Monthly current affairs summary – March 2021

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Current affairs summary – 31 March 2021

1. New Development Bank

In News:

Hon’ble Finance Minister of India Shri. Nirmala Sitharaman has urged NDB to work closely on financing infrastructure with India’s development financing institution.

Topics:

NDB:
  • During the sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza (2014), the leaders signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank (NDB).
  • In the Fortaleza Declaration, the leaders stressed that the NDB will strengthen cooperation among BRICS.

2. VAJRA PRAHAR 2021

In News:

VAJRA PRAHAR 2021 was conducted at Special Forces Training School located at Bakloh, HP in March 2021.

Topics:

VAJRA PRAHAR:
  • The 11th edition of Indo-US Joint Special Forces Exercise VAJRA PRAHAR was conducted at Special Forces Training School located at Bakloh, HP in March 2021.

Current affairs summary – 30 March 2021

1. PMAY – Gramin

In News:

PMAY-G has achieved only 55% of its construction target as reported by the Rural Development Ministry.

Topics:

PMAY – G:
  • In pursuance of the goal – Housing for all by 2022, the rural housing scheme Indira Awas Yojana has been revamped to Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin and approved during March 2016.
  • Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided for the construction of the pucca houses to all houseless and households living in dilapidated houses.

Current affairs summary – 29 March 2021

1. H5N1 influenza

In News:

Migratory birds were found dead in Himachal Pradesh’s Pong Dam Wildlife sanctuary. Officials suspect the death due to Avian Influenza(H5N1) but still waiting for the official results to come.

Topics:

H5N1:
  • H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”).
  • Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person.

2. NRC

In News:

The Central Government has told the Assam Government to issue rejection slips to those who were excluded from the NRC which was published in 2019.

Topics:

NRC:

  • The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is the register containing details of all Indian citizens.
  • After conducting the Census of 1951, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was prepared by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during the 1951 Census.

Current affairs summary – 27 March 2021

1. Suez canal and India’s 4 point plan to deal with blockage

In News:

A Four-point plan has been chalked out to deal with the situation arising from the blockage of the Suez Canal. This plan was chalked out in a meeting convened by the Logistics Division, Department of Commerce, Government of India on 26th March 2021.

Topics:

Suez Canal:
  • The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway running north to south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.
  • The canal separates the African continent from Asia.

2. National Clean Air Program

In New:

In the presence of Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today by representatives of State Pollution Control Boards, Urban Local Bodies, and Institutes of Repute for 132 identified cities for implementation of city-specific action plans under National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

Topics:

NCAP:
  • The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is a long-term, time-bound, national-level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner with targets to achieve a 20% to 30% reduction in Particulate Matter concentrations by 2024 (with 2017 as the base year).

Current affairs summary – 26 March 2021

1. Eklavya Model Residential Schools

In News:

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs through its autonomous body, the National Education Society for Tribal Students will fill up around 3479 vacancies of teaching staff in the Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in 17 States across the country.

Courtesy: PIB

Topics:

Eklavya Model Residential Schools:
  • Eklavya Model Residential Schools started in the year 1997-98 to impart quality education to ST children in remote areas in order to enable them to avail of opportunities in high and professional education courses and get employment in various sectors.
  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal ministry for EMRS.

2. Jute ICARE

In News:

The Government through National Jute Board (NJB) has worked for the development of the jute sector by implementing a number of schemes such as Jute ICARE.

Topics:

Jute ICARE:
  • A project Jute ICARE (Improved Cultivation and Advanced Retting Exercise) was introduced in 2015 for improving productivity and quality of raw jute through carefully designed interventions.

Current affairs summary – 25 March 2021

1. Electoral Bonds

In News:

There is a piece of news related to the Electoral bonds from a political angle. The scheme of electoral bonds is important from an examination perspective.

Topics:

Electoral Bond scheme:
  • The Government of India has notified the Electoral Bond Scheme 2018 vide Gazette Notification No. 20 dated 02nd January 2018.
  • As per provisions of the Scheme, Electoral Bonds may be purchased by a person (as defined in item No. 2 (d) of Gazette Notification), who is a citizen of India or incorporated or established in India.

