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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS 

India’s biggest floating solar power plant project developed at Ramagundam in Telangana

  • India’s biggest floating solar power plant with a capacity of 100 MW will be set up at Ramagundam in Telangana.
  • The project, expected to be opened in May, is being set up at Ramagundam thermal power plant reservoir.
  • The solar project is commissioned by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
  • The project, which is estimated to cost around 423 crore rupees, will have 4.5 lakh photovoltaic panels.
  • The solar panels will cover 450-acre areas of the reservoir and can be expanded in the future.
  • NTPC’s efforts to set up floating solar power projects are aimed at reducing its carbon footprints and accelerate its green energy production to 30 percent of its capacity.
  • The world’s largest solar power plant with 600 MW capacities is being set up on Omkareshwar Dam on Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The project costing 3,000 crore rupees is expected to start power generation only by 2022-23.

India committed to regional cooperation under BIMSTEC framework: S Jaishankar

  • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said that India remains committed to further building the momentum of regional cooperation under the BIMSTEC framework and make the organization stronger, vibrant, more effective and result-oriented.
  • Delivering a statement at the 17th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting being held virtually, Dr Jaishankar expressed confidence that BIMSTEC would scale new heights in the times to come with the collective efforts and spirit of cooperation.
  • He said, BIMSTEC enjoys the unique strength of connecting South and South-East Asia and it has steadily gained prominence in the Indian foreign policy.
  • Dr Jaishankar said, participation of BIMSTEC leaders at Indian Government’s swearing-in ceremony in May 2019 was a testament to it.
  • He said, BIMSTEC over the years has emerged as a promising sub-regional grouping with growing strategic and economic interests of the Member States, as well as of the international community in the Bay of Bengal region.
  • The Minister said, our collective resolve to impart a fresh dynamism to BIMSTEC has rejuvenated the organization.
  • He expressed happiness that the region is witnessing rapid economic growth with growing political and economic cooperation among the Member States.

CWC counsel political parties not to utilize service of children for election campaign

  • In the Union Territory of Puducherry the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) here advised political parties not to utilize the service of Children in Electioneering.
  • Child Welfare Committee chairperson Ashokan in a release said that the commission received complaints that children are being used by political parties for their election campaign and as per the directions of the National Child Welfare Commission; the election department was directed to monitor the campaigning of political parties and to initiate action if children are used for campaign.
  • He said a 5 year old boy was badly injured in his hand when he took a cracker which was not busted when the political parties lit it and it busted in his hands.
  • A report on the incident was sought from the Karaikal Collector for further action, he said.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BIMSTEC concludes Connectivity master plan for Bay of Bengal region

  • The virtual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping finalised a major Connectivity master plan for the Bay of Bengal region.
  • The seven-member regional grouping namely India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar will take up the Master plan for transport connectivity for adoption in the next summit of the organization to be hosted by Sri Lanka in a few months from now.
  • The meeting also endorsed three MoUs/agreements relating to convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal matters, cooperation between diplomatic and training academies and establishment of BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Facility in Colombo.
  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar expressed India’s commitment to take the BIMSTEC to new heights.
  • The connectivity master plan is the outcome of more than a decade of consultations among the member states.
  • The study conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2007 and 2014, identified 166 connectivity projects at an estimated cost of USD 50 billion out of which 65 projects were identified as priority projects.

Spicy, Juicy, Lip-smacking Good Indian Food at 7 day long India Food Week in Beijing

  • Any Indian Food Festival is every foodie’s heaven! It’s not just about eating but to have an experience.
  • Beijingers got another opportunity to experience the soul of India, this time through its food as they flocked to the 7 day-long Indian Food Week organized at a five-star hotel in Beijing which concluded.
  • Indians, Chinese and foreigners of other nationalities alike savored diverse delicacies, anecdotal Indian masala tea, Indian chaat, panipuris and chowmein along with delectable desserts like kulfi.
  • There was something for everyone.
  • There was a special counter for Salads which offered a variety of salads.
  • Live counters were a special attraction which allowed the foodies to adjust the taste as per their choice.
  • Beautifully decorated food stalls presented dishes from different Indian states giving a glimpse of mini-India to the visitors.
  • Indian in plenty, they not only enjoyed the food but also got a glimpse of India’s culture and its diversity through a range of tastes on their plates.
  • They said, there is no better way to experience the soul of India than trying out its variety of food on offer.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

