07-04-2021 Current Affairs Summary

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Bi-monthly policy review of RBI

The Governor of RBI Shaktikanta Das on April 7, 2021, announced the bi-monthly monetary policy review of the Reserve Bank of India. The MPC which comprises of 6 members and is headed by the Governor had met for 3 days starting from April 5.

IMF projects India’s growth rate to 12.5% in 2021

In a major boost, IMF has projected the growth rate of India to be 12.5% in 2021. It is also stronger than that of China which maintained positive growth even amid the pandemic. In 2020, India’s economy had contracted by 8 per cent according to IMF.

Forbes releases list of world’s richest people

The 35th annual list of the world’s richest people has been released by Forbes. This year, the billionaires' list includes 2,755 billionaires, 660 more than in 2020. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO has retained continued to top the list, making him the richest person for the fourth year. His net worth is $177 billion.

UAE’s first nuclear power plant begins its commercial operations, more clean energy

The Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates’ began its commercial operations on April 6, 2021, the Gulf Arab state’s leaders announced on Twitter.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan took it to Twitter to celebrate their ‘historic’ milestone for the country, which is also celebrating 50 years since its formation.

Turing Award 2020 goes to Alfred Aho 

The AM Turing Award 2020 has been won by Professor Alfred Aho for his research and influential books on the theory underlying programming language implementation and fundamental algorithms. Turing Award is also formally known as the Nobel Prize of Computing.

No COVID-19 vaccine shortage in the country: Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured on April 6, 2021, that there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in any part of the country. He stated that the centre is providing the required quantities to all states and union territories. Speaking about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the nation, the Minister said that everything is still under control but pointed lapses, including casual behaviour and carelessness behind the surge. He pointed out that the country's recovery rate stands at 92.38 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.30 per cent.

Pakistan Football Federation suspended by FIFA

The FIFA Council Bureau suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect on April 7, 2021 due to third-party interference, which is a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes. FIFA said in a statement that the decision was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors, which was followed by the removal of the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik. The leadership of the PFF was then handed over to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah. FIFA has issued a letter warning that the matter will be immediately submitted to the Bureau of the Council for decision if the illegitimate occupation of the PFF headquarters is not lifted and the office bearers recognised by FIFA are not permitted free access to the building to carry out their mandate. The Bureau of the Council decided to suspend PFF after the situation remained unchanged.

Soliha Shabir adds her name in India's world record, becomes first author in J&K to recreate life of Habba Khatoons poetry

Soliha Shabir from Jammu and Kashmir has added her name in 'India's World's Records' by becoming the first and youngest author in Jammu and Kashmir to recreate the life of Habba Khatoons poetry. Shabir has so far written three books- 'Zoon-The heart of Habba Khatoon', 'In the lawn of dark' and 'Obsolete-The poem Market'. The 22-year-old's book 'Zoon' is the first book that has recreated the theme of Habba Khatoon's poetry and essence. The young author is currently pursuing her Masters in English Literature.

The US won't issue 'vaccine passports': White House

White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed on April 6, 2021, that the United States will not issue vaccine passports. He stated that the US government is not going to support a system that requires Americans to carry a credential. He stated that there will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential. Vaccine passports mean that the individuals would have to provide proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine shots. The US has decided against having such a system to protect the privacy and rights of people so that it is not used against people unfairly.

World Health Day 2021: PM Modi reiterates commitment to support innovation & research in healthcare

On the occasion of World Health Day on April 7, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is a day to “reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep our planet healthy.”
PM Modi also urged on keeping the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands, and following other protocols. He is also insisted on taking all possible steps to boost immunity and stay fit.

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