Daily GK Update: 26th March 2021

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : March 26th, 2021

 National & International Organizations

1. India ranks 40th on International Intellectual Property Index 2021

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  • India has been ranked 40th in International Intellectual Property (IP) Index 2021 among 53 global economies
  • IP Index 2021 was released by US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC)
  • US bags top spot in the index, followed by UK and Germany
  • It is based on 50 intellectual property-related indicators, grouped in 9 categories.
  • Categories include: Patent, Copyrights, Trademarks, Design Rights, Trade Secrets and Market Access, Enforcement, etc.
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 State Affairs

2. Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurates Kurnool Airport in Andhra Pradesh

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  • Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri has virtually inaugurated Kurnool Airport in Andhra Pradesh
  • Flight operations at Kurnool will begin from 28 March 2021
  • It has been developed under Regional Connectivity Scheme, Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN)
  • It will bring the region closer to major hubs in South India by providing direct flight operations to Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai.
  • Kurnool is the 6th airport in AP to become functional.
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 Banking & Finance

3. Indian Overseas Bank launches ‘IOB Trendy’ Savings Account for Millennials

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  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has launched Savings Bank account targeted at Millennials titled as ‘IOB Trendy’.
  • IOB Trendy savings account will be customized for the growing millennial population by keeping their banking preferences in mind.
  • Eligible Customers age group: 21 years to 38 years
  • IOB Trendy customers need to maintain a daily minimum balance of ₹10,000 or a daily minimum balance of ₹5,000 and a digital of minimum of ₹20,000 per month.
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 Books & Authors

4. Actor Samir Soni authors book ‘My Experiments With Silence’

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  • Actor Samir Soni will come out with his debut book titled as ‘My Experiments With Silence’.
  • The book is about anxiety and self-discovery and has been published by Om Books International.
  • The book is to be released in 2021 end.
  • The book will present personal account of the author’s dialogues with himself during his growing-up years in Delhi, his stint at Wall Street and his time in Bollywood.
  • The book will be documented in prose and poetry form
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 National Affairs

5. Finance Minister launches Central Scrutiny Centre and IEPFA mobile App

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  • FM Nirmala Sitharaman has virtually inaugurated Central Scrutiny Centre (CSC) and Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority’s (IEPFA) Mobile App
  • They have been launched by Ministry of Corporate Affairs to leverage digital solutions to achieve Prime Minister’s vision of Digitally empowered India
  • IEPFA App will focus on financial literacy by spreading investors’ awareness, education, and protection 
  • CSC will scrutinize certain Straight Through Process (STP) Forms 
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 National Affairs

6. AYUSH Ministry sets up team to explore Yoga as productivity enhancing tool

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  • Ministry of AYUSH has set up high level interdisciplinary committee to explore various aspects of the Productivity dimension of Yoga
  • Committee will be chaired by H. R Nagendra (Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana)
  • Aim: To find answer of deploying yoga as a productivity boosting tool at the workplace and its positive implications
  • Other members: Representatives from AIIMS Delhi, IIM Bangalore, IIT Bombay, Yoga institutions, AYUSH Ministry, etc
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 Sports

7. India finish 3rd in 2021 Para Shooting World Cup with 7 Medals

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  • India bagged 3rd position at the end of 2021 World Shooting Para Sport competitions with seven medals, held at Al Ain in UAE from 15 to 25 March 2021.
  • India won two gold medals, one silver and four bronze medals at the event
  • Ukraine topped the medal tally with 11 medals (five gold, five silver and one bronze) followed by host nation UAE which won five medals (three gold and two silver).
  • Manish Narwal and Singhraj were the gold medal winners for India.
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 National & International Appointments

8. CJI Bobde recommends name of Justice NV Ramana as his successor

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  • Chief Justice of India S A Bobde has recommended Union Government to appoint senior most Supreme Court Judge N V Ramanna as the next Chief Justice of India
  • CJI S A Bobde is set to retire on 23rd April.
  • He was sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India in November 2019.
  • Traditionally, sitting Chief Justice of India writes a recommendation for his successor to law minister.
  • Law Minister puts it before Prime Minister who advises President in the matter of appointment.
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 National Affairs

9. Education Minister launches more than one hundred comic books

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  • Union Minister of Education has launched 100+ comic books created by teachers and students of CBSE schools and curated by NCERT
  • It is framed by Depart of School Education and Literacy under New Education Policy 2020 and is aligned to chapters of NCERT textbooks across grades 3-12.
  • This will help in increasing the cultural and social sensitivity in our children while imparting knowledge.
  • These comics can be accessed online on DIKSHA web portal (diksha.gov.in).
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 National Affairs

10. Govt to roll out GPS based toll collection system

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  • Govt is all set to roll out a GPS based toll collection system and introducing E-Highway from Delhi to Mumbai
  • Toll collection through fast tag has reached to 93% across the country which has resulted in 10 thousand crore more toll collection in comparison to previous year.
  • Introduction of GPS based toll collection system will facilitate smooth movement of traffic, bring transparency, remove the old mechanism of toll collection system and provide jobs.
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 National Affairs

11. NHAI to develop world class ‘Wayside Amenities’ at more than 600 locations

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  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will develop world class ‘Wayside Amenities’ at more than 600 locations across 22 states in 5 years
  • Out of these, 130 are targeted for development in 2021-22
  • Wayside amenities will be developed every 30 to 50 km along current and upcoming Highways and Expressways
  • It will include numerous facilities for passengers such as Fuel Station, Electric Charging Facilities, Food Court, Retail Shops, ATM, Toilets with shower facility etc
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Daily GK Update: 26th March 2021

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