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DAILY GK: 9,10 MAR 2021

 DAILY GK: 9,10 MAR 2021

1.WCD MINISTRY BROUGHT ALL PROGRAMMES UNDER 3 UMBRELLA SCHEMES 

·      The Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD) stated that it has classified all its major programmes under 3 umbrella schemes namely – Mission Poshan 2.0 (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition), Mission Vatsalya & Mission Shakti for the sake of better Implementation of the schemes & programmes.

Umbrella Scheme

Schemes Included

Allocations in Union Budget 2021-22 

Saksham Anganwadi & POSHAN 2.0

·         Umbrella ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services)

·         Anganwadi Services

·         Poshan Abhiyan

·         Scheme for Adolescent girls

·         National Creme Scheme

INR 20, 105 Crores

Mission Vatsalya

Child Protection Services and Child Welfare Services

INR 900 Crores

Mission Shakti

SAMBAL 

·         One Stop Centre

·         Mahila Police Volunteer Women’sHelpline/Swadhar/Ujjawala/Widow Homes

SAMARTHYA 

·         Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

·         Creche

·         Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

·         Gender Budgeting & Research

INR 3, 109 Crores

 

2. INDIA’S FIRST FOREST HEALING CENTRE

      India’s first Forest Healing centre was inaugurated by noted environmentalist Joginder Bisht in the pine dominated forest located at Ranikhet in Kalika Uttarakhand.

      It was developed by the Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department.

      The forest is inspired from the Japanese technique of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and ancient Indian traditions.

      It is themed on ‘be silent, go slow, think less and feel more’.

 

3. TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION REPORT 2021’

      In accordance with the new country-readiness index released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2021’, India is the biggest over performer in frontier technologies than it’s per capita gross domestic products (GDP) among 158 countries.

      The index ranked India at 43 while the estimated one based on per capita income was 108.

      This meant that India over performed other countries by 65 ranking positions.

 

4. UNICEF REPORT ON  CHILD MARRIAGES

      According to  the ‘COVID-19: A threat to progress against Child Marriage’ report compiled by UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) COVID-19 impact could result in additional 10 Million Child Marriages in the next decade (2020-30).

      The study stated that in the past decade (2010-20), the proportion of young women married as children had declined by 15% globally (from one in four to one in five).

 

5. BOXAM INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT 2021

      India’s 14-member Boxing Contingent bagged 10 Medals (1 Gold, 8 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the 35th Edition of the 2021 ‘Boxam’ Elite International Tournament held at Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

      Manish Kaushik clinched the Gold Medal in the men’s 63 Kg category.

 

6. YONEX SWISS OPEN 2021

      Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu clinched the Silver Medal in the 2021 Swiss Open Super 300 (Officially known as Yonex Swiss Open 2021) after she was defeated in the final by Spain’s Carolina Marin.

      The tournament took place at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.

 

7. INDIA RETAINS ANTHONY DE MELLO TROPHY

      The Indian Cricket Team defeated England in the 4th Test Match held at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, Gujarat to win the Match & consequently the 2020-21 Test series by 3-1.

      With the win, India has yet again retained the Anthony de Mello Trophy.

      Player of the Series –  Ravichandran Ashwin

 

8. KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY TO BE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH

      The autobiography of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as the “Frontier Gandhi”, titled “The Frontier Gandhi: My Life and Struggle” is set to be published in English by the publishing house Roli Books.

      This will be his first autobiography in English. The book was translated into English by Imitiaz Ahmad Sahibzada, former Pakistani civil servant and author.

      The foreword of the book is written by historian Rajmohan Gandhi, Grandson of Gandhi and the book was originally written in Pashto and published in 1983.

 

9. JANAUSHADHI DIWAS

      The Janaushadhi Diwas also known as Generic Medicine Day, is annually observed across India on 7th March, the last day of the Janaushadhi Diwas Week (1st March to 7th March).

      The day aims to disseminate the endeavors of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana(PMBJP), an initiative by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, to  provide quality medicine at affordable price.

      The 3rd Janaushadhi Diwas was observed on 7th March 2021 under the theme “Seva bhi – Rozgar bhi”.

 

10. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021

      United Nations(UN)’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is annually observed across the globe on 8th March to recognise the achievements of the women regardless of their nation, ethnic, language, culture, economic or political.

      The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

      The Grant Thornton, a global accounting firm has published the “Women in Business 2021 Report”.

      Globally, India ranks 3rd with the percentage of women in senior management in India at around 39%.

      Two days ahead of the International women’s day The Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, Maharashtra was lit up in pink to celebrate womanhood.

