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Current Affairs: Days

International Women’s Day: 08 March

  • The International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
  • The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’.
  • According to the UN Women website, it aims to ‘celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic’.
  • The hashtags for the day will be #IWD2021 and #InternationalWomensDay.
  • The date of March 8 was chosen for the celebration as it marks the day when women in Soviet Russia started protests for the right to vote which they were granted in 1917.
  • The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February.1909.
  • The day was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Current Affairs: National News

PM Modi inaugurates 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong

  • On March 07, 2021,Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’ celebrations via video conferencing.
  • The last day of the week which falls on 7th March is celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’.
  • The theme of Janaushadhi Diwas 2021 is “Jan Aushadhi Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi”.
  • The Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong during the event.
  • The celebrations are organised by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), the implementing agency of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).
  • In 2021, third Janaushadhi Diwas is being celebrated.

About PMBJP :

  • Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special kendras known as Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendra.

India Science Research Fellowship (ISRF) 2021 Announced; 40 Scholars From Six Countries Awarded

  • Forty scholars from six countries have been awarded with Indian Science Research Fellowship (ISRF) 2021.
  • The forty scholars will now have the opportunity to carry out their research in Indian institutes and universities.
  • These scholars have been selected based on research proposal, experience, academic merit and publication record and recommended for the award of ISRF 2021.

About ISRF :

  • ISRF programme has provided an opportunity to the young researchers from neighbouring countries to get access to the state of art facilities available in the Indian institutes/universities.
  • This fellowship is a platform to establish research cooperation with neighbouring countries of India, which is one of the mandates of DST’s International Science and Technology Cooperation.
  • The initiative was launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2015 for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand.
  • It has been implemented since 2015, and as of now, 5 calls have been announced in this programme with participation of young researchers from these countries. About 128 fellows from these countries have been awarded fellowship under this programme.

National Committee to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence to hold its first meeting 

  • The National Committee set up to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence will hold its first meeting to discuss modalities relating to preparatory activities.
  • The 259 member committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet virtually.
  • The committee includes Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors as well as leaders of different political parties including BJP President JP Nadda and Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi.
  • The Government has decided to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence in a befitting manner at National and International level in the form of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • The National Committee includes dignitaries and eminent citizens from all walks of life including Artists, Sportspersons, Business leaders, Gandhians and media persons.
  • The committee will provide policy direction and guidelines for formulation of programs for the commemoration.
  •  The 75 years of India’s Independence falls on 15th August next year.
  • The celebrations are proposed to be launched 75 weeks prior to this date on 12th of this month.
  • 2th March is the 91st anniversary of the historic Salt Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi.

Smriti Irani says India will be fully Aatmanirbhar in Silk production in next two years: 

  • Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has said that India will be fully Aatmanirbhar in Silk production in the next two years. 
  • Addressing the National level programme on convergence of Agro-Sericulture and eradication of Thigh reeling in New Delhi, Mrs Irani said that raw silk production in the country has increased 35 per cent in the last six years.
  • She informed that more than 90 lakh people have got employment in raw silk production.
  • On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Textiles Ministry distributed Buniyaad Reeling Machines to Women Silk Reelers to eradicate Unhygienic and Obsolete Thigh Reeling Practice.
  • Mrs Irani said eight thousand women thigh reelers were identified for providing Buniyaad machines and five thousand women have already been supported under Silk Samagra Phase -1.
  • She said that for the remaining three thousand thigh reelers, fund provision has been made.

PM Modi Dedicates 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra to the nation at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the people to use medicines from JanAushadhi Kendra saying that people have saved more than 9,000 crore rupees through these Kendras.
  •  Mr Modi said, the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi scheme has relieved the poor of their high medical expenses.
  • Jan Aushadhi centres are helping people from poor and middle-class families to save around 3,600 crore rupees every year.
  • He said, Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Pads are sold at just one rupee per pad.
  •  He was happy to note that the JanAushadhi scheme is helping people not only in medical treatment but also in generating employment for the youth.
  •  He pointed out that more than 1,000 JanAushadhi Kendras are being run by women.
  • Mr Modi also dedicated the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong to the nation. He said there were less than 100 JanAushadhi Kendras till 2014.
  • He said the government is focused on opening 10,000 centres very soon.

