Vice Admiral Atul Anand takes over as the Director General of Naval Operations (DGNO)


1. Country’s 11th Vande Bharat Express train started between Bhopal and New Delhi

Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  flagged   off the Vande Bharat Express  from   Bhopal to  New Delhi from Rani Kamlapati Railway Station  in  Madhya Pradesh . This   is the eleventh Vande Bharat train of the country.  It will run from Bhopal’s Rani Kamalapati Railway Station to New Delhi’s  Hazrat Nizamuddin station . Madhya Pradesh  Governor Mangubhai PatelChief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on this occasion    and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav were present. Vande Bharat train is a train with state-of-the-art facilities, developed and designed indigenously. Anti-collision armor system has been installed in this train. Also equipped with CC TV camera. In case of emergency, the passenger can talk directly to the driver. The new Vande Bharat train will cover a distance of seven hundred and one kilometer in seven and a half hours.

2. PM attends Combined Commanders’ Conference held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The Prime Minister,  Shri Narendra Modi  attended   the Combined Commanders’ Conference  held in  Bhopal  , Madhya  Pradesh . The theme of the three-day military commanders’ conference is ‘ Ready, Resurgent, Relevant ‘. During this conference, various issues related to national security including coordination and combat-skills in the armed forces were discussed. The preparedness of the armed forces and the progress in the security ecosystem towards achieving ‘self-reliance’ was also reviewed. The conference was attended by the Commanders of the three Armed Forces and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence.

3. Government announced Foreign Trade Policy-2023. Target to reach the country’s exports to 2 trillion dollars by the year 2030

Commerce and Industry Minister  Piyush Goyal  launched   the Foreign Trade Policy 2023  in  New Delhi . Speaking on the occasion, Shri Goyal said that the trade policy has been made flexible so that necessary changes can be made in it as per the need of the changing times. He said that the policy has been prepared in consultation with various stakeholders. He said that  India’s overall exports  have crossed  $750 billion and  are expected to cross $760 billion this year. It also includes exports of commercial goods and services. He said that  the foreign trade policy aims to take Indian exports to $2 trillion by 2030  .

4. Union Minister Shri Giriraj Singh launches ‘Captive Employment’ initiative under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)

Union Rural Development Minister  Shri. Giriraj Singh   joined 19 captive employers  in a unique initiative under the  Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)  in  New Delhi . These employers will train the poor youth of the village and provide employment to the trained youth in their company or subsidiary companies.  Captive Employment Skill training and employment to rural poor youth  It is a first of its kind initiative in India aimed at providing opportunities to The initiative is designed to create a dynamic and demand-driven skilling ecosystem that meets the needs of industry partners and ensures long-term employment for underprivileged rural youth. Captive employers are industries or companies that provide skill training to youth and employ them in one of their establishments, subsidiaries or affiliates.

5. Finance Ministry issues notification for Mahila Samman Savings Certificate Scheme

Ministry of Finance  has   issued notification for Mahila Samman Savings Certificate Scheme . Women can invest in this scheme. This scheme is available in one lakh 59 thousand post offices across the country. The two-year tenure plan  offers an attractive and fixed interest of 7.5 per cent compounded quarterly with a maximum limit of Rs two lakh with  flexible investment and partial withdrawal options. The scheme is valid for a period of two years till March 31, 2025. The scheme was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the budget for the year 2023-24. This is a significant step towards financial inclusion and empowerment of women including girls.

6. Georgia Assembly passed a resolution condemning Hinduphobia

The Georgia Assembly  in   the  US has passed a resolution condemning Hinduphobia  and   has become the first US state to take such a legislative step. Condemning Hinduphobia and anti-Hindu bias, the resolution states that Hinduism is the world’s largest and oldest religion, with 1.2 billion people living in more than 100 countries. The resolution also states that Hinduism is full of different traditions and belief systems, which also have values ​​of acceptance, mutual respect and peace. The proposal was introduced by Forsyth County’s Lauren McDonald and Todd Jones. A large number of Hindu and Indian American communities live in this county of Georgia.

