1. 04 March as National Safety Day
The National Safety Council observes a National Safety Day (NSD) across India annually on March 4.
- The National Safety Day aims to promote safety guidelines in logistics, production, construction, transport, research, and development and other important aspects of an industry.
- The first observance of National Safety Day took place in 1966, on the day when the National Safety Council (NSC) was founded.
- Its headquarters is situated in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- This year’s theme is “Enhance Health & Safety Performance by Use of Advanced Technology”.
2. 03 March as World Wildlife Day
Every year on 03 March, World Wildlife Day, also known as WWD, is celebrated across the world.
- The objective of World Wildlife Day is to acknowledge the importance of wildlife species in maintaining ecological balance on Earth and to create awareness among humans about the importance of wildlife and tries to curb the various dangers directed towards the flora and fauna.
- The theme for World Wildlife Day 2020 was “Sustaining All Life on Earth”
3. Arunachal Pradesh Assembly becomes paperless
The Budget session of the 7th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly has begun in AP.
- The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly is going paperless on with the implementation of e-Vidhan, a project under the Digital India programme.
- With the implementation of the e-Vidhan project, MLAs can access every information regarding the Legislative Assembly, see the list of business and read questions and other documents related to the proceedings of the House through their laptop and tablet computers.
- This initiative will make all the housework paperless.
4. Tripura Govt and AAI signed MoU for construction of 6 equipment hiring centers
In Manu Block under the Dhalai District of Tripura, Tripura State Government and Airport Authority of India has signed an MoU for the construction of six equipment hiring centers. This project has been taken as part of the Airport Authority of India’s Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
- Equipment related to agriculture, animal husbandry, and fisheries will be kept in the equipment hiring centers.
- The types of equipment will be rented to needy farmers, self-help groups and any other needy at the least cost.
5. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declares victory in general elections
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in the general elections held. This election was Israel’s third in less than a year.
- With 90% of votes counted, his Likud party and its right-wing allies were on course to win 59 seats.
- Neither of the two main party leaders was able to command a majority in the 120-seat parliament following the last two rounds.
- Mr. Netanyahu, 70, is Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. He is seeking a record fifth term, having been in office from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2009.
Israel parliament: Knesset
6. The government launched ‘Humsafar’ mobile app for doorstep diesel delivery
Housing societies, hotels, and hospitals in the national capital region will soon be able to get diesel delivered at their doorsteps, with the launch of mobile application ‘Humsafar’ by Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar.
- The main idea of introducing this service is to help entities such as housing societies, industries and malls avoid the hassle of transporting large amounts of fuel from the fuel station to the desired destination.
- The app will be used for the fuel delivery services to housing societies, hotels, hospitals, malls, construction sites, industries, banquets and other bulk buyers of diesel in various national capital region cities, including Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Hapur, Kundli, Manesar, and Bahadurgarh.
- The major benefits of diesel delivery service are good quality and quantity of fuel delivered, live tracking of the delivery vehicle, automated billing, delivery within 8 hours and no spillage and wastage of fuel.
7. Indian-American designated key member of US coronavirus task force
Indian-American Seema Verma has been appointed as one of the key members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force constituted by US President Donald Trump.
- The task force is led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and is coordinated through the National Security Council.
- The Task Force has been created to combat the deadly disease that has claimed six lives in the country and infected over 90 others.
8. Lalit Kala Akademi’s 61st annual awards presented by Prez Kovind to 15 artists
Lalit Kala Akademi’s 61st annual awards conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind to 15 artistes at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The fifteen artists were selected by an esteemed panel of Jury for the 61st annual awards.
- The awardees include Anoop Kumar Manzukhi Gopi (Thrissoor, Kerala), David Malakar (Kolkata, West Bengal), Devendra Kumar Khare (Vadodara, Gujarat), Dinesh Pandya (Mumbai, Maharashtra), Faruque Ahmed Halder (24 Parganas, Kolkata, West Bengal), Hari Ram Kumbhawat (Jaipur, Rajasthan).
- Lalit Kala Akademi awards are given to recognize outstanding work in the field of art.
- The awardees honoured with a plaque, a shawl and prize money of one lakh rupees during the felicitation ceremony.
9. Historic city square in Jammu renamed as ‘Bharat Mata Chowk’
The historic City Chowk, the commercial hub in old Jammu, was renamed as ‘Bharat Mata Chowk’.
- The renaming of the chowk drew mixed reactions from the people with most of them welcoming the decision but urged the JMC to focus more on development and cleanliness rather than changing names.
- The starting point of the circular road near Panjtirthi in the city was named by the JMC as ‘Atal Chowk’ in the memory of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- Every year people are hoisting the tricolor on Republic and Independence days in this chowk.