France considers law to ban discrimination.

  • French lawmakers are debating legislation banning discrimination over the texture, length, colour or style of someone’s hair.
  • The bill was proposed by Olivier Serva, a French lawmaker from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
  • The bill would amend existing anti-discrimination measures in the labour code and criminal code to explicitly hair discrimination.

India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves Increased By 140 Million Dollars.

  • India's forex reserves increased by USD 140 million to touch its all-time high of USD 642.631 billion during the week ended March 22.
  • The previous peak level was recorded in September 2021 when the country's foreign exchange reserves reached USD 642.453 billion.
  • Gold reserves increased by USD 347 million to USD 51.487 billion during the week.

PFRDA Mandates Two-Factor Aadhaar Authentication for CRA Access.

  • Starting April 1, 2024, approximately 1,600 government offices will adopt two-factor Aadhaar authentication.
  • It will incorporate an additional security layer, thereby minimizing the likelihood of unauthorized access and enhancing the protection of NPS transactions.
  • Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA):
    • Chairperson: Deepak Mohanty
    • Headquarters: New Delhi


Prof. Meena Charanda to receive International Culture Award.

  • Principal of Kalindi College, Delhi University, Prof. Meena Charanda will be awarded for her remarkable work in the field of education and social service.
  • Pro. Charanda has been teaching in the Department of Political Science of Kalindi College for more than two decades.
  • Her book on the role of Dalit MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly has also been published.

Six traditional crafts of Assam get GI tags.

  • 6 traditional products and crafts of Assam, including Bihu Dhol, Jaapi and Sarthebari bell metal craft, have been accorded GI tags.
  • Assam Asharikandi Terracotta Craft, Assam Pani Mateka Craft, Sarthebari Metal Craft, and Assam Missing Handloom Products are the other products that received the GI tags.
  • The applications for the GI tags for these products were filed in 2022.

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