Current Affairs 2021: Today’s News Headlines: April 23, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for April 23, 2021:

India

  • Covid-19: Supreme Court asks centre for a “national plan” on oxygen supply, essential drugs and vaccination
  • Centre invokes Disaster Management Act to ensure unhindered inter-State movement of vehicles carrying medical oxygen
  • Registration process for COVID vaccination (from May 1) to all above 18 years to start from April 28
  • Govt permits Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine
  • IAF’s first Rafale squadron based in Ambala completed with arrival of 4 Rafale from France
  • Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan dies at 86; awarded Padma Bhushan in 2000 & Padma Vibhushan in 2021

Economy & corporate

  • S&P forecasts 11% growth for the Indian economy in 2021-22, flags impact of lockdowns
  • Fitch affirms India’s rating at ‘BBB-’; outlook negative due to Covid surge
  • India needs $401 bn capital investment to fight climate change: Bank of America Securities Report
  • MeitY announces #FOSS4GOV Innovation Challenge to accelerate adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) In Government
  • Accenture India head Rekha Menon to take over as NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) Chairman for FY22

World

  • US organising the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on a virtual platform on April 22-23
  • PM Modi announces launch of ‘India-US climate and clean energy Agenda 2030 partnership’ with US President Joe Biden
  • S. House of Representatives passes bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state; bill goes to Senate
  • UK’s parliament declares China’s treatment of Uighur community in Xinjiang as genocide
  • NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars makes oxygen from planet’s carbon dioxide atmosphere
  • International Mother Earth Day observed on April 22, theme: ‘Restore Our Earth’
  • International Girls in ICT (Information & Communications Technology) Day celebrated on April 22; theme: ‘Connected Girls, Creating Brighter Futures!’

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