1. The Central Board of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization has recommended 8.5 per cent annual rate of interest for the financial year 2020-21.
2. The U.N. General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets, aimed at raising awareness about the health benefits of the grain and their suitability for cultivation under changing climatic conditions.
3. India’s and Asia’s first National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC) will come up on the bank of the Ganges in the premises of Patna University.
4. India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has upgraded its FY21 credit growth estimates to 6.9 per cent from 1.8 per cent, given the improved economic environment in 2H FY21 and the government’s focus on higher — spending especially on infrastructure.
5. India’s unemployment rate in February stood at 6.9 per cent, much lower than 7.8 per cent clocked in February 2020, suggesting the unemployment rate has recovered to pre-Covid levels.
6. India received the highest ever Foreign Direct Investments of over USD 67 billion for the first nine months of a financial year last year.
7. The 30th Bihari Puraskar for 2020 will be given to Mohankrishna Bohara for his Hindi book of Criticism, titled Taslima: Sangharsh aur Sahitya. The K.K. Birla Foundation announced this in New Delhi. The book was published in 2016.
8. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
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