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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav: Several events to be held across country 

  • Maharashtra government will be holding various programmes related to Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. 
  • Chief Minister Uddhav Thackray will flag-off Freedom Heritage walk from August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai.
  • Freedom fighters will also be felicitated in the programme.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government is holding a series of events and activities as a part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ to mark the beginning of nationwide celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will take part in an event at Kakori Shaheed Smarak in Lucknow while Governor Anandi Ben Patel will be present in Ballia.
  • In Madhya Pradesh, Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav to mark 75 years of India’s Independence is being launched in a grand manner.

Centre noted Digital News Publishers Association expresses satisfaction over Digital Media Ethics code 

  • Digital News Publishers Association has welcomed the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules of 2021.
  • Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, the Association members expressed satisfaction over the Digital Media Ethics code notified by the Government on 25th of last month.
  • Javadekar informed that few suggestions offered by the Digital News Publishers Association members during the meet have been duly noted.

Govt. Announced Apple’s plan to produce I-phone 12 smartphones in India will create large numbers of jobs 

  • IT and Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Apple’s plan to produce I-phone 12 Smartphones in India will create jobs in large numbers.
  • Appreciating the plan, Mr Prasad said the government’s effort to make India a big hub of mobile and its components manufacturing is attracting global attention.
  • Apple said that it is going to start I-phone 12 in India.
  • The tech giant, which started manufacturing I-phones in India in 2017, has been shifting some of its productions from China to India.
  • According to experts, shifting some of the production to India is not only in the interest of Apple, but also the Indian economy.

Labour Minister launches ESI Scheme with Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY in 113 districts

  • Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar launched the convergence of ESI Scheme with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, PM-JAY in 113 districts of Chhatisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • It was launched on the culmination day of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, ESIC, and Special Services Fortnight at New Delhi.
  • The convergence will ensure that 35 crore ESI beneficiaries in such districts avail cashless medical services through empanelled hospitals of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY without any need of referral.
  • To avail medical care, the Insured Worker or the beneficiary need to carry an ESIC e-pehchan card or Health Passbook and Aadhar Card with them.
  • The list of districts and empaneled hospitals are available at esic.nic.in/ab-pm-jay.

Govt disband claims about Post offices charging Rs. 25 for cash withdrawal

  • Government has dismissed a claim made on social media that from 1st of next month, Post offices will charge 25 on every cash withdrawal from its account.
  • The Press Information Bureau has termed the claim as fake.
  • It clarified that India Post has not announced any such charge on the withdrawal of money by account holders.

PM unveils Kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita and also address the occasion through virtual mode.
  • The event has been organised to commemorate the sale of over five lakh copies of the Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita.
  • Swami Chidbhavanandaji is the founder of Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam Ashram at Thirupparaithurai, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu.
  • Swamiji has authored 186 books and all genres of literary composition.
  • His scholarly work on the Gita is one of the most extensive books on the subject.
  • Tamil version of the Gita with his commentaries was published in 1951 followed by the English in 1965.
  • Its translations into Telugu, Odia, German and Japanese were undertaken by devotees.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Russia break Twitter services over ‘objectionable’ content

  • In Russia, the media regulator, Roskomnadzor, announced that it was slowing down online access to the social media giant Twitter, accusing the social media company of failing to remove around three thousands posts relating to objectionable content.
  • The communications watchdog said, if Twitter does not comply with Russian law, there will be further actions against the service, including a complete ban.
  • The Roskomnadzor said that this first measure to slow down Twitter’s service in Russia would affect all mobile devices and half of non-mobile devices.
  • The statement indicated that Roskomnadzor had made over 28,000 complaints to twitter since 2017, including repeated requests to remove illegal links and publications.

Armenian PM dismisses country’s Chief of General Staff 

  • In Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan relieved the country’s Chief of General Staff Onik Gasparyan of his duties.
  • Prime Minister Pashinyan has been under pressure from the military to step down following a deadly conflict with Azerbaijan.
  • The prime minister called the demand an attempted coup and began legal proceedings to force out the army’s top general.
  • Opposition protesters blocked the entrances to the parliament building in Yerevan, saying that they would not leave until Prime Minister Pashinyan stepped down.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

J&K: 5500 hectares of high-density plantation scheme in horticulture sector 

  • The Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has approved the implementation of high-density plantation scheme in the horticulture sector with the support of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED).
  • The step will go a long way in enhancing the quality and quantity of horticulture produce and doubling the farmer’s income.
  • The farmer-centric scheme will be implemented for apple, walnut, almond, cherry, litchi, and olive among others over an estimated area of 5500 hectares of suitable agro-climatic zones for 6 years with effect from March 2021 to March 2026.

