Sushil Chandra appointed as Chief Election Commissioner
Sushil Chandra has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by the President Ram Nath Kovind under clause (2) of article 324 of the Constitution.
He will succeed Sunil Arora, who demitted office on 12 April 2021
He is the senior-most election commissioner, ahead of Rajiv Kumar, in the three-member poll panel.
He will be the 24th CEC, having been appointed as an election commissioner on February 14, 2019.
Union Health Minister to launch a new mission called Aahaar Kranti’
Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan will launch a new mission titled as Aahaar Kranti’ with the motto of ‘Good Diet-Good Cognition’
Aim: To spread the message of the need for a nutritionally balanced diet and to understand the importance of accessible to all local fruits and vegetables.
Organized by: Vijnana Bharati (Vibha) and Global Indian Scientists’ and Technocrats’ Forum (GIST)
It is designed to address the problem of `hunger and diseases in abundance’.
NITI Aayog launches India Energy Dashboards Version 2.0
NITI Aayog has launched India Energy Dashboards (IED) Version 2.0 to provide single-window access to the energy data enabling easy downloading of data in a cleaner, more intuitive way
Energy data published by Central Electricity Authority, Coal Controller’s Organisation, and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is compiled in the Dashboards
NITI Aayog launched Version 1.0 in May 2017.
Saubhagya, UJALA, PRAAPTI, and Vidyut PRAVAH has been incorporated in the portal
Banking & Finance
Airtel Payments Bank unveils ‘Rewards123’ savings account
Airtel Payments Bank has rolled out new digital savings account called ‘Rewards123’ to offer consistent value, with assured rewards on different types of digital transactions throughout the year.
Customers can easily open or upgrade to Rewards123 through Airtel Thanks app using Video KYC
Zero minimum balance and free Platinum Online Mastercard Debit Card
Offers regular benefits throughout the year up to Rs 960.
Annual fee: Rs 299
Cashback per month
Honours & Awards
British Academy Film Awards 2021 announced
British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) 2021 to honour the best national and foreign films.
List of Winners:
Best Film: Nomadland
Best Director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
Best Actor-Leading Role: Anthony Hopkins (The Father as Anthony)
Best Actress-Leading Role: Frances McDormand (Nomadland as Fern)
Best Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)
Best Short Film: The Present
Honours & Awards
Guneet Monga honoured with 2nd Highest Civilian French Honour
Indian film producer Guneet Monga has been conferred with 2nd highest French civilian honour titled as Honour of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans I’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres)
This honour has previously been awarded to Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruce Willis
Guneet has several critically acclaimed films as producer like Masaan, Lunchbox, Peddlers; Oscar-winning short film documentary Period, End of Sentence among others
Honours & Awards
Yusuffali MA honoured with Top Civilian Award in UAE
Indian-origin businessman Yusuffali MA (65 years) has been honoured with Abu Dhabi’s top civilian award, by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his outstanding contribution to Abu Dhabi’s business, industry and support to various philanthropic initiatives
He is Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group which operates hypermarkets and retail companies
Apart from him, 11 other individuals received the honour
Mahabharat-fame Veteran Actor Satish Kaul passes away in Ludhiana
Veteran actor Satish Kaul (74 years) passed away due to coronavirus-related complications in Ludhiana
He is known for playing the role of Lord Indra in the mythological TV show Mahabharat
He began his acting career in the early ’70s, working in both Hindi and Punjabi films.
He has over 300 Punjabi and Hindi films to his credit.
He also worked in Doordarshan series Vikram Aur Betaal.
His famous films include Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha and Aunty No 1
Summits & Conferences
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates IAF Commanders’ Conference 2021.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 1st bi-annual Indian Air Force, IAF Commanders’ Conference 2021
Conference is aimed at addressing the issues of IAF’s operational capabilities in the times to come.
It will be conducted over a period of 3 days to address strategies and policies related to capabilities that would give IAF a significant edge over its adversaries.
It is a bi-annual conference held at Subroto Hall, Air Headquarters, Vayu Bhawan.
Science & Technology
DRDO to set up Covid-19 hospital with 500 beds, ICU facilities
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will set up a Covid-19 hospital with 500 beds equipped with ICU facilities in Delhi Cantonment.
Doctors will be provided by both military and paramilitary forces for treating patients.
Facility will help treat the serious patients in view of rising covid-19 cases in the National Capital