1. Polity & Governance

Polls for 55 Rajya Sabha seats to take place on March 26

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule of polling for 55 Rajya Sabha seats spread over 17 States set to be vacated in April. According to the schedule for the elections, the notification would be issued on March 6, the last date of filing of nominations would be March 13 and polling would be on March 26.

2. History, Art & Culture

Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2020 announced

Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2020 announced in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Major Winners: Best Actor: Hrithik Roshan (For Super 30) Best Film: Super 30 Best Television Series: Kumkum Bhagya Best Playback Singer Male: Armaan Malik Best Reality Show: Bigg Boss 13

3. Persons In News

Adline Castelino crowned Miss Diva Universe 2020

Adline Castelino has been crowned as the winner of LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2020 competition at an event held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She hails from Mangalore and will be representing the country at Miss Universe later this year. Aavriti Choudhary (Jabalpur) was crowned as LIVA Miss Diva Supranational 2020.

4. Economy

US becomes India’s top trading partner, overtaking China

According to the Commerce Ministry data, the bilateral trade between the US and India stood at nearly 88 billion dollars in 2018-19 fiscal. During the same period, India’s trade with China was at 87.1 billion dollars. During April-December 2019-20, the bilateral trade between the US and India stood at 68 billion dollars against a nearly 65 billion dollars trade with China in the same period.

5. Government Schemes

Andhra Pradesh launches ‘Jagananna Vasthi Deevena’ scheme

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched a scheme named ‘Jagananna Vasthi Deevena’ for students pursuing various Post-Intermediate courses to meet hostel and mess expenses. The scheme would provide financial assistance of Rs 2,300 crore for 1,87,904 students pursuing ITI, polytechnic, under-graduate and post-graduate education