Chandrayaan 3's Landing Site "Shiv Shakti"

Chandrayaan 3’s Landing Site “Shiv Shakti” Receives International Astronomical Union Recognition

Current Affairs – 25 March,2024

  • Chandrayaan 3’s Landing Site “Shiv Shakti” Recognized by IAU
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on August 26, 2023, that the Chandrayaan-3 landing site on the Moon will be called ‘Shiva Shakti’.
  • The International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved the name on March 19, 2024, nearly seven months after the announcement.
  • Chandrayaan 3: Launched on July 14, 2024; achieved a controlled landing on August 23, 2024.
  • Significance: India became the fourth country to land near the lunar South Pole.

Current Affairs – 25 March,2024

  • Date: March 25
  • Established by: Pope John Paul II in 1999
  • Purpose: Raise awareness about unborn children’s importance, condemn abortion, and promote their rights’ protection.
  • Significance: Honors unborn children who died due to abortions, emphasizes their value, and acknowledges them as deserving respect.
  • History: Originated from the Catholic Church, coinciding with the Feast of the Annunciation, celebrated first by El Salvador in 1993.

Current Affairs – 25 March,2024

  • Date and Significance: Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is celebrated on March 25, 2024. It is one of the most important festivals for Hindus, commemorating the love and devotion between Lord Krishna and Radha, as well as the victory of good over evil.
  • Celebration: People celebrate Holi by smearing colours on each other’s faces, eating Gujiya (a sweet dish), drinking Thandai (a traditional drink), and playing with water balloons.
  • Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm across India.
  • It marks the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.
  • People celebrate Holi by smearing colored powder (gulal) on each other, dancing, singing, and enjoying festive foods.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • G. Sathiyan made history by becoming the first Indian to win a men’s singles title at the WTT Feeder Series Beirut 2024, defeating Manav Thakkar in the final with a score of 3-1 (6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4).
  • Despite being seeded No. 11, Sathiyan defeated higher-ranked players like Harmeet Desai and Chuang Chih-Yuan on his path to victory.
  • Sathiyan’s win is a significant milestone in his career, marking his first singles title at an international ranking event since 2021.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • First UN Resolution on AI: The UN General Assembly adopted the first-ever resolution on artificial intelligence (AI), highlighting global support for ensuring AI benefits all nations and is safe, secure, and trustworthy.

  • Historic Moment: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris described the resolution as historic, emphasizing its role in setting out principles for the safe use of AI, particularly in protecting public interest and individuals from potential harm.

  • Principles of the Resolution: The resolution emphasizes that AI should be adopted in a way that protects everyone and ensures equal access to its benefits, while also respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout its life cycle.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • Date and Theme: World Tuberculosis Day is observed annually on March 24th. The theme for World TB Day 2024 is “Yes! We can end TB,” emphasizing the goal of eradicating TB through continued efforts and awareness campaigns.

  • History: World TB Day commemorates Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of the TB-causing bacteria on March 24, 1882. This discovery led to advancements in understanding, diagnosing, and treating TB. The first World TB Day was observed in 1983.

  • Significance: The day serves as a reminder to invest in research, treatment strategies, and prevention methods for TB. Despite being preventable and treatable, TB remains a major global health threat.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • Simon Harris is set to become Ireland’s youngest prime minister at 37, following the unexpected departure of Leo Varadkar.
  • Born in Wicklow in 1986, Harris attended the Dublin Institute of Technology for journalism but left to pursue politics.
  • A member of Fine Gael, he has held various roles within the party, including serving as health minister from 2016 to mid-2020.
  • Harris is known for his adeptness with social media, particularly TikTok, where he engages with 92,000 followers and 1.8 million likes.