About the scheme:

  • The new scheme has provisions to provide 50 percent subsidy to orchardists for the establishment of high-density orchards accompanied by a loan facility for raising 40 percent of remaining capital. 
  • Besides, the scheme will also provide subsidies to growers on account of expenditure related to micro-irrigation, plant material, and anti-hail nets.
  • Under the scheme, preference will be given to farmers with landholdings of less than 4 kanal.

Shri Kedarnath Dham temple Portals to open on May 17

  • The Portals of Shri Kedarnath Dham temple will open on May 17 this year.
  • Shri Kedar Nath moving Deity will depart from Omkareshwar Temple Ukhimath to Kedarnath Dham on 14 May.
  • On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri, after the PANCHANG calculation, the date for opening of the portals of Kedar Nath temple was decided  at Sri Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath.

Tirath Singh Rawat takes oath as Uttarakhand CM

  • In Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the new chief minister.
  • He was administered the oath of office by Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun.
  • Senior BJP leaders, Central observer and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh along with state BJP in-charge Dushyant Kumar were present on this occasion.
  • Raman Singh told the media that the name of the cabinet ministers will be announced soon.
  • Tirath Singh Rawat, Lok Sabha MP from Garhwal and former state BJP chief is the 10th Chief Minister of the Uttarakhand.
  • His name was announced by the outgoing chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat after the legislature party meeting, which lasted around 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, Haryana’s BJP-JJP government won the trust vote in the house of state Assembly.
  • The 55 votes were polled against the No Confidence Motion while 32 votes were polled in favour of motion.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

APEDA launches its first virtual trade fair 

  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority launched its first virtual trade fair to boost export of agricultural and processed food products.
  • The fair will conclude Mar 12.
  • In the fair, basmati rice, non-basmati rice, millets, wheat, maize, groundnut and coarse grains have been displayed.
  • 266 Indian and international buyers from various countries have registered for the virtual fair.

Nitin Gadkari initiate two Technology Centres, three Extension Centres of MSME

  • Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the two Technology Centres and three Extension Centres of MSME
  • The Technology Centres which were inaugurated have been set up at Visakhapatnam and Bhopal and the Extension Centres at Srinagar, Jaipur and Nagaur.
  • The MSME has rolled out the Technology Centres Systems Programme to develop the competitiveness ecosystems of MSME in the country.
  • These Technology Centres will train more than 16 thousand students annually and have infrastructure for training and production.
  • Mr Gadkari also launched the 7 Udyam Express Mobile Vans with a view to provide assistance to MSME in remote areas and also make aware the youth of rural areas about government’s schemes.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

IDBI Bank remove from RBI’s PCA framework

  • Shares of IDBI Bank zoomed nearly 18 per cent in early trade after RBI removed the lender from its enhanced regulatory supervision or Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework after a gap of nearly four years.
  • The stock started on a positive note, and jumped 17.12 per cent to Rs 44.80 on BSE.
  • On NSE, it rallied 64 per cent to Rs 45.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had placed IDBI Bank under PCA framework in May 2017, after it had breached the thresholds for capital adequacy, asset quality (net NPAs was over 13 per cent in March 2017), return on assets and the leverage ratio.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT NEWS

Indian Bank appointed Imran Amin Siddiqui as its Executive Director 

  • Imran Amin Siddiqui,the General Manager of state-owned Indian Bank, has been appointed as the Executive Director (ED) of the Bank with effect from March 10, 2021.
  • He has been appointed for a period of three years with effect from the date of assumption of office, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
  • Siddiqui started his banking career with erstwhile Allahabad Bank, which is now merged with Indian Bank, as a SSI Field Officer in December, 1987.
  • Apart from him, Shri Shenoy Vishwanath V and Shri K.Ramachandran are the other two ED on the board of Indian Bank.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOUR

WEF honours Deepika Padukone – 2021 Young Global Leaders List

  • Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has joined the Forum of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) for the year 2021 compiled by the World Economic Forum.
  • The 2021 class of the list comprises of 112world’s most promising leaders of under the age of 40, who are involved in activities ranging from advocating for public healthcare to campaigning for inclusivity in medical research.

