Current Affairs in English – March-3, 2021

Current Affairs in English – March-3, 2021

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021

MARCH – 3, 2021

TAMIL NADU

Namma Chennai Smart Card

  • Namma Chennai Smart Card is a Ru-Pay powered co-branded, contactless prepaid card.
  • It facilitates various digital payments like tax and utility bill payments Greater Chennai Corporation centres.
  • ICICI Bank has partnered with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) and Chennai Smart City Limited (CSCL) for the launch of this card.

INTERNATIONAL

India on BRICS Chair ship

  • India has started its BRICS Chair ship with the inaugural three-day-long Sherpas’ meeting on February 25, 2021.
  • The BRICS state meet annual formal summits starting from 2009.
  • The 12th BRICS Summit was held by the Russia virtually.

18th Edition of BioAsia 2020

  • Asia’s Largest Life Sciences and Biotechnology Convention – BioAsia 2021 was held in Hyderabad.
  • Theme of the event is “Moving the Needle”.

Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & River

  • The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & River Basins was inaugurated by the Minister for Jal Shakti.
  • It is being organised by the International Commission on Large Dams (INCOLD) in association with
    • Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP),
    • Central Water Commission (CWC) and
    • National Hydrology Project (NHP).

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Drug for Alzheimer’s treatment

  • Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder.
  • It slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
  • Through it, the neurons become dysfunctional in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The molecule (molecule TGR63) could reduce the toxicity of Amyloid Beta (Aβ) toxicity.

ENVIRONMENT

New Alpine Plant Species

  • A group of scientists discovered a new species of alpine plant in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The new species of plant belongs to the family of Himalayan sunflower.
  • It has been named as Cremanthodium indicum.
  • This species of plant generally flowers from July to August.
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