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.
  • As the new helpline number 139 will take over all the existing helpline numbers, it will be easy for the passengers to remember this number and connect with Railways for all their needs during the travel. 
  • The Ministry of Railways in a statement said that various Railway grievances helplines were discontinued last year and now, Helpline number 182 would also be discontinued from 1st of April, 2021 and will be merged into 139. 
  • The Helpline 139 will be available in twelve languages and passengers can opt for Interactive Voice Response System- IVRS or directly connect to call-centre executives by pressing the asterisk button.
  •  There is no need for a smart phone to call on 139.

‘Maitri Setu’ connecting India and Bangladesh – inaugurated by PM Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Maitri Setu between India and Bangladesh through video conferencing.
  • Mr Modi will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects in Tripura during the event.
  • The bridge Maitri Setu has been built over Feni River which flows between Indian boundary in Tripura State and Bangladesh. 
  • The name Maitri Setu symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh. 
  •  The construction was taken up by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited at a project cost of 133 Crore rupees.
  • The 1.9 Kilometres long bridge joins Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh.
  •  It is poised to herald a new chapter for trade and people to people movement between India and Bangladesh.
  •  With this inauguration, Tripura is set to become the Gateway of North East with access to Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, which is just 80 Kilometres from Sabroom.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bangladesh observes historic Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib

  • Bangladesh is observing the 50th anniversary of the historic speech given by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka on 7th March 1971.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
  • Her younger sister Sheikh Rehana accompanied Prime Minister Hasina during the wreath-laying ceremony.
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had delivered the historic speech on this day in 1971 at the then Race Course Maidan which is now known as Suhrawardy Udyan.
  • He had declared before a huge crowd on that day that ‘Ebarer songram amader muktir songram, ebarer sangram swadhinatar sangram’ meaning  ‘the struggle this time is for our freedom, the struggle this time is for our independence’.
  • UNESCO recognised this speech as part of World Documentary Heritage in 2017.

Temporary legal residency to Venezuelans – United States offered

  • 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.
  • Both measures mark a shift from U.S. policy toward Venezuela under President Donald Trump.
  • President Joe Biden’s administration announced it would grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans already in the United States, allowing an estimated three lakhs 20 thousand people to legally live and work in the country for 18 months.Citizens of 10 countries, totaling about 400,000 people, are in the United States now with temporary protected status.
  • The largest number comes from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, many with U.S. citizen children and spouses

Current Affairs : State News

Digital platform ‘Jagrut Tripura’ launched to boost e-governance

  • The Tripura government has come up with a digital platform to help people get benefits from various schemes of the Centre and the state government.
  • The project was developed by EasyGov, a Jio Group company, and it will be available to all the residents of Tripura.
  • It will have At least 102 schemes of various departments of both the governments available on the platform.
  • The digital platform is one of the many proactive initiatives undertaken by the state government to spur a technology-led innovation ecosystem to make ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) Tripura.
  • “With ‘Jagrut’, we want to empower people to get the benefits they deserve, and the focus is on building a family- centric, progressive model having ‘one data one source’ and privacy at the core.

About Tripura :

  • CM : Biplab Kumar Deb
  • Capital: Agartala
  • Governor: Ramesh Bais

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

  • 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.

Uttarakhand CM declares ten thousand each for ASHA, Anganwadi volunteers

  • Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced Rs Ten thousand each for ASHA and Anganwadi volunteers, who had worked during the Covid 19 phase on the occasion of International Women Day.
  • He also announced 15000 for each of the Mahila Mangal Dal and women self-help groups.
  • The Chief Minister virtually attended the function and addressed the gathering in Gairsain in Chamoli district and said that empowerment of women is extremely important for the all-around development of the society and the state.
  • The Chief Minister said that during his four years in power, he had taken several steps for the welfare of women.

About Uttarakhand:

  • Capital: Dehradun
  • Chief minister:Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • Governor:Baby Rani Maurya

Current Affairs: Banking & Finance

Axis Securities launches platform to make investment in bond, debenture hassle free

  • Axis Securities announced the launch of ‘YIELD’ an online platform to buy and sell bonds as well as debentures in the secondary market.
  • YIELD is the first-of-its-kind initiative that allows retail investors direct access to the debt instruments.
  • This removes the hassle of filling up physical forms or the need for separate KYC with the bond institutions.
  • To facilitate transactions only in secure options, it aggregates only ‘AAA’ to ‘A’ rated quality debt instruments available for investment in the secondary market.
  • A seamless online platform that gives retail investors access to bonds available earlier only to the large corporations, family offices, or HNIs.
  • Investing in bonds through YIELD is the answer to the investors seeking new alternative investment avenues for safe and relatively higher returns.