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  1. Location: Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Company: GoodEnough Energy
  3. Capacity: Initial capacity of 7 GWh per year, planned to increase to 20 GWh by 2027
  4. Investment: Initial investment of 1.5 billion rupees ($18.07 million), with plans to invest an additional 3 billion rupees to expand capacity
  5. Impact: Crucial for India’s renewable energy target, supports net-zero goals, reduces carbon emissions, and offers incentives for battery storage projects

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Date: 21-29 March 2024
  • Participants: Indian Navy warships INS Tir and INS Sujata, Mozambican Navy, Tanzanian Navy
  • Objective: Enhancing maritime security and cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region, fostering regional cooperation between India, Mozambique, and Tanzania
  • Phases: Harbour Phase (21-24 March 2024) and Sea Phase (24-27 March 2024), culminating in a joint debrief in Nacala (Mozambique)

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Operation Indravati launched by India to evacuate citizens from violence-hit Haiti to the Dominican Republic.
  • Named after the Indravati River, a tributary of the Godavari River in India.
  • 12 Indian nationals safely evacuated as part of the operation.
  • Haiti facing chaos with armed gangs taking control, government in disarray.
  • India’s proactive response demonstrates commitment to citizens’ safety abroad.

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Shaheed Diwas, or Martyrs’ Day, is observed on March 23 each year to honor the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev, who were executed by the British in 1931.
  • It commemorates their bravery and serves as a reminder of their contribution to India’s independence struggle.
  • The day inspires patriotism and emphasizes the importance of defending freedom and democracy.
  • Tributes are paid at memorials and cultural events, and schools organize programs to educate students about the freedom fighters.

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Establishment: World Meteorological Day was established in 1950 by the WMO to support weather and climate change prediction.
  • Commemoration: It celebrates the founding of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on March 23, 1950, first observed on March 23, 1951.
  • Significance: The day highlights the importance of meteorology and earth sciences in addressing climate change, water resources, weather-related goals, and sustainable development.
  • Theme 2024: The theme “At The Frontline Of Climate Action” emphasizes the urgent need for climate action and the role of meteorologists in addressing climate challenges.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Bihar Diwas is celebrated on March 22nd annually to mark Bihar’s separation from Bengal in 1912 and its establishment as an independent province in British India.
  • The celebrations usually include cultural programs, exhibitions, and events that showcase Bihar’s rich history, culture, and traditions.
  • Due to the Lok Sabha elections, there was no state-level program in 2024; instead, local administrations organized programs according to the guidelines of the State Election Commission.
  • Saran district celebrated Bihar Diwas by conducting an awareness drive about the importance of voting in different trains under the SVEEP program.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • GRID Controller of India Limited (GRID-INDIA) is a Miniratna Category-I CPSE recognized by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, for its pivotal role in the nation’s power landscape.
  • Established in 2009, GRID-INDIA ensures smooth and continuous operation of the Indian Power System, managing the All India Synchronous Grid, one of the world’s largest and most complex power systems.
  • Responsibilities include overseeing the efficient electric power transfer within and across areas, facilitating reliable transnational power exchanges, and developing competitive wholesale electricity markets.
  • The Miniratna status highlights GRID-INDIA’s operational excellence, strategic relevance, and increased operational autonomy, contributing significantly to India’s energy security and long-term growth.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Mineral production in India grew by 5.9% in January 2024 compared to January 2023, with notable increases in magnesite, copper concentrate, and coal.
  • Cumulative growth from April 2023 to January 2024 was 8.3%, indicating a consistent upward trend in mineral production.
  • The production levels of key minerals like coal, natural gas, and crude petroleum remained significant, reflecting the robust health of the industrial sector.
  • Positive growth was observed in magnesite, copper concentrate, coal, limestone, bauxite, and other minerals, while gold, chromite, and phosphorite experienced declines.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Organizer: Kiteskraft Productions LLP, founded by Mr. Rahul Nair & Mr. Geo Bobby in March 2019, known for organizing National and International Conferences and Award ceremonies in various sectors.

  • Purpose: Recognizing individuals who significantly contribute to shaping the education and business sectors, focusing on dedication, innovation, and commitment to outcome-based learning.

  • Acknowledgement: Recognizing educators who demonstrate exceptional dedication and expertise in education, with an emphasis on fostering outcome-based learning for positive impacts on students’ lives.

