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Daily Current Affairs 21st March 2023: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 21st March 2023. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 21st March 2023. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 21st March 2023 Current affairs test.


Sports News

1. Carlos Alcaraz Ascends to Tennis’s Pinnacle

  • The Spanish prodigy, Carlos Alcaraz, aged 19, clinched victory at the 2023 Indian Wells championship, besting Russia’s Daniil Medvedev with a commendable scoreline of 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
  • Following this triumph, Alcaraz now stands as the World No.1 in tennis, surpassing Novak Djokovic from the top spot.
  • With this landmark victory, Alcaraz not only becomes the youngest-ever world number one but also marks his name alongside three other Masters 1000 titles.
  • He now joins tennis great Rafael Nadal in the records, being the second player ever to secure a minimum of three titles before hitting the age of 20. It’s noteworthy that Nadal amassed a total of six titles before he celebrated his 20th birthday.

International News

2. World Happiness Report 2023: India’s Position

  • The recent World Happiness Report released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network placed India at the 125th rank among a total of 137 nations.
  • Maintaining its top position for the sixth year in a row, Finland boasts a score of 7.8, trailed by Denmark and Iceland completing the top three.
  • The top ten countries also comprise Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.
  • In stark contrast, Afghanistan, now under the Taliban’s governance, stands at the base of the happiness chart. Other nations accompanying Afghanistan near the bottom are Lebanon, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Interestingly, both Russia and Ukraine, currently ensnared in conflict, position above India, at the 70th and 92nd ranks respectively.
  • The rankings are derived considering factors such as life expectancy, GDP per capita, societal bonds, corruption perceptions, community philanthropy, and personal freedoms in decision-making.

Science News

3. ISRO Gears up for the Young Scientist Programme

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is prepping for its annual ‘Yuva Vigyani Karyakram’ (YUVIKA) or Young Scientist Programme, aiming to engage school students.
  • ISRO’s mission with this program is to offer a foundational insight into space science, its technology, and subsequent applications, targeting the younger populace.
  • Designed to spark enthusiasm among students, the programme endeavors to guide them towards a potential future in STEM research or related professions. Ensuring pan-Indian representation, the programme will feature participants from every state and Union Territory.
  • Prospective candidates can register for the programme starting March 20, which will continue up to May 26. Registrations will be accepted on ISRO’s specialized portal.
  • YUVIKA was first brought to public attention by the former ISRO head, K Sivan, on January 18, 2019, with its official kick-off on May 17 the same year.

Important Dates

4. Spotlight on International Day of Forests 2023

  • The International Day of Forests, observed on March 21 annually, emphasizes the unparalleled importance of forests in sustaining human life.
  • The designated theme for 2023 is “Forests and health.”
  • The inception of this day traces back to 1971 when the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) commemorated World Forestry Day.
  • Following the International Decade of Forests spanning from 2011 to 2020, the United Nations officially instituted the International Day of Forests in 2012.
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