7th April 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of 07th April 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: Atal Innovation Mission, ACT-Accelerator, World Health Day, International Monetary Fund, Defence Research and Development Organisation.

National News

1. India completes arch of world’s highest railway bridge in J&K

  • The building of the arch of the world’s highest railway bridge that soars 359 metres above the mattress of the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir was accomplished.
  • The 1.3-kilometre-long bridge goals to spice up connectivity to the Kashmir Valley and it’s being constructed at a value of ₹ 1,486 crores as a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link (USBRL) undertaking.

Features of the Arch of the long-lasting Chenab Bridge:

  • The building of the Chenab bridge was declared as a nationwide undertaking in 2002.
  • Indian Railways is developing the long-lasting Arch Bridge on River Chenab as part of the USBRL undertaking to attach the Kashmir valley to the remainder of the nation.
  • This bridge is 1315m lengthy.
  • This is the best Railway Bridge on the earth being 359m above the river mattress stage.
  • The most refined ‘Tekla’ software program used for structural detailing.
  • Structural metal was appropriate for -10°C to 40°C temperature.
  • Bridge designed to resist excessive wind velocity as much as 266 Km/Hour.

International News

2. Carl Bildt appointed WHO particular envoy for ACT-Accelerator

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), appointed Carl Bildt as WHO Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator).
  • Bildt succeeds Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Andrew Witty within the particular envoy function. He will assist lead the collective advocacy for the ACT-Accelerator in his new function, mobilising assist and sources so it might ship in opposition to its technique for 2021.
  • The ACT-Accelerator is a groundbreaking international collaboration to speed up improvement, manufacturing, and equitable entry to novel coronavirus illness (COVID-19) exams, therapies and vaccines, in keeping with the WHO web site.
  • It brings collectively governments, scientists, companies, civil society, and philanthropists and international well being organizations.
  • These embody the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEPI, FIND, Gavi, The Global Fund, Unitaid, Wellcome, the WHO and the World Bank.

Appointments News

3. Justice N V Ramana to imagine cost as subsequent CJI

  • The senior-most Supreme Court decide Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana has been appointed as the subsequent Chief Justice of India (CJI).
  • Justice Ramana would succeed incumbent CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde to take over because the forty eighth CJI. He would assume cost of the workplace from April 24, 2021, until August 26, 2022.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Supreme Court of India Established: 26 January 1950.

4. Cabinet Appoints Tarun Bajaj as new Revenue Secretary

  • The Central Government has authorized the appointment of Tarun Bajaj as the brand new Revenue Secretary beneath the Ministry of Finance.
  • Prior to this, Bajaj, a 1988 batch Haryana-cadre IAS officer, was serving because the Economic Affairs Secretary since April 30, 2020.
  • The cupboard has additionally authorized the appointment of Ajay Seth, a 1987 batch Karnataka-cadre IAS officer, as new Economic Affairs Secretary instead of Bajaj.

5. Chintan Vaishnav appointed as Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission

  • Noted socio-technologist, Dr Chintan Vaishnav has been appointed the mission director of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), the federal government’s flagship initiative beneath NITI Aayog.
  • Vaishnav will take over from Ramanathan Ramanan later this month. Ramanan has been main AIM as its first mission director since June 2017.
  • Vaishnav is presently on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US. He holds a PhD in know-how, administration, and coverage from MIT.

Defence News

6. DRDO develops Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard naval ships

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard naval ships in opposition to missile assault.
  • The improvement of Advanced Chaff Technology by the DRDO lab is one other step in the direction of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • Chaff is a passive expendable digital countermeasure know-how used worldwide to guard naval ships from enemy’s radar and Radio Frequency (RF) missile seekers.
  • The significance of this improvement lies in the truth that a really much less amount of chaff materials deployed within the air acts as a decoy to deflect the enemy’s missiles for the protection of the ships.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • DRDO Established: 1958.

Economy News

7. IMF revises GDP development forecast of India to 12.5% for FY22

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its development forecast for the Indian economic system by 100 foundation factors to 12.5 per cent for the fiscal yr 2021-22. GDP development for FY23 is pegged at 6.9 per cent.
  • The revised forecast was printed within the IMF’s World Economic Outlook. India is the one nation amongst main world economies that’s projected to develop at a double-digit fee throughout FY22.

8. RBI Monetary Policy: Policy Rate unchanged

  • The six-member financial coverage committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das, has determined to maintain key lending charges unchanged for the fifth consecutive time, in its April 2021 coverage evaluate assembly held between April 5 to 7, 2021.
  • The Reserve Bank of India is prone to hold coverage charges unchanged amid the uncertainty created by a recent surge in coronavirus infections.

The key choices taken within the Monetary Policy Committee assembly are:

  • Policy Repo Rate: 4.00%
  • Reverse Repo Rate: 3.35%
  • Marginal Standing Facility Rate: 4.25%
  • Bank Rate: 4.25%
  • CRR: 3%
  • SLR: 18.00%

Ranks and Reports News

9. Jeff Bezos tops Forbes’ Annual Billionaire listing fourth yr in a row

  • The Amazon.com Inc founder, Jeff Bezos has topped Forbes’ annual world’s billionaires listing for the fourth consecutive yr. India’s richest billionaire Mukesh Ambani ranked at tenth place with a complete web price of USD 84.5 billion.
  • The thirty fifth version Forbes World’s Billionaires listing was launched on April 06, 2021, comprising a record-breaking 2,755 billionaires. The listing is ready primarily based on the wealth utilizing inventory costs and alternate charges from March 5, 2021.

Top 5 billionaires on the listing :

RankNameCompanyNet Worth in USD ($)
 1Jeff BezosAmazon177 billion
 2Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX

151 billion
 3Bernard ArnaultLVMH150 billion
 4Bill GatesMicrosoft124 billion

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook97 billion
  6Mukesh AmbaniReliance Industries84.5 billion

Important News

10. World Health Day noticed globally on 7 April

  • The World Health Day is a world well being consciousness day celebrated on 7 April yearly. On April seventh yearly, governmental in addition to non-governmental well being organizations manage occasions that concentrate on selling more healthy habits of residing.
  • From thrilling actions to pledges and assist plans, these occasions goal to create consciousness about what can enhance the life expectancy of individuals world wide. The Theme of World Health Day 2021: “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • President of the World Health Organisation: Tedros Adhanom.
  • Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • WHO based: 7 April 1948.

11. International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide 

  • International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in opposition to the Tutsi in Rwanda noticed globally on 7 April yearly.
  • The International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in opposition to the Tutsi in Rwanda was introduced by the United General Assembly in 2003.
  • On April seventh, the date the place the genocide in opposition to members of the Tutsi started. For roughly 100 days, over 800,000 Tutsi have been assassinated.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

Obituaries News

12. Former Union Minister and Gujarat MLA Digvijaysinh Zala passes away 

  • Former Union Environment Minister and an MLA from Wankaner in Gujarat, Digvijaysinh Zala has handed away.
  • The veteran Congress chief turned the primary Environment Minister of India beneath the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1982 to 1984.

13. Gita Press president Radheshyam Khemka passes away

  • The president of Gita Press, Radheshyam Khemka, handed away. He is credited for taking the Sanatan literature to the lots.
  • Khemka for 38 years was the editor of the distinguished ‘Kalyan’ journal printed on the press. He final edited the journal’s April 2021 challenge. Gita Press is the world’s largest writer of Hindu non secular texts.