Following are the headlines of 19 March 2021, important from the point of view of competitive examinations:
National Current Affairs
Indian Navy Landing Craft Utility L58 commissioned at Port Blair
The Indian Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) L58, which is the eighth and last ship in the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV class, was commissioned into the Indian Navy at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Indian Navy participated in Passage Exercise with the Navy of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf
On 17 March 2021, the Indian Navy participated in the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force Corvette Al Muharraq in the Persian Gulf under Operation Resolution.
External Affairs Minister S.K. Jaishankar talks with Kuwaiti counterpart
On March 18, 2021, Foreign Minister S.K. Jaishankar held extensive talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasir al-Mohammed al-Sabah to enhance bilateral relations. In FY 2019-20, Kuwait was the 10th largest oil supplier in India and it fulfilled about 3.8 percent of India’s energy needs.
India and Saudi Arabia negotiate to start cooperation in space
India and Saudi Arabia discussed initiating cooperation in the space sector.
European Union joins India-backed Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
Accepting India’s invitation, the European Union has officially joined as a member of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.
Economic current affairs
Rajya Sabha passes bill to increase FDI in insurance sector to 74%
The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 18, 2021, to raise the foreign direct investment limit in the insurance sector to 74 percent from the existing 49 percent.
Draft rules notified for Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facility (RVSF)
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified the draft rules for setting up a registered vehicle scraping facility (RVSF).
AIM, NITI Aayog and AWS will work together to promote cloud computing skills in India
The Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, and Amazon Web Services announced on March 18, 2021, new initiatives to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in India.
International current affairs
AstraZeneca coronavirus virus safe: European Medicines Agency
The European Union’s Drug Regulatory Agency stated on March 18, 2021, that the AstraZeneca vaccine was unrelated to blood clots.
Spain’s parliament legalized euthanasia
Spain’s parliament enacted a law legalizing euthanasia on March 18, 2021, which allows mentally ill or seriously injured patients to end their suffering.
India beat England by 8 runs in fourth T20 match at Ahmedabad
India beat England by eight runs in the fourth T20 match to tie the five-match series 2–2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 18 March 2021.
‘Girl Gang’ announced as the official song of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022
A track by New Zealand singer Jin Wigmore has been announced as the official song of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup.