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National Current Affairs March 2nd Week 2021

Smugglers of Red Sanders Was Arrested:

An foreign Red Sanders smuggler from Chennai was apprehended by the Kadapa police, who confiscated logs worth Rs 1 crore. 
Red Sanders: 
♦ The rich tones and healing properties of Red Sanders (Pterocarpus santalinus) are well-known.  
♦ Several areas of Andhra Pradesh, as well as parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, are home to the tree. Red sand grinders were prohibited from being exported in 2004 after being listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  
♦ However, the General Administration of Foreign Trade (DGFT) revised its export policy in 2019 to allow red sand mills to be exported (if obtained from cultivated land). The soil is red, and the climate is hot and dry, so Red Sanders grow on stony, eroded, and fallow land.  
♦ It is listed on the Red List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a near-threatened species.
NRI Quota Seats For OCI Cardholders In Educational Institutions:
OCI (Overseas Indian Citizens) cardholders can demand "only NRI quota seats" in educational institutions based on tests like NEET and JEE, according to a recent notice published in the Gazette (Mains and Advanced). Ministry of Home Affairs is the name of the department within the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)
♦ OCI has no right to engage in "missionary, mountaineering, journalism, or entertainment practises" without the permission of the Indian government.
♦ The three previous notifications that did not indicate the special permits needed for these activities have been replaced by this one.

Mandatory Provision of Airbags:

Airbags must be issued for passengers seated in the front seats of the vehicle in front of the driver, according to a Gazette notice. Ministry of Public Transportation and Highways.
♦ Airbags must be installed in vehicles produced on or after April 1, 2021 (new model) and August 31, 2021 (existing model).
♦ This safety feature is based on the Supreme Court`s Road Safety Committee`s recommendations.
♦ All current models in the M1 category are expected to have no more than eight passenger seats, with the exception of the driver`s seat.
About Airbags:
♦ The airbag can deploy in the event of a crash, serving as a protective cushion between the rider and the dashboard.
♦ The front airbag is built to inflate in a moderate to extreme frontal collision to keep the person`s head and chest from colliding with the vehicle`s rigid structure.

National Current Affairs March 2nd Week 2021

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