1. Kylie Jenner becomes a youngest self-made billionaire at 21
American reality television personality ‘Kylie Jenner’ (21-years) has been named the youngest-ever, self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine (move over Mark Zuckerberg).
Facebook’s Zuckerberg was 23 when he hit the big B mark.
According to Forbes magazine, Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics is worth at least USD 900 million, and she owns it all.
She has starred in the E! reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians since 2007 and is the founder and owner of cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics.
She also released a mobile app that reached number one on the iTunes App Store.
2. TVS Motor Company wins Green Era Award for Sustainability
TVS Motor Company has won the International Sustainability Award ‘Green Era Award for Sustainability’ (second time) in Lisbon, Portugal.
The company also won the ‘Quality and Business Excellence Award’ in acknowledgement of its endeavour to create new benchmarks in product quality.
TVS Motor Company bagged the award because of its sincere commitment towards being a responsible manufacturer.
The awards are based on the conclusion of the research team of Otherways Management & Consulting, France.
The ‘Green Era Award for Sustainability’ was set up to recognize the true global exemplars who have been innovative and creative in pursuing the sustainable imperative.
TVS Motor Company is a multinational motorcycle company headquartered at Chennai, India.
3. Former union minister Dhananjay Kumar passes away
Former Union Minister V. Dhananjay Kumar (67-years) passes away in Mangaluru after a prolonged illness.
Kumar (four-time Lok Sabha member) worked in all of Karnataka’s three main parties, including the Congress, BJP and Janata Dal (Secular).
As a cabinet minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he handled Civil aviation and tourism ministry (16 May – 2 June 1996) and later, handled finance (1999-2000) and textiles (2000-2002) as a minister of state.
His journey in the electoral politics began from 1983 when he first became an MLA from BJP.
4. ISRO launches ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ for school children
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched Young Scientist Programme “Yuva Vigyani Karyakram”, for the School Children to be studying in the ninth standard.
ISRO Scientists will impart basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the young ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities.
Two weeks “Catch them young” residential training programme will be held during summer holidays to select 3 students from each State and Union Territory, covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus.
The government has asked scientific institutions in the country to mentor young minds in the area of basic science.
It has approached the Chief Secretaries of the respective States and Administrators of Union Territories in India to arrange for the selection of three students and communicate the list to ISRO.
The selection is based on academic performance and extracurricular activities.
5. Maharashtra Cabinet clears 29-kilometre metro line for Thane
Maharashtra state cabinet chaired by Devendra Fadnavis approved the 29-kilometre metro line for Thane.
It will feature 22 stations along a 29 kilometres route, connected to lines 4 and 5 of the Mumbai Metro.
The project will take four years to be completed and will be built at a cost of nearly 13,095 crore rupees.
The metro will start from the New Thane metro station in the old city area and will connect to Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro at two places, namely the New Thane station and Dongripada.
It will also have a link to the Thane-Bhiwandi- Kalyan Metro Line 5 at Majiwada junction.
Thane Metro project will be implemented by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro).
6. Google getting rid of the ability to unlock mobile phones with Voice Match
The search-engine giant ‘Google’ is getting rid of the ability to unlock mobile phones with Voice Match and the ‘Ok Google’ command.
Google has decided to limit this unlock feature to only launch the Assistant interface on the lock screen instead of unlocking the Android device based on voice match.
A few devices have already lost the functionality with the Google app’s 9.27.
For users, this will mean a loss of functionality, but a significant gain in terms of security.
7. Smriti Irani inaugurates refurbished Handloom Haat at Janpath, New Delhi
The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the refurbished Handloom Haat at Janpath in New Delhi.
The main objective of the Haat is to provide infrastructure support to handloom agencies to augment their sales of handloom products and to showcase the exquisite variety of products produced all over the country.
To make the building of Haat more attractive, the refurbishing work was taken up in 2018.
Mrs Irani also launched the three projects which are Trend Forecasting, Design Innovation Incubator and Textiles and Crafts Repository.
8. Karnataka launches ‘Jalamrutha’ scheme for water conservation
Karnataka chief minister ‘H D Kumaraswamy’ has initiated the ‘Jalamrutha’ initiative which is a water conservation scheme.
The objective of the initiative to create awareness among the people of the state about the invaluable nature of water and the need to conserve it at any cost.
The state of Karnataka has announced the year 2019 as ‘Jalavarsha (year of water)’.
9. Govt fixes sugar sale quota for March
The Union government has fixed sugar sale quota for March month to each of the 524 mills in the country.
Sugar mills can sell 24.5 lakh tonne of the sweetener in the open market in the current month.
According to Ministry, mills can sell sugar at a minimum selling price of 31 rupees per kg (earlier 29 rupees per kg) to realise maximum revenue and clear cane price arrears of farmers.
10. India signs a loan agreement with World Bank Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project
As per Finance Ministry release, India signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for 96 Million US dollars for additional financing of Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project.
The World Bank has been supporting the State Government since 2014 to restore housing and rural connectivity and to build the resilience of communities.
The additional financing of 96 million US dollars will further help in the reconstruction of bridges, road and river bank protection works in the state.
The Project has completed more than two thousand permanent houses and 23 public buildings and restored over one thousand 300 kilometres of roads and 16 bridges so far.
11. Bhagwan Lal Sahni appointed Chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Bhagwan Lal Sahni as the chairman of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
Kaushalendra Singh Patel, Sudha Yadav and Achary Talloju have been appointed as members of the commission.
The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) was given constitutional status by Parliament in 2018, after repealing the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.
12. Yonex All England Championships 2019 begins today
The Yonex All England Championships 2019 begins at Arena Birmingham in England, organized by Badminton England and sanctioned by the BWF (6th to 10th March 2019).
Only the top 32 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings qualify for the tournament.
Prakash Padukone became the first Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships.
It has a total purse of USD 1,000,000.
Pullela Gopichand won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone (1980).
Indian Players participating in Yonex AEC-2019:
Manu Attri- BS Reddy
B Sai Praneeth
Meghna Jakkampudi – PS Ram
Ashwini Ponappa – N Sikki Reddy
Pranaav Jerry Chopra – N Sikki Reddy
‘Thoughts of the day’
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
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