Current Affairs – March, 2019

Asian Rich List 2019

Asian Rich List 2019 was released by India’s High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam. The list is the compilation of the 101 wealthiest Asians in Britain and highlights exceptional entrepreneurial achievement over the last 12 months. The list was released at the Asian Business Awards.

Asian Rich List 2019

  • London-based NRI industrial tycoons, the Hinduja family top the Asian Rich List 2019 for the sixth successive year with an estimated net worth of £25.2 billion.
  • Hinduja family has witnessed an increase of over £3 billion over the previous year.
  • Business tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and his son Aditya Mittal remained in second place, with £11.2 billion and their wealth was down by £2.8 billion from the previous year.
  • S P Lohia (Petrochemicals) took third place with £5.8 billion.
  • NRI entrepreneur Lord Swraj Paul and family are 17th in the list with a net worth £900 million. They have witnessed an increase of £100 million over the previous year.
  • Hotelier Joginder Sanger and his son Girish Sanger stood at number 40 on the list with an estimated value of £300 million.

The entries of the Asian Rich List 2019 have a combined wealth of more than £85.2 billion. The list was carefully prepared by a team of experts and it is the definitive guide to Asian wealth in Britain.

World Tuberculosis Day 2019

World Tuberculosis Day 2019 was observed on March 24th with the theme “It’s time”.  World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the devastating consequences of TB and how to end the global epidemic of this lung disease.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Tuberculosis affects the lungs and can also infect other parts of the body. Early symptoms of TB include bad cough which lasts for 3 weeks or longer. It causes pain in the chest and one might also end up coughing blood in case of tuberculosis.

The theme of World Tuberculosis Day 2019 “It’s time” draws attention towards the urgency to act on the commitments made by global leaders to build accountability regarding TB and increase access of prevention and treatment of TB.

As part of World World Tuberculosis Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has initiated “Find. Treat. All. #EndTB”, a joint initiative with Global Fund and Stop TB Partnership under which communities, civil society organisations, governments and health-care providers come together to ensure that no one is left behind and everyone gets equal and fair information about tuberculosis, its causes, symptoms and risk factors.

Why March 24th was chosen as World Tuberculosis Day?

March 24th is observed as World Tuberculosis Day because it was on March 24th 1882, TB bacterium was discovered by Dr Robert Koch. The discovery of TB bacterium marked the first step towards diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.