Daily Current Affairs 26 March 2021 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Pashudhan Mela’ inaugurated in Kathua, J&K
In Jammu and Kashmir, Principal Secretary Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department, Naveen Kumar Chaudhary has inaugurated ‘Pashudhan Mela’ in Kathua.
- During the Mela, a variety of breeds of cattle and buffalo from the neighbouring state of Punjab including breeds from Kashmir were put on display.
- ‘Pashudhan Mela’ is the first of its kind Mela held in the Union Territory organized with the objective to educate farmers about the latest cattle breeds.
Regional SARAS Fair 2021 inaugurated in Kohima
The regional Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans Society (SARAS) fair 2021 offering the best of traditional, ethnic food, handlooms and handicrafts of the State, was inaugurated by Advisor, Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire at Khouchiezie Kohima Local Ground.
- The fair was an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and was organised by Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM), Department of Rural Development, Nagaland.
- This fair aims to market rural products thereby providing an opportunity for income generation to the Self Help Groups and rural artisans. It also aims to promote rural products and build capacities of Self Help Groups by bringing them under one platform where they can promote their products through exhibition and sale.
Manipur emerges as a model state for Van Dhan Vikas Yojana
Manipur has emerged as the champion state where the Van Dhan programme has emerged as a major source of employment for the local tribals. Since the time that the programme was launched in the state in October 2019, 100 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras have been established.
- These constitute 1500 SHGs and are benefitting 30,000 tribal entrepreneurs, who are involved in the collection, processing, value-adding, packaging and marketing of value-added products from minor forest produce.
- With an active cooperation and participation of the state government at every level, the Van DhanKendras of Manipur have turned out to be a model enterprise for the rest of the country.
South Korea’s National Defence Minister on 3- day visit to India
Minister of National Defence of Republic of Korea (RoK) Mr Suh Wook on a three day visit to India.
- During the visit, the dignitary will hold bilateral meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to discuss India-RoK defence cooperation along with other regional and international issues of mutual interest.
- Ministry of Defence in a statement said that an Indo-Korean Friendship Park will also be jointly inaugurated by the visiting dignitary and Raksha Mantri at Delhi Cantt. Mr Suh Wook will also travel to Agra during the visit.
Lakshadweep, J&K’s Budgam First in India to Be Declared TB-free: Harsh Vardhan
Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district are the first in the country to be declared TB-free, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Singh said on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day celebrations at Dr Ambedkar International Centre.
- Singh said asked all citizens to rise to the occasion and make India’s resolve to end tuberculosis by 2025 into a Jan Andolan.
- Awards were also given to best performing states/UTs based on their State TBI Index. Lakshadweep (UT) and the district of Budgam (J&K) were declared TB-free.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister inaugurates Kurnool Airport
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has inaugurated the Kurnool Airport located at Orvakal and named it after the first ever freedom fighter of the country, Uyyalavada Narasimha Reddy, as a tribute to him.
- The flight operations from the airport will commence from March, 28th servicing to Bengaluru,Visakhapatnam, and Chennai routes.
- Later the Chief Minister has released a Special Postage Stamp on the occasion of the inauguration of Kurnool Airport.
One in 5 children globally face extreme water shortage, reveal new UNICEF Study
A new report by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that 1 in 5 children worldwide does not have enough water to bemeet everyday needs. The report says that globally, more than 1.42 billion people, including 450 million children, live in areas of extreme water vulnerability.
- The report was part of its ‘Water Security For All’ initiative. It identifies areas where physical water scarcity risks overlap with poor water service levels. Communities living in these areas depend on surface water, unimproved sources, or water which can take more than 30 minutes to collect.
- The data shows that children in more than 80 countries live in areas with high or extremely high water vulnerability. Eastern and Southern Africa has the highest proportion of children living in such areas, with more than half of children – 58 per cent – facing difficulty accessing sufficient water every day.
- It is followed by West and Central Africa (31 per cent), South Asia (25 per cent), and the Middle East (23 per cent). South Asia is home to the largest number of children living in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability – more than 155 million children.
World’s first ‘Super Mario’ theme park opens in Japan
Super Nintendo World has officially become a reality- for Japan at least. Universal Studios Japan (USJ) opened its $550 million, pandemic-delayed Mario-themed attraction, marking this as a major leap for the gamers maker outside of the virtual world.
- The biggest attraction in Super Nintendo World is the Mario Kart-themed ride. It also includes the world’s first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride and a battle with Bowser Jr., one of the characters.
- The area, which cost more than 60 billion yen (US$550 million) to build, offers rides with an augmented reality feature that allows visitors to enjoy an interactive experience similar to playing the Super Mario game.
Dubai International Airport Partners with Magzter to Become World’s First ‘Smart Reading Airport
From today, customers flying through Dubai International (DXB) now have free access to Magzter’s collection of more than 7,000 leading magazines, newspapers, journals and comics, making DXB the world’s first smart reading airport’.
- A fully contactless and paperless digital experience – using geo-fencing satellite technology – the Magzter partnership enables customers travelling through DXB to download the latest issues of world-renowned publications on their own devices, to read in the airport and onboard their flights.
- DXB’s Smart Reading Zone’ can also be accessed by logging onto the airport’s super-fast, free wifi network, which acts as a gateway to Magzter’s extensive collection of publications.