V Prez Venkaiah Naidu mentioned that Medium of instruction up to primary school level must be the mother tongue or local language

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the medium of instruction up to the primary school level must be the mother tongue or the local language.
  • He said, many studies have catalogued the advantages of studying in mother tongue during early schooling.
  • Attending the 600 birth anniversary of the renowned Odia sage-poet Adikabi Sarala Das in Cuttack in Orissa, the Vice President also called upon administration and judiciary to use local language to effectively communicate with the people.
  • Referring to Adikabi Sarala Das as the father of modern Odia language, the Vice-President said that the poet was a pioneer in democratizing literature through the use of colloquial language as early as in the 15 century.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan bags Kalinga Ratna award

  • Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has been conferred the ‘Kalinga Ratna’ award for the year 2021.
  • The award instituted by Sarala Sahitya Sansad was presented to Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, during the 600th Birth Anniversary of Adikabi Sarala Das and 40th Annual Celebrations of Sarala Sahitya Sansad during the programme held at Sarala Bhawan in Cuttack, 02.04.21.
  • The Kalinga Ratna award carried a silver statue of Goddess Saraswati and a copper plaque.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu described Sarala Das as Adi Kavi and a genius in the field of Odia literature.
  • The Vice President said ‘Sarala Mahabharat’ written by Sarala Das in the 15th century, the first complete Mahabharat in a regional language, is a classic example of popularity and adoption of literature in the spoken dialect.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

BSE StAR MF proceedings 9.38 crore transactions in FY 2020-21

  • In spite of a tumultuous fiscal, BSE StAR MF processed over 9.38 crore transactions amounting to 3,33,095 cr in the financial year 2020-21.
  • It is 63% more as compared to 5.75 cr in FY 2019-20.
  • Last month it has schooled new high by recording 1 crore monthly transactions, the highest ever on the platform.
  • It is India’s largest and leading Mutual Funds Distributor platform.
  • The platform also recorded the highest number of new SIPS registrations 5.45 lakh in a single month in March 2021 as compared to previous best of 4.97 lakh in Feb ’21.
  • In the past quarter, Jan to March 2021, BSE StAR MF added 15.45 lakh new SIPs.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

RBI deputy governor BP Kanungo retires against expectations of second extension

  • Against expectations of getting a second extension, the senior-most deputy governor BP Kanungo retired from the Reserve Bank on completion of his one-year extension.
  • Kanungo joined the RBI in 1982 and was in charge of currency management, external investments, operations, payment, and settlement system, among others, during the four-year term as the deputy governor, which began in April 2017.
  • The government had appointed him as a deputy governor in March 2017 when Urjit Patel was the governor and he took charge on April 3, 2017, for a three-year term ending April 2, 2020, but was given a one-year extension.
  • There was an expectation that he might get a second extension after the government had cancelled interviews for the post of the deputy governor, scheduled for March 10.

World Bank, AIIB sanctioned loan for USD 300 million canal-based drinking water projects in Punjab

  • The World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have approved a loan for USD 300 million (about Rs 2,190 crore) canal-based drinking water projects in Punjab.
  • The project is aimed at ensuring quality drinking water and minimizes water losses for Amritsar and Ludhiana, according to a Punjab government statement.
  • The entire project will be co-financed by IBRD (World Bank) – USD 105 million, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – USD 105 million and the Punjab government – USD 90 million, according to an official spokesperson.
  • In the Amritsar project, the source of surface water supply is Upper Bari Doab Canal and a 440 MLD (million litres per day) water treatment plant will be constructed in village Vallah, Amritsar for treating the surface water, the spokesperson added.

