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G K Update

Thu 25 Feb, 2021

National News

PM chairs 36th PRAGATI Meeting


  • Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  chaired the 36th PRAGATI meeting. In the meeting, ten agenda items were taken up for review including eight projects, grievance relating to one scheme and one programme. PM expressed his concerns in delays being observed in execution of some of the projects.

PM-KISAN scheme: Top-performing states awarded


  • Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar awarded the top-performing States and Districts for their exemplary work with respect to the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme. Uttar Pradesh awarded for fastest take-off of PM Kisan Scheme.
PM-KISAN scheme Launched: 1 February 2019


 International News

India hosts First Meeting of BRICS Finance


  • India hosted a Meeting of BRICS Finance and Central Bank Deputies and was co-Chaired by Tarun Bajaj, Secretary Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Dr. Michael Patra, Deputy Governor, RBI. India assumed the BRICS Chairship in 2021, at a time when BRICS is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
BRICS Countries: Brazil, Russia,India, China and South Africa


 Economy & Banking

SEBI asks NSE to find root cause of 'trading halt'


  • Market regulator, SEBI has advised National Stock Exchange to carry out a detailed root cause analysis of the trading halt witnessed at NSE and also to explain the reasons for trading not migrating to the disaster recovery site. SEBI has asked NSE to submit its report at the earliest.


Founded: 12 April 1992   Headquarters: Mumbai Chairperson:Ajay Tyagi

 Defence News

Contract between Indian Navy  and M/s SECON


  • A contract for construction of Eight Missile Cum Ammunition Barges (MCA) has been concluded with M/s SECON, Visakhapatnam a MSME. Delivery of Barges is scheduled to commence from Jul 22.The project adds another milestone to the Make in India initiative.

Rear admiral Ajay Kochhar takes charge


  • Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, took over as the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) from Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan,at a formal ceremony held onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.  

Sports News

Motera stadium named after PM Modi


  • The world’s largest cricket arena at Motera in Ahmedabad, the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, was renamed Narendra Modi Stadium and was inaugurated on by President Ram Nath Kovind. The rebuilt stadium is part of the proposed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave.


Capital: Gandhinagar Governor: Acharya Devvrat   Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani


Person in News

Anjali Bharadwaj


  • Anjali Bharadwaj, an Indian social activist working on issues of transparency and accountability, is one of the 12 “courageous” individuals named by the Biden administration for the newly-instituted International Anti-Corruption Champions Award.

Vijay Sampla


  • Former Union Minister Vijay Sampla has assumed the charge of Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). He has been the former Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment from 2014 to 2019.


Founded: 19 February 2004 Headquarters: New Delhi



Arunachal Pradesh: New alpine plant species discovered


  • A new species of alpine plant in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district has been discovered by a group of scientists of three institutes of the country, according to a paper published in Biodiversitas: Journal of Biological Diversity."It is named as Cremanthodium indicum".

Arunachal Pradesh

Capital  Itanagar Governor: B. D. Mishra Chief Minister:Pema Khandu