Weekly Current Affairs (15th to 21st December 2021) Part - 2 Notes | Study Current Affairs & Hindu Analysis: Daily, Weekly & Monthly - UPSC

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Important News – India

Q.1. The winner of the 2nd edition of ‘Animal Husbandry Startup Grand Challenge’ will get how much amount that was launched by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, in partnership with Startup India ?

Correct Answer is Rs. 10 Lakh.

  • The first edition of the startup grand challenge was launched by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on 12th September, 2019.
  • The challenge is open for application on the Startup India portal – www.startupindia.gov.in – to all startups

Q.2. In December 2021, which of the following has been inscribed on the UNESCO's 'Intangible Heritage list'?

Correct Answer is Kolkata’s Durga puja festival.

  • Durga Puja is an annual festival celebrated in September or October, most notably in West Bengal's Kolkata, also in other parts of India
  • The 16th Committee of UNESCO for safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in its meeting held on 15th December 2021 in Paris has inscribed Durga puja in Kolkata on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Q.3. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for 2021-26 with an outlay of?

Correct Answer is Rs.93,068 crore.

  • The CCEA has approved central support of Rs.37,454 crore to States and Rs.20,434.56 crore of debt servicing for loan availed by Government of India for irrigation development during PMKSY 2016-21.
  • Launched in 2015, PMKSY is an umbrella scheme, providing central grants to the State Governments for specific activities detailed below.

Q.4. What is the theme of the eighth Indian Ocean Dialogue?

Correct Answer is Leveraging Digital Technologies for Health, Education, Development, and Trade in Indian Ocean Rim Association Member States.

  • The theme for this year's edition was Leveraging Digital Technologies for Health, Education, Development, and Trade in Indian Ocean Rim Association Member States.
  • IORA was formerly known as Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) and Indian Ocean Rim Initiative.
  • It is an international organisation comprising of 23 states which share borders with the Indian Ocean.

Q.5. India signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with which country to enable collaboration in the field of digital media and strengthen the partnership between both the countries?

Correct Answer is Vietnam.

  • Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati; Jaideep Bhatnagar, Principal DG, PIB; and Vikram Sahay, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) along with other officials from India and Vietnam were present during the event.
  • The LoI anticipates sharing of information and experience in establishing policies and regulatory frameworks on digital media and social networks.
  • The LoI also expects to conduct capacity building and training programs for media professionals and officials in both India and Vietnam.

Q.6. Under what theme the Good Governance Week 2021 is being celebrated from 20th-25th December, 2021?

Correct Answer is Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur.

  • Celebrated by: Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG)
  • Moto: to redress and dispose of public grievances and improvise service delivery down to the village level.
  • Theme: “Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur”
  • A film on “Prashasan Gaon Ki Aur” will also be screened.
  •  “Good Governance Day will be celebrated on December 25, 2021.

Q.7. Who will chair the Committee set up by the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) for the transfer of stressed loans from domestic lenders to financial institutions?

Correct Answer is G Padmanabhan.

  • Former executive director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) G Padmanabhan will chair the committee along with expertise in banking and legal firms.
  • The committee examines the provisions of the RBI directions that require further clarification for transferring stressed loans, for identifying areas or issues of the directions from RBI
  • The committee will submit a report to the chairperson of IFSCA, within one month from the date of the committee’s first meeting.

Q.8. What will be the length of the Ganga Expressway, the foundation stone of which was laid down by the PM Narendra Modi?

Correct Answer is 594 Km.

  • Ganga Expressway will open new doors of progress for UP and will be a source of five boons covering network of expressways, new airports, and railway routes:
  • It is a 594 Km long six-lane Expressway and will be built at a cost of over Rs 36,200 crore.
  • It passes through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, RaeBareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj.

Q.9. What is India’s rank in the Truecaller’s Global Spam Report 2021?

Correct Answer is 4th.

  • India’s rank is moved from 9th in 2020 to the 4th spot this year
  • The report has been released by Truecaller
  • KYC (know your customer) spam remains one of the most common one in the country.
  • The average number of spam calls per user per month stood at 16.8 in October.

Q.10. Which forces has launched website for online recruitment of the officers?

