Top GKToday’s News Headlines-5 March 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 5 March, 2020

LALIT KALA AKADEMI AWARDS

President confers 61st annual Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) awards on 15 artists in New Delhi in the presence of LKA Chairman Uttam Pacharne
61st annual Lalit Kala Akademi award winners: Anoop Kumar Manzukhi Gopi, David Malakar, Devendra Kumar Khare, Dinesh Pandya, Faruque Ahmed Halder, Hari Ram Kumbhawat, Keshari Nandan Prasad, Mohan Kumar T, Ratan Krishna Saha, Sagar Vasant Kamble, Satwinder Kaur, Sunil Thiruvayur, Tejaswi Narayan Sonawane, Yashpal Singh and Yashwant Singh

PHASE– II of SBM(G)

  • Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launches Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) [SBM (G)] in Delhi
  • It will focus on sustaining the gains made under the programme in last five years in terms of toilet access and usage.
  • It will ensure that effective solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) is instituted in every Gram Panchayat

INDIA

  • Lalit Kala Akademi organising 61st National Exhibition of Art (March 4-22) and National Kala Mela (March 4-9) in New Delhi; inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel
  • Indian Army’s Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) organising “PRAGYAN CONCLAVE 2020” in New Delhi on March 4-5
  • QS World Ranking for engineering colleges: 5 from India in top-100 — IIT Bombay (44), IIT Delhi (47), IIT Kharagpur (86), IIT Madras (88) and IIT Kanpur (96)
  • QS World Ranking for arts and humanities: JNU at 162nd, Delhi University at 231st
  • Dr Shweta Rawat of Delhi-based Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS) develops Full Body Protector (प्रबला) for safety of female troops on riot control duties
  • IIT Delhi’s Dr. Shalini Gupta develops Septiflo technology for fast and affordable diagnosis and treatment of bacterial septicaemia
  • Kerala govt. issues order capping the retail price of bottled drinking water at Rs 13 per litre
  • Meghalaya CM Conrad K. Sangma lays foundation stone for an integrated sports complex in Tura district named after ex-CM late PA Sangma

10 PSBs TO MERGE INTO 4

  • The government on March 4, 2020 approved a scheme for the amalgamation of 10 state-owned banks into four.
  • Effective from April 1, 2020, the balance sheets as well as stocks of these banks will be integrated.
  • Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, and United Bank of India will combine to form India’s 2nd-largest bank.
  • Canara Bank will take over Syndicate Bank
  • Union Bank of India will be amalgamated with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank
  • Indian Bank will subsume Allahabad Bank
  • After the process is complete, India will have 12 PSBs

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Union Cabinet approves amendments in the Companies Act, 2013; Both listed and unlisted Indian companies allowed to list their shares on overseas stock exchanges
  • The Direct Tax Vivaad Se Vishwas Bill 2020 passed by Lok Sabha; taxpayers can settle disputes by paying just due taxes with complete waiver of interest and penalty by March 31
  • Govt. to amend FDI policy on civil aviation allowing NRIs to acquire 100% equity stake in Air India from 49% earlier
  • SC stays RBI’s April 2018 circular asking banks and FIs to stay away from dealing in crypto currencies, including Bitcoin
  • Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian delivers 7th Dr Raja J Chelliah Memorial Lecture on Ethical Wealth Creation in Chennai
  • FICCI organising India Pharma 2020 & India Medical Device 2020 Conference & Exhibition at Gandhinagar on March 5-7
  • National Safety Day observed by National Safety Council of India on March 4; National Safety Week from March 4
  • AP govt. to permit GMR Group to develop Bhogapuram International Airport near Visakhapatnam

WORLD

  • World Bank President David Malpass unveils USD 12 billion aid package to help countries combat coronavirus outbreak
  • UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore unveils report ‘A New Era for Girls: Taking stock on 25 years of progress’
  • Draft EU law mandates member nations to achieve “climate neutrality” — net zero greenhouse emissions — by 2050

SPORTS

  • BCCI appoints former India spinner Sunil Joshi as Chairman of the national selection panel

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