Daily Current Affairs – 21 March 2015
- Today’s observed as International Day of Forests. It was established as the International Day of Forests by resolution A/RES/67/200 of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 November 2012. International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on 21 March 2013. The theme highlights forest-based solutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and more broadly forests and sustainable development. The day provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.
- Today’s observed as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws.
- Today’s observed as World Puppet Day.
- Today’s observed as World Down Syndrome Day.
- Today’s observed as World Poetry Day to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. It was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999.
- National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities was launched in New Delhi. It is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability for skilling 2.5 million Persons with Disability (PwD) over seven years between 2015 and 2022. It was jointly launched by the Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy and the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot.
- Three day long International Conference on Counter Terrorism organised in Jaipur concludes today. It was organized by Rajasthan Government in collaboration with India Foundation and Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice. The term CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Terrorism was in news in the third week of March 2015. It was in news because CBRN terrorism is one of the sub-themes of Conference on Counter-Terrorism held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. CBRN terrorism is a clear threat to public health and safety, national security and economic and political stability on a global level.
- Rajendra Singh, an environment activist of India widely popular as the ‘Water Man’ has been awarded with Stockholm Water Prize 2015. Sweden’s King Carl Gustav will present the rainwater harvesting pioneer with a cash prize of 1,50,000 Dollar during the world water week.
- Lata Mangeshkar was presented the ‘Laadli Voice of the Century’ award during the sixth edition of the national Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity. Other awards are as follows:
a) Best movie award – Queen
b) Laadli Grand Prix award – advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather for its advertisement, Titan Raga — tum nahi badle
c) Laadli extraordinaire award – Charu Khurana, she won a landmark judgment in the Supreme Court regarding Bollywood’s bias against women make-up artistes.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was the chief guest at the awards ceremony. The National Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity was instituted by the Population First (PF) – an initiative for gender equality and community empowerment.
- Cabinet cleared introducing of the Appropriation Acts Repeal Bill, 2015 in Parliament for repealing 758 Appropriation Acts.
- Delhi High Court bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri on 20 March 2015 restrained Indian firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals from manufacturing, marketing or selling its anti-diabetes drugs Zita and Zita-Met.
- A Hainan Chinese airline from commercial hub Shanghai to Beijing today completed the country’s first commercial flight using biofuel, made from waste cooking oil, as the government seeks to promote greater environmental sustainability. The Boeing 737 plane used a 50-50 mix of conventional jet fuel and biofuel made from “waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China”.
- Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) on appointed Colin Macdonald as Managing Director (MD). He will take charge from 1 April 2015. Currently, he is working as Deputy Managing Director of RNAIPL since January 2014. He began his career at Nissan in the Sunderland plant in 1991 and responsible for the operations of the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory at Oragadam, near Chennai. The plant exports cars to more than a hundred countries.
- China rolls out world’s first hydrogen-powered tramcar in the assembly line in China’s eastern Shandong Province.
- New Zealand storms into the semi-final beating West Indies by 143 runs, on the back of Martin Guptill’s double ton. The opener Martin Guptill hits World Cup record double century (237 in 163 balls). This is the highest World Cup score by an individual batsman.
- Krishnarao Sable, popularly known as ‘Shahir Sable’, whose songs enriched Maharashtra’s culture, passed away. He was 92. Shahir Sable was an accomplished singer, writer, playwright, performer, Loknatya (Folk Theater) producer-director.