Correct Answer is Indian Coast Guard.

  • Digital recruitment process will cover around hundred cities spread throughout the country and would be conducted twice a year ensuring far wider reach, talent and also provide an unprecedented opportunity to the individuals aspiring to serve the Nation.

Q.11. Who has laid foundation stone and inaugurated 232 km of National Highways at a cost of Rs.4160 Crore in Jaunpur and Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh?

Correct Answer is Nitin Gadkari.

  • It will facilitate movement of goods with better connectivity in the region and provide access to markets for agricultural produce, local and other products
  • In Jaunpur, foundation stone for 3 national highway projects which will cover 86 kms with a total cost of Rs 1,123 crore.
  • In Mirzapur, Four National highways projects worth Rs 3037 crore with total length of 146 kms.

Important News – State

Q.1. Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state that has been declared as the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary Ecosensitive Zone (ESZ)?

Correct Answer is Uttarakhand.

  • The notified area extends from 0 to 22 km around the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • After the new notification, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary has become the first sanctuary in the state without any villages inside it.

Q.2. Which state government has signed an agreement with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to empower women economically and drive gender equality in the state?

Correct Answer is Odisha.

  • Under the joint initiative, the launch of Mission Shakti Living Lab was announced.
  • The initiative will also help 10,000 women-led micro-enterprises get better access to affordable market opportunities, capital for business promotion, and market solutions for better linkages.

Q.3. Which state govt signed an agreement with the UN-FAO and Indian Council of Agricultural Research to help the state farmers in adopting a sustainable agriculture food system?

Correct Answer is Andhra Pradesh.

  • Through this agreement, there will also be strengthening the capacities of the state government in the agriculture sector.
  • FAO will provide training to farmers, Rythu Bharosa Kendram (RBK) staff, officials, and scientists on new technologies in agricultural allied sectors and training to farmers on best cultivation management practices.

Q.4. Which state top the chart in the 'large states' category on the 'Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy' -- an indicator of literacy among children below 10 years that was prepared by 'Institute for Competitiveness' and released by Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) chairman Bibek Debroy?

Correct Answer is West Bengal.

  • In the 'small states' category, Kerala grabbed the top spot and Jharkhand was adjudged the worst performer on the index.
  • There are four categories in which regions have been divided -- large states, small states, Union Territories and North East.

Q.5. Which state government has launched Sports Action toward Harnessing Aspiration of Youth (SAHAY) scheme aimed at nurturing young sporting talents in Maoist-hit districts of the state?

Correct Answer is Jharkhand.

  • Currently, it is launched in Saraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum, Khunti, Gumla and Simdega districts of Jharkahn, and will extend to other districts too.
  • This scheme has been launched to curb the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) which affected 19 of the state’s 24 districts.
  • LWE are those groups that try to bring change through violent revolution.

Q.6. Power Finance Corporation (PFC) signed an agreement with GreenCell Mobility, to lend INR 275 crore for deployment of 350 electric buses across nine cities of?

Correct Answer is Uttar Pradesh.

  • The initiative is part of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme.
  • GreenCell Mobility is an e-mobility platform supported by Governments of India and United Kingdom to boost adoption of electric vehicles in the country.
  • The buses will be deployed in key cities of UP including Agra, Meerut, Aligarh, Bareilly, Ghaziabad & Mathura.

Q.7. India's first International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (IAMC) was inaugurated in which city of India?

Correct Answer is Hyderabad.

  • The IAMC would emerge as one of the top destinations for arbitration and mediation due to Hyderabad being strategically located.
  • The IAMC would be a boon for companies and organisations, both Indian and international, to resolve their disputes
  • Those who empanel the centre include internationally acclaimed arbitrators and mediators from countries such as Singapore and the UK.

Q.8. Jaitapur nuclear power plant is located in which state for that the govt has given in-principle approval for setting up six nuclear power reactors of 1,650 MW each in technical cooperation with France?

Correct Answer is Maharashtra.

  • This would make it the largest nuclear power generating site in the country with a total capacity of 9,900 MW.
  • Currently, techno-commercial discussions to arrive at the project proposal with France are in progress.

