapse of the ruling alliance.
- Under the Malaysian Constitution, the King appoints the Prime Minister based on the majority commanded by him in the Malaysian Parliament’s lower house, Dewan Rakyat.
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MALAYSIA – Capital: Kuala Lumpur; Currency: Ringgit.
3. Samsung Mobile is India’s most desired brand
- Korean electronics giant Samsung has trumped competitors to emerge at the top in TRA Research’s Most Desired Brands list for India.
- SAMSUNG bagged three ranks in the top 10.
- Its mobile phones grabbed the numerouno spot for the second time in a row.
- Samsung’s diversified consumer electronics division was placed at the third spot in the Top 20 list; and
- It also bagged the seventh spot in the televisions category.
- It had also led TRA’s Most Desired list in 2013, 2015 and 2018.
- Apple’s iPhone jumped one rank over the previous year to secure the second place among this year’s most desired list.
- Sony TV, made a debut in this year’s list, by occupying the fourth position, followed byMaruti Suzuki at the fifth spot.
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SAMSUNG – Founded:1 March 1938; Headquarters:Seoul, South Korea.
4. Ooty translator wins Sahitya Akademi prize
- Susan Daniel, a resident of Ooty, has been conferred with the SahityaAkademi’s translation prize, 2019, for translating Padma Shri DevenooraMahadeva’s critically acclaimed Kannada novel ‘Kusumabale’ into English.
- Published in 1988, Kusumabale is a classic work in Kannada literature.
- The translated version of the novel was released by the Oxford University Publication in 2015.
- In 2015, the Karnataka government had bestowed on her award for the best translator of a full novel from Kannada to English.
5. JadavPayeng awarded Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award
- Assam’s eminent environmental activistand Forest Man of IndiaJadavPayeng will be awarded with Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award for his efforts in creating a man-made forest through reforestation.
- Padma Shri Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng is a Mishing tribe environmental activist and forestry worker from Jorhat, Assam. He planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve.
- The forest, called ‘Molai’ forest after him, is located near Kokilamukh in Jorhat, Assam.
- JadavPayeng is now scripting a new conservation story – a book on the protection of the environment.
6. India withdraws from Shooting World Cup citing coronavirus threat
- India withdrew itself from the upcoming shooting World Cup is scheduled to be held in the Eastern Mediterranean island nation from March 4-13, 2020, citing the threat of novel coronovirus (COVID-19).
- The World Cup is recognised by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
- Six countries have already withdrawn from the shooting World Cup including China, North Korea, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, Hong Kong and Macau as they are on complete lockdown.
- Earlier, Indian Government had refused to grant visas to Chinese wrestlers to participate in the Asian Wrestling Championship held in New Delhi.
- COVID-19 has killed over 2800 people and infected over 80000 people. South Korea has reported the largest number of coronavirus cases outside China.
7. Om Birla launches ‘SuposhitMaaAbhiyaan’
- Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla recently launched a national campaign – “SuposhitMaa Abhiyan” from Kota, Rajasthan, to create malnutrition-free India.
- The Campaign will support adolescent girls and pregnant women in the country.
- About 1000 kits of 17 kg balanced diet including wheat, gram, maize, and millet flour, jaggery, oatmeal, lentils, large soybean, ghee, groundnut, roasted gram, dates, and rice, were provided to 1,000 pregnant women in the first phase of the campaign.
- The campaign will not only look after pregnant women but also newborn babies.
- According to the plan, 1000 women will be given food for 1 month for 12 months. At the same time, the health of the child, including medical examination, blood, medicine, delivery, will be taken care of.
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