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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

India Joined Naval Exercise ‘Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021’Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021i.The Indian Navy has joined Iran and Russia and Participated in two-day long navy exercise “Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021” on February 17-18, 2021 which was held in the northern part of the Indian Ocean. India’s participation represented a message of “peace and friendship for neighboring and regional countries”.
ii.The exercise saw the participation of forces and vessels from the navy divisions of both the Iranian army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) along with a Russian destroyer, logistics ship and a helicopter were to participate in the drill.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi
About Iran:
Capital– Tehran
Currency– Iranian rial
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GE Power Conversion, GRSE ink pact to Collaborate on Propulsion System DesignGE Power Conversion, GRSE ink pact to collaboratei.On February 16, 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been inked between GE Power Conversion and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) to act as partners on propulsion system design.
ii.This MoU is on the lines of making India self-reliant as it will bring global technology, expertise, and design capabilities together.
iii.Both entities have relevant expertise and experience to design integrated, electrical and hybrid propulsion systems with specific focus on green energy technologies.
About Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE):
Chairman & Managing Director– Rear Admiral V K Saxena, IN (retired)
Headquarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
About GE Power Conversion India:
Managing Director (MD)– Balaji Parthasarathy
India Office– Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Global Headquarter– Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Amazon India to begin its 1st Manufacturing Line in India at Chennai Amazon India to commence Electronic Devices Manufacturing in IndiaOn February 16, 2021, Amazon India announced that it will begin its 1st Device Manufacturing Line in India for production of electronic devices at Chennai by the end of 2021. It has collaborated with Contract Manufacturer Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn for the manufacturing process.

  • To begin with, Amazon will start manufacturing Amazon Fire TV sticks from India.
  • Amazon’s announcement came after a virtual meeting between Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Amit Agarwal, Head of Amazon India & Amazon’s Global Senior Vice-President.

Benefits

  • It will increase the domestic production capacities & help in creation of jobs
  • It will also further Indian Government’s mission of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’

About Amazon India:
Manager (Country Head of India) – Amit Agarwal
Headquarters – Hyderabad, Telangana
About Amazon:
Founder & CEO– Jeff Bezos (Recently in News)
Headquarters– Washington, United States
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PM Narendra Modi lays Foundation Stone for Maharaja Suheldev Memorial in Bahraich, UPPM's address at foundation stone laying ceremony of Maharaja Suheldev MemorialOn February 16, 2021, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation stone for Construction of Statue & Memorial for Maharaja Suheldev at Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh (UP).  He also laid the foundation stone for development works around the Chittaura Lake in Bahraich, UP.

  • The works are aimed at improving the Tourism sector in the area.
  • The event marked the 112th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Maharaja Suheldev

Maharaja Suheldev:

  • Maharaja Suheldev is an Indian King from Shravasti (A City of Ancient India). He is remembered for defeating Ghaznavid General Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud, nephew of Mahmud of Ghazni at Bahraich during the 11th Century (1034 CE)

Celebration of 75 Years of Shri Ram Chandra Mission
On February 16, 2021 Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an event held to commemorate 75 years of Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM)

  • SRCM is a non-profit organization in India which teaches the practice of ‘Raja Yoga’ Meditation (also known as ‘Sahaj Marg’ or ‘Heartfulness Meditation’).
  • It was set up by Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur (1899-1983) also known as Babuji.

About Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM):
President – Kamlesh D. Patel
Headquarters -Hyderabad , Telangana

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India, Australia sign Amended MoU to increase cooperation in Civil Space ActivitiesIndia & Australia expand space cooperationOn February 17, 2021, Australian Space Agency & Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed an Amendment of the ‘2012 India – Australia Inter-Governmental MoU for cooperation in Civil Space Science, Technology and Education’ for enhancing cooperation between the two countries in Civil Space Activities.

  • The Agreement for Amendment is signed by Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO/ Secretary, Department of Space & Mr. Enrico Palermo, Head, Australian Space Agency during the Virtual meeting.

Collaborations under Progress:

Australian Space Agency, ISRO are working together to set up Temporary ground station tracking facilities in Australia for ISRO’s Gaganyaan Mission.

  • Gaganyaan Mission: India’s 1st Human space mission scheduled to launch in Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh by 2022.
  • India’s Gaganyaan Mission will make it just the 4th Nation to send a crew into space after Russia (1st), U.S and China.

Background:

  • The New Agreement covers an amendment to the Civil Space Cooperation (CSC) MoU signed by both Countries in 2012.
  • The MoU has been developed as part of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Australia & India, which was announced by Prime Ministers of both countries in June, 2020.