2. Rashtriya Gokul Mission

In News:

The average productivity of cattle has increased by 27.95% between 2013-14 and 2019-20 which is the highest increase in productivity in the World. In order to complement and supplement the efforts made by the States and Union Territories Government of India has been implementing the following schemes to enhance milk production and productivity of bovines: Rashtriya Gokul Mission.,National Dairy Plan-I (continued up to November 2019), Breed Improvement Institutes comprising of 7 Central Cattle Breeding Farms and 4 Central Herd Registration Units. This information was given by the Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.

Topics:

RGM:
  • Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) has been launched in December 2014 with an outlay of Rs 2025 crore for the development and conservation of indigenous breeds through selective breeding in the breeding tract and genetic up-gradation of the nondescript bovine population.
  • The scheme comprises two components namely
    • National Programme for Bovine Breeding (NPBB) and
    • National Mission on Bovine Productivity (NMBP).

3. PM Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana

In News:

Information about PM-SYM and other social security schemes was given by Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha yesterday.

Topics:

PM-SYM and National Pension Scheme for Traders:
  • For old age protection to unorganized sector workers including traders, shopkeepers, and self-employed persons, the Government has launched two flagship schemes namely
    • Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-DhanYojana (PM-SYM) and
    • National Pension Scheme for Traders, Shopkeepers, and Self-Employed Persons (NPS- Traders).
  • Under the schemes, beneficiaries are entitled to receive a minimum monthly assured pension of Rs.3000/- after attaining the age of 60 years.

Current affairs summary – 24 March 2021

1. Project Mausam and its progress

In News:

Progress of Project Mausam was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 23rd March 2021.

Topics:

Project Mausam:
  • Project ‘Mausam’ is the initiative of the Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum.
  • This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial, and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean.

2. UNHRC

In News:

There is a piece of political news related to India abstaining from voting on a resolution critical of Sri Lanka in UNHRC.

Topics:

UNHRC:
  • The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.
  • It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.

Current affairs summary – 23 March 2021

1. Ken-Betwa River Interlinking

In News:

A historic Memorandum of Agreement was also signed between the Union Minister of Jal Shakti and the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project, the first project of the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers.

Topics:

Mains GS2 – Governance

Interlinking of river projects:
  • Ken Betwa River Interlink Project is the first project of the National Perspective Plan for the interlinking of rivers.
  • The interlinking of the River (ILR) program is of national importance and has been taken up on high priority.

2. Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021.

In News:

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 15, 2021.

Topics:

Mains GS2 – Governance

GNCTD Amendment 2021 bill- Key highlights:
  • The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) 1991 is an act to supplement the provisions of the Constitution relating to the Legislative Assembly and a Council of Ministers for the National Capital Territory of Delhi and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  • The Bill provides that the term “government” referred to in any law made by the Legislative Assembly will imply Lieutenant Governor (LG).

3. VVPAT

In News:

As elections are announced in some states of India, there was a news article related to VVPAT.

Topics:

VVPAT:
  • Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent system attached with the Electronic Voting Machines that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended.
  • When a vote is cast, a slip is printed containing the serial number, name, and symbol of the candidate and remains exposed through a transparent window for 7 seconds.

Current affairs summary – 22 March 2021

1. CERT and alert on cyber intrusion

In News:

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways received an alert from CERT-In regarding targeted intrusion activities directed towards the Indian Transport sector with possible malicious intentions. The Ministry has advised departments and organizations under the transport sector to strengthen the security posture of their infrastructure.

Topics:

CERT-In:
  • Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) is in operations since January 2004.
  • CERT is the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents as and when they occur

2. IAEA

In News:

An editorial article related to IAEA is in the news.

Topics:

IAEA:
  • The IAEA was created in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations generated by the discoveries and diverse uses of nuclear technology.
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world’s central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field.

Current affairs summary – 21 March 2021

1. NPPA and medicine price regulation

In News:

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) fixes the price of 81 medicines including off-patent anti-diabetic drugs allowing due benefits of patent expiry to the patients.