 

11. INDIA’S FIRST ‘WORLD SKILL CENTER’ IN BHUBANESWAR

      Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the India’s first World Skill Center(WSC), an advanced skill training institute at Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar at the budget of Rs 1342.2crore, under Odisha Skill Development Project with the assistance of Asian Development Bank and ITE Education Services (ITEES), Singapore, the knowledge partner.

 

12. INDIAN ARMY LEASES 4 HERON UAVS

      Indian Army has leased 4 Heron TP medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel for 3 years.

      The leases were done under the emergency procurement programme of the Indian army.

      The drones made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be delivered between August & September 2021.

      Under ‘Emergency Powers’, the Indian Armed Forces (all 3 services) can buy any weapon system under INR 500 Crore per procurement project for ‘urgent’ requirements.

 

13. 2021 ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX

      India with a score of 56.5 was ranked 121 (category – ‘Mostly Unfree’) in the ‘2021 Index of Economic Freedom’ (27th Annual Edition) released by The Heritage Foundation.

      Singapore topped the list for the 2nd time in a row followed by New Zealand & Australia.

      For the 1st time, The Heritage Foundation has excluded Hong Kong from its rankings. Hong Kong had topped the Index for 25 out of 27 years (1995-2019).

 

14. 1ST COUNTRY TO RECEIVE COVAX VACCINES THROUGH UN INITIATIVE

      6,00,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India, were offered to Ghana under the vaccine deployment initiative of the United Nations (UN), making it the 1st country in the world to receive COVAX vaccines.

      Already 92 countries in the lower & middle income group have signed to the UN backed COVAX programme.

      COVAX is planning to distribute 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by 2021.

 

15. PRESIDENT PRESENTED A BATON OF HONOUR TO KIRAN BEDI

      President Ram Nath Kovind presented a baton of honour and a letter of appreciation to former Puducherry lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

      The Baton which is decorated with the emblem of the Indian Republic was given as a memento for recognizing Kiran Bedi’s service in the Union Territory of Puducherry and to appreciate her constitutional duties discharging method.

 

16. GLOBAL WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARD – 2021

      Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan was conferred with the Top 20 Global Women of Excellence award – 2021 through video conference from USA.

      The award was presented by the USA on the recommendation of a Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force, headed by US Congressman Danny K. Davis.

 

17. INDIGENOUS TORPEDO ‘SHYENA’

      The maiden flight trials of the indigenously developed ‘Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL) Shyena’ was conducted successfully, it was fired from Indian Navy’s Ilyushin Il-38 Patrol Aircraft.

      TAL Sheyna is an anti-submarine torpedo developed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), a lab of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

 

18. FIRST STATE TO INCORPORATE GENDER BUDGET

      International women’s day, Andhra Pradesh(AP) CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that the state would become the first state of India to incorporate the Gender Budget in its annual budget of the fiscal year 2021 to 2022 with an aim to provide better service to women.

      He launched the SWECHHA(freedom)Programme to create awareness about menstrual hygiene among the adolescent girls.

 

19. ALL HELPLINE NUMBERS OF RAILWAYS MERGED INTO SINGLE NUMBER

      Indian Railway has integrated all railway help lines into single number 139 which is Rail Madad Helpline for quick grievance redressal and enquiry during the journey.

      There is no need for a smart phone to call on 139.

 

20. ‘MAITRI SETU’ CONNECTING INDIA AND BANGLADESH

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Maitri Setu between India and Bangladesh through video conferencing.

      The bridge Maitri Setu has been built over Feni River which flows between Indian boundary in Tripura State and Bangladesh.

 

21. UNITED STATES OFFERED TEMPORARY LEGAL RESIDENCY TO VENEZUELANS

      The United States has announced to offer temporary legal residency to several hundred thousand Venezuelans who fled their country due to economic collapse.

      The White House announced that the US will also review US sanctions intended to isolate the South American nation.

 

22. INDIA’S BIGGEST KIDNEY DIALYSIS HOSPITAL INAUGURATED

      India’s biggest Kidney Dialysis Hospital was inaugurated at Balasahib Gurudwara in Delhi.

      The Guru Harikshan Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Kidney Dialysis Hospital has been opened by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

      The 100 bedded hospital is equipped with most technically advanced medical facilities where services will be provided free of cost to the patients.

      There will also be no billing counter at the hospital.

 

23. BBC INDIAN SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

      Chess player Koneru Humpy won the BBC India Sportswoman of the Year award for 2020.

      The award was based on a public vote in which Humpy beat sprinter Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and hockey captain Rani Rampal.

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