Current Affairs

19 April, 2021

International

India ranks 84th in Henley Passport Index 2021; Japan tops

According to ‘Henley Passport Index : Q2 2021 Global Ranking’ released by Henley & Partners, India has been ranked as 84th Most Powerful Passport (visa-free score – 58). The Index has been topped by Japan, Singapore while Germany & South Korea together took the 3rd spot. India shares its ranking with Gabon & Tajikistan. Indian passport holders have access to 58 Visa-Free destinations. Around 199 different passports have been compared for the index. The index ranks passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa (or most travel friendly passports). It is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
About Henley & Partners:
CEO – Juerg Steffen

COVID-19 Pandemic Pushed Half Of India’s Poor Away From Nutrition: 2021 Global Food Policy Report

The ‘2021 Global Food Policy Report: Transforming Food Systems After COVID-19’ of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) stated that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions has affected around half of India’s poor people from being deprived from nutritious food. The report has also warned about the severe and long lasting effects due the contraction in the quality of the diet. The report was launched on 13th April 2021.

National

6th Raisina Dialogue 2021 inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi

The 6th edition of the Raisina dialogue 2021 which is India’s annual global conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics was organized from April 13 to 16 ,2021 in a fully digital form for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Theme:
”Viral world:Outbreaks,Outliers and Out of Control”

About Observer Research Foundation(ORF):
Formation:5th September 1990
Headquarters:New Delhi
Chairman:Sunjoy Joshi
President:Samir Saran

1st Ever UN Food Systems Summit 2021 to be held in September 2021

The United Nations Secretary General has called for the 1st ever United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 to be held in September 2021 in New York, USA. The Summit is a part of the Decade of Action (2020-30) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The summit will launch new actions for delivering progress on all 17 SDGs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to participate in the event along with other global leaders
About United Nations (UN):
Secretary-General – António Guterres
Member States – 193
Headquarters – New York, USA

Overview of Inaugural Edition of ‘The Hydrogen Economy – New Delhi Dialogue 2021’

The Inauguration Edition of Hydrogen Roundtable titled ‘The Hydrogen Economy-New Delhi Dialogue 2021’ took place virtually on 15th April, 2021. The Hydrogen Roundtable is the first of its kind conference on Hydrogen Ecosystem.

Organizers – The Energy Forum (TEF), an Independent Think-Tank and the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Government of India.

Purpose – To discuss emerging hydrogen ecosystems and explore opportunities for collaboration, cooperation and coalition. Around 25 panelists from 15 countries such as UAE, Denmark, US took part in the conference.

About The Energy Forum (TEF)
Chairman – Dr. Anil Kakodkar
Location – New Delhi
About Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI)
Director General – Dr R K Malhotra
Location – New Delhi

MoFPI, DAY-NRLM join hands to implement PM-FME Scheme

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) & Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) have agreed to work together on implementation of PM-FME Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme).

About Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI)
Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar (Lok Sabha – Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State – Rameswar Teli (Lok Sabha – Dibrugarh, Assam)

Ministry of Tourism signs MoU with Cleartrip, Ease My Trip

The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 2 Online Travel Companies – Cleartrip and Ease My Trip for boosting the Hospitality & Tourism Industry of India.

ii.Registration of entities on SAATHI & NIDHI platform is to promote safe, honourable and sustainable tourism.

Flipkart acquires Cleartrip
Flipkart is set to acquire 100% stake of Cleartrip’s shareholding (valued at ~ USD 40 Million).It is aimed at strengthening Flipkart’s digital commerce offerings for customers.

About Cleartrip
Chairman – Michael Eberhard
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Ease My Trip
CEO – Nishant Pitti
Headquarters – New Delhi

Economy

LT Foods becomes 1st Company to be certified by UN-backed Sustainable Rice Platform

India-based LT Foods Limited became the 1st company at the global level to be certified with the highest level of verification – L3, by UN-backed Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) ecolabel. It will enable the company to use the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) verified logo on packs of Rice produced by verified 1, 000+ farmers growing sustainable rice.

Flipkart Partners With Adani Group to Strengthen its Presence In India

Flipkart, an e-commerce marketplace, made a strategic two-prong partnership with Adani Group to strengthen its supply chain and technology infrastructure. Under the two-prong partnership one with Adani Logistics Limited for forming fulfilment centre and the other with Adaniconnex Private Limited for data centres creation.
About Flipkart Group:
Establishment – 2007
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
CEO – Kalyan Krishnamurthy

SEBI Issued Guidelines for Warehousing Norms for Agri and Non-Agri Goods

SEBI has issued guidelines for preparing warehousing norms by Clearing Corporations(CCs) for agricultural/agro-processed goods and non-agricultural goods (base and industrial metals). The guidelines would come into effect from June 1, 2021.
Guidelines by SEBI to CCs: The norms set by CCs will be the minimum requirements/standards that its Warehouse Service Providers(WSPs) should comply with. A CC cannot stop its WSP from providing service to other CCs as it can be accredited with more than one CC.

About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
Establishment – 1992
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman – Ajay Tyagi

Sports

IPL Schedule 2021: CSK vs RR today, Check Full IPL Schedule, IPL 2021 Time Table, Teams and Venue

IPL Schedule 2021: The Chennai Super Kings will take on the Rajasthan Royals at 7.30 pm today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Key Rajasthan all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament due to finger injury.

Stokes had injured his finger while taking a catch for the Royals and CT scan revealed that he has fractured his left index finger. The cricketer would be requiring surgery and hence, he will be flying back home to the United Kingdom.
Both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will looking to keep up their winning momentum after losing their opening game and bouncing back in the second match.

Asian Wrestling Championships 2021: India clinches one Gold, two Bronze medals

Asian Wrestling Championships 2021: India has so far won one gold medal and two bronze medals at the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships 2021 at Almaty, Kazakhstan.
With three medals, India stands at the eighth position on the Asian Wrestling Championships Medal Tally. Iran and Kazakhstan jointly share the top spot of the Medal Tally with 9 medals each.

Miscellaneous

NASA Aims to Land 1st Woman, Person of Colour on Moon by 2024 under Artemis Mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to land the first woman and first person of colour to the surface of the Moon by 2024 as a part of its international spaceflight programme, ‘Artemis’. NASA will collaborate with its commercial and international partners and establish a sustainable exploration for the first time. This is the first time that NASA specified to land a person.

Soliha Shabir Named in India’s World Records-Youngest & 1st Author in J&K to Recreate Life of Habba Khatoons poetry

22 year old Soliha Shabir from Dalgate, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir(J&K) has added her name in India’s World Records, as the youngest and first author from J&K who has recreated the Life of Habba Khatoons poetry. She has authored 3 books ‘In the lawn of dark’, ‘Obsolete- The poem Market’ and ‘Zoon – The heart of Habba Khatoon’. Her 3rd book titled – Zoon is the first book which recreated the theme of Habba Khatoon’s poetry and essence.

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