World Bank raises India's FY22 GDP forecast to 10.1 percent from earlier 5.4 percent 

Mar 31, 2021
The World Bank noted that the increase in foreign direct investment in India in 2020 was enough to make South Asia the only major region in the developing world to see an upturn in FDI in 2020. 

EAM S. Jaishankar attends Heart of Asia Conference, holds talks with Tajikistan President

Mar 31, 2021
EAM S. Jaishankar during the Heart of Asia Conference suggested that for durable peace in Afghanistan, there is a need for genuine double peace, that is, peace within and around Afghanistan.

World Development Report 2021: WB report calls for new social contract for data, equitable access to data

Mar 31, 2021
The World Development Report 2021 noted that new rules are needed for data to realize its potential to transform lives and for the same- a social contract for data is needed. 

Government proposes up to 25% concession on road tax against a vehicle scrapping certificate

Mar 31, 2021
In the case of non-transport vehicles, the concession on the motor vehicle tax will be 25% and 15% in the case of transport vehicles.

Government approves issuance of 16th tranche of electoral bonds

Mar 31, 2021
The electoral bonds have been pitched by the government as an alternative to the cash donations that are made to the political parties. The bonds are part of efforts to bring transparency in the political funding.

Prime Minister Modi addresses rallies in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry ahead of assembly elections

Mar 30, 2021
The assembly elections in the three states are scheduled to take place in a single phase on April 6, 2021. The vote counting will be held on May 2. 

India, Australia held 6th round of talks on disarmament, non-proliferation, export control

Mar 30, 2021
India and Australia exchanged views on the issues in the areas of chemical, nuclear, biological disarmament and non-proliferation, outer space security, conventional weapons, and strategic export control.

Current Affairs Quiz: 30 March 2021

Mar 30, 2021
The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Maharashtra Bhushan Award, state lockdown, Suez Canal and Tigray region conflict among others. 

Top 5 Current Affairs: 30 March 2021

Mar 30, 2021
The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched Tribal TB Initiative to achieve TB Mukt Bharat by 2025.

Current Affairs in Short: 30 March 2021

Mar 30, 2021
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed senior officials in the State Health Department and COVID-19 task force to prepare for a lockdown as people continue to violate COVID-19 protocols amid spike in coronavirus cases in the state. 

India, United States to revamp strategic energy cooperation

Mar 30, 2021
The decision reflects the new priorities of US President Joe Biden and PM Modi with a focus on promoting clean energy with low-carbon pathways and accelerating green energy cooperation.

Seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates in clinical trials in India: Health Minister

Mar 30, 2021
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that around seven COVID vaccine candidates are in clinical trials in India, some of which are in the advanced phase of the trials. 

President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Mar 30, 2021
The amendment bill passed by the Parliament entails that the term ‘government’ referred to in any law made by the Legislative Assembly will imply the Lieutenant Governor.

No proposal to implement Panchayat system in Sixth Schedule areas of Assam, says MHA; What is Sixth Schedule?

Mar 30, 2021
The Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India protects tribal populations and provides autonomy to them by allowing the formation of autonomous administrative councils that can frame laws on land, public health, agriculture and others.

Veteran Singer Asha Bhosle to be honoured with Maharashtra Bhushan Award

Mar 30, 2021
In her remarkable career, Asha Bhosle has worked with several veterans of the music industry like S D Burman, R D Burman, O.P. Nayyar, Khayyam, Composer Ravi, A R Rahman, Ilayaraja.

Eritrea to withdraw troops from Ethiopia's Tigray region, says Ethiopian PM 

Mar 30, 2021
As per the Ethiopian Prime Minister's statement on March 23rd, the Eritrean troops had crossed the border into Tigray because they were concerned they would be attacked by TPLF forces. 

COVID-19 leak from Wuhan lab extremely unlikely: Upcoming WHO Report

Mar 30, 2021
The report has further found that the transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario.

Health Minister launches Tribal TB Initiative to achieve ‘TB Mukt Bharat’ by 2025

Mar 30, 2021
The Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan reiterated on the occasion that the union territories of Lakshadweep and the district of Badgam in Jammu & Kashmir have been declared TB Free on World TB Day 2021.

Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 22 March to 28 March 2021

Mar 28, 2021
The week's updated quizzes cover topics such as 48th Chief Justice of India, National Film Awards 2019, Sahitya Akademi Awards 2020 and world's first ship tunnel among others. 

New Zealand Parliament passes bereavement leave law for miscarriages, stillbirths

Mar 28, 2021
The paid leave provisions under the new legislation will apply to the mothers, their partners as well as to those parents who have been planning to have a child through surrogacy and adoption.
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