International Women’s Day 2021
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks the speeding up of women’s equality.
International Women’s day is celebrated since 1913.
Theme of 2021 IWD
‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 World,’
The theme marks the tremendous efforts of women and girls around the world to shape a more stable and equal future and recovery from the pandemic.
1st Forest Healing Center of the nation
India’s first forest healing center has been inaugurated in Uttarakhand’s Ranikhet. The Forest Department’s Research Wing did it. The healing center is AT Ranikhet in Kalika Uttarakhand and spread across 13 acres. They established the center, taking into consideration the healing properties of the forests and its overall revitalizing effect on human health and well-being.
Various activities like forest walking, forest meditation, sky gazing, tree-hugging, etc. will be conducted to serve the purpose.
What are the benefits of the above exercises?
– Tree hugging helps to increase the level of hormones like oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine.
– Forest Meditation helps to control thoughts and improve concentration on some particular point. The form of meditation differs from traditional meditation. The ambiance of the forest helps to serve the purpose with no extra effort.
– The Sky gazing activity provides deep relaxation.
IAF chief attended 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka Air Force
After the completion of his, Bangladesh Visit the Indian Airforce Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria has attended the 70th-anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).
Following elements of Indian Airforce and Indian Navy had also taken part in the celebrations:
1. Surya Kirans
2. Sarang Aerobatics Teams
3. Tejas Light Combat Aircraft
4. 23 Aircraft from Indian Navy and Indian Air Force
About Sri Lanka
Capital- Shri Jayawardene Kotte, Columbo
President- Gotabaya Rajpaksa
Indian Army’s Northern Command has signed MoU with IIT Jammu
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Indian Army and (Indian Institute of Technology) IIT Jammu. The MoU will allow IIT Jammu to involve in research and development with the Northern Command field units.
India assisted Madagascar with 1000 metric tons rice
The Indian Naval Ship INS Jalashwa reached the coast of Madagascar in order to assist them with 100 metric tons of rice and one lakh Hydroxychloroquine tablets. The island country is facing prolonged drought and currently, the situation worsened.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Maritime India Summit 2021
Narendra Modi has virtually inaugurated the second edition of the Maritime India Summit.
About the Summit
– It was one of the biggest maritime summits in the world.
– The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW) organized the summit. (MoPSW-Mansukh Mandaviya)
– Denmark was the partner country.
– The primary objective of the Summit was to promote International and Domestic Investment in India’s Ports and Maritime Sector.
Outcomes of the summit
– Sagar-Manthan was launched by the Prime Minister.
– Around 574 projects worth $82 billion were identified under the Sagaramala Project. These projects will be implemented between 2015-2035.
– A total of 434 MoUs costing INR 3 lakh Crore Rupees were signed.
Note: On the sidelines of the summit the Chabahar Day was observed (Chabahar day is celebrated on 4th March).
Recently, the union government has declared a list of rights of the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)
The rights and restrictions are not new, they have been notified previously in 2005, 2007, and 2009. They were also mentioned in an OCI brochure published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in November 2019.
It entitles following laws:
- OCI cardholders are now eligible for multiple entry lifelong visas for visiting India for any purpose,
- OCI cardholders now have to ask for prior permission for mountaineering, research, journalism, missionary, and visits to restricted areas,
- Unlike NRIs, OCI cardholders can adopt children, appearing in competitive exams, exchange immovable property (except agricultural land and farmhouses), and pursuing professions such as doctors, lawyers, architects, and chartered accountants.
- OCIs can appear for all-India entrance tests such as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Joint Entrance Examination (Mains), Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced).
- Different economic, financial, educational sectors that are not mentioned or specified in the latest notification of the OCI cardholder shall be treated as a foreigner and possess the same rights and privileges as a foreigner.
- Unlike foreigners, it exempts the OCIs from registration with the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) for their stays in India. But if staying for over 180 days, then registration under FRRO is mandatory.
- However, there is no imposes a restriction on visiting religious places on OCIs.
It imposed following restrictions on OCIs:
- Preaching Religious ideologies.
- Speeches in religious places.
- Distribution of religious audios, visual displays, pamphlets, etc.