1.India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement- “INDOS ECTA” signed in the presence of Prime Minister
Economic cooperation and trade agreement was signed between India and Australia . Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Australia’s Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan signed the agreement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrisonwere also present on the occasion through virtual medium. The India-Australia ECTA is India’s first trade agreement with a developed country after a decade. The agreement covers a wide range of bilateral economic and commercial relations between the two friendly countries and covers trade in goods, rules of origin, technical barriers to trade (TBT), sanitation and plant hygiene (SPS) measures, dispute settlement, neutral Covers areas such as movement of people, telecommunications, customs procedures, pharmaceutical products and cooperation in other areas. Eight subject-specific side letters covering various aspects of bilateral economic cooperation were also signed as part of the agreement.
2.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba review progress in partnership between the two countries
Delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal ‘s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi. In the meeting, the two leaders reviewed the progress of mutual partnership and discussed ways to further expand cooperation. After the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba jointly inaugurated several projects. He flagged off a passenger train between Jaynagar in Bihar and Kurtha in Nepal . They also jointly inaugurated the Solu Corridor – a power transmission line of 132 kV capacity and a power sub-station built in Nepal under the Line of Credit of the Government of India. Both leaders in NepalIntroduced Rupay Card . Four MoUs were also signed on the occasion.
3.Turkmenistan will complete the TAPI gas pipeline project
A regional conference on the issue of Afghanistan was organized in China . In a joint statement issued at the end of the conference, it has been said that Turkmenistan will complete the one thousand eight hundred kilometer long TAPI gas pipeline project . Work on this project is on hold. This pipeline will go through Afghanistan, Pakistan and up to India . China’s foreign ministry issued a joint statement after the third meeting of foreign ministers between Afghanistan’s neighboring countries in Tunxi in eastern China’s Anhui province. The statement also said that Pakistan would cooperate in resuming work on the TAPI gas pipeline. The meeting was attended by foreign ministers and high-level representatives of China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
4.India and Turkmenistan agree to enhance mutual trade and energy cooperation
President Ram Nath Kovind and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedo visit Oguzhar Mahal Ashgabatheld delegation level talks and exchanged views on various regional and international issues. Several MoUs were also signed between India and Turkmenistan during the talks. The present status and future prospects of bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed in the meeting. The two leaders also discussed issues of regional and international importance. The two countries have a multifaceted partnership, They also agreed to intensify efforts to further strengthen economic and bilateral ties. President Ram Nath Kovind said that the proposed agreement between India’s Financial Intelligence Wing and the Financial Monitoring Service of Turkmenistan will further strengthen the framework of economic cooperation between the two countries. Stressing on the importance of the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the International Transport and Transit Agreement, the President of Tukmenistan said that the Chabahar port built in Iran by India can be used to improve trade between India and Central Asia. . The President of Turkmenistan said that his country is an important partner for India in the India-Central Asia Summit framework and the two countries have agreed to further enhance cooperation within the framework set out in the India-Central Asia Summit. The President said that both the countries have explored new areas like disaster management. has been identified. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the two countries in this regard. Shri Kovind said that the MoU for cooperation in the field of culture and arts for the period 2022-25 will give a new direction to cultural cooperation. President Ram Nath Kovind visits Kipchak Mazar, the largest mosque in Central Asia, in Asgavat.
5.National Commission for Women launches Anti-Human Trafficking Cell
National Commission for Women launched an Anti-Human Trafficking Cell . Its objective is to effectively deal with human trafficking cases , increase awareness among women and girls, training and capacity building of anti-trafficking units. The cell will function with the objective of raising awareness and capacity building among law enforcement agencies. The cell will organize training and workshops on combating human trafficking for police officers and prosecutors at the regional, state and district levels. The cell will also address complaints related to human trafficking received by the Commission.
6.Railway Protection Force launched a month-long nationwide campaign against railway ticket brokers under Operation Available
A sharp increase in the demand for reserved train seats was expected in the month of March 2022 , owing to the resumption of long distance train services in the country and the prospect of festive and summer rush . Keeping this matter in view, Railway Protection Force (RPF) intensified its efforts against ticket touts and launched a nationwide campaign against the activities of touts across the country in the month of March 2022. The field units of RPF gathered information from the field, digital and cyber world. Then collated, verified and analyzed the information and started campaign against ticket touts all over the country from 1st March 2022. operation availableThe month-long nationwide campaign has enabled to a large extent curb the activities of touts and provide railway tickets to the common man.