Topics:

NPPA:
  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) was constituted vide Government of India Resolution dated 29th August 1997 as an attached office of the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.
  • NPPA is an independent Regulator for pricing drugs and ensuring the availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices.

2. Helium and applications

In News:

India imports around Rs.55000 crore Helium from the U.S. every year.

Topics:

Helium:
  • Helium is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, inert, and noble gas.
  • It’s less soluble in water than any other gas.
  • It’s the less reactive element and doesn’t essentially form chemical compounds.

Current affairs summary – 20 March 2021

1. Dustlik exercise

In News:

The second edition of the Indo-Uzbekistan Joint Field Training Exercise, EXERCISE DUSTLIK-II culminated on Friday, 19 March 2021, after 10 days of mutual learning.

Topics:

Dustlik:
  • Indo-Uzbekistan Joint Field Training Exercise is called Dustlik exercise.
  •  The training was focused on Counter Insurgency / Counter-Terrorism operations in urban scenarios as well as sharing of expertise on Skills at Arms.

2. PMFBY Implementation

In News:

Implementation of PMFBY was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Rajya Sabha today.

Topics:

PMFBY:
  • The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) introduced from Kharif 2016 season is voluntary for States since its inception.  Therefore, States are free to take decisions regarding implementing the scheme or not.
  • Further, the scheme has also been made voluntary for farmers w.e.f. Kharif 2020 season.

Current affairs summary – 19 March 2021

1. Lok Sabha passes supplementary demand for grants

News Summary

The Lok Sabha passed the supplementary demand for grants on 18.3.2021.

Prelims GS – Polity

Article 114 and Article 115:
  • Article 114 deals with the Appropriation bills which provide for the appropriation out of the Consolidated Fund of India.
  • Article 115 deals with the Supplementary, additional, or excess grants.

2. Artificial Photosynthesis

News Summary

Scientists have found a method called Artificial Photosynthesis to mimic nature’s own process of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, namely photosynthesis, to capture excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Prelims GS – Science & Technology

Artificial Photosynthesis:
  • Artificial photosynthesis (AP) harnesses solar energy and converts the captured carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide (CO), which can be used as a fuel for internal combustion engines.
  • In artificial photosynthesis (AP), scientists are essentially conducting the same fundamental process in natural photosynthesis but with simpler nanostructures.

Current affairs summary – 18 March 2021

1. Act East Policy

In News:

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Connectivity is an important element of Act East Policy in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Topics:

Mains GS2 – International Relations

Significance of Act East Policy and India’s efforts in this direction:

(Note: The following points are directly taken from the PIB Lok Sabha reply by the Hon’ble Minister. These points may be used in the exam in questions related to Act East Policy as they give a brief overview of the policy.)

  • The ‘Act East Policy’ announced in November 2014 is the upgrade of the “Look East Policy” which was promulgated in 1992.
  • It aims at promoting economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop a strategic relationship with countries in the Indo-pacific region with a proactive and pragmatic approach and thereby improving the economic development of the North Eastern Region (NER) which is a gateway to the southeast Asia Region.

2. International Conference on Disaster resilient Infrastructure

In News:

Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure through a video conference.

Topics:

CDRI:
  • The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programs, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.
  • CDRI promotes rapid development of resilient infrastructure to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals’ imperatives of expanding universal access to basic services, enabling prosperity and decent work.

Current affairs summary – 17 March 2021

1. Features of Organic Farming

In News:

Information about Organic Farming was given by the Agriculture Minister in Lok Sabha.

Topics:

Mains GS3 – Agriculture

(Note: The following points have been directly taken from the PIB Press Release. These points may be used in questions related to Organic farming as these points portray an entire view of Organic Farming in brief.)

