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16 March 2021 Important Current Affairs In English


Daily Important Current Affairs In English

Click Here 👉👉   The Hindu Vocabulary_16_March_2021

 Why is it important to read current affairs?    

Current Affairs refer to the events of national and international importance relevant from competitive exams perspective like Civil Services Exam, Bank exam, etc. With the change in the pattern of examinations, questions related to current events and news have assumed a major role in deciding the fate of students

1) Painter and Padma Bhushan awardee Laxman Pai died at his residence in Goa. He was 95.
👉Laxman Pai was honoured with a number of prestigious awards, together with Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Nehru Award and Lalit Kala Akademi Award.

2) The United States overtook Saudi Arabia as India’s second biggest oil supplier last month.

👉Saudi Arabia, which has consistently been one of India’s top two suppliers, slipped to No. 4 for the first time since at least January 2006.
▪️ Recent News :- The United States has extended the “New START” nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia for a period of five years. The New START, which stands for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation.

3) The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched a sounding rocket (RH-560) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics.
▪️ Recent News :- The Indian Space Research Organisation launched 'Sindhu Netra', a satellite developed by the DRDO to monitor the activities of military and merchant navy ships in the Indian Ocean Region.
▪️ISRO :- 
Formed :- 15 August 1969
Headquarter :-  Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Chairman :- Kailasavadivoo Sivan

4) The Hindu Group won two golds and two silvers at WAN IFRA’s South Asian Digital Media Awards, culminating in being named ‘Champion Publisher of the Year’, owing to the highest tally on the points table.
👉The winners were honoured virtually at the Digital Media India 2021 Conference

5) The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced a new scheme, under which any tourist vehicle operator may apply for an “All India Tourist Authorization/Permit” through online mode.

▪️Ministry of Road Transport and Highways :-
Headquarters :- Parivahan Bhavan,  New Delhi
Founded :- July 1942
👉Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister), Mansukh L. Mandaviya (Minister of State)

6) India has signed a key pact with the Philippines called “implementing arrangement” for “procurement of defence material and equipment”, as per which the country will buy the BrahMos cruise missiles from India. 
👉Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was also present at the pact's signing ceremony in Manila.
▪️Philippines :-
Capital - Manila
President - Rodrigo Duterte
Currency - Philippine peso

7) During the search for the origin of the novel coronavirus, an international team of scientists have found 24 previously unknown bat coronaviruses, with four of them related to the strain that causes Covid-19, within a four km radius in southwestern China

8) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution launched "Mera Ration" Mobile App for the benefit of those ration card holders who move to new places in search of livelihood.
▪️Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution:-
👉Formed - 2 September 1946
👉Headquarters - Sansad Bhavan, New Delhi
👉Cabinet Minister - Piyush Goyal

9) Bhavani Devi became the first ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics. The sabre fencer secured an Olympic spot due to events in the ongoing Fencing World Cup.
👉Hosts Hungary lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, allowing Korea to progress to the semis. Therefore, Bhavani Devi qualifies through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Method.

10) Politician-writer M Veerappa Moily, poet Arundhathi Subramaniam are among 20 writers who will be bestowed with the Sahitya Akademi Award 2020. 

👉The national academy of letters announced the names during the opening day of its annual 'Festival of Letters' event.
👉Subramaniam won the award for her poetry collection "When God is a Traveller" in English.

👉Moily won the award for his epic poetry titled "Sri Bahubali Ahimsadigvijayam" in Kannada.

👉The list includes seven books of poetry, four novels, five short stories, two plays, and one each of memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages.

▪️Sahitya Akademi :- 
Formation - 12 March 1954
Headquarters - Rabindra Bhawan, Delhi
President - Chandrashekhara Kambara
Publication - Indian Literature
Parent organisation - Ministry of Culture, Government of India

11) Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command at Mumbai. 

▪️Indian Navy :- 
👉Indian Navy Day - 4 December 
👉Theme for Indian Navy Day 2020 -  Indian Navy Combat Ready, Credible & Cohesive
👉Founded - 26 January 1950
👉Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
👉Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) - Admiral Karambir Singh
👉Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS) - Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar

12) The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony  was held in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on March 14, 2021.
👉Billie Eilish became the first solo artist to win the record of the year award at Grammys for two years in a row.
👉Beyonce created history by becoming the most-awarded woman in the history of Grammys with 28 wins.

13) IBM and the Goa State Government announced a partnership to provide online courses for the state’s students, job seekers and entrepreneurs that will enhance their technical and professional skills.
▪️Goa Recent News :- 
Recently, India flagged off the 40th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (40-ISEA) from the  ormugao Port, Goa by the Ministry of Earth Science.
👉Goa CM - Pramod Pandurang Sawant
👉Goa Governor - Bhagat Singh Koshyari

14) After Strawberry and Jaggery Festival, Kalanamak Rice Festival were held in UP. 
👉After the grand success of the Strawberry Festival in Jhansi and the Jaggery Festival in Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state government is organising a three-day 'Kalanamak Rice Festival' in Siddharthnagar district from March 13.
▪️Uttar Pradesh :- 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister -  Yogi Adityanath
👉Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
👉Dudhwa National Park
👉National Chambal Sanctuary
👉Pilibhit Tiger Reserve 
👉Nawabganj bird sanctuary

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