 
 

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • MoU between AIIMS Raipur and Ministry of Defence for ex-servicemen health services ensures capless, cashless treatment.
  • AIIMS Raipur is second AIIMS after Bhopal to be empanelled with ECHS.
  • Lt Gen. Padam Singh Shekhawat lauds partnership, extending services to 30,000+ in Chhattisgarh.
  • Collaboration aims to streamline healthcare, reduce administrative burdens, enhance patient experience.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

 

  • All-India Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Laborers (CPI-AL) and Rural Laborers (CPI-RL) remained stable at 1258 and 1269, respectively, in February 2024.
  • Eight states saw a decline in CPI-AL, while seven states saw a decline in CPI-RL, with two states showing no change.
  • Retail inflation for agricultural and rural workers grew marginally in February 2023, with CPI-AL at 6.94% and CPI-RL at 6.87%.
  • Gujarat experienced the maximum increase in CPI numbers (8 points each), while Assam saw the maximum decrease (7 points each) in February 2023.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Developed by: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), an ISRO facility at Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Purpose: Assist astronauts on the Gaganyaan mission with tasks like accessing technical information, monitoring health, ensuring connectivity, and managing dietary schedules.
  •  Features: Offers access to technical information, monitors health, ensures connectivity with Earth and onboard systems, manages dietary schedules, and maintains mission logs.
     Utility: Helps astronauts access data, maintain logs, stay informed about their well-being, enhancing safety and efficiency for the Gaganyaan mission.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Theme:Celebrated on March 22nd with the theme “Water For Peace,” highlighting the critical role of water in conflict prevention and sustainable development.

  • Challenges: Over 2.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, leading to tensions over water resources, especially in regions facing severe water scarcity due to climate change.

  • Efforts: Organizations like Self Help Africa and United Purpose are working to provide communities with access to clean water, promoting cooperation and sustainable water management.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

  • Date: March 21st
  • Theme: “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”
  • Significance:Honors iconic poets whose works expanded poetry’s influence across cultures.Highlights young poets building on past foundations.
  • History:Poetry, originating with the “Epic of Gilgamesh” around 2000 B.C., explores human emotions and experiences.UNESCO adopted World Poetry Day in 1999 to promote poetry movements globally and preserve endangered languages.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

 

  • Date: March 21, 2024
  • Theme: “Forests and Innovation: New Solutions for a Better World”
  • History: Established by the UN in 2012; proposed by FAO in 1971; chosen for its equinox alignment.
  • Significance: Emphasizes forests’ role in ecosystems, biodiversity, and human well-being.
  • Celebrations: Includes events, tree planting, and education on sustainable forestry practices.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

 

  • Award Details: Prabha Varma, a noted poet and litterateur, was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2023 by the K K Birla Foundation for his novel ‘Roudra Sathwikam’.

  • Novel Description: ‘Roudra Sathwikam’ is a poetic work published in 2022 as a novel in poetic verse. It delves into the conflict between power and politics, individual and state, and art and power in a unique manner, transcending time and space.

  • Selection Process: The selection committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, chose Prabha Varma as the awardee.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

  • The World Happiness Report 2024 ranks India at 126, the same as the previous year, based on life satisfaction, GDP per capita, social support, and life expectancy.
  • Nordic countries like Finland, Denmark, and Iceland top the list, with Finland securing the first place.
  • Factors contributing to Finland’s happiness include a strong bond with nature, work-life balance, a realistic perception of success, and a robust welfare system.
  • Younger generations generally report higher happiness levels, except in regions like North America, Australia, and New Zealand, where happiness declined among individuals under 30 from 2006-2010.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Date: World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally on March 20th each year.

  • Theme: The theme for World Oral Health Day 2024 is “A happy mouth is a happy body.” This theme emphasizes the importance of good oral health for overall well-being.

  • History: World Oral Health Day was first celebrated on September 12, 2007, on the birthday of Dr. Charles Godon, the founder of the FDI World Dental Federation. In 2013, the date was changed to March 20 to avoid conflicts with other events and align with the international calendar.