About the honour:

  • The Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF.
  • Its main objective is to create a world where leaders take responsibility for a sustainable future while meeting increasingly complex and interrelated challenges.
  • Currently, there are 1,400 members and alumni from over 120 countries.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE NEWS

Second India – Uzbekistan joint military exercise DUSTLIK II begins in Uttarakhand

  • On March 10, 2021, The Second edition of India – Uzbekistan joint military exercise DUSTLIK II commenced  in Foreign Training Node Chaubatia, Ranikhet in Uttarakhand.
  • This is the Second Edition of annual bilateral joint exercise between both armies.
  • This bilateral joint exercise will be held on 10 days ie) From Mach 10, 2012 to March 19,2021.
  • The first edition of the exercise was held in Uzbekistan in November 2019.
  • On First Edition 45 Soldiers each from Uzbekistan and Indian Army are participating in the exercise.
  • Both the two countries’ armies will be sharing their expertise and skills in the field of counter terrorist operations in mountainous or rural or urban scenarios under UN mandate.
  • Defence Ministry Mentioned the joint exercise will definitely provide impetus to the ever growing military and diplomatic ties between the two nations and also reflects the strong resolve of both nations to counter terrorism.

About Uzbekistan:

  • Capital: Tashkent
  • President: Shavkat Mirziyoyev
  • Currency: Uzbekistani soʻm
  • Uzbekistan is one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world.
  • This is a nation that is surrounded completely by other landlocked countries
  • Uzbekistan lies on the ancient Silk Route, which led to the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand amassing great wealth and power

Third Scorpene-Class Submarine INS Karanj, Commissioned Into Indian Navy in Mumbai

  • On March 10, 2021, India’s third stealth Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai.
  • The diesel electric submarine was commissioned  in presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Admiral (Retired) VS Shekhawat.
  • The technology has been designed by France’s Naval
  • The INS Karanj submarine was constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited under the Make in India program.
  • Out of six Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarines INS Karanj is third and being built for Indian Navy.

Other 5 Submarines of this class:

  1. 1st-INS Kalvari – already been commissioned into the Indian Navy.
  2. 2nd-INS Khanderi – already been commissioned into the Indian Navy
  3. 4th-INS Vela -In Underway and undergoing trials at sea.
  4. 5th-INS Vagir – launched in November 2020 and is expected to be commissioned in 2022
  5. 6th- INS Vagsheer – currently under construction

About Indian Navy:

  • Father of Indian Navy : Shivaji
  • Founder : Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
  • Founded: 26 January 1950
  • Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar
  • Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar
  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh
  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Russia and China agreed to build a International Lunar Scientific Research Station

  • China and Russia will build a lunar research station, on the moon’s surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries.
  • The China National Space Administration mentioned the International Lunar Research Station would also be open to use by other countries.
  • It described the project as a comprehensive scientific experiment base with the capability of long-term autonomous operation.
  • A memorandum of understanding on the project was signed by Zhang Kejian, administrator of the China National Space Administration, and Russian space agency Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin.

About China National Space Administration:

  • Founded: 22 April 1993
  • Administrator: Zhang Kejian
  • Headquarters: Haidian District, Beijing, China

About Russia:

  • Capital: Moscow
  • Currency: Russian ruble
  • President: Vladimir Putin

About China:

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Currency: Renminbi
  • President: Xi Jinping

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING & INDEX

Economic Freedom Index 2021: Singapore ranks First

  • US conservative think-tank, the Heritage Foundation launched the Economic Freedom Index 2021.
  • In the Economic Free index, Singapore has topped the global ranking for the second consecutive year.
  • Singapore increased its overall score by 0.3 points to 89.7 primarily due to an improvement in the score for government spending.
  • The Index has covered 184 countries in the study this time and the period of study is July 2019 to June 2020
  • This is the first time the index has been published since the COVID-19 pandemic overturned lives as well as global economies and the scoring reflects to a small extent how governments have responded to the health crisis.

