Following are the important news of March 18, 2021, important from the point of view of competitive examinations:
National Current Affairs
Government’s telemedicine service ‘e-Sanjeevani’ completes 3 million consultations
E-Sanjeevani, the national telemedicine service of the Government of India, has crossed another milestone by completing 3 million consultations.
Ministry of Women and Child Development is celebrating nutrition fortnight
Ministry of Women and Child Development is celebrating Potion Fortnight from 16 to 31 March 2021.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan appointed as Chairman of ‘Stop TB Partnership Board’
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been appointed as the chairman of the international body Stop TB Partnership Board.
BJP leader and former Union Minister Dilip Gandhi dies at the age of 69
BJP leader and former Union Minister Dilip Gandhi died on March 17, 2021 in a hospital in New Delhi. He was 69. Gandhi served as the Minister of State for Shipping in the central government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Ram Swaroop Sharma (62), BJP MP from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, dies
Ram Swaroop Sharma, BJP MP from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, died on 17 March 2021 in New Delhi.
Economic current affairs
Government constitutes Expert Committee for Startup India Seed Fund Scheme
The Government has constituted an Expert Advisory Committee which will be responsible for the overall execution and monitoring of the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme.
Carlyle Group sold 4.3% stake in SBI Card
The US-based private equity firm Carlyle Group sold a 4.3 percent stake in SBI Cards and Payment Services on March 17, 2021 through block deals.
Indian Oil and Israel’s Finergy will set up joint venture to make batteries for EVs
On March 17, 2021, the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Israeli battery developer Finergy formalized a joint venture to manufacture ultra-light metal-air batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).
International current affairs
French parliament voted to include climate change clause in constitution
The National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, amended the country’s constitution on March 16, 2021 to include climate and biodiversity protection.
The European Union blacklisted Chinese officials for human rights abuses against the Uygar minority
The European Union (EU) has agreed to blacklist Chinese authorities for human rights abuses against the Uygar Muslim minority.
Tanzania: President John Magufuli dies at age 61
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli died on March 17, 2021, at the age of 61 in the capital Dar es Salaam.
Sixth India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Women’s Forum meeting was held virtually
The Sixth India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Women’s Forum was held on March 16, 2021 virtually.