7. ATL Tinkering course launched to empower India’s youth

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)NITI Aayog  has launched three new resources  aimed at fostering innovation and creativity among the youth of India. In which mainly  ATL Tinkering course, tool manual and calendar of activities for 2023-24 have been  presented. The ATL Tinkering course is a tailored learning path designed to help students develop and hone their innovation skills. This curriculum has been developed in association with Makerghat. It covers a wide range of concepts, from basic electronics and mechanics to cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing and the Internet of Things.

8. Indian-origin Richard Verma becomes CEO of US State Department

Indian-origin  Richard Verma  has   been appointed  by  the US Senate as Deputy Secretary for Management and Resource Affairs in the State Department . This powerful US government official is also known as the CEO of the State Department. In the vote on Richard’s election to the US Senate, 67 members voted in his favor and 26 against. In December last year, 54-year-old Richard Verma was nominated by US President Joe Biden for this top diplomatic post. Early in his career, he was National Security Advisor to United States Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and at the same time was the Democratic Whip, Minority Leader, and Majority Leader of the United States Senate. Richard also served as the US Ambassador to India from January 16, 2015 to January 20, 2017.

9. 2nd G-20 Tourism Working Group meeting begins in Siliguri

The three-day  second G-20 Tourism Working Group meeting   began in Siliguri, West Bengal. Over 130 delegates from G-20 member countries, invited countries and international organizations along with tourism industry participants, state tourism and local tour operators are also participating in the meeting. In the meeting, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region G. Kishan Reddy are also participating.Tourism Secretary Arvind Secretary said that this meeting will give a clear signal about the possibilities and potential of the North Eastern part of India. Shri Singh said that the foreign delegates would get an opportunity to know about the tea industry, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and adventure tourism. The delegates were given a warm welcome at Sukna in Siliguri. The delegation went to see the Makkaibari Tea Factory.

10. CBSE launches special drive for development of government school teachers

The Central Board of Secondary Education-CBSE  has launched a special drive for continuous professional development  of teachers of  Government and Government-aided schools  affiliated to it  . In an official release, CBSE has said that under the campaign, teachers will be   provided training on more than 20 subjects related to the capacity building program of students.

11. IPPB announced the launch of WhatsApp Banking Services

India Post Payments Bank-I.P.P.B.  has announced the launch of WhatsApp Banking services  for its customers  . With the help of this, its customers will get banking facilities through mobile phones. IPPB With the help of WhatsApp Banking, the bank’s customers will be able to avail a host of facilities, including locating the nearest post office, requesting services at doorstep, etc. India Post Payments Bank has started WhatsApp facilities with the help of Airtel.

12. Launch of intensive campaign to achieve the targets of PMJJBY and PMSBY

 Department of  Financial Services,  Ministry of Finance Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana-PMJJBY  and  Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana-PMSBY is launching an intensive three-month campaign to achieve the targets of Rs. Banks will organize this camp at the Gram Panchayat level in all the districts of the country. Various Ministries of the Central Government will run this campaign with the cooperation of the State Administration to extend the benefits of both the schemes to the maximum population of the country. Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories, An appeal has been made to the Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officers of public sector banks to cooperate in the campaign. The objective of both these social security schemes is to provide life and accident insurance coverage to the citizens especially the weaker sections. The Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Bima Yojana provides an insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh in case of death due to any reason, while the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana provides an accident insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh for death or total permanent disability and Rs 1 lakh in case of partial permanent disability. provides.

13. Vice Admiral Atul Anand takes over as the Director General of Naval Operations (DGNO)

Vice Admiral  Atul Anand , AVSM, VSM   assumed charge as the Director General Naval Operations on 01 April 2023. Rear Admiral Atul Anand was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1988. He is an alumnus of National Defense Academy, (71st Course, Delta Squadron), Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur (Bangladesh) and National Defense College, New Delhi. He has also attended the prestigious Advanced Security Co-operation Course at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA.

14. Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral SN Ghormade Retd

Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral SN Ghormade  retired after a total of over 39 years of illustrious service. During his tenure as the Vice Chief of the Navy, he ensured a war-ready, credible Navy by focusing on integrated planning, innovation, indigenization, adoption of emerging technologies in capital acquisition, infrastructure development as well as optimization of allocated fiscal resources. Contributed significantly to building and sustaining a cohesive, future-ready Navy. Under his supervision  the first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant  was commissioned on  02 Sep 2022  in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister  and the historic achievement of INS Vikrant’s first landing of LCA (Navy) on flight deck at sea  was accomplished on 06 Mar 2023.

15. India’s first cloned female calf ‘Ganga’

 Due to the pressure of the government to increase  milk production , National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, Haryana has produced  India’s first  cloned female calf ‘Ganga’ of  indigenous breed  Gir . has been prepared. Under a project of NDRI, the state will work on cloning indigenous cow breeds like Gir and Sahiwal. Indigenous cattle breeds like Gir, Sahiwal, Tharparkar and Lal-Sindhi have played an important role in milk production and development of Indian dairy industry. Gir cattle are also very popular and have been exported to Brazil, the United States, Mexico and Venezuela for the development of zebu cattle. The term cloning refers to the different processes that can be used to create genetically identical copies of a biological entity. Copies prepared that have the same genetic makeup as the original organism are called clones.

16. Exchange Fee on PPI Business Transactions

Recently  National Payments Corporation  of India (NPCI) clarified that there   will be no charges for bank account to bank account based UPI payments . As per NPCI,  an interchange fee of 1.1% on UPI transactions done through PPI instruments above Rs.2,000 is charged, while no fee is charged to the customers. Also NPCI has allowed Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI) wallets to be part of the interoperable UPI ecosystem. The Reserve Bank of India defines a PPI as a payment instrument that facilitates the purchase of goods and services, transfer of funds, access to financial services and remittances, in exchange for the value stored in the instrument. It happens. PPIs are in the form of payment wallets (like Paytm Wallet, Amazon Pay Wallet, PhonePe Wallet etc.), smart cards, mobile wallets, magnetic chips, vouchers etc. As per the rules, banks and NBFCs can issue prepaid payment instruments (PPIs).

17. The first examination of Elementary Literacy and Numeracy Assessment to be held on March 19, 2023

Recently the Government has launched   a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme “ New India Literacy Program ” with a financial outlay of Rs.1037.90 crore  over five years  from FY 2022-23 to 2026-27.(New India Literacy Program- NILP) has been started. Under the Nav Bharat Sakshar programme, FLNAT was conducted on 19.03.2023 in 10 States and Union Territories of the country to assess the primary level reading, writing and numeracy skills of neo-literates. Youth and students from schools and colleges were involved as volunteer teachers to organize teaching and learning programmes. Nav Bharat Saksharta Karyakram, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme approved by the Government of India, will be implemented during the financial year 2022-27. The scheme is in line with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The target of the scheme includes all non-literates in the country aged 15 years and above, with a greater focus on women and educationally backward states. It has five components, i) Elementary literacy and numeracy, ii) Important Life Skills, iii) Basic Education, iv) Vocational Skills, (v) Continuing Education. This scheme will be implemented through volunteer teachers. for its effective implementation in the country; NYKS volunteers, students from the community, schools and higher education institutions and teacher education institutions, will be involved in the teaching-learning program.

18. Australian renewable-energy company Green Gravity proposes a plan to generate electricity from the inactive Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in Karnataka

Recently  Green Gravity, an Australian  renewable-energy company, has   generated  electricity  from  the inactive Kolar Gold Fields (KGF)  in Karnataka using low-  tech gravity technology. A plan has been proposed to do so. The idea is to explore dormant mines, which can be hundreds or thousands of meters deep, and use renewable energy to propel a weighted block, which can weigh up to 40 tons, to the top of a mined shaft during the day. goes. When backup power is needed, the heavy blocks fall under gravity and the ensuing momentum powers a generator via a connected shaft (or rotor). The depth to which the block can go down can be determined via a braking system, thus controlling the amount of power. This is similar to the pumped hydroelectric storage method, where water is pumped upwards into a reservoir via electricity and then released downwards to move a turbine and generate electricity as needed.

