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1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to H D Devegowda, former Prime Minister and enquired about his health. some of the facts about H D Devegowda
- Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda born in Haradanahalli village in Karnataka on 18 May 1933
- He served as 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996.
- In the 1996 general elections, no party won enough seats to form a government. The coalition of regional parties, United Front formed the central government with the support of the Congress
- H D Devegowda chose to head the government and became the 12th Prime Minister of India.
- In 1996, he became 12th Prime Minister of India and served from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997
- H D Devegowda presently is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha representing Karnataka and also he was the National President of the Janata Dal (Secular) party
2) The Union Cabinet approved the Central Sector Scheme, Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Food Processing Industry (PLISFPI)
- PLISFPI scheme is to support the creation of global food manufacturing champions commensurate with India’s natural resource endowment and support Indian brands of food products in the international markets with an outlay of Rs10900 crore
- The main objective of the PLISFPI Scheme is to support food manufacturing entities with stipulated minimum Sales and willingness to make a minimum stipulated investment for expansion of processing capacity and Branding abroad to incentivise the emergence of strong Indian brands
3) PM Yoga Awards 2021, the nomination process for this year began on 30 March 2021 with the last date for the submission of the entries 30 April 2021.
- PM Yoga Awards 2021 given in two categories, National and International. Winners will be announced on the 7th International Day of Yoga i.e., 21st June 2021
- Winners to be felicitated by trophy, certificate, and a cash award of INR 25 Lakh
- Apply Link: PM Yoga Awards 2021
- On 11 December 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly for International Day of Yoga
- From 2015, 21st June is celebrated as International Day of Yoga
4) 1st trade Agreement with the country in Africa, Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) signed by India with Mauritius on 22 February 2021
- Both sides completed their internal legal procedures and CECPA will enter into force as of 01 April 2021.
- The agreement is a limited agreement, which will cover Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin, Trade-in Services, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, Dispute Settlement, Movement of Natural Persons, Telecom, Financial services, CustomsProcedures and Cooperation in other Areas
5) Due to the Covid Pandemic, the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry extended the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) by another 6 months i.e. up to 30th September 2021
- Present Foreign Trade Policy came into force on 1st April 2015, was for 5 years and was extended thereafter up to 31st March 2021
6) Indian Army formally closes down Military Farms across India, which were set up with the sole requirement of supplying hygienic cow’s milk to troops billeted in various garrisons across British India.
- The First Military farm was raised on 01 Feb 1889 at Allahabad. After independence Military Farms flourished with 30,000 heads of cattle in 130 Military Farms all over India
- In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Indian Army established “Project Freiswal”, credited to be the world’s largest cattle cross-breeding program.
- Indian army also teamed up with DRDO in the development of Bio-Fuel.
- After 132 years, the Indian Army formally curtain down the organisation. All the officers and workers redeployed within the ministry to continue providing service to the organisation
7) Government extended the last date for intimating the Aadhaar number under the Income-tax Act, 1961 to link Aadhaar with PAN from 31st March 2021 to 30th June 2021
- The government extended the last date for intimating the Aadhaar number due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic
8) Ministry of Jal Shakti installed sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices to monitor the rural drinking water supply systems in more than 6 lakh villages
- National Jal Jeevan Mission also completed the pilot run in several remote villages of 5 States i.e. Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Himachal Pradesh
- IoT based remote monitoring provides near real-time information without any manual intervention by using sensors.
- Jal Jeevan Mission is the Union Government’s flagship programme, implemented in partnership with States/ UTs to provide tap water connection to every rural household by 2024 envisions creating a Digital Wall and Remote Command & Control Centre for monitoring and managing supply of prescribed quality water in adequate quantity (55 Liters Per Capita per Day – LPCD) every day through household tap connections across all rural villages.
9) The All-India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (2016=100) for February 2021 increased by 0.8 points
- CPI-IW (2016=100) for February 2021 increased to 119.0 points compared to 118.2 points for January 2021
- The Labour Bureau, under M/o Labour & Employment, compiles Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers every month based on retail prices collected from 317 markets spread over 88 industrially important centres in the country.
