Current Affairs in English – April-16, 2021

Current Affairs in English – April-16, 2021

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021

APRIL – 16, 2021

NATIONAL

Covid Hit Nation

  • India on April 12, 2021 became the second-worst hit nation in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing Brazil.
  • Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in the country.

INTERNATIONAL

Air Bubble Agreement

  • The Indian government has finalized an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka.
  • It will allow all eligible passengers to travel between the two countries.
  • A bilateral air bubble is a mechanism to resume flights between two nations with preconditions during the pandemic.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Odyssey

  • The image depicted Dunes in Mars.
  • Odyssey is the longest lasting spacecraft in Mars till date. It was launched on April 7, 2001. It arrived at Mars on October 24, 2001.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US recently released the image of Mars to mark the 20th anniversary of Odyssey.

Remdesivir drug

  • The Government of India prohibits the exports of Remdesivir drug.
  • Remdesivir has been considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against Coronavirus.
  • It was created in 2014 to treat Ebola. Later it was used to treat SARS and MERS.
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