About Australia:
Prime Minister – Scott Morrison
Capital – Canberra
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
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MoE to rename Schools Under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan after Subas Chandra Bose

Ministry of Education (MoE) is set to rename residential schools and hostels funded under Samagra Shiksha scheme of MoE as ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose residential schools and hostels’  to inspire them to achieve high standards of quality education & create awareness about the facility of such residential schools & hostels. Under the Samagra Shiksha scheme, MoE provides financial assistance to States & UTs to set up residential schools & hostels in hilly terrain, small & sparsely populated areas for children who are in need of shelter and care.

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI permits Residents to Make Remittances to IFSCs under LRSRBI permits residents to make remittances to IFSCs under LRSi.On February 16, 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted resident individuals to make remittances under Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) to International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) set up in India under the Special Economic Zone Act, 2005. In this regard, Authorized Dealer (AD) Category 1 Banks allow resident individuals to make these remittances subject to the following conditions:

  • The remittance shall be made only for making investments in IFSCs in securities, other than those issued by entities/companies resident (outside IFSC) in India.
  • Resident Individuals can open a non interest bearing Foreign Currency Account (FCA) in IFSCs, for making the investments under LRS.
  • Any funds lying idle in the account for a period upto 15 days will be immediately repatriated to domestic INR account of the investor in India.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
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RBI issues draft guidelines on Credit Default SwapsRBI issues draft guidelines on credit default swapsi.On February 16, 2021, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the Draft Reserve Bank of India (Credit Derivatives) Directions, 2021 in exercise of the powers conferred under section 45W of the RBI Act 1934 read with section 45U.
ii.The guidelines are for allowing derivatives trading in the credit default swaps (CDS) in over-the-counter (OTC) markets and on recognised stock exchanges in the country.
iii.RBI invited comments on the Draft Directions by March 15, 2021.
Static points about Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
-It was established on the recommendation of the Hilton Young Commission.
-RBI is responsible only for printing the currency notes. Minting of coins is done by the Government of India.
-Dr. Manmohan Singh is the only Prime Minister to have also served as the Governor of RBI.
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Flipkart Partners with  ICICI Lombard to Offer Group SafeGuard InsuranceICICI Lombard partners with Flipkart to offer Hospicashi.On February  17, 2021 Flipkart partnered with ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd to offer Group SafeGuard insurance, a group insurance policy to its consumers and their families.
ii.Through this partnership Flipkart consumers will get Hospicash benefit under Group SafeGuard insurance.
iii.The benefit helps consumers to get a fixed daily amount for their hospitalisation, enabling them to pay for incidental medical or emergency expenses.
About  ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd:
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD and CEO– Bhargav Dasgupta
Established– 2001
About Flipkart:
CEO – Kalyan Krishnamurthy
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
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PHDCCI Signs a MoU with SIDBI to Facilitate Credit Schemes for its MSME MembersPHDCCI inks pact with SIDBIi.On February 16, 2021 PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry(PHDCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to offer various credit & other schemes of SIDBI to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which is member of PHDCCI in India.
ii.Through this MoU, they can get the schemes with comparative ease and better terms.
About PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry(PHDCCI):
PHDCCI was established in 1905. It is a proactive National Apex Chamber working at the grass-root level and with strong national and international linkages.
President– Sanjay Aggarwal(Chair & CEO, Paramount Communications Ltd)
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi
About Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI):
HeadOffice– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Deputy Managing Director–  V Satya Venkata Rao
Set up– 2nd April 1990 under an Act of Indian Parliament
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s Growth to Rebound in FY22 at 10%: S&PIndia to grow at 10% in FY22On February 16, 2021 S&P (Standard & Poors) Global Ratings released a report titled, ‘Cross-Sector Outlook: India’s Escape From Covid’, where it estimated that India will have an economic recovery at 10% in FY22, on a lower base. Earlier, it had revised India’s Real GDP Forecast for FY21 to -7.7%(contract by 7%) from -9%.
Highlights of the Report:
S&P Relies on the following for Recovery in FY 22, as these support the economy:

