Daily Current Affairs and GK | 4 March 2021

Half Yearly (Jul- Dec 2020)
2020 Book

Current Affairs

Topic: Books and Authors

1. Anindya Dutta wrote a book titled ‘Advantage India: The Story of Indian Tennis’.

  • Anindya Dutta has penned a book titled ‘Advantage India: The Story of Indian Tennis’. He has written about the history of Indian tennis in this book.
  • In his book, he describes the evolution of tennis in India. He has written about the Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan achievements in the 1970s-80s.
  • He also wrote about how Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi won the country its first Grand Slam titles.
  • He also discussed the current Indian tennis star like Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza's achievements.

 

Topic: Miscellaneous

2. Chabahar Day to be virtually commemorated by India today on sidelines of Maritime India Summit-2021.

  • Chabahar Day will be virtually commemorated by India today on the sidelines of Maritime India Summit-2021.
  • Ministers from Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan will participate in the event.
  • The ministerial Level opening session will be addressed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
  • A keynote address will be delivered by Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya.
  • Chabahar Port:
    • Chabahar is a port located on the coast of Gulf of Oman.
    • It is strategically important for India as it provides connectivity to Iran and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan
    • It is jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan.
    • Chabahar is also the southernmost city of Iran.

Chabahar Day will be virtually commemorated by India today

(Source: News on AIR)

 

Topic: Summits/ Conferences/ Meetings

3. Combined Commanders’ Conference started today at Kevadiya in Gujarat.

  • Combined Commanders’ Conference has started today at Kevadiya in Gujarat.
  • It is a three-day-long annual event. Focus areas of the conference will be theaterisation of armed forces and self-reliance in defence sector.
  • Establishment of new air defence command and maritime command is likely to be discussed during the conference.
  • The formation of theatre command will bring synergy among the three forces. Newly created Department of Military Affairs is working for the creation of theatre command.
  • The Department is also working towards the creation of joint military commands.
  • Department of Military Affairs:
    • Department of Military Affairs comes within Ministry of Defence. Chief of Defence Staff heads it.
    • Chief of Defence Staff is ex-officio secretary. It was formed in January 2020.

Combined Commanders Conference started today at Kevadiya in Guajrat

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Appointments

4. AIBA’s Board of Directors elects Mary Kom as Chairperson of its champions and veterans committee.

  • AIBA’s Board of Directors has elected Mary Kom as Chairperson of its champions and veterans committee.
  • She has been appointed as Chairperson of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) champions and veterans committee. The committee was formed last year.
  • Mary Kom is a six-time world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze-medalist.
  • International Boxing Association (AIBA) is headquartered in Switzerland. Umar Kremlev is the President of AIBA. It was formed in 1946.

AIBA Board of Directors elects Mary Kom as Chairperson

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Reports and Indices/Rankings

5. WHO releases first World Report on Hearing.

  • On 2 March, WHO released the first World Report on Hearing and it says that nearly one in four people will be living with hearing loss by 2050.
  • As per the report, nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide will be living with hearing loss and at least 700 million out of them will need access to ear and hearing care.
  • Presently one in five people all over the world have a hearing problem. WHO has released the report ahead of World Hearing Day on 3rd March.
  • “Hearing care for ALL! Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate” is the theme for World Hearing Day 2021. 
  • World Hearing Day is observed by the World Health Organization on 3 March every year. The purpose of this day is to spread awareness for ear protection.

WHO releases first World Report on Hearing

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: International News

6. First ever United Arab Emirates ambassador officially received by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

  • First ever United Arab Emirates ambassador has been officially received by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
  • Mohamed Al Khaja is the name of the ambassador. He is the first Emirati ambassador to the State of Israel.
  • Last year, UAE became the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel under Abraham Accord. Israel had opened its embassy in UAE in January.

Country

Israel

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Location

Middle East (on Mediterranean Sea)

Western Asia (at the northeast end of the Arabian Peninsula)

Capital

Jerusalem

Abu Dhabi

Currency

Israeli shekel

United Arab Emirates Dirham

Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

President

Reuven Rivlin

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

United Arab Emirates ambassador officially received by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Topic: International News

7. India and Norway agreed to jointly work for marine spatial planning in Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

  • India and Norway have agreed to cooperate in the field of marine spatial planning for the next five years.
  • Both countries agreed to jointly work for sustainable use of ocean resources and social development in coastal areas.
  • The Marine Spatial Planning initiative will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences through the National Centre for Coastal Research for India.
  • This initiative is part of the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative under an MoU signed that was signed between both countries in 2019. Lakshadweep and Puducherry are selected as pilot sites for this Project.
  • A marine spatial planning framework will be developed for Lakshadweep and Puducherry by the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR).
  • Recently, India and Norway have agreed to co-operation in the field of marine pollution.
  • Norway is located in Northern Europe. Oslo is its capital and largest city. Erna Solberg is its Prime Minister. The Norwegian krone is its currency.

