23rd March 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of twenty third March 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: World Meteorological Day, Shaheed Diwas, Nozomi Okuhara, Road Safety World Series T-20, Gandhi Peace Prize.

National News

1. PM Modi launches ‘Catch the Rain’ marketing campaign

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ marketing campaign on March 22, 2021, on the event of World Water Day for conserving water. PM urged that each penny of MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) funds be spent on rainwater conservation until the monsoon arrives.
  • The ‘Catch the Rain’ marketing campaign shall be applied throughout the nation, in each rural and concrete areas from March 22 to November 30, 2021 (the pre-monsoon and monsoon interval within the nation).
  • The principal intention of the marketing campaign is to take water conservation on the grass-root stage by means of individuals’s participation and urge stakeholders to create rainwater harvesting constructions appropriate to the weather conditions and subsoil strata, to make sure correct storage of rainwater.

Appointments News

2. Arindam Bagchi takes cost as MEA spokesperson

  • Arindam Bagchi, an officer of the 1995 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), has assumed cost as the brand new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA). He is changing Anurag Srivastava, an officer of the 1999 batch of IFS.
  • Before this, Bagchi was serving because the joint secretary (north) on the MEA headquarters. He was an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer from the 1995 batch.
  • In previous, he has served as India’s ambassador to Croatia from November 2018 to June 2020. He was additionally India’s deputy excessive commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of External Affairs: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Banking News

3. RBI imposes Rs 15 lakh penalty on Fedbank Financial Services

  • The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 15 lakh on Fedbank Financial Services Limited, Mumbai.
  • The penalty has been imposed for non-compliance with “certain provisions of the directions issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) contained in ”Monitoring of Frauds in NBFCs (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016′.
  • The statutory inspection of the corporate just about its monetary place as of March 31, 2019, revealed, inter alia, non-compliance with the instructions issued by it. The inspection report of the Koyana Sahakari Bank primarily based on its monetary place as of March 31, 2019, revealed that it had exceeded the prudential inter-bank (single financial institution) publicity restrict.

Schemes and Committees

4. RBI units up exterior advisory committee for evaluating banking purposes

  • The Reserve Bank of India has introduced the names of the members of the Standing External Advisory Committee (SEAC) for evaluating purposes for Universal Banks in addition to Small Finance Banks.
  • The committee has 5 members, with former RBI deputy governor Shyamala Gopinath because the chairperson. The panel may have a tenure of three years.
  • According to pointers, purposes for common banks and SFBs will first be evaluated by the RBI to make sure prima facie eligibility of the candidates, after which the newly fashioned committee will consider the purposes.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • RBI twenty fifth Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Defence News

5. Indian Armed Forces 4th Strongest within the World

  • China has the strongest navy power on the planet whereas India stands at quantity 4, in line with a examine launched by defence web site Military Direct. China has the strongest navy on the planet, scoring 82 out of 100 factors within the index.
  • The USA, regardless of their monumental navy budgets, is available in 2nd place with 74 factors, adopted by Russia with 69, India at 61 after which France with 58.
  • The U.K. nearly makes the Top 10, coming in ninth place with a rating of 43. The examine stated the “ultimate military strength index” was calculated after bearing in mind numerous elements together with budgets, variety of inactive and energetic navy personnel, whole air, sea, land and nuclear sources, common salaries, and weight of apparatus.

Awards News

6. 67th National Film Awards Announced

The 67th National Film Awards are at the moment being introduced in New Delhi. The awards are for movies from the 12 months 2019. The occasion is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which comes beneath the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The ceremony was purported to be held in May final 12 months however was delayed indefinitely as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn the entire listing of winner: Click right here

7. Gandhi Peace Prize for the Year 2019 & 2020 introduced

  • The Gandhi Peace Prize for the 12 months 2019 is being conferred on (Late) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman. Gandhi Peace Prize acknowledges the unparalleled imaginative and prescient and management of the Late H.M. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said in strengthening relations between India and Oman, and his efforts to advertise peace and non-violence within the Gulf area.
  • On the opposite hand, Gandhi Peace Prize for the 12 months 2020 is being conferred on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Committee chosen the title of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in recognition of his excellent contributions in the direction of social, financial and political transformation by means of non-violent and different Gandhian strategies.
  • The award carries an quantity of Rs. 1 crore, a quotation, a plaque and an beautiful conventional handicraft/ handloom merchandise.

