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Tokyo Olympics - Mari Kom, Manpreet Singh carrying the Indian national flag

  • The list of 20 Indian athletes and executives who will be attending the Olympic Opening Ceremony has been released.
  • London Olympics bronze medalist Mari kom and Indian hockey captain Manpreet Singh will carry the national flag at the opening ceremony. Boxers Satish Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Manish Kaushik, Amit Pangal, Pooja Rani, Lavlina Borhogain and Simranjeet Kaur will be joining them.
  • Swimmer Sajan Prakash, Gymnast Pranathi Nayak, Swordsman Bhavani Devi, Sailors Varun Ashok, Vishnu Saravanan, KC Ganapathy, Athlete Nedra Kumanan, Table Tennis Athletes Sarath Kamal, Satyalji, Manathira and Manika Bharath were present. .
  • They will be joined by six other executives, including Indian Olympic Committee President Brender Prasad Baishya and Vice President Prem Verma.
Korkai Excavation - Discovery of a 7 storey brick building belonging to the Sangam period
  • Archaeological excavations are underway at Korakai on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department. The excavation work started on February 26 and has been going on for 4 months.
  • A 7-story brick building used during the Sangam period was discovered in a pit 2000 years ago. Archaeological excavations are heating up as structures for iron, glass beads, and settlements have been found in the same pit.
UN Indian Finance Ministry official on the tax board
  • UN General Assembly for 2021-2025 Rashmi Ranjan Das, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, India has been appointed as a member of the Tax Committee.
  • He is joined by 25 specialists from around the world in this special panel of the UN. The UN Taxation Committee will be involved in international cooperation on tax matters.
  • The panel will guide countries' efforts to develop strong and forward-looking tax policies in line with the realities of globalized trade and investment.
Cabinet approval of Central University in Ladakh
  • The special status for Jammu and Kashmir was removed and in 2019 Jammu and Kashmir, as Ladakh, was divided into two Union Territories.
  • The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of a new Central University in Ladakh. An amendment to the Central University Act has also been approved for this purpose.
Union Cabinet approves Rs 6,322 crore special steel production promotion scheme
  • The monsoon session of Parliament is currently underway. In such a situation, the Union Cabinet meeting took place in the middle of the parliamentary session. Production-related incentives will be provided for five years to specialized steel industries. The Union Cabinet has allocated Rs 6,322 crore for the project.
  • India produces a wide variety of steels. But we are behind in the case of special steel. Have to depend on imports to meet special steel requirements. India is the second largest producer of crude steel in the world.
  • To increase capacity at the domestic level to reduce imports Rs. 6322 crore has been approved by the Union Cabinet. This will create 5.25 lakh new jobs in the country.
Multipurpose seaweed application park project
  • The Multipurpose Seaweed Park project under the Prime Minister's Fisheries Development Program (Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)) will be implemented in the states including Tamil Nadu in the current financial year, the Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister told the Lok Sabha.
  • Under the Prime Minister's Fisheries Development Program, Rs. 24.77 crore has been sanctioned to states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka for seaweed development in 2020-21. In Tamil Nadu, seaweed is produced only in the Gulf of Mannar and the Bagh Strait.
100% funding for organic farming
  • The Union Agriculture Minister has told the Lok Sabha that the state governments will provide 100 per cent financial assistance to state-owned enterprises for organic farming with organic fertilizers produced by composting chemical-free waste.

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