Important from the point of view of competitive examinations are the following news of March 16, 2021:
National Current Affairs
Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Duarte Pacheco visited India
On March 15, 2021, Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Duarte Pacheco met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in New Delhi and witnessed the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. He is on a week-long visit to India at the invitation of the Indian Parliament.
Center approved assistance of Rs 5 lakh each in cases of death of journalists due to COVID
On March 15, 2021, the government said that it has approved financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each in respect of cases of death of journalists due to Kovid-19. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that his ministry has launched a special campaign for financial assistance under the Journalist Welfare Scheme.
Rajya Sabha passed a bill to declare 2 food technology institutes as national
On March 15, 2021, the Rajya Sabha approved a bill declaring two food technology institutes as national institutions in Kundali in Haryana and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 15, 2021. Chemical and Fertilizer Minister DV Sadananda Gowda introduced the bill that amends the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research 1998. The bill seeks to give the status of institutions of national importance to the existing six national pharmaceutical institutions located in Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Rae Bareli. The purpose of this bill is to set up a council for these institutions and to rationalize their board of governors for better administration.
Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill introduced in Lok Sabha
A bill to amend the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, which seeks to enhance the role of District Magistrate and Additional District Magistrate, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 15, 2021.
Delhi court awarded death sentence to accused in 2008 Batla House encounter case
A Delhi court has sentenced the Indian Mujahideen-linked terrorist Ariz Khan to death for the murder of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma in the 2008 Batla House encounter case.
Famous painter Laxman Pai dies in Goa
Renowned painter and Padma Bhushan Award winner Laxman Pai died on 14 March 2021 at the age of 95 in Goa.
Guru Chemnacheri Kuniraman Nair passed away in Kathakali, Kerala
Kathakali expert Guru Chemanacheri Kuniraman Nair died on 15 March 2021 at the age of 105 in Kozhikode, Kerala. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to the arts.
Economic current affairs
Wholesale price index-based inflation (WPI) rose to 4.17% in February
Wholesale price index-based inflation (WPI) rose to 4.17 percent for the second consecutive month in February as food, fuel and electricity prices rose. WPI inflation was 2.03 percent in January and 2.26 percent in February 2020.
Finance Minister introduced bill to increase FDI limit in insurance from 49% to 74%
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced a bill in the Rajya Sabha on March 15, 2021, amending the Insurance Act to pave the way for 74 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector.
A bill to amend the Mines and Minerals Development Act was introduced in the Lok Sabha.
On 15 March 2021, Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.
Ajay Mathur takes over as Director General of International Solar Alliance
On 15 March 2021, Ajay Mathur took over as the Director General of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). On 15 February, the ISA Special Assembly elected Mathur as Director General. This appointment is for four years.
India’s arms imports decreased by 33% between 2011-15 and 2016-20: SIPRI
According to a report released by Stockholm-based defense think-tank SIPRI on March 15, 2021, there was a 33% decrease in arms imports between 2011–15 and 2016–20 and Russia was the most affected.
International current affairs
63rd Annual Grammy Awards presented in Los Angeles
‘Record of the Year’ Billy Eylish was awarded for ‘Everything I Wanted’, while Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ album was awarded the ‘Album of the Year’ award. “I Can’t Breathe” by Dernest Emile II, HER and Tyra Thomas was awarded the ‘Song of the Year’ award. Harry Styles was awarded the Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘Watermelon’. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ was awarded for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance.