Current Affairs 27th February 2021

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 1. Chandrashekhar Azad’s death anniversary

On February 27, 1931, one of India’s most prominent freedom fighters Chandra Shekhar Azad chose to take a bullet to his head with his own hands rather than be taken captive by British colonialists. Chandra Shekhar Azad, born on July 23, 1906, was most well-known for the Kakori Train Robbery of 1925. At the age of 14, Azad joined Mahatma Gandhi-led Non-co-operation Movement of 1920.

2. Guru Ravidas Jayanti celebrated on 27 Feb

Guru Ravidas Jayanti is being celebrated all across the country on 27 Feb 2021. Bhakti movement saint Guru Ravidas is well-known for making efforts in eradicating the caste system. He was a contemporary to Kabirdas and Mirabai was a disciple of Ravidas. His importance in Sikhism is denoted by the fact that 40 of his poems were included in the sacred Adi Granth.

3. FB signs deal with 3 Australian publishers

Facebook has announced preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers. Letters of intent had been signed with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media, and Solstice Media. These agreements will bring a new slate of premium journalism, including some previously paywalled content, to Facebook.

4. ICOLD Symposium on Sustainable Development

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins was inaugurated on 24 February 2021. It is being held from 24-27 Feb 2021a in collaboration with Central Water Commission (CWC), Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP), and National Hydrology Project (NHP). More than 300 delegates participated in it.

5. Over 1,000 extremists lay down arms in Assam

Over 1,000 militants laid down weapons before Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on 23 Feb 2021. The rebels, belonging to five groups that were active mostly in the hill district of Karbi Anglong, had declared a unilateral ceasefire with the government earlier. All communities in Karbi Anglong are living together peacefully.

6. State of School Feeding Worldwide report

One in two schoolchildren, or 388 million children worldwide, were receiving school meals when the pandemic struck, the highest number in history. This was stated in the State of School Feeding Worldwide report by the United Nations World Food Programme. By April 2020, 199 countries had closed their schools and 370 million children were suddenly deprived of a nutritious meal of the day.

7. Maharashtra govt to launch a scheme on March 8

In a bid to empower women in rural Maharashtra, the state government has announced the Mahasamruddhi Mahila Sashaktikaran scheme. It will be launched on March 8, 2021. Under the scheme, self-help groups will organize exhibitions to display rural women’s work and encourage greater participation across fields. Members of women cells at the village level will also be involved.

8. ADB appoints Bruno Carrasco as Director Gen.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Bruno Carrasco as Director-General and concurrently Chief Compliance Officer of its sustainable development and climate change department. Carrasco has worked at ADB for more than 23 years. He was most recently Chief of ADB’s governance thematic group. Carrasco has also worked at the United Nations Office for Project Services.

9. Walmart expands Vriddhi programme to UP

Walmart has expanded its supplier development programme Vriddhi to Uttar Pradesh, by launching an e-Institute in Agra to provide small businesses with Uttar Pradesh skills and competencies. With the new e-Institute, Walmart is expanding its Vriddhi Supplier Development Program to empower 50,000 MSMEs across India. Walmart opened its first Vriddhi e-Institute in Haryana in October 2020.

10. Cricketer Yusuf Pathan announces retirement

India’s all-rounder Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from all formats of the game on 26 February 2021. He played 57 ODIs and 22 T20ls for India between 2007 and 2012. He was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup as well as the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which were won by the Indian team.

11. Nagaland’s first air cargo service

Nagaland will have its first air cargo service soon from Dimapur airport. The Security clearance for domestic cargo operation was approved by the Director-General, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Ministry of Civil of Aviation. This cargo service will boost the farming community of the state and ensure timely and efficient transport of their produce to other parts of the country.

12. J&K UT issues ‘Student Health Card’

Jammu and Kashmir administration has started health check-ups of students and issued Student Health Card’ in all the government schools under the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme across the Union Territory. Student Health Card has been issued from the age group of 5-12 years after filling a form with complete health-related details to ascertain any deficiencies among the kids.

13. L. Noronha: Assistant Secretary-General of UN

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Ligia Noronha of India as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme. She has worked as Director of UNEP’s Economy Division based in Nairobi since 2014. Noronha will succeed fellow Indian and development economist Satya Tripathi.

