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Today’s Top News: 16-April-2021

1. Himachal Daily: CM Thakur announces relief measures for tourism, transport sectors
An ex-gratia of Rs 3,000 each was also announced for all those government Class III and IV employees who are directly involved in the service of Covid patients. April 15 is observed as Himachal Day.

2. As COVID-19 cases spike in Uttarakhand due to the ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, the Niranjani Akhada on Thursday has announced the end of the Kumbh Mela on April 17. With several saints testing positive for COVID-19.

3. The Agricultural Ministry of India recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft to implement a pilot project for farmer welfare.

4. The project will focus on technology boosted agriculture. It will provide smart agricultural techniques to the farmers especially during the post-harvest season. The project is to be launched in hundred villages of six states. The six states selected for the project are Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

5. The central government on Thursday said that a hundred new hospitals will get their own oxygen plants with funds from the PM-CARES fund amid a surge in coronavirus cases that have battered healthcare services across the country.

6. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a weekend curfew in the national capital amid a massive surge in Covid-19 cases. The restrictions would come into effect from Friday 10 pm till Monday 6 am to stem the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the city

7. Armed forces to deploy 5G network for AI, unmanned vehicles
The Indian army, navy, and air force are likely to embrace the next generation (5G) technology to bring artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles to center stage in a bid to compete with the most advanced armed forces worldwide, according to a top official.

8. The Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India recently launched a mobile application to promote the mental wellbeing of the people of India. It is called the MANAS App. MANAS stands for Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System. The MANAS app was jointly executed by NIMHANS Bengaluru, C-DAC, AFMC. However, it was mainly developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing).

9. Flipkart recently announced that it is to acquire Cleartrip. Cleartrip is a leading online travel and technology company.

10. Facebook has recently signed a deal to buy renewable energy in India from a local firm called CleanMax. This is the first renewable project of Facebook in India.

11. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that India is looking towards various colors to kick-start the hydrogen ecosystem development.

12. Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ addressed at the 34th Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) through virtual mode.

13. The Delhi government has stepped up its efforts to deal with the unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases in the national capital.

14. The Supreme Court ordered a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe into the role of Kerala Police officers in framing Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 Espionage Case. Nambi Narayanan was a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation.

15. Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar on Thursday announced the cancellation of the Class X examination by the Haryana Board of School Education.He said the examination of Class XII had been postponed. The result of Class X will be declared on the basis of the internal assessment of students.

16. HAL Plans to Certify Astra Mk1 and ASRAAM Air to Air Missile
Indian state-owned aerospace and defense company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is carrying out integration works on one of the Limited series LCA-Tejas aircraft that will enable it to fire Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual Range Air to air missile by end of this year.

✈INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Top commanders of the Indian Air Force on Thursday began a comprehensive review of the security challenges facing India, including along the Line of Actual Control, on the opening day of a three-day conference. The bi-annual commanders’ conference was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Air Headquarters in Delhi.

2. An Indian soldier was injured in a shooting incident in a forward area along the Line of Control in J&K’s Kupwara sector. This is the first such incident that took place along the LoC since the last week of February

3. UK PM Boris Johnson shortens India visit due to COVID-19 crisis
He has reduced the length of his visit to New Delhi at the end of this month due to the COVID-19 situation in India, Johnson was to spend a few days in India starting April 26 as part of a planned itinerary

4. US, NATO troops pulling out of Afghanistan will raise tremendous concerns for India, say experts
After the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan by September 11, India will have tremendous concern on the resurgence of the Taliban and the war-torn country being used as a safe haven for terrorists,

5. India, Pakistan, China, Russia have a stake in Afghanistan’s stable future: joe Biden
US President Joe Biden has said India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and Turkey have a significant stake in the stable future of Afghanistan and these regional stakeholders should do more to bring peace in this war-torn country, from where he will withdraw all American troops by September 11.

6. The National Investigation Agency recently organized a two-day virtual event with BRICS countries on “Misuse of Internet by terrorists”. India hosted the seminar as it is holding the BRICS chair for the year 2021.

7. National Investigation Agency (NIA) organized a two-day Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa (BRICS) Seminar through virtual mode on “Misuse of Internet for Terrorist Purposes and Role of Digital Forensics in Terrorist Investigations” on 13-14 April 2021.