World’s first ship tunnel to be built under Norwegian mountains
World’s First Ship Tunnel is being made in the Norwegian mountains as the country has given approval for a tunnel bypassing the Stadhavet Sea.
- With this tunnel in place, vessels bound for the treacherous waters of Stadhavet can easily navigate without much difficulty. The tunnel was proposed by the Norwegian Coastal Administration a few years ago who thought a 118 feet wide tunnel passing through the Stadhavet mountains would be good for shipping.
- The government expects an estimated cost of 2.8 billion Norwegian kroner ($330 million) to build this ship tunnel in 4 years. Construction work will begin next year.
BANKING & FINANCE
Indian Overseas Bank launches ‘IOB Trendy’ savings account for millennials
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) launched ‘IOB Trendy’, a savings account customised for the growing millennial population in the country by keeping their banking preferences in mind.
- For opening an IOB Trendy account, a customer needs to be within the age bracket of 21 – 38 years.
- There is no ‘Opening Balance’ requirement for IOB Trendy. So, no charges will be levied for the first month for non-maintenance of balance. However, IOB Trendy customers need to maintain a daily minimum balance of ₹10,000 or a daily minimum balance of ₹5,000 and a digital turnover (transactions using IOB ATM / CDM / IOB Mobile Banking or Internet Banking fund transfer / IOB UPI transactions or IOB Debit card POS transactions) of minimum of ₹20,000 per month.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Indian Army to Get 1,300 Made-in-India Armoured Light Combat Vehicles by Mahindra Defence
The defence ministry said it finalised a contract with Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL) to procure 1,300 light combat vehicles for the Indian Army at a cost of Rs 1,056 crore. The induction of the vehicles is planned to be completed in four years.
- The vehicles are extremely agile with all-round protection against small arms fire and they will assist small independent detachments.
ICC T20 Player rankings: Virat Kohli moves to 4th position, Rohit Sharma to 14th
India captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma are among the India batsmen to progress in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after clinching the home series against England 3-2 in Ahmedabad.
- Kohli has moved up one place to fourth position and Rohit moved up three places to 14th in the latest weekly rankings update.
- Shreyas Iyer has moved up five places to a career-best 26th position while rookie Suryakumar Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant also made rapid progress. Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has moved up 21 places to 24th while Hardik Pandya has advanced 47 places to 78th.
- In the ICC ODI Player Rankings, India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s match-winning 98 has lifted him two places to 15th and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has gained five places to move into the top 20 in the latest ODI update.
Asghar Afghan breaks MS Dhoni record as Afghanistan Sweep Zimbabwe T20I Series
Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan went past former India captain MS Dhoni to become the most successful captain in T20 internationals.
- Asghar achieved the feat following Afghanistan’s 47-run win over Zimbabwe in the third T20I at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
- Afghan has now recorded 42 wins in T20I format and has surpassed Dhoni’s tally of 41 victories. He had equalled Dhoni’s record of most wins as captain in men’s T20I history after Afghanistan had defeated Zimbabwe in the second T20I match.
Narwal Shoots Second Gold in Para-Shooting WC with New World Record
Promising Manish Narwal shattered the world record en route clinching the gold in the P4 mixed 50m pistol SH1 event on the penultimate day of the 2021 Para Shooting World Cup.
- This was India’s second gold medal in the event after Singhraj claimed the yellow metal in P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event.
- He overcame a strong field that had Paralympic and world champions, including Iranian Sareh Javanmardi and Ukraine’s Oleksii Denusiuk, to finish with 229.1 points, enough to break the previous world record of Serbia’s Rastko Jokic (228.6).
Kerala’s TB eradication programme bags award
Kerala’s tuberculosis eradication programme has won national honour as the state bagged the Union government’s award for reducing the prevalence of the disease through various systematic initiatives.
- Kerala is the lone state which has been chosen for the recognition in the state category, a Health department statement said.
- An expert panel, designated by the Union government, recently found that the southern state has reduced the TB prevalence rate by 37.5 per cent in the last five years as part of achieving the sustainable development goals.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Actor Samir Soni authors book “My Experiments With Silence”
Actor Samir Soni will come out with his debut book titled “My Experiments With Silence”, which is about anxiety and self-discovery.
- The book is slated to be released in 2021 end and published by “Om Books International”.
- In the book Soni will present personal account of his dialogues with himself during his growing-up years in Delhi, his stint at Wall Street and his time in Bollywood.
Education Minister launches more than one hundred comic books
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has launched more than one hundred comic books created by teachers and students of CBSE schools and curated by NCERT.
- The comics are aligned with topics of NCERT textbooks and have specific storyline and characters.
- It has been created in a linear progression which will help to understand basic concepts and decrease the learning gaps. These comics can be accessed online on DIKSHA web portal and DIKSHA app.
International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members
March 25 is the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. This date is the anniversary of the abduction of Alec Collett, a journalist who died while working for the UN.
- This is a day to mobilize action, demand justice and strengthen our resolve to protect UN staff and peacekeepers, as well as our colleagues in the non-governmental community and the press.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is on March 25 each year.
- It honors the lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. It is also an occasion to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.
- This year theme of International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is “Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice”.
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is observed annually on 24th March every year to pay tribute to “Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero” as he was murdered on 24 March 1980.
- The International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims aims to honour the memory of victims of gross and systematic human rights violations. It also aims to promote the importance of the right to truth and justice.