  • Good agriculture performance that is consistent
  • COVID-19 infection curve to flatten
  • Pickup in government spending

i.In addition to this, India also needs to vaccinate about  1.4 billion people
ii.It also mentioned that, the 91st Union Budget 2021-22, that is India’s 1st Digital Budget will also support the recovery
Risks & Permanent Loss 
Still Indian economy faces important risks as it transitions from stabilisation to recovery.
India also faces permanent loss of output against its pre-pandemic path, suggesting a long-term production deficit of about 10% of GDP.
Banking
Weak loans ratio is estimated at 12% of gross loans and credit cost will remain elevated at 2.2-2.7%.
The performance of banking sector is expected to improve materially in FY2023
About Standard & Poors(S&P) Global Ratings:
President– John Berisford
Headquarters– New York, United States

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Received the SKOCH Challenger Award – Chief Minister of the Year AwardAndhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conferred Skoch Chiei.On 16th February 2021, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister(CM) of Andhra Pradesh(AP) received the SKOCH Chief Minister of the Year Award.
ii.The award of the SKOCH Group was presented to him by Sameer Kochhar, Chairman of SKOCH Group at the Camp office of CM at Tadepalli, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
iii.The SKOCH CM of the year Award was given to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy based on the year long study on the government project- level outcomes across different states of India.
iv.The efforts of the government of AP to make efficient and transparent governance was evident in the study of 123 projects from various sectors in Andhra Pradesh.
About SKOCH:
Chairman– Sameer Kochhar
Head Office– Gurgaon, Haryana
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S Theodore Baskaran Honoured with Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award 2020Theodore Baskaran wins Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award 2020On 30th January 2021, S Theodore Baskaran, Conservation writer, historian, naturalist and veteran activist was honoured with the Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award 2020 by the Sanctuary Nature Foundation.  The Sanctuary Wildlife Service Awards 2020 were presented over a virtual ceremony.
He has been honoured for his contribution towards wildlife conservation and for his legacy of writing in Tamil and English which contributes towards the discussions on conservation.
Sanctuary Wildlife Service Awards:
The Sanctuary Wildlife Service Awards was instituted in 2000 to recognise and focus the national attention on the contribution of individuals towards protecting the wildlife and their natural habitats in India.
About S Theodore Baskaran:
i.S Theodore Baskaran joined the Indian Postal Service in 1964 and retired as the Chief Postmaster General of Tamil Nadu.
ii.He has served as the South Indian Representative of the International Primate Protection League(IPPL).
iii.He has served as an Honorary Wildlife Warden while he was in Chennai during 1990s.
Books:
i.He has authored numerous books on conservation, artwork, Historical past and movies in both English and Tamil.
ii.His well-known Tamil books include, Vaanil Parakkum Pullelam (The Wings that Measure the Skies) (2012) and Kal Mel Nadandha Kaalam (Once I Walked Alongside the Rocks) (2017).
iii.His books in English includes, The Dance of the Sarus: Essays of a Wandering Naturalist (1999); The E book of Indian Canine (2017) and A Day with the Shama: Essays on Nature (2020).
Awards & Honours:
He was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canada Literary Garden, Toronto in 2014 for his Tamil writings.
Other winners of Sanctuary Wildlife Service Awards 2020:
The awards were presented in 8 titles including the lifetime Service Award,
i.Wildlife Service Awards (5)

  • Dr. Sanjay Molur,
  • Rita Banerji,
  • I Am Gurgaon (IAG): Latika Thukral, Swanzal Kak Kapoor & Vijay Dhasmana
  • Brijlal
  • Meghna Banerjee & Suvrajyoti Chatterjee

ii.Green Teacher Award – Dr. P.U. Antony
iii.The Young Naturalist Award – Anurag Karekar, Suhaib Firdous Yatoo, Ridhima Pandey

AWBI confers ‘Pranit Mitra’ & ‘JeevDaya’ Awards – 2021 to 14 Individuals/Organizations/CorporatesPrani Mitra awards and JeevDaya awards 2021On February 16, 2021, AWBI (Animal Welfare Board of India) conferred AWBI National Awards for Animal Welfare and Protection – 2021 namely ‘Prani Mitra’ & ‘Jeev Daya’ awards to 14 Individuals/Organizations/Corporates. The awards were presented by Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

  • The awards are given to individuals, organizations and corporates for their outstanding performance in the field of animal welfare. The awards are given on ‘Jiv Jantu Kalyan Divas’ (Vasant Panchami of Each Year).
  • Dr S Chinny Krishna, Co-founder of the Blue Cross of India was awarded Prani Mitra Award for Lifetime Service to Animals.

