26th March 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of twenty sixth March 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: IIT Kharagpur, Khelo India Scheme, Khelo India Youth Games 2021, Maharashtra Bhushan, Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Vajra’.

National News

1. Nirmala Sitharaman launches Central Scrutiny Centre and IEPFA cellular App

  • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman nearly inaugurated Central Scrutiny Centre (CSC) and Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority’s (IEPFA) Mobile App.
  • The two tech-enabled initiatives have been launched by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to leverage digital options to realize the Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of ‘Digitally empowered India. 
  • The Mobile App will give attention to monetary literacy by spreading buyers’ consciousness, schooling, and safety amongst buyers.
  • The Mobile App has been developed for citizen engagement and data dissemination to advertise consciousness amongst buyers.
  • The Central Scrutiny Centre will scrutinize sure Straight Through Process (STP) Forms filed by the corporates on the MCA21 registry and flag the businesses for extra in-depth scrutiny.

State News

2. Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurates Kurnool Airport in Andhra Pradesh

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri has inaugurated the Kurnool Airport, in Andhra Pradesh nearly. The flight operations at Kurnool airport will start on 28 March 2021.
  • This airport has been developed beneath the Regional Connectivity Scheme, Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN).
  • Kurnool airport will convey the area nearer to main hubs in South India by offering direct flight operations to Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai.
  • Kurnool is the sixth airport in Andhra Pradesh to grow to be practical after Kadapa, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Rajahmundry & Vijayawada.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy; Governor: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

3. Vizag will get cellular water from air kiosk and Water Knowledge Centre

  • The Hyderabad-based startup, Maithri Aquatech has arrange the world’s first cellular water-from-air kiosk and ‘Water Knowledge Centre’ within the good metropolis of Visakhapatnam.
  • This initiative is supported by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and mission SEWAH (Sustainable Enterprises for Water and Health) – an alliance between USAID and SWN (Safe Water Network).
  • The kiosk will present clear potable water from the air by making use of Maithri Aquatech’s Meghdoot resolution as a supply to generate water with no dependency on groundwater in addition to floor water sources.
  • The kiosk may also perform as a Water Knowledge Resource Centre (WRKC) by creating consciousness and imparting crucial data to members of the native underserved communities in addition to close by colleges on the advantages of fine water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices.

Appointments News

4. Principal Scientific Advisor K. VijayRaghavan will get an extension

  • The authorities has prolonged the time period of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) K. VijayRaghavan by a 12 months. He was appointed PSA in 2018 after retiring as Secretary of, Department of Biotechnology. His contract ends on April 2 however has now been prolonged till April 2022.
  • Since the pandemic started, the Office of the PSA has been among the many key coordinating businesses with business, analysis our bodies, well being and science ministries to speed up the event of diagnostics, medicine and vaccines.
  • The PSA workplace has additionally been instrumental in formulating the National Science Innovation and Technology Policy in addition to the forthcoming National Research Foundation.

5. Sanjeev Kumar appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority of India

  • IAS Sanjeev Kumar has appointed as Chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) beneath the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Kumar is a 1993-batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has accredited his appointment.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Airports Authority of India Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Airports Authority of India Founded: 1 April 1995.

6. Atish Chandra appointed as CMD of Food Corporation of India

  • Atish Chandra has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director, Food Corporation of India within the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
  • Mr Chandra, a 1994 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, is at present Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Food Corporation of India Founded: 14 January 1965.
  • Food Corporation of India Headquarters: New Delhi.

7. Saurabh Garg appointed as new CEO of UIDAI

  • Senior bureaucrat, Saurabh Garg has been appointed because the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as a part of a bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre.
  • Mr Garg is at current serving in his cadre state Odisha. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has accredited the appointment of Mr Garg because the CEO, UIDAI within the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UIDAI Founded: 28 January 2009;
  • UIDAI Headquarters: New Delhi.