  • Significance: World Oral Health Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and its impact on overall health. It highlights the need for good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and access to quality oral healthcare services.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Date: March 20 annually.
  • History: Established by the UN in 2012 to promote happiness as a fundamental human goal.
  • Significance: Aims for inclusive, equitable economic growth that promotes well-being.
  • Activities: UN releases the World Happiness Report on this day.
  • Message: Encourages individuals and nations to prioritize happiness and well-being.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Discovery: Scientists have discovered the Noctis Volcano on Mars, standing at 29,600 feet tall and stretching 450 kilometers wide.
  • Location: The volcano is located just south of Mars’ equator, in the Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus, west of the Valles Marineris canyon system.
  • Detection Challenges: Its presence was previously undetected due to erosion and challenges in spotting it against the Martian landscape.
  • Significance: The Noctis Volcano’s size and history suggest insights into Mars’ geologic and potential biologic past, with implications for astrobiology.
  • Future Exploration: Future exploration of this region could unveil more secrets about Mars’ past and the possibility of life beyond Earth.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • The Indian Army’s Aviation Corps raised its first squadron of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, forming the 451 Aviation Squadron in Jodhpur.
  • The squadron was formally raised in the presence of Lt Gen A. K. Suri, Director General Army Aviation, with plans to receive the first batch of three Apaches in May and another three in July.
  • India and the US signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army during US President Donald Trump’s visit to New Delhi in 2020.
  • The Apache is replacing the existing fleet of Mi-35 choppers for assault and anti-armour operations, equipped with advanced communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Objective: Enhancing Indian Army’s communication infrastructure.
  • Technologies: Researching and evaluating 6G, AI, machine learning, quantum computing for defense.
  • Operational Structure: Led by a Colonel-rank officer from the Corps of Signals.
  • Focus Areas: Wired and wireless systems, electronic exchanges, mobile communications, SDR, EW systems, 5G and 6G networks, Quantum Technologies, AI, and Machine Learning.
  • Importance: Ensures the Indian Army’s readiness in the digital domain and strategic advantage in modern warfare.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • T.M. Krishna, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and activist, was awarded the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi Award by the Madras Music Academy.
  • He is known for challenging conventional ideas about caste and gender politics in Carnatic music and using music as a tool for social reform.
  • Krishna has highlighted the non-inclusive nature of the art form and the December Music Season, advocating for the inclusion of various art forms and breaking down caste elitism.
  • He started a music festival in Uroor-Olcott Kuppam and organized a ‘Nadaswaram and Thavil Festival’ to promote inclusivity.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Tiger Triumph-24: India and the United States are conducting a joint tri-service Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise from March 18 to 31, 2024, on the Eastern Seaboard to enhance disaster response capabilities and strengthen bilateral ties.
  • Participants: The exercise involves Indian Navy ships, aircraft, and personnel, including Army and Air Force elements, as well as a Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT). The US is represented by Navy ships, troops from the Marine Corps, and the Army.
  • Phases: Tiger Triumph-24 unfolds in two phases: the Harbour Phase (March 18-25) for training visits, exchanges, sports events, and social interactions, and the Sea Phase (March 25-31) for Maritime, Amphibious, and HADR operations.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Akums Launches Indigenous Hydroxyurea Oral Solution for Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Manufacturer: Akums Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited.
  • Drug: Hydroxyurea oral suspension for the treatment of sickle cell disease in children.
  • Cost: Provided to the government at a cost of Rs 600, nearly 1% of the global price.
  • Stability: Stable at room temperature, unlike the global counterpart that requires storage in 2-8°C.
  • Benefits: Boon for tribal communities; part of the Sickle Cell Anemia Elimination Mission launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2023.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Diana Legacy Award Winners from India
  • Uday Bhatia, founder of Uday Electric, and Manasi Gupta, founder of Huesofthemind Foundation, received the Diana Legacy Award for their social action work.
  • Bhatia developed the Outage Guard bulb to provide stable and reliable power during power cuts, benefiting 950 families.
  • Gupta has delivered over 100 sessions globally to encourage mental health support, impacting over 50,000 lives.
  • Both recipients aim to continue their work, with Bhatia focusing on energy generation and Gupta on destigmatizing mental health conversations.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Media Person Award
  • Chameli Devi Jain Award 2024: Ritika Chopra and Greeshma Kuthar jointly awarded for outstanding journalism.
  • Significance: Recognizes exceptional work of women journalists, encouraging gender equality in media.
  • Selection Process: Independent jury selects winners from over 65 entries based on courage, dedication, and integrity.
  • Historical Context: Named after Chameli Devi Jain, a freedom fighter and community reformer during India’s independence movement.
  • Impact: Inspires aspiring female journalists to excel in their profession, highlighting their contributions to public discourse.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Ratan Tata Awarded PV Narasimha Rao Memorial Award for Philanthropy Work

