March GK 2021

 

Awards

The veteran playback singer who has been chosen by the Maharashtra government for the Maharashtra Bhushan award 2020 – Asha Bhosle

The noted Hindi writer who has been chosen to be honoured with Vyas Samman 2020 for his novel Patliputru ki samragi – Prof Sharad Pagare

The first President and former Prime Minister of Bangladesh who has been conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 – Sheikh Muzibur Rahman

The former Sultan of Oman who has been conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the Year 2019 – Qaboos bin Said Al Said

The research organisation which has been awarded the King Bhumibol World Soil Day 2020 Award of the FAO – Indian Council of Agricultural Research

The Indian author who has been chosen for the 30th Bihari Puraskar (instituted by KK Birla Foundation) for his book “Taslima: Sangharsh aur Sahitya” – Mohankrishna Bohara

 

Defence

The 11th edition of the joint special forces military exercise between India and the United States conducted at Special Forces Training School, at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh On March 30 , 2021 was named – Vajra Prahar

The rank of India in military strength as per a study released by defence website Military Direct (China, USA and Russia occupying the top 3 positions) – Fourth

The operation launched by India Army’s Southern command involving safe disposal of 10 tonnes of unexploded ordnance in Tamil Nadu is named – Operation Thiruvallur

The second edition India-Uzbekistan joint military exercise being conducted at Ranikhet in Uttarakhand from 10 to 19 March 2021 is named – DUSTLIK II

The multinational large force employment warfare exercise hosted by UAE Air Force from 03.03.21 to 27.03.21 at Al-Dhafra air base with participation of USA, France, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Bahrain is named – Ex Desert Flag

 

Places

The place from which Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay kicked off in Japan – Fukushima

The place in Andhra Pradesh where world’s first mobile water from air kiosk has been setup by Maithri Aquatech – Visakhapatnam

 

Persons

The noted journalist and author, associated with Debonair’, ‘Mid-Day’; ‘The Independent’ and ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’ who passed away on 26.03.2021 – Anil Dharker

The Indian American doctor who has appointed the Surgeon General of the United States of America – Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy

The Dutch engineer and inventor best known for his invention of cassette tape who passed away on 06 Mar 2021 – Lodewijk Frederik Ottens

The Kathakali maestro and recipient of Padma Shri who passed away on 15.03.2021 at the age of 105 years – Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair

The renowned painter and recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Lalit Kala Akademi awards who passed away on 14.03.2021 – Laxman Pai

The Member of Parliament from Garhwal constituency who has been appointed the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand – Tirath Singh Rawat

 

Sports

The Indian sportsperson who has become the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics (Tokyo, 2021) – Bhavani Devi

The number of T20 internationals in which Virat Kohli has scored 3000 runs to become the first batsman ever to do so – 87

The veteran cricketer who has become the first Indian woman to score 10,000 runs combined across all formats of the game – Mithali Raj

The state/UT which has topped the medals tally at the 2nd Khelo India Winter National Games in Gulmarg, J&K – Jammu and Kashmir

Miscellaneous

The theme of the nation-wide campaign Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” (JSA:CTR) launched by the Ministry of Jal Shakti from 22 March 2021 to 30 November 2021 – Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls

The sounding rocket launched by ISRO to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics from Sriharikota on 12.03.2021 is named – RH 560

The river over which Maitri Setu connecting Tripura with Bangladesh and inaugurated by the PM Shri Narendra Modi is built – Feni

The year 2023 has been declared by UN General Assembly, on resolution moved by India, as – International Year of Millets

The theme of National Safety Day being observed on 04 March 2021 – Sadak Suraksha (Road Safety)

The partner country of the 3-day Maritime India Summit-2021 held from 2 to 4 March 2021 inaugurated by PM Shri Narendra Modi – Denmark

The theme of 3rd Jan Ausadhi Diwas 2021 to be observed on 07 Mar 2021 – Seva bhi - Rozgar bhi

The 637 kilogram satellite of Brazil successfully launched by ISRO aboard its PSLV-C51 on 28 Feb 2021 from Sriharikota is named – Amazonia-1

 

67th National Film Awards 2019

#

Name of the Award

Name of the Film

Awardees

1.

Best Feature Film

Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Malayalam)

Director: Priyadarshan

2.

Award for Best Debut Film of a Director

Helen (Malayalam)

Director: Mathukutty Xavier

3.

Best Popular Film

Maharshi (Telugu)

Director: Vamshi Paidipally

4.

Best Feature Film on National Integration

Taj Mahal (Marathi)

Director: Niyaz Mujawar

5.

Best Film on Social Issues

Anandi Gopal (Marathi)

Director: Sameer Vidwans

6.

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation

Water Burial (Monpa (Arunachal Pradesh))

Director: Shantanu Sen

7.

Best Children's Film

Kastoori (Hindi)

Director: Vinod Uttreshwar Kamble

8.

Best Hindi Film

Chhichhore

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

9.

Best Direction

Bahattar Hoorain (Hindi)

Director: Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan

10.

Best Actor

Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle and Dhanush for Asuran

11.

Best Actress

Kangana Ranaut for Manikarnika and Panga (Hindi)

12.

Best Supporting Actor

Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe (Tamil)

13.

Best Supporting Actress

Pallavi Joshi for The Tashkent Files (Hindi)

14.

Best Male Playback Singer

B Praak for the song “Teri Mitti (Kesari)

15.

Best Female Playback Singer

Savani Ravindra for the song “Raan Petala” Bardo (Marathi)

16.

Best Book on Cinema

A Gandhian Affair: India’s Curios Potrayal of Love in Cinema (Malayalam)

Author: Sanjay Suri

17.

Most Film Friendly State

Sikkim

 

         

This is only a selective list of awards. For complete awards please visit <a href="https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1706663">Govt of India website</a>

 

Sahitya Akademi Awards 2020

Language

Title and Genre

Author

Assamese

Bengsata (Short Stories)

Apurba Kumar Saikia

Bengali

Eka Eka Ekashi (Memoirs)

Sankar (Manishankar Mukhopadhyay)

Bodo

Gwthenay Lamayao Gwdan Agan (Short Stories)

Late Dharanidhar Owari

Dogri

Baba Jitmal (Play)

Gian Singh

English

When God is a Traveller (Poetry)

Arundhathi Subramaniam

Gujarati

Banaras Diary (Poetry)

Harish Meenashru

Hindi

Tokri Mein Digant ‘Their Gatha’”2014 (Poetry)

Anamika

Kannada

Sri Bahubali Ahimsadigvijayam (Epic Poetry)

M. Veerappa Moily

Kashmiri

Tilasm-e-Khanabadosh (Short Stories)

(Late) Hirday Koul Bharti

Konkani

Yugaparivarthanancho Yatri (Poetry)

R.S. Bhaskar

Maithili

Gachh Roosal Achhi (Short Stories)

Kamalkant Jhs

Manipuri

Malangbana Kari Hai (Poetry)

Irungbam Deven

Marathi

Udaya (Novel)

Nanda Khare

Punjabi

Aam Khass (Short Stories)

Gurdev Singh Rupana

Sanskrit

Vaishali (Novel)

Mahesh Chandra Sharma Gautam

Santali

Gur Dak Kasa Dak (Poetry)

Rupchand Hansdah

Sindhi

Jehad (Plays)

Jetho Lalwani

Tamil

Sellaatha Panam (Novel)

Imaiyam

Telugu

Agniswaasa (2015-2017) (Poetry)

Nikhileswar

Urdu

Amawas Main Khwab (Novel)

Hussain-ul-Haque

Awards for Nepali, Odia, Malayalam and Rajasthani languages to be declared later

 

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

Subject

Top Rank

Arts and Humanities

University of Oxford

Engineering and Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Life Sciences and Medicine

Harvard University

Natural Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Social Sciences and Management

Harvard University

12 Indian institutions have made it to the top 100 of the world - IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras,

IIT Kharagpur, IISC Bangalore, IIT Guwahati,, IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, JNU, Anna University,

University of Delhi and O.P Jindal University.

 

Ease of Living Index 2020

Released by : Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Population above 1 million

Population below 1 million

Rank

City

Rank

City

1.

Bengaluru

1.

Shimla

2.

Pune

2.

Bhubaneswar

3.

Ahmedabad

3.

Silvassa

 

Municipal Performance Index 2020

Released by : Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Population more than 1 million

Population less than 1 million

Rank

City

Rank

City

1.

Indore

1.

New Delhi MC

2.

Surat

2.

Tirupati

3.

Bhopal

3.

Gandhinagar

 

Important Days of March

Zero Discrimination Day: 01 March 2021

Designated by: UNAIDS

First Observed in: 2014

World Wildlife Day: 03 March 2021

Designated by: United nations General Assembly

Theme: Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet

First Observed in: 2014

World Hearing Day: 03 March 2021

Designated by: W.H.O.

