Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: April 16, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for April 16, 2021:

India

  • India hosts BRICS seminar on misuse of Internet by terrorists; organised by National Investigation Agency (NIA)
  • ISRO, French Space Agency CNES to cooperate on India’s Gaganyaan Human Spaceflight programme
  • Indian Coast Guard apprehends Pakistani boat with 30 kgs of heroin off Jakhau, Gujarat
  • Hardeep S. Puri, MoS (I/C), Housing and Urban Affairs launches EatSmart Cities Challenge, aim is to nudge the urban populace to make the right food choices
  • Hardeep S. Puri, MoS (I/C), Housing and Urban Affairs launches Transport 4 All Challenge; aim is to develop digital solutions that will make public transport safe and affordable for all

Economy & corporate

  • 2020-21: Exports at $290.63 billion (–7.26%), Imports: $389.18 billion (–18%)
  • Wholesale price index (WPI) based inflation at over 8-year high of 7.39% in March
  • RBI to set up new Regulations Review Authority (RRA 2.0) for a period of 1 year, to be headed by Deputy Governor M. Rajeshwar Rao
  • India ranked 49th among 120 countries on Facebook ‘Inclusive Internet Index’ compiled by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

World

  • US President Joe Biden announces new sanctions on Russia, expulsion of 10 diplomats for interference in the 2020 US presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies
  • US President Joe Biden announces complete withdrawal of US, NATO troops from Afghanistan by September 11
  • Haiti: PM Joseph Jouthe resigns as the country faces a spike in violence

Cricket: Wisden awards

  • England all-rounder Ben Stokes is ‘Cricketer of the Year’
  • Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, West Indian Jason Holder, Mohammed Rizwan and Darren Stevens named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 2021 edition of Wisden Almanack
  • Australia’s Beth Mooney is ‘Leading Women’s Cricketer in the World’
  • India captain Virat Kohli Wisden Almanack’s ODI player of the 2010s
  • Sachin Tendulkar is the ODI Cricketer of the 1990s
  • Kapil Dev was named as the ODI Cricketer for the 1980s

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