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Shri Bharti Bapu passes away
- In Gujarat, the renowned Mahant of Dashnami parampara Mahamandaleshwar Shri Bharti Bapu passed away in April 2021.
- His Samadhi ceremony took place at his Junagadh Ashram in Saurashtra as per Covid19 protocol.
- He breathed his last at his Bharti Ashram in Sarkhej near Ahmedabad.
Chhattisgarh Govt imposes complete lockdown
- In Chhattisgarh, the complete lockdown has been imposed in 17 districts by the respective administrations.
- CM Bhupesh Baghel has also sanctioned an amount of Rs 50 crores from the State Disaster Response Fund for the prevention of corona infection.
- It will be mandatory for railway passengers to have a negative report of the corona test conducted within 72 hours before reaching Chhattisgarh.
Maharashtra records highest single-day spike
- Maharashtra reported the highest single-day jump in Covid-19 cases, breaching the 60,000 marks on 11 April 2021.
- The state reported 63,294 cases, taking the total tally to 34,07,245.
- The death toll has risen to 57,987.
- Pune has more than 1 lakh active cases.
- In Mumbai more than 91 thousand and in Thane more than 74 thousand patients are under treatment for infection of coronavirus.
Mahatma Jyotiba Phule’s birth anniversary
- 11 April marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.
- Jyotirao Govindrao Phule was an Indian writer, social activist, thinker, and anti-caste social reformer from Maharashtra.
- He and his wife, Savitribai Phule, were pioneers of women’s education in India.
- He started his first school for girls in 1848 in Pune at Tatyasaheb Bhide’s residence.
Ramsey Clark passes away
- Ramsey Clark, the former US attorney general, and legal activist passed away in April 2021.
- Clark served as attorney general in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration in the late 1960s.
- He is recognized for supervising the drafting of the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
- He was the son of former US Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark.
Mumbai to add additional 5,300 general beds
- In Mumbai, additional 5,300 general beds and 800 ICU beds will be available in the next 2-3 days.
- In Kanjurmarg and Malad 2000 beds are being made available.
- Another COVID centre with 1000 beds will be set up in Somaiya ground and 300 beds will be set up at Mahalaxmi.
- MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) is also setting up beds on its land.
Sushil Chandra set to become the next CEC
- Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra is set to become the next Chief Election Commissioner.
- Chandra will assume charge on April 13, 2021, a day after incumbent Sunil Arora demits office.
- He was appointed as the Election Commissioner on February 14, 2019.
- He would demit office on May 14, 2022.
Flipkart partners with Adani Group
- Flipkart has entered into a strategic and commercial partnership with infrastructure company Adani Group to set up a data centre as well as a fulfilment centre.
- Flipkart will set up its third data centre at AdaniConneX Pvt Ltd’s Chennai-based facility, leveraging AdaniConnes’s data centre technology solutions.
- AdaniConneX is a new joint venture between EdgeConneX and Adani Enterprises Ltd.
World Parkinson’s Day: 11 April
- April 11 is observed as World Parkinson’s Day every year, and April month is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
- The day marks the birth anniversary of James Parkinson who was a neurologist, geologist, scientist, and activist.
- It is observed to create awareness about Parkinson’s disease among the general public.
- The disease can cause slowness of the movements, stiffness, and shakiness of the body.
‘Nomadland’ wins four BAFTA awards
- “Nomadland” won four prizes including best picture at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on 11 April 2021.
- “Nomadland” filmmaker Chloe Zhao became only the second woman, and the first woman of colour, to win the BAFTA for best director.
- Frances McDormand was named best actress.
- Emerald Fennell’s revenge comedy “Promising Young Woman” was named best British film.
Tata Motors plans vehicle scrapyards
- Tata Motors Ltd. will collaborate with its dealers to build vehicle scrapyards in Howrah, Karnal, Hyderabad, and Greater Mumbai.
- The company will provide technical know-how and expertise for the vehicle dismantling units.
- India’s new vehicle scrapping policy directs mandatory scrapping of commercial vehicles after 15 years if they don’t meet fitness or emission criteria.
CPP Investments, RMZ announce joint venture
- Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) and Bengaluru-based RMZ Corp. have announced a joint venture, with the Canadian fund investing $210 million.
- The joint venture includes three projects-RMZ Nexity and RMZ Spire in Hyderabad and RMZ One Paramount in Chennai-with a development potential of around 10.4 million sq. ft.
Praj Industries to set up an ethanol plant
- Praj Industries has bagged an order from Godavari Biorefineries Ltd (GBL) in Karnataka to set up a syrup-based ethanol plant with the largest capacity in India.
- As part of this project, Praj will expand the existing ethanol manufacturing capacity of GBL to 600-kilo liters per day using sugarcane syrup.
- When commissioned, this will become India’s largest capacity syrup-based ethanol plant.
NMSHE’s ICAR Team gets an award
- A team of scientists from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been awarded for excellence in the dissemination of agricultural practices and technologies from lab to farm.
- They have been awarded by Agriculture Today, a national agriculture magazine.
- Their work has been recognized for improving livelihood and subsistence production systems in remote areas like Leh.
Thomas Cook India enters Jammu markets
- Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has inaugurated its first Gold Circle Partner franchise outlet in Jammu with a focus to leverage the growth potential of the region.
- It has set up its first Gold Circle Partner franchise outlet at Jammu‘s Bahu Plaza.
- It has also expanded its footprint in Uttar Pradesh with the launch of a new Gold Circle Partner franchise outlet in Varanasi at RathYatra Chauraha.
M&M to invest in the electric vehicle business
- Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd will put in fresh investments to the tune of ₹3,000 crores on its electric vehicles business in the next three years.
- It is working on developing an EV platform by combining the capabilities of its operations across the globe, including Detroit and Italy.
- The company has set a goal of putting 5 lakh electric vehicles on Indian roads by 2025.
Startup Fitday to invest Rs60 crore
- Fitday, a nutraceutical start-up, plans to invest ₹60 crores to expand its presence across the country over the next two years.
- It will set up 50 brick-and-mortar stores pan India by 2023 while simultaneously ramping up its online presence.
- Overall, the nutraceutical market in India is expected to see a projected growth of $18 billion by the close of 2025.
Sonu Sood: Covid vaccination ambassador
- Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has been made the brand ambassador for Punjab’s anti-coronavirus vaccination programme.
- Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh made the announcement on 11 April 2021.
- The actor also presented to the Chief Minister his book “I am no Messiah” on the same day.
- The book captures his experiences of his journey from Moga to Mumbai.
Amazon India launches mentor programme
- Amazon India has announced the launch of its ‘Mentor Connect’ programme.
- It is aimed at accelerating the growth of startups and emerging brand owners enrolled under its Amazon Launchpad initiative.
- Through the programme, startups and emerging brands will gain access to guidance from venture capital firms, industry veterans, and Amazon leaders through expert knowledge sharing sessions, etc.
SBI collects ₹300 cr from 0 balance accounts
- Several banks, including SBI, have been imposing excessive charges on certain services provided to poor persons having zero-balance or Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts (BSBDA).
- This was revealed in a study by the IIT-Bombay.
- The imposition of service charges resulted in undue collections to the tune of over ₹300 cr from among nearly 12 cr BSBDA holders of SBI during the period 2015-20.