Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – March 12, 2019
India slips to 2nd spot; Saudi tops in Arms import: SIPRI report
After almost a decade, India has slipped to the second spot among the arms importing countries of the world. With 12% share of the global arms trade, Saudi Arabia now tops the list of importers eclipsing India, which now occupies the second spot in the list with a share of 9.5%, according to the latest report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) that keeps a tab on the arms trade around the world. India’s sliding down between 2009-13 and 2014-18 is due to delays in the deliveries of arms produced under license from foreign suppliers, such as (Su-30MKI) combat aircraft ordered from Russia in 2001 and (Scorpene) submarines ordered from France in 2008, says the report.
Pinaka guided weapons system successfully test fired
DRDO on 11th March successfully test fired the PINAKA guided WEAPON rocket system from Pokhran range in Rajasthan. An official release said the weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. The weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies.
34th edition of AAHAR – International Food and Hospitality fair-begins in New Delhi
The 34th edition of AAHAR – the International Food and Hospitality fair – began at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on 11th March. Our correspondent reports that Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the fair. The fair will feature a wide range of food products, machinery, hospitality and Decoration and Confectionery items from over 560 participants from India and abroad.
Prominent personalities conferred with Padma awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan
President Ram Nath Kovind on 11th March conferred the Padma awards to 56 of the 112 personalities, chosen for this year’s honor, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Padma awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, the second, third and fourth highest civilian awards of the country respectively, only after Bharat Ratna.
- Four recipients were bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan award — Singer Teejan Bai from Chhattisgarh (art-vocals-folk), Anilkumar Manibhai Naik from Maharashtra (trade and industry-infrastructure), Balwant Moreshwar Purandare from Maharashtra (art-acting-theatre) and Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh (public affairs).
- The President conferred the Padma Bhushan award upon journalist Kuldip Nayar (posthumous), and actor Mohanlal among others.
- Prominent personalities conferred with the Padma Shri award included — director and actor Prabhu Deva for the field of art – dance, singer and music director Shankar Mahadevan, veteran actor Kader Khan (posthumous), Bajrang Punia for the field of sports- Wrestling, Indian national kabaddi team’s captain Ajay Thakur and table tennis player Sharath Kamal and grandmaster Harika Dronavalli. Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Indian percussionist Anandan Sivamani were also bestowed with the prestigious Padma Shri award at the function.
Mizoram’s first Lokayukta sworn-in
Retired IAS officer C Lalsawta becomes the first Lokayukta of Mizoram. Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered him the oath of office at the Raj Bhawan in Aizawl. An official said Chief Minister Zoramthanga, other ministers, Assembly Speaker, and others attended the ceremony.
‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan appointed a principal advisor to MRTS in J&K
The Jammu and Kashmir Governor administration has approved the appointment of “Metro Man” E Sreedharan as the principal advisor to two mass rapid transit systems to be built in Jammu and Srinagar, an official said Sunday. Sreedharan, a retired IES (IRSE) officer, is popularly known as the “Metro Man” for changing the face of public transport in the country with his leadership of building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro.
The World Wide Web turns 30
On March 12, 1989, 33-years-old, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, working at Europe’s CERN lab had submitted the ‘Information Management: A Proposal’ to his boss which we today know as the birth of the World Wide Web. Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP. The Web has also become a decentralized community, founded on principles of universality, consensus, and bottom-up design.