🌎WORLD NEWS🌍

1. New Zealand recently introduced a bill on Climate Change for financial firms. The bill is the first of its kind in the world. New Zealand has fixed 2050 as the deadline to become carbon neutral. All the banks in New Zealand with a total asset of more than 1 billion New Zealand dollars (703 million USD) will now have to make disclosures about their asset management.

2. Many Afghans feel the United States is leaving them at mercy of resurgent Taliban
President Joe Biden’s announcement that U.S. troops will leave the country by Sept. 11.

3. 1 killed, 12 wounded in a market explosion in Iraq’s capital A powerful explosion rocked a market in eastern Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 12 others, according to Iraq’s military. The cause of the blast in the city’s Sadr City area, in the Habibiya neighborhood.

4. The COVID 19 death toll in Bangladesh crossed 10 thousand with 84 deaths being reported on Thursday. According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 4192 fresh Corona Positive cases were also reported during the same period.

5. Haitian Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe has resigned as the country faces a spike in killings and kidnappings and prepares for an upcoming constitutional referendum and a general election later this year. He has served as the Prime Minister since March 2020. He did not give an explanation for his resignation.

🚣🚴🏇🏁🏊Sports:

1. IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings Tour, Match 8 of IPL 2021
Apr 16 2021

Venue Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

2. DEL 147/8
RAJ 150/7
Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets

3. Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju visits the Nelong valley in Uttarakhand to meet the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans deployed at the border outposts. These ITBP Border Outposts (BOPs) are located at altitudes of more than 12,500 feet looking after border guarding duties on the India-China borders

2. In Hockey, India ended their tour of Argentina with a commendable 4-2 victory in the fourth and final practice match against reigning Olympic champions at Buenos Aires on Thursday.

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🇮🇳Facts about India🇮🇳

One time there were two currencies operating in India…. One as you all may know was the Indian National Rupee and the other was the Hyderabadi Rupee From 1918-1959

😀Thought of the day

Help yourself to lift up yourself. Never let yourself go down. Our self is our friend as well as our enemy. One who has obtained control over one’s body and mind is one’s own friend and one who has not obtained such control is one’s own enemy: The Path of Self-Control🙏🏻

Joke of the day

पुलिसवाले ने पूछा – इतनी क्यों पी रखी है?
शराबी – क्या करता साहब, मजबूरी थी!
पुलिसवाला – कैसी मजबूरी?
शराबी – बोतल का ढक्कन गुम हो गया था! 😝

😇GK Today💤

One day on the Moon is 27.32 Earth days or 655.72 hours long.

14 days day
14 days night

🙏🏻 LEARN SANSKRIT🙏🏻
Elder : Agraj अग्रज or Jyeshta ज्येष्ठा

Brother: Brata भ्राता

Younger : Anuj अनुजा

😳Why❓❓❓

why chilly becomes red colour

The red color of tomato and chilly is due to lycopene in the chloroplast. It is a bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment found in other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons and papayas. Foods that are not red may also contain lycopene, such as brown beans or parsley.

🤔 How it works ⁉

How is limestone formed

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of the mineral calcite. It most commonly forms in clear, warm, shallow marine waters. It is usually an organic sedimentary rock that forms from the accumulation of shell, coral, algal and fecal debris.

Pure limestones are white or almost white. Because of impurities, such as clay, sand, organic remains, iron oxide and other materials, many limestones exhibit different colors, especially on weathered surfaces.

🛕 VEDIK GNAN

The Ganges is personified as the goddess Ganga. Ganga’s mother is Mena and her father is Himavat, the personification of the Himalaya mountains.

Ganga devi came from the feet of Lord Narayana. This can be seen in Srimadh Bhagavatham and Vishnu purana. That’s the reason she is glorified to that extent. Let me quote the statement from Srimad Bhagavatam:

Ganga devi was brought to Earth by Bhagirata and hence she was called Bhagirathi. God Shiva held her in one lock of his hair to control her force and he was called as Gangadara. As devil’s force was still strong to flood Earth, rishi Jahnu collected her in his ears and later left her down as Bhagiratha requested him. Hence, Ganga Devi is also called as Jahnavi.

🧬 HEALTH CARE: HOME REMEDIES🩺
( Note : These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)

Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

🙏PLZ FOLLOW GOVT. NORMS, MAINT SOCIAL DISTANCE, KEEP YOURSELF & YOUR FAMILY SAFE🌼

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