Ranking:

  1. Singapore – 89.7 ( Increased 0.3 Points )
  2. New Zealand – 83.9 ( Decreased 0.2 Points )
  3. Australia – 82.4 ( Decreased 0.2 Points )
  4. Switzerland – 81.9 ( Decreased 0.1 Point )
  5. Ireland – 81.4 ( Increased 0.5 Points )

India’s Position in the Index:

  • India has been placed at 121 position in the index, with a score of 56.5 out of 100.
  • The Indian economy remains in the mid-range of the mostly unfree category.
  • In the 2021 Index, India came in around the middle of the pack among Asia-Pacific countries ranking 26th out of 40 countries.
  • Globally, the Foundation rates India’s economy as the 121st freest.

About Economic Freedom Index:

  • The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom is an annual guide published to measure the progress made in advancing economic freedom which it claims brings greater prosperity.
  • The Foundation also believes that the ideals of economic freedom are strongly associated with healthier societies, cleaner environments, greater per capita wealth, human development, democracy, and poverty elimination.
  • The index ranks 12 indicators from property rights to financial freedom under four categories:
  1. rule of law
  2. size of government,
  3. regulatory efficiency
  4. open markets.

About Heritage Foundation:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Founded: 16 February 1973
  • Chairperson: Thomas A. Saunders III
  • Founders: Joseph Coors, Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS & AUTHORS

Frontier Gandhi’s autobiography released in English

  • The autobiography of ‘Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’(Freedom Fighter), titled “The Frontier Gandhi: My Life and Struggle” has been released.
  • This is the “first time” that Khan’s autobiography is available in English.
  • It was first published in Iranian language Pashto in 1983.
  • It  is translated by former Pakistani civil servant and author Imitiaz Ahmad Sahibzada.
  • It is published by the publishing house Roli Book.

About the book:

  • It brings to life events and personalities of the independence movement as Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan records the untiring energy and sacrifices that went into winning freedom.

About ‘Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan:

  • Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was also known as Bacha Khan, Badshah Khan and Fakr-e-Afghan.
  • He was born in Utmanzai, Northwest Frontier Province, British India in 1890.
  • He is an Afghan independence activist against British colonial rule in India
  • Khan was nicknamed as Sarhadi Gandhi (‘Frontier Gandhi’).
  • He had the leadership of the Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) movement from 1930-47

Book Titled Dynasty to Democracy: The Untold Story of Smriti Irani’s Triumph Smriti Irani’s victory in Amethi to release in English

  • On March 15, 2021, The book, titled Dynasty to Democracy: The Untold Story of Smriti Irani’s Triumph, is set to be released.
  • The 44-year-old BJP leader had defeated the then Congress chief and MP Rahul Gandhi in his family bastion by a margin of 55,120 votes. It was the second time that Irani had contested against Rahul in Amethi. In 2014, Rahul got 4,08,651 votes against Irani’s 30,0748 votes.

About the book:

  • The book traces Union Minister Irani’s journey from her defeat in 2014 to her victory in the Congress stronghold of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 Lok Sabha election
  • The Hindi book was published in December, 2020.
  • The book can also be seen as a study of the RSS’s working style, its strategies and exemplary execution that backed Smriti Irani’s efforts from 2014 to 2019.
  • The book is the English translation of “Amethi Sangram: Aitihasik Jeet Ankahi Dastan”, written by journalist-author Anant Vijay.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS NEWS

Ravichandran Ashwin & Beaumont declared Player of the month for February by ICC

  • India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was named the ICC men’s Player of the Month for February.
  • Ashwin played in three tests in the four match series scored a 106 in the second innings of India’s second Test victory over England at Chennai and took his 400th Test wicket in the third Test victory at Ahmedabad.
  • Ashwin scored a total of 176 runs across these games and took 24 wickets
  • In the Women’s category, England’s Tammy Beaumont has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for February.
  • Beaumont played three ODIs in February against New Zealand where she passed fifty in each of these, totalling 231 runs.

Player of the Month for January :

  • Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant

About ICC:

  • Chairperson: Greg Barclay
  • CEO: Manu Sawhney 
  • Founded: 15 June 1909
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • ICC Representing 104 members ( 12 Full Members that play Test matches, and 92 Associate Members)
  • First independent elected chairman of the ICC – Shashank Manohar

PV Sindhu settles for silver medal in BWF Swiss Open Super 300

  • On March 07, 2021,India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu settled for a silver medal in the BWF Swiss Open Super 300 at Basel.
  • She went down against World No. 3 Spaniard and reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin 12-21, 5-21, in the final of the women’s singles event.

