Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-03-20 18:08:49
Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-03-20 18:08:49

• The carcass of a 5-year-old tiger was found in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve of Uttar Pradesh. It is located in the Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur districts of Uttar Pradesh. It was notified as a Tiger Reserve in 2014. It has won the international award TX2 for doubling the number of tigers in the past 4 years by the year of 2020. It is part of the Terai Arc landscape in the upper Gangetic plain.

• India and the Philippines signed an “implementation arrangement” for the “arrangement for procurement of defense materials and equipment.” The agreement lays the foundation for the sale of defense systems through the government-to-government route. The Philippines is seeking to purchase BrahMos cruise missiles from India. BrahMos cruise missiles are manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace Limited, a joint venture between India and Russia.

• The 2021 “Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Amendment Bill”, proposed in Lok Sabha. MMDR bill amended the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act of 1957. Removal of restrictions on mineral end-uses: The Bill stipulates that no mines may be reserved for specific end-uses.

• Rajya Sabha passed the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) Bill in 2019. The bill declares that food technology, entrepreneurship and management agencies as institutions of national importance. The institutes are – (1) National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (Kundli, Haryana); (2) Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu).

• The Assam State Assembly has adjusted Bhaona’s political statement to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens. Bhaona is a traditional form of entertainment with religious information and is popular in Assam. It is the creation of Sankardeva, written in the early 16th century. The plays of bhaona are often called Ankiya Nats, and their performances are called bhaona.

• The Union Cabinet approved a bill to establish a Development Finance Institution (DFI). Development financial institutions or development financial companies organizations owned by the government or charitable institutions that provide funds for low-capital projects or borrowers cannot obtain funds from commercial lenders. As of December 2019, there are more than 6,000 brownfield and greenfield projects that require funding.

• According to a report by IQ Air, Delhi remains the most polluted capital city in the world. IQ Air is a Swiss air quality technology company which specializes in preventing pollutants in the air and developing air quality monitoring and air cleaning products. In the 2020 report, 106 countries were evaluated. The pollution level is a weighted average, which means that the population of a country affects the reported pollution value.

• Lok Sabha has approved the Appropriation Bill, allowing the central government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for its business needs and the implementation of various programmes. Speaker Om Birla passed the bill after passing the guillotine, which is a legislative mechanism designed to approve the rapid passage of pending grant requests without discussion.

• In Rajya Sabha’s written response, the Minister of Steel pointed out that India’s per capita steel consumption is 74.7 kg, compared to the world average level of 229 kg during 2019-20. The “National Steel Policy” issued in 2017 aims to achieve 300 tons of steel production capacity in India by 2030.

• Government of India arranged special Trains for Kumbh Mela. Kumbh Mela is listed as the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It has been added to the list in 2017. Kumbh Mela has celebrated four times in the past 12 years. Haridwar on the Ganges in Uttarakhand. Ujjain sails in Shipra, Madhya Pradesh. Nashik in Godavari, Maharashtra.

• The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, was appointed as the chairman of the “Stop Tuberculosis (TB) Partnership” Board. The Union Health Minister will serve a 3 year term beginning in July 2021 and will serve as the chairman of the Stop Tuberculosis (TB) Partnership Board. The Stop Tuberculosis Partnership was established in 2001.

• The Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (Har Medh Par Ped) Scheme is planned to be launched in 2016-17. Initiated the scheme to encourage tree planting and crops/cropping systems on farmland to help farmers earn more income and make their farming systems more climate-resilient and adaptable. The 60:40 funding model is implemented between the Center and the State government.

• Every March 20th is regarded as “World Sparrow Day” to raise people’s awareness of this bird. This day was first celebrated in 2010. The initiative was initiated by the “Forever Nature Association” in India. n India, sparrows are spread all over the country, all the way to the valleys of Assam and the lower parts of Assam mountains. To the east in the Himalayas, this species was replaced by the Eurasian tree sparrow.

• The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released the report on World Energy Transition Outlook. According to the latest report, the COVID-19 crisis provides countries with unexpected opportunities to decouple their economies from fossil fuels and accelerate the shift to renewable energy.

• The vernal equinox is also known as spring equinox. In 2021, it will fall on March 20, 2021. Technically, it will happen at 9.37 am. March 20 is the most common date for the vernal equinox. However, it can occur on any date between March 19th and 21st. According to astronomical calculations of the season, March 20 is regarded as the first day of spring.

• The Ministry of External Affairs of India informed that Italy had signed a framework agreement with India on March 17, 2021 to join the International Solar Energy Alliance (ISA). After the amendments to the ISA framework agreement came into effect on January 8, 2021, the Republic of Italy signed the ISA framework agreement. This amendment opens the membership of the Solar Energy Alliance to all members of the United Nations.

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