Current Affairs 2021

Mumbai emerge Champion of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21 [14 Mar 2021]

Mumbai clinched Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21 as it prevailed over Uttar Pradesh by six wickets in the final match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

India's Mithali Raj becomes only second International woman cricketer to Achieve 10000 runs in all International cricket format [12 Mar 2021]

Mithali Raj became the second woman and the first Indian woman to score 10000 runs in international cricket. She joined England legend Charlotte Edwards in the elite club of 10000 runs across formats in woman's cricket.

Prime Minister inaugurates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav from Sabarmati Ashram; flags off Dandi Padyatra [12 Mar 2021]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the ‘Padyatra’ (Freedom March) from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad and inaugurated the curtain raiser activities of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (India@75). Governor of Gujarat Shri Acharya Devvrat, Union MoS (I/C) Shri Prahalad Singh Patel and Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani and Gandhi Ashram trustees were among those present on the occasion.

Indo-Uzbekistan Field Training Exercise 'DUSTLIK ' commences in Ranikhet(Uttarakhand) [10 Mar 2021]

The India – Uzbekistan joint military exercise “DUSTLIK II” commenced today in Foreign Training Node Chaubatia, Ranikhet (Uttarakhand). This is the Second Edition of annual bilateral joint exercise of both armies. It will continue till 19th March 2021. The first edition of the exercise was held at Uzbekistan in Nov 2019. 45 Soldiers each from Uzbekistan and Indian Army are participating in the exercise. Both contingents will be sharing their expertise and skills in the field of counter terrorist operations in mountainous/rural/urban scenario under UN mandate. The exercise will culminate into a 36 hours joint validation exercise scheduled from 17 to 18 March 21. The validation exercise will be a test bed for the soldiers of both armies as they would be undergoing the challenges of actual operations in such scenarios.

INS Karanj - third Kalvari class Submarine commissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai [10 Mar 2021]

Indian Navy’s third stealth Scorpene class Submarine INS Karanj has been commissioned at the Naval Dockyard Mumbai through a formal commissioning ceremony. Admiral VS Shekhawat PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd), former Chief of the Naval Staff, who was part of the commissioning crew of the old Karanj and later the Commanding officer during the 1971 Indo – Pak war, was the Chief Guest for the ceremony. Six Scorpene Class submarines are being built in India by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France. INS Karanj would form part of the Western Naval Command’s Submarine fleet and would be another potent part of the Command’s arsenal.

G. P. Samanta appointed as the new CSI for a term of 2 yrs [10 Mar 2021]

G. P. Samanta as an advisor in the Department of Statistics and Information Management(DSIM), Reserve Bank of India was appointed as the 4th Chief Statistician of India(CSI) for a term of two years. The CSI will also hold the post of the Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics and program Implementation. In addition to the function of Secretary of MoSPI the CSI will also be the head of the National Statistical Organization and Secretary of National Statistical Commission.

Thomas Bach re-elected President of International Olympic Committee(IOC) until 2025 [10 Mar 2021]

The executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) re-elected Thomas Bach for an additional term of 4 years as the president of IOC until 2025. He was the only candidate of the IOC presidential election which was held during the 137th IOC session held in Athens.

The Maitri Setu (Friendship Bridge) has been inaugurated between India and Bangladesh [09 Mar 2021]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Maitri Setu along with Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina between India and Bangladesh.The 19km long bridge joins Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh.

PM inaugurates ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh [09 Mar 2021]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 'Maitri Setu' between India and Bangladesh through a video conference. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects in Tripura. The Governor and the Chief Minister of Tripura were present.

India's first forest healing centre Inaugurated in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand [08 Mar 2021]

India's first forest healing centre was inaugurated by noted environmentalist Joginder Bist in the pine-dominated forest located at Ranikhet in Kalika Uttarakhand. The forest is inspired by the Japanese technique of forest healing bathing (shinrin yoku) and ancient Indian traditions It is themed on be silent, go slow, think less, and feel more.

Indian Navy Deploys Women Officers on Warships after 23 yrs [08 Mar 2021]

The Indian Navy deployed 4 women officers onboard its warships. 2 of the 4 officers were posted on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and the other 2 were deployed on the tanker ship INS Shakti. Recently Indian Navy has posted Lieutenant Commander Karabi Gogoi as the first woman defence attache abroad in Moscow, Russia.

Koneru Humpy gets BBC Indian sports woman of the year award 2020 [08 Mar 2021]

World Rapid Chess champion Koneru Humpy was honoured with The BBC Indian Sportswoman of the year award for 2020. Humpy bagged the award after receiving the highest number of votes from the fans.

Rankings for Ease of Living Index 2020 [04 Mar 2021]

Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad best cities in EoLI 2020 (Million Plus Category). Shimla ranked first in EoLI 2020 (Less than Million Category).Indore and NDMC leading municipalities in MPI 2020.

