March 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs March 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of March 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • The Centre has appointed Navin Chawla as chief election commissioner with effect from April 20, 2009. Chawla is currently in Lucknow to review the poll arrangements.Chawla will take over as the next Chief Election Commissioner on April 20, succeeding N Gopalaswami who will retire on that day.
  • United States President Barack Obama named Vivek Kundra as the Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House on Thursday.
  • President Barack Obama has nominated Rahul 'Richard' Verma, currently a partner with the top-notch international law firm in Washington,DC -- Steptoe & Johnson LLP -- as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, and sources told Rediff India Abroad that considering that he has been a much respected Congressional staffer, his confirmation process before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the coming weeks would be a shoo-in.
  • The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, elected its new chief on Saturday. Mohan Bhagawat replaced K S Sudarsahan, who was held the top post for almost nine years
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • A New York Life Insurance Company television campaign geared toward the Asian-Indian community and a commercial from it have been nominated for a New York Emmy Award.
  • Three students of Indian descent -- Narendra Tallapragada, Preya Shah -- were among the ten winners of the Intel Science Talent Search, America's oldest pre-college science competition.
  • Biotechnology major Biocon has bagged the 2009 BioSingapore Asia Pacific Biotechnology Award for being the Best Listed Company.
  • Dr Zakaria has been named India Abroad Person of the Year 2008. Filmmaker Mira Nair, who won the award last year, was on hand to honour her successor with the award that, over the seven years of its existence, has become one of the most sought after accolades in the community space.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Delhi-based low-cost carrier SpiceJet is in talks with the Wadia group-owned GoAir for either a merger or to acquire a controlling stake. Sources close to the development said SpiceJet CEO Sanjay Aggarwal met GoAir Managing Director Jeh Wadia to discuss a deal late last month.
  • Celebrating its centenary year, German luxury carmaker Audi will launch over seven models, including hybrid and 'zero-emission' diesel vehicles, in the next two years, some of which could hit the Indian roads in future.
  • The Hinduja Group-owned Amas Bank (Switzerland) Ltd on Monday said it has changed its name to Hinduja Bank to show the group's increased commitment to its banking business in Switzerland.
  • The United States has given the go-ahead for a $2.1 billion sale of eight Boeing Co P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India -- the largest arms sale by the US till now.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • China has overtaken India on the global IT radar by occupying the 46th rank in what is called the Network Readiness Index, according to the Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009, issued on Wednesday.

Top miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Former Member of Parliament Matang Singh has launched Focus Television, exclusively for women. Addressing mediapersons, head of the channel, Neeanjana Banerjee, said the equality between men and women continues be a utopian dream.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Unnao in Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the largest Lok Sabha constituency while Lakshadweep the smallest after the latest delimitation exercise that has seen addition of 43 million new voters in the country.
  • In a development, which can impact the fluid political situation in Andhra Pradesh to a great extent, an influential Dalit organization Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti, has decided to join the opposition' Grand Alliance led by the Telugu Desam party.
  • BJP on Friday announced candidates for 46 more Lok Sabha seats from the states of Kerala, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab and Sikkim. After the breakup of its alliance with the Biju Janata Dal in Orissa, BJP announced the names of seven Lok Sabha candidates from the state.
  • Pakistan Information Minister Sherry Rehman on Friday resigned from her post but Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has not accepted her resignation.
  • Pakistan's opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shahbaz Sharif gave a slip to the police and went into hiding on Sunday, before he could be served orders for his house arrest.
  • Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Shyam Saran, who was the original interlocutor of the US-India civilian nuclear deal negotiations with erstwhile US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Nicholas Burns, will headline a major conference this week on the expectations and consequences of the US-India Nuclear Agreement.
  • Pattali Makkal Katchi nominees in the United Progressive Alliance cabinet Anbumani Ramadoss and R Velu will on Saturday resign from their ministerial posts, party sources said in New Delhi.
  • Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan could be a candidate for prestigious Lucknow Lok Sabha seat after actor Sanjay Dutt was not allowed by the Supreme court to contest the polls. The SP Parliamentary Board will meet soon to decide on the new candidate for the seat.
Top Social Current Affairs
  • China has blocked the access to video-sharing website YouTube in the country.The New York Times quoted Google as saying that it did not know why the site had been blocked.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Martin Whitmarsh took over from Ron Dennis as McLaren team principal on Sunday with the immediate task of helping Lewis Hamilton become the first British driver to retain the Formula One title.
  • South Africa fast bowler Andre Nel announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. He played in 36 Tests, taking 123 wickets at an average of 31.86, and 79 one-day internationals where he captured 106 wickets at an average of 27.68.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • China's lunar mission aiming to send 'robotic explorers' before 2020, on Sunday landed its first satellite on Moon, as the Communist nation braces to compete in space technology with countries like the United States, Russia and India.
  • Telecom major Vodafone Essar is set to relocate over 1,500 of its employees to Ahmedabad from all over the country.With Vodafone planning to make Ahmedabad its services hub, the city is all set to see an influx of telecom professionals from across 23 circles of the company.
  • Tata Motors on Monday commercially launched its people's car, Nano, promising to stick to the Rs 100,000 price tag for the base model.
  • Bosch Ltd, the flagship company of Bosch Group, plans to open 230 multibrand Bosch Car Service (BCS) centres by 2010 across the country, taking the total number to 500.
  • For the second time in a month, the Block II version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile with a striking range of 290 km, successfully hit its target during a test at the Pokhran firing range on Sunday.
  • The first-ever South Asian Total Health Initiative, a breakthrough programme to provide culturally-competent health care for South Asians in New Jersey, was launched last week.
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