11th & 12th April 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of eleventh and Twelfth April 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: National Safe Motherhood Day, Academic Ranking of World Universities, World Parkinson’s Day, Khelo India State Centre of Excellence.

National News

1. Ramesh Pokhriyal launches implementation plan ‘SARTHAQ’

  • Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal chaired a high-level assembly on the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 and launched an implementation plan for college training known as ‘Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement by Quality Education (SARTHAQ)’.
  • SARTHAQ, developed by the Department of School Education and Literacy, is an indicative and suggestive implementation plan for college training and was launched as a part of the celebrations resulting in the Amrit Mahotsav on 75 years of India’s independence.
  • The plan retains in thoughts the concurrent nature of training and adheres to the spirit of federalism. States and UTs are given the flexibleness to adapt this plan with native contextualisation and likewise modify it as per their wants and necessities.

International News

2. Singapore turns into first nation to ratify mega free commerce settlement ‘RCEP’

  • Singapore ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) settlement, the world’s largest free commerce settlement, led by China. In doing so, Singapore grew to become the primary amongst 15 taking part international locations to ratify RCEP.
  • The RCEP should first be ratified by at the very least six ASEAN and three non-ASEAN member states to come back into impact. Once carried out, RCEP can be the world’s largest free commerce settlement, overlaying round one-third of the world’s inhabitants and about 30% of the world’s financial system.
  • RCEP is a multi-nation commerce pact, comprising 10 ASEAN economies in addition to Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
  • The RCEP was signed by the 15 taking part international locations in November 2020.
  • India had opted out of it in 2019.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Singapore Currency: Singapore greenback.
  • Capital of Singapore: Singapore.
  • PM of Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong.

3. United Arab Emirates names its first feminine astronaut

  • The United Arab Emirates named the subsequent two astronauts in its house programme on tenth April, together with the nation’s first feminine astronaut. Noura al-Matroushi is the UAE’s first feminine astronaut. The announcement gave no biographical details about her or her male counterpart, Mohammed al-Mulla.
  • Al-Matroushi works as an engineer on the Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Co. Al-Mulla serves as a pilot with Dubai police and heads their coaching division. The two are set to go to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for coaching. In 2019, Hazzaa Al-Mansoori grew to become the UAE’s first astronaut. He spent per week on the International Space Station.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • President of UAE: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
  • Capital of UAE: Abu Dhabi; Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham.

State News

4. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches ‘mask abhiyan’ in opposition to Covid-19

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a 14-day “Mask Abhiyan” as a part of efforts to forestall the unfold of coronavirus in view of rising circumstances and urged individuals to strictly observe the protection tips. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought their cooperation in turning the usage of masks right into a behavior to deal with the present resurgence of the virus. Bringing an modification to the Odisha Covid-19 Regulations beneath the Epidemic Diseases Act-1897.
  • In order to make sure that the 14 days masks Abhiyan offers outcomes, the state authorities yesterday enhanced the fines for the violators from 1,000 rupees to 2000 rupees. Meanwhile, the state’s covid-19 lively caseload mounted additional to about 6000 with the detection of 1282 recent circumstances yesterday, even because the state surpassed a milestone in administering greater than 40 lakh vaccine doses as of date.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik.
  • Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar.
  • Odisha Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

5. Punjab appoints Sonu Sood as state’s covid vaccination ambassador

  • Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has been made the model ambassador for Punjab’s anti-coronavirus vaccination programme. During the coronavirus-induced lockdown final yr, the actor had helped migrants attain their residence states.
  • Sood catapulted to the nationwide highlight for feeding 1000’s of underprivileged individuals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During his assembly with Punjab Chief Minister, the actor offered his e book ‘I am no Messiah’, which he stated captures the experiences of his journey from Moga to Mumbai.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Punjab CM: Captain Amarinder Singh.
  • Punjab Governor: V.P.Singh Badnore.

Banking News

6. Airtel Payments Bank declares ‘Rewards123’ financial savings account

  • Airtel Payments Bank launched its new ‘Rewards123’ financial savings account, which offers clients with perks and rewards. The Rewards123 Savings Account is constructed particularly that lets you get entry to quite a lot of perks once you save and transact digitally.
  • The firm claims that its newly launched saving account is designed to supply constant worth, with assured rewards on several types of digital transactions all year long.
  • Airtel Payments Bank says that its Rewards123 financial savings checking account will give a number of advantages to customers with annual earnings of as much as ₹960.
  • In addition to that, customers will get 1% cashback once they load ₹1,000 by UPI of their account. Users will get a most of ₹10 per thirty days as part of this profit.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Airtel Payments Bank’s MD and CEO: Nubrata Biswas.
  • Airtel Payments Bank Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Airtel Payments Bank Founded: January 2017.

