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PM Narendra Modi to be honoured with CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award



Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honoured with the CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award next week in recognition of his commitment to sustainability in the energy and the environment.

The CERAWeek by IHS Markit, which is the world’s preeminent energy conference, will be held virtually between March 1-5, 2021. 

The year 2021 marks the 39th edition of the conference and this will be the first time that it will be held virtually. 

Key Highlights PM Narendra Modi 

•  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a special plenary on March 5, 2021 with Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit and conference chair.

•  Daniel Yergin said that they are extremely pleased to warmly welcome Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2021.

•  The Prime Minister will receive the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award on the occasion in recognition of his commitment to sustainability in energy and the environment.

Speaking on India’s position in the global energy environment, Yergin said that India has emerged at the center of global energy and the environment by charting its path towards economic growth, poverty reduction and a new energy future. 

He added saying that India’s leadership is crucial to meet climate objectives for a sustainable future while ensuring universal energy access.

He further stated that they look forward to Prime Minister Modi’s perspectives on the role of the world’s largest democracy and are pleased to honor him with the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award for his commitment to expanding India’s leadership in sustainable development to meet the country’s, and the world’s, future energy needs.

What is CERAWeek?

The CERAWeek is an annual international conference, which sees participation from policymakers, government officials, experts, energy industry leaders, leaders from the technology, financial and industrial communities and energy technology innovators.





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22 February to 27 February 2021



Serbian Tennis Player Novak Djokovic wins his 9th Australian Open Title

Novak Djokovic, the world number one Tennis player won his 9th Australian Open Title on February 21, 2021. This is his 18th Grand Slam win. Djokovic defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev to win the title. In Women single, Naomi Osaka has won her 2nd Australian Open Title by defeating Jennifer Brady of the US.

Uttar Pradesh presents first paperless budget

Uttar Pradesh on February 22, 2021, became the first state of India to present a paperless budget. The members of the state legislature were provided iPads for viewing the budget highlights. An app ‘Uttar Pradesh Sarkar ka Budget’ can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store to view the state’s budget.

Saudi Arabia allows women to join armed forces

Saudi Arabia has permitted the women of the country to join the armed forces. They can now be appointed as staff sergeants, soldiers, lance corporals, and sergeants. The decision by Saudi Arabia can be seen as a major reform for the women of the country as till now there were very limited options of employment for them.

Government launched BRICS 2021 website

S. Jaishankar, the Union External Affairs Minister of India, launched BRICS 2021 website. It aims at providing all forms of relevant information regarding the summit which is to be hosted by India. The Chairmanship of BRICS this year is undertaken by India under which it will be strengthening the collaboration between 5 economies.

Narendra Modi stadium inaugurated by President in Gujarat

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Motera, Gujarat. The new stadium has been renamed and has surpassed the Melbourne Cricket ground by being the world’s largest. On the day of the inauguration, a pink ball test match between England and India was also played in the stadium.

Russia reports the first human case of the H5N8 virus

The first case of H5N8, which is a bird flu virus strain, has been reported in humans in Russia and was reported to the World Health Organisation. Seven workers at the poultry farm were infected after the flu outbreak in birds in December 2020. The virus results in flu-type symptoms in birds and poultry and is fatal for them but it poses a low risk for humans.

New guidelines to regulate social media

The Government of India on February 25, 2021, released new guidelines to regulate social media and OTT platforms. The Cabinet ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar informed about the latest decision. During the press briefing, they also appreciated social media platforms for empowering Indian citizens.

Mumbai Undersea Tunnel

The undersea tunnel in Mumbai city will be India’s first and is set to be completed by the year 2023. The undersea tunnel is an ambitious project and is a part of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project. The two tunnels will take about 8 to 9 months each to complete and will take in total around 2 years to complete in entirety.

Indian Social Activist honoured with US anti-corruption award

Anjali Bharadwaj, an Indian Social Activist, has been honoured with the anti-corruption award by the United States of America. She had been awarded for her active participation in India’s Right to Information movement for over 2 decades. 12 individuals, in total, have been conferred with the honour by the United States.

Election dates announced for five states by Election Commission

The Election Commission of India on February 26, 2021, announced the dates for the assembly elections to be held in 5 states and UT- Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, and West Bengal. The results will be announced on May 2. West Bengal will have the polls in 8 phases and Assam in 3 phases while Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry will have the elections in a single phase.





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EC to announce dates for assembly election in 4 states, one UT at 4.30 pm 



The Election Commission will announce the schedule for Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

The Election Commission of India will hold a press conference at 4.30 today, February 26, 2021 to announce election schedule for four states and one Union Territory. 

