Current Affairs 2021

Cabinet approves Opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, Maldives [25 May 2021]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, Maldives in 2021. India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links steeped in antiquity. Maldives occupies an important place in the 'Neighbourhood First Policy' and the 'SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision of the Government of India. Opening of a Consulate General in Addu City will help augment India's diplomatic presence in Maldives and make it commensurate with the existing and aspired level of engagement.

Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed as new CBI Director [25 May 2021]

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, has based on the panel recommended by the Committee, approved the appointment of Shri Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, IPS (MH: 1985) as Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office or until further orders whichever is earlier.

Guillermo Lasso was sworn in as President of Ecuador [24 May 2021]

Former banker Guillermo Lasso was sworn in as President of Ecuador, becoming the country's first rightwing leader in 14 years. CREO right-wing leader Guillermo Lasso had won Ecuador's Presidential Elections 2021 with over 52 percent of votes against Andres Arauz, a protege of former President Rafael Correa who governed Ecuador from 2007 through 2017.

China's rover takes first drive on Mars [23 May 2021]

China's solar powered Zhurong rover takes first drive on surface of Mars.

India's Narinder Batra of India was re-elected as President of the International Hockey Federation [22 May 2021]

Narinder Batra re-elected as the President of the International Hockey Federation(FIH) for a second term during the virtual 47th Congress of the sports global governing body.

Shaji N M recently got the India Biodiversity Award 2021 [22 May 2021]

Shaji N M was honored with the India Biodiversity Award 2021 in the individual category of 'Conservation of domesticated species' on the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day on May 22, 2021. Shaji N M is popularly known as "the Tuber Man of Kerala" as he conserves a wide array of around 200 tuber crops including greater yam, lesser yam, elephant foot yam, arrowroot, colocasia, sweet potato, cassava, and Chinese potato in his farm. Shergaon BMC in Arunachal Pradesh got the India Biodiversity award in the best biodiversity management committee category.

Gautam Adani becomes Asia’s 2nd richest man with $67 billion net worth [21 May 2021]

Adani Group founder and chairman Gautam Adani has now become the second richest man in Asia after overtaking China’s Zhong Shanshan. Gautam Adani’s net worth stands at $67.6 billion, making him the second richest Asian and the 14th richest businessman in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gautam Adani now remains just a spot behind Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chief Mukesh Ambani, who is Asia’s richest man with a net worth of just above $76 billion. On the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mukesh Ambani is currently on the 13th spot, just a place above Gautam Adani.

A new meme cryptocurrency $STOPELON has been created [20 May 2021]

A new virtual coin has been minted. It has been named $STOPELON. The cryptocurrency has emerged just this week and the price has increased over 4,000 per cent in just a day — from $0.0000019 to $0.00009450. The currency has been created on the blockchain Binance Smart Chain and is currently trading at around $0.00005600 with a market capitalisation of nearly $30 billion.

India and Oman renew two agreements [20 May 2021]

India and Oman renew two agreements on military cooperation and maritime security in Muscat.

Indian-Origin Chemist winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize [19 May 2021]

Cambridge University chemists Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman were declared the winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize, a prestigious global science and technology prize awarded for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques which means DNA can now be read in super-fast times. The prize, awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) at two-year intervals since 2004 - when Sir Tim Berners-Lee was honored for his discovery of the World Wide Web - to highlight the extensive impact of science and innovation on the wellbeing of society, is worth Euro 1 million. Sir Balasubramanian, an India-born British professor of medicinal chemistry, and Sir Klenerman, a British biophysical chemist, co-invented the Solexa-Illumina Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS), technology enabling fast, accurate, low-cost, and large-scale genome sequencing - the process of determining the complete DNA sequence of an organism's make-up, which is proving crucial in humanity's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anti Covid drug 2-DG launched by Defence Minister and Health Minister [17 May 2021]

Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan jointly launched the new COVID drug 2-DG at DRDO Bhawan. The anti-COVID-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) has been developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad.

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe 2021 [16 May 2021]

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe 2021, beating 73 contestants across the globe in the beauty pageant at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Miss Brazil Julia Gama was runner-up.

