International Current Affairs | March 2021

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International Current Affairs | March 2021

International Current Affairs- March 2021

31st March, 2021

Google & Facebook to lay undersea cables for connecting America and South East Asia

Google and Facebook have partnered for laying undersea cables for connecting USA with South East Asia for improving internet connectivity in Singapore and Indonesia. In the initial phase, undersea cables ‘Echo’ and ‘Bifrost’ will be laid between Indonesia and USA passing through the sea-route of Trans-Pacific region. ‘Echo’ is being constructed by Facebook in partnership with Google and Indonesia’s XL Axiata and will be completed by 2023. ‘Bifrost’ is being constructed by Facebook, Indonesia’s Telin and Singapore’s Keppel which is bound to be completed by 2024.

26th March, 2021

New Zealand becomes the 2nd country to pass law for miscarriage bereavement leave

New Zealand has become the 2nd country in the world to pass legislation for paid leaves during miscarriage bereavement. As per the legislation passed by the New Zealand parliament, mothers and their partners will be granted three days paid leave after the pregnancy has ended with a still birth or miscarriage. Labour Party’s MP, Ginny Andersen initiated the Bill. India is the first country in the world to pass law related to leave for miscarriage bereavement.  

4th March, 2021

Pakistan to remain in the Grey List of FATF till June, 2021

Global money-laundering & terrorist financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has retained Pakistan in the ‘Increased Monitoring Group’ or the ’Grey List’ till June, 2021. This action was taken by the FATF because Pakistan failed to successfully implement the 27-point action plan formulated by FATF. Pakistan’s name in the ‘Grey List’ makes it devoid of the financial assistance provided by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union and Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

3rd March, 2021

UNGA declares 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has declared 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ by adopting the resolution initiated by India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal. The resolution garnered the support of over 70 member countries. International Year of Millets has been declared by UNGA to make people aware of the benefits of millets and suitability for its cultivation under increasing global temperatures. Millet cultivation can also aid in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the drought prone countries.