Current Affairs in English – April-8, 2021

Current Affairs in English – April-8, 2021

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021

APRIL – 8, 2021

STATES

5 lakh health insurance

  • Rajasthan becomes the first state in the country to provide free health insurance facility to all the citizens of the state.
  • The State began the registration for its cashless ‘mediclaim’ scheme Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme.
  • Under this scheme each family will get annual health insurance up to 5 lakhs.

INTERNATIONAL

ARWU – Academic Ranking of World Universities

  • The ARWU ranking is prepared by the Shanghai Ranking consultancy.
  • It is an independent organisation that is dedicated to research on higher education, intelligence and consultation.
  • The consultancy has been publishing the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009.
  • 15 Indian universities have made it to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020.

ECONOMY

Small Savings Schemes

  • The National Savings Institute operating under the Ministry of Finance recently announced that West Bengal is the top contributor to the Small Savings Scheme in the country.
  • The state contributes 15% of the total corpus.
  • It has so far collected Rs 90,000 crores under the Small Savings Scheme.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Plant-Insect Gene Transfer

  • The Chinese scientists have recently identified the transfer of genes from plants to insects.
  • Usually transfer of genes happen among the same family.
  • Here the insect called whiteflies has incorporated a portion of DNA from plants into their genome.

IMPORTANT DAYS

National Maritime Day – April 05

  • The first celebration took place in 1964, April 04 to spread awareness about intercontinental commerce and the economy.
  • This year, India will mark its 58th edition of National Maritime Day.
  • The theme of National Maritime Day is ‘Sustainable Shipping beyond COVID-19’ on the lines of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ initiative of the Government of India.
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