Barcelona Femeni wins UFFA women's Champions League 2020-21 title [16 May 2021]

Barcelona Femeni trounced Chelsea women's club 4-0 in the final to clinch its maiden UEFA Women's Champions League football title for 2020-21 at Gothenburg in Sweden.Barcelona became the first club in football history to win both the men's and the women's Champion League.

British Diplomat Martin Griffiths appointed as UN Humanitarian Chief [14 May 2021]

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths as the new UN Humanitarianunder Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency relief.

Moctor Quane reappointed as Prime Minister of Mali [14 May 2021]

Moctor Quane was reappointed as Prime Minister of Mali by President Bah Ndaw. He was appointed as Prime Minister of Mali in September 2020, following the military coup which overthrew president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August 2020.

N Rangasamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Puducherry [07 May 2021]

AINRC leader N Rangasamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Puducherry at a brief ceremony held at Raj Nivas. Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rangasamy, who has become Chief Minister for the fourth time.

MK Stalin takes oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu [07 May 2021]

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin, the DMK president who led his party to a huge victory in the Assembly polls was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 68-year old Stalin, for whom this would be the first stint as CM, in a simple ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.

UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2021 [03 May 2021]

Maria Ressa, Rappier chief executive officer, was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World PressFreedom Prize 2021 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the defence or promotion of press freedom especially in the face of danger. It is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the office of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogota, Colombia on 17 December 1986.

DRDO conducts maiden trial of Python-5 Air to Air Missile [28 Apr 2021]

Tejas, India's indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, added the 5th generation Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) in its air-to-air weapons capability on April 27, 2021. Trials were also aimed to validate enhanced capability of already integrated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM on Tejas. The test firing at Goa completed a series of missile trials to validate its performance under extremely challenging scenarios. Derby missile achieved direct hit on a high-speed maneuvering aerial target and the Python missiles also achieved 100% hits, thereby validating their complete capability. The trials met all their planned objectives.

Shri Justice Rajesh Bindal to perform duties of the office of the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court [27 Apr 2021]

The President of India in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, appointed Shri Justice Rajesh Bindal, senior-most Judge of Calcutta High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from 29th April, 2021 following the retirement of Shri Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, Chief Justice, Calcutta High Court. A notification in this regard has been issued by Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice.

MoU between the India and Bangladesh on the establishment of a framework of cooperation in the area of trade remedial measures [20 Apr 2021]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Director General of Trade Remedies, Republic of India and the Bangladesh Trade & Tariff Commission, People's Republic of Bangladesh on the establishment of a framework of cooperation in the area of trade remedial measures signed on 27th March, 2021 at Dhaka. The primary objective of the MOU is to promote cooperation between the two countries in the area of Trade Remedies, covering the broad activities related to exchange of information, undertaking capacity building activities and activities in accordance with various provisions of World Trade Organization in the area of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures in bilateral trade between India and Bangladesh.

Cabinet approves Amendments to the Finance Bill, 2021 [20 Apr 2021]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gives ex-post facto approval for the Government amendments to the Finance Bill, 2021 (enacted on 28th March, 2021 as the Finance Act, 2021). The amendments were essential to clarify and rationalise the proposals further and address stakeholders concerns arising out of amendments proposed in the Finance Bill. The Government amendments to the Finance Bill, 2021 shall provide equity and inclusiveness to all the taxpayers by addressing stakeholders concerns arising out of amendments proposed in the Bill.The Government amendments to the Finance Bill, 2021 are tax proposals which shall generate timely revenue for the Government and streamline existing provisions by addressing grievances of the taxpayers.

DRDO develops SpO2 based Supplemental Oxygen Delivery System [19 Apr 2021]

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation) supplemental Oxygen Delivery System for soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas. Developed by Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bengaluru of DRDO, the system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents the person from sinking in to a state of Hypoxia, which is fatal in most cases, if sets in. This automatic system can also prove to be a boon during the current Covid-19 situation.

