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Current Affairs Daily Update In Hindi & English- 12 March 2021

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Current Affairs Daily Update In Hindi & English- 12 March 2021


1. First Quad Leaders’ Summit to be held today

  • The First Quad Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually today. Prime Minister of India, Australia, Japan and US President will participate in the first Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework.
  • The Leaders will discuss regional and global issues of shared interest and exchange views on areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. They will exchange views on contemporary challenges such as resilient supply chains, emerging & critical technology, maritime security & climate change.
  • The Leaders will also discuss ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 pandemic and explore opportunities for collaboration in ensuring safe, equitable and affordable vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region.

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The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, India and Australia that is maintained by semi-regular summits, information exchanges and military drills between member countries.


2. INS Karanj, third Scorpene-Class Submarine commissioned into Indian Navy

  • INS Karanj, India’s third Scorpene-class submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh in Mumbai.
  • INS Karanj is part of six Scorpene-class submarines being built under Project-75 by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
  • The fourth and fifth Scorpene-class submarines- INS Vela & INS Vagir have been undergoing sea trials.
  • Scorpene-class submarines are one of the quietest conventional submarines that are currently in service around the world.

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Two Scorpene-class submarines- INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi have already been commissioned into the Indian Navy.


3. US Defence Secy General Lloyd J Austin to be on three-day visit to India from March 19

  • US Defence Secretary General Lloyd J Austin will be on a three day visit to India from 19th of this month.
  • During his visit, Secretary Austin is expected to meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior dignitaries of the govt.
  • Both Sides are expected to discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation and exchange views on regional security challenges and common interests in maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
  • Discussions regarding defence cooperation would also focus on how both countries could consolidate military-to-military cooperation and defence trade and industry cooperation.


4. Union minister Anurag Thakur appointed as Captain in Territorial Army

  • Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur became the first serving union minister to be promoted as Captain in the Territorial Army as a regular commissioned officer.
  • He is promoted as Captain in the 124 Sikh regiment.
  • The four-time BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur was commissioned into the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant by the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Dalbir S Suhag.
  • The Territorial Army, the second line of defence in the hierarchy, comprises volunteers who are imparted military training for about a month in a year. The Territorial Army can be pressed into national service in case of any emergency.


5. Thomas Bach re-elected as IOC president until 2025

  • Thomas Bach has been re-elected as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for an additional four-year term until 2025 with his immediate focus on this year’s delayed Tokyo Games.
  • Bach is a German lawyer and former Olympic fencer. He is the ninth and current President of the International Olympic Committee.
  • The IOC President said that Tokyo remained the best prepared Olympic city ever and reiterated the games would open on July 23 despite restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to take place from July 23-August 8, 2021. The Games were postponed last year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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