1. World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day is an annual event that aims to provide a celebration of sleep and action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects, and driving.
- It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society and aims to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.
- World Sleep Day is held on the Friday before the spring vernal equinox of each year. In 2020, today is Friday, March 13, 2020, and future date will be Friday, March 12, 2021.
2. India is the second-largest importer of weapons in 2019
A new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute states that India ranks as the second-largest arms importer in the world after Saudi Arabia and Pakistan ranked 11th.
- The SIPRI report describes how Russia gradually lost the lucrative Indian arms market, although communist countries remain a major supplier.
- Although India remains the main recipient of Russian arms in 2015–2019, accounting for 25% of the total, Russian arms exports to India fell by 47 percent between 2010–14 and 2015–19.
3. India enters in Indian Ocean Commission as fifth observer
India is admitted as an observer country to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC: Commission de l’Océan Indien, COI).
- It was decided to make India the fifth observer at the IOC Conference of Ministers in Seychelles.
- The other four observers are China, the European Union, Malta, and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).
- The member states are known as erstwhile French colonies or partly British, partly French colonies.
4. Ranchi University launched its own Community Radio Station
On International Women’s Day, Ranchi University has launched its own Community Radio Station – RADIO KHANCHI 90.4 FM Aap Sabka Radio.
- This Radio Station is dedicated to all women who have always remained the driving force behind every man.
Radio Khanchi is the first university in the Eastern Region to be a community radio station by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and under Ranchi University sponsored by the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jharkhand.
- The radio will provide support to the students of the university which is spread over a campus of more than 15 km.
- Students will be able to get information about educational, cultural, examination, important dateline and placement related activities and programs.
5. Paytm, Hyderabad Metro tie-up for QR-based tickets
Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd has started Paytm’s QR-code-based metro ticketing system.
- The new service will enable commuters to travel seamlessly to buy tokens at metro stations and avoid queues.
- They can now simply purchase a QR ticket on their Paytm app, which can be displayed at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates to proceed for the journey.
- This facility will help more than 14 lakh smartcard holders using the metro service.
- The company plans to expand the service of metro-feeder buses to assure last-mile connectivity in the city.
6. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer announced his retirement
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in Mumbai. Internationally, he played 31 Tests, scoring 1,944 runs at an average of 34.11.
- 42-year-old Jaffer had captured a mountain of runs in a brilliant first-class career, which was almost a quarter-century away.
- Mumbaikar leaves the scene as the only batsman to score 12,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy and also has the highest number of first-class centuries to his name.
7. Indian runner Prachi conditionally suspended after testing positive for Oxandrolone
After testing positive for the presence of a steroid Oxandrolone, Indian runner (400m) Prachi has been provisionally suspended. Her sample was collected in Patiala on December 30, 2019.
- The provisional suspension becomes effective from February 20, 2020.
- Oxandrolone is a prohibited substance, which is a non-specified substance-Anabolic Androgenic Steroid as per the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and NADA list.
8. Gujarat topped in domestic solar rooftop installations
With 50,915 systems installed on domestic roofs in the state, Gujarat topped the list in the installation of solar rooftop plants across the country.
- Maharashtra comes with 5,513 establishments.
- Of 79,950 systems installed across the country, Gujarat has topped with 64 percent or two-thirds of total domestic solar rooftop installations.
- The total capacity of 50,915 systems installed in the state is 177.67 MW, while the total installed systems across the country have a combined capacity of 322 MW.
- The state government has adopted a solar rooftop scheme ‘Surya Gujarat’ by 2022 to cover around eight lakh domestic electricity consumers under the scheme.
9. Andhra Pradesh CM issued ‘NIGHA’ app to ensure ‘clean’ poll
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has started the ‘NIGHA’ app.
- The purpose of this app is to ensure ‘clean and healthy’ elections in local body elections and to curb the use of money and alcohol.
- The Panchayat Raj Department has set up the NIGHA app to empower the common citizens to redress grievances in order to check the electoral maliciousness.
- Anyone can download the NIGHA app on their smartphone.
- Photos and videos of distribution of money and liquor and any other activity that violates the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) can be registered through this app.
- All the complaints registered by this app will automatically reach the central control room and the information will be shared with the concerned authorities.
10. Tahira is to launch her book ”The 12 commandments of Being A Woman”
Writer-filmmaker Tahira Kashyap has announced on International Women’s Day that she is coming up with her new book, titled “The 12 commandments of Being A Woman”.
- The book will be published by Juggernaut Books later this year.
- Tahira Kashyap is an Indian Writer, Professor, and Theatre Director and is the wife of well known Bollywood Actor, Ayushmann Khurrana.
- Her earlier written books are “I Promise” and “Souled Out”.