Daily Current Affairs 26th March, 2022

Daily Current Affairs 26 March 2022 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Centre extends validity of FCRA registration certificates till June 2022
The Centre has decided to extend the validity of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, FCRA registration certificates of certain categories of FCRA registered entities.

  • Home Ministry said, the validity of registration certificates of such entities whose validity was extended till 31st March and whose renewal application is pending will stand extended till this year or till the date of disposal of the renewal application, whichever is earlier.
  • The Ministry said, validity of FCRA entities whose 5 years validity period is expiring during 1st April 2022 to 30th June 2022 and who have applied for renewal before expiry of 5 years validity period will stand extended up to 30th June 2022 or till date of disposal of renewal application, whichever earlier.

Govt sets target to open 10,500 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras across the country
The Government has set a target to open ten thousand five hundred Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) across the country.

  • In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba said about eight thousand six hundred eighty-nine PMBJKs have been opened covering all districts of the country. He said around 1.25 to 1.50 crore people on an average purchase medicines from more than eight thousand six hundred PMBJKs in a month across the country.
  • The product basket of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana comprises of about over one thousand six hundred medicines and 250 surgical devices, which are available on PMBJKs across the country.
  • The price of Jan Aushadhi Medicines is cheaper at least by 50 percent and in some cases by 80 to 90 percent of the market prices of branded medicines.

October 5 to be celebrated as National Dolphin Day: Environment Minister
Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav informed that October 5th has been designated as National Dolphin Day to be celebrated every year to create awareness for conservation of Dolphins. Mr Yadav stated that generating awareness and community participation is integral for conservation of the indicator species.

  • He chaired the 67th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wild Life in New Delhi. Considering that generating awareness amongst the people on the benefits of conservation of Dolphins is important, the Standing Committee recommended that every year 5th of October should be celebrated as National Dolphin Day.

India, WHO to ink host country agreement to set up Global Traditional Medicine Centre in Gujarat
A host country agreement would be inked between the Ministry of Ayush and the World Health Organisation at Geneva to set up the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Gujarat, the government has informed Lok Saha.

  • On March 9 2022, the Union Cabinet had approved the establishment of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (WHO GCTM) in Jamnagar by signing a host country agreement between the Government of India and the WHO.

IIT Hyderabad developed cost-effective ventilator available for commercial use
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad has developed a portable, cost-effective, and IoT-enabled ventilator powered by lithium-ion batteries. The smart ventilator named ‘Jeevan Lite’ was launched by Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan recently.

  • The institute in a statement informed that it is now available for commercial use. The institute informed that each unit costs about 4 lakh rupees against similar imported devices priced at about 10-15 lakh rupees per unit.
  • The Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled ventilator operates uninterrupted in synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation, continuous mandatory ventilation, adaptive and hybrid modes of ventilation for five hours and is both invasive and non-invasive. The Ventilator can be controlled using a smartphone app.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bangladesh most polluted country of the World
Bangladesh was the most polluted country in the world in 2021, says the World Air Quality Report prepared by the Swiss-based air quality technology company IQAir in its latest report released.

  • Among the cities, Dhaka was the second most polluted city in the world with a PM 2.5 level of 78.1 just below New Delhi which had a PM 2.5 level of 85.1 in 2021.
  • In terms of particulate matter in the air, Bangladesh recorded an average PM2.5 level of 76.9 micrograms per cubic metre in 2021 against the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended maximum permissible level of 5 micrograms per cubic metre.
  • Bangladesh was followed by Chad, Pakistan and Tajikistan. India was the fifth most polluted country.
  • New Delhi is followed by Dhaka (Bangladesh), N’Djamena (Chad), Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and Muscat (Oman) as the top five most polluted capital cities.


BUSINESS & ECONOMY

GeM attains annual procurement of INR 1 Lakh crore in FY 2021-22
Government e-Marketplace, GeM has attained an annual procurement of one lakh crore rupees within 2021-22. This represents a 160 percent growth compared to last Financial Year. Prashant Kumar Singh, CEO, GeM said that since inception the cumulative Gross Merchandize Value reached one lakh crore rupees over four and half years on 23rd March 2021. Whereas, the Gross Merchandise Value of GeM in the current Financial Year surpassed one lakh crore rupees in less than a year.

Over 8000 cr digital payment transactions reported during current financial year: Govt
The government has said that more than 8000 crore digital payment transactions have been reported in the country during the current financial year. Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, over the years, the digital payment transactions have grown multifold from over two thousand crore in 2017-18 to over five thousand crore in 2020-21.

  • Mr Chandrasekhar said, BHIM-UPI has emerged as the preferred payment mode of the citizens and has achieved a record of 452 crore digital payment transactions with the value of eight lakh 27 thousand crore rupees till February this year.


SPORTS

Long jumper Someswara Rao Ramudri, javelin thrower Mohit bag Gold medals at World Para Athletics Grand Prix
Long jumper Someswara Rao Ramudri and javelin thrower Mohit bagged Gold medals in their individual events at the Dubai 2022 World Para Athletics Grand Prix.

  • Ramudri came out with his personal best to take the long jump men’s T64 gold medal, in the combined T43/44/63/64 final.
  • In the men’s javelin final F44/46/63/64, Mohit achieved an impressive 54.71-metre distance in his very first throw which was enough to take the gold medal. Paralympian Dharambir claimed his second silver medal in the Championships, this time in men’s wheelchair discus final F51 where he attained a distance of 10.93 metre for the silver.

Second edition of SAAF, 56th National Cross Country Championships commence in Nagaland’s Kohima
The second edition of South Asian Athletics Federation (SAAF) cross country championships and the 56th National Cross Country Championships commenced at Indira Gandhi Stadium at Kohima in Nagaland. This is the first international event being hosted by the state.

  • Five South Asian countries namely India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are participating in the championships.


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