Daily Current Affairs: March 14 & 15, 2021
Daily Current Affairs (March 14 & 15, 2021) like many other sections is inevitable and this also helps to score in the Banking awareness, Static GK, and Financial Awareness sections. Remember, Banking Awareness, and Static Awareness Questions are asked from the General Awareness section. This will also help you to ride your preparations for the forthcoming exams.
International Day of Mathematics – 14 March
- International Day of Mathematics is annually celebrated on 14 March. The day was recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during its general conference in 2019. Before this, the day was marked as Pi Day.
- The day was first celebrated in 1988 after Physicist Larry Shaw organized the first Pi Day. Mathematician and physicist Albert Einstein was also born on this date.
- 2021 Theme: “Mathematics for a Better World”
World Consumer Rights Day – 15 March
- World Consumer Rights Day is observed every year on 15 March to protect the rights of consumers and to ensure that the consumers are not subjected to market abuse or social injustice that may undermine their rights.
- The day highlights the power of consumers and their rights for a fair, safe, and sustainable marketplace for everyone.
- 2021 Theme: “Tackling Plastic Pollution”
Union Railways Minister flagged off 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotive for export to Mozambique
- Indian Railways exported the first batch of two locomotives as part of a total order of six 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotives and 90 stainless steel passenger coaches to Mozambique.
- These locomotives were developed by the Banaras Locomotive Works under the Make-in-India initiative. The export of locomotives to Mozambique shall boost the Indo-African relationship and pilot economic empowerment.
India’s foreign exchange reserves became the world’s fourth-largest
- The foreign exchange reserves of India surpassed Russia and became the world’s fourth-largest, according to Bloomberg. India’s reserves are enough to cover roughly 18 months of imports, which had been bolstered by a rare current-account surplus, rising inflows into the local stock market, and foreign direct investment (FDI).
Kia Motors India appointed Hardeep Singh Brar as the national Head of Sales and Marketing
- Kia Motors India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kia Corporation, had appointed Hardeep Singh Brar as its national Head of Sales and Marketing. Hardeep Singh Brar has over two decades of experience in the automotive industry and was most recently working at Great Wall Motors as the Director of Marketing & Sales.
- He had held senior leadership positions across sales, network, and marketing functions at Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen, General Motors & Nissan.
Deepak Mishra was appointed as the Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
- Deepak Mishra, the Practice Manager in the World Bank’s macroeconomics, trade and investment global practice, was appointed as the Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He replaced Rajat Kathuria, who worked as the Director and Chief Executive of ICRIER since 1 September 2012.
- ICRIER is an autonomous, policy-oriented, not-for-profit economic policy think tank. ICRIER’s main focus is to enhance the knowledge content of policy making by undertaking analytical research that is targeted at informing India’s policy makers and also at improving the interface with the global economy. ICRIER was established in August 1981.
Salesforce appointed Sanket Atal as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of India
- Business strategist Sanket Atal joined Salesforce as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director in Bengaluru. Salesforce is the global leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age.
- India is home to the second-highest Salesforce workforce outside of the US, with over 4,000 employees across Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Science and Technology
ISRO launched sounding rocket RH-560
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the sounding rocket (RH-560) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range (SHAR), to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics.
- As per ISRO, sounding rockets are one or two-stage solid propellant rockets used for probing the upper atmospheric regions and for space research.
- Headquarters: Bengaluru
- Founded: 1969
Kathakali artist Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair passed away
- Noted Kathakali artist Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair passed away in Kozhikode, Kerala. He won the hearts of Kathakali lovers for several decades for his mudras, charm and grace. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2017 for his contributions to Kathakali.
Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler passed away
- Former undisputed middleweight world champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler passed away at the age of 66. The American dominated the middleweight division from 1979 until his controversial defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.
- He fought 67 times during his 14-year professional career, winning 62 of them. He triumphed on 52 occasions by knockout, while he drew two and lost just three times. Hagler made 12 successful title defences until his defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard by a split decision and he retired a year later.
INS Jalashwa reached Madagascar’s Antsiranana Port with the Indian Naval training team
- INS Jalashwa reached the port of Antsiranana, Madagascar, with an Indian Naval training team on-board. The Indian Naval training team was deployed in Madagascar for capacity building and training of the Malagasy Special Forces.
- INS Jalashwa will leave for Comoros to deliver 1000 metric tonnes of rice and then will head to the Port of Ehoala in Madagascar to deliver a consignment of 1000 metric tonnes of rice and one lakh tablets of HCQ.
- Capital: Antananarivo
- Currency: Ariary
- Capital: Moroni
- Currency: Comorian franc
Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer to complete 7000 ODI runs
- Mithali Raj added another feather to her cap by becoming the first player to complete 7000 runs in women’s ODI cricket. The Indian skipper reached the 7000-run milestone in her 213th match.
- Mithali Raj made her international debut in 1999. She was also the first player to score 6000 runs in women’s ODIs.
- England’s Charlotte Edwards, who retired from international cricket in 2016, is second on the list of leading run-scorers with 5,992.
Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify for Olympics
- Tamil Nadu’s Chadalavada Anandha Bhavani Devi has become the first-ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. She secured a spot for the Tokyo Olympics at the World Cup in Hungary.
- Chadalavada Anandha Bhavani Devi had qualified for the Olympics through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Tokyo Olympics is set to take place from 23 July 2021 to 8 August 2021. The Paralympics Games will take place from 24 August 2021 to 5 September 2021.
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