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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

MoA&FW signs MoU with Central Silk Board for Promotion of Agroforestry in Silk SectorMinistry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare signs MoU with Central Silk Boardi.On March 7, 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) and Central Silk Board under the Ministry of Textiles. As a part of MoU there will be implementation of Agroforestry in the silk sector under the ongoing Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme.
ii.This will be on the lines of Make in India and Make for the World vision of the Prime Minister.
iii.The MoU was signed by Dr. Alka Bhargava, Additional Secretary, DAC&FW (Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare) and Rajit Ranjan Okhandiar, Member Secretary CSB.
About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW):
Union Minister– Narendra Singh Tomar(Constituency- Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State– Parshottam Rupala(Constituency-Gujarat), Kailash Choudhary(Constituency- Barmer(Rajasthan)
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All Major Programmes of WCD Ministry brought under 3 Umbrella Schemes WCD ministry classifies major programmes under 3 umbrella schemesThe Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD) stated that it has classified all its major programmes under 3 umbrella schemes namely – Mission Poshan 2.0 (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition), Mission Vatsalya & Mission Shakti for the sake of better Implementation of the schemes & programmes.

Umbrella Scheme Schemes Included Allocations in Union Budget 2021-22 
Saksham Anganwadi & POSHAN 2.0
  • Umbrella ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services)
  • Anganwadi Services
  • Poshan Abhiyan
  • Scheme for Adolescent girls
  • National Creme Scheme
INR 20, 105 Crores
Mission Vatsalya Child Protection Services and Child Welfare Services INR 900 Crores
Mission Shakti SAMBAL 

  • One Stop Centre
  • Mahila Police Volunteer Women’sHelpline/Swadhar/Ujjawala/Widow Homes

SAMARTHYA 

  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
  • Creche
  • Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana
  • Gender Budgeting & Research
INR 3, 109 Crores

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India’s first forest healing centre inaugurated in Ranikhet, UttarakhandIndia's first forest healing centre inaugurated in Uttrakand's Ranikheti.On March 9, 2021, India’s first Forest Healing centre was inaugurated by noted environmentalist Joginder Bisht in the pine dominated forest located at Ranikhet in Kalika Uttarakhand. It was developed by the Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department in an area of around 13 acres.
ii.The centre is based on the concept of healing and revitalizing the overall health and well being of people by bringing them into direct contact with nature.
iii.The forest is inspired from the Japanese technique of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and ancient Indian traditions. It is themed on ‘be silent, go slow, think less and feel more’.
About Uttarakhand:
National Parks– Govind National Park, Corbett National Park, and Rajaji National Park
Rishikesh– Yoga Capital of the World
Dehradun– School Capital of India
Mussoorie– Queen Of Hills
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NSDC Collaborate with SahiPay to Promote Digital Financial Literacy among YouthNSDC Collaborates with SahiPay to Promote Digital Financial Literacyi.The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) collaborated with SahiPay, an Android-based integrated platform developed by Manipal Business Solutions (MBS) to promote nano-entrepreneurship amongst youth in the financial services sector.
ii.As a part of collaboration, candidates will be provided access to free digital skilling on ‘Online Entrepreneurship Program’ through NSDC’s eSkill India portal.
About SahiPay:
Incorporated– 2018
Headquarter– Gurugram, Haryana
About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC):
Establishment– 2008
MD & CEO– Manish Kumar
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Merger of Rajya Sabha TV & Lok SabhaTV; Replaced by Sansad TV

The merger of Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV has been finalised and it is replaced by the single banner, Sansad TV. This is an attempt to cover beyond the proceedings of the two houses and feature the functions of parliament and Parliamentarians when the houses are not in session. The merger is effective from 1st March 2021.
Ravi Capoor Retired IAS officer of 1986 batch has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sansad TV.

  • The merger was the result of the decision of the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla 
  • A committee headed by former Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash was formed to work out integration of the two channels.

