Current Affairs in English – 31 March, 2022

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

India and the WHO have agreed to establish a global traditional medicine centre in Jamnagar:

  • The World Health Organization and the Government of India signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Gujarat.
  • According to a WHO statement, the onsite opening of the new WHO global centre for traditional medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India, will take place on April 21, 2022.

NATIONAL NEWS

IONS Maritime Exercise 2022 (IMEX-22) concludes in Arabian Sea:

  • The first edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Maritime Exercise 2022 (IMEX-22) was held from March 26 to 30, 2022, in Goa and in the Arabian Sea.
  • The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) is a series of biennial meetings between the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region, to increase maritime security cooperation, discuss regional maritime issues, and promote friendly relationships among the member states.
  • The forum was established in 2007.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually attends 5th BIMSTEC Summit:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has participated in the 5th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit.
  • The theme of the Summit was “Towards a Resilient Region, Prosperous Economies, Healthy People”.
  • BIMSTEC is an international organisation of seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations. These are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Cabinet approved $808 million programme to improve and accelerate the performance of MSME:

  • The government authorised a World Bank-backed programme costing around USD808 million on Wednesday to aid and improve the functioning of the country’s MSMEs

Virat Kohli tops in Duff & Phelps Celebrity Brand Valuation Report 2021:

  • Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli was ranked as the most valued celebrity for the 5th consecutive time in 2021.
  • Rank Name Brand Value (In Millions)
  • 1 Virat Kohli            USD 185.7
  • 2 Ranveer Singh      USD 158.3
  • 3 Akshay Kumar      USD 139.6

SPORTS

Canada reaches Football World Cup for first time since 1986:

  • Canada has qualified for the Qatar 2022 football World Cup for the first time in 36 years, after thoroughly beating Jamaica 4-0 in Toronto.
  • Canada becomes the 20th team to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will feature 32 nations vying for the ultimate prize in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

APPOINTMENTS

IFS officer Renu Singh appointed Forest Research Institute (FRI) director:

  • Dr Renu Singh has been appointed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) as the next director of the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun.
  • Singh joined as FRI director after AS Rawat, director-general, ICFRE, handed over his additional charge of director FRI to her.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Backup Day 2022 observed on 31 March:

  • World Backup Day is marked every year on March 31. The day reminds us to protect our precious digital documents as we’ve become more reliant on technology.

International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022:

  • The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) occurs annually on March 31 to raise awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.
  • The day was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009.

PER DAY ONE INFO

National Anthem and Flag:

  • Date of adoption of National Flag of India = 22nd July 1947
  • Date of adoption of National Anthem of India = 24th January 1950
  • Date of adoption of National Anthem of India = 24th January 1950

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