Daily Current Affairs in English – 19th March 2024

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TM Krishna was conferred the Sangeeta Kalanidhi Award

  • Renowned Carnatic classical singer Thodoor Madabusi Krishna, who challenged conventional views on caste and gender politics in Carnatic music, has been honored with the prestigious Sangeet Kalanidhi Award by the Madras Sangeet Academy.
  • The award recognizes Krishna's powerful voice, adherence to tradition, approach to music and use of music as a tool for social reform.
  • TM Krishna started his musical journey at an early age. At the age of 12, Krishna performed his first concert at the Madras Music Academy.

astrophysical neutrino

  • Scientists at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have announced their discovery of evidence for the elusive astrophysical tau neutrino, or 'ghost particle'.
  • Neutrinos are small subatomic particles that rarely interact with matter, making them challenging to detect.
  • However, their ability to travel great distances intact makes them valuable for understanding the distant universe.
  • Astrophysical neutrinos are high-energy neutrinos originating from beyond our galaxy.
  • They come in three different “flavors”: electron, muon, and tau. Among these, tau neutrinos are particularly difficult to observe and detect, earning them the nickname “ghost particles”.

EU unveils partnership with Egypt

  • The European Union has announced a historic partnership agreement with Egypt, boosting the bloc's ties with the North African nation.
  • and unveiled a significant funding package to support Egypt's ailing economy and address shared challenges.
  • The agreement, which was unveiled during a high-level delegation visit in Cairo, covers cooperation in key areas such as renewable energy, trade, security and management of migration flows.
  • At the heart of the partnership is a comprehensive funding package totaling €7.4 billion over the next three years. The proposed assistance, prepared in close coordination with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), includes:

Human intestinal bacteria help in the digestion of plant cellulose

  • A study recently published in the journal Science sheds light on previously undescribed human gut bacteria that play an important role in the digestion of plant cellulose.
  • These bacteria, which are abundant in ancient and hunter-gatherer microbiomes but rare in urban societies, are associated with increased consumption of processed food in industrialized countries.
  • Discovery of new cellulose-digesting bacteria
  • The study identified three new species of cellulose-digesting bacteria in the human gut, namely Candidatus Ruminococcus primaciens, Ruminococcus hominiciens and Ruminococcus ruminiciens.
  • These bacteria were found to be prevalent in rural populations, great apes, ancient human societies and hunter-gatherer communities.

India-Seychelles Joint Exercise 'LAMITIYE-2024'

  • In a significant step towards improving bilateral military ties with the Indian Ocean island nations, a contingent of the Indian Army left for Seychelles on 17 March 2024 to conduct a joint military exercise with the Seychelles Defense Forces (SDF) named 'LAMITIYE – 2024'.
  • The 10-day exercise, which begins on March 18, aims to enhance interoperability in sub-conventional operations in semi-urban environments under Chapter VII of the UN Charter of Peacekeeping Operations.
  • A contingent of 45 jawans from the Gorkha Rifles Regiment of the Indian Army will join the SDF for this exercise. This is the tenth edition of the biennial training program held in Seychelles since 2001.

Online registration for MBA, MCA CET has started from today:

  • The process of online registration for “MBA' and “MCA' CET conducted for admission to postgraduate courses has started from today (Friday). The last date to register for CET for these courses is April 7.

  • The admission process for both Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Computer Application (MCA) courses is conducted through the State CET Cell. First passing CET is mandatory for admission to these courses. The online registration schedule for this CET has been announced.

  • The Commissioner of State CET Cell Ravindra Jagtap informed through a letter that the online application and confirmation process has started on the website of CET Cell and the deadline is 7th April.

List of happiest countries in the world released; Finland won the first rank, while India:

  • Every year, the list of the happiest countries in the world (World Happiness Report) is announced by the United Nations. The list is prepared on the basis of various factors such as personal satisfaction, quality of life, GDP, life expectancy. A total of 150 countries around the world are evaluated based on these factors. A total of 146 countries have been evaluated while preparing the list this year i.e. 2022. The list also includes war-torn Russia and Ukraine, ranked 80th and 98th respectively.

  • For the fifth year in a row, Finland topped the For the fifth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world. Finland is followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Israel and New Zealand. There is only one change in the top 10 from last year, with Austria dropping out of the list. Other countries have only changed order and remain in the top ten.

  • Afghanistan ranks last – Meanwhile, Afghanistan is at the last i.e. 146th position in this list. Lebanon and Zimbabwe are the least happy countries, followed by Afghanistan.

  • Where is India in the list – However, India's position in the list of the happiest countries in the world is far behind. In the list of 146 countries, India is directly at number 136 i.e. 11th from last.

Pro League Hockey (Men) – India's Test Strategy Against Argentina:

  • Despite their second defeat in the 'FIH' Pro League Hockey Tournament, the Indian men's team has maintained its policy of experimenting with second tier players in the wake of a hectic season. Tokyo Olympics bronze medal winners India will play the first of two matches against Argentina on Saturday.

  • India won 5-4 in the first match against Spain at the Kilga Stadium, but lost the second match 3-5. Earlier last month, India lost 2-5 to France. But still the Indian team is second with 12 points behind Netherlands (16 points). India have won four out of six matches so far.

  • In the coming years, India faces important challenges in the Commonwealth and Asian Games. These events have been awarded qualification status for the 2024 Paris Olympics. In this background, India's head coach Graham Reed has decided to give a chance to the reserve players as well.

  • Some changes have been made in the Indian team for the match against Spain. India's junior World Cup-winning centre-back Moyrangthem Rabichandran will make his debut against world number six Argentina.

  • Garujat Singh, who has recovered from injury, will also make a comeback in this match. Goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak will replace Suraj Karkera. Amit Rohidas and Jugraj Singh will replace Mandeep More and Deepsan Tirkey in the defence. Sumit and Rabichandra will replace Jaskaran Singh and Akshdeep Singh in the middle order.


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