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Daily News Digest:18 March 2019

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar passes away

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had passed away at the age of 63 on 17 March 2019.

He was earlier diagnosed with a "life-threatening disease" pancreatic ailment last year, was discharged from the Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji on February 26 last month.

He had undergone treatment in hospitals of the US and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

The Goa government has declared a one-day holiday on 18 March and seven-day mourning for Mr. Parrikar.

MR Kumar was appointed LIC director

The Central government has appointed MR Kumar as the Chairman of the insurance behemoth Life Insurance Corporation.

Kumar will hold the Chairman post for five years.

Geographical Indication Tag: Coorg Arabica Coffee, four others get GI Tag

The Geographical Indications Registry on March 1, 2019 granted the Geographical Indication (GI) Tag to Coorg Arabica Coffee, Wayanad Robusta Coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee.

Andreescu beat Kerber to lift Indian Wells title

Young Canadian Bianca Andreescu was proclaimed champion at the Indian Wells Masters, after she overcame the German Angelique Kerber, who was eighth seeded, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes.

It is the first time ever that a player who received a wildcard entry to the tournament leaves with the title.

Italy joins China’s Belt and Road

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte plans to sign a preliminary accord when Xi visits Rome on 21 March 2019, hooking Italy up to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - a colossal, multi-billion-dollar project designed to improve Beijing’s trade reach.

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The rationale behind setting clocks ahead of standard time, usually by 1 hour during springtime, is to ensure that the clocks show a later sunrise and later sunset — in effect a longer evening daytime.

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