Daily Current Affairs of 17 March 2021

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17 March 2021 CA
17 March 2021 CA

Daily Current Affairs of 17 March 2021

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 NATIONAL

Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020:

Parliament has passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill provides for an outer limit of 24 weeks for medical termination of pregnancy. The bill aims to ensure the confidentiality of the process and respects the privacy of women. Besides, the legislation also regulates the conditions under which a pregnancy may be aborted.

  • The bill has been brought after extensive consultations with all stakeholders.

Chemicals & Fertilizer Minister to inaugurate 11th edition of India Chem-2021:

Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Sadananda Gowda will inaugurate the 11th edition of India Chem-2021on 16 March. India Chem is one of the largest composite events of the chemical and petrochemical sector in the Asia-Pacific Region.

  • Events such as Global CEOs Round Table and Conclave on Global Chemical Industry will be organised during India Chem.
  • The theme is – “India: Global Manufacturing Hub for Chemicals and Petrochemicals”.

“Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan” project has been awarded for Dara Shikoh Library Building:

The 28th MoU under the “Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan”  project has been awarded on 15th March 2021 for Dara Shikoh Library Building, Delhi. Under this MoU, the Monument Mitras plan to take up development, operations and maintenance of basic amenities such as cleanliness of building and outdoor area including provision of garbage bins, benches, toilets and etc.

  • Duration of the MoU is for an initial period of five years, extendable based on performance of the Monument Mitra.

Ministry of Tourism organizes online Book Reading Session:

Ministry of Tourism in the Western Region organized an online book reading session of “Gandhi in Bombay” as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (India @ 75) is a series of events to be organised by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence.

  • During this book reading session, the authors turned as story tellers and kept their audience engrossed with reading interesting lines from selected chapters from the book.

Note:

  • Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism- Ms. Rupinder Brar.

Centre has appointed a Three-Member High-Level Central Team:

Centre has deployed a three-member high-level central team to review Medical Care and Public Health arrangements for Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The team is being led by Dr SK Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

  • Dr SK Jain, Additional Director and Dr Meera Dhuria, Deputy Director, both from NCDC are the team members.
  • The team will focus on the status of implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Kumbh Mela.

Cabinet approves setting up Development Finance Institution:

Union Cabinet has approved a bill to set up Development Finance Institution (DFI) with an initial capital infusion of 20 thousand crore rupees. DFI is expected to raise long-term funds for infrastructure development projects in the country.

  • The initial grant to the DFI will be  5 thousand  crore  rupees and additional increments of grants will be made within the limit of 5 thousand crore rupees.
  • Development Finance Institution will have a professional board in which there will be at least 50 per cent of them will be non official director and person of eminence is also envisaged in the board.

Closure of Handicrafts & Handlooms Export Corporation of India Ltd:

The Union Cabinet has approved the closure of Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India Limited (HHEC).  59 permanent employees and 6 Management Trainees are serving in the Corporation.  This approval will benefit the Government exchequer in reducing recurring expenditure on salary and wages.

EC decides to use VVPAT along with EVM:

Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations in the upcoming assembly elections in four states and Union territory.

  • VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly

Note:

What is VVPAT?

Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) is a method of providing feedback to voters using EVMs.

INTERNATIONAL

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Maldives:

Union Cabinet was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Union  Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment of  Maldives for cooperation in Sports and Youth Affairs.

About Maldives:

  • President – Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
  • Capital- Male
  • Currency- Maldivian rufiyaa

 STATE

Urban Forest Division Srinagar observes Chinar Day in J&K:

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Urban Forest Division Srinagar has organized a programme to observe Chinar Day on 15, March.  This day was celebrated at Shuhama Campus of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) where the Chinar saplings were planted within the premises.

  • The department of Conservator of Forests Srinagar currently is planting about 2000 Chinar saplings besides twelve thousand five hundred more Chinar saplings shall be planted during the year.

About J&K:

  • Lieutenant Governor – Manoj Sinha
  • Capital (Summer)- Srinagar
  • Capital (Winter)- Jammu

The agreement signed for development of Sewage Treatment Plants in UP:

A tripartite Concession Agreement has been signed between the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam and GA Infra Private Limited-Lahoti Buildcon Limited. This agreement is signed for development of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) for Moradabad. The contract was awarded at a total cost of 99.68 crore rupees.

  • The NMCG approved the project for construction of the 25 Million Litre per Day (MLD) Sewage Treatment Plant, developing Interception and Diversion structures and Sewage Pumping Stations including Operation.
  • The lending for these projects is offered by SBI Capital.

 About Uttar Pradesh:

  • CM – Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor- Anandiben Patel
  • Capital- Lucknow

J&K organizes Kisan Mela and Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan:

Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Agriculture Department organized a day-long Kisan Mela at Agriculture Complex in Kupwara district.  The Mela was organized as a part of ‘Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsov’ and was attended by hundreds of progressive farmers of the district.

  • Jammu and Kashmir also arrange a day-long “Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan” programme which held at Budgam. The event was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza.

About J&K:

  • Lieutenant Governor – Manoj Sinha
  • Capital (Summer)- Srinagar
  • Capital (Winter)- Jammu

 FINANCE

RBI asks banks to implement image-based Cheque Truncation System:

Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to implement the image-based Cheque Truncation System (CTS) in all branches by September 30 this year. The move is aimed at faster settlement of cheques resulting in better customer service.

  • To facilitate this, banks will have to ensure that all their branches participate in image-based CTS under respective grids by September 30.

SCIENCE & TECH

Scientists Develop Molecular Sensor:

Researchers from inStem, Bangalore, India, in collaboration with Curie Institute, Orsay, France, funded by Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA), a bilateral organization supported by Department of Science & Technology (DST) developed a molecular sensor, which can identify cancer drugs by detecting how such chemicals modify microtubules inside living cells.

  • They have developed the first tubulin nanobody – or sensor to study the dynamics of microtubule modifications in living cells and use this for identification of new cancer therapeutic drugs.

 New State Of The Materials Discovered:

Scientists have discovered a new exotic, strange state of materials in contact with an environment. That alters its physical properties in the presence of an electromagnetic field. This will lead to better quantum technologies, which are tunable and controllable as per the user requirements.

  • Dibyendu Roy, Associate Professor, and his group from Raman Research Institute (RRI), have been exploring systems in contact with the environment or the open quantum systems and their physical properties for a while.

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