The Election Commission will announce the schedule for Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

The Assembly Elections are due for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 294 seats in West Bengal, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Union Territory of Puducherry. 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more updates at 4.30 pm. 

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Tamil Nadu increases retirement age of government employees to 60 years



The Tamil Nadu government on February 25, 2021, increased the retirement age of government employees, including PSU Staff and teachers, to 60 years.

The announcement of raising the retirement age of the state government employees by a year was made by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K Palaniswami in the Legislative Assembly under rule 110.

The state government came out with an order to give immediate effect to the Chief Minister’s announcement. Earlier in May 2020, the Chief Minister of the state had increased the retirement age of the government employees to 59 from 58 years.

Who will be covered under the new order?

•  While making a suo moto statement in the Assembly, the Chief Minister informed that the order will be applicable to the government employees. It will include the government-aided schools, government sectors, legal and constitutional bodies, local bodies, boards, and unions and commissions.

•  The Chief Minister also mentioned that all those who were in service or those who will be retiring on May 31, 2021, will also be covered under the announcement.

Earlier increase in retirement age amid the pandemic:

The Tamil Nadu government in May 2020 had taken the decision of increasing the retirement age of the state government employees to 59 from 58. The move by the government was an attempt of giving itself some relief from a financial burden of Rs. 5,000 crores amid the pandemic.

The step by the Tamil Nadu government faced mixed responses as the employees who were reaching retirement had welcomed the decision and had felt that it will create greater goodwill within the staff for administration.

However, the employee’s organization had opposed the decision and had pointed out that this temporary measure will be severely affecting the employment opportunities for youngsters in government service for a year.





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Over 8 crore traders announce day-long strike, Check what will remain closed


Over 8 crore traders belonging to more than 40,000 trade associations across the country will observe the `Bharat Bandh’ strike. 

Created On: Feb 26, 2021 11:52 ISTModified On: Feb 26, 2021 11:52 IST

Bharat Bandh today: All Commercial markets to be closed, over 8 crore traders go on strike

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ today in protest against the rise in fuel prices and the new e-way bill. 

The trader’s body has also demanded a review of the provisions of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said that all commercial markets across the country will remain shut following their ‘Bharat Bandh’ call.

As per reports, around 40,000 traders’ associations across the country will support the Bandh. All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) will also support CAIT’s Bharat Bandh call and hold ‘Chakka Jam’. 

Impact 

Over 8 crore traders are expected to observe the `Bharat Bandh’ strike. The traders will stage dharnas at as many as 1,500 places across the country.

What will remain closed?

•  All commercial establishments/ markets across the country will remain closed today.  

•  Private transport is likely to be hit as the All India Transporters Welfare Association has asked all transport companies to park their vehicles between 6 am and 8 pm as a symbolic protest.

•  Booking and movement of Bill-oriented goods will be impacted. 

Key Demands 

•  The Confederation of All India Traders has called for a review of the GST system and simplification of its tax slabs for easier compliance by traders. 

•  The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) has called for abolishment of the E-Way Bill. The transport body has urged the government to track vehicles by using Fast-Tag connectivity to E-Invoice.

•  The AITWA has joined the strike to also protest against rise in fuel prices.

•  The transporters are urging the government to scrap the penalty on transporters for any time-based compliance target of transit and make diesel prices uniform across the country. 

E-way Bill

What is E-way Bill?

The E-way bill is a permit, which was introduced under the GST regime,  that transporters require while moving goods from one place to another. 

It is a unique bill number generated for a specific consignment. 

What is the issue with the E-way bill?

•  The recent amendment in the GST laws has narrowed the validity of the E-way bill. Now, the E-way bill will be valid for one day for every 200 km, as against 100 km earlier. 

•  The transporters feel that the narrowing down of the E-way bill will result in large of non-compliances and heavy penalties, resulting in disruption of the supply chain. 

•  The penalties for trucks carrying consignment with an expired E-way bill, or with an erroneous E-way bill amount to almost 200 percent of the tax value or 100 percent of the invoice value under Section 129 of CGST Act, 2017.

 

 

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Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games today



The 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games will begin on February 26 and will continue till March 2, 2021.

PM Modi will virtually inaugurate and deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games on February 26, 2021, at 11.50 am.

The press release from the Prime Minister’s Office informed that the games will commence from February 26 and will continue till March 2, 2021.

The 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games are being organized by the Youth Affairs and Sports ministry in collaboration with the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir and J&K Sports Council. In total, 27 states, boards, and Union Territories will be sending their teams to participate in the games.

