Read : Current Affairs: 2nd March, 2021

Posted on :- 2021-03-06 17:30:43
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper

 

Current Affairs (2ND march)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIA DESCRIBED SRI LANKA 'PRIORITY ONE' PARTNER

 

  • Indian High Commission in Colombo has described the island nation of Sri Lanka as its “Priority One” partner in the defence sphere and reiterated the assurance of fullest cooperation in the field of defence and security.

 

  • The assertion comes at a time when the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is gearing up for the celebration of its 70th anniversary on 2 March.

 

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

 

  • A total of 23 Indian Air force (IAF) and Indian Navy aircraft will also partake in the event. Indian High Commission has called the participation indicative of the growing cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the armed forces of the two nations.

 

  • Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
  • Sri Lanka President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
  • Sri Lanka Currency: Sri Lankan rupee.

 

GHANA BECOMES FIRST NATION TO RECEIVE COVAX

 

  • Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.

 

  • Ghana is among 92 low-and middle-income countries that are receiving vaccines for free through COVAX. Another 90 countries and eight territories have agreed to pay if they choose to receive vaccines through COVAX.

 

  • The vaccines, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s international airport and are part of the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines being sent by COVAX, an international cooperative program formed to make sure low- and middle-income countries have fair access to COVID-19 vaccines.

 

  • COVAX is led by the United Nation’s World Health Organization; Gavi, a vaccine group; and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2021

  • The Golden Globe Awards 2021 was held to recognise excellence in film, both American and international, and American television.

 

  • This was the 78th edition of the annual event, which honoured the best in American television, as well as film in 2020 and early 2021, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

 

  • American TV series “The Crown” won the most awards for the ceremony with four awards. Late American actor Chadwick Boseman won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Drama category, posthumously, for his portrayal of Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

 

Winners in the Film category:

 

Best Film – Drama: Nomadland

Best Film – Musical/Comedy: Borat Subsequent Movie film

Best Director: Chloe Zhao for Nomadland

Best Actress – Drama: Andra Day for The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Actor – Drama: Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

 

INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL BEGINS IN RISHIKESH

 

  • The International Yoga Festival was inaugurated by the Agriculture Minister of Uttarakhand Subodh Uniyal, head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) Narendra Giri and Patanjali Yogpeeth chairman Acharya Balakrishna in Rishikesh.

 

  • The festival is being jointly organised by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN).

 

  • Yoga has played a very vital role in boosting immunity especially during the time of Covid. The regular practice of Yoga has helped in keeping the diseases away from the body.

 

  • Yoga is also a cure for many diseases that are hard to treat using medical science.” The aim of Yoga is not only to keep us fit but also to end the negativity within human beings.

 

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat.
  • Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya.

 

HARSH VARDHAN 2ND GLOBAL BIO-INDIA 2021

 

  • The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the second edition of Global Bio-India-2021 in New Delhi through virtual mode. The three-day event will be held from March 01 to 03, 2021, on a digital platform.

 

  • The purpose of the event is to showcase the strength and opportunities of the biotechnology sector of India at the national as well as international leve The Government of India has a target of building a USD 150 billion bio-economy by 2025.

 

  • The theme of Global Bio-India-2021: “Transforming lives” with the tag line “Biosciences to Bio-economy”.

 

  • The event is co-organised by the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science & Technology along with its Public Sector Undertaking, and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in partnership with industry association Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) and Invest India.

 

RUSSIA LAUNCHED 1ST ARCTIC MONITORING SATELLITE

  • The Russian space corporation Roscosmos successfully launched its first satellite to monitor the Arctic’s climate and environment.

 

  • The satellite called “Arktika-M”, was launched on February 28, 2021, onboard Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

 

  • This satellite will help to collect information to solve operational meteorology and hydrology problems, and monitoring the climate and environment in the Arctic region.

 

  • Russia President: Vladimir Putin.
  • Russia Capital: Moscow.
  • Russia Currency: Russian Ruble.

 

ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY OBSERVED ON 1ST MARCH

  • Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated on 1 March each year by the United Nations and other international organisations.

 

  • Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated to promote and celebrate everyone’s right, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, skin colour, etc.

 

  • Zero Discrimination Day aims to raise the voice for the right to live life with dignity, despite one’s choices, beliefs, profession, education, disability or even illness. The theme of Zero Discrimination Day 2021: “End Inequalities”.

 

  • A butterfly is the symbol of Zero Discrimination Day and it is widely used by people to share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation.

 

  • Zero Discrimination Day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director at Beijing after UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.

 

  • United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • UNAIDS Executive Director: Winnie Byanyima.
  • UNAIDS Founded: 26 July 1994.

 

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