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Topic: Important Days

1. International Day for Mine Awareness: 4 April

  • International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is celebrated every year on 4 April.
  • It is observed to raise awareness about the threat posed by landmines and to develop mine-action programs by the government.
  • On 8th December 2005, the General Assembly had declared that 4 April of each year would be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It was first observed on 4 April 2006.
  • The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is continuously working to save lives, provide humanitarian assistance, and support displaced and refugees.
  • 164 countries had signed the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in 1997.
  • Daniel Craig was the first UN Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

Topic: Important Days

2. National Maritime Day: 5 April

  • National Maritime Day is celebrated to create awareness regarding support to intercontinental commerce and the worldwide economy.
  • This day is being observed since 1964.
  • The first ship SS loyalty, introduced by the Scindia steam navigation company, traveled from Mumbai to the United Kingdom in 1919.
  • Varuna Award is conferred on this day to recognize the people who made an outstanding contribution to the Indian maritime sector.
  • World Maritime Day is observed every year on the Thursday of last week in September.
 

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

3. “Sankalp se Siddhi” - Village and Digital Connect Drive launched by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

  • “Sankalp se Siddhi” - Village and Digital Connect Drive was launched by TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • “Sankalp se Siddhi” - Village and Digital Connect Drive started on the first day of April month. It will continue for 100 days.
  • The drive aims to activate the Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in villages. It will cover 100 villages in each region and 1500 villages in the country.
  • Under the drive, the teams will identify Van Dhan Vikas Kendras for clustering as TRIFOOD and SFURTI Units.
  • SFURTI stands for Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries.
  • TRIFOOD Scheme is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED. It was started in August 2020.
  • Under this scheme, a tertiary value addition center will be set up in Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh and Raigad in Maharashtra at the cost of approximately Rs.11 crores.

Village and Digital Connect Drive launched by TRIFED

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: National News

4. National Policy on Rare Diseases 2021 approved by Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

  • Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan approved the National Policy on Rare Diseases 2021. 
  • The National Policy on Rare Diseases 2021 aims to lower high treatment costs for rare diseases and focus more on indigenous research with the help of a national consortium.
  • The policy also provides for the creation of a national hospital based registry of rare diseases.
  • The focus of the policy is also on early screening and prevention through primary and secondary health care infrastructure.
  • It also aims to strengthen tertiary health care facilities for the prevention and treatment of rare diseases by designating eight health facilities as Centre of Excellence.
  • One-time financial support of up to 5 crore rupees will be provided to these Centers.

National Policy on Rare Diseases 2021

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Summits/ Conferences/ Meetings

5.  A major connectivity master plan for the Bay of Bengal region finalized at the virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC.

  • A major connectivity master plan for the Bay of Bengal region has been finalized at the virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC.
  • The plan would be taken up for adoption in the next BIMSTEC Summit to be hosted by Sri Lanka.
  • Three MoUs/agreements were also endorsed at the meeting. The MoUs were related to the following topics.
    • Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal matters
    • Cooperation between diplomatic and training academies
    • Establishment of BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Facility in Colombo
  • BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation):
    • It is an international organization of seven countries for multi-sectoral technical and economic cooperation.
    • It was founded on 6 June 1997 and is headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    • Its members are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Sports

6. 2023 Men’s boxing World Championships to be organized in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent.

  • 2023 Men’s boxing World Championships to be organized in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent.
  • International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Umar Kremlev said that Tashkent would be the host city.
  • Boxing Federation of Uzbekistan won the bid. 2023 AIBA Men’s boxing World Championships will be 22nd edition. It will be for the first time held in Uzbekistan. It is held biennially.
  • 2021 AIBA World Boxing Championships will take place from 10 April to 24 April in  Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Umar Kremlev is the current President of International Boxing Association (AIBA). It was founded in 1946. It is headquartered in Switzerland. 
  • Uzbekistan:
    • It is a Central Asian nation. Its capital is Tashkent and the currency is Uzbekistani Som.
    • It is bordered by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan.
    • Shavkat Mirziyoyev is the current President of Uzbekistan.

Topic: Reports and Indices

7. UNESCO releases its “World in 2030: Public Survey Report”.

  • On 31 March, UNESCO released its “World in 2030: Public Survey report”.
  • The report is based on responses from over 15,000 people worldwide in 2020.
  • As per the report, climate change and loss of biodiversity were by far the most selected challenges. 67% of respondents selected them.
  • Other selected challenges are violence and conflict (44%), discrimination and inequality (43%), and lack of food, water and housing (42%).
  • The report shows that education is to solution to every single challenge. World in 2030 survey was held from May to September 2020. 
  • UNESCO:
    • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Paris, France.
    • It was established on 16 November 1945.

Topic: Sports

8. Hubert Hurkacz of Poland wins Miami Open title.

  • Hubert Hurkacz of Poland has won the Miami Open title after defeating Jannik Sinner of Italy.
  • In women singles, World No 1 Ashleigh Barty won the Miami Open title by defeating Bianca Andreescu.
  • In men’s doubles, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic won the title while in women’s doubles Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara won the title.
  • Miami Open:
    • It is also known as Miami Open.
    • It is a tennis tournament usually held between March and April in Miami Gardens, Florida.
    • It is played on Hard court (outdoors).

Hubert Hurkacz of Poland wins Miami Open title

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Sports

9. India won 20 medals in Dubai Para-Badminton International 2021.

  • Pramod Bhagat has won two gold medals in the 3rd Sheikh Hamdan bin Al Maktoum Dubai Para-Badminton International 2021.
  • Krishna Nagar and Prem Kumar Ale won the two gold medals in combined SH6 and the mixed doubles WH1-WH2 categories.
  • India has topped the tally with 20 medals including 4 gold, 6 silver and 10 bronze.

India won 20 medals in Dubai Para-Badminton International 2021

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Appointments

10. Dr. Chintan Vaishnav appointed new Mission Director for AIM.

  • Dr. Chintan Vaishnav has been appointed as the new Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
  • He will replace Mr. Ramanathan Ramanan who was the first Mission director for AIM since June 2017.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):
    • It is a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Atal Tinkering Labs, Atal Incubation Centres, Atal New India Challenges, Mentors of Change, ARISE, etc. are some of the major initiatives under this mission.
    • Till now, AIM has established 7259 Atal Tinkering Labs in schools across 650 districts.

 

 

 

 

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