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Important News – India

1. Sugamya Bharat App has been launched by which ministry ______ Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment.
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➢ Sugamya Bharat APP — a Crowdsourcing Mobile Application is a means for sensitising and enhancing accessibility in the 3 pillars of the Accessible India Campaign i.e. built environment, transportation sector and ICT ecosystem in India.
➢ The app provides for five main features, 4 of which are directly related to enhancing accessibility, while the fifth is a special feature meant only for Divyangjan for COVID related issues.

2. In association with which IIT the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is to form a Centre of Excellence in gaming and other related areas ______ IIT Bombay.
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➢ Addressing the opening ceremony of virtual exhibition and prize announcement of Khel Khel Mein through video conference yesterday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, IIT will start the courses from this year itself.

3. Which ministry has convened the 5th Asia Economic Dialogue (AED) 2021 in association with India and Pune International Centre (PIC) on the theme “Post Covid-19 Global Trade and Finance Dynamics ______ Ministry of External Affairs.
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➢ Its inaugural session was addressed by Union Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, MEA on “Resilient Global Growth in a Post-Pandemic World”.
➢ The dialogue saw the discussions between COVID-19’s impact on trade and finance, on the world and on Asia as well as strategies to deal with this impact.

4. Where did union government has invested Rs. 400 crores to create India’s first Fisheries Hub under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) ______ Goa.
Note:

➢ Out of this, Rs 41.47 crore has been already approved under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)”
➢ Goa has the potential to become the fisheries hub of the country
➢ On basis of the discussions with the State Government, it has been decided to develop 30 new landing centres for fisheries as well as for tourism purposes.

5. Who is the chairman of the reconstituted governing council of the National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog ______ Narendra Modi.
Note:

➢ According to a notification of the Cabinet Secretariat, chief ministers of all states and those of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Puducherry are full time members of the council.
➢ The Lieutenant Governors of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ladakh, and the administrators of Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep will be special invitees of governing council.

6. Which entity has launched an ‘AI Gamechangers’ program to promote artificial intelligence (AI)-led innovation in the country ______ NASSCOM.
Note:

➢ Microsoft is the innovation partner for the program,
➢ As part of the ‘AI for India’ mission, the program seeks to recognize impactful and scalable AI-based innovation in the country.
➢ Nasscom and Microsoft will work closely to develop and promote the AI Gamechangers program, built on a shared commitment towards accelerating the adoption of AI across key sectors.

7. Who inaugurated the second edition of 'Maritime India Summit 2021' ______  Narendra Modi.
Note:

➢ Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the second edition of the summit via video conferencing.
➢ Prime Minister also launched e-book of maritime vision 2030, which is aiming to make the Indian maritime insutry at par with the top global benchmark in the next 10 years.

8. The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & River Basins was held in ______ New Delhi.
Note:

➢ Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was the Chief Guest of the Event.
➢ The event acts as a forum to share expertise on latest technologies in Dam construction, dam safety measure etc.
➢ Advanced technologies can be implemented in Dams to generate clean and cost effective energy, thereby ensuring India’s commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement.

9. The seven-days International Yoga Festival was held in which city of India ______ Rishikesh.
Note:

➢ Nearly 400 yoga enthusiasts participated in the event.
➢ Festival was inaugurated by Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal, head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) Narendra Giri and Patanjali Yogpeeth chairman Acharya Balakrishna.

10. According to the ‘Ease of Living Index 2020’ released by the Government of India (GoI) which city has been adjudged as the most liveable city in India among million-plus population category ______ Bengaluru.
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➢ Of the 49 cities ranked on livability index in the million-plus population category, Delhi ranks 13th.
➢ At the bottom of the list are Amritsar, Guwahati, Bareilly, Dhanbad and Srinagar.

11. According to the ‘Ease of Living Index 2020’ released by the Government of India (GoI) which city has been adjudged as the most liveable city in India the category of cities with population of less than million ______ Shimla.
Note:

➢ According to the the ‘Ease of Living Index 2020’ released by the Government of India (GoI), Shimla topped the category of cities with population of less than million. It is followed by Bhubaneswar, Silvassa, Kakinada and Salem.
➢ At the bottom of the list of 62 cities are Aligarh, Rampur, Namchi, Satna and Muzaffarpur.

