24th February 2021 Current Affairs

GK Update of twenty fourth February 2021 masking the next information headlines: Atlantic Ocean, Hunar Haat, Narmadapuram, Maritime India Summit, Central Excise Day.

National News

1. Rajnath Singh inaugurates twenty sixth version of ‘Hunar Haat’

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the twenty sixth version of ‘Hunar Haat’ in New Delhi. The “Hunar Haat” might be held from February 21 to March 01, 2021, with the theme of “Vocal for Local”. More than 600 artisans and craftsmen from greater than 31 states and UTs are taking part.
  • Through Hunar Haat, the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs goals to supply employment and employment alternatives to 7,50,000 artisans by organising 75 Hunar Haats by 2022, when India will rejoice its 75 years of Independence.
  • The Hunar Haat can be obtainable on-line at hunarhaat.org and on the Government e-Marketplace portal. Indians residing overseas should purchase merchandise on-line as effectively.
  • Hunar Haat is an attractive exhibition of India’s conventional artwork and craft and brings collectively indigenous artisans and craftsmen from throughout the nation for the show and sale of their beautiful indigenous handmade merchandise.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Minority Affairs: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

State News

2. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan Renames Hoshangabad as Narmadapuram

  • Hoshangabad metropolis within the state of Madhya Pradesh might be renamed Narmadapuram. This was introduced by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the course of the Narmada Jayanti programme held in Hoshangabad. Hoshangabad was earlier named after an attacker Hoshang Shah, the primary ruler of Malwa.
  • However, town will now be known as Narmadapuram, after the river Narmada, the lifeline of the state. The state authorities will now ship a proposal to the Centre to vary the identify of Hoshangabad to Narmadapuram. The metropolis is known for its stunning ghats alongside the banks of the Narmada river.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Agreements News

3. India, World Bank ink challenge for enhancing faculty schooling in Nagaland

  • The Government of India, the Government of Nagaland and the World Bank signed a $68 million settlement for “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project”, to boost the governance of colleges throughout Nagaland.
  • The $68 million mortgage from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a remaining maturity of 14.5 years together with a grace interval of 5 (5) years.
  • The “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project” will enhance classroom instruction; create alternatives for the skilled growth of lecturers, and construct expertise techniques to supply college students and lecturers with extra entry to blended and on-line studying in addition to enable higher monitoring of insurance policies and programmes.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio; Governor of Nagaland: R. N. Ravi.
  • World Bank Headquarters: Washington DC, United States.
  • World Bank President: David Malpass.
  • World Bank Founded: July 1944.

4. India indicators commerce deal, $100 million defence settlement with Mauritius

  • The Indian overseas minister S Jaishankar was on an official go to to 2 key Indian Ocean area countries- Maldives and Mauritius. The External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar visited the Island nation Mauritius to evaluation the great and essential bilateral relationship between the 2 nations.
  • India signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or (Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership Agreement-(CECPA)) with Mauritius.
  • The FTA or CECPA is the primary such pact with any African nation, and can assist Mauritius to emerge as a “hub of Africa”.
  • India has additionally provided a USD 100 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Mauritius to facilitate the procurement of defence belongings.
  • Apart from this, an settlement has additionally been signed between the 2 international locations to supply a Dornier plane and an Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv on lease to Mauritius on a free of charge foundation for two years, in order that the nation can perform patrolling actions and monitor its huge maritime area extra successfully.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Mauritius: Pravind Jugnauth; President: Prithvirajsing Roopun.
  • Mauritius Currency: Mauritian rupee.
  • Mauritius Capital: Port Louis.

Summits and Conferences News

5. PM Narendra Modi To Inaugurate 2nd Edition of ‘Maritime India Summit’

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the digital Maritime India Summit (MIS) 2021, from March 2 to 4, 2021. The ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ is the flagship initiative of the Union Ministry of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW), Government of India. FICCI is the business associate for the summit.
  • The theme of the occasion is “Exploring the potential business opportunities in the Indian Maritime sector and making Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.
  • The goal of the Summit is to advertise each home and worldwide funding within the Indian Ports and Maritime sector.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping: Mansukh L. Mandaviya.

Awards News

6. Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021 introduced

The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival awards 2021 had been introduced, to honour the very best in Indian cinema, tv, music, and OTT. Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput was posthumously awarded ‘Critics Best Actor’ for his efficiency in Dil Bechara.

