Current Affairs

13 April, 2021


Russian President Putin signs Law paving way to rule until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a legislation which will enable him to run for two or more consecutive six-year terms, effectively permitting him to remain in office till 2036. The legislation formalizes changes to the Russian Constitution which were endorsed by people through a referendum held in 2020. Before the signing of the new legislation, a President could serve only a maximum of two consecutive six-year terms.
About Russia:
Federal Assembly – State Duma – Lower house, Federation Council – Upper House
Seats – Total – 620 (State Duma – 450, Federation Council – 170)

Nirmala Sitharaman participates in 103rd Development Committee Meeting of World Bank-IMF 2021

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman virtually participated in the 103rd Development Committee Meeting of World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2021. Nirmala Sitharaman represented India, Bangladesh, Bhutan & Sri Lanka in the meeting. Indian Government stated that it has announced Atma Nirbhar Packages of INR 27.1 Lakh Crore, amounting to more than 13% of the GDP.
About World Bank Group (WBG):
President – David Malpass
Headquarters – Washington DC., USA
Member Countries – 189


HUL, Google collaborated with MyGov India to launch AI for Agriculture Hackathon

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) & Google partners with MyGov India to jointly formulate an Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven Agriculture Hackathon that was conducted from 7-9 April 2021.
Target – To encourage start-ups and institutions for finding innovative solutions to address India’s water scarcity problem through AI solutions.
About Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL):
Chairman & MD – Sanjiv Mehta
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Google:
Founders – Larry Page, Sergey Brin
Launched – 1998
Parent Organisation – Alphabet Inc.

India records 7.2 % Ethanol-blending in Petrol for the 1st Time

Ethanol-blending in Petrol in India has reached more than 7.2 percent for the First Time. It has reached 7.2 per cent in the first four months of the ethanol supply year 2020-21 (December 2020 – November 2021). Before this, the best-ever ethanol blending in petrol achieved at all-India level was around 5.2 per cent. India has set a target of 10 %(10% of ethanol mixed with 90% of petrol) blending by 2022 & 20 % blending by 2025. The government is promoting the use of ethanol as blendstock with Petrol in line with the National Policy on Biofuels (NPB) – 2018 under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme.
About Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG)
Union Minister – Dharmendra Pradhan (Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha, Constituency – Madhya Pradesh)

NITI Aayog Launched first of its kind Online Dispute Resolution Handbook in India

i.Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud released the first of its kind Online Dispute Resolution(ODR) Handbook developed by Agami and Omidyar Network India.
ii.The handbook was developed in association with (National Institution for Transforming India) NITI Aayog with the support of ICICI Bank, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Trilegal, Dalberg, Dvara and NIPFP.
iii.ODR Handbook features the insights and learnings to equip a person to successfully adopt ODR.
iv.ODR is a mechanism to resolve disputes collaboratively outside the court.
About NITI Aayog:
The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed under the resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.
Chairperson– Prime Minister Narendra Modi
CEO– Amitabh Kant
Headquarters– New Delhi


SwitchON signed an MOU with PNB for Solar Pump Financing through Loss default guarantee fund

SwitchON Foundation has partnered with Punjab National Bank(PNB) to offer finance to the marginal farmers for buying solar pumps. PNB will be financing solar pumps through the SwitchON Foundation’s – First Loss Default Guarantee Fund.
Objective: The basic aim of this fund is to help unbanked small marginal farmers without any collateral and to promote clean energy.
About Punjab National Bank(PNB):
Founded – May 19, 1894
Commenced Operations – April 12, 1895
MD & CEO – CH. S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Tagline– The name you can bank upon

WazirX launched an NFT marketplace for Indian Artists

WazirX, the Binance-owned cryptocurrency exchange has launched one of India’s first marketplaces for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), which will enable Indian artists and creators to auction their digital assets over the Blockchain-based platform and earn royalty.
What is a cryptocurrency exchange?
• A cryptocurrency exchange, or a digital currency exchange (DCE), is a business that allows customers to trade cryptocurrencies or digital currencies for other assets, such as conventional fiat money or other digital currencies.

India’s debt-to-GDP ratio increased from 74% to 90% during Covid-19: IMF

The International Monetary Fund(IMF) reported an increase in India’s debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio from 74 percent (at the end of 2019) to 90 percent (at the end of 2020) during the COVID-19 period. Based on the IMF’s baseline forecast, it expects a further drop in India’s ‘Debt to GDP ratio’ to 80 percent due to the recent Indian economy recovery.
About International Monetary Fund (IMF):
Establishment– 1944
Member Countries– 190
Headquarter – Washington, D.C., United States
Managing Director – Kristalina Georgieva
Economic Counsellor and Research Department Director – Gita Gopinath

Mobisafar partners with YES BANK and NPCI to launch Mobisafar Virtual RuPay Prepaid Card

Mobisafar Services Private Limited, a Ludhiana-based Fintech start-up, has launched ‘Mobisafar Virtual RuPay Prepaid card’ in partnership with YES BANK and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
About ‘Mobisafar Virtual RuPay Prepaid Card’:
The Card provides convenient access to the wallet through a mobile app and desktop with a reloadable limit.
It can be used to book airline tickets, hotels, retail shopping, movie tickets, groceries etc.
It is founded in line with the Government of India’s vision for ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
About YES Bank:
Establishment – 2004
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD&CEO – Prashant Kumar
Tagline– Experience our Expertise


IPL Points Table 2021: Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs, Check Full Rankings, Team Standings

IPL Points Table 2021: Despite a brilliant innings from Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals fell four runs short from beating Punjab Kings in a thrilling IPL game on April 12, 2021 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

Batting first, the Punjab Kings had posted a massive total of 221 runs with the loss of 6 wickets, powered by stunning batting from Punjab's skipper KL Rahul who had scored 91 runs. Coming out to bat second, the Rajasthan Royals had a huge task ahead.

