GK Update 31st March 2021

1. Indo-Korean Friendship Park Inaugurated at Delhi Cantonment

  • India’s First Indo-Korean Friendship Park was jointly inaugurated at Delhi Cantonment by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh, and Hon’ble Minister of National Defence, Republic of Korea Mr Suh Wook.
  • The park has been developed in joint consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Government of India, the Indian Army, the Delhi Cantonment Board, the Embassy of Korea and the Korean War Veterans Association of India.
  • Besides being a symbol of strong India-South Korea friendly relations, this park will also act as a monument to India’s contributions as part of 21 countries that participated in the Korean war 1950-53, under the aegis of the United Nations.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • South Korea Capital: Seoul
  • South Korea President: Moon Jae-in
  • South Korea Currency: South Korean won


2. Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre inaugurated at Khajuraho

  • The Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, and the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan jointly inaugurated the ‘Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Convention Centre has been developed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, adding another feather to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Khajuraho.
  • This new venue will cater to the business needs, by hosting meetings and conferences. The Convention Centre is equipped with all modern amenities and infrastructure to offer a secure space to host corporate banquets for teams both large and small amidst a soothing decor and ambience.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Anandiben Patel.


3. Union Bank of India launched “UNI – CARBON CARD”

  • Union Bank of India has launched “UNI – CARBON CARD”, an HPCL co-branded credit card on the Rupay platform of NPCI.
  • It is a unique card designed with association with one of the largest Public Sector Bank, Union Bank of India and HPCL, a leader in the fuel retail and Rupay – India’s largest card payment network. It will create an opportunity to create value for the customers.
  • The Bank is having a total network of 9590+ branches and 13280+ ATMs across India, this co-branded credit card is a Bank’s maiden joint venture.
  • While using this card at HPCL retail outlets, the cardholder gets Cashback/Rewards in addition to the waiver of fuel surcharge provided by the Bank.
  • Cardholders will be able to enjoy many freebies and offer brought out by NPCI such as Entertainment, Lifestyle, Travel, Shopping, Food delivery, etc.,
  • The card is offered to salaried and others. The card limit offered is 20% of gross annual income with a minimum of Rs 50,000/- with no upper limit.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Bank Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Union Bank CEO: Rajkiran Rai G.
  • Union Bank Founded: 11 November 1919.
  • Union Bank Tagline: Good People to Bank with.


4. India, US Carry Out Joint Military Drill In Himachal Pradesh

  • The 11th edition of Indo-US joint special forces exercises Vajra Prahar 2021 was conducted at Special Forces training school located at Bakloh, in Himachal Pradesh. The exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ is aimed at sharing best practices and experiences in areas such as joint mission planning and operational tactics.
  • The exercise was aimed at improving interoperability between the special forces of the two countries. The armies of participating nations jointly train, plan and execute a series of operations for neutralisation of threats of varied nature with a common aim of countering threats of international terrorism through mutual training and jointness.


5. India & Bangladesh ink 5 MoU to Boost Cooperation

  • India and Bangladesh have signed five Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) to further boost bilateral cooperation. The signing of the MoUs took place on 27 March 2021, between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Dhaka.
  • Indian PM Narendra Modiji was on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh to join the twin celebrations of Bangladeshi Founding Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. This is the first trip of PM Modi to a foreign country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

MoUs were signed in the following areas

  • Disaster management, resilience, and mitigation.
  • Cooperation between Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) and National Cadet Corps of India (INCC).
  • Establishment of a framework of cooperation in the area of trade remedial measures between Bangladesh and India.
  • Supply of ICT equipment, courseware, and reference books and training for Bangladesh-Bharat Digital Service & Employment and Training (BDSET) Centre.
  • Establishment of sports facilities in Rajshahi College field and surrounding areas.


6. 66th Filmfare Awards 2021: Check Complete List of Winners

  • The awards for the 66th annual Filmfare awards were announced. The event was hosted by actors Rajkummar Rao and Riteish Deshmukh. Despite the difficulties the film industry faced during 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Filmfare decided it was important to commemorate the best of Indian cinema.
  • Among the winners was the late Irrfan Khan, who won the award for best actor in a leading role (male) category, while Amitabh Bachchan bagged the best actor (critics) Award.

