Current Affairs – March 9, 2021 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for March 9, 2021

India

India-Uzbekistan exercise ‘Dustlik’ to be held in Uttarakhand from March 9 to 21

The armies of Indian and Uzbekistan will be part of a joint exercise recreating Kashmir-like counter-terror operations between March 9 and 21 in Chaubatia near Ranikhet in Uttarakhand. The second edition of exercise Dustlik is aimed at carrying out joint counter-terror operations in a mountainous rural and urban scenario. The first edition of the exercise took place in November 2019 near Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

Maharashtra: 1% concession in stamp duty on property transfer in woman’s name

The Maharashtra government’s budget for 2021-22, presented on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, offered one per cent concession in stamp duty if property is transferred only in a woman’s or women’s name. Deputy Chief Minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar presented a budget with revenue deficit Rs 10,226 crore in the state Legislative Assembly.

1st meeting of National Committee to commemorate 75 years of independence held

Chairing the first meeting of the National Committee to commemorate 75 years of independence, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav virtually on March 8, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed that 5 pillars have been decided for the celebration of the 75 years. These are Freedom Struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions at 75 and Resolve at 75.

All Helpline numbers of Railways merged into single number 139

Indian Railway has integrated all railway helplines into single number 139 which is Rail Madad Helpline for quick grievance redressal and enquiry during the journey. As the new helpline number 139 will take over all the existing helpline numbers, it will be easy for the passengers to remember this number and connect with Railways for all their needs during the travel.

Batla House encounter: Court convicts Indian Mujahideen man for killing Inspector

A court in Delhi on March 8, 2021 convicted Ariz Khan, allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, for the murder of Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and other offences in connection with the 2008 Batla House encounter in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi.

Economy & Corporate

Govt nets Rs 53,346 crore from Vivad Se Vishwas scheme till February 22

The government has realised Rs 53,346 crore through direct tax dispute resolution scheme Vivad Se Vishwas till February 22, Parliament was informed on March 8, 2021. The Vivad Se Vishwas scheme provides for settlement of disputed tax, disputed interest, disputed penalty or disputed fees in relation to an assessment or reassessment order. The dispute is settled on payment of 100 per cent of the disputed tax and 25 per cent of the disputed penalty or interest or fee.

Google lends support to one million female entrepreneurs in India

Google on March 8, 2021 announced that it will support 1 million rural women entrepreneurs in India during its virtual event called ‘Women Will’ held to celebrate the International Women’s Day. It also launched a global Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls, under which Google will provide $25 million in grants to non-profits and social enterprises in India and around the world that are doing important work to help women and girls reach their full potential.

World

International Women’s Day observed on March 8

The International Women’s Day was observed on March 8, 2021. This year’s theme for the International Day, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Switzerland: People voted in favour of banning full face coverings in public places

In Switzerland, people have voted in favour of banning full face coverings in public places in a referendum. Dubbed as ‘burqa ban’ by media and campaigners, the proposal was supported by 51.2 per cent of voters. The result means nobody in the country can cover their face completely in public whether in shops or in the open across the country except in places of worship or for health and safety reasons.

Singapore ranked first in Economic Freedom Index by The Heritage Foundation

Singapore topped the global ranking for the second year in a row while India was ranked 121st in the latest Economic Freedom Index published by US conservative think-tank, The Heritage Foundation. The index ranks 12 indicators from property rights to financial freedom under four categories: rule of law, size of government, regulatory efficiency and open markets.

French billionaire MP Olivier Dassault (69) dies in helicopter crash

French billionaire Olivier Dassault (69), a politician and scion of the Dassault aircraft-making family, was killed in a helicopter crash on March 7, 2021. His helicopter crashed near the upmarket coastal resort of Deauville in northwest France. The Dassault Aviation group has been a leading French plane manufacturer for the last 70 years and is behind the Falcon private jet, the Mirage warplane, and most recently the state-of-the art Rafale fighter.

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