The 2021 Ramon Magsaysay Award will be distributed to 5 recipients.

  • Ramon Magsaysay Award 2021 Winners.
  • Dr. Firdausi Qadri - Vaccine scientist from Bangladesh
  • Muhammad Amjad Saqib -Microfinance pioneer from Pakistan
  • Roberto Ballon - Filipino fisher and community environmentalist
  • Steven Muncy - Humanitarian worker from the United States
  • Watchdoc- Indonesian torch bearer for investigative journalism
  • The Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia's highest honor and is widely regarded as the region's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Alejandro Prieto won the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 award.

  • Mexican photographer Alexander Prito has won the World photographer of the Year award 2021.
  • His photo features a roadrunner at a new section of the border wall between Mexico and the USA.
  • His image won gold award in the Birds in environment category.
  • His photo was selected from more than 22000 the submissions by photographer from around the world.

Punjab Govt launched "Innovation Mission Punjab" to boost the start-up sector.

  • IMPunjab is a public-private partnership mission that will bring together global investors and experts to catalyze start-ups.
  • This mission will boost the growth potential of Punjab and create a thriving economy through generating employment and inviting investment.
  • It will also mobilize a global pool of ambassadors and partners to attract investment, mentorship and market access.
  • It will leverage the strength of the Punjabi diaspora and allow them to participate in the new growth story of Punjab apart from running focused programs to encourage entrepreneurship among women.
  • The mission will act as a catalyst towards fostering growth by uniting all stakeholders like incubators, academia, investors, startups, progressive farmers, government, sportspersons, media, industry and corporates.
  • It is a unique Public-Private Partnership Project which will be championed by the private sector and a strong government support.

J B Mohapatra has been appointed as the new chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

  • Senior bureaucrat JB Mohapatra has been appointed as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • Mohapatra, a 1985-batch Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officer, is currently a member of the board that formulates policy for the Income Tax Department.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of JB Mohapatra as the Chairman of CBDT.
  • Mohapatra is holding the additional charge of CBDT chairman with effect from May 31, after the extended tenure of incumbent PC Modi comes to an end.

J&K LG Manoj Sinha inaugurated the "Saath" initiative for women.

  • The Rural Enterprises Acceleration Programme named Saath was launched for Self-Help Group women.
  • It was launched by Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha.
  • The programme will transform the lives of the women, make them independent to deal with social and financial sectors.
  • The programme will provide mentorship and market connectivity to the products developed by SHGs.
  • It will transform the lives of the women who are associated with SHGs and doing small work.
  • The programme will guide the women in every aspect like packaging, marketing, branding, finance, skills so that they can uplift their businesses.
  • Under this Saath programme, workshops will be held for 5,000 women. Further from this, 500 women will be selected who will undergo intensive training and a further 100 will be selected for the mentoring.
  • Women will be trained in the sectors like Agriculture, Poultry, Animal Husbandry, handloom, and handicraft, and many others.

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