About Axis Securities :

  • Managing Director & CEO : B Gopkumar
  • Founded: 2011
  • Executive Director : Anand Shaha

Current Affairs : Insurance News

HDFC ERGO’s new Business Kisht Suraksha to protect MFIs from natural calamities

  • HDFC ERGO General Insurance has introduced Business Kisht Suraksha a unique cover aimed at protecting the balance sheet of MFIs, financial institutions and banks in the event of a catastrophe or natural disaster.
  • It aims to limit the impacts on the balance sheet of financial institutions, due to non-payment of EMIs by borrowers, resulting out of listed calamities such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones, etc.
  • Business Kisht Suraksha aims to address these concerns by indemnifying against these climatic changes whilst also protecting financial institutions from rising NPAs occurring due to the impact of natural disasters.
  • Business Kisht can be customised as per the needs of an individual MFI or financial institution.
  • The product can also be tailor-made depending on the geographical presence of the borrower, MFI or any financial institution basis the perils/climatic conditions that the location is prone to.

About HDFC ERGO General Insurance :

  • CEO: Ritesh Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 2002

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

Hershey launches special chocolate edition 

  • Kriti Bharti, a rehabilitation psychologist from Jodhpur and managing trustee of Sarathi Trust was inducted into the unique Har-She campaign of world-renowned chocolate company Hershey for International Women’s Day. 
  • The company launched a special edition of chocolate with the ‘Har-She Rises’ title in the campaign in which the picture of Dr. Bharti was carved on the chocolate front cover.
  • Dr Kriti Bharati who runs an NGO, the Saarthi Trust, is now helping to annul many child marriages in Rajasthan

WCD Ministry signs agreement with Invest India in New Delhi 

  • Union Ministry of Women and Child Development signed an agreement with Invest India in New Delhi to enhance cooperation. 
  • The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is to enhance co-operation in the thematic areas of Nutrition, Child Protection and Development, Women Empowerment and convergent capacity building in mission mode.
  • It was signed by joint Secretary in the Ministry Aditi Das Raut and Vice President, Invest India, Hindol Sengupta. 
  • To formulate, design and conduct strategic research for the Ministry, DRISHTI under Invest India will conduct input and output analysis research, and other research as per requirement including coordinating with research agencies for primary, secondary and tertiary research.

Current Affairs : Appointments

Bangladesh’s first transgender Tashnuva Anan appointed as newsreader 

  • A private news channel has appointed Bangladesh’s Tashnuva Anan first transgender newsprsenter.
  • Tashnuva Anan Shishir will start presenting news for Boishakhi TV from the International Women’s Day on March 8.
  • This was announced by the TV news channel.
  • The TV channel has appointed another transgender Nusrat Mau as one of the main characters for the regular drama section of the TV channel’s entertainment wing.
  • The Bangladesh government has taken several steps to ensure the dignity and rights of the transgender persons.
  • They have been given the right to vote and stand in elections. Government provides an allowance to a large number of transgenders in the country.
  • However, they suffer from social stigma and discrimination and remain one of the most marginalised and violated groups in the country.
  • Tashnuva Anan is a model and actor who began her career in theatre group Natua in 2007.
  • She has been actively associated with theatre in Bangladesh with appearances in many popular productions.

About Bangladesh :

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka
  • President: Abdul Hamid

Current Affairs: Awards & Honours

WAN-IFRA names The Hindu Group ‘Champion Publisher of the Year 2020’

  • The Hindu Group won two golds and two silvers at WAN IFRA’s South Asian Digital Media Awards, culminating in being named ‘Champion Publisher of the Year’, owing to the highest tally on the points table.
  • The awards are presented in recognition of outstanding work done by news publishers, in digital media.
  • The winners were honoured virtually at the Digital Media India 2021 Conference.

About WAN-IFRA :

  • The World Association of News Publishers or WAN-IFRA, is a global organisation of the world’s press, with a network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and 60 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.
  • South Asian Digital Media Awards are presented in 10 different categories.
  • Twenty judges from across the globe evaluated the entries and chose the winners.

