Top GKToday’s News Headlines-12 March 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 12 March, 2020

INDIA

  • Director General Indo-Tibetan Border Police S. S. Deswal given additional charge of the DG BSF
  • Suspension of 7 Congress Lok Sabha MPs revoked by Speaker Om Birla; were suspended on March 5 on charges of “gross misconduct” in the House
  • PM Modi to lead International Yoga Day (June 21) event in Leh this year
  • Rajya Sabha approves minor changes made by Lok Sabha in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order Amendment Bill, 2019; bill includes Parivara and Talawara tribal communities of Karnataka in ST category

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • SBI waives minimum balance requirement for all savings bank (SB) accounts; interest rate on all SB accounts lowered to 3%
  • Five Indians named by World Economic Forum (WEF) in its new list of 115 Young Global Leaders (under the age of 40): Tara Singh Vachani (CEO of Antara Senior Living), Vinati Mutreja (MD and CEO, Vinati Organics Ltd), and Swapan Mehra (CEO, Iora Ecological Solutions), Byju Classes’ founder Byju Raveendran and Zomato’s co-founder Gaurav Gupta.

SIPRI

  • According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US was world’s largest exporter of major arms in 2015-2019 with a 36% market share.
  • India was world’s second largest importer of major arms behind Saudi Arabia and 23rd largest exporter in 2015-2019
  • Russia accounted for 56% of major arms imported by India in 2015-2019 followed by Israel (14%) and France (12%)

WORLD

  • World Economic Forum launches ‘COVID Action Platform’ with WHO’s support for collective action by global business community to combat coronavirus impact
  • Russian parliament approves amendments in constitution allowing President Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 12 years after his current term ends in 2024

SPORTS

  • Asian Olympic Qualifiers Boxing tournament in Amman (Jordan): Vikas Krishan (men’s 69 kg) gets silver medal
  • Pankaj Advani clinches National 6-Red Snooker Championship in Ahmedabad

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