1. Person in News

Arjun Dev: Famous Indian historian passes away

Prof. Arjun Dev worked as a historian at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). He is the author of History of the World: From the Late 19th to the Early 20th Century He was part of the team which transformed NCERT books into modern, scientific books for children. After retiring, Prof. Arjun took up the Towards Freedom Project of the Indian Council of Historical Research.

2. Economy

PSBs announce deferment of EMI payments on loans

The deferment of EMI payments on loans is for three months, due to COVID-19 pandemic RBI had earlier issued directions asking lending institutions to allow the three month moratorium. The moratorium is on the principal, the interest will continue to accrue.

3. Economy

Govt extends existing foreign trade policy till 2021

DGFT has extended the current foreign trade policy 2015-20 from March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021 It has also extended the date of exemptions by one year and extended validity of DFIA and EPCG authorisations for imports.

Quick Facts: Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) is an attached office of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Its main objective is to promote India’s exports.

4. Science and Technology

Ministry of Tourism launches ‘Stranded in India’ portal

The portal will help foreign tourists stranded in various parts of India. It will disseminate information regarding the services that can be availed by foreign tourists.

Quick Facts: Prahlad Singh Patel is the Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge)

5. Art and Culture

Utkal Diwas observed in Odisha on 1st April

Odisha commemorated its leaders who worked for the formation of Odisha as a separate State in 1936. The state was carved out of the combined Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province.

6. Miscellaneous

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is observed annually on April 2nd The day aims to increase awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder Theme for 2021 was ‘The Transition to Adulthood’

Quick Facts: Autism is a development disorder caused due to genetic and environmental factors

7. Miscellaneous

Unique Radio School in Madhya Pradesh

The Radio School has been launched jointly by State Education Center and AIR. Under this, all the centers of All India Radio in Madhya Pradesh will be broadcasting programs from Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm.

8. Science and Technology

Three Quasi-sub species of COVID-19 virus in India

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has reported that three quasi-sub species are circulating in India. The virus has taken its variant form due to various external and biological factors.

Quick Facts: ICMR is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research