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Daily Headlines - UPSC/KPSC Exams - 14th March 2019

1. INDO-OMAN Joint Ex Al Nagah 2019 - Indo Oman Joint Exercise Al Nagah III 2019, a joint military exercise between Indian and Royal Army of Oman (RAO),at HQ Jabel Regiment, Nizwa, Oman with a brief but impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of -  both countries with Omani and Indian soldiers standing side by side signifying the growing cooperation, synergy and understanding between both the countries.


2.Income Tax Office calls upon citizens to help curb the use of black money in General Elections 2019 - A 24 x 7 control room has been set up in Mumbai by Investigation Directorates of Income Tax, to curb the use of black money in General Elections 2019.

The Office of Director General of Income tax (Investigation), Mumbai is gathering intelligence and keeping a strict watch over the movement of cash and valuables and on other unlawful means of influencing elections in the constituencies of Mumbai, so as to take necessary action under Income Tax Laws.


3. India Pavilion inaugurated at London Book Fair - The India Pavilion lays special focus on 150thBirth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It displays the digital version of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, apart from various other titles on Culture, History and Folklore of India.


4. India, Pakistan hold talks on Kartarpur Corridor - India and Pakistan held a meeting at Attari in Amritsar to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor. India will urge Pakistan to not utilise the holy Kartarpur shrine for propaganda about the Khalistan issue.


5. U.S. to help in building 6 nuclear power plants in India - New Delhi and Washington have agreed to build six nuclear power plants in India. This was stated in a joint statement issued on March 13 at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-U.S. The two delegations discussed trends in space threats; respective national space priorities; and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora.

6. China blocking U.N. listing of Masood Azhar as global terrorist will be against shared goals for stability, says U.S. - The U.S. has said Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) is a threat to regional stability and peace and that China preventing the UN designation of JeM leader Masood Azhar would run counter to the U.S. and China’s shared goals for stability. The JeM is a UN-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the UN. The JeM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.


7. U.K. Parliament rejects no-deal Brexit - The defeat is highly significant, indicative of the extent to which authority has been slipping away from Prime Minister Theresa May. For now under current legislation the default is for Britain to leave the E.U. without a deal on that date, unless a deal is struck, Article 50 is revoked or an extension is agreed by both sides. The E.U. has made clear that it will only agree to an extension if there is “credible” justification for it, and not simply for the political impasse in Parliament to continue.


8. STEM: The way forward for tomorrow’s diverse workforce - Even as top schools across the country are integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) - or application-based learning - into their curriculums, there exists a clear gender divide on subject choices for advanced studies. A recent report by the World Economic Forum reveals that the global gender gap is widening and it will be another 100 years before this gap closes, especially when it comes to STEM-related careers.


9. 12 states ban e-cigarettes, health ministry urges all to follow - The move came in the wake of the Delhi High Court taking strong exception to the Centre for delay in coming up with appropriate measures to tackle the “new emerging threat" of e-cigarettes in the country. After the health ministry’s advisory, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) had also proposed an amendment to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2018 to ban the advertisement of e-cigarettes.