CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021
MAY – 1, 2021
E-Panchayat Puraskar 2021
- It was followed by Assam and Chhattisgarh at the second position. Odisha and Tamil Nadu stood third.
- Every year, the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj awards those states, which ensure maximum use of information technology for gram panchayats.
- The Uttar Pradesh government won the “E-Panchayat Puraskar 2021”.
- The foundation stone of the integrated Solar Dryer and Pyrolysis pilot plant was laid at Chennai
- The pilot plant is part of the Indo-German project ‘Pyrasol’.
- The project will ultimately lead for the technology development to transform urban organic waste and sewage sludge into biochar and energy in Indian Smart Cities as well as in other urban centres.
Ladakh Ignited Minds Project
- The Indian Army initiated the Ladakh Ignited Minds Project to provide educational opportunities for the Ladakhi students from Kargil and Leh districts.
- The MoU has been signed with HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) and a Kanpur based NGO, the National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation.
Single crystal blades
- The DRDO has developed single-crystal blades technology for helicopters.
- It has supplied 60 of these blades to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- The single-crystal high-pressure turbine (HPT) blades are made of a nickelbased superalloy.
RBI new guidelines
- The RBI recently laid down set of instructions to improve the corporate bank governance.
- The post of MD and CEO shall not be held by the same person for more than 15 years. However, they can be reappointed after a cooling period of three years.
- The MD or the CEO shall not hold these posts more than twelve years. However, in extraordinary circumstances, they shall be allowed to continue till 15 years.
PERSONALITIES and AWARDS
- The 93rd Academy Awards were held on April 25 ceremony was broadcast from two locations in Los Angeles, The Dolby Theatre and Union Station.
- Nomadland won big at the Oscars as it won the Best Picture, Best Director (Chloe Zhao, Nomadland – winner) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand) awards.
- Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor for The Father.
- David Fincher’s Mank took home awards for cinematography and production design.