7.Inauguration of Residential Civil Services Examination Coaching Program for Muslim Community in New Panvel, Mumbai
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated UPSC Academy of Anjuman-e-Islam (AIUPSC) , a residential coaching program for civil services and other government examinations , in Mumbai . This program especially for students and candidates belonging to Muslim community is inspired by the success stories of Muslim students from underprivileged sections of the society. The program is set up by the management of Anjuman-e-Islam and funded by the Central Waqf Commission in the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. AIUPSC Residential Coaching Center has been opened at Anjuman-e-Islam’s Kalsekar Technical Complex, New Panvel, Mumbai.
8.Government keeps interest rates on small savings schemes unchanged
Recently , due to high level of inflation , the government has announced small savings schemes including National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Public Provident Fund (PPF) for the first quarter of the year 2022-23 (April-June). but kept interest rates unchangedIs. Small Savings Schemes are the major source of household savings in India and consist of 12 instruments. In this, the depositors get assured interest on their money. The amount collected from all small savings instruments is deposited in the National Small Savings Fund (NSSF). Small savings have emerged as a major source of funding for the government deficit to meet the high borrowing requirement due to the increase in government deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
9.Karnataka government launches Vinay Samarsya initiative
Basavaraj Bommai government announced Vinaya Samarasya Yojana as a public awareness campaign against caste bias in the gram panchayats of the state . It will be formally launched on April 14, the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar . The initiative was named after Vinay , a three-year-old Dalit child who wandered into a temple in Miyapur village in Karnataka’s Koppal district to seek shelter from the rains in September 2021 . Rs 25,000 fine by village eldersHis family has faced even greater animosity since the imposition. Meanwhile 1,500 members of the area, mainly from the Ganiga group, had intensified their persecution of the Dalit family, forcing Vinay’s family to leave the village and give up property including agricultural land. According to Vinay’s relatives and family, after the incident all the accused who were jailed on charges of caste prejudice were also released on bail and they continue to control the village.
10.Maharashtra launches personal loan scheme for prisoners
The Maharashtra government has launched a scheme that allows prisoners to get personal loans of up to Rs 50,000 from banks to help their families improve their living conditions and meet expenses related to their legal matters . Is. This will be the first initiative of its kind in our country . Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank will provide loan up to 50,000 under this scheme at 7% interest rate. The scheme will be implemented on a pilot basis at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune, Maharashtra . This type of loan is called a Khavati loan, and benefits approximately 1,055 prisoners.
11.Vishwas Patel re-elected as Chairman of Payments Council of India
Vishwas Patel has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Payments Council of India (PCI) for the second time in 2022 , before he was elected as the President of the PCI in the year 2018. In 2013, he served as the co-chairman of the PCI. PCI is a payments ecosystem industry body and a part of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). PCI aims to promote a cashless transaction society and enhance digital payments in India.
12.India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by a record $ 2 billion to $ 617.648 billion
India’s foreign exchange reserves declined by $2.03 billion to $617.648 billion during the week ended March 25, 2022 . India ranks fourth in the list of countries with the highest foreign exchange reserves in the world , China is on the first place in this list . It is called a forex reserve or reserve of reserves.Also called the balance of payments, foreign exchange reserves are called ‘reserve assets’ and are held in the capital account. These are an important part of a country’s international investment position. It should include only foreign rupees, deposits with foreign banks, foreign Treasury bills and short-term or long-term government assets but also includes special drawing rights, gold reserves and the International Monetary Fund’s reserve positions. It is more appropriate to call it the Official International Reserve or the International Reserve.
13.The world’s largest electric cruise ship Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 made its maiden voyage in China
The world’s largest electric cruise ship has returned to port in Yichang, China ‘s central Hubei province, after sailing on the Yangtze River for its maiden voyage . The cruise ship is powered by a massive 7,500 kilowatt-hour marine battery . This battery is provided by Contemporary Amperex Technology , the No. 1 battery manufacturer for electric cars in the world . The ship will start commercial operations from April 2022. The ship will be mainly used for sightseeing . The ship is named Yangtze River Three Gorges 1 and is a 100% electric cruise ship developed and built in China.Has been done. Its main purpose is to carry travelers who are going on a sightseeing tour on the Yangtze River. The ship is 16 meters wide and 100 meters long and has a capacity to carry around 1,300 passengers . On a single charge, the ship can travel around 100 kms thus saving about 530 metric tonnes of fuel. The ship is developed by China Yangtze Power , a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corp. , and costs 150 million yuan, or $23.66 million.
14.Lok Sabha passed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (Amendment) Bill 2022
Lok Sabha has passed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (Amendment) Bill to merge the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) into a single entity . The bill has been passed by voice vote and the various amendments introduced by the opposition members have been rejected. The Union Cabinet had approved the introduction of this bill. A “Special Officer” will be appointed to discharge the functions of the elected wing of the councilors until the first meeting of the new corporation takes place. This amendment bill will remove the section related to local bodies and directors controlling the functioning of MCDs. The three municipal corporations will be merged into a single, well-equipped and integrated entity so that a robust mechanism can be put in place to ensure optimum utilization of resources and strategic planning.
