Current Affairs

15 April, 2021

International

“To Honour” BR Ambedkar, Indian-American Congressman Introduces Resolution

In the US House of Representatives, an Indian-American Congressman has introduced a resolution for a second consecutive year to honour Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of India’s Constitution on his 130th birth anniversary.

About the resolution

Indian-American Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna said “Today, I’m reintroducing my resolution to honour B R Ambedkar, in the hopes that young leaders around the world will read his work and be inspired by his vision for equalitu.”

The resolution acknowledges the profound impact of America’s discriminatory practices, specifically the systematic discrimination of African-Americans and women in the United States, as influential in his pursuit to guarantee equal rights for every human being in the Indian Constitution.

The resolution affirms the prohibition of untouchability and caste discrimination in all forms, as enshrined in the principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The resolution states that Dr Ambedkar’s contributions to economics, political science, civil rights, religious harmony, and jurisprudence have had a profound impact around the world, promoting democratic values, unfettered equality, and justice for peoples of all castes, races, genders, religions, and backgrounds.

It has also stated that DR Ambedkar led one of the largest civil rights movements in history, working to establish basic rights for hundreds of millions of Dalits, and succeeded in including Article 17 in the Constitution of India which abolishes untouchability and its practice in any form.

Also his influence as an economist is evidence by his seminal texts on India’s financial system, his establishment of the Finance Commission of India, and his role in the creation of The Reserve Bank of India

India-Kazakhstan Defence Ministers explores on Defence Industrial Collaboration

Nurlan Yermekbayev, Defence Minister of Kazakhstan visited India, where he along with Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks to enhance Defence Industrial Collaboration between the countries. Both sides discussed improving defence ties through Training, Military Exercises & Capacity building programs.

National

C-DAC launches 3 New Initiatives on Occasion of its 34th Foundation Day

C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) launched 3 new initiatives namely Cyber Security Operation Centre (CSoC), Parallel Development Environment (ParaDE) & Automatic Parallelizing Compiler (CAPC) on occasion of its 34th Foundation Day. The event was virtually presided over by Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology. Apart from the 3 initiatives, C-DAC set aside funds for development of an app-based system called Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System (MANAS) which is a national wellbeing platform for augmenting the mental wellbeing of Indian citizens.
About Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):
Director General – Dr. Hemant Darbari
Headquarters – Pune, Maharashtra

C-DAC launches 3 New Initiatives on Occasion of its 34th Foundation Day

C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) launched 3 new initiatives namely Cyber Security Operation Centre (CSoC), Parallel Development Environment (ParaDE) & Automatic Parallelizing Compiler (CAPC) on occasion of its 34th Foundation Day. The event was virtually presided over by Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology. Apart from the 3 initiatives, C-DAC set aside funds for development of an app-based system called Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System (MANAS) which is a national wellbeing platform for augmenting the mental wellbeing of Indian citizens.
About Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC):
Director General – Dr. Hemant Darbari
Headquarters – Pune, Maharashtra

Udhampur bags top Position at National Level for implementation of PMGSY during 2020-21

Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) UT bagged the top position at National level for successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) during FY 2020-21. It has constructed roads of length 560.49 km during the FY 2020-21. Chhattisgarh bagged the first place among all states/UT for developing the highest road length under PMGSY. It was followed by Uttarakhand and J&K.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)
i.It was launched on 25th December, 2000 for providing all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages of India.
The Ministry of Rural Development along with the State Government is responsible for implementation of PMGSY.
About Ministry of Rural Development:
Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar (Lok Sabha MP from Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State – Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Lok Sabha MP from Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh)

India Celebrates ‘Tika Utsav’ Vaccination Festival to Combat COVID-19

The Government of India launched the Tika Utsav, a four day COVID-19 vaccination festival with an aim to vaccinate the maximum number of eligible people against COVID-19. Tika Utsav is India’s Mass vaccination drive to combat COVID-19. The 4-day vaccination drive started on 11th April 2021, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and continued till 14th April 2021 the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Harsh Vardhan Announced the Constitution of High-level Steering Committee For Eco-health Initiatives In India

i.Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW) announced the constitution of a high-level steering committee for eco-health initiatives in India.
ii.The secretariat of the committee will be hosted at the ICMR.
iii.The Union Minister also launched the special issue of ICMR’s Indian Journal of Medical Research. The journal discusses the One Health approach, confirms diverse research on biosafety, preparedness and response.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW):
Union Minister– Dr Harsh Vardhan (Constituency: Chandni Chowk, NCT of Delhi)
Minister of State– Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Constituency: Buxar, Bihar)

Harsh Vardhan Launches New Mission called ‘Aahaar Kranti’

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan launched a new mission called ‘Aahaar Kranti’. The aim of the mission is to raise awareness of the importance of nutritionally balanced diet & the importance of accessibility to all local fruits & vegetables. It is a joint initiative of Vijnana Bharati (Vibha), Global Indian Scientists’ and Technocrats’ Forum (GIST), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) & Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark (PRABHASS). The motto of the Mission is Uttam Aahaar Uttam Vichaar or ‘Good Diet-Good Cognition’. It aims to achieve nutritional balanced diets by emphasizing on consumption of locally sourced fruits and vegetables. The program aims to address the problem faced by India and the world called ‘hunger and diseases in abundance’.
About Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA)
President – Vijay P. Bhatkar
Headquarters – New Delhi

Atal Innovation Mission, Bayer partner to work towards healthcare & agriculture innovations