12. According to the ‘Municipal Performance Index Report released by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, which city’s civic body has emerged as the best performing municipality among all million-plus municipalities ______ Indore.
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➢ The Municipal Performance Index report ranking 114 civic bodies was released by the Union housing and urban affairs minister.
➢ The ranking has been done on parameters of service delivery, planning, financial systems, and governance practices.

13. Which becomes the first railway station in Maharashtra to be awarded with Gold certification as per CII’s Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) ratings ______  Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station.
Note:

➢ Central Railway has implemented various green initiatives across its zone, with plantation creating green areas, installation of solar panels, etc.
➢ IGBC ratings gives impetus to the national priorities like energy efficiency, water conservation, etc.

14. With which ministry the Central Silk Board has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a convergence model for the implementation of Agroforestry in the silk sector under the ongoing Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme

 ______ Ministry of Agriculture.
Note:
➢ The signing of this MoU aims to incentivize the farmers to take up sericulture based Agroforestry models thereby contributing to the Make in India and Make for the World vision of the Prime Minister.

15. As on 26.02.2021, what percent accounts with an amount of Rs. 20,749 crores have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs under Stand Up India Scheme ______  more than 81%.
Note:

➢ Stand Up India Scheme was launched on 5 April 2016 to promote entrepreneurship at grass root level for economic empowerment and job creation.
➢ This scheme seeks to leverage the institutional credit structure to reach out to the underserved sector of people such as Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Women Entrepreneurs so as to enable them to participate in the economic growth of nation.

16. As on 26.02.2021, what percent of accounts with an amount of Rs. 6.36 lakh crore have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs under MUDRA scheme since inception  ______ about 68%.
Note:

➢ PMMY was launched on April 8, 2015 for providing loans up to 10 lakh to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises.
➢ These loans are classified as MUDRA loans under PMMY.
➢ These loans are given by Commercial Banks, RRBs, Small Finance Banks, MFIs and NBFCs.

17. Maitri Setu has been built over which river that connects Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh ______ Feni.
Note:

➢ The name ‘Maitri Setu’ symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh.
➢ The construction was taken up by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd at a project cost of Rs. 133 Crores.

18. How many Janaushadhi Kendra have been open as on 7th March 2021 under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana ______ 7500.
Note:

➢ The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana aims to provide quality medicines at an affordable price.
➢ From 86 centres in 2014, the number of stores under the scheme has grown to 7,500, covering all districts of the country

Important News – State

1. Which state government has launched “Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana” aimed at uplifting 1 lakh BPL families of the state ______ Haryana.
Note:

➢ One of the 4 scheme is Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana/
➢ The first phase of the scheme to begin on April 1, 2021.
➢ The Scheme is aimed at uplifting 1 lakh BPL families of Haryana; these families will be selected through the Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) portal.

2. Which state government has launched Dr BR Ambedkar Awas Navinikarn Yojana  ______ Haryana.
Note:

➢ The Schemes are aimed at satisfying the needs of the people under Below Poverty line (BPL).
➢ He also highlighted the state’s initiatives to increase income of BPL families by at least Rs. 8000 to Rs. 9000/month.

3. New Science Centre has been inaugurated in which city of Tripura ______ Udaipur.
Note:

➢ The Udaipur Science Centre has been developed at a cost of Rs 6 crore funded jointly by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Tripura Government and with this; National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) has now set-up science centres in all the north eastern states.

4. Which state government has approved a bill that reserves 75 percent of the private sector jobs with gross salary upto ₹ 50,000 per month for the people of the state  ______ Haryana.
Note:

➢ The bill, tabled by Mr Chautala last year, makes it mandatory for the private sector companies to reserve 75 percent of jobs with salary upto ₹ 50,000 per month for natives of Haryana.
➢ It also contains a clause companies can invoke if suitable local candidates cannot be found. In such cases they may hire from outside so long as they inform the government of such a step.