Dutch development bank FMO infuse $137 mn in India’s Green Growth Equity Fund

  • Dutch development bank FMO will invest $137 million (about Rs.1,000 crore) in India’s Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF), managed by EverSource Capital, while the fund aims to raise a total of $940 million.
  • GGEF is raising the capital to invest in the country’s green infrastructure sectors such as renewable energy, transport, resource efficiency and energy services.
  • The fund will also invest in value chain, water, waste and transport sectors that promote low carbon and climate-resilient initiatives.
  • The fund-raising was approved by South Korea-based Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) board, the world’s largest dedicated climate fund, EverSource Capital and FMO.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Jeh Wadia steps down as MD of Bombay Dyeing 

  • Jeh Wadia has stepped down as the managing director of Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company, the flagship firm of Wadia Group confirmed.
  • In a regulatory filing, the company said that Jeh, son of industrialist Nusli Wadia, would not be renewing his contract as the managing director that expired on March 31, 2021.
  • The development also comes just a week after he stepped down from the leadership role at GoAir.
  • “In the interim, the day-to-day management of the company will be looked after by Mr Suresh Khurana, CEO (PSF) along with Mr Hitesh Vora, CFO under the supervision of Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, a Director,” Bombay Dyeing said in a BSE filing after the conclusion of the meeting of its Board of Directors.

PEL appointed Khushru Jijina to its board

  • Piramal Enterprises Ltd (PEL) has appointed Khushru Jijina to its board as Executive Director, Financial Services.
  • “Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Capital, will join the Board of Piramal Enterprises Limited as Executive Director, Financial Services,” it said in a statement.
  • Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group said that as Executive Director on the Board for Financial Services, Jijina will lead the wholesale business.
  • “He will also be closely involved across the financial services platforms in helping drive the transformation into a more diversified, sustainable, technology driven business in addition to helping develop and train the next generation of leaders to take on greater responsibilities, and to take the business to greater heights,” he said.

TAFE chief Mallika Srinivasan entitled as head of PESB

  • Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) Ltd, has been named chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.
  • It is gathered that this is for the first time a private sector specialist has been appointed the head of the PESB, which is responsible for making appointments to top posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
  • Mallika Srinivasan will hold office for three years from the date of assumption of charge or until she turns 65, whichever is earlier, said the Ministry note.
  • Mallika Srinivasan is recognised for entrepreneurship and her contribution to the agriculture sector.
  • She has built TAFE into the third largest tractor manufacturer in the world and No 2 in India by volumes, with annual sales of over 150,000 units.

Subhash Kumar concludes additional charge as ONGC CMD

  • ONGC’s Finance Director Subhash Kumarhas assumed additional charge of the post of Chairman and Managing Director following superannuation of Shashi Shanker on March 31.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

CM K Chandrasekhar Rao congratulates winners of panchayat awards

  • Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao felicitated village, mandal, and zilla parishad members, who bagged the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) awards.
  • Among those felicitated at Pragathi Bhavan included Parlapally (Karimnagar district) Sarpanch M Bharathi, Haridas Nagar (Rajanna-Sircilla) Sarpanch T Amrutha, Malyala  (Siddipet) Sarpanch D Vajravaa, Mittapelli (Siddipet) Sarpanch Vanga Laxmi, Ruyyadi (Adilabad) Sarpanch P Pothareddy, Chakrapur (Mahbubnagar) Sarpanch K Sailaja, Sundilla (Peddapalli) Sarpanch Dasari Laxmi, and Mohinikunta  (Rajanna Sircilla) Sarpanch Kalvakuntla Vanaja.Korutla (Jagtial district) MPP Thota Narayana, Dharmaram (Peddapalli) MPP Mutyala Karuna, Sangareddy Zilla Parishad Chairperson P Manjushree, Sangareddy ZP CEO Ch Yellaiah and Peddapally DPO Geetha were also felicitated.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

ATL to acquire WKTL for Rs 3,370 crore

  • On March 27, 2021 Adani Transmission Limited (ATL) signed a definitive agreement with Essel InfraProjects Limited (EIL) to acquire Warora-Kurnool Transmission Limited (WKTL) for an enterprise value of Rs 3,370 crore.
  • The cumulative network of ATL will reach 17,200circuit kilometre of which 12,350 ckt kms network is already operational and 4,850 ckt kms (including this asset) is in various stages of execution.
  • ATL has already received the approval from Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) for substitution of original awardee in the contract.

