Current Affairs – March 12, 2021 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for March 12, 2021

India

PM launches kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita on March 11, 2021. The Prime Minister lauded the efforts to bring out e-book version as this would connect more youngsters with the noble thoughts of the Gita.

Brahma Kumaris’ Chief Dadi Hriday Mohini dies at 93 in Mumbai

Spiritual organisation Brahma Kumaris’ chief administrator Dadi Hriday Mohini died on March 11, 2021 in Mumbai. She was 93. After the death of its former chief Dadi Janki a year ago, Dadi Mohini was appointed as the chief administrator of the organisation.

ISRO, JAXA join hands for air quality monitoring using satellite data

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have decided to join hands to take up activities on rice crop area and air quality monitoring using satellite data.

Economy & Corporate

PLI scheme for pharmaceuticals approved by Chemicals & Fertilizers Ministry

Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry has accorded approval for Promotion of Domestic Manufacturing of critical Key Starting Materials, Drug Intermediates and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients under Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme. The Scheme will benefit domestic manufacturers, help in creating employment and is expected to contribute to the availability of a wider range of affordable medicines for consumers.

3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotive flagged off for export to Mozambique

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on March 10, 2021 flagged off a 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotive indigenously developed by the Banaras Locomotive Works to be exported to Mozambique. Indian Railways is exporting the first batch of two locomotives as part of a total order of six 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotives and 90 stainless steel passenger coaches to Mozambique.

CAIT launches vendor onboarding mobile app for ‘Bharat e Market’

Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on March 11, 2021 launched a vendor onboarding mobile app for its upcoming e-commerce portal ‘Bharat e Market’. The app will enable businesses and service providers to register on the portal and create their own “e-dukaan”. It is ‘purely Indian’ Bharat e Market portal and will comply with all the rules & regulations of the country.

ICAR allowed trials to evaluate drone spraying solution on sugarcane crop

Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation have granted a conditional exemption to ICAR – Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR), Lucknow for conducting the trials to evaluate drone spraying solution for controlling pest and diseases of sugarcane crop using drones. The exemption is valid until November 30, 2021.

World

PM, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman speak over phone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke over phone on March 11, 2021 during which the PM expressed his desire to further expand bilateral trade and investment, and highlighted the opportunities that the Indian economy offers to Saudi investors.

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