BWF Swiss Open 2021 Winners List :

  • Men’s Singles : Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) beat Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Thailand)
  • Men’s Doubles : Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Denmark) beat Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Germany)
  • Women’s Singles : Carolina Marin (Spain) beat PV Sindhu (India)
  • Mixed Doubles : Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (France)  beat Denmark pair Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje

About Swiss Open:

  • Founded : 1955
  • The Swiss Open, is an annual badminton tournament held in Switzerland since 1955 and became one of the BWF Super Series tournaments began 2007.
  • In 2011 the tournament was dropped down to a Grand Prix Gold event.

Chess Player Humpy wins BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award 2021

  • World rapid chess champion Koneru Humpy has won the BBC Indian Sportswoman-of-the-Year award 2021.
  • 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.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 – Anju Bobby George
  • Emerging Player-of-the-Year award 2021 – young shooter Manu Bhaker

About Koneru Humpy:

  • Humpy won the World Rapid Chess Championship in December 2019 after a two-year maternity break. She then won the Cairns Cup in 2020.
  • She became the youngest grandmaster in 2002 at the age of 15.
  • She has received the Arjuna Award in 2003 and the Padma Shri in 2007.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES 

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko Passes away

  • The Prime Minister of Ivory Coast’s Hamed Bakayoko has passed away in the German city of Freiburg.
  • He was 56.
  • The 79-year-old president, Bakayoko was named prime minister in July 2020 following the sudden death of his predecessor, Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
  • Ouattara had named his close confidant and chief of staff, Patrick Achi, as interim prime minister in place of Bakayoko.

About Hamed Bakayoko :

  • He was first appointed minister of telecommunications and new technologies in 2003.
  • Bakayoko was elected mayor of the poor Abidjan district of Abobo in 2018.
  • He won the parliamentary seat for the Seguela district with 90 percent of the vote.

About Ivory Coast:

  • President: Alassane Ouattara
  • Capital: Yamoussoukro
  • Currency: West African CFA franc
  • Ivory Coast is the economic capital and the largest city is the port city of Abidjan.

Veteran Marathi actor Shrikant Moghe passes away 

  • Veteran Marathi actor Shrikant Moghe has passed away. He was 91.

About Shrikant Moghe:

  • Shrikant Moghe was born at Kirloskarwadi in Sangli district of Maharashtra.
  • Moghe was popular for his work in both Marathi and Hindi languages, in films.
  • He is known for his performances in Marathi films like Madhuchandra, Sinhaasan, Gammat Jammat and Umbaratha, and plays such as Varyavarchu Varaat and Tuze Aahe Tujapashi.

Daily CA On March 10:

  • The Cyberabad Police launched India’s first-ever ‘Transgender Community Desk’ at the Gachibowli Police Station in Hyderabad. 
  • FICCI’s Overall Business Confidence Index has witnessed a decadal high of 74.2 in the current round on account of improvement in present conditions as well as expectations.
  • Navratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited, BEL paid interim dividend of 140 percent on its paid-up capital to the Government for financial year 2020-21.
  • On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan unveiled two of the Passport Seva Kendras, PSKs to be transformed as All Women PSKs.
  • Chairing the first meeting of the National Committee to commemorate 75 years of independence, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav virtually, Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed that 5 pillars have been decided for the celebration of the 75 years.
  • Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Sanjay Dhotre inaugurated the International Conference on Multifunctional Electronic Materials and Processing (MEMP 2021) virtually on the occasion of 30th foundation day of Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology. 
  • Government has said that more than 81 percent accounts under Stand up India Scheme and about 68 percent of loan accounts under MUDRA scheme belong to women entrepreneurs.
  • The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry has said that a total of 122 non attainment cities, NACs have been identified under the National Clean Air Programme.
  • On part of the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebration commemorating 50 years of the 1971 war triumph against Pakistan, Indian Naval Ships are scheduled to make the first-ever visit to the historic port town of Mongla in Bangladesh from March 8 to 10.
  • Two ships of Indian navy arrived at the port city of Mongla in Bangladesh on a port call between March 8-10.
  • Uttar Pradesh government launched the second phase of Mission Shakti on the occasion of International women’s day. 
  • Manipur Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana becomes changing factor for lives of tribal women
  • On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Himachal Pradesh Police Department will organize ‘All Woman Parade’ at the historic Ridge Grounds in Shimla, aimed at increasing the strength of women in the police force.
  • Markets regulator Sebi cancelled the certificate of registration of Sahara India Financial Corporation as a sub-broker citing its failure to fulfill the “fit and proper” criteria.
  • Defence and Aerospace sectors have received foreign direct investment worth of four thousand 191 crore rupees till January this year.
  • The Dharwad-headquartered Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) has launched the ‘Vikas Asha’ loan scheme for women. 
  • Union health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan addresses the inaugural session of TechBharat 2021, Laghu Udyog Bharati and IMS Foundation organized the 2nd edition of the conclave bringing together stakeholders from the HealthTech sector on a virtual platform.
  • Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the All-Women’s Art Exhibition titled ‘Akshya Patra’ at Rabindra Bhavan Galleries in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
  • The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone for the conservation works of Singorgarh Fort in Singrampur village of Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu complimented Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on becoming the new Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. 
  • Nomadland and the Crown won big at the 26th Annual Critics ’ Choice Awards that was held earlier.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated city-based Hazi Ali Producer Group, which was adjudged as the best SHG for its outstanding contribution towards mask making during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • From March 01 to 07, 2021,The 35th edition of the Boxam International Tournament was held at Castellon, in Spain.
  • Vinesh Phogat continued her golden return to wrestling after she defeated Canada’s Diana Weicker 4-0 to win gold medal at Matteo Pellicone Rome Rankings. 
  • Former Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passed away. He was 86.

