Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 02 March 2021

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 02 March 2021


Sahitya Akademi Fellowship

  • Recently, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship was awarded to a distinguished scholar, writer, translator and critic,Professor Velcheru Narayana Rao.
  • Sahitya Akademi Fellowship is the highest literary honour in the country awarded by Sahitya Akademi.
  • Sahitya Akademiis an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture working to promote literature in the languages of India including English.
  • This honour is reserved for 'the immortals of literature' and limited to 21 only at any given time.
  • Sahitya Akademi has also instituted a Premchand Fellowship named after Premchand during his 125thBirth Anniversary in 2005.

Custodian of Enemy Properties for India

  • The Centre has identified over 3,000 new enemy properties left behind by the Chinese and Pakistani nationals after the India-China war in 1962 and Indo-Pak wars in 1965 and 1971.
  • According to government officials, the number of enemy properties vested with the Custodian of Enemy Properties for India (CEPI) has risen to 12,426 from 9,406.
  • Enemy property/alien properties refers to property or assets held or managed on behalf of an enemy subject or an enemy company.
  • It also refers to assets left behind by individuals who migrated to Pakistan or China and are no longer citizens of India.
  • Enemy Property Act 1968 was enacted to deal with such properties.
  • Administration of enemy properties is done by Custodian of Enemy Property for India (CEPI), underMinistry of Home Affairs.


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India-Russia explore partnership with Asean as part of Indo-Pacific construct

  • India and Russiahave decided to explore a partnership in the Indo-Pacific region with special focus on the Asean region and SE Asia.
  • It is happening the following the recent senior-level consultations led by the foreign secretary in Moscow.
  • New Delhi and Moscow are in talks to join hands with Asean-related bodies as part of their emerging Indo-Pacific partnership besides widening their connectivity and business links in East Asia and North-East Asia.
  • It is understood that the Russian side is receptive to India’s suggestions and is expected to explore bilateral partnership in the Asean with focus on post-pandemic economic re-building.
  • India has been emphasising on a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region and as part of its inclusivity concept views Russia as a Pacific power and a key player in the Indo-Pacific region.

Global Association for Physicians of Indian Origin

  • Union Minister for Health communicated the Global Indian Physicians Congress, organised by the Global Association for Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), through virtual conference.
  • GAPIO is a non-profit organization established in 2011.
  • It is founded by Padma Vibhushan, Dr.Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group and Founder President of GAPIO along with Dr.Sanku Rao – Past President of AAPI, USA and Dr. Ramesh Mehta – President of BAPIO, UK.
  • The aim of GAPIO is to bring together 1.4 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. 
  • GAPIO currently has presence in 53 countries. Dr. Anupam Sibal is the current President of GAPIO.


Mobile Train Radio Communication 

  • Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) System commissioned first time in Western Railway Trainsin Mumbai.
  • The Mobile Train Radio Communication system is an effective and a technologically advanced communication system which can play an intrinsic role in preventing train accidents and reducing delays through effective communication.
  • It facilitates an instant and constant interaction of train crew with the Control Centre and the Station Master.
  • MRTC acts in a similar way to that of Air traffic control (ARC) for aircrafts.
  • The system will monitor, track and aid in communication between the trains and the control room thereby ensuring smooth movement of rakes as well as help in preventing adverse events.



  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT)played a role in the development of Covexin, the indigenous vaccine developed by city-based Bharat Biotech International Limited.
  • The vaccine is a highly purified, whole virion, inactivated SARS-CoV2.
  • The vaccine has been formulated with ‘Algel-IMDG’, which contains chemically absorbed TLR7/8 as an agonist or an adjuvant onto aluminium hydroxide gel to generate the requisite type of immune responses without damaging the body.
  • The firm had approached the IICT to develop the synthetic route for the adjuvant molecule TLR 7/8 with indigenous chemicals at an affordable price and with highest purity.
  • This indigenously developed molecule aided Bharat Biotech to scale up the production of the adjuvant.



Bir Chilarai

  • Prime Minister recently paid tribute to Bir Chilarai (also called Shukla Dhwaj).
  • He was a general of the Koch Royal Dynasty of Assam and played a crucial role in expanding empire of his elder brother, Nara Narayan.
  • He was son of Maharaja Viswa Singha, the founder ruler of Koch royal dynasty.
  • Assam government confers Bir Chilarai Award, the highest honor for bravery to individuals.

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