BRO builds 200ft ‘The Bridge of Compassion’ across Rishiganga river in Uttarakhand

The Border Road Organisation (BRO) has built a 200 feet bridge across Rishiganga river, connecting 13 villages in Uttarakhand. The bridge was built by BRO in a record 26 days, as a replacement to the 90-metre Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) bridge that was washed away in the February 7 flash floods in Rishiganga river. The flash flood had also washed away the Rishganga Hydroelectric Project, leading to 200 workers getting trapped. As a tribute to the sacrifice of the Power plant workers, the bridge was named as “The Bridge of Compassion”.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India Topped in Frontier Tech among Developing Countries – UNCTAD’s ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2021’India an overperformer in frontier tech among developing countriesi.In accordance with the new country-readiness index released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2021’, India is the biggest over performer in frontier technologies than it’s per capita gross domestic products (GDP) among 158 countries.
ii.The index ranked India at 43 while the estimated one based on per capita income was 108. This meant that India over performed other countries by 65 ranking positions.
iii.India was followed by the Philippines, which over performed by 57 ranking positions.
About United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
Established– 1964, by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
Acting Secretary-General– Isabelle Durant of Belgium
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
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India ranks 71 in UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index 2020, Switzerland topsIndia ranks 71 in UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index 2020i.In accordance with the ‘UNCTAD B2C E-COMMERCE INDEX 2020- Spotlight on Latin America and the Caribbean’, India ranked 71 out of 152 countries as compared to 75th position in 2019.
ii.The index measures an economy’s preparedness to support online shopping where B2C stands for Business to Consumer. UNCTAD is an acronym for United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
iii.The index has been topped by Switzerland for the first time which has surpassed The Netherlands. Notably 97% of the Swiss population used the internet in 2019.
iv.The online shopping was estimated at $4.4 trillion globally in 2018, up 7% from 2017.
v.In 2019, an estimated 1.5 billion people, or 27% of the world’s population aged 15 years and older, shopped online. This again represented a 7% increase over 2018.
About United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
Established– 1964, by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
Acting Secretary-General– Isabelle Durant of Belgium
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
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COVID-19 may result in an additional 10 Million Child Marriages by 2030Covid-19 impact additional 10 million child marriagesAccording to  the ‘COVID-19: A threat to progress against Child Marriage’ report compiled by UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) COVID-19 impact could result in additional 10 Million Child Marriages in the next decade (2020-30).

  • The study stated that in the past decade (2010-20), the proportion of young women married as children had declined by 15% globally (from one in four to one in five).
  • The report was released ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021.

Factors causing Child Marriage
The study states that school closures, economic stress, pregnancy & parental deaths due to pandemic are putting vulnerable girls at increased risk of child marriage.
Ending Child Marriage – UN SDG 
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has set a target to end Child Marriage by 2030.

  • The goals include 10 Million girls who are at present affected by it and also the 100 million girls at risk of becoming child brides before the start of the pandemic.

About UNICEF:
Established – 11 December 1946
Tagline – For Every Child
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EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar inaugurates New Cultural Centre of High Commission of India in Dhaka, BangladeshEAM Dr. Jaishankar inaugurates new Cultural Centre of High CommissionOn 4th March 2021, Dr. S Jaishankar, Union Minister, Ministry of External Affairs inaugurated the new cultural centre of the High Commission of India in old India House Building, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is the 2nd culture centre for the high commission of India after the Dhanmondi centre at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Dhaka.

  • He inaugurated the Cultural Centre in Dhaka during his visit to Bangladesh on 4th March 2021 at the invitation of his counterpart Dr. AK Abdul Momen.

Key points:
i.The new centre has the facilities for conducting short term courses on Indian Art forms and to hold cultural programmes and art exhibitions.
ii.This centre will act as a centre of the unique relationship between India and Bangladesh.
iii.With this 2nd cultural centre, Dhaka became one of the few cities in the world that has more than 1 Indian Cultural Centre.
EAM’s Visit:
i.He visited Bangladesh to finalise the upcoming visit of Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh (26-27 March) to take part in the centenary celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh.
ii.During his visit he met Bangladesh PM M Sheikh Hasina, and presented two books on Bangladesh titled “Liberation War of Bangladesh” and “Bangla Desh and India’s Security” and written by his late father K.Subrahmanyam.
iii.The Bangladesh PM also gifted seven volumes of a 14-volume book titled “Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” to Jaishankar.
Key People:
Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India along with cultural personalities and dignitaries from Bangladesh including Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Sarwar Ali were present during the inauguration.