Features of Organic Farming:
  • Organic farming is a sustainable agriculture system that excludes the use of synthetic inputs in farming and relies on on-farm inputs such as crop residues, farmyard manure, enriched composts, vermicompost, oil cakes, bio-fertilizers, etc for nutrient management of crops.
  • Similarly, pests and diseases are managed by eco-friendly farming practices of crop rotation, trap crops, bio-pesticides like neem-based formulations, biocontrol agents, mechanical traps, stale seedbed, etc.

2. SFAC

In News:

Information about SFAC was given by the Agriculture minister in Lok Sabha.

Topics:

SFAC:
  • Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) is a Society promoted by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India.
  • SFAC is an exclusive Society focused on increasing the incomes of small and marginal farmers through aggregation and development of agribusiness.

Current affairs summary – 16 March 2021

1. Project RE-HAB to prevent Elephant-Human conflict rolled out

In News:

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), launched a unique project of creating “bee-fences” to mitigate human-elephant conflicts in the country called Project RE-HAB.

Topics:

(Note: The following points may also be used in Mains questions related to Reducing Man-Animal conflict)

Project RE-HAB:
  • The objective of Project RE-HAB (Reducing Elephant – Human Attacks using Bees) is to thwart elephant attacks in human habitations using honey bees and thus reducing the loss of lives of both, humans as well as elephants.
  • The pilot project was launched at four locations around village Chelur in the Kodagu district of Karnataka.

2. Deep Ocean Mission

In News:

Deep Ocean Mission information was given in a written reply by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology,  Earth Sciences, and Health & Family Welfare in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Topics:

Deep Ocean Mission:
  • The Deep Ocean Mission is proposed as a multi-ministerial multi-disciplinary program with an emphasis on the development of deep-sea technology, exploration of deep-sea mineral resources and biodiversity, acquisition of a research vessel for exploration, deep-sea observations, and capacity building.
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences is the nodal agency for implementing the program.

3. Trade Deficit widens

In News:

Trade Deficit has widened to $12.62 billion in February 2021.

Topics:

Trade Deficit:
  • A Trade Deficit is said to occur when the imports done by a country exceed the exports of a country during a given period of time.
  • It is also called Negative Balance of Trade(BOT).
  • Trade deficits can help nations to avoid shortages of goods and other economic problems in the short run.

Current affairs summary – 15 March 2021

1. Digilocker and OTPRMS linking

In News:

Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced that in order to ensure hassle-free access to verified Online Teacher Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) Certificates, the Ministry of Education has decided to link the certificates with DigiLocker.

Topics:

DigiLocker:
  • DigiLocker is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) under Digital India Corporation (DIC).
  • DigiLocker aims at ‘Digital Empowerment of citizens by providing access to authentic digital documents to citizen’s digital document wallets.

Current affairs summary – 14 March 2021

1. UDAN 4.1 expected to have more routes

In News:

the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has proposed about 392 routes under UDAN 4.1 bidding process.

Topics:

UDAN scheme:
  • The Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)- Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) envisaged to make air travel affordable and widespread in the country.
  • The scheme intends to boost inclusive national economic growth, employment opportunities, and air transport infrastructure development across the nation.

2.Raman effect

In News:

Monitoring of power transmission cables could be achieved through Raman thermometry. This was demonstrated by the researchers at IIT Madras.

Topics:

Raman effect:
  • Change in the wavelength of light occurs when a light beam is deflected by molecules is known as the Raman effect.
  • When a beam of light traverses a dust-free, transparent sample of a chemical compound, a small fraction of the light emerges in directions other than that of the incident (incoming) beam.

Current affairs summary – 11 March 2021

1. Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi approved by the Cabinet

In News:

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN).

Topics:

(Note: The following scheme may be important in the exams.)

PMSSN:
  • Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN) is a single non-lapsable reserve fund for a share of Health from the proceeds of Health and Education Cess levied under Section 136-b of Finance Act, 2007.
Salient features of the PMSSN:
  1. A non-lapsable reserve fund for Health in the Public Account;
  2. Proceeds of the share of health in the Health and Education Cess will be credited into PMSSN.

