7% increase in SBI digital transactions
The adoption of e-commerce during the epidemic led to a 60% to 67% increase in digital transactions on State Bank of India platforms.
This increase is mainly due to the widespread currency and acceptability offered by SBI on e-commerce platforms.
The lender’s digital lending stand – YONO (You Only Need One App) – has also accomplished significant growth during the financial year 2020-21.
Jharkhand government will give one month’s extra salary
The Health Department of the Government of Jharkhand has decided to give one month’s additional salary to all frontline medical personnel for their services.
Health workers who work round the clock will be given additional pay since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The COVID-19 recovery rate in Jharkhand is around 99 percent.
India is searching for uranium
Uranium is being discovered in Arunachal Pradesh by the Directorate of Atomic Mineral Exploration and Research (AMD).
AMD is a essential unit of the Department of Atomic Energy.
AMD has a mandate to identify and evaluate the mineral resources of uranium, thorium, titanium and other more rare-earth uranium and thorium in the country’s potential geological domain.
Winged fossils found
Scientists announced the discovery of a nearly complete fossil of a shark named Aquilolumna milarsi, which lived during the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs ruled the land.
A bizarre plankton-etching shark has feather-like minnows, which for a long time widened its body.
The fossil was unearthed in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
ISSF WC: India’s Yashaswini Deswal Wins Gold Medal
Yashaswini Deswal won the first gold medal for India in the women’s 10m air pistol final of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup on 20 March 2021 at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.
Another Indian shooter Manu Bhakar won the silver medal with 236.7 points.
India won the series by defeating England in the 5th T20
In cricket, India defeated England by 36 runs in the fifth and final T20 International at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 20 March 2021.
With this win, India won the five-match series 3–2.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who acquired 2 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs, was ruled Player of the Match, while Virat Kohli was declared Player of the Series.
India took part in the Noorze ceremony
India participated in the Noruz Festival on 19 March 2021 at the SCO Secretariat in Beijing. SCO is celebrating 2021 as the ‘Culture Year’.
Noruz is the Persian New Year and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
March 21 was officially recognized by the United Nations as International Nruz Day in 2010.
In 2021, it was celebrated on 20 March.
More than 80 drugs included under price regulation
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has brought 80 plus medicines under the price regulation.
The NPPA has priced 81 drugs, including off-patent anti-diabetic drugs, which allow patients the fair benefit of patent expiration.
The NPPA has decided to regulate the price of these formulations as per the provisions of the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO), 2013.
US Defense Minister met EAM S. Jayashankar
On 20 March 2021, Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and US Defense Minister Lloyd J. Austin held extensive talks.
At the meeting, assessments on the peace process and ground situation in Afghanistan were exchanged and the concerns and interests of regional powers and neighbors were discussed.
New secretary general of RSS
The All India House of Representatives of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has elected Dattatreya Hosabale as Sarkaryavah or General Secretary for a period of three years.
He replaced Bhaiyaji Joshi.
Dattatreya Hosabale was the RSS’s Sah Sarkaryavah since 2009.
He joined RSS in 1968 from Shivamogga district in Karnataka.
Rupee: The only Asian currency to strengthen
The Indian rupee is the only currency in Asia to strengthen between March 2021 risk assets.
The rupee has gained 1.3% in March, increasing overseas purchases of local stock by $ 2.4 billion.
According to MK Global Financial Services Ltd., nine share-sale offers of approximately 59 billion rupees ($ 813 million) would have added one of the highest flows in emerging Asia.
Spain passed a law legalizing euthanasia
Spain has voted for a law legalizing euthanasia, which allows the suffering of extremely ill or seriously injured patients to end.
The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as well as Spain became the fourth European nation to make assisted suicide non-criminal.
Spanish law will allow euthanasia in which medical workers may intentionally end a life to relieve a victim.
Sevilla, FC Bangalore Announce Collaboration
Spanish football clubs Sevilla FC and FC Bengaluru United have publicized a five-year partnership.
Through this initiative, Sevilla FC will strengthen its attendance in the Indian football ecosystem.
As part of the contract, followers will be able to see FC Bengaluru United as well as their academy players in the traditional white and red colors of Sevilla FC for the 2021–2022 season.
Airtel will invest TPG’s Rise Fund in Africa
Rise Endowment of asset firm TPG has capitalized US $ 200 million (about Rs 1,450 crore) in Airtel Africa’s mobile money business, Airtel Mobile Commerce BV at a valuation of US $ 2.65 billion.
With this deal, Rise Fund is predictable to get a 7.5 percent picket in Airtel Mobile Commerce (AMC) BV.
US $ 150 million will be invested in the first time.
Arindam Bagchi appointed as spokesperson of MEA
Arindam Bagchi has been appointed as the spokesperson of the new foreign ministry.
Outgoing spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava will now be Joint Secretary (North).
Bagchi is a 1995-batch Indian Foreign Service officer who previously served as an ambassador in Croatia and deputy high commissioner in Sri Lanka, in addition to serving as a director in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Former SEBI president Ramakrishna passed away
After becoming a statistically empowered market regulator, the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, G.V. Ramakrishna died in March 2021.
Ramakrishna was appointed as the second chairman of the then two-year Securities and Exchange Board in 1990.
Beginning his career as a biochemist doing research in hematology, Ramakrishna joined the IAS in 1952.