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News in Short - 02-April-2021

Gender Gap Index 2021

Date: 02 April 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • India has slipped 28 places to rank 140th among 156 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.
  • India has closed 62.5% of its gender gap till date.The country had ranked 112th among 153 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index 2020.
  • Most of the decline occurred on the political empowerment subindex, where India regressed 13.5 percentage points, with a significant decline in the number of women ministers (from 23.1% in 2019 to 9.1% in 2021).
  • Discrimination against women is also reflected in the health and survival subindex statistics. With 93.7% of this gap closed to date, India ranks among the bottom five countries in this subindex.

Biden allows Trump era H1B visa regime to expire

Date: 02 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • US President Joe Biden has allowed H1B ban to lapse as the notification issued by his predecessor Donald Trump expired.
  • Biden did not issue a fresh proclamation for the ban on H-1B visas to continue after March 31.He had promised to lift the suspension on H-1B visas.
  • The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Ex-Nepali PM Madhav Kumar Nepal to launch as political party

Date: 02 April 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A new political outfit will be launched p by former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, who had rebelled against Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli in the now defunct Nepal Communist Party.
  • The decision to create a new political outfit was taken in the second week of March after PM Oli went ahead and held a meeting of the Central Committee of the party.
  • The Nepal Communist Party was scrapped by the Supreme Court, which ordered that the two political formations of Communist Party of Nepal-UML and CPN (Maoist-Centre) that had united to form the NCP in 2018 should revert to their original forms.

Nilam Sawhney takes charge as Andhra SEC

Date: 02 April 2021 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Retired bureaucrat Nilam Sawhney has assumed office of Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner. She had served as Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh till December 2020.
  • The State government sent names of three retired IAS officers to Governor Biswa Bushan Harichandan. The Governor appointed Ms. Sawhney as the SEC.
  • Ms. Sawhney is a 1984 batch IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre and was supposed to superannuate on June 30, 2020, but she got an extension as the Chief Secretary. She was the first woman chief secretary in AP. Now, she will be the first woman SEC.
  • Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who served as SEC till March 31, 2021, became the first SEC of AP after the State bifurcation in 2014.

Rajinikanth to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award

Date: 02 April 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Superstar Rajinikanth has been conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year.
  • Rajinikanth made his debut in 1975 with K Balachander's Apoorva Ragangal and has completed over 45 years in Kollywood.
  • Stalwarts like Satyajit Ray, Nagi Reddy, Raj Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Dilip Kumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Asha Bhosle are some of the recipients of this award.
  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest honour in cinema, presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals for the recipient's contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.