Following are the headlines of 17 March 2021, important from the point of view of competitive examinations:
National Current Affairs
Passed bill to increase upper limit for abortion to 24 weeks
On March 16, 2021, Parliament passed the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which increases the upper limit of abortion from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women.
PM Modi and Finland’s PM Sana Attend Marin Virtual Summit
On March 16, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Finnish counterpart Sana Marin discussed information and communication technologies, future mobile technologies and digital partnerships in digital education at a virtual summit.
PM Modi spoke to Portugal’s PM Antonio Luis Santos da Costa by phone
On March 16, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Luis Santos da Costa reviewed the state of the Kovid-19 epidemic in both countries.
India has 22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities: World Air Quality Report, 2020
Of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, 22 are in India, Delhi has been ranked as the most polluted capital globally.
MA Ganapathi appointed as Director General of National Security Guard
Senior IPS officer M.A. Ganapathi has been appointed as the Director General of the National Security Guard on 16 March 2021.
Kuldeep Singh appointed as new Director General of Central Reserve Police Force
Senior IPS officer Kuldeep Singh has been appointed as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 16 March 2021.
Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office P.K. Sinha resigned
Former Cabinet Secretary and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Principal Advisor P.K. Sinha has relinquished his high-profile post on an individual basis.
Swapan Dasgupta resigns as Rajya Sabha member
Nominee Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta resigned from the Upper House of Parliament on March 16, 2021 after being nominated as a BJP candidate in the West Bengal assembly elections.
Economic current affairs
Cabinet approves closure of Handicrafts and Handloom Export Corporation
The Cabinet approved the closure of the Handicrafts and Handloom Export Corporation (HHEC), which works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles.
The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of the Development Finance Institute
The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Development Finance Institute (DFI) in 2021 to finance long-term infrastructure and development projects with a capital of Rs 20,000 crore.
International current affairs
IRENA Releases World Energy Transition Outlook Report
According to the World Energy Transition Outlook report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the COVID-19 crisis provides an unexpected opportunity for countries around the world to accelerate changes in renewable energy sources by separating their economies from fossil fuels .
Sports Current Affairs
Murali Sri Shankar improves his national record in men’s long jump
With a jump of 8.26 meters on the second day of the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships in Patiala, Murali Sri Shankar qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, surpassing his own national record.
England beat India by eight wickets in the third T20 match at Ahmedabad
England (158/2 in 18.2) defeated India (156/6) by 8 wickets in the third T20.