BANKING & FINANCE

HDFC Bank launched “SmartUp Unnati for Women EntrepreneursHDFC Bank launches SmartUp Unnati for women entrepreneursi.On 8th March 2021 the HDFC Bank has launched “SmartUp Unnati”, a mentoring program by women for women entrepreneurs. Under this programme, senior women leaders from HDFC bank with expertise spanning domains will mentor women entrepreneurs to achieve their goals in the next one year.
ii.The initial target of the programme is more than 3000 women entrepreneurs associated with the SmartUp programme of HDFC Bank.
iii.The SmartUp Unnati programme of HDFC bank will support the women entrepreneurs to face the challenges unique to them in the startup ecosystem.
About HDFC Bank:
MD & CEO– Sashidhar Jagdishan
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– We understand your world
HDFC bank received the approval of the Reserve Bank of India to set up a private sector bank in 1994.
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Axis Bank Launched WhatsApp Banking Service

On 3rd March 2021, Axis Bank launched the banking services on WhatsApp, this will enable the customers to get information on their balance, transactions, credit card payments, and deposit details. This is in line to the Dil se open philosophy of Axis Bank.This service will be available for both customers and non-customers of the bank.

  • This will also allow the users to chat with Axis Bank for their queries related to any banking services.
  • The customers can also block their credit and debit cards using the secure end-to-end encrypted messaging channel.
  • The Axis bank’s Whatsapp banking can be started by sending ‘hi’ to 7036165000 on Whatsapp.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India attracted total FDI inflow of US$ 67.54 billion during April to December 2020India attracted total FDIDue to the reforms made by Government of India (GoI) in the last six and a half years to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and in ease of doing business, India saw an increase in FDI inflows in 2020 despite of COVID-19 impact. India is becoming a preferred investment destination amongst global investors.
Following the key numbers related to FDI in India as per Ministry of Commerce & Industry:
i.There was a total FDI inflow of US$ 67.54 billion during April to December 2020. It is the highest ever for the first ninth months of a financial year and 22% higher as compared to the first ninth months of FY20 (US$ 55.14 billion).
ii.FDI equity inflow grew by 40% in the first 9 months of FY21 (US$ 51.47 billion) compared to US$ 36.77 billion in FY20.
iii.FDI inflow increased by 37% in Q3FY21 to US$ 26.16 billion as compared to US$ 19.09 billion of Q3FY21.
iv.FDI inflow showed positive growth of 24% to US$ 9.22 billion in December, 2020 as compared to US$ 7.46 billion of December, 2019.

Google.org to support 1 Million Women Entrepreneurs in rural IndiaGoogle announces $25 million impact fundSundar Pichai, CEO of Google stated that Google.org the Philanthropic arm of Google will support 1 Million women entrepreneurs in rural India by providing them with business tutorials, mentorship & accelerator programmes through Google’s newly launched ‘Women Will’ web platform.

  • A grant of USD 500, 000 will be provided to NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies) Foundation for supporting 1 Lakh women agri workers with digital and financial literacy.
  • Google also launched a global org Impact Challenge for Women & Girls for providing USD 25 Million to nonprofits & social enterprises working towards empowerment of women & girls.

Internet Saathi
Sundar Pichai also announced the completion of the ‘Internet Saathi’ program.

  • Launched in 2015, it is a Joint initiative of Google India, Intel & Tata Trusts for promoting digital literacy among women within rural communities.

About Google:
CEO – Sundar Pichai
Headquarters – California, USA
Parent Company – Alphabet Inc
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX successfully Tests ‘Starship SN10’ Prototype Rocket

SpaceX successfully tested its ‘Starship SN10’ prototype rocket after two failed attempts. The rocket successfully up to an altitude of 10, 000 Kms & safely landed back on the ground, but exploded six minutes after the landing. The test launch was considered successful as the Starship prototype successfully landed after attempting the belly-flop maneuver (a type of free fall in which the atmosphere gradually slows down its speed). Starship is being developed by SpaceX to get people & payloads to moon, Mars & other distant destinations.

SPORTS

Boxing: India bags 10 Medals at 35th Boxam International Tournament 2021India finish with 10 medals including one goldIndia’s 14-member Boxing Contingent bagged 10 Medals (1 Gold, 8 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the 35th Edition of the 2021 ‘Boxam’ Elite International Tournament held at Castellon de la Plana, Spain. The event took place from March 1-7, 2021.

