Daily Current Affairs and GK | 29 April 2021

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Topic: Appointments

1. Arun Raste to be appointed as new MD & CEO of NCDEX.

  • Arun Raste will be appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX) for five years.
  • His appointment has been approved by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
  • At present, he is the Executive Director of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
  • He had also served as director of the Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd.
  • National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX):
    • It was formed in 2003 as a public limited company.
    • It is an online commodity exchange platform.
    • It brings buyers and sellers together through its electronic trading platform.

Topic: Infrastructure and Energy

2. IIT Guwahati collaborated with railways for operation and expansion of rail network in Northeast.

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) and the North East Frontier Railway (NFR) have signed an MoU for improving maintenance and operations of train.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) will help Indian railways in the expansion of rail networks in the North-Eastern states.
  • It will also help in making stations plastic-free by providing alternate biodegradable polymer-based technologies.
  • Both will jointly execute the projects in different fields like bridges, Information Technology, signaling, and Artificial Intelligence-based predictive maintenance systems.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) will also help railways in the development of world-class railway stations in the North East.
  • North East Frontier Railway (NFR):
    • It is one of the 17 railway zones of the Indian Railway.
    • It is responsible for the operation and expansion of the railway network in Northeastern states.

Topic: Important Days

3. World Day for Safety and Health at Work: 28 April

  • The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated every year on 28 April.
  • Its main aim is to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases around the world.
  • Apart from this, it is also celebrated to raise awareness about safety and healthy culture at work.
  • In 2003, International Labour Organization (ILO) had declared this day to prevent death and injuries at work.
  • Theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021- ‘Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems’.
  • This day is also used as an opportunity to bring the attention of all countries to follow safety guidelines at the workplace.

Topic: International News

4. India and Russia agreed to establish a “2+2 ministerial dialogue”.

  • India and Russia have agreed to establish a "2+2 ministerial dialogue" between foreign and defense ministers.
  • It will help in enhancing the bilateral strategic partnership between both countries.
  • So far, India has established “2+2 ministerial dialogue” with United States, Japan, and Australia.
  • Recently, India and Russia held a bilateral meeting on UNSC issues in Moscow at the DG level.
  • Russia is also providing the ‘Sputnik-V’ coronavirus vaccine to India.

Topic: Appointments

5. Justice Rajesh Bindal will assume charge of Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.

  • President has appointed Justice Rajesh Bindal as the Chief Justice of Calcutta High court. He will assume the charge from 29 April 2021.
  • He will take the place of Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan.
  • Justice Rajesh Bindal had started his career as an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • In 2006, he was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • He has been appointed by the President under Article 217.
  • High Court:
    • It is the principal civil court for state and union territory.
    • There are 25 High Courts in India.
    • The Calcutta High Court is the oldest in India.
    • The High Court of Andhra Pradesh is the newest High court in India.

Topic: Personality in News

6. Noted Odia and English writer Manoj Das passed away.

  • Renowned writer and educationist Manoj Das died at the age of 87.
  • He will be remembered for his contribution to the field of education and philosophy. He is known for his simplicity and spirituality.
  • He was conferred the Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2020.
  • He has written many books in English and Odia language.
  • He was teaching Aurobindo’s philosophy since 1963 in the Ashram run International Centre of Education.

Topic: Appointments

7. T V Somanathan designated as new Finance Secretary.

  • T V Somanathan has been designated as the new Finance Secretary.
  • As per the order issued by Personnel Ministry, Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as Finance Secretary.
  • He has been serving as Secretary, Department of Expenditure in Ministry of Finance since December 2019. He is a 1987 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.
  • The senior-most officer among all the secretaries in the Ministry of Finance is designated as the Finance Secretary.

Topic: Miscellaneous

8. Jacqueline Fernandez roped in as brand ambassador of Van Heusen’s new denim brand.

  • Van Heusen has signed Jacqueline Fernandez as the brand ambassador for its new sub-brand Denim Labs.
  • Sportswear brand ASICS has appointed Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador.
  • Other recent appointments are as follows:

Brand Ambassador


Akshay Kumar

Star Cement

Rashmika Mandanna

McDonald’s, Khazana Jewellery

Salman Khan

Chingari (short video app)

Harbhajan Singh


Ravichandran Ashwin


Topic: MoUs/ Agreements

9. Union Cabinet approves signing of agreement between India and UK.

  • Union Cabinet has given its nod to the signing of an agreement between India and UK to share information and prevent Customs offences.
  • With the signing of this agreement, both sides will be able to get relevant information that will help in preventing and investigating customs offences.
  • It is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.
  • In November 2020, Cabinet approved the signing of MoU between CDSCO, India and UK MHRA in the field of Medical Products regulation.
  • Cabinet also approved the signing of MoU between India and UK on cooperation in the field of telecommunication.

Topic: Defence

10. LCA Tejas allowed carrying Python-5 air-to-air missile.

  • Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has been allowed to carry Python-5 air-to-air missile.
  • This will enhance the combat capability of the aircraft.
  • Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) is already integrated on Tejas.
  • Tejas:
    • It is indigenously developed light combat aircraft.
    • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has manufactured this aircraft.
    • It is a single-engine and highly agile multi-role supersonic fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments.
    • In January 2021, Cabinet Committee on Security approved the purchase of 83 Tejas fighter jets for IAF.





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