Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-03-17 17:45:36
Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-03-17 17:45:36

• The Supreme Court ruled that independents persons rather than bureaucrats should be appointed as State Election Commissioners. The Goa government appealed against the Mumbai High Court’s order, which has suspended certain municipal election notices issued by the Goa State Electoral Commission.

• According to data from the Ministry of the Home Affairs (MHA), the number of people arrested under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act) in 2019 has increased by more than 72% compared to 2015. In 2019, the most arrested states were Uttar Pradesh (498), Manipur (386), Tamil Nadu (308), J&K (227) and Jharkhand (202). During 2016-2019, only 2.2% of UAPA-registered cases were convicted by the court.

• The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has issued an approval process manual for the 2021-22 academic year. The “AICTE Handbook” emphasizes this point; Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics will continue to be important subjects in core engineering streams such as mechanical engineering.

• The Index Monitoring Cell (IMC) submitted its report to the center. Before submitting to the FIR for media or publications, the approval of the Press Council of India should be obtained. About the Index Monitoring Cell: Established in 2020 by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Its task is to improve India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index and develop objective standards for measuring media freedom.

• The center has reorganized an advisory committee to develop a plan to study the fabulous Sarasvati River in the next two years after the earlier panel of experts ended in 2019. ASI established the committee for the first time on December 28, 2017, for a period of two years. Saraswati river originated in Kapal tirith in Himalayas in the western part of Kailash, flows south to Mansarovar, and then turns west.

• India’s foreign exchange trading has become the world’s fourth largest foreign exchange. India’s foreign exchange reserves surpass Russia, becoming the world’s fourth largest foreign exchange reserves. India’s reserves are sufficient to cover approximately 18 months of imports, thanks to the scarce current account surplus, funds flowing into the local stock market and the increase in foreign direct investment.

• In March 2001, the Taliban began to blow up two huge Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. Now, 20 years later, the Bamiyan Buddhas have been brought back to life in the form of 3D projections in an event called “A Night With Buddha”. Bamiyan Buddha is a model of the fusion of Gupta, Sassanian and Hellenistic artistic style. It is said that the history of Bamiyan Buddha can be traced back to the 5th century AD.

• Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced a new scheme under which any tourist vehicle operator can apply for an “All India Travel Authorization/Permit” online. After submitting the relevant documents and paying the fee, the permit will be issued within 30 days after submitting such an application.

• The Union Education Minister announced that the OTPRMS certificate will be linked with DigiLocker, and registration fees will be completely waived. Ministry of Education (MoE) has decided to link the Online Teacher Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) Certificate with DigiLocker to ensure worry-free access.

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