19 women achievers bags Aarya awards

  • As many as 19 women achievers from different fields were felicitated at the 9th edition of Aarya Awards here to mark the International Women’s Day.
  • Organised by city-based philanthropic organisation Parichay Foundation, the event was inaugurated by Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro in presence of Kathak exponent Shovana Narayan, Kandhamal MP Achyuta Samanta, former MP Prasanna Patasani and OSHB chairperson Priyadarshi Mishra.

Koneru Humpy bags 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.
  • “Being an indoor game, chess doesn’t get as much attention as sports like cricket gets in India.
  • But with this award, I hope the game will draw people’s attention,” she said after winning the honour.

Current Affairs: Sports News

India beats England in final Cricket Test match, Qualifies for World Test Championship Final

  • India defeated England in the final Cricket test match at Ahmedabad to enter the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship.
  • The hosts won the fourth and final Test comprehensively by a margin of an innings and 25 runs.
  • Australia have now been eliminated from the ICC World Test Championship.
  • India made 365 runs in their first innings.
  • India deserved to be in the final being at the top with 520 points.
  • India will face New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship at Lord’s between June 18 and June 22.

About ICC :

  • Chairperson: Greg Barclay
  • CEO: Manu Sawhney
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Founded: 15 June 1909

Current Affairs : Obituaries

Muthoot Group Chairman & Whole Time Director M G George Muthoot passed away

  • MG George Muthoot, the Chairman of Muthoot Group of Companies, died in New Delhi. He was 71.
  • He became the Managing Director of the Muthoot Group in 1979 and its Chairman in 1993.
  • Muthoot Finance is India’s largest gold loan company with over 5,000 branches.
  • He was also a member of the National Executive Committee of the FICCI and the Chairman of the FICCI Kerala state council.
  • According to Forbes India’s Richest List, the Forbes Asia Magazine listed him as the 50th richest man in India in 2011, and in 2019, his ranking climbed to 44th richest in India.

About Muthoot Finance Limited :

  • Headquarters: Kochi
  • Founder: M George Muthoot
  • Founded: 1939, Kerala

 Noted Kannada Poet N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta Passes Away At 84

  • Noted Kannada poet, critic, and translator N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta passed away. He was 84.
  • Popularly known as ‘NSL’ in Kannada literary world, he was born in 1936 in Shivamogga district.
  • He is known for his contribution to modern Kannada poetry, critical works and translations.
  • He had translated about 50 of William Shakespeare sonnets, the poetry of T S Elliot and works of poet Yeats into Kannada.
  • A recipient of Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award and Kannada Rajyotsava Award among others, his popular works include “Thaye ninna madilali“.

Veteran Indian Athlete Ishar Singh Deol Dies At 91

  • Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol, a recipient of the Dhyan Chand National Sports Award, has died at the age of 91.
  • Deol had won many medals for the country and the state since 1951 and was awarded the Dhyan Chand National Award in 2009 for his lifelong contribution towards sports.
  • Deol had competed in the first three Asian Games and won a bronze medal in the second Asian Games held in Manila, the Philippines in 1954.
  • “During the International Athletic Meet-1957 in Montgomery, Pakistan, he set a new Asian record in Shot-put with 46 feet 11.2 inches throw.
  • “Deol continually participated in shot-put and discus throw events from 1951 to 1960. He won gold medals in the All India Police Meet for five consecutive years from 1952 to 1957 besides clinching gold at the first Asian Veteran Athletic Meet in Singapore in 1982.”

Daily CA On March 07 and 08 :

