1.Government Schemes

R.S. Sharma appointed as the CEO of the Ayushman Bharat Scheme

R.S. Sharma has been appointed as the new CEO of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, replacing Indu Bhushan.

Ayushman Bharat Scheme is an insurance scheme by the National Health Authority (NHA).

R.S. Sharma worked as the Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Quick Fact: Ayushman Bharat Yojana was launched on 23 September 2018.

2.Art and Culture

PM Modi addresses 125th Anniversary celebrations of ‘Prabuddha Bharat’

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the 125th Anniversary celebration of ‘Prabuddha Bharat’ organized by the Advaita Ashrama.

Prabuddha Bharata is a monthly magazine of the Ramakrishna Order, spreading the message of the ancient spiritual wisdom of India.

The magazine was founded by P. Aiyasami, BR Rajam Iyer, GG Narasimhacharya & BV Kamesvara Iyer under the guidance of Swami Vivekananda in 1896.

3.Art and Culture

The tableau of Uttar Pradesh bags 1st Prize in Republic Day Awards 2021

The Ram temple tableau of Uttar Pradesh that was on display during the Republic Day 2021 bagged the 1st prize among all tableaux.

The theme of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau was ‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’.

Tripura’s tableau won the 2nd prize while Uttarakhand’s tableau bagged the 3rd prize for the Republic Day parade.

Quick Fact: India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day this year 2021.

4.Government Schemes

Centre approves ‘Startup India Seed Fund Scheme’

The Central Government has approved the INR 945 crores ‘Start-up India Seed Fund Scheme’ (SISFS) which aims to provide financial assistance to start-ups.

The Scheme will become operational from April 1 2021 till 2025.

The scheme will be implemented by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DIIT).

5.Environment

Prakash Javadekar launches 2021 an Indo-French Year of the Environment

Union Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar along with Barbara Pompili have launched the Indo-French Year of the Environment.

The collaboration will be held under the Ministry of Ecological Transition in association with the Ministry of Europe & Foreign Affairs.

The basic objective of this partnership is to strengthen Indo-French cooperation in sustainable development and protection of the environment

Quick Fact: Paris is the capital of France.

6.Science and Technology

Microsoft launches new Engineering Hub inspired by Taj Mahal

Tech Major Microsoft has launched its new India Development Center (IDC) facility in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

The IDC NCR workspace architecture is inspired by the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

IDC NCR is the third development center of Microsoft in India after Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Quick Fact: Satya Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft.

7.Person in News

Oscar-winning actor Cloris Leachman passes away

Oscar-winning American actress and comedienne Cloris Leachman breathed her last at the age of 94.

The late star was known as one of Hollywood’s most prolific performers, having won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe & 8 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Leachman’s character Phyllis in ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ brought the actress two Emmys and made Leachman a household name.

8.Miscellaneous

Airtel announces 5G ready network in Hyderabad

Bharti Airtel has become the first telecom operator in India to demonstrate 5G services successfully over a commercial network in Hyderabad.

The company explained that it used state of the art dynamic spectrum sharing to operate both 4G & 5G networks in the same spectrum block.

The company claimed that 5G could deliver 10 times the speed & latency attained previously.

Quick Fact: Gopal Vittal is the CEO of Bharti Airtel.