Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: April 22, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for April 22, 2021:

India

  • India ranked 142nd on 2021 World Press Freedom Index by French NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
  • Civil Services Day celebrated on April 21
  • You are not exploring all avenues to augment oxygen supply: Delhi HC to Centre
  • Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin neutralises the double-mutant coronavirus strain: ICMR
  • Nashik (Maharashtra): 24 patients die due to interrupted supply of oxygen at hospital run by municipal corporation
  • Control rooms for migrant workers reactivated by Union Labour and Employment Ministry
  • Noted Bengali poet Sankha Ghosh dies at 90; had won Padma Bhushan, Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awards

Economy & corporate

  • Covid-19 surge: Govt waives import duty on Remdesivir API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients), injections and specific inputs till Oct 31
  • IIT Kharagpur commercialises its COVIRAP diagnostic technology that detects infectious diseases including COVID-19
  • CEA, CEEW launch Renewable Dashboard for detailed operational info on RE projects in India
  • India ranks 87th in WEF’s global Energy Transition Index (ETI) among 115 countries

ECOSOC

  • India elected by acclamation to three bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2022
  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
  • Executive Board of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women)
  • Executive Board of the World Food Programme

World

  • India should be a ‘Country of Particular Concern’ for Religious Freedom: US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
  • Sri Lanka asks Chinese ship to leave Hambantota port after radioactive material found
  • Australia cancels deals of Victoria state with China on “Belt and Road” infrastructure building signed in 2018-19
  • U. proposes rules for high-risk artificial intelligence uses such as live facial scanning
  • Indonesian submarine ‘KRI Nanggala 402’ goes missing with 53 people on board
  • Former Minneapolis (US) police officer Derek Chauvin convicted for killing George Floyd
  • EU nations agree to cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels
  • Greece lends Patriot air defence system to Saudi Arabia to protect critical energy facilities
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day celebrated by UN on April 21
  • Chinese Language Day observed by UN on April 20

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