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

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  • Award: Ratan Tata received the PV Narasimha Rao Memorial Award for his philanthropic contributions.
  • Recognition: The award highlights Tata’s commitment to social welfare and addressing societal challenges.
  • Significance: It underscores the importance of philanthropy in driving positive change and inclusive development.
  • Inspiration: Tata’s leadership inspires others to engage in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • G. Sathiyan made history by becoming the first Indian to win a men’s singles title at the WTT Feeder Series Beirut 2024, defeating Manav Thakkar in the final with a score of 3-1 (6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4).
  • Despite being seeded No. 11, Sathiyan defeated higher-ranked players like Harmeet Desai and Chuang Chih-Yuan on his path to victory.
  • Sathiyan’s win is a significant milestone in his career, marking his first singles title at an international ranking event since 2021.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • First UN Resolution on AI: The UN General Assembly adopted the first-ever resolution on artificial intelligence (AI), highlighting global support for ensuring AI benefits all nations and is safe, secure, and trustworthy.

  • Historic Moment: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris described the resolution as historic, emphasizing its role in setting out principles for the safe use of AI, particularly in protecting public interest and individuals from potential harm.

  • Principles of the Resolution: The resolution emphasizes that AI should be adopted in a way that protects everyone and ensures equal access to its benefits, while also respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout its life cycle.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • Date and Theme: World Tuberculosis Day is observed annually on March 24th. The theme for World TB Day 2024 is “Yes! We can end TB,” emphasizing the goal of eradicating TB through continued efforts and awareness campaigns.

  • History: World TB Day commemorates Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of the TB-causing bacteria on March 24, 1882. This discovery led to advancements in understanding, diagnosing, and treating TB. The first World TB Day was observed in 1983.

  • Significance: The day serves as a reminder to invest in research, treatment strategies, and prevention methods for TB. Despite being preventable and treatable, TB remains a major global health threat.

Current Affairs – 24 March,2024

  • Simon Harris is set to become Ireland’s youngest prime minister at 37, following the unexpected departure of Leo Varadkar.
  • Born in Wicklow in 1986, Harris attended the Dublin Institute of Technology for journalism but left to pursue politics.
  • A member of Fine Gael, he has held various roles within the party, including serving as health minister from 2016 to mid-2020.
  • Harris is known for his adeptness with social media, particularly TikTok, where he engages with 92,000 followers and 1.8 million likes.

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  1. Location: Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Company: GoodEnough Energy
  3. Capacity: Initial capacity of 7 GWh per year, planned to increase to 20 GWh by 2027
  4. Investment: Initial investment of 1.5 billion rupees ($18.07 million), with plans to invest an additional 3 billion rupees to expand capacity
  5. Impact: Crucial for India’s renewable energy target, supports net-zero goals, reduces carbon emissions, and offers incentives for battery storage projects

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Date: 21-29 March 2024
  • Participants: Indian Navy warships INS Tir and INS Sujata, Mozambican Navy, Tanzanian Navy
  • Objective: Enhancing maritime security and cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region, fostering regional cooperation between India, Mozambique, and Tanzania
  • Phases: Harbour Phase (21-24 March 2024) and Sea Phase (24-27 March 2024), culminating in a joint debrief in Nacala (Mozambique)

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Operation Indravati launched by India to evacuate citizens from violence-hit Haiti to the Dominican Republic.
  • Named after the Indravati River, a tributary of the Godavari River in India.
  • 12 Indian nationals safely evacuated as part of the operation.
  • Haiti facing chaos with armed gangs taking control, government in disarray.
  • India’s proactive response demonstrates commitment to citizens’ safety abroad.