Important News – World

Q.1. Which country conferred its highest civilian award, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Correct Answer is Bhutan.

  • The award, established in 2008, comes with a Breast Star and Sash Badge.
  • It honours those who have dedicated their lives to serving Bhutan's nation and people.
  • Her Majesty Queen Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choden, His Holiness Je Thrizur Tenzin Dendup, and His Holiness Je Khenpo Trulku Ngawang Jigme Choedra have been the previous receipients.

Q.2. Which has become the first European Union nation to legalize cultivation and personal use of cannabis?

Correct Answer is Malta.

  • Maltese parliament voted in favour of reform last week, with 36 votes in favour and 27 against.
  • Under this, adults will be allowed to grow four plants at home and carry seven grams of cannabis, with smoking in public or in front of children remaining illegal.

Honor & Awards

Q.1. Who has been named as the Time's 2021 Athlete of the Year?

Correct Answer is Simone Biles.

  • The world's most decorated gymnast was hailed for putting her mental health first when she withdrew from four event finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Biles, a four-time Olympic medalist, later revealed that she suffered from what gymnasts called “the twisties” - when you lose the sense of space and dimension in the air.

Q.2. Name the former cricketer who has been conferred with the prestigious 'SJFI Medal' by the Sports Journalists' Federation of India (SJFI)?

Correct Answer is Sunil Gavaskar.

  • Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won silver at the quadrennial extravaganza, was voted as the SJFI Sportswoman of the Year.
  • Neeraj Chopra, who won India's lone gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, was adjudged the recipient of the SJFI Sportsman of the Year award.
  • The Indian men's team that won the hockey bronze in Tokyo - its first hockey medal in 40 years - was declared the SJFI Team of the Year.

Q.3. Who has been conferred with the Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award- Business Transformation by the Silicon Valley-based The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)?

Correct Answer is Kumar Mangalam Birla.

  • He is the first Indian industrialist to receive this award for his leadership of a globally diversified
  • conglomerate during the pandemic.
  • Birla joins an exclusive list of global entrepreneurs to receive the award this year that include Elon Musk (Global Entrepreneur of the Year - Immigrant Entrepreneur), Jeff Bezos (Global Entrepreneur of the Year - First Generation) and Satya Nadella (Global Entrepreneur of the Year - Entrepreneurial CEO).

Q.4. Which Public Sector Enterprises has won Golden Peacock Environment Management Award 2021?

Correct Answer is Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).

  • Major initiatives by SAIL: Carbon footprint reduction, R&D, creation of carbon sinks, gradual shift to LED, enhancing share of renewable energy, etc
  • The Award is given to organizations for significant achievements in Environment Management by Environment Foundation (WEF) since 1998.

Q.5. Who has been adjudged as the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2021?

Correct Answer is Emma Raducanu.

  • Raducanu ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion with her remarkable victory at Flushing Meadows.
  • Her fairytale win followed a run to the Wimbledon fourth round in July on her Grand Slam main draw debut.
  • In a public vote, diver Tom Daley placed second and swimmer Adam Peaty was third.

Sports News

Q.1. Name the Indian badminton player who won the historic silver medal in the World Badminton Championships in Spain?

Correct Answer is Kidambi Srikanth.

  • A former world no. 1, Srikanth lost Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.
  • He becomes the first Indian men Badminton player to won a silver in BWF World Championships.
  • The maiden silver placed Srikanth alongside P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who had finished runner-up in the past.
  • Akane Yamaguchi of Japan clinched the women’s title beating World No. 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

Q.2. Loh Kean Yew of which country has defeated Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth in the final of the BWF World Badminton Championships in Spain and won the gold?

Correct Answer is Singapore.

  • Kidambi Srikanth becomes the first Indian men Badminton player to won a silver in BWF World
  • Championships.
  • The maiden silver placed Srikanth alongside P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who had finished runner-up in the past.
  • Akane Yamaguchi of Japan clinched the women’s title beating World No. 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

Q.3. Who won the women’s title (gold medal) in the BWF World Badminton Championships in Spain?

Correct Answer is Akane Yamaguchi.

