H3N2 Influenza: Signs and symptoms of severe illness to watch out for
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), H3N2 is a variant of the common flu. Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that circulate in all parts of the world, says WHO. These are classified into various subtypes. Currently circulating in humans are subtype A (H1N1) and A (H3N2) influenza viruses.
International Day of Action of Rivers 2023 observed on 14th March
Every year on March 14, people throughout the world mark the International Day of Action for Rivers to bring attention to how important rivers are to our daily lives. Also, the day aims to raise awareness of the disparities in access to clean water as well as the increased pollution of freshwater environments like rivers as a result of overt human activities.
LIC appoints Tablesh Pandey and M Jagannath as new MDs
Tablesh Pandey and M. Jagannath have been appointed as the managing directors of the Life Insurance Company (LIC). Tablesh Pandey will take over on April 1, 2023, and M. Jagannath will start working on March 13, 2023. Raj Kumar and BC Patnaik are the two managing directors that left the company this week. There are currently four managing directors at LIC.
G20 flower festival begins in New Delhi
Connaught Plaza in Delhi will host a Flower Festival beginning from, March 11. It aims to emphasise the diversity of G20 participants and invited nations. The festival, which is being held at Central Park and is being organised by the New Delhi Municipal Council, was opened by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. Japan, Singapore, and the Netherlands are among the G20 nations taking part. The objective of the festival is to showcase the vibrancy and colourful display of G20 members and guest countries.
Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023: MC Mary Kom, Farhan Akhtar named brand ambassadors
The Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi will host the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship 2023 from March 15–26. Mahindra has been named the title sponsor of this competition by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), while MC Mary Kom and Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar have been named as brand ambassadors.
FDIC appoints former Fannie Mae chief Tim Mayopoulos as CEO of Silicon Valley Bank
Tim Mayopoulos, the former CEO of Fannie Mae, was appointed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to lead Silicon Valley Bank. He takes over after the startup-focused lender was shut down by regulators as a result of a run on its deposits, which left it with insufficient capital.
Nitin Gadkari unveiled first methanol run buses in Bengaluru
The first methanol-powered buses in Bengaluru will be unveiled by Union Minister for Road and Transport, Nitin Gadkari. The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), NITI Aayog, Indian Oil Company (IOC), and Ashok Leyland are working together to carry out the initiative, which aims to lower the level of pollutants.
Surekha Yadav, Asia’s 1st woman loco pilot who now operates Vande Bharat
The Vande Bharat Express is now being driven by Surekha Yadav, the first female locomotive pilot in Asia. From Solapur to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CSMT) in Maharashtra, Yadav ran the Vande Bharat Express. Surekha Yadav, a native of Satara, Maharashtra, became the nation’s first female train driver in 1988.