About ATL :

  • MD & CEO : Anil Sardana
  • Headquarters : Ahmedabad , Gujarat
  • ATL is India’s Largest Private sector Power Transmission and retail distribution company.

About EIL :

  • Essel Infraprojects Ltd, is the infrastructure and utilities arm of the Dr Subhash Chandra led Essel Group.
  • For over 90 years Essel group has been contributing to India’s socio economic and cultural growth across diversified business sectors like media, entertainment, packaging, education, services and infrastructure.

About WKTL :

  • Founded : 2015
  • Parent Organization : Essel Infra Projects Limited

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Ministry of Jal Shakti deploys sensor-based IoT devices to monitor rural drinking water supply systems

  • To monitor the rural drinking water supply systems in villages, the Ministry of Jal Shakti has decided to take the digital route to use sensor-based IoT devices 
  • It is to effectively monitor the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in more than six lakh villages.
  • For this Purpose National Jal Jeevan Mission in collaboration with Tata Community Initiatives Trust (TCIT) and Tata Trusts.
  • It is recently completed pilot projects in several remote villages of five States i.e. Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Himachal Pradesh.

Key feature of these pilots:

  • To ensure regular tap water to every home, real-time measurement and monitoring is critical for rural drinking water supply schemes.
  • Enormous gains in terms of operational efficiencies, cost reduction, grievance redressal, etc,

About Jal Jeevan Mission :

  • Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), Union Government’s flagship programme, which is implemented in partnership with States/ UTs.

Purpose :

  • To provide tap water connection to every rural household by 2024envisions creating a Digital Wall and Remote Command & Control Centre for monitoring and managing supply.

Solar Physicists of ARIES Develop a New Novel Technique for Tracking the Solar Eruptions

  • Solar Physicists of ARIES have developed a New Novel Technique called CMEs Identification in Inner Solar Corona (CIISCO) to detect and track the accelerating solar eruption in the lower corona.
  • This algorithm is based on the use of parabolic Hough transform to automatically detect the presence of parabolic profiles in the height-time plots of the solar eruption.
  • It will be used in India’s first solar mission, Aditya-L1, launched in 2022.
  • Aditya-L1 being built in collaboration between the ISRO & Various Research Institutes.
  • Aditya-L1, will be observing this region of the solar corona. After the launch of Aditya-L1, implementation of CIISCO on the Aditya-L1 data will provide new insight into the CME properties in this less explored region.
  • The research led by Mr. Ritesh Patel, Dr. Vaibhav Pant and Prof. Dipankar Banerjee from ARIES, Nainital, an autonomous institute under DST, Government of India, along with their collaborators from Royal Observatory of Belgium have led to the development of an algorithm.
  • This research has been published in the Solar Physics journal.

About ARIES :

  • Located at : Nainital
  • Director : Dr. Dipankar Banerjee

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Venkaiah Naidu Released Book Agriculture in India authored by Mohan Kanda      

  • On March 31, 2021, Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu released noted bureaucrat and former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Mohan Kanda’s book, ‘Agriculture in India: Contemporary challenges in the context of doubling farmers’ income
  • The book is Published by BSP Books Private Limited.
  • It was held at CESS Auditorium, Begumpet

Salient features of the book :

  • Focused on centre-staging farmers’ environment and the sub-sectors which determine their life.
  • It also goes beyond ‘what needs to be done’ to ‘how can it be done
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi declared on 28 February 2016 farmers’ income will be doubled by 2022 to mark 75 years of India’s independence.
  • This is a major shift in our approach, a clear focus on farmer and farmer welfare, rather than simply production and productivity.
  • The purpose of recent farm legislations included the following aspects:
  1. Increase productivity / production and reduce losses.
  2. Increase market access of agricultural produce through marketing reforms, post-harvest infrastructure and value addition.
  3. Reduce input cost of farmers through optimisation of resources used as inputs.
  4. Undertake governance and structural reforms.
  5. Expand risk mitigation measures to protect farmers against losses due to yield and price risks.
  6. Increase investment in and for agriculture.
  7. Link development activities in sectors such as water resources, soil health, food processing, rural development, power, information technology, environment, fertilisers, and other sectors to agricultural development.

