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Current Affairs (22nd March, 2024)

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  • International Day of Forests 2024

  • World Forestry Day or International Day of Forests is annually observed on 21st March.
  • The day aims to promote the sustainable management, conservation, and development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
  • The theme for Day 2024 is Forests and innovation: new solutions for a better world.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2024

  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is annually observed on 21st March.
  • The day urges human beings to voice against racial discrimination, slavery, and colonialism, which destroyed lives and curtailed opportunities, preventing billions of people from enjoying their full human rights and freedoms.
  • The theme for day 2024 is A Decade of Recognition, Justice, and Development: Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Bhushan Gagrani Appointed as New BMC Commissioner

  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) appointed Bhushan Gagrani as the new Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
  • Currently, he is serving as the Additional Chief Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office and succeeded Iqbal Singh Chahal.

Grid-India Becomes a Miniratna Company

  • Grid Controller of India Limited (GRID-INDIA) conferred with the status of Miniratna Category-I Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE).
  • GRID-INDIA holds the crucial mandate of overseeing the seamless and uninterrupted operation of the Indian Power System, ensuring the efficient transfer of electric power within and across regions, facilitating trans-national power exchanges with a focus on reliability, economy, and sustainability.
  • It facilitates competitive and efficient wholesale electricity markets and administers settlement systems.

U.S. Recognizes Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory

  • The United States recognizes Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory and opposes any unilateral attempts by China to advance its territorial claims across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • The Chinese government claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet and has named it Zangnan while India has repeatedly dismissed China’s claims.