Current affairs (8TH march)
PM NARENDRA MODI ADDRESSED 'JANAUSHADHI DIWAS'
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’ celebrations through video conference. He dedicated to the nation the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong during the event.
- He interacts with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and also gives awards to stakeholders by recognizing their excellent work. Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers will also be present on the occasion.
- 1st March to 7th March is celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Week’ across the nation with the theme of “Jan Aushadhi – Seva Bhi, Rozgar Bhi” for creating awareness about the use of generic medicines.
- Various functions across the country are organized like health checkup camps, Jan Aushadhi Paricharcha, Teach Them Young, panel discussions with doctors, etc. this week.
- Janaushadhi Yojana is becoming a big friend of poor and middle-class families. It is becoming the medium of both service and employment.
- There were not even 100 centres in India six years ago and we hope to achieve the target of 10,000 centres. Poor and middle-class families are saving about ₹3,600 crores every year on expensive medicines.
DELHI GOVT. APPROVES FORMATION OF SEPARATE BOARD
- Delhi government has approved the formation of a separate school board for nearly 2,700 schools in the city.
- There are around 1,000 Delhi government schools and about 1,700 private schools, most of them affiliated to the CBSE, in the city.
- The new Board will have a governing body headed by the Education Minister of the Delhi government and an executive body headed by a chief executive officer.
- The DBSE will be aimed at imparting such education that prepares “fiercely patriotic” and self-dependent students who serve the society and the country in a selfless manner.
- The Board will bring in best international practices and high-end techniques in school education. It will impart education as per the aptitude of the students.
INAUGURAL SESSION OF TECH BHARAT 2021
- Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has addressed the inaugural session of TechBharat 2021.
- Laghu Udyog Bharati and IMS Foundation have organized the 2nd edition of the conclave bringing together stakeholders from the HealthTech & Edutech sector on a virtual platform.
- Techbharat is facilitating interactions & deliberations between thousands of domestic & global participants, including policymakers, government representatives, industry members, investors & start-ups to nurture resourceful partnerships and boost growth in the sectors.
- The Pradhan Mantri Aatmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, with a massive outlay of over 64 thousand crore rupees over the next six years, will develop capacities of primary, secondary and tertiary care, health care systems.
INAUGURATION OF NEW DELHI WORLD BOOK FAIR
- The Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has inaugurated the New Delhi World Book Fair 2021-Virtual Edition, through video-conferencing. The program has been organized by the National Book Trust (NBT).
- The New Delhi World Book Fair 2021 is the 29th edition of the annual event and for the first time, the fair will be held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
- The theme of the 2021 New Delhi World Book Fair is ‘National Education Policy-2020’.
- The NEP 2020 was passed by the Union Cabinet last year, which proposes several significant changes in the existing education policy.
- National Book Trust Founded: 1 August 1957.
- National Book Trust President: Govind Prasad Sharma.
- National Book Trust Headquarters: Vasant Kunj, Delhi.
NAUREEN HASSAN APPOINTED AS 1ST VP OF FRB
- Indian-origin Naureen Hassan has been appointed as the first Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the New York-based Federal Reserve Bank, by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
- Hassan, whose parents had immigrated from India, is a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry with expertise in strategy, digital transformation, cybersecurity and regulatory/risk management.
- With this new role, Hassan will become the second-highest-ranking officer of the New York Fed as well as an alternate voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee.
- Prior to this, she was the Chief Digital Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (MSWM). She will take over the new role with effect from March 15, 2021.
- CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank: John C. Williams.
- Federal Reserve BankChairperson: Jerome Powell.
- Federal Reserve BankFounded: 23 December 1913.
- Federal Reserve Bank HQ: New York, United States.
RED RICE OF ASSAM EXPORTED TO UNITED STATES
- The first batch of "Red Rice" cargo will disembark to the United States on March 4, 2021. This increases the export potential of Indian rice. The rice is purchased by the leading rice exporter "LT Foods".
- APEDA Chairman Dr. M. Angamuthu held a flag-off ceremony for export goods in Haryana. With the help of several stakeholders in the value chain, APEDA participated in activities to promote rice exports.
- The government has also established the "Rice Export Promotion Forum (REPF)" under the authority of the Asia Pacific Agricultural Development Foundation (APEDA).
- Red rice is rich in iron and grows in the Yarlung Zangbo Valley in Assam. It grows without using any chemical fertilizers. This kind of rice is called "Baoji" and is an indispensable part of Assam food.
- According to the Ministry of Commerce of India, India’s non-basmati rice exports have increased to Rs 26,058 crore in the two months from April to January 2020-21, while the export value for the same period in fiscal year 2019 was Rs 11,543 crore- 2020.
- APEDA is the Apex-Export Trade Promotion Active government agency. The agency was established by the "Ministry of Commerce and Industry". It was established under the APEDA Act.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY OBSERVED ON 8TH MARCH
- International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. This day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
- The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
- This year’s theme for International Women Day, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic.
- The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry.
- The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.
- Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.
- United Nations founded: 24 October 1945.
- Headquarters of the United Nations: New York, United States.