21st April 2021 Current Affairs

GK Update of twenty first April 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: Water Sports and Adventure Institute, Ramayana, Cuba, Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme, World Press Freedom Index 2021.

National News

1. Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurates first-ever on-line exhibition on Ramayana

  • The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture ( I/C), Prahlad Singh Patel just about inaugurated the first-ever Online Exhibition on Ramayana, the Epic by Maharishi Valmiki, on the event of World Heritage Day 2021.
  • The on-line exhibition has been titled “Rama Katha: The Story of Rama Through Indian Miniatures”. It showcases 49 miniature work collections from totally different artwork faculties of India, from the seventeenth by the nineteenth century. The assortment of the portray has been taken from National Museum, New Delhi.

International News

2. Miguel Díaz-Canel to succeed Raúl Castro because the President of Cuba

  • Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel has been formally sworn in because the ‘First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’, following the resignation of Raul Castro. The Secretary of the Communist Party is the strongest place in a single social gathering ruling Cuba.
  • Díaz-Canel now holds Cuba’s two most vital positions, head of the social gathering and president of the state.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Cuba Capital: Havana;
  • Cuba Continent: North America;
  • Cuba Currency: Cuban peso.

State News

3. AP launched Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme

  • The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy just lately launched the primary tranche of Rs 672 crores underneath the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme for the 12 months 2021-22. This reimbursed the charges for 10.88 lakh college students.
  • So far, a complete of Rs 4, 879 crores have been disbursed underneath the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme.
  • The essential goal of the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme is to offer scholarships to all the scholars who usually are not in a position to pay their charges due to their monetary burden.
  • The scheme primarily focuses on college students in search of greater schooling. It goals to offer price reimbursement to greater than 14 lakh college students of the state.
  • The scheme will instantly credit score the quantity into the accounts of scholars’ moms. Earlier, the cash was transferred to the house owners of the universities.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Andhra Pradesh Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan;
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

4. JMM first social gathering to declare identify of electoral bonds donor

  • The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is the primary social gathering that has declared the identify of the entity which made donations to it by electoral bonds. A declaration of a ₹1 crore donation was made within the social gathering’s 2019-20 contribution report.
  • According to the contribution report of the ruling social gathering in Jharkhand, the donation was made by aluminium and copper manufacturing firm Hindalco.
  • In a brand new report, the affiliation mentioned the commonest and in style supply of earnings for nationwide and regional political events in 2019-20 have been donations by electoral bonds.
  • This raises the query as as to whether political events are conscious of the id of the donors who’ve contributions by electoral bonds, as may be seen on this case.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Jharkhand: Hemant Soren; Governor: Shrimati Droupadi Murmu.

Ranks and Reports News

5. India Ranks 142 in World Press Freedom Index 2021

  • India has been positioned at 142nd place amongst 180 nations within the newest World Press Freedom Index 2021, launched on April 20, 2021. India was at 142nd place in 2020 as properly.
  • Norway has retained its prime spot for the fifth 12 months working, adopted by Finland and Denmark at second and third place respectively. Eritrea is on the backside of the index at a hundred and eightieth place.
  • The index is revealed yearly by the worldwide journalism not-for-profit physique, “Reporters Without Borders (RSF)”, to judge the press freedom state of affairs in 180 nations and territories.

Agreements News

6. India-Germany enter into settlement to stop plastic waste getting into oceans

  • The Government of India and Germany have signed an settlement for Technical Cooperation in enhancing practices to stop plastic from getting into the marine setting at a digital ceremony in New Delhi.
  • The undertaking titled ‘Cities Combating Plastic Entering the Marine Environment’ will likely be applied for a interval of three and a half years.
  • The end result of the undertaking is totally in keeping with the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban specializing in sustainable strong waste administration and Prime Minister Modi’s imaginative and prescient to part out single-use plastic by 2022.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Germany Capital: Berlin, Currency: Euro, Chancellor: Angela Merkel.

Science and Technology News

7. NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Takes Flight On Mars

  • NASA efficiently flew its tiny helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, the primary powered flight on one other planet and a feat a prime engineer known as “our Wright brothers’ moment.”
  • Data and pictures from the autonomous flight have been transmitted 173 million miles (278 million kilometres) again to Earth the place they have been acquired by NASA’s array of floor antennas and processed greater than three hours later.
  • Ingenuity was on autopilot for its complete flight, out of sight, direct management, or contact with the women and men on Earth who had ordered it aloft—as a result of radio indicators take too lengthy to journey between the planets for any human operator to intervene.
  • The mini 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) copter even carried a little bit of wing material from the Wright Flyer that made comparable historical past at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

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.

Important Days

8. World Creativity and Innovation Day: 21 April

  • World Creativity and Innovation Day is noticed globally on 21 April yearly. This day is widely known to lift consciousness across the significance of creativity and innovation in problem-solving with respect to advancing the United Nations sustainable improvement objectives, often known as the “global goals”.
  • The essential goal of the day is to encourage individuals to make use of new concepts, make new selections, and do inventive considering. Creativity is what makes the world go ‘spherical.
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) was based on 25 May 2001 in Toronto, Canada. The founding father of the day was the Canadian Marci Segal. Segal was learning creativity in 1977 on the International Center for Studies in Creativity.

9. National Civil Services Day: 21 April

  • In India, ‘Civil Services Day is widely known on April 21 yearly. It is a day to understand the super work performed by officers engaged in public administration, in varied departments of the central and state governments.
  • The Government of India selected April 21 because the National Civil Service Day as on this present day the nation’s first dwelling minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel addressed the newly appointed Administrative Services Officers in 1947.
  • The historic event happened on the Metcalf House in Delhi. In his deal with, he known as Civil Servants, the ‘Steel Frame of India’.

Obituaries News

10. Former RBI Governor Maidavolu Narasimham passes away

  • The former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Maidavolu Narasimham, has handed away. He was famously referred to as the “Father of Indian Banking Reforms”.
  • He was the thirteenth Governor of RBI and served from May 2, 1977, to November 30, 1977.  He was recognized for being the chair of two high-powered committees on banking and monetary sector reforms.

11. Former US Vice President Walter Mondale Passes Away

  • Former American politician, diplomat, and lawyer Walter Mondale, who served because the forty second Vice President of the United States, has handed away.
  • He served as Vice President from 1977 to 1981 underneath President Jimmy Carter. He additionally served as U.S. ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996 underneath Bill Clinton.

Miscellaneous News

12. Priyanka Mohite turns into first Indian girl to scale Mt Annapurna

  • Priyanka Mohite from Satara in western Maharashtra has scaled Mt Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain peak on this planet, changing into the primary Indian girl climber to realize the feat.
  • Mount Annapurna is a massif within the Himalayas positioned in Nepal that features one peak over 8,000 metres and is taken into account to be one of many hardest mountains to climb.

13. ITBP Water Sports & Adventure Institute inaugurated in Tehri

  • Water Sports and Adventure Institute (WSAI) has been established by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand.
  • The institute was inaugurated on Friday by Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
  • ITBP’s Mountaineering and Skiing Institute at Auli will independently run this establishment, which can impart coaching in aero, water and land-related sports activities and journey actions.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • ITBP Founded: 24 October 1962.
  • ITBP Headquarters: New Delhi, India.
  • ITBP DG: S S Deswal.