15.Axis Bank will take over the business of Citibank
Citigroup has announced that Axis Bank will acquire Citibank’s Indian consumer business for an amount of USD 1.6 billion in a full cash deal.Will do The transaction will cover Citibank India’s consumer banking business, which includes retail banking, credit cards, consumer credit and wealth management. The transaction will also include the sale of consumer business, Citicorp Finance (India) Ltd., a non-banking financial company of Citibank. However, Citi’s institutional client businesses in India are excluded from the deal. After the completion of this transaction, the consumer business staff of Citibank India will be transferred to Axis. The deal comes nearly a year after Citibank announced its exit from consumer franchises in 13 markets, including India. Citibank will focus on wealth and institutional management businesses. Citibank’s Indian consumer banking business includes home loans, credit cards and retail banking.
16.Central Bank of India partners with Kwik.ID to digitize customer onboarding
Central Bank of India ID to implement Digital Know Your Customer (KYC), Video KYC and eKYC for its network across Indiapartnered with. The partnership aims to bring seamless onboarding and efficient digital services to customers across India. ID is India’s fastest and first ever AI-based fully compliant video KYC solution and a flagship product by Think360.ai. It aims to digitize the onboarding of 10 million customers annually and streamline its end-to-end processes. The Central Bank of India had an eight-month long arduous evaluation process on technology and product experience followed by a reverse auction commercial round for this selection. This partnership will help the bank drive its digital transformation agenda and support the digital finance initiative championed by the government.
17.RBI extends by one year the time limit for banks to use lockable cassettes in ATMs
The Reserve Bank of India has extended the deadline for banks to use lockable cassettes in their ATMs by one year till March 31, 2023 , which can be changed while refilling cash. Most ATMs are currently filled through open cash top-up or by pouring cash into the machines on the spot. RBI requested that this approach be changed by guaranteeing that the lockable cassettes are exchanged when the currency is replenished at ATMs. Earlier, banks were expected to gradually start using lockable cassettes, with at least a third of their ATMs being secured by March 31, 2021. Later the deadline was extended till March 31, 2022.
18.Manipur government ties up with Samsung to launch Sports Digital Experience Center
The State Government of Manipur has established a World Class Sports Digital Experience Center as a domain of Manipur Olympian Park and Khuman Lampak Sports Complex .Has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Data Systems India Pvt Ltd and Abhitek IT Solutions Pvt Ltd for setting up The MoU was exchanged in the presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the Cabinet Hall of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. With the setting up of the Digital Experience Centre, various achievements of the Olympians of Manipur will be displayed digitally to make the public aware of their achievements. He said that such initiatives will help in improving and enhancing the performance of sports talent through latest technologies like Sports Analytics, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality.
19.HDFC ERGO launches “VAULT” digital customer engagement and rewards program
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company has launched its VAULT program. It is India’s first industry-led digital customer engagement and rewards programme. This program is an experiment to test a new idea under the regulatory sandbox of IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) . The trial period will be till 14th May 2022 and continuation of the product beyond the trial period will be subject to IRDAI approval. The VAULT program is a customer engagement-based membership program. Under the programme, eligible customers will be given incentives through reward points on meeting specified criteria or tasks. The maximum customer enrollment under this program will be 10,000. This reward program will cover Optima Restore health insurance customers.
20.Microsoft launches ‘Startup Founders Hub’ platform
Microsoft launched a new digital and inclusive platform for startup founders in India . The platform called ‘ Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub ‘ in India will support startup founders in India at every stage of their startup journey. The platform will offer startups over US$300,000 in benefits and credits, including free access to technology, tools and resources from tech giants and partners. The initiative will help startups gain mentorship and skill opportunities with industry experts and Microsoft Learn.
21.Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar, AVSM, NM assumes charge of Commandant National Defense Academy
Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar, AVSM, NM assumed the charge of Commandant, National Defense Academy on 1st April 2022 from Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, AVSM, VM. As an alumnus of the National Defense Academy, Vice Admiral Ajay Kochhar was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 July 1988. He is a graduate of Defense Service Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Mumbai and Royal College of Defense Studies in United Kingdom.
