Current Affairs 04 April 2021 for UPSC, SSC, BANKING & Other Govt. exams

Teacher Eligibility Test certificate made valid for the lifetime.
Union government has extended the validity period of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate from 7 years to life with retrospective effect from 2011.

Blue-finned Mahseer moved out of IUCN’s red list.
TATA Power, Blue-finned Mahseer has moved to “least concern” status which was listed in the red list of endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

  • India launched a global Initiative ‘Mission Innovation CleanTech Exchange’ with the aim of creating a network of incubators in member countries to boost clean energy innovation. Highlights Mission was launched virtually at “Innovating to Net Zero Summit, 2021″ organized by Chile. It will provide access to expertise.
  • HDFC Bank has planned to become carbon neutral by 2031-32. The bank is now looking for reducing its emissions, energy, and water consumption. How HDFC will turn carbon neutral? HDFC will continue to incorporate and scale up the use of renewable energy in its operations.
  • 1) Dr. R S Sodhi, Managing Director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) (Amul) has been unanimously elected to the Board of International Dairy Federation (IDF) during the General Assembly of IDF.
    International Dairy Federation (IDF) :-
    Established – 1903.
    President – Piercristiano Brazzale.
    Headquarters – Brussels, Belgium.
  • In an effort to encourage the villagers to follow Covid-19 protocols to limit the spread of the virus, the Maharashtra government has announced a contest with an award of Rs 50 lakh for the village which bags the first position.
    Shani Shingnapur Temple
    Siddhivinayak Temple
    Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple
    Trimbakeshwar Temple
    Bhimashankar Temple
    Grishneshwar Temple
  • In a sudden move, the Chief Secretary of Tripura is replaced. Alok Kumar is appointed as Chief Secretary while incumbent chief secretary Manoj Kumar is moved as Resident Commissioner of Tripura in New Delhi.
    Alok is presently posted as Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat in New Delhi as a 1990 batch IAS officer.
    CM – Biplab Kumar Deb
    Governor – Ramesh Bais
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it has approved a Covid-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech for emergency use, making it the second Chinese-produced shot to get the UN health agency’s endorsement.
    It is the second Chinese vaccine to be approved by the WHO after it gave the green light to Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, approving the vaccine to be rolled out globally, in early May.
    World Health Organization:-
    Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
    Founded – 7 April 1948
    Director-general – Tedros Adhanom
  • World Bicycle Day is celebrated on June 3 every year. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly in New York commemorated the first World Bicycle Day. World Bicycle Day to observe the day as a celebration of the “uniqueness, longevity, and versatility” of the bicycle.
  • Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Sustainable Urban Development between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan, in supersession of existing MoU of 2007 on urban development.
    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs:-
    Founded – 1952
    Headquarters – New Delhi
  • India’s Nagraj Adiga has been elected as the Asia-Oceania Representative at the recently concluded 2021 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Congress at which the IAU council elections were held. The pandemic caused the congress to be virtual and elections were held online from 22 May 2021 onwards.
  • In the third edition of the Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21 released on Thursday, Kerala has retained the top rank with a score of 75 while Bihar has been adjudged as the worst performer with a score of 52.
  • NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Dr. Rajiv Kumar today launched the report titled, SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020-21: Partnerships in the Decade of Action.
    NITI Aayog:- National Institution for Transforming India
    Formed – 1 January 2015
    Preceding – Planning Commission
    Headquarters -New Delhi
    Chairperson:- Narendra Modi,
    Vice Chairperson – Rajiv Kumar,
    CEO – Amitabh Kant

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