1. National News
48th CJI – Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana takes oath
Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana was sworn in as the 48th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on April 24, 2021.
He was apportioned the oath of office by the nation’s President during a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Justice Ramana will serve as the Chief Justice till 26 August 2022.
Quick Fact: India’s President is Ram Nath Kovind.
2. Finance News
Bhagyodaya Friends Urban Co-operative Bank’s license cancelled
The RBI cancelled the licence of Maharashtra-based Bhagyodaya Friends Urban Co-operative Bank Limited due to inadequate capital.
The bank has failed to follow the requirements and the continuance of the bank will harm the interests of its depositors.
The bank with its present financial position would be unable to pay its present depositors and public interest would be adversely affected.
Quick Fact: The chairperson of Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation, RBI, is Michael Patra (also the deputy chairman of the RBI).
3. Important Days
International Delegate’s Day observed globally on 25 April
This day is observed to raise awareness of the role of the representatives and delegates of the Member States to the UN.
On 25 April 1945, delegates from 50 countries came together for the first time in San Francisco.
The delegates aimed to set up an organization that would restore world peace and impose rules on the post-war world order after the 2nd world war.
Quick Fact: On 2 April 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) announced 25th April as International Delegate’s Day.
4. Finance News
Government Extends ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ scheme Deadline till 30 June 2021
The government has extended the deadline to make payment under the direct tax dispute settlement scheme by two months.
This is the fourth time that the deadline is being extended by the Ministry of Finance, since the launch of the scheme.
This scheme states that a taxpayer would be required to pay only the amount of the disputed taxes and will get a complete waiver of interest and penalty if he pays by 31st March.
Quick Fact: The Finance Minister of India is Nirmala Sitharaman.
5. Important Days
World Malaria Day observed on April 25
WMD is observed globally on 25 April each year to recognize the efforts of the people worldwide to control malaria.
The Day was established in May 2007 at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, WHO’s decision-making body.
The theme of WMD 2021 is ‘Reaching the zero malaria target’.
Quick Fact: The Director-General of WHO is Tedros Adhanom and it is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
6. National News
PM Modi Launches Extension of ‘SVAMITVA scheme’ Across India
PM Modi virtually launched the distribution of e-property cards under the SVAMITVA scheme on National Panchayati Raj Day.
SVAMITVA stands for Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas.
About 4.09 lakh property owners were given their e-property cards during the event, in more than 5 thousand villages.
Quick Fact: This scheme was launched on pilot basis in the 6 states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh.
7. Important Days
World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April
It was established by the WIPO in 2000 to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life.
Another reason was to celebrate creativity and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the world.
Theme 2021: ‘Intellectual property and small businesses: Taking big ideas to market’.
Quick Fact: Headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization: Geneva, Switzerland; CEO of World Intellectual Property Organization: Daren Tang.
8. Important Days
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day
This day is observed to raise awareness of the consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and the risks of nuclear energy in general.
The UN proclaimed the day on April 26, 2016, that marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 nuclear disaster.
On this day in 1986, a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine with devastating consequences.
Quick Fact: The cause of the disaster was reactor design flaws and serious breach of protocol during simulated power outage safety test.