Ranks and Reports News

7. Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 printed

  • The 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is launched by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc Bangalore) has secured the highest place among the many greatest larger training institutes in India, whereas Calcutta University grew to become the most effective varsity within the nation, as per the printed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2020).
  • The Indian institutes usually are not even within the high 100 record, the most effective larger training institute, (IISc Bangalore) is within the class of 501- 600.

Summits and Conferences

8. India-Netherlands Virtual Summit

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mr Mark Rutte, held a Virtual Summit. During the India- Netherlands digital Summit, the 2 leaders reviewed the prevailing bilateral engagements and likewise exchanged views on additional increasing and diversifying the connection in commerce and financial system, water administration, agriculture sector, sensible cities, science & expertise, healthcare and house.
  • Apart from this the 2 Prime Ministers additionally agreed on instituting a ‘Strategic Partnership on Water’ to additional deepen the Indo-Dutch cooperation within the water-related sector and upgrading the Joint Working Group on the water to Ministerial-level.
  • They additionally exchanged views on regional and international challenges corresponding to local weather change, counter-terrorism and the Covid-19 pandemic and agreed to leverage the rising convergences in new areas like Indo-Pacific, Resilient Supply Chains and Global Digital Governance.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Netherlands Capital: Amsterdam; Currency: Euro.

Awards News

9. Indian Business Tycoon Yusuffali MA Gets Top Civilian Award In UAE

  • Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has honoured Indian-origin businessman Yusuffali MA and 11 different people with Abu Dhabi’s high civilian award for his or her noble and charitable contributions to the neighborhood.
  • The prestigious award was given to Mr Yusuffali, who was born in Kerala, for his excellent contribution to Abu Dhabi’s enterprise, trade and assist to varied philanthropic initiatives.
  • Mr Yusuffali, the Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group which operates hypermarkets and retail firms in lots of international locations, was honoured on Friday by the Crown Prince.

10. Guneet Monga conferred with Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters honour

  • Acclaimed filmmaker, Guneet Monga to be conferred with honour of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans I’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). It is the second-highest civilian French honour and has earlier been awarded to huge Hollywood names like Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Willis.
  • As a producer, Guneet has a number of critically acclaimed movies to her credit score. The record consists of Masaan, Lunchbox, Haraamkhor, Peddlers; Oscar-winning quick movie documentary — Period, End of Sentence, amongst others.

Sports News

11. Kiren Rijiju inaugurates Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in Srinagar

  • Union Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) for Rowing self-discipline on the Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council Water Sports Academy on the Nehru Park within the world-famous Dal Lake in Srinagar.
  • This is likely one of the two KISCEs from Jammu & Kashmir. The different being the Maulana Azad Stadium for Fencing self-discipline in Jammu.
  • There are presently 24 KISCEs throughout 23 States and Union Territories and every of them focuses on Olympics sports activities self-discipline. This is an ongoing endeavour to scale up current centres from the States and Union Territories to the world customary stage protecting in thoughts the massive image of getting India to excel on the Olympics.

Important Days News

12. National Safe Motherhood Day: 11 April

  • National Safe Motherhood Day is noticed on April 11 yearly. National Safe Motherhood Day is an initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI), to implement that girls should have availability and ample entry to care throughout being pregnant childbirth and postnatal companies.
  • The day additionally marks the beginning anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi, the spouse of the daddy of Nation Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi.
  • At the request of WRAI, an alliance of 1800 organizations, in 2003, the Government of India declared April eleventh, the anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi’s beginning, as National Safe Motherhood Day. India is the first nation on the earth to have socially declared a National Safe Motherhood Day.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • White Ribbon Alliance India was launched in 1999.

13. World Parkinson’s Day: April 11

  • Every yr, April 11 is noticed as World Parkinson’s Day to boost consciousness of Parkinson’s illness, which is a progressive nervous system dysfunction.
  • The day marks the birthday of Dr James Parkinson from London, who was the primary individual to systematically described the six people with the signs of Parkinson Disease.

14. International Day of Human Space Flight noticed globally on 12 April

  • The International Day of Human Space Flight is noticed globally on April 12 yearly. The UN General Assembly handed a decision on April 7, 2011, had declared April 12 to be celebrated as International Day of Human Space Flight.
  • On 12 April 1961, was the date of the first human house flight was carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, who grew to become the primary individual to journey into outer house.
  • This historic incident opened the best way for house exploration for the good thing about all mankind. 12 April was additionally the date of the 1st Space Shuttle STS-1 of Columbia launched in 1981, which can also be commemorated on this date.

Miscellaneous News

15. Veteran actor Satish Kaul passes away

  • Veteran actor Satish Kaul, who had 300 Punjabi and Hindi movies to his credit score and performed the position of Lord Indra within the TV present Mahabharat, handed away.
  • The actor started his profession within the early ’70s, juggling between Hindi and Punjabi movies. While his standard Bollywood movies embrace Ram Lakhan, Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha and Aunty No 1 and so forth.