India and Norway agreed to jointly work for marine spatial planning

Topic: Infrastructure and Energy

8. Kotdwar-Delhi -Kotdwar Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Spl train has been flagged off by Railways Minister.

  • Railways Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off Kotdwar-Delhi -Kotdwar Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Spl train on 4 March 2021.
  • The train will run between Kotdwar and New Delhi. It will provide better connectivity for the Siddhabali temple.
  • Minister has also informed about the status of the Kotdwar-Delhi route electrification project.
  • Recently, Kotdwar town has been renamed as Kanva Nagri Kotdwar.
  • Kotdwar:
    • It is a town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.
    • It is famous for Sidhbali Temple.
    • It is located on the bank of the Khoh River.
    • Kotdwar railway station is one of the oldest railway stations in India.

Kotdwar-Delhi -Kotdwar Siddhabali Jan Shatabdi Spl train

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: National News

9. CSMT becomes first railway station to receive IGBC Gold Certification in Maharashtra.

  • Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus becomes the first railway station to get IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Gold Certification in Maharashtra.
  • It has also become the first railway station of the western division to get IGBC Gold Certification.
  • CSMT implemented various green and passenger-friendly initiatives, including the installation of solar panels, plantation of trees, Smart-tech amenities for passengers, Divyangjan and senior citizen-friendly building, etc.
  • Indian Green Building Council:
    • It was formed as part of the Confederation of Indian Industry in 2001.
    • It is a premier body for green building certification and related services.
    • It gives rating to green buildings on the basis of energy efficiency, water conservation, handling of waste measures, etc.

CSMT IGBC Gold Certification in Maharashtra

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: State News/ Nagaland

10. First air cargo services of Nagaland started from Dimapur airport.

  • Nagaland’s first air cargo service has been started from Dimapur airport. It has been launched by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on 2 March 2021.
  • It has been launched by the Horticulture department of Nagaland in partnership with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
  • Cargo service will help in the transportation of organic fruits and vegetables from the state.
  • The Airport Authority of India will also construct a cargo service terminal at Dimapur.
  • Airports Authority of India (AAI): It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. It is responsible for the construction, upgrade, maintenance and management of civil aviation infrastructure.
  • Nagaland:
    • It is a mountainous state in northeast India.
    • It was formed as a separate state in 1963.
    • Dimapur Airport is the only domestic airport in Nagaland.
    • Its current Chief Minister is Neiphiu Rio and the Governor is RN Ravi.

First air cargo services of Nagaland

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic:  MoUs/Agreements

11. Cabinet nods to an MoU between India and Fiji for cooperation in the field of the agriculture sector.

  • Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Fiji for co-operation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of India and the Ministry of Agriculture of Fiji have signed this MoU.
  • A Joint Working Group (JWG) will be also formed by the executing agencies of both countries. It will create a road map for cooperation in the field of Agriculture.
  • The MoU has been signed for cooperation in the following areas:
    • Development of infrastructure for agriculture development
    • Promotion of investment in marketing and value addition/downstream processing of agricultural commodities
    • Joint planning and development of research proposals and execution of research projects and programmes
    • Development of human resources through training of officers and farmers by conducting seminars and workshops
  • Fiji:
    • It is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. Most of the islands are made from volcanic activity.
    • It is one of the most developed economies in the Pacific.
    • Its currency is Fijian dollar and Suva is the capital of Fiji.
    • Jioji Konrote is the President and Frank Bainimarama is the current Prime Minister of Fiji.

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

12. Union Cabinet approves a pact between India and France for cooperation on Renewable Energy.

  • The Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and France for cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.
  • The MoU was signed in January 2021. It aims to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy.
  • All the technologies relating to solar, wind, hydrogen and biomass energy will be covered under this MoU.
  • It will help India in achieving the renewable energy target of 450 GW by 2030.
  • Both countries have agreed on cooperation in the following areas:
    • Exchange and training of scientific and technical personnel
    • Development of joint research and technological projects
    • Exchange of scientific and technological information and data
  • France:
    • It is located in Western Europe and its capital is Paris.
    • The President of France is Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Minister is Jean Castex.
    • The currency of France is Euro.
    • It is one of the five permanent members of the UNSC.
 

 

 

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