Theme: Hearing Care for All; Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate

First Observed in: 2007

International Women’s Day: 08 March 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

Theme: Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

First Observed by UN in: 1975

International Day of Mathematics: 14 March 2021

Designated by: International Mathematical Union

Theme: Mathematics for a Better World

First Observed in: 2020

World Kidney Day: 14 March 2021

Designated by: International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)

Theme: Living well with kidney disease

First Observed in: 2006

 

World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March 2021

Designated by: Consumers International

Theme: Tackle Plastic Pollution

First Observed in: 1983

International Day of Happiness: 20 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Keep calm, stay wise and celebrate

First Observed in: 2013

International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1966

Theme: Youth standing up against racism

International Day of Forests: 21 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being

First Observed in: 2013

World Poetry Day: 21 March 2021

Designated by: UNESCO

First Observed in: 2000

World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2012

World Water Day: 22 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Valuing Water

First Observed in: 1993

World Tuberculosis Day: 24 March 2021

Designated by: WHO

Theme: The Clock is Ticking

First Observed in: 1982

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims: 24 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2011

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade: 25 March 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice

First Observed in: 2008

World Theatre Day: 27 March 2021

Designated by: International Theatre Institute, France

First Observed in: 1961

 

66th Filmfare Awards 2021

Best Film: Thappad

Best Film (Critics): Eeb Allay Ooo! by Prateek Vats

Best Director: Om Raut forTanhaji: The Unsung Warrior

Best Actor in a Lead Role (MALE): Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium)

Best Actor (Critics): Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female): Taapsee Pannu (Thappad)

Best Actress (Critics): Tillotama Shome (SIR)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Saif Ali Khan (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Farrokh Jaffar (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Playback Singer (male): Raghav Chaitanya - Ek Tukda Dhoop (Thappad)

Best Playback Singer (Female): Asees Kaur - Malang

Lifetime Achievement Award : Irrfan Khan

 

International Intellectual Property Index 2021

Released by: US Chamber of Commerce

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

USA

24.

China

2.

UK

40.

India

3.

Germany

52.

Pakistan

 

World Happiness Index 2021

 

Released by: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Finland

84.

China

2.

Denmark

101.

Bangladesh

3.

Switzerland

139.

India

4.

Iceland

129.

Sri Lanka

5.

Netherlands

105.

Pakistan

Lowest rank of 149 is that of Afghanistan

India was ranked 140 in the last report

 

BBC Sports Personality Awards for Indians 2021

Sportswoman of the year: Koneru Humpy (Chess)

Emerging Player of the year: Manu Bhaker (Shooting)

Lifetime Achievement: Anju Bobby George (Athletics)

 

Grammy Awards 2021

 

Record of the year: Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish

Album of the year: “Folklore” by Taylor Swift

Song the year: “I Can’t Breathe” by Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

 

Economic Freedom Index 2021

 

Released by: Heritage Foundation, USA

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Singapore

107.

China

2.

New Zealand

120.

Bangladesh

3.

Australia

121.

India

4.

Switzerland

131.

Sri Lanka

5.

Ireland

152.

Pakistan

78th Golden Globe Awards

 

Award

Drama

Musical or Comedy

Best Motion Picture

Nomadland

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman (M Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

Best Actress

Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)

Rosamund Pike (I Care a Lot)

Best Television Series

The Crown (Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)

Best Animated Feature Film

Soul

Best Foreign Language Film

Minari (USA)

Best Director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)


LAST MONTHS G.K.

November 21 : 20, 18, 18, 18, 17, 17, 11, 10, 09, 09, 08, 08, 06, 03, 02, 01

October 21 : 30, 24, 23, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 08, 08, 07, 06, 04, 01

September 21 : 07, 04, 03, 02, 01

August 21 : 11, 10

July 21 : 10, 10, 09, 09, 08, 06, 05, 03, 02, 01

June 21 : 08, 07, 07, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

May 21 : 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 17, 14, 13, 11, 10, 10, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01

April 21 : 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 09, 08, 08, 07, 05, 03, 02, 01

March 21 : 18, 17, 16, 15, 13, 12, 10, 10, 09, 08, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

February 21 : 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 15, 13, 12, 12, 11, 10, 08, 06, 03, 01

January 21 : 27, 25, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 15, 14, 12, 11, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05

December 20 : 30, 29, 28, 24, 21, 18, 17, 15, 11, 07, 03, 01

November 20 : 24, 20, 19, 18, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02

October 20 : 31, 30, 29, 29, 27, 26, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 09, 08, 08, 07, 06, 06, 03, 02, 01

September 20 : 30, 29, 29, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 12, 11, 10, 09, 09, 08, 07, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

August 20 : 31, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 10, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01

July 20 : 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17, 14, 13, 10, 09, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01

June 20 : 30, 27, 26, 24, 23, 22, 20, 19, 18, 18, 17, 16, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

May 20 : 30, 29, 28, 26, 25, 23, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 16, 14, 13, 11, 09, 08, 07, 07, 05, 04, 02, 01

April 20 : 30, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 07, 07, 04, 03, 02, 01

March 20 : 31, 27, 26, 25, 24, 22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 09, 07, 06, 05, 04, 04, 03, 02

February 20 : 29, 28, 28, 26, 25, 24, 21, 20, 19, 18, 11

January 20 : 13