Daily CA On March 11 & 12:

  • Maharashtra government will be holding various programmes related to Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. 
  • Digital News Publishers Association has welcomed the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules of 2021.
  • IT and Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Apple’s plan to produce I-phone 12 Smartphones in India will create jobs in large numbers.
  • Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar launched the convergence of ESI Scheme with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, PM-JAY in 113 districts of Chhatisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Government has dismissed a claim made on social media that from 1st of next month, Post offices will charge 25 on every cash withdrawal from its account.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita and also address the occasion through virtual mode.
  • In Russia, the media regulator, Roskomnadzor, announced that it was slowing down online access to the social media giant Twitter, accusing the social media company of failing to remove around three thousands posts relating to objectionable content.
  • In Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan relieved the country’s Chief of General Staff Onik Gasparyan of his duties.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has approved the implementation of high-density plantation scheme in the horticulture sector with the support of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED).
  • The Portals of Shri Kedarnath Dham temple will open on May 17 this year. Shri Kedar Nath moving Deity will depart from Omkareshwar Temple Ukhimath to Kedarnath Dham on 14 May.
  • In Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn-in as the new chief minister.
  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority launched its first virtual trade fair to boost export of agricultural and processed food products.
  • Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the two Technology Centres and three Extension Centres of MSME
  • Shares of IDBI Bank zoomed nearly 18 per cent in early trade after RBI removed the lender from its enhanced regulatory supervision or Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework after a gap of nearly four years.
  • Imran Amin Siddiqui,the General Manager of state-owned Indian Bank, has been appointed as the Executive Director (ED) of the Bank with effect from March 10, 2021.
  • Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has joined the Forum of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) for the year 2021 compiled by the World Economic Forum.
  • On March 10, 2021, The Second edition of India – Uzbekistan joint military exercise DUSTLIK II commenced  in Foreign Training Node Chaubatia, Ranikhet in Uttarakhand.
  • On March 10, 2021, India’s third stealth Scorpene-class submarine INS Karanj, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai.
  • China and Russia will build a lunar research station, on the moon’s surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries.
  • US conservative think-tank, the Heritage Foundation launched the Economic Freedom Index 2021.
  • The autobiography of ‘Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’(Freedom Fighter), titled “The Frontier Gandhi: My Life and Struggle” has been released.
  • On March 15, 2021, The book, titled Dynasty to Democracy: The Untold Story of Smriti Irani’s Triumph, is set to be released.
  • India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was named the ICC men’s Player of the Month for February.
  • On March 07, 2021,India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu settled for a silver medal in the BWF Swiss Open Super 300 at Basel.
  • World rapid chess champion Koneru Humpy has won the BBC Indian Sportswoman-of-the-Year award 2021.
  • The Prime Minister of Ivory Coast’s Hamed Bakayoko has passed away in the German city of Freiburg.
  • Veteran Marathi actor Shrikant Moghe has passed away. He was 91.
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