23rd April 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of twenty third April 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: UN English Language Day & UN Spanish Language Day, World Book and Copyright Day, NASSCOM, S&P Global Ratings.

Appointments News

1. CAG GC Murmu chosen as exterior auditor for Hague

  • India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), GC Murmu has been chosen because the exterior auditor by the Hague-based Conference of State Parties of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), for a three-year time period beginning 2021.
  • India was additionally chosen as a member of the chief council of the OPCW representing the Asia group for one more two-year time period.

2. Rekha Menon takes over as first girl chairperson of Nasscom

  • Accenture India’s chairperson, Rekha M Menon has been appointed as chairperson of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), changing into the primary girl to take the highest position within the software program foyer group’s 30-year historical past.
  • She succeeds U B Pravin Rao, chief working officer of Infosys as Nasscom’s chairperson. TCS President Krishnan Ramanujam would be the vice-chairperson.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • NASSCOM Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • NASSCOM Founded: 1 March 1988.

Economy News

3. S&P Projects India’s GDP Growth Forecast at 11% in FY22

  • The S&P Global Ratings has estimated the Indian financial system to develop at 11 per cent within the present fiscal, i.e. 2021-22 (FY22).
  • In phrases of the sovereign ranking, S&P at the moment has a ‘BBB-‘ ranking on India with a steady outlook. Earlier, for 2020-21, the S&P estimated the Indian financial system to contract 8 per cent.

4. Fitch Ratings Affirms India’s Sovereign Rating at ‘BBB-‘

  • Rating company Fitch Ratings has stored the sovereign ranking of India unchanged at ‘BBB-‘ with a unfavourable outlook.
  • Earlier, Fitch had estimated GDP contraction of 7.5 per cent in 2020-21 and progress of 12.8 per cent within the fiscal yr FY22, adopted by 5.8 per cent in FY23.

Banking News

5. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to Cancel Licence of Sambandh Finserve

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a show-cause discover previous to cancelling the licence of fraud-hit Sambandh Finserve Pvt Ltd. after its networth eroded beneath the regulatory minimal and monetary state of affairs worsened past redemption over the current months. Sambandh is registered as an NBFC-MFI.
  • The Managing Director and CEO of Sambandh, Deepak Kindo, who was allegedly the principle perpetrator of the fraud, has been arrested by Economic Offence Wing, Chennai.
  • According to the RBI norms, NBFC is required to keep up minimal capital ranges consisting of Tier-I and Tier-II capital, of not lower than 15 per cent of their mixture risk-weighted belongings.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Sambandh Finserve Private Limited based: 1992;
  • Sambandh Finserve Private Limited Headquarters: Odisha.

Summits and Conferences News

6. PM Modi Participates in Leaders’ Summit on Climate

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated within the “Leaders’ Summit on Climate”, hosted by the President of the U.S.A. Joe Biden.
  • The two-day convention has been organised just about on 22-23 April 2021, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Paris Agreement on local weather change for signature.
  • The theme of the summit: Our Collective Sprint to 2030.
  • A complete of 40 nationwide leaders have been invited by Biden to attend this two-day digital local weather summit.
  • The Summit is being held within the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) that may happen in November 2021 in Glasglow.

7. Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 held

  • The opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 was held in Boao, south China’s Hainan Province.
  • The theme of the convention – “A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation”.
  • The discussion board, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, has not solely performed a novel position in pooling consensus and placing ahead precious “Boao proposals,” but additionally engaged international locations in addressing world points and selling world growth and prosperity.

Ranks and Reports News

8. India Ranks 87th in WEF Global Energy Transition Index 2021

  • India is positioned on the 87th place amongst 115 international locations within the 2021 Energy Transition Index (ETI).
  • The report is revealed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), ready in collaboration with Accenture to trace nations on the present efficiency of their vitality methods throughout numerous elements.
  • Sweden has topped the tenth version of the index, adopted by Norway (2nd) and Denmark (third), Switzerland (4), Austria (5).
  • The high 10 international locations within the index are Western and Northern European international locations: Finland (6), the United Kingdom (7), New Zealand (8), France (9) and Iceland (10).
  • Zimbabwe is the final ranked nation within the index.

Science and Technology News

9. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover extracts first oxygen from Red Planet

  • According to NASA a toaster-size experimental instrument aboard Perseverance referred to as the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) completed the duty. Mars’ ambiance is 96 per cent carbon dioxide.
  • MOXIE works by separating oxygen atoms from carbon dioxide molecules, that are made up of 1 carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. MOXIE is anticipated to extract oxygen at the very least 9 extra occasions over the course of a Martian yr (almost two years on Earth).

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

10. World Book and Copyright Day: 23 April

  • The World Book and Copyright Day (often known as ‘International Day of the Book’ and ‘World Book Day’), is an annual occasion organized on April 23 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to advertise studying, publishing, and copyright.
  • April 23 is chosen as a result of it marks the start and demise of a number of distinguished authors. For occasion, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Josep Pla died on April 23 and Manuel Mejia Vallejo and Maurice Druon had been born on April 23.
  • As part of the Day, UNESCO selects the World Book Capital yearly for a one-year interval, efficient 23 April annually. The World Book Capital for 2021 is Tbilisi, Georgia.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director-General of UNESCO: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO formation: 4 November 1946.
  • UNESCO Headquarters: Paris, France.

11. UN English Language Day & UN Spanish Language Day

  • The UN English Language Day and UN Spanish Language Day is noticed yearly on 23 April.
  • For English, 23 April has been chosen to mark each the birthday and date of demise of William Shakespeare.
  • For the Spanish Language, the Day was chosen as a result of the day can also be noticed as Hispanic Day in Spain, that means the Spanish talking world.

Obituaries News

12. Renowned Qawwali Singer Farid Sabri Passes Away

  • Qawwali singer Farid Sabri, of the well-known Sabri Brothers duo, has handed away. Sabri Brothers (Farid Sabri and Amin Sabri) had been recognized for his or her evergreen numbers like ‘Der Na Ho Jaye Kahin Der Na Ho Jaye’ and ‘Ek Mulakat Zaruri Hai Sanam’.
  • The brothers and their father Saeed Sabri carried out qawwali at a number of occasions held in Indian and overseas.

13. Padma awardee successful Indian Islamic Scholar Maulana Wahiduddin passes away

  • Noted Indian Islamic scholar, non secular chief and writer Maulana Wahiduddin Khan has handed away as a result of Covid-19 problems.
  • He has written over 200 books on a number of elements of Islam and is greatest recognized for having written a commentary on the Quran and its translation in English, Hindi and Urdu.
  • He was the recipient of a number of notable honours like Padma Vibhushan (2021), Padma Bhushan (2000) and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award (2009).