What followed next was a dream innings from Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson who smashed a spectacular knock of 119 runs off 63 balls. Samson become the first in VIVO IPL to score a century on captaincy debut. This was his third IPL century overall. His sensational innings was powered by 12 fours and 7 sixes.

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in Srinagar

Union Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) for Rowing discipline at the Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council Water Sports Academy at the Nehru Park in the world-famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. This is one of the two KISCEs from Jammu & Kashmir. The other being the Maulana Azad Stadium for Fencing discipline in Jammu.


4 Member Crew announced for World’s 1st all-civilian Earth Orbiter Mission

SpaceX announced the 4 member crew for the World’s 1st all-civilian Earth Orbiter Mission, “Inspiration4”. Chris Sembroski, Dr. Sian Proctor, Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux were the 1st batch of civilians aboard the Dragon spacecraft to be launched into orbit by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket by September 15, 2021.

Russia’s Soyuz Rocket Launches 3-member crew to International Space Station

Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 Yu. A. Gagarin Rocket (named after Yuri Gagarin the 1st human being to travel to space) successfully launched a 3-member crew (2 Russian Cosmonauts & 1 American Astronaut) to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The rocket has been named after Societ Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of his travel to space aboard Vostok 1 (On April 12, 1961). The rocket took 2 Russian Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy & Pyotr Dubrov, and US Astronaut Mark Vande Hei to the ISS. The arrival of 3 more astronauts to ISS, temporarily increases the Station’s population to 10. At present, 4 Americans, 2 Russians & 1 Japanese national man the International Space Station.
About Russia:
President – Vladimir Putin
Capital – Moscow
Currency – Russian Rouble

Pramerica Life Insurance Appointed Kalpana Sampat as its MD & CEO

Pramerica Life Insurance Limited (PLIL), a private life insurer, appointed Kalpana Sampat as its Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO), with effect from 9th April 2021. Prior to the appointment, she was serving as the Chief Operating Officer(COO) of the company. She succeeds Annop Pabby as the new MD & CEO.
About Kalpana Sampat:
i.Kalpana Sampat has been working with Pramerica life Insurance since 2018.
ii.She has served as the CEO of Swiss Reinsurance Co., India.
iii.She joined the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. ltd, as a founder member in 2000.
iv.She has also worked with the life Life Insurance Corporation of India between 1984 to 2000.

Prithvi Shaw appointed as Brand Ambassador of SportzXchange

Indian Batsman, Prithvi Shaw, was appointed as the brand ambassador of SportzXchange, a fantasy sports platform. He will be a part of the brand’s promotional campaign “Yahaan Hai Kuch Xtra” to amplify the reach of Fantasy matches in IPL.
About Prithvi Shaw: Prithvi Shaw was the captain of India’s 2018 World Cup winning U-19 squad. He is the 1st person to score 800 runs in a single season of the Vijay Hazare trophy.

2021 EE British Academy Film Awards: Nomadland Won 4 BAFTA’s Including Best Picture

i.The winners of the 74th edition of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA)’s annual film awards – 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards were announced and presented over 2 ceremonies on 10th and 11th April 2021 over a virtual platform.
ii.The award ceremony was broadcasted across the BBC in the United Kingdom and across the globe.
iii.The film “Nomadland” directed by Chloé Zhao won the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards under 4 categories – Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actress and Best Cinematography.
iv.Bukky Bakray won the EE Rising Star Award which was voted by the public.
About British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA):
BAFTA is a leading independent art charity.
Formed on 16 April 1947
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom

Ramesh Pokhriyal presents AICTE Lilavati Awards 2020 on Women Empowerment to winners

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ presented the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) Lilavati Awards 2020 on Women Empowerment to winners in New Delhi. Around 25 Winners were announced from a total of 456 entries.
Sub-theme Name of the Team Name of the Institute
Legal Awareness Radiant Seetha Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem, Tamil Nadu
Self Defence Paritranas St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Sanitation & Hygiene SKBCoP ECO CLUB Smt.Kishoritai Bhoyar College of Pharmacy, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Women Health WIT Women Health Coalition Walchand Institute of Technology (WIT), Solapur, Maharashtra
Women Entrepreneurship Sweat (Sona Women Entrepreneurship and Training) Sona College of Technology, Salem, Tamil Nadu
Literacy Digital Literacy Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship Development, Pune, Maharashtra
About All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):
Chairman – Professor Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe
Headquarters– New Delhi
Established – 1945

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