2nd March 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of 2nd March 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: Global Bio India 2021, Arktika-M, COVAX vaccines, CBDT, Golden Globe Awards 2021, Zero Discrimination Day.

National News

1. India describes Sri Lanka ‘Priority One’ companion in defence

  • Indian High Commission in Colombo has described the island nation of Sri Lanka as its “Priority One” companion within the defence sphere and reiterated the peace of mind of fullest cooperation within the area of defence and safety.
  • The assertion comes at a time when the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is gearing up for the celebration of its seventieth anniversary on 2 March.
  • The SLAF is celebrating its seventieth Anniversary on March 2 and to commemorate the historic occasion, a Fly Past and an Aerobatic Display are being organised for the primary time within the nation at a grand scale.
  • A complete of 23 Indian Air drive (IAF) and Indian Navy plane will even partake within the occasion. Indian High Commission has known as the participation indicative of the rising cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the armed forces of the 2 nations.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
  • Sri Lanka President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
  • Sri Lanka Currency: Sri Lankan rupee.

2. Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Global Bio India 2021

  • The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the second version of Global Bio-India-2021 in New Delhi by way of digital mode. The three-day occasion might be held from March 01 to 03, 2021, on a digital platform.
  • The goal of the occasion is to showcase the power and alternatives of the biotechnology sector of India on the nationwide in addition to worldwide stage. The Government of India has a goal of constructing a USD 150 billion bio-economy by 2025.
  • The theme of Global Bio-India-2021: “Transforming lives” with the tag line “Biosciences to Bio-economy”.
  • The occasion is co-organised by the Department of Biotechnology underneath the Ministry of Science & Technology together with its Public Sector Undertaking, and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in partnership with trade affiliation Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) and Invest India.

International News

3. Russia launches first Arctic-monitoring Satellite ‘Arktika-M’

  • The Russian area company Roscosmos efficiently launched its first satellite tv for pc to observe the Arctic’s local weather and surroundings. The satellite tv for pc known as “Arktika-M”, was launched on February 28, 2021, onboard Soyuz-2.1b service rocket, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • This satellite tv for pc will assist to gather data to resolve operational meteorology and hydrology issues, and monitoring the local weather and surroundings within the Arctic area.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Russia President: Vladimir Putin.
  • Russia Capital: Moscow.
  • Russia Currency: Russian Ruble.

4. Ghana turns into the world’s first nation to obtain COVAX vaccines

  • Ghana has turn into the primary nation on the planet to obtain vaccines acquired by way of the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a supply of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. 
  • Ghana is amongst 92 low-and middle-income nations which might be receiving vaccines free of charge by way of COVAX. Another 90 nations and eight territories have agreed to pay in the event that they select to obtain vaccines by way of COVAX.
  • The vaccines, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s worldwide airport and are a part of the primary wave of Covid-19 vaccines being despatched by COVAX, a world cooperative program shaped to verify low- and middle-income nations have honest entry to COVID-19 vaccines.
  • COVAX is led by the United Nation’s World Health Organization; Gavi, a vaccine group; and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Ghana President: Nana Akufo-Addo.
  • Ghana Capital: Accra.
  • Ghana Currency: Ghanaian cedi.

5. UN physique recommends Bangladesh commencement from LDC

  • The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has really helpful the commencement of Bangladesh from the class of Least Developed Country (LDC). Bangladesh has fulfilled the eligibility standards when it comes to per capita earnings, human property and financial and environmental vulnerability.
  • This is the second consecutive time since 2018 that the CDP has made the advice for Bangladesh for commencement from the LDC class. Myanmar and Lao PDR additionally met the standards for the 2nd time.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
  • President of Bangladesh: Abdul Hamid.

Appointments News

6. Tenure of PC Mody as CBDT Chairman prolonged for 3 months

  • The re-appointment of Pramod Chandra Mody as Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has been prolonged for an extra interval of three months. He is a 1982-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, was appointed because the CBDT chief in February 2019.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has permitted an extension for a interval of three months with impact from March 1, 2021, to May 31, 2021. Earlier, Mr Mody’s tenure was final prolonged in August final 12 months for six months.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Central Board of Direct Taxes Established: 1924.
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes Headquarters: New Delhi.