About Mohan Kanda :

  • He is an Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1968 batch.
  • He retired as Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh in 2005.
  • He was also Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and served as Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA)
  • He worked as a Secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture.
  • He is a member of the steering committee on Agriculture and Allied Sectors for the formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012–17) for the Planning commission.
  • He was made head of a committee that would look into the problems faced by the Coastal Andhra riots in declaring a crop holiday.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

9 cities in Australia, New Zealand to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

  • The 2023 Women’s World Cup of football will be spread across nine cities in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The opening match will be held at Eden Park in Auckland, with Sydney’s Stadium Australia hosting the final. 
  • The two semi-final matches will be split between Australia and New Zealand.
  • It will be the first-of-a-kind World Cup, co-hosted by members of different confederations.
  • Australia joined the Asian confederation after qualifying for the 2006 men’s World Cup, leaving New Zealand as the largest member of the Oceania confederation.
  • This World Cup will also be the first to feature 32 teams, up from the 24 that participated in the 2019 women’s tournament in France.

Hosting Cities :

  1. Adelaide
  2. Brisbane
  3. Melbourne
  4. Perth
  5. Sydney
  6. Auckland
  7. Dunedin
  8. Hamilton
  9. Wellington
  10. New Zealand

About FIFA :

  • President : Gianni Infantino
  • Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Founded: 21 May 1904, Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, France
  • FIFA Started to award world player awards in 1991 and 2009.

India’s latest discus throw sensation – Kamalpreet Kaur

  • An Indian Women discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur booked for the Tokyo Olympic Games after she sent the discus to 65.06 metres in her first and only legal throw at the 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships held in Patiala.
  • Kamalpreet set a new national record and breached the Olympic qualification mark of 63.50m in the process. 
  • She broke the previous record of 64.76 set by Krishna Poonia in 2012.

About Kamalpreet Kaur :

  • Kamalpreet comes from Badal village in the Sri Muktsar Sahib district of Punjab.
  • Kamalpreet started taking the sport seriously in 2014 and her initial training began at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in her village.
  • she became the under-18 and under-20 national champion in 2016.
  • In 2017, she finished sixth at the 29th World University Games.
  • At Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019, she finished fifth.

Daily CA On April 02 :

  • Odisha Day, also Utkala Dibasa, is celebrated on 1 April in the Indian state of Odisha in memory of the formation of the state as a separate state out of Bihar and Orissa Province with addition of Koraput and Ganjam from the Madras Presidency on 1 April 1936.
  • International Children’s Book Day (ICBD)is organised annually on 2nd April since 1967, by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
  • The World Autism Awareness Dayis observed internationally on 2 April every year, to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the world.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Central Sector Scheme called “Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Food Processing Industry (PLISFPI)”with an outlay of 10900 crore.
  • The rate of interest on Small Savings Schemes for the first quarter (April-June) of 2021-22will remain unchanged as the last quarter (January-March) of 2020-2021.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)has extended the last date for the mandatory linking of the Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar number till June, 30 2021.
  • The Ministry of AYUSH has invited applications for the Prime Minister’s Yoga Awards (PMYA). 
  • Government launched the All-India Survey of Migrant Workers and All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey. 
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO and DMSRDE Kanpur for developing a LightWeight Bullet Proof Jacket.
  • Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (Independent charge) Mansukh Mandaviya launched a new cruise service connecting Hazira port in Surat and Diu Island. 
  • The second meeting of the Sherpas of G7 and guest countries was held.
  • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held discussions with Tajikistan Defence Minister Colonel General Sherali Mirzo. 
  • India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri interacted with representatives of Indian industry in Shanghai.
  • The India Bangladesh ties are historic and multi-dimensional. India is keen to support the national effort of Bangladesh for the betterment of their own people
  • Union Government has approved a 780 Crore rupees project for upgradation of Kargil Zanskar road.
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu arrived at capital Bhubaneswar on a two days visit to Odisha.
  • In Kargil Ladakh, Rural Development Department Kargil organised one-day Training and Awareness Programme for Self Help Groups under National Rural Livelihood Mission at Sankoo block.
  • Centre has proposed up to 25 percent tax concession on the purchase of new vehicles on submission of scrappage certificate.
  • Homegrown digital payments innovation United Payments Interface (UPI) has processed Rs 5.04 lakh crore in transaction value an all time high during March 2021, showed data shared by regulator National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • The Reserve Bank of India, RBI, extended the deadline to process recurring online transactions with additional factor of authentication, AFA, to 30th September of this year from the last date fixed. 
  • The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD 32 million project to improve management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram, a World Bank.
  • Subhash Kumarhas assumed the additional charge as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on April 01, 2021. He is serving as Director (Finance) at ONGC.
  • Senior IAS officer Mukhmeet S. Bhatia took over the charge of Director General of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)on April 04, 2021.
  • Lieutenant General Manjinder Singh, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishist Seva Medal took over as the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Western Command.
  • Former Reserve Bank of India governor Dr. Urjit Patel has been appointed as Additional Director of Britannia Industries with effect from 31st March, 2021 for tenure of 5 years. 
  • The legendary actor Super Star Rajinikanthhas been selected to be honored with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, the highest film honour in India.
  • NCMLsigns MoU with Agriculture Skill Council of India for skill development in agriculture sector.
  • The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India said it has partnered with Karnataka Bank to offer vehicle financing options for potential car buyers.
  • Indian Army will participate in Multinational Military Exercise namely SHANTIR OGROSHENA -2021.
  • India has slipped 28 places to rank 140th among 156 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.

