Brazilian Armed Forces Chiefs Resign Suddenly
The heads of all 3 branches of the Brazilian Armed Forces resigned jointly following the replacement of Defense Minister Jair Bolsonaro.
The announcement was made after the Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force met with the new Defense Minister, General Walter Souza Braga Netto, on 30 March 2021.
Brazil is witnessing political unrest after facing criticism of not handling the epidemic situation properly.
Center extends PLI scheme
The Union Cabinet on 31 March 2021 approved the linking of the food processing sector with the production-related incentive (PLI) scheme.
An investment of Rs 10,900 crore has also been approved as an incentive for domestic manufacturing in the region.
This allocation was made for the next six years and it is expected that this will create more than 2.5 lakh jobs across the country.
RBI tightens its norms for payment firms
With the increasing cyber security breach, the Reserve Bank of India has tightened its supervision requirements for payment firms that store consumer data.
According to the RBI, all authorized payment system operators have to send it a comprehensive compliance certificate twice a year.
RBI has recommended that these certificates be submitted every year on 30 April and 31 October.
Amazon acquires retail start-up Perpule
Amazon Technologies, a part of e-commerce major Amazon.com Inc., acquired Bengaluru-based retail tech start-up Perupule for about Rs 107 crore.
The acquisition will allow Amazon to introduce Perupule’s ‘UltraPoS’ and other new technology products to its grocery partners.
Amazon is also expected to pay additional remuneration to the employees of Perupule, making the deal worth around Rs 150 crore. Will be done.
SpiceJet Signs Agreement with Avenue Capital
Homegrown carrier SpiceJet has signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based Avenue Capital Group to finance, acquire and sell and lease-back 50 new aircraft.
This alliance will ensure the seamless inclusion of aircraft in the fleet.
In addition, SpiceJet will start 66 new flights by the end of March 2021, including additional services on some routes in its domestic network.
WEF: Additional 36 years to end gender gap
A new report from the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take about 136 years to achieve global gender equality.
This is above its previous estimate of about 100 years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WEF measures parity in four ways: economic participation and opportunity, education, health, and political empowerment.
China approves Hong Kong electoral reforms
The National People’s Congress of China unanimously approved the changes to be introduced in the Hong Kong Constitution on 30 March 2021.
These electoral improvements decrease the amount of directly elected legislators in Hong Kong.
The number of directly elected representatives to the Hong Kong legislature will be reduced from 35 to 20, while the size of the legislature will increase from 70 to 90 seats.
New York: 15th state to legalize marijuana
New York lawmakers passed a bill on March 30, 2021 to legalize adult use of marijuana.
With this, New York became the 15th state in the United States, allowing for the joyful use of the drug.
If the bill is signed, the legalization of the plant will take effect immediately but legal sales will not be expected to begin for another year or two.
Fourth batch of three Rafale fighter jets will reach Gujarat
The fourth batch of three Rafale fighter jets will arrive at the Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat from France on 31 March 2021.
The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on 29 July 2020.
India had contracted an arrangement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft.
Rafael Jet is India’s first chief attainment of fighter jets in the last 23 years, after Sukhoi Jet was imported from Russia.
NAL launches trainer aircraft HANSA-NG
On 31 March 2021, the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR) laboratory, announced the launch of HANSA-NG.
The HANSA is the new generation two-seater aircraft, which is expected to begin its flight tests by the end of 2021.
HANSA-NG is an improved version of HANSA, which made its first flight in 1993, and was certified in 2000.
Inauguration of 22 routes under UDAN scheme
A total of 22 new flights have been launched in the last week of March 2021 under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.
As of March 2021, 57 unused and under-utilized airports have been operationalized on 347 routes across India, including five heliports and two water aerodromes.
The plan UDAN aims to make air travel affordable and available across the country.
Former BSP MLA Virendra Singh passed away
Former BSP MLA Virender Singh died on 30 March 2021 after a long illness.
He was elected as a BSP MLA from Bareilly Cantonment seat in 2007 and Bithri Chainpur seat in 2012.
Singh had been struggling with serious health problems since 2018.
World’s first all-citizen mission in space
The world’s first all-civilian mission in space has announced the last 2 members of the 4-man crew, who will make a historic trip to the stars by the end of 2021.
Christopher Sembrowski and Dr. Cyan Proctor, chaired by Jared Isaacman, will join with previously announced crew member Hayley Arkenoux.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will eventually take the crew on a Dragon spacecraft in 2021.
GameStop’s new chief development officer
After GameStop Corp plans to convert its business into e-commerce, Elliott Wilke is appointed to the role of Chief Development Officer.
Elliot Wilke will begin his term from 5 April 2021.
At GameStop, Mr. Wilke will handle development strategies and marketing, with a focus on increasing customer loyalty and access to PowerUp Rewards and Game Informer.