K Madhavan named president of The Walt Disney Company India and Star India [14 Apr 2021]

The Walt Disney Company on Wednesday named K Madhavan as the president of The Walt Disney Company India and Star India with immediate effect. The move comes following the departure of Uday Shankar who had stepped down last year. In his new role, Madhavan will drive the strategy and growth of the media giant in India, with responsibility for the Disney, Star and Hotstar businesses and operations spanning across entertainment, sports and regional channels, and direct-to-consumer.

Sushil Chandra appointed next Chief Election Commissioner [13 Apr 2021]

Sushil Chandra was appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner, the Law Ministry said. He will assume charge on April 13, a day after incumbent CEC Sunil Arora demits office. A former CBDT Chairman, Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on February 14, 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha election. He would demit office on May 14, 2022.

Sputnik V has got Indian regulatory approval [13 Apr 2021]

India’s top drug regulatory body gave the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine developed by a Moscow laboratory permission for use in an emergency situation. The decision came hours after an expert panel of the regulator recommended emergency licensure to the vaccine. Sputnik V is now the third vaccine to be given such an approval in India after Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

CRMNEXT Wins the 2021 "Dream Company to Work For" Award Presented by Times Ascent [10 Apr 2021]

CRMNEXT is a leading global banking and insurance digital transformation and customer experience platform. It has to its credit the largest banking CRM implementation globally with over a million bankers and a billion customers managed on its platform. The award is a testament to CRMNEXT's exceptional working environment that empowers employees to push their boundaries with a holistic care and work enablement ecosystem, innovative technology stack and continuous learning model to meet the evolving needs of its customers. Times Ascent World HRD Congress is the largest HR event in the world, with over 1800 professionals across 133 countries in attendance this year. The awards highlight outstanding business achievements in categories such as HR Technology, Workplace Innovation and Diversity Inclusion, among others.

Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2021 notified [08 Apr 2021]

The Government of India has notified Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2021 vide Gazette notification under reference G.S.R. 225(E) dated 30th March, 2021. In India, the copyright regime is governed by the Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright Rules, 2013. The Copyright Rules, 2013 were last amended in the year 2016. The amendments have been introduced with the objective of bringing the existing rules in parity with other relevant legislations. It aims to ensure smooth and flawless compliance in the light of the technological advancement in digital era by adopting electronic means as primary mode of communication and working in the Copyright Office. A new provision regarding publication of a copyrights journal has been incorporated, thereby eliminating the requirement of publication in the Official Gazette. The said journal would be available at the website of the Copyright Office. In order to encourage accountability and transparency, new provisions have been introduced, to deal with the undistributed royalty amounts and use of electronic and traceable payment methods while collection and distribution of royalties. To reinforce transparency in working of copyright societies a new rule has been introduced, whereby the copyright societies will be required to draw up and make public an Annual Transparency Report for each financial year. The amendments have harmonised the Copyright Rules with the provisions of Finance Act, 2017 whereby the Copyright Board has been merged with Appellate Board. The compliance requirements for registration of software works have been largely reduced, as now the applicant has the liberty to file the first 10 and last 10 pages of source code, or the entire source code if less than 20 pages, with no blocked out or redacted portions.

ReNew Power commissions 110 MW solar capacity in Rajasthan [07 Apr 2021]

ReNew Power has commissioned a 110 megawatt (MW) solar generation facility in Rajasthan. As part of the project, ReNew has signed a power purchase agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India at a tariff of Rs 2.49/kWh and will provide clean energy to the state. The solar project in Jaisalmer district is a part of an eventual 2300 MW of solar capacity that ReNew is bringing in Rajasthan.

Rebecca Welch becomes 1st woman to referee in English men’s pro league [06 Apr 2021]

Rebecca Welch became the first female referee to officiate an English men’s professional league game, and the managers of the teams involved were full of praise for her performance. The 37-year-old Welch took charge of Port Vale’s 2-0 win over Harrogate in the fourth tier. She is on FIFA’s international list and has twice been referee for the Women’s FA Cup final, in 2017 and 2020. She took up refereeing 11 years ago.

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

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