  • Second seeded Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai won the mixed doubles title as they beat third-seeded Japanese duo Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino in straight game, 21-13, 21-14 in the final match.
  • Loh Kean Yew of Singapore won the gold medal in BWF World Badminton Championships in Spain by defeating Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth.

Q.4. Name the sportsperson who has been bestowed with the knighthood by the Prince of Wales Charles at Windsor Castle in Windsor?

Correct Answer is Lewis Hamilton.

  • The Mercedes driver was made a Knight Bachelor by Prince of Wales Charles at Windsor Castle in Windsor.
  • Hamilton holds an incredible seven Formula One World Titles.
  • Hamilton missed out on his record eighth title at the Yas Marina circuit during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Q.5. Which country will host Women's Under-18 and Under-19 SAFF championships in 2022?

Correct Answer is India.

  • While SAFF Under-18 Women’s Championship will be held from 3rd to 14th March and SAFF Under-19 Championship will take place from July 25 to August 3.
  • Participants for SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India

Q.6. Who has won 2021 National Billiards Title?

Correct Answer is Pankaj Advani.

  • Sitwala, displaying excellent in-offs, pots and cannons, surged ahead by pocketing the third game with a sizeable break of 84.
  • He was on course to even wrest the fourth game after he compiled a wonderful effort of 101, but a costly lapse by him gave a window of opportunity to Advani.

Books and Authors

Q.1. Who has authored the book titled ‘Pride, Prejudice and Punditry’?

Correct Answer is Shashi Tharoor.

  • The book, published by Aleph Book Company, was earlier launched in Delhi.
  • There are ten sections in this book, each devoted to a particular topic such as modern Indian history, Indian Politics etc.

Q.2. Who has authored the book titled ‘Raj Kapoor: The Master At Work’ that was released by the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu?

Correct Answer is Rahul Rawail.

  • The book launch event was held at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, coinciding with Raj Kapoor’s 97th birth anniversary.
  • The vice president described the book as a “labour of love and dedication”.
  • The book is also dedicated to Raj Kapoor’s second son and father of Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, who passed away in April 2020.

Q.3. Who has authored the book titled ‘Rewinding of First 25 years of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’?

Correct Answer is S S Oberoi.

  • The book consists of life experience, challenges working as an advisor under the MeitY.
  • S. S. Oberoi is a retired adviser in the Department of Electronics (DoE).
  • He was the first head of the Software Development Agency and the first adviser of Information Technology.

Q.4. Who has authored the book titled ‘Gandhi Topi Governor’?

Correct Answer is Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad.

  • The book chronicles the life of Barrister Idpuganti Raghavendra Rao.
  • The book is published by Emesco Books.
  • Idpuganti Raghavendra Rao was a prominent freedom fighter, Legislator and the Governor of the Central Provinces in the British Administration.

Q.5. Who has authored the book titled “India’s Ancient Legacy of Wellness”?

Correct Answer is Rekha Chaudhari.

  • It was launched on the occasion of World Digital Day (WDD) celebration.
  • The book highlights how important it is for human beings to be close to nature which helps to revive and recharge to do productive work.
  • Dr Rekha has also published many of her research works in the World Health Organization (WHO).

Science and Defence

Q.1. Recently, which IIT has signed an MoU with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for various developmental projects to support the requirements of the IAF?

Correct Answer is IIT Delhi.

  • The joint partnership between the IAF and IIT Delhi aims to accelerate IAF’s indigenisation efforts for achieving self-reliance.
  • Under the ambit of the MoU, the IAF has identified key focus areas involving technology development and finding indigenous solutions towards sustenance of various weapon systems.
  • IIT Delhi will provide cooperation and consultancy, duly supported by research, for feasibility studies and prototype development.

Q.2. Which automotive manufacturer has partnered with Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) to develop and manufacture 600-HP indigenous engine to power futuristic combat vehicles under Atmanirbhar Bharat mission?

Correct Answer is Ashok Leyland.

  • The 600-HP engine will undergo rigorous testing in lab and will be qualified for application in tanks. Ashok Leyland will undertake series production of the engine post induction into service.
  • For over five decades, Ashok Leyland has developed and expanded its scope within the defence space.
  • This partnership with CVRDE has given the company an opportunity to further innovate in the mobility space for defence requirements.
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