PLACES IN NEWS - 2019 March

March 1

Railways Minister announced new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh
The new railway zone, Southern Coast Railway will be headquartered in Visakhapatnam.
It will be the 18th zone in the country.
The new zone will comprise the existing Guntakal, Guntur and Vijayawada divisions that currently fall under the South Central Railway.
The cost of creating infrastructure for a new zone is around Rs. 205 crore.

March 4

Prime Minister Modi inaugurates Ahmedabad Metro first phase
After inaugurating the 6.5 km stretch, connecting Vastral to Apparel park area here, Modi also took a ride on the metro.
The Ahmadabad Metro first phase will be 40 km long, of which 6.5 km is underground and the remaining stretch is elevated.It has two corridors - one from Vastral to Thaltej Gam and the other from Gyaspur depot to Motera stadium.
The Union Cabinet had given approval for the Phase-2 of Ahmadabad Metro Rail Project in February 2019. Phase-2 will be just over 28-km long.
According to the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation, These metro Projects will not only add to connectivity but will also reduce the travel time and enhance the ease of living substantially in the urban areas.

March 6

Secretary, DEPwD Lays Foundation Stone of ‘National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation’ at Sehore, Madhya Pradesh
This Institute will be first of its kind in the country. The Central Government has approved an outlay of Rs 180 crore for this project for an initial period of three years.

March 7

Malaysia joins International Criminal Court
Malaysia has become a member of the International Criminal Court, in a boost for the beleaguered institution at a time it faces growing criticism.
The International Criminal Court is the world's only permanent war crimes court and aims to prosecute the worst abuses when national courts are unable or unwilling.
Malaysia becomes the 124th member of the court since its establishment in 2002.

'Azaadi Ke Diwane' museum inaugurated at Red Fort
Union Minister Mahesh Sharmainaugurated ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ museum, dedicated to the unsung heroes of the country’s freedom struggle, on the Red Fort premises.
According to the Mahesh Sharma, This new museum ‘AzaadikeDiwane’ is started in the series of KrantiMandir to inspire the younger generation and let them know the cost of freedom that the great fighters achieve by sacrificing their lives.
The museum is a modern, state-of-the-art, informative and educational exhibition involving multi-sensory technology to engage the visitors.

March 8

PM launches Integrated Command, Control Centres Flags off Nagpur Metro
The Prime Minister flagged off the first phase of a 13.5 kilometre stretch of the Nagpur Metro through video-conferencing from New Delhi.
The Smart City Command and Control Centres use digital technology to integrate different service networks.

March 9

Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh To Get National Committee Law Tribunal (NCLT) Benches
The Government has approved establishment of two new benches of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), one at Amravati in Andhra Pradesh and the other at Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
This step has been taken keeping in view the increasing case load, especially under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code 2016.
At present Andhra Pradesh comes under the Jurisdiction of NCLT Bench at Hyderabad and Madhya Pradesh comes under the jurisdiction of NCLT Bench, Ahmadabad. It is expected that creation of new benches will enable faster disposal of cases.
The NCLT, which has been set up under the Companies Act, 2013, has provided an effective and time-bound adjudication mechanism to deal with matters related to the Companies Act, 2013, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 and theLLP Act, 2008.

March 10

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) in New Delhi
The ICAP provides an integrated vision towards cooling across sectors encompassing inter alia reduction of cooling demand, refrigerant transition, enhancing energy efficiency andbetter technology options with a 20-year time horizon.
Cooling requirement is cross-sectoral and an essential part for economic growth and is required across different sectors of the economy such as residential and commercial buildings, cold-chain, refrigeration, transport and industries.
The thrust of the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) is to look for synergies in actions for securing both environmental and socio-economic benefits. "The overarching goal of ICAP is to provide sustainable cooling and thermal comfort for all while securing environmental and socio-economic benefits for the society.

Prime Minister Modi laid the Foundation Stone for Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh
The Project costing Rs. 687 crore being constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) would be completed in the next three years.
It covers a total distance of 12.04 kms which consist of two tunnels of 1790 and 475 meters.
Once completed this would result in:
All weather connectivity to Tawang and forward areas.
Reduction in more than one hour of travelling time from Tezpur to Tawang.
Travellers would be able to avoid the dangerous snow covered Sela top at a height of 13,700 feet.​

March 11

PM attends 50th Raising Day celebrations of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
To create awareness amongst the general public regarding the role and functions of CISF, Prime Minister suggested the idea of starting digital museums at airports and metros, showcasing the work of CISF.

