Daily Current Affairs | 21st March Current Affairs 2021

PGCIL to buy 74% stake in JPCL

In a power transmission joint venture between the two firms, Power Grid Corporation India Limited (PGCIL) will buy 74% stake of Jayprakash Power Ventures Limited (JPVL).

Transmission JV has 214 km of spread links to stream power from the Karcham-Wangtu hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.


World Sparrow Day: 20 March

World Sparrow Day is observed every year on 20 March to raise awareness about the bird.

The initiative was ongoing by the Nature Forever Society (NFS) of India, which was originated by Indian conservationist Mohammad Dilawar.

The first World Sparrow Day was illustrious in 2010 in different fragments of the world.

Sparrow numbers have declined sharply in the last few years.


Punjab will start crop procurement work

In view of the increase of COVID in the state, the Punjab government will start a crop procurement campaign from April 10, 2021.

The decision to delay the purchase was taken in a review meeting of a COVID chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on 19 March 2021.

With the increase in COVID cases, the department needs more time to ensure safe procurement.


President Kovind on a three-day visit to Odisha

President Ram Nath Kovind is on a three-day visit to Odisha starting from 20 March 2021.

He will look the 18th Annual Convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela on 21 March 2021.

He will also induct a super specialty hospital at Rourkela Steel Plant.

He will officially visit the Indian Oil Foundation Trust Interpretation Center in Konark before recurring to New Delhi.


Lockout every Sunday in Indore, Bhopal

In Madhya Pradesh, possession in mind the recent upsurge in corona infection, new additional guidelines have been issued by the state government.

There will be a lockout on every Sunday till further orders in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur.

It will be effective from 10 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday.

The positivity rate in these three cities is more than 5 percent.


NTPC Bongaigaon achieves more than 100% PLF

NTPC Bongaigaon, Assam achieved more than 100% Plant Load Factor (PLF) for the first time after all its units were commissioned.

It achieved the highest production of 18.2499 MU on 18 March 2021 with 101.39% PLF.

Unit I and II exceeded 100% PLF and Unit III achieved 98.5% PLF.

It also achieved the highest monthly declared capacity (DC) of 103.3% in June 2020.


Embassy of India, Seoul launches a program

On 19 March 2021, the Embassy of India, Seoul, launched the ‘Festival of Independence’ India @ 75 – 75 Week Celebration.

Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Government of India was the Visitant of Honor.

Dance and music were also performed by artists from India during the program.


Lao People’s Democratic Republic gets vaccines

Lao People’s Democratic Republic has received COVID-19 vaccines made in India on 20 March 2021, under the Vaccine Friendship Initiative of the Government of India.

On 19 March, Solomon Islands also received COVID-19 vaccines made in India.

Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has informed that India has supplied vaccines manufactured in India in 72 countries across geographical areas.


Nepal Authorizes India’s COVAXIN

Nepal has given emergency endorsement to India’s COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN.

It has become the third country to approve vaccines developed by India Biotech.

The vaccine was approved for emergency use in India in January 2021 and was approved by Zimbabwe in March 2021.


India’s forest cover increased to 24.56%

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar supposed that the execution of the National Action Plan on Climate Change and other events has abridged the emission intensity of GDP by 24 percent between 2005 and 2016.

The forest area of ​​India is incessantly cumulative and it has reached 24.56 percent of the geographical area of ​​the country.


373 Kisan Rail services operated on 43 routes.

The government has informed that about 373 Kisan Rail Services have worked on 43 routes, transporting over one lakh 20,000 tonnes of goods.

It provides a seamless supply chain of perishable goods.

Most of the services originated from small stations like Devlali, Sangola, Sangli, Nagarasol, Dhanu Road and Dhoraji, Mahuva, which lie within agricultural areas.


Morarji Desai Institute is running a program

The Ministry of AYUSH through its independent body- Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi has been consecutively a Yoga Volunteer Training Program on Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) with effect from 1 February 2021.

The program divides the sum protocol into smaller modules.

This is a monthly training module and will be repeated every month until June 2021.


Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill passed

The Lok Sabha has permitted the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill 2021.

It will alter the Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 and provides for the elimination of the gap between captive and merchant mines.

According to this, captive mines other than nuclear minerals can sell up to 50 percent of their annual mineral production in the open market.


Memorial of Captain Manoj Pandey

Army Chief General MM Narwane dedicated the memorial of Captain Manoj Pandey, who was honored with Paramveer Chakra, to his native village Rura in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Captain Pandey gave up his life in the 1999 Kargil War.

The memorial was built under the auspices of Surya Command.


Government hikes low fare band for flights

Due to the continuous increase in the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), the Union Aviation Ministry has decided to increase the lower fare band by 5 percent, keeping the upper fare band unchanged.

The ministry can open up the area for 100 percent operations if it crosses 3.5 lakh daily passenger traffic 3 times in a month.


Mark Listola will not join Tata Motors

Mark Listosella will not join as the first Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Motors, announced on 12 February 2021.

The Guenter Bootshake will be held by the CEO and Managing Director of the company until June 30, 2021.

Listosella has recently been the head and CEO of Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation in Asia and head of Daimler Trucks.


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