Sports Activities in Khelo India National Winter Games:

Alpine Skiing

Nordic Ski

Snowboarding

Ski Mountaineering

Ice Skating

Ice Hockey

Ice Stock

About Khelo India Winter Games:

They are India’s multidisciplinary grassroot winter games. The decision of organising the first games in 2020 was taken after the successful various editions of the Khelo India Youth Games.

The first edition of the games in 2020 was held in two legs at two different venues. One was Khelo India Ladakh Winter Games- Leh and another was Khelo India Jammu and Kashmir Winter Games- Gulmarg. Events during the games are categorized into age groups as well as per the block, district and Union Territory levels.

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Current Affairs Quiz: 26 February 2021



26 February 2021: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Assembly Elections in Four states and one UT,  anti-corruption award, Flower Processing Centre and Yusuf Pathan’s retirement from cricket among others. 

1. When will the Assembly Election Results of Four states and one UT be declared?
a) April 30th 
b) May 2nd
c) May 30th 
d) June 1st

2. West Bengal will go into Assembly Polls in how many phases?
a) Five
b) Six
c) Seven
d) Eight 

3. Which state among the following will not have single-phase elections?
a) Kerala
b) Tamil Nadu 
c) Assam
d) None of the Above

4. Indian social activist Anjali Bhardwaj was honoured with an anti-corruption award by which nation?
a) US
b) UK
c) France
d) Canada

5. Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He had made his ODI debut in which year?
a) 2007
b) 2008
c) 2009
d) 2010

6. Which country has finally permitted the burial of COVID-19 victims after repeated International pleas?
a) Pakistan 
b) Bangladesh
c) Sri Lanka
d) India

7. Which state will set up a Flower Processing Centre?
a) Madhya Pradesh 
b) Kerala
c) Tamil Nadu 
d) Karnataka

8. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on February 25, 2021 retained Pakistan on its ‘grey list’ till when?
a) June 2021
b) August 2021
c) September 2021
d) October 2021

Answers

1. (b) May 2nd
The Assembly Election results of all five states/ UT will be declared on May 2nd. While Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will see single-phase elections, Assam will go to polls in three phases and West Bengal will have 8 phases. 

2. (d) Eight 
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will see single-phase elections, while Assam will go to polls in three phases and West Bengal will have 8 phases. 

3. (c) Assam
Assam will go into Assembly polls in three phases starting from March 27th, second phase polls will be on April 1st and third phase on April 6th. The results will be declared on May 2, 2021.

4. (a) US
The United States on February 23, 2021 honoured Indian social activist Anjali Bhardwaj with the International Anti-corruption Champions Award. The honour was conferred upon 12 individuals in total for their dedication towards combating corruption. 

5. (b) 2008
Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He had made his international debut under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. His ODI debut was in June 2008 against Pakistan and his T20I debut in September 2007 also against Pakistan. 

6. (c) Sri Lanka 
The Sri Lankan government on February 25, 2021 permitted the burial of bodies of the people who died due to COVID-19. Till now, over 450 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Sri Lanka, out of which a significant number belong to the minority Muslim community. The victims were cremated till now due to the nation’s policy of compulsorily cremating victims of COVID-19. 

7. (d) Karnataka
The Horticulture Department of Karnataka and the International Flower Auction Bangalore- IFAB will collaborate to set up a flower processing centre to convert unsold flowers into various forms of useful products.

8. (a) June 2021
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on February 25, 2021 retained Pakistan on its “grey list” till June 2021 after concluding that the nation had failed to address its strategically important deficiencies, to fully implement the 27 point action plan that the global watchdog had drawn up for the nation.





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Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket



Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The cricketer issued a statement that read, “I still remember the day I wore the India jersey for the first time. I didn’t only wear the jersey that day but took upon by family’s, coach’s, friends’, the whole country’s and my own expectations on my shoulders as well.”

His statement further read that since his childhood, his life revolved only around cricket. He continued by saying, “But today is a bit different. There is no World Cup or IPL Final but it is equally important.”

He said that the time has come for him to put a full stop to this innings of his life. He officially announced retirement from all forms of the game.  He thanked his family, friends, fans, coaches, teams and the whole country for all the support and love. 

Recalling some of his best moments, Pathan wrote that winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders were some of the best moments of his career. 

Read Full Statement here: 

Yusuf Pathan 

•  Yusuf Pathan had made his debut in first-class cricket in 2001/02. He is the older brother of cricketer Irfan Pathan. 