Bayer, a German life sciences company, signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) for a strategic partnership with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog to foster Innovation & Entrepreneurship across healthcare & agriculture sectors. The SoI also includes the promotion of science education, advancing digital solutions & agri-tech to strengthen supply chains, and healthcare projects. Bayer will support the current & future programs of AIM in agriculture and healthcare sectors. It is 1st of a kind collaboration in sectors of agriculture & healthcare between AIM & Bayer.
About Bayer Global:
Chairman – Werner Baumann
Headquarters – Leverkusen, Germany

NITI Aayog Launches ‘Poshan Gyan’, a National Digital Repository on Health and Nutrition

NITI Aayog launched the Website ‘Poshan Gyan’ which is a National Digital Repository on Health & Nutrition. It has been developed in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) & Centre for Social and Behaviour Change, Ashoka University.
It has a collection of communication materials created by government agencies & other development organizations for tackling the challenges of knowledge awareness and behaviour change in the nutrition sector.
Poshan Gyan repository was conceptualized as a resource, enabling search of communication materials on 14 thematic areas of health and nutrition.
About Centre for Social and Behaviour Change (CSBC)
Director – Pavan Mamidi
Location – New Delhi, Delhi
About Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF):
Co-Chairs – Bill Gates & Melinda Gates
CEO – Mark Suzman
Headquarters – Seattle, Washington, USA

Economy

Retail Inflation Increased to 5.52% in March, 2021: NSO

Based on the data released by the National Statistical Office(NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI)on April 12, 2021, India’s retail inflation was accelerated to a four-month high of 5.52 per cent in March, 2021 due to an increase in food rates.
About Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI):
Minister of State (MoS)– Rao Inderjit Singh
Statistics Day – June 29

NHB provides Rs. 10,000 crore Special Refinancing Facility 2021 to HFCs & PLIs

National Housing Bank (NHB) has launched Rs.10,000 crore ‘Special Refinance Facility-2021’ (SRF-2021) Scheme for Housing Finance Companies (HFC) and Primary Lending Institutions (PLI) .
Objective:
i.The main objective of this scheme is to provide liquidity Support to HFCs and eligible PLIs by providing short term refinance support.
ii.Under this SRF-2021, NHB has decided to provide short term liquidity support to PLIs.
iii.This scheme also gives support to HFCs to maintain a constant growth in the housing finance sector.
About National Housing Bank(NHB):
Establishment –July 9, 1988 under the National Housing Bank Act, 1987.
Headquarters –NewDelhi
Managing Director – Sarada Kumar Hota

IRDAI has Amended the Insurers’ FoF Investment in AIFs

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), the insurance sector regulator now allowed insurance companies to invest in Fund-of-Funds (FoF) that invest within the country.

NCDC availed Rs 600 crore loan from Deutsche Bank AG to Support Cooperatives

National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) made a deal with Deutsche Bank AG, a German investment bank to avail a loan of €68.87 million (around Rs 600 crore) to finance the development work of cooperatives across India. The NCDC also signed an MoU with the Kolkata-based Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to avail help from them to support Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) to sell their produce. Both the agreements were presided over by the Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
About National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC):
Establishment – 1963 as a development finance statutory institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Managing Director– Sundeep Kumar Nayak
Head Office– New Delhi

Sports

Laureus World Sports Awards 2021: Get Complete List of Nominees for Sportsman, Sportswoman & Team of 2021

The 22nd Laureus World Sports Awards will be hosted by the Spanish city of Seville on May 6, 2021. The awards will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are conferred to celebrate the achievements of sportsmen and sportswomen and their impact on society.

Many major names from the sporting world are in contention for the awards this year including Lewis Hamilton, Rafael Nadal, LeBron James, Naomi Osaka, Robert Lewandowski and Federica Brignone.

Chess : Praggnanandhaa wins Polgar Challenge 2021

Indian Grand Master, R. Praggnanandhaa won the Polgar Challenge 2021 after he finished with 15.5 points in the event.He finishes the campaign with a hard-fought draw against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Uzb).The Polgar Challenge was a four-day online rapid tournament held from April 8-11, it is part of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour. With the victory, Praggnanandhaa qualified for the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event which is set to be held on April 24, 2021.

Miscellaneous

Narendra Singh Tomar launches “National Nursery Portal”

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the “National Nursery Portal” which was developed by the National Horticulture Board for connecting Nursery operators with consumers. Through this portal, Consumers can get information, price & quality of a Plantation, while Suppliers can analyse the market demand of products.

CCI Approves Acquisition of 89.6% of Shareholdings in GPL by APSEZ Ltd

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of 89.6 per cent equity shareholding of Gangavaram Port Limited (GPL) by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones (APSEZ) Limited. The acquisition was approved under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.
About the acquisition:
89.6% Shareholdings is Acquired from 2 entities, viz
i.APSEZ Ltd has acquired the 58.1 percent stake of GPL from DVS Raju and Family for
Rs.3604 crore.
ii.APSEZ Ltd has acquired remaining, 31.5 percent stake of GPL from Warburg Pincus.
About Gangavaram Port Limited (GPL):
GPL is an integrated port infrastructure service provider present across 11 domestic ports in 6 maritime states (Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha).
Port Office– Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
About Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ):
APSEZ is the largest commercial ports operator in India present across 12 domestic ports in 7 states (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha).
CEO– Karan Adani
Head Office– Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Suresh Raina appointed as Brand Ambassador of Elista

Consumer electronic company, ‘Elista’ appointed former Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina as its Brand Ambassador. Elista is a subsidiary of ‘TeknoDome’ , a UAE based trading company, which started its manufacturing in 2020. Elista manufactures innovative products in consumer electronics ranging from LED TVs to Coolers, under the concept of ‘Making in India for the world’.
About TeknoDome:
Headquarters of TeknoDome – Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Headquarters of TeknoDome India – Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Elista – Saket Gaurav
CEO of Elista – Pawan Kumar

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