5. The International Business Machines (IBM) India partnered with which state government to provide free online courses to students, Job seekers & Entrepreneurs of the state ______ Goa.
Note:

➢ This initiative is aimed at upskilling 10,000 youths across 10 institutions in 1 year through IBM SkillBuild Program.
➢ Personalised coaching and experimental learning module is provided on Information & Communication Technology (ITC).
➢ The program has over 1lakh beneficiaries in Indian in 2021 alone.

6. Which state has launched India’s maiden Engineering Research & Development (ERD) policy to raise R&D contribution to 45% in 5 year ______ Karnataka.
Note:

➢ This policy has the potential to create over 50,000 jobs in ERD space
➢ According to Nasscom, ER&D has the potential to become $100-billion industry
➢ New policy has identified 5 key focus sectors: aerospace and defence; auto, auto components and EV; biotechnology, pharma, medical devices; semiconductors, telecom; software products.

7. The President of India Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone for the conservation works of Singorgarh Fort which is located in which state of India ______ Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ The President also inaugurated the newly carved Jabalpur Circle of Archaeological Survey of India.
➢ He also addressed the State Level Tribal Conference at Singrampur village in Damoh.
➢ The program was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the Tribal Affairs Department of Madhya Pradesh.

Important News – World

1. Which country has successfully launched its first ever Arctic-monitoring satellite that will monitor the Arctic’s climate and environment ______ Russia.
Note:

➢ A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the "Arktika-M" satellite on board blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
➢ The Arktika-M spacecraft was delivered to the orbit at 12.14 PM.
➢ The Arktika-M will provide round-the-clock continuous monitoring of the northern territory of Russia and the seas of the Arctic Ocean.

2. The Swedish automaker, Volvo has announced that it will make only electric vehicles by  ______ 2030.
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➢ The automaker phasing out the production of all cars with internal combustion engines — including hybrids.
➢ Volvo’s announcement follows General Motors’ pledge earlier this year to make only battery-powered vehicles by 2035.

3. To which African country, India has sent a consignment of 1,000 metric tonnes of rice and 100,000 hydroxychloroquine as humanitarian assistance ______ Madagascar.
Note:

➢ The prompt Indian assistance to the Madagascar government was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a phone conversation with Madagascar's Foreign Minister Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba A S Oliva.

4. Which the partner country of the second edition of 'Maritime India Summit 2021'  ______ Denmark.
Note:

➢ Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the second edition of the summit via video conferencing.
➢ Prime Minister also launched e-book of maritime vision 2030, which is aiming to make the Indian maritime insutry at par with the top global benchmark in the next 10 years.

5. With which country India has signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors ______ Fiji.
Note:

➢ The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Agriculture of Indian government and Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Fiji in this regard.
➢ The MoU between India and Fiji provides for cooperation in various areas including promotion of joint ventures between private sectors of both countries.

6. Which country is building world's first platypus sanctuary to promote breeding and rehabilitation as the duck-billed mammal faces extinction due to climate change ______  Australia.
Note:

➢ The Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the New South Wales State government would build the specialist facility, mostly ponds and burrows for the semi-aquatic creatures, at a zoo 391 km (243 miles) from Sydney, by 2022, which could house up to 65 platypuses.

7. India and which country have agreed to collaborate in the area of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Oceanic space for the next 5 years ______ Norway.
Note: 

➢ National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), Chennai will be preparing the MSP framework for Puducherry & Lakshadweep in the initial phase of the project.
➢ The framework of these 2 environmentally critical areas (Pondicherry & Lakshadweep) will be replicated to other coastal regions of India.
➢ The 2 places have been chosen due to their potential to Flourish in multiple sectors such as Industries, Fisheries & Tourism.

8. Which country India described as the “Priority One” partner in the defence sphere  ______ Sri Lanka.
Note:

➢ The SLAF is celebrating its 70th Anniversary on March 2 and to commemorate the historical event, a Fly Past and an Aerobatic Display is being organised for the first time in the country at a grand scale.

9. The 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was held in which city of world ______ Kyoto, Japan.
Note:

➢ This year, the event was held in a hybrid format.
➢ Key issues related to criminal justice, strategies for crime prevention and international cooperation in promoting the rule of law and preventing all forms of crime are expected to be discussed.
➢ This is the first time that Japan is hosted the congress since 1970.

