11-04-2021 & 12-04-2021 Current Affairs Summary With Quiz

India: Second most hit by COVID-19 in the world

On April 12, 2021, India reported 168,912 new COVID-19 cases in the last twenty-four hours. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India increased to 13.53 million making India, the second most COVID-19 struck the country in the world. Previously, Brazil was the second most COVID-19 hit country in the world. The US remains the most COVID-19 affected country in the world. The number of COVID-19 cases in the US has touched 31.2 million.

Lilavati Awards, 2020

The Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently presented the AICTE Lilavati Awards, 2020 in New Delhi. The awards were presented based on the theme “Women Empowerment”. The winners were selected by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) in six sub-themes.

The winners selected in six sub-themes were as follows:

  • SWEAT (Sona Women Entrepreneurship and Training) from Sona College of Technology, Tamil Nadu won the award under the ‘Women Entrepreneurship’ sub-theme.
  • Another college from Tamil Nadu, Paritrana from St. Joseph’s College of Engineering won the award for the ‘Self Defense’ sub-theme.
  • Under the ‘Literacy’ sub-theme, Bharatiya Vidyapeeth of Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development Pune won the award.
  • The Lilavati Award under the “Women’s Health” sub-theme was won by the WIT Women Health Coalition from Walchand Institute of Technology, Maharashtra.
  • Radiant Seetha from Thiagarajar Polytechnic College won the contest in the ‘Legal Awareness’ sub-theme.

Artemis Programme: NASA to land the first person of colour on the moon

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration programme will land the first person of colour on the moon as a part of its Artemis Programme. Also, NASA will land the first woman on the moon under the programme.

NASA had finalised around 18 astronauts under its Artemis Programme. It included the Indian American Raja Chari. However, NASA is yet to announce the first two crew members of the Artemis programme. NASA has now planned to include a person of colour in the crew. With this, NASA will be landing the first person of colour on the moon under the programme. Currently, NASA faces huge funding problems. This has been one of the major obstacles in implementing the mission. NASA has requested 24.7 billion USD of funding for 2022.

Endangered Irrawaddy dolphins count increase in Chilika Lake

The Chilika Development Authority and the State Wildlife Wing recently carried out an annual dolphin census in Chilika Lake. According to the report of the census, the overall Irrawaddy dolphin population in the lake has increased from 146 to 162 in 2021.

The main reason behind the increase in the population of the Endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin population is the persistent enforcement by the Chilika Development Authority (CDA). The authority has taken strict actions against the encroachment in Chilika lake. Around 25,223 hectares in the lake were under illegal prawn gheries.

In 2019, the Odisha High Court ordered to demolish prawn gheries in the wetlands of the state. Since 2018, the CDA has freed up 15,163 hectares from encroachment. Also, restriction on tourism in 2020 due to COVID-19 gave the dolphins an inviolate space.

The census found 342 dolphins of three species in the lake. There were only 62 of these species the previous year. Around 281 humpback dolphins and twenty-two, bottlenose dolphins were sighted by the survey.

Little Guru: World’s First Gamified Sanskrit Learning Application

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) tied up with the Gamapp Sportswizz Tech Private Limited to launch the “LITTLE GURU” application. It is a specialized mobile application for learning Sanskrit.

UAE names first Female Astronaut

Noura al-Matroushi was selected as the first female astronaut of UAE from four thousand other applicants. She is to be trained with NASA for future space exploration missions. Noura is to be accompanied by Mohammed al-Mulla. Both astronauts are to be trained with Johnson Space Centre of NASA located in Houston, Texas.

Indian National Young Academy of Sciences: COVID-19 Vaccination Awareness Campaign

The Department of Science and Technology recently launched a nationwide mass awareness campaign called the “COVID-19 Vaccination Awareness Campaign”. The campaign will bust myths about COVID-19 vaccination. To achieve this, the Department launched information packages in eleven languages including Hindi and English. The main objective of the campaign is to make the COVID-19 immunization programme successful.

'Superstar of Japan' Hideki Matsuyama makes history with Masters title

Hideki Matsuyama quenched the thirst of a golf-crazed nation on Sunday by polishing off a wondrous weekend at Augusta National Golf Club to become the first Masters champion from Japan.

BAFTA Film Awards


Nomadland; Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao


Frances McDormand; Nomadland


Anthony Hopkins, The Father


Chloé Zhao; Nomadland

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

Bukky Bakray


Promising Young Woman; Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara


Soul; Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross


My Octopus Teacher; Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster


His House; Remi Weekes (Writer/Director)


Daniel Kaluuya; Judas And The Black Messiah


Promising Young Woman; Emerald Fennell


Yuh-Jung Youn; Minari


Nomadland; Joshua James Richards


Another Round; Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen


Sound Of Metal; Mikkel E.G. Nielsen


The Father; Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller


Soul; Pete Docter, Dana Murray

Philippines and US begin 2-week joint military drill on Monday (April 12)

Filipino, American troops to hold scaled-down Balikatan drills. Defence ministers discuss the South China Sea, regional security. U.S. defence chief reiterates the importance of VFA - statement Philippines seeks U.S. assistance in Moderna vaccine delivery.

