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Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 16 March, 2021

Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. India and Finland Virtual Summit

Why in news?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a Virtual Summit with the Prime Minister of Finland H.E. Ms Sanna Marin on 16 March 2021.

Key points are:

– India and Finland enjoy warm and friendly relations based on shared values of democracy, freedom and rules-based international order.

– Both countries have very close cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, education, innovation, Science & Technology as well as Research and Development.

– Both sides also have ongoing collaboration in the joint development of a Quantum Computer using Artificial Intelligence to address societal challenges.

–  Around 100 Finnish companies are actively operating in India in various sectors such as telecom, elevators, machinery and energy including Renewable Energy.

– Around 30 Indian companies are also active in Finland mainly in the IT, auto-components and the hospitality sector.

– During the Summit, the two leaders will cover the entire spectrum of the bilateral relationship and will also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

– The Virtual Summit will provide a blueprint for the future expansion and diversification of the India-Finland Partnership.

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2. 28th MoU under the “Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan” Project

Why in news?

The 28th MoU under the “Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan”  project has been awarded on 15th March 2021 for Dara Shikoh Library Building, Delhi.

Key points are:

The project will be implemented by the government stakeholders including the Ministry of Tourism Government of India; Art, Culture & Language Department (through The Department of Archaeology) Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the private entities i.e. Monument Mitras, The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) and the Museum & Arts Consultancy (MAC) acting in a joint consortium.

– Under this MoU, the Monument Mitras plan to take up development, operations and maintenance of basic amenities such as the cleanliness of the building and outdoor area including provision of garbage bins, benches, toilets, interpretative signs and directional signage, drinking water facilities, illumination (interior & exterior), landscaping, provision for ease of access/ barrier-free monument/ accessibility for all (differently-abled friendly toilets, ramps, wheelchair facility, braille signages), setup of galleries including interactive and experiential curation (projections, photo booths, touch screens & walls), set up Room for reserve collection of Antiquities /Artefacts, Security & Advanced surveillance system (Like PTZ based CCTV cameras)etc.

– The duration of the MoU is for an initial period of five years, extendable based on the performance of the Monument Mitra.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 13 March, 2021

3. Online Book Reading Session “Gandhi in Bombay”

Why in news?

As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the India tourism Mumbai, Regional Office of Ministry of Tourism in the Western Region organized an online book reading session of “Gandhi in Bombay’’ by the authors Dr.(Mrs) Usha Thakkar and Ms. Sandhya Mehta on 15th March 2021.

Key points are:

– During this book reading session, the authors turned as storytellers and kept their audience engrossed with reading interesting lines from selected chapters from the book and thereby transporting the participants back in time when Mahatma Gandhi walked the streets of Bombay, now Mumbai.

– The authors mentioned how Mumbai the then Bombay, the nerve centre of Gandhi’s many political activities, earned an enviable place in India’s freedom struggle under his leadership.

– The authors recounted his days in Mani Bhavan and how in  1919, Gandhi initiated his first nationwide protest, the satyagraha against the Rowlatt Act, in this city, which propelled him to the position of a pre-eminent political leader.

– The authors also spoke about the other important movements launched by Mahatma Gandhi Ji from Bombay namely the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1920 and the Quit India Movement in 1942 etc.

– Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (India @ 75) is a series of events to be organised by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence. The Mahotsav will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari.

– Dr.(Mrs) Usha Thakkar is the president of the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India. She retired as Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Sandhya Mehta is a researcher at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, India.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 12 March, 2021

4. Index Monitoring Cell
Why in news?
Index Monitoring Cell (IMC) recently submitted its report to the centre. Consent of the Press Council of India should be made a prerequisite before filing an FIR against the media or a publication.
Key points are:
– Set up by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in 2020.
– Its task is to improve India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index and to evolve an objective yardstick to gauge media freedom.
– The group will also put in place a mechanism for States to come up with their own rankings of press freedom.
– IMC will include the director-general of the Press Information Bureau, officials from the Registrar of newspapers of India, the Bureau of outreach and communication, and the press facilitation unit, apart from the secretary of the Press Council of India and Niti Aayog.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 11 March, 2021
5. Illegal Influx from Myanmar
Why in news?
Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh to check illegal influx from Myanmar into India.
Key points are:
– The instructions have also been given to Border Guarding Force (BGF), i.e. Assam rifles.
– India already has a lot of Rohingya migrated from Myanmar.
– India, treats all refugees entering the country as illegal immigrants.
– In 2020, it was estimated that 40,000 Rohingya refugees lived in India, scattered across different states.
– The State governments have no powers to grant “refugee status to any foreigner” and India is not a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol.
– Similar Instructions were Issued in August 2017 and February 2018.
– More than a dozen foreign nationals including policemen and women from Myanmar have fled to neighbouring Mizoram.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 10 March, 2021
6. Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM)
Why in news?
Nearly five months after its setup, the central government’s “Commission for Air Quality Management” or CAQM in National Capital Region and its Adjoining Areas has been shut down due to lapsing of the ordinance.
Key points are:
– The Centre dissolved it after five months as the ordinance lapsed after failing to become an act.
– The erstwhile Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority or EPCA had been dissolved to make way for the Commission.
– The Commission for Air Quality Management was formed by an ordinance in October 2020, the “Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance 2020”.
Composition of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM)
– The chairperson is to be chaired by a government official of the rank of Secretary or Chief Secretary.
– The Commission will be a statutory authority.
– The Commission will supersede bodies such as the central and state pollution control boards of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan.
– It will have the powers to issue directions to these state governments on issues pertaining to air pollution.
– Exclusive jurisdiction over the NCR, including areas in Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, in matters of air pollution, and will be working along with CPCB and ISRO, apart from the respective state governments.

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