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Shaheed Diwas, or Martyrs’ Day, is observed on March 23 each year to honor the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev, who were executed by the British in 1931.
  • It commemorates their bravery and serves as a reminder of their contribution to India’s independence struggle.
  • The day inspires patriotism and emphasizes the importance of defending freedom and democracy.
  • Tributes are paid at memorials and cultural events, and schools organize programs to educate students about the freedom fighters.

Current Affairs – 23 March,2024

  • Establishment: World Meteorological Day was established in 1950 by the WMO to support weather and climate change prediction.
  • Commemoration: It celebrates the founding of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on March 23, 1950, first observed on March 23, 1951.
  • Significance: The day highlights the importance of meteorology and earth sciences in addressing climate change, water resources, weather-related goals, and sustainable development.
  • Theme 2024: The theme “At The Frontline Of Climate Action” emphasizes the urgent need for climate action and the role of meteorologists in addressing climate challenges.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Bihar Diwas is celebrated on March 22nd annually to mark Bihar’s separation from Bengal in 1912 and its establishment as an independent province in British India.
  • The celebrations usually include cultural programs, exhibitions, and events that showcase Bihar’s rich history, culture, and traditions.
  • Due to the Lok Sabha elections, there was no state-level program in 2024; instead, local administrations organized programs according to the guidelines of the State Election Commission.
  • Saran district celebrated Bihar Diwas by conducting an awareness drive about the importance of voting in different trains under the SVEEP program.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • GRID Controller of India Limited (GRID-INDIA) is a Miniratna Category-I CPSE recognized by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, for its pivotal role in the nation’s power landscape.
  • Established in 2009, GRID-INDIA ensures smooth and continuous operation of the Indian Power System, managing the All India Synchronous Grid, one of the world’s largest and most complex power systems.
  • Responsibilities include overseeing the efficient electric power transfer within and across areas, facilitating reliable transnational power exchanges, and developing competitive wholesale electricity markets.
  • The Miniratna status highlights GRID-INDIA’s operational excellence, strategic relevance, and increased operational autonomy, contributing significantly to India’s energy security and long-term growth.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Mineral production in India grew by 5.9% in January 2024 compared to January 2023, with notable increases in magnesite, copper concentrate, and coal.
  • Cumulative growth from April 2023 to January 2024 was 8.3%, indicating a consistent upward trend in mineral production.
  • The production levels of key minerals like coal, natural gas, and crude petroleum remained significant, reflecting the robust health of the industrial sector.
  • Positive growth was observed in magnesite, copper concentrate, coal, limestone, bauxite, and other minerals, while gold, chromite, and phosphorite experienced declines.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Organizer: Kiteskraft Productions LLP, founded by Mr. Rahul Nair & Mr. Geo Bobby in March 2019, known for organizing National and International Conferences and Award ceremonies in various sectors.

  • Purpose: Recognizing individuals who significantly contribute to shaping the education and business sectors, focusing on dedication, innovation, and commitment to outcome-based learning.

  • Acknowledgement: Recognizing educators who demonstrate exceptional dedication and expertise in education, with an emphasis on fostering outcome-based learning for positive impacts on students’ lives.

 
 

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • MoU between AIIMS Raipur and Ministry of Defence for ex-servicemen health services ensures capless, cashless treatment.
  • AIIMS Raipur is second AIIMS after Bhopal to be empanelled with ECHS.
  • Lt Gen. Padam Singh Shekhawat lauds partnership, extending services to 30,000+ in Chhattisgarh.
  • Collaboration aims to streamline healthcare, reduce administrative burdens, enhance patient experience.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

 

  • All-India Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Laborers (CPI-AL) and Rural Laborers (CPI-RL) remained stable at 1258 and 1269, respectively, in February 2024.
  • Eight states saw a decline in CPI-AL, while seven states saw a decline in CPI-RL, with two states showing no change.
  • Retail inflation for agricultural and rural workers grew marginally in February 2023, with CPI-AL at 6.94% and CPI-RL at 6.87%.
  • Gujarat experienced the maximum increase in CPI numbers (8 points each), while Assam saw the maximum decrease (7 points each) in February 2023.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Developed by: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), an ISRO facility at Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Purpose: Assist astronauts on the Gaganyaan mission with tasks like accessing technical information, monitoring health, ensuring connectivity, and managing dietary schedules.
  •  Features: Offers access to technical information, monitors health, ensures connectivity with Earth and onboard systems, manages dietary schedules, and maintains mission logs.
     Utility: Helps astronauts access data, maintain logs, stay informed about their well-being, enhancing safety and efficiency for the Gaganyaan mission.