Check the complete list of Bollywood celebrities, who won big at the 66th Filmfare Awards 2021:

  1. Best Film: Thappad
  2. Best Film (Critics): Prateek Vats (Eeb Allay Ooo!)
  3. Best Director: Om Raut (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
  4. Best Actor in a Lead Role (MALE): Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium)
  5. Best Actor (Critics): Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo)
  6. Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female): Taapsee Pannu (Thappad)
  7. Best Actress (Critics): Tillotama Shome (SIR)
  8. Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Saif Ali Khan (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
  9. Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Farrokh Jaffar (Gulabo Sitabo)
  10. Best Story: Anubhav Sushila Sinha and Mrunamayee Lagoo Waikul (Thappad)
  11. Best Screenplay: Rohena Gera (SIR)
  12. Best Dialogue: Juhi Chaturvedi (Gulabo Sitabo)
  13. Best Debut Director: Rajesh Krishnan (Lootcase)
  14. Best Debut Female: Alaya F (Jawaani Jaaneman)
  15. Best Music Album: Pritam (Ludo)
  16. Best Lyrics: Gulzar (Chhappak)
  17. Best Playback Singer (male): Raghav Chaitanya – Ek Tukda Dhoop (Thappad)
  18. Best Playback Singer (Female): Asees Kaur (Malang)
  19. Lifetime Achievement Award: Irrfan Khan.

7. Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’ wins book critics award for fiction

  • Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet, an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare’s son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Hamnet, an unfortunately well-timed story for the current pandemic, explores the impact of the boy’s illness and death on his family.
  • He was Shakespeare’s only son, and scholars have long speculated about his influence — if any — on “Hamlet,” which Shakespeare worked on in the years following Hamnet’s death.
  • Tom Zoellner’s Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire won for nonfiction, and Amy Stanley’s Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World was the winner in biography.
  • The autobiography award went to Cathy Park Hong for Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.

8. Dr Sharankumar Limbale to receive Saraswati Samman 2020

  • Noted Marathi writer Dr Sharankumar Limbale will receive Saraswati Samman, 2020 for his book Sanatan. The award carries fifteen lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque. Saraswati Samman, instituted by KK Birla Foundation in 1991, is recognised as the most prestigious and highest literary award in the country.
  • Dr Limbale’s Sanatan has been published in 2018. Sanatan is an important social and historical document of the Dalit struggle. Speaking first to All India Radio, Dr Limbale was overjoyed with emotion as he started his career with the public broadcaster.


9. India tops the medals tally with 15 gold at Delhi ISSF Shooting World Cup

  • India finished at the top of the medals table at the 2021 ISSF World Cup New Delhi, held from 18 to 29 March 2021 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. India secured 30 medals which included 15 gold, 9 silver and 6 bronze.
  • The USA came second with eight medals including four gold, three silver and one bronze.

Gold Medal Winners

  1. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar: Men’s 50-metre rifle three positions
  2. Saurabh Chaudhary, Shahzar Rizvi and Abhishek Verma: Men’s 10-metre air pistol team event
  3. Swapnil Kusale, Chain Singh and Neeraj Kumar: Men’s 50-metre rifle three positions team event
  4. Gurjoat Khangura, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan: Men’s Skeet team event
  5. Kynan Chenai, Prithviraj Toidaiman, Lakshay: Men’s Trap team event
  6. Chinki Yadav: Women’s 25-metre pistol
  7. Yashaswini Singh Deswal: Women’s 10-metre air pistol
  8. Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Manu Bhaker, Shri Nivetha Paramanantham: Women’s 10-metre air pistol team
  9. Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker, Chinki Yadav: Women’s 25-metre pistol event
  10. Rajeshwari Kumar, Shreyasi Singh, Manisha Keer: Women’s Trap event
  11. Saurabh Chaudhary/Manu Bhaker: 10-metre air pistol Mixed Team event
  12. Divyansh Singh Panwar/Elavenil Valarivan: 10-metre air rifle Mixed Team
  13. Tejaswini/Vijayveer Sidhu: 25-metre rapid-fire Pistol Mixed Team
  14. Sanjeev Rajput/Tejaswini Sawant: 50-metre rifle three positions Mixed Team
  15. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa/Ganemat Sekhon: Trap Mixed Team


10. International Transgender Day of Visibility: 31st March

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility observed globally on 31st March every year. The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.
  • The day was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009.
  • As a reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centred day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the murders of transgender people but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.


11. A book titled “Names of the Women” by Jeet Thayil

  • A book titled “Names of the Women” authored by Jeet Thayil. The book talks about the women whose roles were suppressed, reduced, or erased in the Gospels.
  • Jeet Thayil is a renowned author, best known for his book ‘Narcopolis’ which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His most recent book ‘Low’ was released in 2020.


12. Beloved children’s author of US, Beverly Cleary passes away

  • Beloved children’s author of US, Beverly Cleary passed away. She was named a Living Legend in 2000 by the Library of Congress. In 2003, she was chosen as one of the winners of the National Medal of Arts.
  • The author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins.


13. Education Minister inaugurates ‘Anandam: The Center for Happiness’ at IIM Jammu

  • Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal has inaugurated “Anandam: The Center for Happiness” at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jammu virtually.
  • The centre will help people overcome mental stress and help spread positivity and it will encourage and propagate holistic development for all the stakeholders at IIM Jammu.
  • Lieutenant Governor, Jammu, and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha; Founder, Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar virtually graced the occasion.

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