AWBI 

  • AWBI is an apex body in India for the welfare and protection of animals. It is established under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
  • AWBI advises the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying)

List of Awardees:

Name of the Awards  Awardee 
Prani Mitra Award – Individual
  • Yogender Kumar, New Delhi
  • Manish Saxena, Jaipur
  • Shayam Lal Choubisa, Udaipur
Prani Mitra Award – Shaurya
  • Anil Gandas, Gurugram
  • Late Smt. Kalpana Vasudevan, Coimbatore
Prani Mitra Award – LifeTime Animal Service
  • Dr. S.R. Sundram, Chennai
  • Dr. S. Chinny Krishna, Chennai
  • Maj. General (Retd) Dr. R.M. Kharb, AVSM, Gurugram
Prani Mitra Award – Animal Welfare Organization
  • World Sankirtan Tour Trust, Palwal
  • Shri Karuna Foundation Trust, Rajkot
  • People for Animal, Ahmedabad
Prani Mitra Award – Corporate Tata Trust Foundation, Mumbai.
Jeev Daya Award – Animal Welfare Organisation
  • Dhyan Foundation, New Delhi
  • Animal Aid Charitable Trust, Udaipur.


About Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI):
Chairman – O P Chaudhary
Headquarters – Ballabhgarh, Haryana
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Dr. Kiran Bedi Removed as Puducherry LG; Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan Given Additional ChargeKiran Bedi removed as Puducherry LGOn February 16, 2021 President of India, Ram Nath Govind directed Dr. Kiran Bedi shall cease to hold (Removed) the office of the Lieutenant-Governor (LG) of Puducherry. While, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana, was given additional charge as LG of Puducherry. Her appointment is effective from the date she assumes charge of her office.
Note – Ms. Soundararajan is the fifth woman to hold the post of Lt. Governor of Puducherry and Chandrawati was the 1st LG of Puducherry.
About Dr. Kiran Bedi
General Info:She is a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer, social activist and former tennis player.
Firsts:She was the first female IPS officer and was the 1st Indian & 1st woman to be  appointed as head of the United Nations Police and Police Advisor in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations
Books: She has authored many books including,  It’s Always Possible: One Woman’s Transformation of Tihar Prison and  Be the Change: Fighting Corruption among others.
Honours: Among others she won the following.,

  • President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 1979 from President of India for her in preventing violence during Akali-Nirankari clashes
  • United Nations Medal in 2004 from United Nations for her Outstanding service

About  Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan:
Profession:She is a medical doctor.
Governor:She was appointed as the 2nd Governor of Telangana in September 2019.
About Puducherry:
Nickname– Quintessence of French Culture, India’s Little France and The French Riviera of the East
Bird Sanctuary– Oussudu Lake Birds Sanctuary

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

ICICI Bank to Buy 5.40% Stake in CityCash & 9.65% Stake in Thillais Analytical Solutions  for Rs 6.03 CroreICICI Bank to buy stakes in two fintech companiesi.On February 16, 2021 ICICI Bank announced that it will buy 5.40% stake in Tap Smart Data Information Services Pvt Ltd (CityCash) for Rs 4.93 crore (Rs 49.34 million) and 9.65% stake in Thillais Analytical Solutions Pvt Ltd for Rs 1.1 crore (Rs 11 million).
ii.It is expected that both deals will be completed by the end of March 2021
About ICICI Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sandeep Bakhshi
Tagline– Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka
Incorporated-1994
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GoI to sell its 26.12% Stake in Tata Communications Ltd by March 20, 2021

Government of India (GoI) is set to sell its entire stake of 26.12% in Tata Communications Ltd (TCL) (formerly known as VSNL) through an offer for sale and strategic sale route by March 20, 2021. Several Merchant Bankers like Goldman Sachs, ICICI Securities, SBI Capital Markets & others have expressed interest in buying the stake and are making presentations before the officials of the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management.

ENVIRONMENT

New Chameleon Species “Brookesia nana”: Earth’s Smallest Reptile Species

Scientists from Germany and Madagascar have discovered a new species of Chameleon “Brookesia nana” in the montane rainforest in northern Madagascar.. This is the Earth’s smallest known reptile.  Brookesia nana belongs to the genus Brookesia.  The male species measures 21.6 mm and the female measures 28.9 mm.
The world’s longest reptile reticulated python (6.25 meter) is as long as 289 brookesia nanas and Sphaerodactylus ariasae, the smallest species of lizards is 20 to 25% longer than brookesia nana.
The discovery of Brookesia nana is published in the Journal Scientific Reports. 