Sports News

8. India Legends wins 2020-21 Road Safety World Series T-20

  • In Cricket, India Legends defeated Sri Lanka Legends by 14 runs to clinch the Road Safety World Series last title, held at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
  • India Legends put up a complete of 181/4 however Sri Lanks Legends may handle 167/7. Sachin Tendulkar was the captain of the India Legends.

Related awards:

  • Player of the Match: Yusuf Pathan (India Legends)
  • Player of the Series: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka Legends)
  • Most Runs: Tillakaratne Dilshan
  • Most Wickets: Tillakaratne Dilshan

9. Nozomi Okuhara baggage ladies’s singles titles at All England Open

  • Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara has gained the All England Badminton Championships ladies’s title as she defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-12, 21-16 within the finals.
  • In the lads’s class, Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia has gained the All England Badminton Championships title as he defeated Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen within the summit conflict. With this win, Malaysia’s title drought got here to an finish and it’s after 4 years, that somebody from the nation has managed to win the All England Open. Lee Chong Wei had final gained the All England Open for Malaysia in 2017.

Important Days

10. Shaheed Diwas Observed On 23 March

  • Every 12 months, March 23 is noticed as Martyrs Day (Shaheed Diwas or Sarvodaya Day) to pay tribute on the demise anniversary of the liberty fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru, who laid their lives for the liberty of India.
  • It was on March 23 in 1931, in Lahore (Pakistan), that these three had been hanged to demise for assassinating John Saunders, a British police officer in 1928.
  • They had mistaken him for British police superintendent James Scott, who had ordered lathi-charge, which finally led to the demise of Lala Lajpat Rai. Also, 30 January is noticed as Martyr’s Day or Shaheed Diwas within the reminiscence of Mahatma Gandhi.

11. World Meteorological Day noticed globally on 23 March

  • The World Meteorological Day is well known yearly on 23 March to commemorate the date of the institution of the World Meteorological Organization in 23 March 1950. The day additionally highlights the contribution that the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the protection and well-being of society.
  • The World Meteorological Day theme is “The ocean, our climate and weather” celebrates WMO’s focus in connecting the ocean, local weather and climate inside the Earth System. It additionally marks the beginning 12 months of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • World Meteorological Organization Head: Petteri Taalas.
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an intergovernmental group with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • World Meteorological Organization has a membership of 191 member states and territories.

Obituaries News

12. Noted filmmaker and author Sagar Sarhadi passes away

  • Noted author and filmmaker Sagar Sarhadi, recognized for movies like “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Silsila”, and “Bazaar”, has handed away. He started his profession as Urdu brief tales author and entered Bollywood by means of Yash Chopra’s 1976 “Kabhi Kabhie”, which had Amitabh Bachchan and Raakhee within the lead position.
  • He turned director with “Bazaar” in 1982. He had written dialogues for numerous acclaimed movies like “Silsila”, “Chandni”, “Deewana” “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” and so on.

13. Acclaimed Egyptian feminist Nawal Saadawi passes away

  • Nawal Saadawi, a famend Egyptian feminist, psychiatrist and novelist, whose writings have stirred controversy for many years in an overwhelmingly conservative society handed away. She was a fierce advocate of girls rights in Egypt and the Arab world.
  • In 2005, she was awarded the Inana International Prize in Belgium, a 12 months after she obtained the North-South prize from the Council of Europe. In 2020, Time Magazine named her on their 100 Women of the Year listing. She was the founder and head of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights.