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- Earth Hour 2019 was witnessed on March 30 by turning off lights at 8:30 pm local time for an hour as a call for global action on climate change with the theme #Connect2Earth. World Wide Fund for Nature has partnered with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to create connect2earth movement. Earth Hour began as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007.
- The state of Odisha celebrates Odisha Divas or Utkala Divas every year on April 1st to commemorate the state formation day. In 1936, Bihar and Orissa had been separated from Bengal to form the Bihar and Orissa Province. Orissa was the first linguistic province in the country. The name of the state was changed from Orissa to Odisha, and the name of its language from Oriya to Odia, in 2011.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched an electronic intelligence satellite ‘Emisat’ for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 customer satellites. PSLV first placed the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit. Then the rocket was brought down to put the 28 satellites into orbit, at an altitude of 504 km.
- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a French-drafted resolution which ordered countries worldwide to step up the fight against terrorism financing by ensuring they have laws that make it a serious crime to fund terrorist acts. Since the binding resolution was drafted under chapter 7 of the UN Charter it can be enforced with sanctions. This will force the nations to act.
- Oxfam India’s report Mind the Gap – State of Employment in India was released. As per it, Lack of quality jobs and increasing wage disparity are key markers of inequality in the Indian labour market. The report states that women are paid 34 per cent less than similarly qualified male workers for performing the same tasks.
- The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) unveiled the State of the Global Climate in 2018 Report. Extreme weather events impacted close to 62 million people in 2018 and displaced more than two million as of September of that year. 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record, and the four warmest years on record all took place between 2015 and 2018. Flooding which was the climate-related disaster that impacted the largest number of people in 2018 more than 35 million.
- India’s Manu Sawhney, former Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports on April 1, 2019 took charge as the new Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council. Sawhney will work alongside incumbent ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July 2019.
- India has levied anti-dumping duty worth up to USD 1,559 per tonne on imports of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate sheet used in solar cell making from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand for five years to safeguard domestic players against cheap shipments. The imports of components used in solar industry have increased as India launched an ambitious national solar policy named Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in January 2010.
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