19. India ranks fifth in national contribution to global warming

In a recent research published in the journal  ‘ Scientific Data ‘ , India  has been ranked fifth  among  the top 10 contributors  to  global warming . The United States  tops the list  with its total emissions causing a temperature increase of 0.28 °C (17.3%). China second  and  Russia third stayed in place India moved from 10th position in 2005 to 5th position. India is responsible for 0.08 degree Celsius of warming from 1850 to 2021. India’s carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from 1851-2021 result in observed global warming of 0.04°C, 0.03°C and 0.006°C, respectively, compared to pre-industrial levels Is.

20. ISRO releases Global Earth mosaic captured by EOS-06 satellite

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has  recently   released a Global False Color Composite (FCC) mosaic  of images captured by  the Ocean Color Monitor (OCM) payload  on  the EOS-06 satellite . OCM senses the Earth in 13 different wavelengths to provide information on global vegetation cover on land and ocean biota for the global oceans. Launched by ISRO in November 2021, the EOS-06 satellite is the third generation in the Oceansat series and carries four payloads to observe ocean color data, sea surface temperature and wind vector data for climate and meteorological applications.

21. Yangli Festival organized by Tiwa tribe of Assam

The Tiwa tribe  of   Assam  organizes  the Yangli Festival  once  every three years  to mark the beginning of the  sowing season. The Yangli festival, which is related to agriculture, is an important festival for the people of Tiwa tribe as agriculture is the main source of income for their community. During the festival the Tiwa people dance and pray for a good harvest and seek protection for their crops from pests and natural calamities.

22. Assam: Birth anniversary of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma celebrated in Bodos

Bodofa Upendranath Brahma was  a prominent  Bodo social activist  and   former president of the All Bodo Students’ Union . He was born  on March 31, 1956  in Boragari village of Dotma, Kokrajhar district, Assam. Bodofa Upendranath Brahma became the President of Goalpara District Students Union in 1978-79. He was later elected as the President of the All Bodo Students’ Union in 1986, a position he held for many years. During his tenure as the Speaker, he worked for the betterment of the Bodo community, advocated for their rights and addressed their issues. In recognition of his contribution,  the  Government  of Assam declared 31 March  as   Students ‘ Day , which was celebrated throughout the state.

23. The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) began

The 16th edition  of  the Indian Premier League  has started  on  March 31, 2023 . The first match of IPL 16 took place between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings, in which Gujarat Titans won. The Indian Premier League is one of the most popular sporting events in the world. The first season of IPL started in 2008. 10 teams take part in it. Mumbai Indians have won the most number of IPL titles 5 times.

24. Utkal Day in Odisha

Every year   on  April 1, Utkal Diwas  is celebrated  in  Odisha . The state of Odisha was established on April 1, 1936. It was established on 1 April 1936 as a province of British India. It was named Orissa. The English name was changed to Odisha on 4 November 2011.

25. April 1: Foundation Day of Reserve Bank of India

1 April  is  celebrated as the Foundation Day of  the Reserve Bank of India  , it was established on 1 April 1935. Was done on Prior to RBI, all the functions of the central bank were being performed by the Imperial Bank of India. The Imperial Bank of India was established in 1921 through the Imperial Bank of India Act, 1920, which amalgamated the three Presidency banks into one strong bank. This bank was directed to open 100 branches in the next 5 years in potential market towns of the country. This bank was created with the idea of ​​being a central bank and was allowed to discharge all the functions of a central bank. It was entrusted with the work of currency and credit, public debt, government receipts and disbursements, management and securities and bonds, banker’s bank etc. Later, the Hilton Young Commission recommended that a separate central bank should be created. Reserve Bank of India Act, The Reserve Bank of India was established on 1 April 1935 as per the provisions of 1934. Initially the central office of the Reserve Bank was established in Kolkata but was permanently shifted to Mumbai in 1937. The central office is the place where the governor sits and where policies are formulated. The Reserve Bank has been wholly owned by the Government of India since its nationalization in 1949.