Today’s Current Affairs 21th March 2024

These current affairs today are a part of our daily current affairs series. We cover a wide range of topics from state, national, and international news that are relevant and important for competitive exams. Our team prepares daily current affairs after going through many newspapers, such as The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, PRS, etc.

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History of March 21

  • 1858: During the First War of Independence, Indian soldiers surrendered in Lucknow.
  • 1887 Prarthana Samaj was established in Mumbai 1958: The Soviet Union conducted a nuclear test.
  • 1975: New President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed announced a case under Section 352 against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
  • 1836: The first public library was started in Kolkata now its name is National Library.

Current Affairs Related to 21th March 2024

Jaideep Hansraj Appointed Group President One Kotak

Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed Jaideep Hansraj, current MD and CEO of Kotak Satyaj, as Group President One Kotak with effect from April 1, 2024. These steps are to optimise the group’s financial model and help in collaboration. The aim is to boost the bank’s equity to promote a coordinated approach across its various portfolios under Hansraj’s company One 

India’s Merchandise Exports Hit Record High

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India’s merchandise exports increased by 11.86 percent year-on-year to $41.4 billion in February 2024. This is the largest monthly export so far in the current financial year. Industries including engineering items, electronics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and petroleum products have been the main drivers of exports. Disturbances in the Red Sea Exports have increased despite adverse conditions, including the recession of Western economies and falling commodity prices.

Google DeepMind Launches Al Gaming Agent SIMA

Google DeepMind launches its latest Al gaming agent SIMA. Scalable Instructional Multiworld Agents are the latest Al gaming agents. It follows natural language instructions to perform tasks in a video game environment. SIMA is one step closer to the point where Al can intelligently collaborate with humans. SIMAS are different from AI models like OpenAl’s ChatGPT or Google Gemini. SIMA is a general AI agent capable of performing a variety of tasks. 

Tamilisai Soundararajan Resigns as Governor

Tamilisai Soundararajan resigned from the post of Governor of Telangana and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. However, this sudden decision has come because Soundararajan is expected to return to electoral politics and contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu. The resignation has been submitted to the Honorable President of India. In September 2019, he took over as the Governor of Telangana.

Election Commission Announces 2024 Election Schedule

The election schedule for the general elections in 2024 as well as assembly elections in four states was announced by the Election Commission. Counting of votes will take place on June 4. Apart from this, the election schedule for the assembly elections in Sikkim, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh was also announced by the Election Commission. There are 97 crore registered voters in India and more than 10.5 lakh polling stations operated by 1.5 crore personnel. There will be 1.82 crore first time voters in this election. 

TM Krishna and Neena Prasad Receive Prestigious Awards

TM Krishna and Neena Prasad were selected for the Sangeet Kalanidhi and Nritya Kalanidhi awards. The Music Academy’s Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award for 2024 will be given to renowned Carnatic singer and Magsaysay Award winner Thodur Madabusi Krishna. Considered the equivalent of an Oscar for Carnatic music, this award is given by the Music Academy in Chennai. Dr. Neena Prasad will receive the Nritya Kalanidhi Award 2024.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Clinch Women’s Premier League Title

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the Women’s Premier League 2024 by defeating Delhi Capitals by 8 wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Delhi Capitals set a target of 114 runs and RCB achieved it by scoring 115 runs for 2 wickets in 19.3 overs. Sophie Molineux was declared player of the match in the final.

Volcanic Eruption on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

A volcanic eruption occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland. The volcano released smoke and bright orange lava into the air. As of March 2021, the Reykjanes Peninsula had not experienced an eruption for eight centuries. A state of emergency has been declared in southern Iceland.

India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves Reach Two-Year High

India’s foreign exchange reserves reached a twoyear high of $636.1 billion. This is the biggest jump after the week ending July 14, 2023. According to the weekly statistical supplement released by the RBI, foreign exchange assets increased by $ 8.12 billion to $ 562.35 billion.

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