One liners 4th March

• SpaceX successfully launched a new astronaut capsule on a week-long round trip to the International Space Station (ISS). It is a key step towards resuming manned space flights from U.S. soil after an eight-year break.

• Scientists from NASA, the U.S. space agency, have reproduced deep ocean conditions in the lab to re-create a life that could have formed on the sea floor four billion years ago. The study focuses on how the building blocks of life form in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

• International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appeal to isolate Pakistan from the list of nations that supports terrorism. The announcement was made at the ICC board meeting in Dubai.

• Macky Sall has been re-elected as the President of Senegal. He won the re-election with 58.27% of votes cast. Under the election system of Senegal if a candidate wins more than 50% votes there would be no second round voting and he would be announced the winner.

• The Reserve Bank of India constituted an eight-member task force on offshore rupee markets, headed by Usha Thorat former Deputy Governor, to look into issues related to the markets and recommend appropriate policy measures to ensure the stability of the external value of the rupee.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday following heightened tensions with Pakistan.

• Shashank Shekhar won the 10-kilometre race of Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Open Marathon and Run for Fun which was held in Nepal’s Capital- Kathmandu. This event is an annual event organized by the Nepal Army.

• External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the plenary session of the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states in Abu Dhabi.

• External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the plenary session of the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states in Abu Dhabi.

• The government has approved a Rs 14,000-crore special economic zone (SEZ) project of Adani Power in Jharkhand, which will export the entire power generated in the Unit to Bangladesh. It will be ready by the end of 2022.

• Bhagwan Lal Sahni from Muzaffarpur, Bihar has been appointed as the chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The commission consists of one chairman and five Members with the term of three years.

• SKOCH award, the highest independent honour in the country, was given to Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) for the first time for its remarkable achievements in the field of disaster management.

• Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has been reappointed as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for the third consecutive time. This three-year stint will end in 2021 and be his final term as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.

• The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) created the Guinness World Record for ‘longest single line bicycle parade (moving)’ in Noida, to mark the 50 years of the paramilitary force.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared April 2019-March 2020 as Construction-Technology year at the Construction Technology India-2019 Expo-cum-conference in New Delhi.

• The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has approved the re-appointment of P K Bezbaruah as the Chairman of Tea Board for a second tenure. He was the first non-IAS chairman of the Tea Board.

• This train will be the fastest in the Chennai-Madurai corridor and is India’s first semi-high speed fully AC luxury train. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for two other projects which will boost rail infrastructure in Tamil Nadu.

• For the AK-203 Assault Rifles, the deal was signed between the OFB (Ordnance Factories Board) and the Russian company Concern Kalashnikov. The AK-203 rifles, the latest derivative of the AK-47 rifles, will be produced at the Indian Ordnance Factory at Amethi’s Korwa.

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