SBI collected Rs 300 crore from zero-balance accounts for certain services in 5 years, reveals study

Several banks, including the State Bank of India, have been imposing excessive charges on certain services provided to poor persons having zero-balance or Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts (BSBDA), a study by the IIT-Bombay has revealed. The study observed that the SBI's decision to levy a charge of Rs 17.70 for every debit transaction beyond four by the BSBDA account holders cannot be considered as "reasonable."

It highlighted that the imposition of service charges resulted in undue collections to the tune of over Rs 300 crore from among nearly 12 crore Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA) holders of SBI during the period 2015-20. India's second-largest public sector lender Punjab National Bank, which has 3.9 crore BSBD accounts, collected Rs 9.9 crore during the same period.

Centre halts exports of Remdesivir amid rising Covid-19 cases

The Centre on Sunday banned the export of anti-viral drug Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) amid rising cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country. “India is witnessing a recent surge in COVID cases. As of 11.04.2021, there are 11.08 lakh active COVID cases and they are steadily increasing. This has led to a sudden spike in demand for Injection Remdesivir used in the treatment of COVID patients. There is a potential of a further increase in this demand in the coming days,” the government said in an order.

GoI to launch National Programme on Artificial Intelligence

The Government of India is to launch National Programme on Artificial Intelligence. Under the programme, high-value data sets in Public Sector Units are to be identified. These data will then be put under an Artificial Intelligence control framework. The framework will provide access to the appropriate units. This is being done to increase the safety of the data and its accessibility.

Basic Savings Account can be opened in Post Offices

The Ministry of Finance recently notified changes in Post Office Savings Account Scheme, 2019. The ministry notified that a beneficiary of a Government welfare scheme can open a basic savings bank account with any post office in the country.

The accounts can be opened in an India Post Payment Bank or a Scheduled Commercial Bank. The deposit required to open this account is NIL. The account shall be opened by a beneficiary of any Government Welfare Scheme. The account shall also be opened by a beneficiary who is a minor. However, the minor must assign a guardian. The Basic Savings Accounts that were opened under Post Office Savings Account Rules, 1981 are not covered under the new notification.

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates Khelo India State Centre of Excellence for rowing in Srinagar

Sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday inaugurated the Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) for rowing at the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council Water Sports Academy here. At present, the KISCE will focus on rowing and will be provided with a first-time grant of Rs 145.16 lakh and an annual recurring grant of Rs 96.17 lakh.

This is one of the two KISCEs from Jammu and Kashmir, with the Maulana Azad Stadium for fencing in Jammu being the other. A consolidated amount of Rs 5.08 crore has been approved for the two centres. Rijiju had earlier announced that the Sports Ministry would open a state-of-the-art water sports facility here.

Women wrestlers Anshu Malik (57 kg), Sonam Malik (62 kg) qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Indian Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik have secured the Tokyo Olympics berths in the 57-kg and 62-kg categories, despite settling for silver medals on the second day of the Asian Wrestling Olympic qualifiers in Almaty.

China imposes $2.8 bn penalties on Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group in monopoly probe

Chinese tech giant Alibaba said on Monday that it accepted a record penalty imposed by the country's anti-monopoly regulator. Regulators slapped a $2.8bn fine after a probe determined that it had abused its market position for years. The fine amounts to about 4% of the company's 2019 domestic revenue.

BASIC nations oppose EU's plan to impose a 'carbon border tax'

At a time when the European Union is toying with the idea of ‘carbon border tax’ as part of its green push, the BASIC nations — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — have jointly opposed the move, saying such trade barrier would not only be discriminatory but also against the principles of equity under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

CSIR removes NEERI head, Rakesh Kumar, as Director

The Director of CSIR-NEERI Dr Rakesh Kumar has been removed from the post and has been directed to report to the Director-General, CSIR, Delhi. The order has been passed following corruption charges against him, the sources have informed The Live Nagpur.

Enquiry against Dr Rakesh Kumar has been initiated last year. The information about alleged corruption was reported to the Central Vigilance Commission. On Enquiry the Central Vigilance Commission found him involved in corrupt practices amounting to crores of rupees.

The sources have informed that Dr Rakesh Kumar had formed companies, through which the research technology was being used for commercial purpose. The companies were formed in which fake names were mentioned.

MS Swaminathan felicitated for work on TB elimination

MS Swaminathan, an eminent agriculturist and former Rajya Sabha member was felicitated by REACH, a Chennai-based NGO working on Tuberculosis, for his contribution towards TB elimination, on Friday. He was felicitated at a virtual event to celebrate his vision and leadership as a Founding Chair of the organisation.

Delhi BJP to organise 'Tika Utsav' at 140 corporation-run vaccination 

''Tika Utsav'' or vaccine festival will be marked in the country starting from today till April 14 at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inoculate a maximum number of eligible people against the Covid-19 amid a surge in cases in India.


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