  • India commemorated the ‘Chabahar Day’ on March 04, 2021 on the sidelines of the Maritime India Summit-2021 which was held from March 2-4, 2021.
  • Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the best performing Indian states in land record digitisation, according to an annual land records index prepared by Delhi-based think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).
  • The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has kept the interest rates unchanged on provident fund deposits at 8.5 per cent for financial year 2020-21.
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan encouraged scientists of CSIR laboratories across the country to develop the land available at each laboratory to be set up as a model under the “CSIR Floriculture Mission”.
  • The Government has constituted a National Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence.
  • Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the New Delhi World Book Fair 2021 – Virtual Edition. 
  • A new cultural centre of the High Commission of India was inaugurated by the External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in Dhaka. 
  • Women visitors will be allowed free entry to all centrally protected monuments to mark International Women’s Day.
  • Australian conservationists unveiled plans to build the world’s first refuge for the platypus, to promote breeding and rehabilitation as the duck-billed mammal faces extinction due to climate change.
  • The Food Waste Index Report 2021, from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner organisation WRAP, said that around 931 million tonnes of food waste was generated in 2019, sixty-one per cent of which came from households, 26 per cent from food service and 13 per cent from retail.
  • Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power has formed a joint venture with Japan-headquartered Jera Co. Inc to develop a new gas-fired power generation project in Bangladesh.
  • India has extended a grant of 17 million Nepali Rupees to Nepal to build a new school building in Rupandehi district of the country under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Development Partnership.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S .Jagan Mohan Reddyhas launched the AP Fact Check website and Twitter account at his camp office. 
  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) partnered with SBI Payments to announce the launch of ‘RuPay SoftPoS’ for millions of Indian merchants.
  • State-owned Indian Bank will divest stake in joint venture entity ASREC (India) Ltd as part of asset monetisation exercise. 
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology from the Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Chandipur.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of the King-dom of SwedenE. Stefan Löfven held a Virtual Summit where they discussed bilateral issues and other regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.
  • An Indian-origin veteran of the financial services industry has been appointed as the first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • As part of Women’s Day observance celebrations, JCI Trivandrum Green City is honouring some of the eminent personalities in the social cause and education field from the city. 
  • Bangladesh has announced the names of 9 individuals and one organization for conferring the Independence Award, the highest civilian award of Bangladesh for the year 2021.
  • Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Agriculture signed an MoU to amplify sericulture activities in the country in the presence of Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala. 
  • Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir topped the medals tally in the second edition of Khelo India Winter National Games.
  • India’s Women’s Trap team trio of Kirti Gupta, Manisha Keer and Rajeshwari Kumari won a silver medal on the concluding day of the year’s first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Shotgun stage, in Cairo, Egypt, going down 4-6 to Russia in the final.

Daily CA On March 09:

  • The International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
  • On March 07, 2021,Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’ celebrations via video conferencing.
  • Forty scholars from six countries have been awarded with Indian Science Research Fellowship (ISRF) 2021.
  • The National Committee set up to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence will hold its first meeting to discuss modalities relating to preparatory activities.
  • Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has said that India will be fully Aatmanirbhar in Silk production in the next two years. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the people to use medicines from JanAushadhi Kendra saying that people have saved more than 9,000 crore rupees through these Kendras.
  • 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.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Maitri Setu between India and Bangladesh through video conferencing.
  • Bangladesh is observing the 50th anniversary of the historic speech given by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka on 7th March 1971.
  • The United States has announced to offer temporary legal residency to several hundred thousand Venezuelans who fled their country due to economic collapse. 
  • The Tripura government has come up with a digital platform to help people get benefits from various schemes of the Centre and the state government.
  • India’s biggest Kidney Dialysis Hospital was inaugurated at Balasahib Gurudwara in Delhi.
  • Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced Rs Ten thousand each for ASHA and Anganwadi volunteers, who had worked during the Covid 19 phase on the occasion of International Women Day.
  • Axis Securities announced the launch of ‘YIELD’ an online platform to buy and sell bonds as well as debentures in the secondary market.
  • HDFC ERGO General Insurance has introduced Business Kisht Suraksha a unique cover aimed at protecting the balance sheet of MFIs, financial institutions and banks in the event of a catastrophe or natural disaster.
  • Kriti Bharti, a rehabilitation psychologist from Jodhpur and managing trustee of Sarathi Trust was inducted into the unique Har-She campaign of world-renowned chocolate company Hershey for International Women’s Day. 
  • Union Ministry of Women and Child Development signed an agreement with Invest India in New Delhi to enhance cooperation. 
  • A private news channel has appointed Bangladesh’s Tashnuva Anan first transgender newsprsenter.
  • The Hindu Group won two golds and two silvers at WAN IFRA’s South Asian Digital Media Awards, culminating in being named ‘Champion Publisher of the Year’, owing to the highest tally on the points table.
  • As many as 19 women achievers from different fields were felicitated at the 9th edition of Aarya Awards here to mark the International Women’s Day.
  • Chess player Koneru Humpy won the BBC India Sportswoman of the Year award for 2020.
  • India defeated England in the final Cricket test match at Ahmedabad to enter the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship.
  • MG George Muthoot, the Chairman of Muthoot Group of Companies, died in New Delhi. He was 71.
  • Noted Kannada poet, critic, and translator N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta passed away. He was 84.
  • Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol, a recipient of the Dhyan Chand National Sports Award, has died at the age of 91.

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