7. Jaideep Bhatnagar takes over as Principal Director General of PIB

  • The former head of the News Services Division of All India Radio, Jaideep Bhatnagar, took over as Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau.
  • Prior to his present cost as head of the organisation, Bhatnagar has labored in PIB for six years in several capacities. He will take over from Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, who superannuated on February 28, 2021.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • PIB has its Headquarters in New Delhi.
  • The Press Information Bureau was established in June 1919.

8. Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh takes over as ENC chief

  • Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh took over because the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command (ENC).
  •  He replaces Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain. Atul Kumar Jain has been transferred to New Delhi to imagine cost because the Vice Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
  • Vice Admiral A.B. Singh inspected the ceremonial guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from numerous ships and institutions of the ENC. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2011 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2016.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Eastern Naval Command Headquarter: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Eastern Naval Command Founded: 1 March 1968.

Awards News

9. Golden Globe Awards 2021 introduced

  • The Golden Globe Awards 2021 was held to recognise excellence in movie, each American and worldwide, and American tv.
  • This was the 78th version of the annual occasion, which honoured the very best in American tv, in addition to movie in 2020 and early 2021, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
  • American TV collection “The Crown” received essentially the most awards for the ceremony with 4 awards. Late American actor Chadwick Boseman received the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Drama class, posthumously, for his portrayal of Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Sports News

10. Vinesh Phogat wins gold in Ukraine wrestling occasion

  • Star Indian wrestler, Vinesh Phogat has defeated 2017 world champion Vanesa Kaladzinskay of Belarus to win a gold medal on the XXIV Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial event, held in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Haryana’s Bhiwani-based Vinesh received within the 53kg bout with a 10-8 lead. She is the one Indian girl wrestler to have certified for the Tokyo Olympics Games within the 53 kg class.

Important Days

11. Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March

  • Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated on 1 March every year by the United Nations and different worldwide organisations. Zero Discrimination Day is well known to advertise and rejoice everybody’s proper, no matter age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, pores and skin color, and so forth.
  • Zero Discrimination Day goals to lift the voice for the appropriate to reside life with dignity, regardless of one’s selections, beliefs, career, schooling, incapacity and even sickness.
  • The theme of Zero Discrimination Day 2021: “End Inequalities”.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • UNAIDS Executive Director: Winnie Byanyima.
  • UNAIDS Founded: 26 July 1994.

12. forty fifth Civil Accounts Day celebrated on 01 March 2021

  • The Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) observes the “Civil Accounts Day” yearly on March 01, 2021, since its inception in 1976.
  • The 12 months 2021 marks the forty fifth Civil Accounts Day celebrations. ICAS is among the Civil Services of India, underneath the Department of Expenditure, Union Ministry of Finance.
  • Initially, the ICAS was carved out from the Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA & AS), by way of the promulgation of an Ordinance amending the C & AG’s (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 1976.

Miscellaneous News

13. International Yoga competition begins in Rishikesh

  • The International Yoga Festival was inaugurated by the Agriculture Minister of Uttarakhand Subodh Uniyal, head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) Narendra Giri and Patanjali Yogpeeth chairman Acharya Balakrishna in Rishikesh.
  • The competition is being collectively organised by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN).
  • Yoga has performed a really important function in boosting immunity particularly throughout the time of Covid. The common apply of Yoga has helped in conserving the ailments away from the physique. Yoga can also be a remedy for a lot of ailments which might be onerous to deal with utilizing medical science.” The purpose of Yoga isn’t solely to maintain us match but in addition to finish the negativity inside human beings.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat.
  • Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya.

14. Land Ports Authority of India Celebrates its ninth Foundation Day

  • The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) has celebrated its ninth Foundation Day on 01 March 2021.
  • The Land Ports Authority of India or LPAI is a statutory physique working underneath the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India is liable for creating, upgrading, sustaining and managing border infrastructure in India. It manages a number of Integrated Check Posts all throughout Borders of India.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Land Ports Authority of India Chairman: Aditya Mishra.
  • Land Ports Authority of India Founded: 1 March 2012.
  • Land Ports Authority of India Parent group: Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Land Ports Authority of India Headquarters: New Delhi.