Current Affairs – 22 March,2024

  • Theme:Celebrated on March 22nd with the theme “Water For Peace,” highlighting the critical role of water in conflict prevention and sustainable development.

  • Challenges: Over 2.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, leading to tensions over water resources, especially in regions facing severe water scarcity due to climate change.

  • Efforts: Organizations like Self Help Africa and United Purpose are working to provide communities with access to clean water, promoting cooperation and sustainable water management.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

  • Date: March 21st
  • Theme: “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”
  • Significance:Honors iconic poets whose works expanded poetry’s influence across cultures.Highlights young poets building on past foundations.
  • History:Poetry, originating with the “Epic of Gilgamesh” around 2000 B.C., explores human emotions and experiences.UNESCO adopted World Poetry Day in 1999 to promote poetry movements globally and preserve endangered languages.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

 

  • Date: March 21, 2024
  • Theme: “Forests and Innovation: New Solutions for a Better World”
  • History: Established by the UN in 2012; proposed by FAO in 1971; chosen for its equinox alignment.
  • Significance: Emphasizes forests’ role in ecosystems, biodiversity, and human well-being.
  • Celebrations: Includes events, tree planting, and education on sustainable forestry practices.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

 

  • Award Details: Prabha Varma, a noted poet and litterateur, was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2023 by the K K Birla Foundation for his novel ‘Roudra Sathwikam’.

  • Novel Description: ‘Roudra Sathwikam’ is a poetic work published in 2022 as a novel in poetic verse. It delves into the conflict between power and politics, individual and state, and art and power in a unique manner, transcending time and space.

  • Selection Process: The selection committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, chose Prabha Varma as the awardee.

Current Affairs – 21 March,2024

  • The World Happiness Report 2024 ranks India at 126, the same as the previous year, based on life satisfaction, GDP per capita, social support, and life expectancy.
  • Nordic countries like Finland, Denmark, and Iceland top the list, with Finland securing the first place.
  • Factors contributing to Finland’s happiness include a strong bond with nature, work-life balance, a realistic perception of success, and a robust welfare system.
  • Younger generations generally report higher happiness levels, except in regions like North America, Australia, and New Zealand, where happiness declined among individuals under 30 from 2006-2010.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Date: World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally on March 20th each year.

  • Theme: The theme for World Oral Health Day 2024 is “A happy mouth is a happy body.” This theme emphasizes the importance of good oral health for overall well-being.

  • History: World Oral Health Day was first celebrated on September 12, 2007, on the birthday of Dr. Charles Godon, the founder of the FDI World Dental Federation. In 2013, the date was changed to March 20 to avoid conflicts with other events and align with the international calendar.