  • Around 127 boxers from 4 Confederations & 17 countries participated in the event.
  • It is hosted by the Spanish Boxing Federation.
  • Manish Kaushik clinched the Gold Medal in the men’s 63 Kg category.
  • Six-time World Champion MC Mary Kom (51Kg) clinched the Bronze Medal in the women’s 51 Kg category boxing.

Winner Category Medal
Manish Kaushik Men’s 63 Kg Gold Medal
Jasmine Women’s 57 Kg Silver Medal
Simranjit Kaur Baatth Women’s 60 Kg Silver Medal
Pooja Rani Women’s 75 Kg Silver Medal
Mohammed Hussam Uddin Men’s 57 Kg Silver Medal
Vikas Krishan Men’s 69 Kg Silver Medal
Ashish Kumar Men’s 75 Kg Silver Medal
Sumit Sangwan Men’s 81 Kg Silver Medal
Satish Kumar Men’s 91 Kg Silver Medal
MC Mary Kom Women’s 51 Kg Bronze Medal

About Boxing Federation of India (BFI):
President – Ajay Singh
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Badminton: PV Sindhu clinches Silver Medal at YONEX Swiss Open 2021PV Sindhu settles for silver medal

Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu clinched the Silver Medal in the 2021 Swiss Open Super 300 (Officially known as Yonex Swiss Open 2021) after she was defeated in the final by Spain’s Carolina Marin. The tournament took place at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, from March 2-7, 2021.
Swiss Open

  • The 2021 Swiss Open was the 1st tournament of the 2021 BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Tour.
  • It is organized by Swiss Badminton & sanctioned by the BWF.

Winners

  •   Men’s Singles –  Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
  •   Men’s Doubles –  Kim Astrup & Anders Rasmussen (Denmark)
  •   Women’s Doubles – Pearly Tan & Thinaah Muralitharan  (Malaysia)
  •   Mixed Doubles – Thom Gicquel & Delphine Delrue (France)

About Badminton World Federation (BWF):
President – Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
Headquarters – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Cricket: India retains Anthony de Mello Trophy by Defeating England in 2020-21 Test SeriesIndia Vs England test series held from Feb 5 to March 8The Indian Cricket Team defeated England in the 4th Test Match held at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, Gujarat to win the Match & consequently the 2020-21 Test series by 3-1. With the win, India has yet again retained the Anthony de Mello Trophy.

  • Player of the Series –  Ravichandran Ashwin
  • The Anthony de Mello Trophy is awarded to the winner of the England-India Test Cricket series held in India. The trophy was already with the Indian Team as they had won the Test Series held in 2016-17.
  • Having won the series, India has now qualified for the World Test Championship finals to be held at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl Stadium, UK (shifted from Lord’s Cricket Ground due to Pandemic) from June 18-22,2021. India will play New Zealand in the finals.

Narendra Modi Stadium – World’s Largest Cricket Stadium
The World’s Largest Cricket Stadium at Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat was renamed Narendra Modi Stadium (the previous name was Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium) and was inaugurated by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. It is owned by the Gujarat Cricket Association.
Records & Highlights
Ishant Sharma 

  • Became the 6th Indian to take 300 wickets in Tests
  • Became the 2nd Indian Fast Bowler to play 100 Tests

Ashwin

  • Became the 1st Indian Cricketer to pick 30 wickets in a Test Series Twice
  • Became the 1st Bowler to dismiss left-handers 200 times in Tests
  • Became the 2nd Fastest after Muttiah Muralitharan to take 400 Test wickets

Joe Root –  became the 1st Batsman to score 200 in his 100th Test
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OBITUARY

Veteran Indian athlete, Ishar Singh Deol passed away at 91Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol dies at 91On March 06, 2021, The Dhyan Chand National Awardee, Ishar Singh Deol a veteran Indian athlete died at the age of 91 in Chandigarh. He majorly participated in Shot-put and Discus throw from 1951-1960.
About Ishar Singh Deol: 

  • He was born on September 7,1929 in Ranguwal, Ludhiana, Punjab.
  • For 30 consecutive years he worked as General Secretary of the Punjab Athletes Association and for many years he has acted as the Vice President and Selection committee member of the Athletic Federation of India.