The winner of the Award for 2021 are as follows:

  1. Best Actor (Female): Deepika Padukone, Chhapaak
  2. Best Actor (Male): Akshay Kumar, Laxmii
  3. Critic’s Best Actress: Kiara Advani, Guilty
  4. Critic’s Best Actor: Late Sushant Singh Rajput, Dil Bechara
  5. Best Film: Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
  6. Best International Feature Film: Parasite Most Versatile Actor – Kay Kay Menon
  7. Best Director: Anurag Basu, Ludo
  8. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Vikrant Massey, Chhapaak
  9. Best Actress in Supporting Role: Radhika Madan, Angrezi Medium
  10. Best Actor in Comic Role: Kunal Kemmu, Lootcase
  11. Best Actor (Web Series): Bobby Deol, Aashram
  12. Best Actress (Web Series): Sushmita Sen, Aarya
  13. Best Web Series: Scam (1992)
  14. Album of the Year: Titliyaan
  15. Best Television Series: Kundali Bhagya
  16. Photographer of the Year: Daboo Ratnani
  17. Style Diva of the Year: Divya Khosla Kumar
  18. Best Actress in Television Series: Surbhi Chandna
  19. Best Actor in Television Series: Dheeraj Dhoopar
  20. Performer of the Year: Nora Fatehi
  21. Outstanding Contribution to Film Industry: Dharmendra
  22. Outstanding Contribution to Literature in Indian Cinema: Chetan Bhagat

Science and Technology News

7. Spacecraft Named in Honor of Black Woman ‘hidden Figures’ Mathematician

  • An area provide ship, Cygnus NG-15 cargo dubbed as ‘S.S. Katherine Johnson has been named in honour of Katherine Johnson, a Black NASA mathematician, who played a critical role in the success of the first U.S. crewed spaceflight, Mercury-Atlas 6 Mission.
  • The S.S. Katherine Johnson arrived on February 22, 2021, and will be at the International Space Station until May 2021.
  • Mrs Johnson was a pioneering mathematician known for her hand-written calculations. She helped astronaut John Glenn, to become the first American to orbit Earth, after personally verifying his Mercury missions’ orbital trajectory calculations. Her contributions had been additionally featured within the Oscar-nominated movie Hidden Figures.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Acting Administrator of NASA: Steve Jurczyk.
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United States.
  • NASA Founded: 1 October 1958.

Sports News

8. Karnataka to Host 2nd Khelo India University Games 2021

  • The second version of the Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2021, is scheduled to be held in Karnataka. This announcement was made by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Shri BS Yediyurappa and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju.
  • The KIUG-2021 might be hosted by JAIN (Deemed-to-be University), Bengaluru, in partnership with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • In 2021, Yogasana and Mallakhamb have been added to the University Games, in an effort to protect and promote the century-old sporting disciplines of the nation.

9. World’s largest cricket stadium set for first match

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the newly revamped Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which has been renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium.
  • The largest cricket stadium on this planet will maintain its first worldwide match, with the newly renovated Sardar Patel Stadium to host the third Test between India and England. Both India and England had a forgettable outing of their final pink-ball outings. 
  • The stadium was first opened within the early Eighties however has lately been rebuilt and now has a seating capability of 110,000.
  • Motera at the moment is the most important cricket stadium on this planet when it comes to capability.
  • The final time when India performed a cricket match at Motera was method again in 2014.

Important Days

12. Central Excise Day: 24 February

  • Central Excise Day is widely known yearly on February 24 throughout India. The day is being celebrated to honour the service of the Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) to the nation.
  • The day is widely known to honour the officers related to CBEC and their providers. This is finished to encourage the officers to hold out their duties with utmost sincerity.
  • The officers, yearly carry out checking of corruption in items from the manufacturing sector. The day is widely known to commemorate the laws of the Central Excise and Salt act on 24 February 1944.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Custom: M. Ajit Kumar.
  • Headquarters of Central Board of Excise and Custom: New Delhi.
  • Central Board of Excise and Custom Founded: 1 January 1964.

Obituaries News

11. Former TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar passes away

  • Rahul Khullar, the previous chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has handed away. He was a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who was appointed as TRAI chief in May 2012.
  • He served at TRAI for 3 years. Prior to being appointed as TRAI chief, he was a secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.

Miscellaneous News

12. Jasmine Harrison from UK turns into youngest girl to row Atlantic Ocean

  • A British girl, Jasmine Harrison of England has turn out to be the youngest girl to row solo throughout the Atlantic Ocean. The 21-year-old from Thirsk, North Yorkshire within the UK, achieved the feat by ending high within the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, organized by Atlantic Campaigns.
  • Harrison, who’s a swim teacher and bartender by occupation, travelled 3,000 miles (4,828km) throughout the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes. Harrison started her journey in Spain’s Canary Islands on December 12, 2020, and arrived in Antigua on February 20, 2021.