Honor & Awards

1. Who received the Best Woman Boxer of the Tournament Award at the 30th Youth International Boxing Tournament ‘Adriatic Pearl’ ______ Vinka.
Note:

➢ For her magnificent show, Vinka received the Best Woman Boxer of the Tournament award.
➢ With two medals in the men's category, the 19-member Indian team concluded its campaign with an overall second position (12 medals).

2. According to Hurun Global Rich List 2021, Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman, what is the rank of Mukesh Ambani as the richest person of the world ______ 8th.
Note:

➢ The List was topped by Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla), Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) & Bernard Arnault (CEO of LVMHLouis Vuitton).
➢ Hurun Global Rich List 2021 is the 10th Year of ranking. It ranked 3, 228 Billionaires from 2, 402 companies & 68 countries

3. According to the 10th Edition of Hurun Global Rich List 2021 who emerged as the richest person of the world ______ Elon Musk.
Note:

➢ Tesla chief Elon Musk bagged the top spot with net worth $197 billion.
➢ Jeff Bezos ranked second with $189 billion net worth, followed by Bernard Arnault
➢ Asia’s richest person and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani is ranked 8th
➢ Total wealth of all billionaires across the globe surged 32% ($3.5 trillion) in 2020.

4. Who has been declared as the winner of the 30th Bihari Puraskar for 2020 for his Hindi book of Criticism, titled Taslima: Sangharsh aur Sahitya ______ Mohankrishna Bohara.
Note:

➢ Mohankrishna Bohara will be awarded 30th Bihari Puraskar for 2020 for his Hindi book of Criticism, titled Taslima: Sangharsh aur Sahitya in New Delhi
➢ His book was published in 2016.
➢ Bihari Puraskar: It carries an award money of two lakh 50 thousand rupees, a Citation and Plaque. It is one of the three literary awards instituted by K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991.

Sports News

1. Who partnered with Ankita Raina to win the WTA 250 Doubles title at Phillip Island Trophy Tennis Tournament ______ Kamilla Radhikova.
Note:

➢ The pair beat Russia's Anna Blinkova and Anastasia Potapova 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.
➢ This is Ankita's first title on the WTA tour.
➢ The win will help Ankita, 28, enter the top 100 of the WTA rankings in doubles with the live rankings currently showing her in the 94th position.

2. Who becomes the first cricketer to have 100 million followers on social media platform Instagram ______ Virat Kohli.
Note:

➢ The 32-year-old Kohli is also the first person in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve the feat.
➢ Kohli is also the fourth most followed sportsperson on Instagram.
➢ Portugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo tops the chart with 265 million followers, ahead of Argentina football captain and FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar, who are second and third in the list with 186 million and 147 million followers respectively.

3. Name the Indian shuttler who has won the women’s singles title in badminton at Uganda International Badminton Tournament 2021, held in Kampala ______ Malvika Bansod.
Note:
➢ Varun beat his Indian counterpart Sankar Muthusamy by 21-18 16-21 21-17 to win men’s singles final.
➢ Malvika won 17-21 25-23 21-10 over compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya in the women singles summit clash.

4. Varun Kapur is associated with which sports ______ Badminton.
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➢ Varun beat his Indian counterpart Sankar Muthusamy by 21-18 16-21 21-17 to win men’s singles final.
➢ Malvika won 17-21 25-23 21-10 over compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya in the women singles summit clash.

5. Who won the sixth edition of the New Delhi Marathon in men’s category ______ Srinu Bugatha.
Note:

➢ Bugatha clocked a personal best of 2 hours 14 minutes and 59 seconds which was shy of the 2 hours 11 minutes and 30 seconds that he was targeting to earn himself a run in the Tokyo Olympics.
➢ Uttarakhand's Nitendra Singh Rawat (2:18:54) and Army Sports Institute's Rashpal Singh (2:18:57) clinched the silver and bronze medal in the men's elite category.