Award:
In 2009, he was awarded the Dhyan Chand National Award for his lifelong contribution towards sports from Pratibha Patil, President of that time.
Achievements:

  • Since 1951, he has won many medals for the country and the state.
  • He had participated in the first three Asian Games and in 1954 he won a bronze medal in the second Asian Games which was held in Manila, Philippines.
  • He has set a new Asian record of 46 feet 11.2 inches in Shot-put at the International Athletic Meet-1957.
  • In 1982, at the first Asian Veteran Athletic Meet he won gold which was held in Singapore.

Note: The 1st Asian Games held in New Delhi at 1951

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s Autobiography “The Frontier Gandhi: My Life And Struggle” to be Published in EnglishThe Frontier GandhiThe autobiography of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as the “Frontier Gandhi” & fondly known as Bacha Khan or Badshah Khan, titled “The Frontier Gandhi: My Life and Struggle” is set to be published in English by the publishing house Roli Books. This will be his first autobiography in English. The book was translated into English by Imitiaz Ahmad Sahibzada, former Pakistani civil servant and author.

  • The foreword of the book is written by historian Rajmohan Gandhi, Grandson of Gandhi and
  • The book was originally written in Pashto and published in 1983.

Note:
The earlier account of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s life in English was a collection of his interviews and was not his autobiography.
About the book:
i.The book by Ghaffar Khan brings out the life events and personalities of the independence movement.
ii.The book accounts the sacrifices and efforts that resulted in the Independence of India.
About Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan:
i.Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan who was also known as Bacha Khan, Badshah Khan and Fakr-e-Afghan was born in Utmanzai, Northwest Frontier Province, British India in 1890.
ii.He was one of the close associates of Mahatma Gandhi.
iii.He led the Khundai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) movement from 1930 to 1947.

“Dynasty to Democracy: The Untold Story of Smriti Irani’s Triumph”-Anant Vijay’s Book on Smriti Irani’s victory in AmethiBook titled Dynasty to DemocracyOn March 05,2021, Westland Publication ltd, announced the release of the English translation of Anant Vijay’s book named ‘Dynasty to Democracy: The Untold Story of Smriti Irani’s Triumph’ by March 15.

  • The Book is a translation of Hindi book titled ‘Amethi Sangram: Aitihasik Jeet Ankahi Dastan’ , which was published in December, 2020.The English translation is also done by Anant Vijay.

About the Book:
i.The book is about an attempt to understand the reasons behind Irani’s success in Amethi, and her political methods.
ii.The book traces her journey from her defeat in 2014 to her victory in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
iii.Smriti Irani is a Minister in the Union Cabinet of India as Minister of Textiles with an additional charge of Minister of Women and Child Development.Constituency– Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

IMPORTANT DAYS

3rd Janaushadhi Diwas – 7th March 2021Jan Aushadhi Diwasi.The Janaushadhi Diwas also known as Generic Medicine Day, is annually observed across India on 7th March, the last day of the Janaushadhi Diwas Week (1st March to 7th March).
ii.The day aims to disseminate the endeavors of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana(PMBJP), an initiative by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, to  provide quality medicine at affordable price.
iii.The 3rd Janaushadhi Diwas was observed on 7th March 2021 under the theme “Seva bhi – Rozgar bhi”. 
iv.The First Janaushadhi Diwas was observed on 7th March 2019.
v.PM Modi dedicated the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Science(NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, Meghalaya.
About BPPI:
CEO– Sachin Kumar Singh
Head Office– New Delhi
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International Women’s Day 2021 – March 8International Women's Dayi.United Nations(UN)’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is annually observed across the globe on 8th March to recognise the achievements of the women regardless of their nation, ethnic, language, culture, economic or political.
ii.The International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021 celebrates the efforts of the women and girls across the globe towards shaping an equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
iii.The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. 
iv.The Grant Thornton, a global accounting firm has published the “Women in Business 2021 Report”. Globally, India ranks 3rd with the percentage of women in senior management in India at around 39% where the global average of women in senior management is 31%.
v.On 6th March 2021, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways virtually flagged off an all women crew onboard MT (Motor Tanker) Swarna Krishna, a vessel of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Liquid Berth Jetty.
vi.Two days ahead of the International women’s day The Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, Maharashtra was lit up in pink to celebrate womanhood.
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STATE NEWS