SPORTS

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis Announces Retirement from Test CricketFaf du Plessis Retires From Test CricketOn February 17, 2021, Former South African Captain & Batsman Francois ‘Faf’ du Plessis announced Retirement from Test Cricket format of the game. He is the only South African Captain to lead his team to a Test Series victory over Australia in both home (South Africa) & Away (Australia)

  • The 36-year-old has played 69 Tests for South Africa & captained the team in 36 Tests.
  • Faf has scored 4, 163 runs at an average of 40.02 which includes 10 Centuries 21 Half Centuries.
  • Faf du Plessis will be playing in Limited over formats of the game like One Day Internationals (ODIs) & Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
  • He made his Test debut against Australia in 2012.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Former Journalist Kavita Kane Penned a New Novel Titled “Sarasvati’s Gift”A book titled Sarasvati Gift by writer and former journalist Kavita KaneBestselling author and former Journalist Kavita Kane’s new novel titled “Sarasvati’s Gift” has been acquired by the Penguin Random House India. The book is set to release in 2021.
The book is the story of Sarasvati, the goddess of Art, Music and Knowledge told in the perspective of nameless celestials, powerful gods and mortals.
The book will be published by Ebury Publishing and Vintage of Penguin Random House India.
About Sarasvati’s Gift:
i.The author describes Sarasvati, the goddess as stubborn, cerebral, eloquent, the original rebel who fights her battles without weapons but with her wit and quick tongue.
ii.Sarasvati, the consort of Brahma, is a whimsical loner, who prefers her own company and values her opinion over others.
iii.She is rarely represented along with her husband unlike Parvati and Lakshmi.
About Kavita Kane:
i.Kavita Kane is considered as one of the revolutionary in Indian writing, since she has introduced a feminist perspective in Indian Mythology.
Ii.She has worked in various media houses like Magna Publications, Daily News and Analysis and The Times of India for the past 2 decades.
iii.Her previous books were based on the lesser known women in Indian mythologies.
Books: 
i.Her debut book Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen about Urvi wife of Karna was published in 2013.
ii.Her other books were, “Sita’s Sister” (2014) about Urmila wife of Lakshman, “Menaka’s Choice” (2015) about Menaka, one of the apsaras, “Lanka’s Princess” (2016) about Surpanakha, sister of Ravan, “The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty” about Matsyagandha(Satyavati) the queen of Hastinapur and “Ahalya’s Awakening” (2019) about Ahalya.

Sabarna Roy Unveils his 7th literary work Titted, ‘Fractured Mosaic’ Fractured Mosaic unveiledSabarna Roy unveiled his 7th literary work titled,  ‘Fractured Mosaic’ on February 12, 2021 at Bengaluru, Karnataka. It is published by Leadstart  Publishing Pvt Ltd of Mumbai. The book was released on January 25, 2021 around the world.

  • It is a sequel to his 5th  literary work, titled: Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018  Time Frozen in Myriad Thoughts .

Key People:
The book was launched in the presence of Chief Guest, Jawhar Sircar, Former CEO of Prasar Bharati, MsVirginieCorteval, French Consul General and MsPriti Patel, renowned dancer among others.
About the Book:
i.It is another kaleidoscope from the author’s  arsenal that takes readers to a mesmerizing whirlpool.
ii.This book contains most of the works that had been published in  reputed media houses as musings of an author.
About Sabarna Roy:
i.By profession, he is a Civil engineer.
ii.His other literary books include,  Pentacles, Frosted Glass, Abyss, Winter Poems, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020.
iii.He also published a technical book: Articles on Ductile Iron Pipelines and Framework Agreement Contracting Methodology, with his co-authors Rajat Chowdhury and Basanta Bera.
iv.He won many awards including, the Literoma Laureate Award in 2019, Literoma Star Achiever Award 2020 and the Literoma Golden Star Award 2020: Lifetime Achievement.

Dr Vishakha Shivdasani Launched E-book Titled “COVID and Post-COVID Recovery: DoctorVee’s 6-Point Plan”Dr Vishakha Shivdasani launches e-book onOn 16th February 2021, Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani launched the e-book titled “COVID and Post-COVID Recovery: DoctorVee’s 6-Point Plan”, a practical guide on Re-Engineering Health and Immunity in Context of COVID-19.  The E-book published by HarperCollins Publishers India will be available on Amazon, Kindle and other online sites.
About the Book:
i.The book also provides tips on how to prepare the body to ensure the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
ii.This book will support the people to heal from the effects of COVID-19 and its related short and long term complications.
About Dr Vishakha Shivdasani:
i.Dr Vishakha Shivdasani is a medical practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in reversing lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart problems.
ii.She has served as the Vice President of South Mumbai Medical Association of Doctors.
Awards:
She won the Nutritionist of the year in Vogue Beauty Awards 2016 and Vogue has also named her as Top “Wellness Influencer of India” in 2019.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Childhood Cancer Day observed on February 15International Childhood Cancer DayEach Year, the International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) is observed on February 15. The day aims to raise awareness about childhood cancer, express support for children & adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.

