Current Affairs in English – April-27, 2021

Current Affairs in English – April-27, 2021

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021

APRIL – 27, 2021

NATIONAL

Crude oil output of India drops

  • The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas recently released its data for the fiscal year 2020-21.
  • According to the data, crude oil production of India fell to 30.5 million tonnes.
  • It was 32.17 million tonnes in 2019-20.
  • The crude oil production of India fell by 5% in 2020-21 as compared to the previous year.
  • The Natural Gas production in the year 2020-21 was at 28.67 billion cubic metres. This was 8% less than the output in 2019-20.

INTERNATIONAL

India as ‘Country of Particular Concern’

  • A US government organisation that monitors international religious freedom has recommended that India be designated as a “country of particular concern” for the second consecutive year.
  • Other new recommendations for the CPC list in the Commission’s 2021 were Russia, Syria and Vietnam.
  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Turkey and Uzbekistan were recommended for a ‘Special Watch List’, along with Cuba and Nicaragua, both of which were already on the list for 2019.

ENVIRONMENT

Potamophylax coronavirus

  • Biologist Halil Ibrahimi has named a newly discovered insect after COVID-19 virus.
  • The species was found in Accursed Mountains (Kosovo’s Western Bjeshket e Nemuna National Park).
  • The new species is considerably smaller and lives in open and high-altitude zones, that is, 2,000 metres above the sea level.

IMPORTANT DAYS

National Panchayat Raj Day – April 24

  • Since then, the National Panchayat Raj Day is celebrated on April 24 every year in India.
  • The Panchayat raj is the oldest system of local government.
  • In 1992 a major change in the Panchayat system of India came in the form of the passage of the Panchayati Raj Act (73rd Amendment).
  • The act came into existence with effect from April 24, 1993.
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