Odisha Govt. to set up ‘Mission Shakti’ Department to strengthen SHGsOdisha to create new department to strengthen SHGsOn March 06,2021, Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Odisha government in its cabinet meeting which is chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved to set up a new department called “Department of Mission Shakti” to strengthen both the rural and urban Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the state.
Objectives of the Department:

  1. Now both the Directorate of Mission Shakti and Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) will come under the Department of Mission Shakti.
  2. The department will provide an effective interactive platform to establish linkages with all level SHGs, which will be helpful for the government to monitor and provide better services to them with the improved linear administrative mechanism.

Other Major Decisions:

  1. To construct satellite center of AIIMS, at Remuna Tahasil of Balasore district the government sanctioned the lease of 25 acres for free of cost.
  2. Approved the amendment of Odisha Lokayukta Act,2014.
  3. Approved Odisha Mining Corporation Limited (OMC) to sell the entire quantity of bauxite ore.
  4. Cabinet had given the nod for the construction of 2X500 MVA, 400/220/33 KV GIS sub- station at Paradip along with associated lines over a period of three years from 2020-21.

Denmark to set up Center of Excellence for dairy sector in RajasthanCentre of excellence in dairy sector be set up in collaboration with DenmarkOn March 06,2021, Denmark Ambassador Freddy Svane had a meeting with Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Governor Kalraj Mishra to set up a Center of Excellence for the dairy sector in Rajasthan.
Objectives of the Center of Excellence:
i.To provide technical support in water conservation and purification works in the urban areas of Udaipur
ii.To give better facilities to cattle rearers and
iii.To be fully cooperative in the field of dairy science and technology through Denmark’s expertise.

  • Rajasthan is the second highest milk producing state in India contributing around 11% to the total milk production.

About Denmark:
Capital – Copenhagen
Currency – Danish krone
Prime Minister – Mette Frederiksen
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S.no Current Affairs 9 March 2021
1 MoA&FW signs MoU with Central Silk Board for Promotion of Agroforestry in Silk Sector
2 All Major Programmes of WCD Ministry brought under 3 Umbrella Schemes
3 India’s first forest healing centre inaugurated in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
4 NSDC Collaborate with SahiPay to Promote Digital Financial Literacy among Youth
5 Merger of Rajya Sabha TV & Lok SabhaTV; Replaced by Sansad TV
6 BRO builds 200ft ‘The Bridge of Compassion’ across Rishiganga river in Uttarakhand
7 India overperformed by 65 positions in Frontier Tech among Developing Countries: UNCTAD
8 India ranks 71 in UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index 2020, Switzerland tops
9 COVID-19 may result in an additional 10 Million Child Marriages by 2030
10 EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar inaugurates New Cultural Centre of High Commission of India in Dhaka, Bangladesh
11 HDFC Bank launched “SmartUp Unnati for Women Entrepreneurs
12 Axis Bank Launched WhatsApp Banking Service
13 India attracted total FDI inflow of US$ 67.54 billion during April to December 2020
14 Google.org to support 1 Million Women Entrepreneurs in rural India
15 SpaceX successfully Tests ‘Starship SN10’ Prototype Rocket
16 Boxing: India bags 10 Medals at 35th Boxam International Tournament 2021
17 Badminton: PV Sindhu clinches Silver Medal at YONEX Swiss Open 2021
18 Cricket: India retains Anthony de Mello Trophy by Defeating England in 2020-21 Test Series
19 Veteran Indian athlete, Ishar Singh Deol passed away at 91
20 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s Autobiography “The Frontier Gandhi: My Life And Struggle” to be Published in English
21 Anant Vijay’s Book on Smriti Irani’s victory in Amethi to release in English
22 3rd Janaushadhi Diwas – 7th March 2021
23 International Women’s Day 2021 – March 8
24 Odisha Govt. to set up ‘Mission Shakti’ Department to strengthen SHGs
25 Denmark to set up Center of Excellence for dairy sector in Rajasthan