22.Organized ‘Yashwat Shatakam’ conference on the theme ‘Chetak – 6 glorious centuries of self-reliance, pluralism and fidelity’
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath addressed a conference organized to commemorate 60 years (Diamond Jubilee) of Chetak helicopter ‘s service to the nation . Yashaswat Shatakam on the theme ‘ Chetak – 6 glorious centuries of self-reliance, pluralism and fidelity ‘ by the Indian Air Force on 02 April 2022 at Air Force Station, Hakimpet , Hyderabad .’The conference was organized. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary, senior retired and serving officers from the helicopter streams of the three Services and officials of the Ministry of Defence, Indian Coast Guard and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) were present on the occasion. The objective of organizing this conference was to provide a platform to showcase the six decades of helicopter operations in the country by highlighting the operation of ‘Chetak’ helicopter.
23.New weekly dialogue program “Abhyaas” started on All India Radio for competitive exams
All India Radio is starting a new weekly interactive program – PRAYAS for competitive exams . Its purpose is to help students preparing for competitive exams and people looking for employment. The program will be in Hindi and will be telecast every Saturday between 9.30 pm and 10 pm. The first episode of the exercise was modeled on modern history.
24.Traditional New Year celebrated in different parts of the country
Hindu New Year has started from 2nd April . It is also called Vikram Samvat or Nav Samvatsar . Vikram Samvat is related to the day when Emperor Vikramaditya defeated the Shakas and called for a new era. Astronomers under his supervision created a new calendar based on the lunar-solar system that is still followed in the northern regions of India. It is the first day of the ‘ Vardhidha phase ‘ (in which the visible side of the Moon gets bigger every night ) of the month of Chaitra (the first month of the Hindu calendar) . This day is celebrated with different names in different parts of the country. it in telugu and kannadaUgadi is called Gudi Padwa in Marathi . Also called Chaitra Shukladi, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheeroba in other states . This day also marks the beginning of Chaitra Navratri .
25.world autism awareness day
World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 April every year around the world. The primary objective of organizing this day is to spread awareness about autism and to help the general public understand the challenges associated with this disorder. The United Nations General Assembly declared April 2, 2007 as World Autism Awareness Day. Autism, or narcissism , is a mental illness or a serious disorder that occurs during brain development. blue colourHas been considered a symbol of autism. Symptoms of this disorder are visible at birth or in childhood (the first three years). This disorder adversely affects a person’s social skills and communication ability. It is a lifelong disorder. The development of children suffering from this disorder is different from other children. The affected person behaves in limited and repetitive behavior, such as doing the same thing over and over again. According to the 2011 census, the total number of children with disabilities in the country below the age of 19 years is 78,62,921, out of which 5,95,089 children are suffering from intellectual disability. The theme of World Autism Awareness Day is ‘ Inclusive Quality Education for All ‘.
26.Home Minister inaugurates 115th birthday celebrations of Dr. Sri Sri Sri Shiva Kumaraswamy at Siddaganga Math in Tumkur, Karnataka
Recently, the Union Home Minister inaugurated the 115th birthday celebrations of Dr. Sri Sri Sri Shiva Kumaraswamy at Siddaganga Math in Tumkur , Karnataka and participated in the Guruvandana ceremony. Shivakumara Swami was a revered seer of the Lingayat-Virashaiva faith of the Siddaganga Math in Tumkur and the Lingayat religious head of the Sri Siddaganga Math. He was born on 1st April, 1907 in Ramanagara (Karnataka)He was born in the village of Veerpura, he was known for his philanthropic activities. He worked for 88 years to realize Basaveshwara’s idea and paved the way for equality, education and making people spiritually prosperous. In recognition of the social work done by him, he was awarded the third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan in 2015 and Karnataka Ratna in 2007. He was also awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Karnataka University in the year 1965. He founded the Sri Siddaganga Education Society Trust, which runs about 125 educational institutions in Karnataka ranging from primary schools, schools for the blind to arts, science, commerce and engineering. He was known as “Walking God” among his followers. He passed away in the year 2019.
27.Anandi Gopal Joshi
On 02 April 2022, the 157th birth anniversary of India’s first woman doctor Anandi Gopal Joshi was celebrated. Anandi Gopal Joshi was the first female doctor in India, who completed her medical studies from America. Anandi Gopal Joshi was born on March 31, 1865 in a Brahmin family in Kalyan, Thane district of Maharashtra . At the age of 9, Anandi Joshi was married to Vidur Gopalrao Joshi , who was 20 years older than her. Gopal Rao was a man of progressive thinking, he inspired his wife to study and called her ‘ Anandi ‘.‘ Named. At the young age of 14, Anandi gave birth to a son, but he died due to lack of medical facilities. This accident had a profound effect on his life. Soon after, at the age of 16, she went to America to study medicine. Anandi graduated from Women’s Medical College, Pennsylvania. Anandi died on February 26, 1887, just a month before she turned 22.