- Director-General of Labour Bureau: PD P S Negi
10) Minister of State for Ports Mansukh Mandaviya flagged off the Cruise service from Hazira Port of Surat to Diu via video conferencing.
- In November 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Hazira-Ghogha’ RoPAX service, about 1 lakh passengers and thousands of vehicles utilised the ferry service to save journey time and the cost to travel from Hazira (Surat) to Ghogha (Bhavanagar).
- The success of the ferry service has opened the gates for many more routes of water transportation in Gujarat and all over India
11) Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog launched AIM-PRIME, an initiative to promote and support science-based deep-tech startups & ventures across India.
- AIM-PRIME means Program for Researchers on Innovations, Market-Readiness and Entrepreneurship
- The first cohort of the program is open to technology developers (early-stage deep tech start-ups, and scientists/ engineers/ clinicians) with strong science-based deep tech business ideas
- Second, for CEOs and Senior incubation managers of AIM Funded Atal Incubation Centers that are supporting deep tech entrepreneurs
12) Government decreased interest rates on all small savings instruments for the first quarter of 2021-21 ie., Till 30 June 2021
- Rate of return on the Public Provident Fund down from 7.1% to 6.4%, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme was cut from 7.4% to 6.5% and Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme’s return was reduced from 7.6% to 6.9%.
13) Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar annual awards, Telangana bagged 12 awards for best performing panchayats in district, intermediate and gram panchayat categories.
- The awards were won by Medak Zilla Parishad in the district category, Korutla Mandal Parishad in the Jagtial district and Dharmaram Mandal Parishad in the Peddapalli district
14) The Supreme Court-appointed panel submitted its report on the 3 agricultural reform laws in a closed cover. Report being revealed during the next hearing of the case.
- 3 Farm laws were passed by Parliament in September 2020 were being opposed by farmers’ unions, which are The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act.
- On January 12, Supreme Court suspended the implementation of the 3 laws and appointed a 4-member committee of experts “to listen to the grievances of the farmers on the farm laws and the views of the government and make recommendations”
15) U.S. President Joe Biden to announce a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which will of over 8 years, rebuild much of America’s infrastructure from roads and bridges to highspeed Internet infrastructure and water pipes.
- The plan will include $621 billion for modernising roads and bridges, modernising public transits, passenger and freight rail services and electric vehicles
- $111 billion investment in drinking water infrastructure
- $100 billion for clean power and $100 for broadband infrastructure
16) The leaders of all 3 branches of Brazil’s armed forces jointly resigned, following Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement of the Defence Minister
- Brazil’s Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva served from January 2019 to March 2021
17) Saudi Arabia announced plans to pump investments worth $3.2 trillion into the national economy by 2030
- Prince Mohammed said as the total investment injected into the national economy is expected to reach 12 trillion riyals ($3.2 trillion) by 2030
18) World Bank predicted, India’s economy is expected to grow at 10.1% for the year starting April 1, 2021
- World Bank said India real GDP growth could range from 7.5% to 12.5%, stabilising at 67% in the medium term
19) State Bank of India signed a loan agreement amounting to $1 billion with the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
- The loan is intended to promote the smooth flow of funds for the whole range of business operations of Japanese automobile manufacturers in India
20) government infused capital of ₹14,500 crores in 4 public sector lenders to improve their financial health. The public sector lenders received fund as the part of government’s investment in the preferential allotment of equity shares for the Financial year 2021.
- 4 public sector lenders were Central Bank of India, IOB, Bank of India and UCO Bank
21) The government extended the 3 lakh crore emergency credit line guarantee scheme by another 3 months till 30 June 2021
- Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme, ECLGS 3.0 involve extending credit of up to 40% of total credit outstanding across all lending institutions as of February 29, 2020
- The tenor of loans granted under ECLGS 3.0 to be 6 years, including a moratorium period of 2 years. The last date for disbursements extended to September 30
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