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Monday, March 22, 2021

DAILY GK: 21,22 MAR 2021

 DAILY GK: 21,22 MAR 2021

1.1ST CARBON CREDITS PROGRAMME IN INDIA

      Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, R K Singh  virtually launched the ‘GRAM UJALA’ programme in Arrah, Bihar. 

      Under the programme, 15 Million (1.5 Crore) LEDs with 3 years of warranty will be given to rural customers on submission of working  condition incandescent bulbs.

      Under this scheme Government will offer the world’s cheapest LED bulbs in rural areas at a INR 10.

      The scheme was unveiled by  Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

 

2.GLOBAL AYURVEDA FESTIVAL 2021

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressed the 4th Global Ayurveda Festival 2021 (GAF 2021).

      The event being held in a virtual format is organized by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA).

      WHO has also proposed the setting up of the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India.

 

3.IBBI & BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION RELEASED AN ETHICAL HANDBOOK FOR IPS

      Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in association with the British High Commission has prepared and released a publication titled “Handbook on Ethics for Insolvency Professionals: Ethical and Regulatory Framework”, a practical guide for insolvency professionals(IPs) for discharging their duties ethically.

      Dr. Navrang Saini, Whole Time Member, IBBI released the handbook in the presence of Ms. Natalie Toms, Chief Economist and Counsellor, British High Commission.

 

4.1ST LIST OF ABOUT 12 PSUS FOR PRIVATISATION

      PM Narendra Modi headed Think Tank, NITI Aayog had submitted the 1st list of 12 Public Sector Undertaking’s(PSUs) for Privatisation.

      The list contains both Banks as well as Insurance Companies.

      Now, the list will be considered by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), and the Core Group of Secretaries on Divestment (CGD), headed by the cabinet secretary (Current Cabinet Secretary is Rajiv Gauba).

      While Presenting the Union Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Plan to Privatise the PSUs to clear the ways for centre to complete the target of Rs 1.75 lakh crores of disinvestment in the financial year 2021-2022.

 

5.DEFENCE MINISTER RECEIVED INTERIM DIVIDEND FROM DPSU – MDL

      On 3rd March 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the interim dividend cheque of Rs.95.56 crore from the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (formerly called Mazagon Dock Limited – MDL), a Defence Public Sector Undertaking(DPSU) in New Delhi.

      DPSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has paid an interim dividend of 140% – Rs 174.43 crore interim dividend to the government.

      M V Gowtama, CMD of BEL presented the cheque to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

 

6.UN WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2021

      India with a score of 3.819 has been ranked 139 out of 149 countries in the ‘World Happiness Report 2021’ an publication of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

      The rankings were topped by Finland (tops for the 4th time).

      This is the 9th World Happiness Report and is based on surveys conducted during the time period of 2018-20.

Country Ranking Points

Finland                  1              7.842

Denmark               2              7.620

Switzerland           3              7.571

 

7.AMITABH BACHCHAN HONOURED WITH FIAF AWARD

      Indian Actor Amitabh Bachchan received the FIAF Award 2021 by the International Federation of Film Archives (French: Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film, FIAF), an international organization of film archives and museums across the globe over a virtual award ceremony hosted from Mumbai, Maharashtra.

      Amitabh became the first Indian to receive this award.

 

8.FIRST SERVING MP TO BE APPOINTED CAPTAIN IN TERRITORIAL ARMY

      Minister of State (MoS) for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur has become the first serving member of parliament (MP) to be appointed as Captain in the Territorial Army.

      The four-time BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur was commissioned into the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant in July 2016.

 

9.INDIA’S FIRST OWN MOBILE APPSTORE – “MOBILE SEVA APPSTORE”

      Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY), stated that the government is keen to develop and strengthen India’s first indigenously developed mobile app store – “Mobile Seva Appstore”.

      This digital app store for government and private apps is a part of India’s efforts towards self-reliance.

 

10.SUPPLY OF MILAN-2T ATGMS  TO INDIAN ARMY

      The Acquisition wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed INR 1, 188 Crore deal with Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) for acquiring 4, 960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) for the Indian Army.

      The deal will boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government.

      MILAN-2T is being produced by BDL under license from French defence major MBDA Missile Systems.

 

11.2021’S VIJAY HAZARE TROPHY

      Mumbai cricket team won the 2021’s Vijay Hazare Trophy in the finals against Uttar Pradesh, where the captain of Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw became the 1st player to score 800 runs in a single edition.

      Previously, Mayank Agarwal held the highest run scorer record with 723 runs from the 2018 edition.

      In the same match, Uttar Pradesh batsman, Madhav Kaushik, scored 158 runs recording the highest runs scored by a batsman in the tournament’s final.

 

12.INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS 2021

      The United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Happiness, annually observed across the globe on 20th March, is dedicated to the importance of happiness in people’s life.

      The theme of the International Day of Happiness 2021 is “Keep Calm. Stay Wise. Be Kind”.

 

13.WORLD ORAL HEALTH DAY 2021

      World Oral Health Day is annually observed across the globe on 20th March to promote the importance of oral health and to reduce the problems of oral diseases that affect the individuals, health system and economy.

      The theme of World Oral Health Day 2021 is “Be Proud of your Mouth” and this theme will be followed in 2022 and 2023.

 

14.WORLD SPARROW DAY 2021

      World Sparrow Day is annually observed across the world on 20th March to create awareness and to bring attention to the significance and importance of conservation and protection of the sparrows and other such birds.

      The theme of World Sparrow Day is “I Love Sparrows”.

 

15.373 KISAN RAIL SERVICES OPERATED ON 43 ROUTES

      Government has said that around 373 Kisan Rail services have operated on 43 routes till date, transporting more than one lakh 20 thousand tonnes of commodities.

      Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said this in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

      Commodities booked via Kisan Rail trains are charged at ‘P’-scale of parcel tariff.

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