The Daily Brief – 4th March 2019


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  1. Bhagwan Lal Sahni who hails from Bihar has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes. Further Kaushalendra Singh Patel and Acharya Talloju have been appointed as the members of the commission which consists of one chairman and five Members with the term of three years. The National Commission for Backward Classes is vested with the responsibility of considering inclusions in and exclusions from the lists of communities notified as backward for the purpose of job reservations.
  2. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has set a new world record with the Modern Artificial Limbs (Legs) implantation carried out for 260 people in record eight hours in Gujarat’s Bharuch. This was the seventh world record set by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

    Macky Sall
  3. President of Senegal Macky Sall has won the re-election with 58.27% of votes cast. More than 50% votes to a candidate imply that there would be no second round voting under the election system of Senegal. Senegal which is the Muslim Majority country gained independence from France in 1960. Diplomatic relations between India and Senegal was established at the ambassadorial level with the establishment of a resident Indian mission in Dakar in 1962.
  4. Zero Discrimination Day is annually celebrated by the UN and other international organisations on March 1st to promote and celebrate everyone’s right, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, skin colour, etc. A butterfly is the symbol of the Zero Discrimination Day and it is widely used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation. Zero Discrimination Day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014.
  5. The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has approved the re-appointment of P K Bezbaruah as the Chairman of Tea Board for a second tenure. He was the first non-IAS chairman of the Tea Board. The Current Tea Board was constituted on 1st April 1954 under section 4 of the Tea Act 1953 under section 4 of the Tea Act 1953. Tea Board is functioning as a statutory body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.
  6. President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to an ordinance that allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for obtaining mobile SIM cards and opening bank accounts. The amendments provide for stiff penalties for violation of norms set for the use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy. The ordinance gives effect to the changes in the Aadhaar Act such as giving a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age.
  7. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 4 March, 2019 said his country and Russia are to form a joint team to examine the withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria. Israel is seeking the removal of Iranian forces and has vowed to keep its main enemy from entrenching itself militarily in the neighbouring country. Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian and Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah targets and has established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes with Russia.

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Today’s Quiz

1. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes?

2. Who has won election as President of Senegal?

3. When did Senegal get its independence from France?

4. On which day Zero Discrimination Day is annually celebrated?

5. Who is appointed as the Chairman of Tea Board?

6. When was Tea board constituted?

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