6. Who won the sixth edition of the New Delhi Marathon in women’s category ______  Sudha Singh.
Note:

➢ Sudha, who was aiming for a hattrick of Olympic appearances, won the women's title with a timing of 2:43:41.
➢ That was, however, off the national record of 2:30.00 which would have earned her a ticket to Tokyo.
➢ Maharashtra's Jyoti Gawate (2:58:23) and Ladakh's Jigmet Dolma (3:04:52) clinched the silver and bronze medal, respectively among the women.

7. Name the Indian shuttler who won silver medal in the BWF Swiss Open Super 300 in Basel ______ PV Sindhu.
Note:

➢ She lost to World No. 3 Spaniard and reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the final of the women's singles event.
➢ The World Champion shuttler who has faced a lot of criticism lately for lacklustre performances in the last year had entered the semifinal stage of a BWF tournament after 19 months.

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled “Advantage India: The Story of Indian Tennis”  ______ Anindya Dutta.
Note: 

➢ Advantage India is a well-researched account of the journey of Indian tennis, with a special section on the Doubles game and on women’s tennis in India.
➢ The book is published by Westland publications.
➢ The book provides the extensive history of Indian tennis on both men’s and women’s side.

2. Who authored the book titled ‘The Lost Soul’ ______ Olga Tokarczuk.
Note:

➢ It is a story that beautifully weaves together the voice of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and the finely detailed pen-and-ink drawings of illustrator Joanna Concejo, who together create a parallel narrative universe full of secrets, evocative of another time. Here a man has forgotten what makes his heart feel full.

3. Who has authored the book titled “Joe Biden: American Dreamer” a biography of American President, Joe Biden ______ Evan Osnos.
Note:

➢ The author portrays President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as a man who has sustained a 50-year political career and became the President and a man who is marked with deep personal losses.
➢ The book captures the characters and features of the presidential election.

Science and Defence

1. Which country hosted the multinational Exercise Desert Flag-VI for the first time  ______ UAE.
Note:
➢ The exercise is being held from March 3 to 21 at the Al-Dhafra airbase in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
➢ The Exercise Desert Flag is an annual multi-national large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the UAE Air Force.
➢ The aim of the exercise is to provide operational exposure to the participating forces, while training them to undertake simulated air combat operations in a controlled environment.

2. Which entity has organized ‘India Telecom 2021’ – an Exclusive International Business Expo under Market Access Initiative Scheme (MAI) ______ TRAI.
Note:

➢ The main objective of the event is to provide opportunities to Indian telecom exporters to meet qualified overseas buyers.
➢ TEPC has created this platform to bring potential buyers from across the globe and quality telecom equipment manufacturers and ICT services solution providers from India under one roof to interact and finalize business deals.

3. Special forces of which country is being trained by Indian Army in "Combat Free Fall" to help them build their capabilities ______ Turkmenistan.
Note:

➢ The Indian Army shared the information of the training on Twitter and said it was building bonds of friendship with the Turkmenistani forces.
➢ Special Forces Training School Indian Army has commenced training of Turkmenistan Special Forces in Combat Free Fall as a precursor to a series of customised courses to follow and help build the capability of the Turkmenistan Special Forces

4. Who becomes 3rd batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over in international cricket ______  Kieron Pollard.
Note:

➢ Pollard achieved the feat when he hit Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya out of the park 6 times in the 6th over of West Indies' successful chase in the first T20I at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
➢ KIeron Pollard joins World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh as the only other batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over in T20I cricket.

5. Name the Indian wrestler who won the gold in the men's 65kg event at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series in Rome ______ Bajrang Punia.
Note:  

➢ Bajrang defeated Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir 2-2 by criteria in the final of the freestyle event.
➢ The 27-year-old grappler secured a hard-fought win over the Mongolia wrestler.

6. Name the Indian wrestler who won the gold in the women's 53kg event at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series in Rome ______ Vinesh Phogat.
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➢ She defeated Canada's Diana Weicker 4-0 in the final of the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series
➢ It was her second gold medal in two weeks, Vinesh had won a gold medal in Kyiv last week and this performance would give her the belief that her preparations for the biggest sporting event are on the right track.

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