Current Affairs in English – March-8, 2021

Current Affairs in English – March-8, 2021

CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021

MARCH – 8, 2021

TAMIL NADU

Third World Thirukkural Conference

  • The Third World Thirukkural Conference was started in Thanjavur.
  • It is held on behalf of the World Tamil Research Institute, Bharath College of Science, Australia Melbourne Tamil Association, Ilangadu Natramizh Association and Thanjavur Tamil Thai Foundation.

STATES

Night Safari

  • Madhya Pradesh introduced night safaris in three of the national parks in the state. The three national parks are
    • Bandhavgarh National Park
    • Kanha National Park
    • Pench National Park.

NATIONAL

National committee

  • The National Committee is set up to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence. It is a 259-member high-level national committee.
  • The committee includes Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors and leaders from different political parties.
  • The celebrations are proposed to be launched 75 weeks prior to this date on 12th of this month.
  • 12th March is the 91st anniversary of the historic Salt Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi

Red Rice

  • In a major boost to India’s rice exports potential, the first consignment of ‘red rice’ was flagged off to the USA.
  • ‘Red rice’ is grown in Brahmaputra valley of Assam grown without the use of any chemical fertilizer.
  • Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has promoting rice exports through the Rice Export Promotion Forum (REPF).

INTERNATIONAL

International Year of Millets

  • United Nations has unanimously declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets.
  • This was initiated by India with Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal and was co-sponsored by over 70 nations.

ENVIRONMENT

First dolphin research centre

  • India’s and Asia’s first National Dolphin Research Centre will come up on the bank of the Ganges in the premises of Patna University.
  • The dolphin is a highly endangered species under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
  • The gangetic dolphin is one of the four freshwater dolphins’ species in the world.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

First Arctic-monitoring Satellite

  • Russia has successfully launched its first satellite to monitor the Arctic’s climate and environment.
  • A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the “Arktika-M” satellite on board blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • The Arktika-M will provide round-the-clock continuous monitoring of the northern territory of Russia and the seas of the Arctic Ocean.

PERSONALITIES AND AWARDS

30th Bihari Puraskar for 2020

  • The Bihari Puraskar is one of the three literary awards instituted by the KK Birla Foundation in 1991.
  • Mohankrishna Bohara will be awarded the 30th Bihari Puraskar Award for his critical work ‘Taslima: Sangharsh aur Sahitya’.
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