1. Chris Gayle Became First Player to Smash 500 Sixes In International Cricket
West Indies opener Chris Gaybecameome the first batsman ever to smash 500 or more sixes in international cricket. In the 4th ODI against England in Grenada, Gayle scored 162 runs.
- His innings contained a staggering 14 sixes and powered the Windies to their highest-ever ODI score of 389.
- Chris Gayle blasted 162 off just 97 balls against England in the fourth ODI at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada. But his blazing knock was not enough as West Indies fell short of England’s total of 418 for 6 by 29 runs.
2. Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar takes over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command
Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, who played a prominent role in the Kargil Operations has taken over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force.
- The Air Marshal is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Air Force as a Fighter Pilot in June 1981.
- The Air Marshal reviewed a ceremonial Guard of Honour yesterday and outlined his vision for the Western Air Command. He exhorted all personnel to work with zeal and enthusiasm so as to enable Western Air Command to fulfill the objectives of the IAF and the nation at large.
- The Air Marshal is an Experimental Test Pilot and has flown about 42 types of aircraft.
3. Sanath Jayasuriya banned for 2 years after ICC anti-corruption probe
The former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned for two years from all cricket-related activity by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit.
- He was punished for refusing to co-operate with investigations concerning corruption in the country.
- Jayasuriya played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s for Sri Lanka and was also a former captain during his illustrious career between 1989-2011.
4. Ravneet Gill is appointed as MD and CEO of Yes Bank
Ravneet Gill, Former India chief of Deutsche Bank, took charge as the Managing Director (MD) and chief executive officer of private sector lender Yes Bank. He will have a three-year term.
- Mr.Gill succeeds Rana Kapoor, the co-founder of the bank, whose term ended on January 31, 2019. Mr.Ajai Kumar, one of the board members, was appointed as the interim CEO after Mr. Kapoor’s term ended.
- Yes Bank decided to search for a new chief executive after the RBI declined to extend Mr.Kapoor’s tenure beyond January 31, 2019, though the board had endorsed a three-year extension.
The National Housing Bank (NHB) has been set up to operate as the principal agency to promote housing finance institutions in India.
- Up till now, the authorized capital of NHB stands at ₹2,000 crore of which ₹1,450 crore has been subscribed by RBl. Currently, the capital is fully subscribed by RBl.
- NHB is an apex agency established to operate as the principal agency to promote housing finance institutions in India. The wholesale financing role of NHB will get strengthened with the transfer of ownership to Government, thereby making possible augmented funding support to housing finance companies. The change in ownership from RBI to Gol will also segregate RBI’s role as the banking regulator and as an owner of NHB.
6. IIT (BHU) scientist discovered tadpole-like jets on Sun
Scientists led by IIT (BHU) researcher Abhishek Srivastava have discovered tadpole-shaped jets coming out of regions with intense magnetic fields on the Sun.
- Formally called pseudo-shocks, the “tadpoles” are made entirely of plasma, which accounts for an estimated 99% of the observable universe.
- It could help understand why corona (Sun’s upper atmosphere) is over 200 times hotter than its surface.
7. 25th Prime Minister’s Trophy for the year 2016-17 presented in New Delhi
The 25th Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plants for the year 2016-17 was presented in New Delhi.
- Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur, bagged the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the Best Overall Performance along with a cash prize of 2 Crore rupees.
- Tata Steel was able to set new benchmarks in productivity and techno-economics in 2016-17 for the domestic steel industry.
- The Steel Minister’s Trophy along with a cash prize of 1 Crore rupees was bagged by JSW Steel Limited – Vijayanagar Works for 2nd Best Overall Performance among other participating Plants.
8. Government to celebrate ‘Poshan Pakhwada’ from 8th to 22nd March 2019 across the Country
The Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi announced that the Government will celebrate the first anniversary of POSHAN Abhiyaan on 8th March 2019 by organizing Poshan Pakhwada across the Country.
- The key activities including Poshan Melas, Rally on nutrition at all level, Prabhat Pheree, Session on nutrition at schools, self-help group meetings, anemia camps will be carried out during the event.
- The Poshan Pakhwada will be celebrated on lines of ‘Poshan Maah’ held in the month of September 2018.
- The Pakhwada will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019.
9. Govt bans Jamat-e-Islami J&K for 5 years
The Centre has banned the Jamat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir for five years under the anti-terror law.
- The Jamaat is in close touch with terror outfits and is supporting extremism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere.
- The notification comes barely a few days after the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested around 100 cadres of the group in the state.
- The crackdown comes after February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.