  • The year 2021 marks the 20th Commemoration of the International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) since it was created in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International (CCI).
  • In order to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of ICCD, the CCI & International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) unveiled a joint three-year campaign called ‘Tree of Life’.
  • Cancer – Leading Cause of Death among Children
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Cancer remains a leading cause of death among children.
  • Each Year, around 4, 00, 000 Children & adolescents of 0-19 years old are diagnosed with Cancer.

About   Childhood Cancer International (CCI):
President – João de Bragança
Head Office – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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STATE NEWS

Tamil Nadu CM unveils Industrial Policy 2021-2025 & MSME policy 2021; 28 MoUs SignedTamil Nadu CM unveils Industrial, MSME policy 2021i.On February 16, 2021, the Chief Minister (CM) of Tamil Nadu (TN), Edappadi Karuppa Palaniswami, unveiled “Tamil Nadu Industrial Policy 2021-2025” and MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) Policy 2021 during a grand event in Chennai. He also launched and laid foundation stones for projects.
ii.The reason behind these policies is to make Tamil Nadu a number one destination to invest, innovate and create products and associated services and to create a vibrant ecosystem for MSMEs/startups.
iii.The event saw the launch of totally 46 projects for an investment of Rs 33,465 crore that would ensure jobs to 2,19,714 people were launched.
iv.The state government of TN signed a total of 28 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a cumulative investment of Rs 28,053 crores across various sectors, including Electric Vehicles, Wind Energy, Auto Components, City Gas, Textiles etc. These MoUs will generate employment for 68,775 persons.
About Tamil Nadu:
RAMSAR sites– Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary
Airport– Chennai International Airport, Madurai International Airport, Coimbatore International Airport, Tiruchirapalli International Airport
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1 India Joined Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021
2 GE Power Conversion, GRSE ink pact to Collaborate on Propulsion System Design
3 Amazon India to begin its 1st Manufacturing Line in India at Chennai
4 PM Narendra Modi lays Foundation Stone for Maharaja Suheldev Memorial in Bahraich, UP
5 India, Australia sign MoU to increase cooperation in Civil Space Activities
6 MoE to rename Schools Under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan after Subas Chandra Bose
7 RBI permits Residents to Make Remittances to IFSCs under LRS
8 RBI issues draft guidelines on Credit Default Swaps
9 Flipkart Partners with  ICICI Lombard to Offer Group SafeGuard Insurance
10 PHDCCI Signs a MoU with SIDBI to Facilitate Credit Schemes for its MSME Members
11 India’s Growth to Rebound in FY22 at 10%: S&P
12 AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Received the SKOCH Challenger Award – Chief Minister of the Year Award
13 S Theodore Baskaran Honoured with Sanctuary Lifetime Service Award 2020
14 AWBI confers ‘Pranit Mitra’ & ‘JeevDaya’ Awards – 2021 to 14 Individuals/Organizations/Corporates
15 Dr. Kiran Bedi Removed as Puducherry LG; Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan Given Additional Charge
16 ICICI Bank to Buy 5.40% Stake in CityCash & 9.65% Stake in Thillais Analytical Solutions  for Rs 6.03 Crore
17 GoI to sell its 26.12% Stake in Tata Communications Ltd by March 20, 2021
18 New Chameleon Species “Brookesia nana”: Earth’s Smallest Reptile Species
19 South Africa’s Faf du Plessis Announces Retirement from Test Cricket
20 Former Journalist Kavita Kane Penned a New Novel Titled “Sarasvati’s Gift”
21 Sabarna Roy Unveils his 7th literary work Titted, ‘Fractured Mosaic’
22 Dr Vishakha Shivdasani Launched E-book Titled “COVID and Post-COVID Recovery: DoctorVee’s 6-Point Plan”
23 International Childhood Cancer Day observed on February 15
24 Tamil Nadu CM unveils Industrial Policy 2021-2025 & MSME policy 2021; 28 MoUs Signed