2. PMRPY and creation of employment

In News:

The government of India is implementing Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) since 2016 with the objective to incentivize employers for the creation of new employment and also aimed to bring informal workers to the formal workforce. This information was given by Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Topics:

PMRPY:
  • The Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) Plan Scheme has been designed to incentivize employers for the generation of new employment, where the Government of India will be paying 8.33% EPS contribution of the employer for the new employment.
  • Under the scheme, the Government of India is paying the Employer’s full contribution i.e. 12% towards Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) both (as admissible from time to time) for a period of three years to the new employees through Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

Current affairs summary – 09 March 2021

1. Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme

In News:

Declarations have been filed by taxpayers for resolution of Tax disputes amounting to Rs. 98,328 crore till 1st March 2021. Payment of Rs. 53,346 crore have been made by taxpayers under the Vivad Se Vishwas scheme till 1st March 2021.

Topics:

Vivad Se Vishwas Scheme:
  • Vivad Se Vishwas’ Scheme(No dispute but trust) aims at reducing litigations in the direct taxes payments.
  • This scheme was introduced in the Union Budget 2020-2021.

2. Ethanol blending of Petrol

In News:

The government has been promoting the use of ethanol as a blendstock with main automotive fuel like petrol in line with the National Policy on Biofuels -2018 under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme. This information was given by the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas  Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Topics:

EBP:
  • The use of damaged foodgrains and surplus food grains for the production of ethanol will increase its availability for Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme.
  • This policy envisages an indicative target of blending 20% ethanol in petrol by 2030.

Current affairs summary – 08 March 2021

1.Maitri Setu to be inaugurated

In News:

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on 9th March 2021 at 12 noon via video conferencing.

Topics:

Maitri Setu:

(Note: The following points may also be used in questions related to India and Bangladesh Relations.)

  • The bridge ‘Maitri Setu’ has been built over the Feni river which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura State and Bangladesh.
  • The name ‘Maitri Setu’ symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh.

2. RRI’s new high-resolution platform to detect the effect of alcohol exposure in RBC.

In News:

Scientists from Raman Research Institute have custom-made a platform to detect the effect of prolonged alcohol exposure on Red Blood Cells (RBC) through high-resolution measurements of their size. The device made in RRI relies on the resistive pulse sensing principle.

Topics:

RBC:
  • RBC refers to Red Blood Cells.
  • Red blood cells carry fresh oxygen all over the body.
  • RBCs are also called Erythrocytes.

Current affairs summary – 06 March 2021

1. PM Kusum mentioned by Hon’ble PM in the CERAWeek award meet

In News:

Hon’ble PM Shri. Narendra Modi was awarded the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award. In his keynote address, Hon’ble PM mentioned the recently launched National Hydrogen Mission and PM KUSUM which promotes an equitable and decentralized model of solar energy generation and also mentioned that behavioral change is the powerful way to tackle climate change.

Topics:

PM Kusum:
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid-connected solar and other renewable power plants in the country.
  • The scheme aims to add solar and other renewable capacities of 25,750 MW by 2022 with the total central financial support of Rs. 34,422 Crore including service charges to the implementing agencies.

2. ECLGS scheme

In News:

ECLGS scheme has helped in pushing the credit growth for small businesses and MSME, a news release stated.

Topics:

ECLGS scheme:
  • ECLGS refers to Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme.
  • ECLGS was announced as part of the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package (ANBP) to provide fully guaranteed and collateral-free additional credit to MSMEs, business enterprises, individual loans for business purposes, and MUDRA borrowers, to the extent of 20 percent of their credit outstanding as on 29.2.2020.

Current affairs summary – 05 March 2021

1. Ease of Living Index launched

In News:

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs announced the release of the final rankings of the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020.

Topics:

Ease of Living Index:
  • Ease of Living Index is launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Bengaluru emerged as the top performer in the Million+ category, followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Indore, and Greater Mumbai.

2, CSIR Floriculture Mission

In News:

Hon’ble Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan exhorted scientists of CSIR laboratories across the country to develop the land available at each laboratory to be set up as a model under the “CSIR Floriculture Mission”.