Daily CA On Apr 03 :

  • India’s biggest floating solar power plant with a capacity of 100 MW will be set up at Ramagundam in Telangana.
  • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said that India remains committed to further building the momentum of regional cooperation under the BIMSTEC framework and make the organization stronger, vibrant, more effective and result-oriented.
  • In the Union Territory of Puducherry the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) here advised political parties not to utilize the service of Children in Electioneering.
  • The virtual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping finalised a major Connectivity master plan for the Bay of Bengal region.
  • Spicy, Juicy, Lip-smacking Good Indian Food at 7 day long India Food Week in Beijing
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the medium of instruction up to the primary school level must be the mother tongue or the local language.
  • Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has been conferred the ‘Kalinga Ratna’ award for the year 2021.
  • In spite of a tumultuous fiscal, BSE StAR MF processed over 9.38 crore transactions amounting to 3,33,095 cr in the financial year 2020-21.
  • A second extension, the senior-most deputy governor BP Kanungo retired from the Reserve Bank on completion of his one-year extension.
  • The World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have approved a loan for USD 300 million (about Rs 2,190 crore) canal-based drinking water projects in Punjab.
  • Dutch development bank FMO will invest $137 million (about Rs.1,000 crore) in India’s Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF), managed by EverSource Capital, while the fund aims to raise a total of $940 million.
  • Jeh Wadia has stepped down as the managing director of Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company, the flagship firm of Wadia Group confirmed.
  • Piramal Enterprises Ltd (PEL) has appointed Khushru Jijina to its board as Executive Director, Financial Services.
  • Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) Ltd, has been named chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.
  • ONGC’s Finance Director Subhash Kumarhas assumed additional charge of the post of Chairman and Managing Director following superannuation of Shashi Shanker on March 31.
  • Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao felicitated village, mandal, and zilla parishad members, who bagged the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) awards.
  • On March 27, 2021 Adani Transmission Limited (ATL) signed a definitive agreement with Essel InfraProjects Limited (EIL) to acquire Warora-Kurnool Transmission Limited (WKTL) for an enterprise value of Rs 3,370 crore.
  • To monitor the rural drinking water supply systems in villages, the Ministry of Jal Shakti has decided to take the digital route to use sensor-based IoT devices 
  • Solar Physicists of ARIES have developed a New Novel Technique called CMEs Identification in Inner Solar Corona (CIISCO) to detect and track the accelerating solar eruption in the lower corona.
  • On March 31, 2021, Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu released noted bureaucrat and former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Mohan Kanda’s book, ‘Agriculture in India: Contemporary challenges in the context of doubling farmers’ income
  • The 2023 Women’s World Cup of football will be spread across nine cities in Australia and New Zealand.
  • An Indian Women discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur booked for the Tokyo Olympic Games after she sent the discus to 65.06 metres in her first and only legal throw at the 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships held in Patiala.

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