10.03.20 Haryana (HPSC) Daily Current Affairs


At 963, Ambala’s sex ratio best in state

Ambala district has bagged the first prize for best sex ratio at birth (SRB) in Haryana. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will confer the award on DC Ashok Kumar Sharma at a state-level function to mark International Women’s Day at Government College in Gurugram on March 8.

The DC said Ambala had topped the state with 963 girls per 1,000 boys born between December 2018 and November 2019. It was 40 points higher than state average of 923. Second in rank is Panchkula with 961 girls and Panipat stood third with 940.

Touching a new high, as many as 1,017 girls were born against 1,000 boys in the district in November last year. This was a whopping 81 points higher than the state’s monthly SRB average of 936. The nearest rival is Panipat with 989 SRB. The worst district is Narnaul with 836 SRB. Interestingly, the CM’s home district Karnal’s sex ratio slipped from 930 in 2018 (January to November) to 913 in same period last year by 17 points, as per the Civil Registration System data.

It was the highest-ever SRB recorded in Ambala so far. The number of girls born against boys in the district constantly went up from 865 in 2014 to 874 in 2015, 912 in 2016, 925 in 2017 and 916 in 2018.

As per the latest SRB report as on November 30, 2019, Ambala’s sex ratio showed a marked improvement in 2019. It was 986 between September and November 2019, 974 between June and November 2019, 961 between March and November 2019, and 958 between January and November last year. The DC called upon the authorities concerned to take this feat forward and ensure that Ambala retains the top position in the state in future too.

Ambala also topped the state in comparative progressive SRB data.

The district’s sex ratio went up 52 points from 906 to 958 between January and November 2018 and 2019, respectively. The second progressive district is Panipat, which went up from 897 to 941 and Panchkula stood third by moving up from 920 to 963 points. Fatehabad and Jhajjar are other two districts that progressed from 887 to 922 and 874 to 909, respectively.

The five districts, where the SRB data went down, in 2019, are Sirsa, registering the maximum fall of 31 points from 937 in 2018 to 906 in 2019, Bhiwani from 918 to 895, Karnal from 930 to 913, Sonpeat from 923 to 911 and Kaithal slipped from 921 to 913 by 8 points.





India approved as observer of Indian Ocean commission


India approved as a member of the Indian Ocean Commission, the inter-governmental organization that coordinates maritime governance in the south-western Indian Ocean. India made the application to join as an observer of the organization last month.IOC has four observers – China, Malta, European Union and International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).


It was set up in 1982, the Indian Ocean Commission comprises Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Reunion island, France’s overseas territory in the region. India supported a more significant role for France in the bigger Indian Ocean Rim Association

UNDP released Gender Social Norms Index


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released the new Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) on 5 March. The report stated that gender disparity still exists in every country.



The index measured how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in work, politics, and education in 75 countries or 80% of the world’s population.

It revealed that about half of the world’s men and women feel that men make better political leaders, and over 40% feel that men make better business executives.

It also stated that people think that men have more right to a job when jobs are scarce, and 28% think it is justified for a man to beat his wife.

It highlighted that enormous power gaps still exist between men and women.

Only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide are held by women, and only 10 out of a possible 193 female heads of government.

GSNI stated that less than 6% of CEOs in S&P 500 companies are women.


FDI inflows recorded highest ever for fiscal year 2018-19


The total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow was over 318 billion US dollars between 2014 and September 2019 representing nearly 50 percent of the cumulative FDI in India since April 2000.

In 2018-19, the FDI inflow stood at a record 62 billion US dollars, highest ever recorded for a fiscal year.

This information was given in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal.

The initiative was launched in 2014 for promoting India as an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation.



TIFAC launched Vigyan Jyoti scheme


Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) launched the Vigyan Jyoti scheme on 8 March 2020. The scheme aims to encourage women to pursue science. 


Vigyan Jyoti is an initiative that will create a level-playing field for the meritorious girls in high school to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in their higher education.

Under the scheme, Selected women from more than 500 districts will be given opportunities to attend science camps at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), NITs, and other leading institutions of science and technology education where women are not adequately represented.


TIFAC was set up in 1988. It functions under the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology. It foresees the technological innovation in select technology areas that were of national importance.



First ever Khelo India Winter Games begin at Gulmarg in Kashmir


Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the first-ever five-day Khelo India Winter Games at Gulmarg. Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg hosting Khelo India Winter Games 2020 from March 7th to 11th.The sports shall be organized every year at Gulmarg. The training academy should be established on the standards of the International level in which international coaches shall impart training to sportspersons. The interactive session with youth at National Integration Camp hosted by Government Physical Education College Gadoora, Ganderbal. The camp was hosted to motivate and guide the youth for their active participation in the promotion of unity, communal harmony, national integration, FIT India.



Australia beat India to win ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for record fifth time


Defending champions Australia have won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for a record fifth time.

Australia defeated India by 85 runs in the summit clash at Melbourn.

Beth Mooney has been adjudged Player of the Tournament & Alyssa Healy has been adjudged the Player of the Match.

The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was the seventh edition of this game and was held in Australia between 21 February and 8 March 2020.



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