March 12

Humsafar Trust inaugurates India's first LGBTQ clinic, one-stop HIV treatment centre in Mumbai.
As many as 20 years later, the Humsafar Trust started a support group for gay men, male sex workers, transgenders for creating awareness about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
The group also inaugurated the country's first HIV treatment centre.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times (HT), the newly-inaugurated centre and the holistic clinic is for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

March 13

HGS and NASSCOM Foundation Launch Center of Excellence (CoE) for Persons with Disabilities in Bangalore.
Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) partnered with NASSCOM Foundation, to launch a centre of excellence in Bangalore for training differently-abled persons (PwDs) which will train a minimum of 100 PwDs making them industry-ready over the next 12 months with a goal to place at least 50% of them in companies already sensitized for hiring them.

Internet Of Things India Congress 2019 to be held on August 22-23
It will include tracks on segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, smart cities and agriculture.
The Internet of Things (IoT) India Congress, an event which will see digital technology leaders converge to discuss and explore business opportunities in mainstreaming IoT, will be held in Bengaluru on August 22-23, 2019.

March 16

3rd edition of Namaste Thailand festival held in New Delhi
The 3rd edition of Namaste Thailand festival, organised by the Royal Thai Embassy with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties and increase cultural exchange between India and Thailand, began at Select City walk in New Delhi on 15th March 2019 and will conclude on 17th March 2019.
The festival will feature stage performances by Thai artistes including the much popular Thai folk-jazz band Asia-7.
It will feature a series of Thai craft activities including mulberry paper mini umbrella making, fan painting, body paint, and button badge making along with the traditional Thai cuisines.

March 17

Convention of War Decorated India held in Chandigarh
The two-day national convention of War Decorated India was held at the Manekshaw Auditorium in Chandimandir, the headquarters of the Western Command, near Chandigarh and was attended by some living gallantry award winners and relatives of the deceased awardees. Next of kin, relatives of the awardees were felicitated at the convention.
Chief of Staff Western Command Lt General P.N. Bali addressed the convention. Among Victoria Cross awardees, the relatives of Late Naib Subedar Nand Singh (Sikh Regiment), Late Subedar Ram Sarup Singh (1 Punjab) and Late Badlu Ram (Cavalry) were felicitated.
Among Param Vir Chakra awardees, relatives of Late Col. Hoshiar Singh (Grenadiers) and Late Subedar Joginder Singh (Sikh Regiment) were felicitated.
Among Maha Vir Chakra awardees those felicitated were the relatives of late Brigadier N.S. Sandhu (Dogra), late Brigadier K.S. Chandpuri (Punjab Regiment), late Lt General Gowry Shankar (Signals), late Lt Ved Prakash Trehan (Rajputana Rifles), late Sepoy Anusuya Prasad (Mahar Regiment) and late Porter Mohammed Ismail (Punjab Regiment Civilian Porter).

March 18

MoU signed by Ola and Telangana Government to strengthen traffic infrastructure in Hyderabad
A MoU was signed between Ola and the Government of Telangana to support the government’s initiative to implement smart solutions to enhance mobility experience further strengthening traffic infrastructure in Hyderabad.
Under the MoU, the first pilot project proposed is the dynamic mapping of riding quality of various major roads in Hyderabad through the network of vehicles operating on the Ola platform.
The desired outcome of this pilot project is to reduce accidents causing because of potholes, monitor the construction of roads, and prioritize budget for road repair.

March 19

International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) 2019 held in New Delhi
International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI), a two-day workshop organised by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank was held at New Delhi.
The objectives of the workshop were:
Identify good practices of disaster risk management in key infrastructure sectors, Identify specific areas and pathways for collaborative research on DRI (Transport, Energy, Telecom and Water).
Discuss and co-create the broad contours of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) as well as a notional roll-out plan for the next three years.
Besides reducing infrastructure losses, disaster resilient infrastructure will also help achieve targets pertaining to reduction in mortality, number of affected people and economic losses due to disasters.
The first IWDRI was held in January 2018 and IWDRI 2019 built upon some of the ideas generated at the IWDRI 2018 as a crucial milestone towards the establishment of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

Indo-Japan workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction held in New Delhi on 18th March
Government of India and Government of Japan organized the 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in New Delhi. Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Dr. P.K. Mishra inaugurated the workshop.
The objective behind this meet was to enhance collaboration between research institutes, cities and the private sector in the field of DRR.
The workshop was attended by about 140 delegates from India and Japan including experts from premier research institutes, city administers and specialized Disaster Management agencies.
In September 2017, India and Japan signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of DRR.