•  He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. His younger brother Irfan Pathan was also an Indian cricketer.

•  He had made his international debut under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. 

•  His ODI debut was in June 2008 against Pakistan and his T20I debut in September 2007 also against Pakistan. 

•  He played his last ODI and T20I for Team India in March 2012. 

•  He played his last IPL in the 2018-2019 season as a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was with Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011-2017 and before that with Rajasthan Royals from 2008-2010. 

Yusuf Pathan Career Stats

Format Matches Runs Scored/ Top Score 100s/50s Wickets Best Bowling 
ODI 57 810/123* 2/3 33 3/49
T20I 22 236/37* 0 13 2/22





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Top 5 Current Affairs: 26 February 2021



PM Modi inaugurates 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games

PM Modi on February 26, 2021, virtually inaugurated the Khelo India National Games. The event will start on Feb 26 and will continue till March 2. The winter games are being organized by the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry in collaboration with the Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council and Winter Games Association of J&K. 27 States, UTs and boards will be sending their teams for participation.

Retirement age of state government employees increased in Tamil Nadu

The government of Tamil Nadu on February 25, 2021, raised the retirement age of state government employees to 60 years. The employees who will be covered under the new order are from the government sectors, government-aided schools, local bodies, legal and constitutional bodies, Union and Commissions, boards, PSY staff. In May 2020, the government had increased the age of retirement from 58 to 59 years.

Indian Activist honoured with US anti-corruption award

An Indian social activist, Anjali Bharadwaj, was honoured by the United States with the International Anti-Corruption Champions Award on February 23, 2021.  The honour was conferred by the US upon a total of 12 individuals for their dedication towards combating corruption. Anjali Bharadwaj had actively participated in India’s Right to Information Movement for over two decades.

US President reverses Trump’s green card ban

The President of the United States Joe Biden on February 24, 2021, reversed former President Donald Trump’s decision of freezing green card applications and certain forms of visas. President Biden has now revoked the ban by mentioning that it has prevented certain family members of US citizens from reuniting with their families. Trump had taken the decision by stating that it is necessary to protect US workers amid high unemployment.

Election Commission announces assembly election schedule of 5 states

The Election Commissioner of India on February 26, 2021, announced the schedule of Assembly Election for four states and one UT, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, West Bengal, and Assam. The results of the elections of all the five states/UT will be declared on May 2, 2021. While Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry will have single-phase elections, West Bengal will see 8 phases and Assam will see the polls in three phases.





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MoU signed between MCA and CBIC for data exchange



The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) on February 25, 2021, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the exchange of data between the two organisations.

The memorandum was signed by B.B. Gupta, ADG, CBIC, and Manoj Pandey, Joint Secretary, MCA, in the presence of Chairman of CBIC Ajit Kumar and Rajesh Sharman, Secretary, Corporate Affairs Ministry.

The MoU came into force from the date it was signed and is also an ongoing initiative of MCA and CBIC who have already been collaborating through various existing mechanisms. The latest MoU will mark the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the MCA and CBIC.

MoU on data exchange: Key details

The memorandum will facilitate the exchange of information and data between CBIC and MCA on an automatic and regular basis.

The agreement will enable sharing of the specific information such as the details of Shipping bill (exports), Bill of Entry (imports) Summary from CBIC and the financial statements filed with the Registrar by Corporates, returns of the allotment of shares.

The MoU will also make sure that both organisations have seamless linkages for regulatory purposes.

MCA and CBIC, in addition to the regular data exchange, will also be able to exchange with each other, on request, any detail available in their databases, for carrying out scrutiny, investigation, inspection and prosecution.

How the MoU will benefit both MCA and CBIC?

Data and Technology will be playing a critical role in fulfilling the government’s vision of maximum governance and minimum government and both organisations have been well placed to fulfill this vision.

The agreement is in line with the vision of both organisations to harness the data capabilities to ensure effective enforcement. Both MCA and CBIC will be benefitted from access to each other’s databases which will include the consolidated financial statements of the registered companies and details of import-export transactions.

The arrangement of data sharing has gained importance due to the development of MCA21 version 3 which will be utilizing state-of-the-art technology to enhance the ease of doing business in India.

The data sharing will also improve the regulatory enforcement and similar steps taken by CBIC such as the launch of ADVAIT- Advanced Analytics in Indirect Taxation. It is a 360-degree taxpayer profiling tool.

Data Exchange Steering Group:

A Data Exchange Steering Group has also been formed for the initiative. The group will be meeting periodically for reviewing the data exchange status and take measures to further improve the effectiveness of data sharing information.





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