Kieron Pollard becomes second Cricketer to his six sixes in an over in T20I [04 Mar 2021]

West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard became just the third batsman in international cricket and second in Twenty 20 International to hit 6 sixes in an over. Earlier Indian all rounder Yuvraj Singh, the only cricketer has made this this record in T20I World Cup.

Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, took over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) [02 Mar 2021]

Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, PVSM, AVSM, VSM took over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC). Vice Admiral Jain got commissioned in July 1982 into the Indian Navy. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College (Wellington), the College of Naval Warfare (Mumbai) and the National Defence College (Pretoria, South Africa). The Flag Officer is also a graduate of Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi) and has received his Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.Prior to his appointment as CISC, Vice Admiral Jain has held various Operational, Staff and Command Appointments in the course of his distinguished career spanning over 38 years. He has commanded four ships including the indigenously built Destroyer, INS Mysore.

Shri Jaideep Bhatnagar takes over as Principal Director General (PIB) [01 Mar 2021]

Shri Jaideep Bhatnagar has taken over today as Principal Director General, Press Information Bureau. Shri Bhatnagar is an Officer of the Indian Information Service, Batch of 1986. He has earlier served in Doordarshan News and as Head of the Commercial, Sales and Marketing Division of Doordarshan. Shri Bhatnagar takes over from Shri Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia who superannuated on 28th February 2021.

Ravi Capoor is appointed as CEO of the Sansad TV [01 Mar 2021]

Retired IAS officer Ravi Capoor appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sansad TV for a period of one year. The Sansad TV came into existence after the merger of the Lok Sabha TV and the Rajya Sabha TV.

Jaideep Bhatnagar appointed as principal Director General of PIB [01 Mar 2021]

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has appointed Jaideep Bhatnagar as the Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau.

DRDO Celebrates National Science Day [28 Feb 2021]

National Science Day 2021 was celebrated in Defence Research & Development Organisation, DRDO Head Quarter in New Delhi today on 1st March, 2021 with great fervour. To mark the occasion, a special function was organised by Defence Science Forum. Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, Prof K Vijay Raghavan was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The function was presided over by Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy.

National Science Day is celebrated each year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of “Raman Effect” in 1928 by Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, which led to the Nobel Prize being awarded to him in the year 1930. The purpose of celebrating this day is to enhance scientific temper, popularization of science and encouraging innovative activities by infusing scientific temperament in the masses and to create a positive scientific research culture.

Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive Scheme for IT Hardware [24 Feb 2021]

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for IT Hardware. The scheme proposes production linked incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the value chain of IT Hardware. The Target Segments under the proposed Scheme include Laptops, Tablets, All-in-One PCs and Servers. The Scheme shall, extend an incentive of 4% to 2% / 1% on net incremental sales (over base year i.e. 2019-20) of goods manufactured in India and covered under the target segment, to eligible companies, for a period of four (4) years. The scheme is likely to benefit 5 major global players and 10 domestic champions in the field of IT Hardware manufacturing including Laptops, Tablets, All-in-One PCs, and Servers. This is an important segment to promote manufacturing under Atma Nirbhar Bharat as there is huge import reliance for these items at present.

Financial Implications: The total cost of the proposed scheme is approximately Rs.7,350 crore over 4 years, which includes an incentive outlay of Rs.7,325 crore and administrative charges of Rs.25 crore.

Benefits: The scheme will enhance the development of electronics ecosystem in the country. India will be well positioned as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) on account of integration with global value chains, thereby becoming a destination for IT Hardware exports. The scheme has an employment generation potential of over 1,80,000 (direct and indirect) over 4 years.The Scheme will provide impetus to Domestic Value Addition for IT Hardware which is expected to rise to 20% - 25% by 2025.

Shri Vijay Sampla assumes charge of Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) [24 Feb 2021]

Shri Vijay Sampla assumed the charge of Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Castes(NCSC) in New Delhi today. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment , Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar , Union Minister Shri Som Prakash , former Chairman of NCSC , BJP MP Hans Raj Hans and other members of Commission were also present on the occasion. Shri Vijay Sampla served as Chairman, Punjab Dalit Vikas Parishad; state coordinator, Anusuchit Jati Aarakshan Bachao Manch and also as Chairman, Bharat Gaurav. He served as Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Board, Punjab from 2009-12 and subsequently his name was recommended for Rashtrapati Award.

Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive Scheme for IT Hardware [24 Feb 2021]

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for IT Hardware. The scheme proposes production linked incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the value chain of IT Hardware. The Target Segments under the proposed Scheme include Laptops, Tablets, All-in-One PCs and Servers. The Scheme shall, extend an incentive of 4% to 2% / 1% on net incremental sales (over base year i.e. 2019-20) of goods manufactured in India and covered under the target segment, to eligible companies, for a period of four (4) years. The scheme is likely to benefit 5 major global players and 10 domestic champions in the field of IT Hardware manufacturing including Laptops, Tablets, All-in-One PCs, and Servers. This is an important segment to promote manufacturing under Atma Nirbhar Bharat as there is huge import reliance for these items at present.

Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Pharmaceuticals [24 Feb 2021]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Pharmaceuticals over a period of Financial Year 2020-21 to 2028-29. The Scheme will benefit domestic manufacturers, help in creating employment and is expected to contribute to the availability of wider range of affordable medicines for consumers. The scheme is expected to promote the production of high value products in the country and increase the value addition in exports. Total incremental sales of Rs.2,94,000 crore and total incremental exports of Rs.1,96,000 crore are estimated during six years from 2022-23 to 2027-28. The scheme is expected to generate employment for both skilled and un-skilled personnel, estimated at 20,000 direct and 80,000 indirect jobs as a result of growth in the sector. It is expected to promote innovation for development of complex and high-tech products including products of emerging therapies and in-vitro Diagnostic Devices as also self-reliance in important drugs. It is also expected to improve accessibility and affordability of medical products including orphan drugs to the Indian population. The Scheme is also expected to bring in investment of Rs.15,000 crore in the pharmaceutical sector.

Successful Launches of VL-SRSAM Missile System [22 Feb 2021]

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). The launches were carried out from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets. The current launches were carried out for demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. VL-SRSAM with Weapon Control System (WCS) were deployed during the trials. The launches were monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as DRDL, RCI, Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune.

Successful Launches of VL-SRSAM Missile System [22 Feb 2021]

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two successful launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM). The launches were carried out today from a static vertical launcher from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. Indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy, VL-SRSAM is meant for neutralizing various aerial threats at close ranges including sea-skimming targets. The current launches were carried out for demonstration of vertical launch capability as part of its maiden launch campaign. On both occasions, the missiles intercepted the simulated targets with pinpoint accuracy. The missiles were tested for minimum and maximum range. VL-SRSAM with Weapon Control System (WCS) were deployed during the trials. The launches were monitored by senior scientists from various DRDO labs involved in the design and development of the system such as DRDL, RCI, Hyderabad and R&D Engineers, Pune. During the test launches, flight path and vehicle performance parameters were monitored using flight data, captured by various Range instruments such as Radar, EOTS and Telemetry systems deployed by ITR, Chandipur.

Successful user trials of DRDO-developed Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems ‘Helina’ and ‘Dhruvastra’ [19 Feb 2021]

Joint User Trials for Helina (Army Version) and Dhruvastra (Air Force Version) Missile Systemshave been carried out from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in desert ranges. The missile systems have been designed and developed indigenously by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Five missions were carried out for evaluating the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range.The missiles were fired in hover and max forward flight against realistic static and moving targets. Some missions were carried out with warheads against derelict tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter. The Helinaand Dhruvastra are third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode. The system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour. It is one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. Now, the missile systems are ready for induction.Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Army and Air Force for the achievements. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of teams involved in the successful trials.

Cabinet approves Amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 [17 Feb 2021]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Women and Child Development to amend the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to introduce measures for strengthening Child Protection set-up to ensure best interest of children. The amendments include authorizing District Magistrate including Additional District Magistrate to issue adoption orders under Section 61 of the JJ Act, in order to ensure speedy disposal of cases and enhance accountability. The District Magistrates have been further empowered under the Act, to ensure its smooth implementation, as well as garner synergized efforts in favour of children in distress conditions. Defining eligibility parameters for appointment of CWC members, and categorizing previously undefined offences as ‘serious offence’ are some of the other aspects of the proposal. Several difficulties faced in implementation of various provisions of the Act have also been addressed.

Punjab becomes the 13th State to complete One Nation One Ration Card system reform [13 Feb 2021]

Punjab has become the 13th State in the country to successfully undertake “One Nation One Ration Card system” reform stipulated by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Thus, the State has become eligible to mobilise additional financial resources of Rs.1,516 crore through Open Market Borrowings. Permission for the same was issued by the Department of Expenditure. Punjab has now joined 12 other States namely, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh, who have completed this reform. On completion of One Nation One Ration Card system reform, these 13 States have been granted additional borrowing permission of Rs.34,956 crore by the Department of Expenditure.

President appoints Shri Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar as the Chief Justice of Manipur High Court [13 Feb 2021]

The President of India, in exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, appointed Shri Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar, Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to be the Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court. A notification in this regard has been issued by Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice yesterday. Shri Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar, was enrolled as an Advocate on 25 th August, 1988 and practiced in High Court of Andhra Pradesh in Civil, Constitutional and Service matters. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on August 8, 2008 and as Permanent Judge on January 20,2010. He was transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court on 14.10.2019.

Telangana’s Manasa Varanasi crowned VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020 [11 Feb 2021]

Manasa Varanasi, an engineer from Telangana, emerged as the winner of VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020. While Haryana’s Manika Sheokand was declared VLCC Femina Miss Grand India 2020, Uttar Pradesh’s Manya Singh was crowned VLCC Femina Miss India 2020 – runner-up.

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