Defence News

8. Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Vajra’ commissioned to the Indian Coast Guard

  • L&T-built Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Vajra was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, at Chennai.
  • ICGS Vajra is the sixth vessel within the collection of seven OPVs being constructed by L&T beneath a Ministry of Defence contract signed within the 12 months 2015. Like the 5 OPVs within the collection, ICGS Vajra was additionally delivered forward of the contractual schedule.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director-General of Indian Coast Guard: Krishnaswamy Natarajan.
  • Indian Coast Guard Headquarters: New Delhi.

Awards News

9. Asha Bhosle to be honoured with ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’

  • Legendary singer Asha Bhosle shall be honoured with the distinguished Maharashtra Bhushan Award for the 12 months 2020. A committee chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray determined to pick Ms Bhosle for the award for the 12 months 2020.
  • Ms Bhosle, whose sister Lata Mangeshkar received the award for 1997, stated she received to know from Mr Thackeray that she has been chosen for the award for 2020. Ms Bhosle acquired the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2000.
  • The award, instituted in 1996 by the State authorities to recognise distinguished work and achievements of eminent individuals from the State, representing totally different walks of life, carries a money prize of ₹10 lakh and a quotation. 
  • The first Maharashtra Bhushan awardee was Marathi author P.L. Deshpande and the final winner of this award was historian Babasaheb Purandare who received it for the 12 months 2015.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Maharashtra Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
  • Maharashtra Capital: Mumbai.
  • Maharashtra CM: Uddhav Thackeray.

Sports News

10. Yogasana Included in Khelo India Youth Games 2021

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has included Yogasana in Khelo India Youth Games 2021 in a bid to develop it as a aggressive sport. Yogasana sport for each female and male classes have been included in Khelo India Youth Games, 2021.
  • Rijiju has written a reply within the Lok Sabha that the federal government has additionally given recognition to the National Yogasana Sports Federation (NYSF) for the promotion and improvement of Yogasana within the nation.
  • An International Yogasana Sports Federation was shaped beneath the presidentship of yoga guru Baba Ramdev with HR Nagendra as secretary-general in November 2019.

11. Khelo India Scheme prolonged until 2025-26

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has determined to increase the Khelo India scheme from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The Ministry has furnished an Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) memorandum to the Ministry of Finance for extension/continuation of the Khelo India Scheme from 2021-22 to 2025-26.
  • An quantity of Rs 8750 crore has been estimated because the monetary implication of the brand new Khelo India Scheme (2021-22 to 2025-26) within the EFC memorandum furnished to the Ministry of Finance. An quantity of Rs 657.71 crore has been al

Miscellaneous News

12. J&K LG Manoj Sinha e-inaugurates 73 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres

  • Jammu and Kashmir, LG Manoj Sinha has e-inaugurated 73 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres beneath Ayushman Bharat throughout the UT. These centres goal to advertise good well being and increasing the outreach of complete main healthcare companies to the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Lt Governor noticed that AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres can be a game-changer within the UT of J&K, particularly in selling the AYUSH sector, in order that complete main well being care by means of AYUSH ideas and practices is supplied to the neighborhood for reaching the essential goal of holistic wellness mannequin by advocating self-care and residential cures amongst the neighborhood.
  • Some of the options of AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres embody medicinal crops backyard, yoga area, offering coaching and strategies for dwelling remedy, selling Dincharya (Art of wholesome Living), Ritucharya (Wellness calendar) and a customized healthcare method.

13. IIT Kharagpur wins CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 6.0

  • A group of 4 undergraduate college students from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur emerged as winners on the CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 6.0, sponsored by Cushman and Wakefield, KI and IA: Interior Architects.
  • The group comprised Siddhant Samarth, Pratim Majumdar, Rishita Raj and Utkarsh Agrawal and have been guided by Prof. Jenia Mukherjee (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • CoreNet Global is a non-profit affiliation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), representing greater than 11,000 executives in 50 international locations with strategic accountability for the actual property belongings of huge firms.
  • The group’s mission is to advance the follow of company actual property by means of skilled improvement alternatives, publications, analysis, conferences, designations and networking in 46 native chapters and networking teams globally.