Topics:

CSIR Floriculture mission:
  • Floriculture refers to the cultivation of flowers.
  • CSIR Floriculture Mission has been approved for implementation in 21 States and Union Territories of India.

3. INSTC

In News:

Maritime India summit celebrated Chabahar Day and India wanted to include Chabahar port in INSTC corridor.

Topics:

INSTC:
  • International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) is a 7200km long multi-modal transportation established in 2000 for the purpose of promoting transportation cooperation among the Member States.
  • This corridor connects the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea via Iran, Islamic Rep., and is then connected to Saint Petersburg and North European via Russia.

Current affairs summary – 04 March 2021

1. Forest fire in Simlipal Biosphere Reserve

In News:

A forest fire broke out in parts of the Simlipal Biosphere Reserve in Odisha. The field-level staff has been deployed to contain the forest fire.

Topics:

Simlipal Biosphere Reserve:
  • Simlipal Biosphere Reserve is located in Odisha.
  • The Similipal Biosphere Reserve came into existence during 1994 as per the Man And Biosphere (MAB) program of UNESCO with the objective of bringing the people and domestic cattle along with the Forest & Wildlife into one fold of management so that the economic condition of the people is enriched through eco-development programs so that the dependency on the forest is reduced.

2. Marine Spatial Planning

In News:

India and Norway have agreed to jointly work in the area of marine spatial planning in the oceanic space for the next five years.

Topics:

Mains GS3 – Infrastructure

(Note: The following topic looks different. It may be important for Mains examination or even interview.)

Significance of Marine Spatial Planning:
  • The two countries India and Norway have decided to extend support for sustainable ocean resource utilization to advance economic and social development in coastal areas.
  • The initiative known as Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) for India.

Current affairs summary – 03 March 2021

1. Himalayan serow

In News:

Himalayan Serow has been spotted in Manas tiger reserve, Assam.

Topics:

Himalayan Serow:
  • Himalayan Serow is a Himalayan mammal.
  • Scientific Name: Capriconis Thar

2. RPA 1951

In News:

The Election Commission has announced the General Elections for the Legislative Assemblies of West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry on 26.02.2021. The public Notice period for registration of political parties under section 29 of RPA Act 1951 has been notified by the Election Commission.

Topics:

Registration of Political Parties:
  • Registration of political parties is governed by the provisions of section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
  • Part IVA of RPA 1951 deals with the Registration of Political Parties.

Current affairs summary – 02 March 2021

1. 3rd Janaushadi Diwas Celebrations started

In News:

The 3rd Janaushadhi Diwas 2021 celebrations commenced today. It will be a weeklong celebration starting today ie from 1st March to 7th March 2021. Jan Aushadhi kendras conducted Health Checkup Camps across the country.

Topics:

PMBJP:
  • Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses.
  • PMBJP stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs.

2. Land Ports Authority of India

In News:

The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) celebrated its 9th Foundation Day at its headquarters in New Delhi.

Topics:

LPAI:
  • Land Ports Authority of India is a statutory body established under the Land Ports Authority of India Act, 2010. The provisions of the Act came into force w.e.f., 1st March 2012.
  • LPAI is under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The vision of LPAI is to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure to facilitate trade and travel.

Current affairs summary – 01 March 2021

1. World Anti-Doping Agency

In News:

Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju launched a breakthrough Reference Material for use in chemical testing in the field of anti-doping synthesized by collaborative efforts of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati. This Reference Material (RM), has been identified by NDTL as one of the rarely available RMs globally and would be used to strengthen anti-doping measures in all World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratories.

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WADA:
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world.
  • Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.

2. Dekho Apna Desh Campaign

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As India is in Unlock phase now and the Ministry of Tourism and its field Offices are organizing and supporting different tourism promotion events under the Dekho Apna Desh Campaign showcasing various tourism assets and products of the country with an aim to create awareness among the stakeholders and citizens.

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Dekho Apna Desh:
  • Dekho Apna Desh is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism which was launched by Union Minister for Tourism (IC) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel at Konark, Odisha on 24th January 2020 by releasing the content of the pledge during a function on the Mygov platform.