14. New Naval Officer-In-Charge

Commodore M Goverdhan Raju, NM took over as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) from Commodore Sanjiv Issar at a ceremonial parade held in the Naval Base at Visakhapatnam on 26 Feb 21. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1989 and is a specialist in Navigation and Direction. He is a recipient of the Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) in 2014.

15. Hima Das inducted as DSP in Assam

Sprinter Hima Das was inducted as Deputy Superintendent of Assam Police in the presence of CM Sarbananda Sonowal on 26 Feb 21. She had won a silver in women’s 400m in the 2018 Asian Games and was also part of the gold-winning women’s 400m relay and mixed 400m relay quartets in the quadrennial event in Jakarta. She is also known as ‘Dhing Express.’

16. Kerala to provide free RT-PCR tests

Kerala government will conduct RT-PCR tests free of cost for expatriates returning to the state. The Centre has issued this kind of direction based on the fact that there was a 31% increase in Covid-19 cases in the state in the last week of February 2021. There are chances of the second wave of Covid-19 spread in 16 states in the country.

17. Gujarat govt launches Budget mobile app

Gujarat’s Deputy CM Nitin Patel launched the “Gujarat Budget’ mobile application at Gandhinagar on 26 February 2021. The app will have 5 different sections, comprising budgetary allocations for 27 departments, budget highlights, finance minister’s speech, important aspects of the budget & its news coverage. Budget publications will be available online, therefore the govt will print only 20% of the material.

18. China celebrates ‘Lantern Festival

China celebrated its traditional Lantern festival on 26 February 2021. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month. China ushered into Lunar New Year – the ‘Year of the Ox’ on 12th February 2021. The Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of the Chinese New Year also known as ‘Spring Festival’ period.

19. The India Toy Fair 2021 inaugurated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the India Toy Fair 2021 through video conferencing on 27 February 2021. The four-day event aims to bring together all stakeholders including buyers, sellers, students, teachers, and designers on a virtual platform. Over 1000 exhibitors from across 30 states and UTs will display their products. The fair will be held till 2 March 2021.

20. Saras Aajeevika Mela inaugurated

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021 at Noida Haat on 26 February 2021. It is being organized from 26th February to 14th March 2021 by the Ministry of Rural Development. More than 300 rural self-help groups and craftsmen from 27 states are participating in the Mela.

21. MHA extends COVID Guidelines till 31 March

Ministry of Home Affairs has extended the existing COVID Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment, and Caution till 31st of March 2021. The states and UTs have been advised to speed up the vaccination of the target population to break the chain of transmission. The Standard Operating Procedures prescribed in respect of various permitted activities will be followed thoroughly.

22. India Aircraft Leasing Summit held

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri addressed the India Aircraft Leasing Summit in New Delhi on 26 February 2021. He informed that within a very short period of time, India will be the world’s third-biggest civil aviation sector globally in overall terms. Secretary Civil Aviation Pradeep Singh Kharola informed that aircraft leasing is the most profitable segment of the aviation value chain.

23. Union Health Secretary chairs a meeting

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting with the Health Secretaries of states and UTs on the vaccination of age-appropriate groups on 26 Feb 2021. They have explained the basic features of version 2.0 of the digital platform CO-Win, which is a population-scale software with the capacity of processing several thousands of entries,

24. DGCA to give concession in ticket prices

Directorate General of Civil Aviation has allowed domestic flight operators to give concessions in ticket prices to travelers who carry no baggage or only cabin baggage. At present, a traveler can carry up to 7 kg of cabin baggage and 15 kg of check-in baggage without having to pay any additional cost. Scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance.

25. No COVID-19 vaccination sessions on Feb 27-28

COVID 19 vaccination sessions will not take place on 27 and 28 Feb 2021 in the wake of the IT system transition from Co-Win 1.0 to Co-Win 2.0. The COVID vaccination was launched on 16th January 2021 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The vaccination exercise is being expanded to include those above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with co-morbidities from 1st March 2021.

26. CSCs to be integrated with e-daakhil portal

E-Daakhil portal for consumer grievance redressal is now operational in 15 states and UTs. To facilitate the rural consumers for e-filing, it has been decided to integrate the Common Service Centres with the e-daakhil portal. The portal was launched by National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission on 7th September 2020 for online redressal of consumer grievances.

27. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s death anniversary

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was born May 28, 1883, at Bhagur village of Nashik district in Maharashtra. He passed away on February 26, 1966, in Bombay. He was a nationalist and one of the most important figures of the Hindu Mahasabha (“Great Society of Hindus”), a Hindu nationalist organization and political party. He got the nickname ‘Veer’ at the age of 12 after performing a bravery act.

28. the US carries out an airstrike in Syria

The US military carried out an airstrike targeting Iran-backed militias in Syria in Feb 2021. It was the first military action ordered by the Biden administration and came in response to rocket attacks against US and coalition personnel in Iraq. The attack destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups.

29. South Korea begins mass immunization drive

South Korea began a mass immunization drive on 26 February 2021 by giving coronavirus shots from AstraZeneca to staff and residents at nursing homes. Authorities plan to inoculate 70% of the population of 52 million by November 2021. Inoculations with another vaccine, developed by BioNTech-Pfizer began on 27 February 2021.

30. Ban on international flights extended

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of international commercial passenger flight services till March 31, 2021. Scheduled international flight operations were suspended from March 23, 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The restriction will not apply to cargo flights and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

31. 39th Agartala International Book Fair begins

The 39th edition of the Agartala International Book Fair began on February 26, 2021. The theme for the book fair is – “Amader Tripura, Sresta Tripura,” which means “Our Tripura, Best Tripura.” Cultural troops coming from Bangladesh, Northeastern States including Sikkim will be performing various cultural events on each day as part of the fair.

32. Attukal pongala festival held in Kerala

In Kerala, Attukal pongala festival was held on 27 Feb 21. Pongala is the annual ritual of the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram and holds the Guinness world record as the largest gathering of women. Every year nearly 20 lakh devotees take part in the festival. Pongala, which means ‘to boil over”, is the ritual in which women prepare sweet payasam and offer it to the Goddess.

33. 2nd phase of vaccination from 1 March: Gujarat

The Gujarat govt has announced the new phase of vaccination drive against Covid 19 from 1 March 2021. People above 60 years will be covered under the new phase of the vaccination drive. All eligible persons can register their names on the Cowin2.0 portal in advance for vaccination at govt and private centers. In the first week of March 2021, about 500 vaccination centers will be available.

34. Foundation laid for a medical college

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone of Mon Medical College covering 30 acres of land at District Hospital Mon, Nagaland, on 26 Feb 2021. He also appealed the Nagaland government and the people to actively participate in an ambitious programme of the central government in eliminating Tuberculosis by 2025.

35. Odisha CM launches slew of initiatives- I

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a slew of initiatives of the successful 5T mantra and Mission Shakti programmes on 26 Feb 2021. The new steps are ‘Mo-Chhatua App’ for streamlining supply chain management of Take Home Ration (Chhatua); e-Kalika, an application for monitoring crèches for children under three; ‘Mo Sishu portal, a comprehensive web-based system, etc.

36. Odisha CM launches a slew of initiatives-Il

He also launched ’emanadeya’ portal, for seamless, paperless transfer of honorarium to 1, 34,758 AWWs, mini anganwadi workers, and helpers. The Women and Child Development department also entered into a technical collaboration with CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute) for improving the quality of THR (Take Home Ration).

37. Infra. Market raises $100 million

Infra. Market has raised $100 million in a growth round led by Tiger Global, valuing the procurement marketplace for construction materials at $1 billion. Founded in 2016, the Mumbai-based company operates as a one-stop marketplace for real estate and construction materials. It also focuses on high-volume construction products under its own brands and aims to solve existing issues.

38. Indian company to set up a plant in Bangladesh

An Indian company Omega Seiki will set up an electric vehicle plant in Bangladesh. The manufacturing unit will be set up near Dhaka with an investment of Rs.100 cr. It is the first project of any Indian company producing electrical vehicles in the international market. The project will be a modern greenfield facility and will focus on manufacturing 2 and 3-wheelers, and electric bicycles.

39. Michael Somare passes away

Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister, Michael Somare passed away in Feb 2021. Known as the “father of the nation”, Somare led the nation to independence from Australia in 1975 and served four times as the Prime Minister. Before independence, he was the CM of the Australian-administered territory of Papua New Guinea. He most recently served as the country’s leader briefly in 2011.

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