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27th April 2021 | UPSC Current Affairs | The Hindu Simplified

Nomadland wins big at pandemic Oscars

· Chloe Zhao makes history as first woman of colour to get best director award for Nomadland film.

· She is also only the second woman to win best director after Kathryn Bigelow, who won the prize for The Hurt Locker in 2010

· Ms. Zhao’s drama about marginalised Americans roaming the West in vans was honoured for best picture, director and actress for Frances McDormand.


India ranked 49th in CGGI

· India has been ranked 49th in the Chandler Good Government Index (CGGI), which classifies 104 countries in terms of government capabilities and outcomes.

· Reuben Abraham, CEO of IDFC Foundation and CGGI Advisory Panel Member, said: “Civil service innovation and capacity building is a key focus for the Indian government

· The CGGI shows the importance of investing in governance capabilities.

· Finland topped the CGGI list.


DRDO develops crystal blades for aero engines

· The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed single crystal blade technology and supplied 60 blades to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as part of their indigenous helicopter development programme for helicopter engine application.

· “It is part of a programme taken up by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), a laboratory of the DRDO, to develop single crystal high pressure turbine (HPT) blades using a nickel based super alloy.

· Very few countries such as the U.S., the U.K., France and Russia have the capability to design and manufacture such single crystal components.


Myanmar activists call for non-cooperation campaign

· Activists opposed to Myanmar’s military junta called on people to stop paying electricity bills and agricultural loans and to keep their children away from school, scorning the top general’s pledge at a regional summit to end the post­coup crisis.

· Scattered protests took place in Myanmar’s big cities, a day after Senior General Min Aung Hlaing reached an agreement at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Indonesia.

· The junta chief did not submit to calls for the release of political prisoners, including the leader of the ousted civilian government, Aung San Suu Kyi.


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