India Placed 51st in Global House Price Index Q4 2021, Turkey Tops: Knight Frank.

  • India has improved its rank by five spots to be placed at 51st position in the Global House Price Index Q4 2021 released by property consultant Knight Frank.
  • India was placed at 56th position in Q4 of 2020.
  • India witnessed 2.1 percent annual appreciation in housing price rates during the October-December quarter of the 2021 against Q4 of 2020.
  • Turkey saw the highest annual price growth rate by 59.6 percent in Q4 2021.
  • New Zealand (22.6 per cent), Czech Republic (22.1 per cent), Slovakia (22.1 per cent) and Australia (21.8 per cent) are among top 5 countries respectively in the latest research report.
  • Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index tracks the movement in mainstream residential prices across 56 countries and territories using official statistics.

New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital city : IQAir’s 2021 World Air Quality Report.

  • New Delhi has been ranked the world’s most polluted capital city for second consecutive year as per IQAir’s 2021 World Air Quality Report.
  • New Delhi is followed by Dhaka (Bangladesh), N’Djamena (Chad), Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and Muscat (Oman) as top five most polluted capital cities respectively.
  • Bhiwadi was the most polluted city in India, followed by Ghaziabad, Delhi and Jaunpur.
  • Bangladesh was the most polluted country, followed by Chad, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
  • India was the fifth most polluted country.

75 Women felicitated by NITI Aayog at fifth edition of Women Transforming India Awards.

  • The Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) of the NITI Aayog organised the 5th edition of the Women Transforming India Awards (WTI) on 21 March 2022.
  • As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, the WTI Awards have been conferred 75 women achievers for their contribution towards a Sashakt Aur Samarth Bharat.
  • The Women Transforming India Awards has been presented since 2018 by NITI Aayog, under the aegis of Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), to highlight the commendable and ground-breaking endeavours of India’s women leaders and change-makers, with a special focus on entrepreneurship.

Ministry of Heavy Industries extends Phase-II of FAME India Scheme for two years till 2024.

  • Ministry of Heavy Industries had notified Phase-II of FAME India Scheme for three years from April 2019 to March 2022.
  • However, the government has extended the FAME II scheme for 2 years. So now this scheme will be applicable till March 2024.
  • Total budgetary support to Phase-II of FAME India Scheme for a period of five years is Rs. 10,000 crore, from financial year 2019-20 to 2023-24.
  • Focus area of Phase II will be mainly on supporting electrification of public & shared transportation through demand incentive and creation of a network of charging infrastructure.
  • Objective of FAME India Scheme is to promote adoption of electric/ hybrid vehicles (xEVs) in India.

EX-DUSTLIK between Indian and Uzbekistan armies to be held at Yangiarik, Uzbekistan.

  • The 3rd edition of the joint training exercise named EX-DUSTLIK between the Indian army and Uzbekistan army is being conducted at Yangiarik, Uzbekistan from 22 to 31 March 2022.
  • The last edition of DUSTLIK was conducted in Ranikhet (Uttarakhand) in March 2021.
  • The Indian contingent will be represented by the Grenadiers Regiment and will join the Uzbekistan Army contingent represented by troops of the North-Western Military District.

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