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25th MArch 2021

25th March 2021
1. World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated on 24th March.
   • Theme – “The Clock is Ticking”
   • The objective is to raise Public Awareness about the Impact of TB around the World.
   • On 24th March 1882, Dr.Robert Koch discovered the bacteria that cause TB (Mycobacterium Tuberculosis).

2. RBI’s standing external advisory Committee
   • To evaluate on – tap applications for universal and small finance banks.
   • Head – Shyamala Gopinath with total 5 members (Revathy Iyer, B.Mahapatra, T.N.Manoharan, Hemant Contractor)
   • Guidelines for on-tap licensing announced in 2016.

3. ICICI Bank launches instant EMI (Equated Monthly Instalments) facility on net banking.
   • ICICI Bank is the first bank in the industry to introduce an instant EMI facility on its internet banking platform.
   • The main aim is to offer increased affordability to millions of pre-approved customers, as it enables them to convert their high-value transactions up to Rs.5 Lakh into easy monthly instalments.

4. Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the Freedom Fighter and Socialist Leader Ram Manohar Lohia on 23rd March on his Birth Anniversary.
   • Lohia was one of the founders of the Congress Socialist Party and editor of its mouthpiece Congress Socialist.
   • Awadh University in Faziabad was renamed as “Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University”
   • Some important books were : Guilty Men of India’s Partition and Wheel of History.

5. The Finance Bill 2021 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 23rd March 2021 by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
   • Reduced compliance burden for Senior Citizens of age 75 and above.
   • Setting up of Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) and Faceless Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT)

6. Musician Muthuswami Dikshitar’s birth anniversary is celebrated on March 24th. It is 246th birth anniversary.
   • Legendary composer of Carnatic Music, expert in Veena.
   • He was also known by the name ”Guruguha”

7. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd launched an e-tendering portal -PRANIT
   • For ease of operation and to bring transparency in the tendering process.
   • Approved by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
   • Power Grid is the central PSU under the ministry of power. Headquartered in Gurugram.

8. Jharkhand launched SAAMAR -Strategic Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anaemia Reduction
   • Launched with the target of 100 days, to tackle acute malnutrition and anaemia reduction.

9. Sports Ministry extended Khelo India Scheme till 2025-26.
   • Sports minister Kiren Rijiju said that the Government is committed to give financial assistance for Training of Players.
   • Khelo India Scheme Launched in 2018.

10. Road Safety World Series: India legends beat Sri Lanka legends in Final to Clinch Title.

11. Renounded vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakravarthy has composed a New Raag named “Moitree” as a tribute to Bangabandhu on the occasion of Centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.

12. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched UPFPO Shakti Portal as a part of Kisan Kalyan Mission.

13. India’s first Mobile Ambulance Network for Animals has decided to set up in Andhra Pradesh.

March 25, 2021