  • Significance: World Oral Health Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and its impact on overall health. It highlights the need for good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and access to quality oral healthcare services.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Date: March 20 annually.
  • History: Established by the UN in 2012 to promote happiness as a fundamental human goal.
  • Significance: Aims for inclusive, equitable economic growth that promotes well-being.
  • Activities: UN releases the World Happiness Report on this day.
  • Message: Encourages individuals and nations to prioritize happiness and well-being.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Discovery: Scientists have discovered the Noctis Volcano on Mars, standing at 29,600 feet tall and stretching 450 kilometers wide.
  • Location: The volcano is located just south of Mars’ equator, in the Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus, west of the Valles Marineris canyon system.
  • Detection Challenges: Its presence was previously undetected due to erosion and challenges in spotting it against the Martian landscape.
  • Significance: The Noctis Volcano’s size and history suggest insights into Mars’ geologic and potential biologic past, with implications for astrobiology.
  • Future Exploration: Future exploration of this region could unveil more secrets about Mars’ past and the possibility of life beyond Earth.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • The Indian Army’s Aviation Corps raised its first squadron of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, forming the 451 Aviation Squadron in Jodhpur.
  • The squadron was formally raised in the presence of Lt Gen A. K. Suri, Director General Army Aviation, with plans to receive the first batch of three Apaches in May and another three in July.
  • India and the US signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army during US President Donald Trump’s visit to New Delhi in 2020.
  • The Apache is replacing the existing fleet of Mi-35 choppers for assault and anti-armour operations, equipped with advanced communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Objective: Enhancing Indian Army’s communication infrastructure.
  • Technologies: Researching and evaluating 6G, AI, machine learning, quantum computing for defense.
  • Operational Structure: Led by a Colonel-rank officer from the Corps of Signals.
  • Focus Areas: Wired and wireless systems, electronic exchanges, mobile communications, SDR, EW systems, 5G and 6G networks, Quantum Technologies, AI, and Machine Learning.
  • Importance: Ensures the Indian Army’s readiness in the digital domain and strategic advantage in modern warfare.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • T.M. Krishna, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and activist, was awarded the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi Award by the Madras Music Academy.
  • He is known for challenging conventional ideas about caste and gender politics in Carnatic music and using music as a tool for social reform.
  • Krishna has highlighted the non-inclusive nature of the art form and the December Music Season, advocating for the inclusion of various art forms and breaking down caste elitism.
  • He started a music festival in Uroor-Olcott Kuppam and organized a ‘Nadaswaram and Thavil Festival’ to promote inclusivity.

Current Affairs – 20 March,2024

  • Tiger Triumph-24: India and the United States are conducting a joint tri-service Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise from March 18 to 31, 2024, on the Eastern Seaboard to enhance disaster response capabilities and strengthen bilateral ties.
  • Participants: The exercise involves Indian Navy ships, aircraft, and personnel, including Army and Air Force elements, as well as a Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT). The US is represented by Navy ships, troops from the Marine Corps, and the Army.
  • Phases: Tiger Triumph-24 unfolds in two phases: the Harbour Phase (March 18-25) for training visits, exchanges, sports events, and social interactions, and the Sea Phase (March 25-31) for Maritime, Amphibious, and HADR operations.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Akums Launches Indigenous Hydroxyurea Oral Solution for Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Manufacturer: Akums Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited.
  • Drug: Hydroxyurea oral suspension for the treatment of sickle cell disease in children.
  • Cost: Provided to the government at a cost of Rs 600, nearly 1% of the global price.
  • Stability: Stable at room temperature, unlike the global counterpart that requires storage in 2-8°C.
  • Benefits: Boon for tribal communities; part of the Sickle Cell Anemia Elimination Mission launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2023.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Diana Legacy Award Winners from India
  • Uday Bhatia, founder of Uday Electric, and Manasi Gupta, founder of Huesofthemind Foundation, received the Diana Legacy Award for their social action work.
  • Bhatia developed the Outage Guard bulb to provide stable and reliable power during power cuts, benefiting 950 families.
  • Gupta has delivered over 100 sessions globally to encourage mental health support, impacting over 50,000 lives.
  • Both recipients aim to continue their work, with Bhatia focusing on energy generation and Gupta on destigmatizing mental health conversations.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Media Person Award
  • Chameli Devi Jain Award 2024: Ritika Chopra and Greeshma Kuthar jointly awarded for outstanding journalism.
  • Significance: Recognizes exceptional work of women journalists, encouraging gender equality in media.
  • Selection Process: Independent jury selects winners from over 65 entries based on courage, dedication, and integrity.
  • Historical Context: Named after Chameli Devi Jain, a freedom fighter and community reformer during India’s independence movement.
  • Impact: Inspires aspiring female journalists to excel in their profession, highlighting their contributions to public discourse.

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

Ratan Tata Awarded PV Narasimha Rao Memorial Award for Philanthropy Work

Current Affairs – 19 March,2024

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  • Award: Ratan Tata received the PV Narasimha Rao Memorial Award for his philanthropic contributions.
  • Recognition: The award highlights Tata’s commitment to social welfare and addressing societal challenges.
  • Significance: It underscores the importance of philanthropy in driving positive change and inclusive development.
  • Inspiration: Tata’s leadership inspires others to engage in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

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