Weekly Current Affairs (22nd to 31st March 2021) Part - 2 Notes | EduRev

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Important News – India

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain' campaign on World Water Day 2021 for rain water harvesting, the campaign will be implemented from ______ March 22 to November 30.
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➢ The 'Catch the Rain' campaign will be undertaken across the country, in both rural and urban areas. It will be implemented from March 22 to November 30 - the pre-monsoon and monsoon period in the country.
➢ The campaign aims to take water conservation at grass-root level through people's participation. It is intended to nudge all stakeholders to create rainwater harvesting structures suitable to the climatic conditions and subsoil strata, to ensure proper storage of rainwater.

2. Name the e-Tendering Portal established by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a central PSU under Ministry of Power ______ PRANIT.
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➢ It has been certified by Standardisation, Testing and Quality Certification Directorate (STQC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
➢ With this, POWERGRID is now the only organization in India to have an eProcurement solution on SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), complying with all applicable requirements relating to security and transparency as stipulated by STQC.

3. Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has virtually inaugurated the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Smarak in which city of India ______ New Delhi.
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➢ The inauguration took place on the occasion of a programme organised by the University of Delhi on ‘Shaheed Diwas’ or Martyrs Day (March 23, 2021) to pay homage and commemorate 90 years of martyrdom of our freedom fighters - Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru.
➢ It will remain open to students and the university community to inculcate values of freedom and sacrifice.

4. According to the report by ‘India:Transforming to a net-zero emissions energy system’ released by TERI and Shell, the Net Zero emissions in energy system in India is achievable by ______ 2050.
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➢ According to the report by ‘India: Transforming to a net-zero emissions energy system’ released by TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute) & Shell (otherwise known as Royal Dutch Shell plc), the Net Zero emissions in energy system in India is achievable by 2050.
➢ The report is one of the first assessments of the challenges that India would face if India were to move towards Netzero emissions energy system.

5. Applied Materials India, the local subsidiary of US materials engineering company Applied Materials Inc., has signed a research and development (R&D) pact with which institution ______ Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.
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➢ This pact is a part of the Industry Affiliate Program of the Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering (CeNSE)
➢ IISc Bengaluru and Applied Materials India will work closely with CeNSE to explore new applications and solutions in the field of advanced materials

6. Who represented India at the ‘World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2021’which is one of the world’s largest annual gatherings of the ‘ICT for development’ communities ______ Sanjay Dhotre.
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➢ The Minister highlighted the policies and programs undertaken by his Ministry such as,
➢ Arogya Setu platform is used to monitor and alert the health status of citizens.

7. Who will chair the Empowerment Committee to discuss and enhance manufacturing of products in High technology areas in India constituted by the Government of India  ______ Piyush Goyal.
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➢ The 10-member committee will be headed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry.The committee will be serviced by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
➢ Objective of the committee is to facilitate investments and promote manufacturing in technology-intensive sectors including semiconductors.

8. What is India’s rank in the among 53 global economies on the latest annual edition of the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index released by the US Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Centre (GIPC) ______ 40th.
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➢ The Index evaluates Intellectual Property rights in 53 global economies from patent and copyright policies to commercialisation of IP assets and ratification of international treaties.
➢ The overall global IP environment improved in 2020, with positive score increasing in 32 of the 53 economies measured by the IP Index.

9. “Indo-Korean Bilateral Friendship Park” has been inaugurated in which city of India  ______ New Delhi.
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➢ Friendship Park has been built to commemorate contribution of Indian peacekeepers in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.
➢ India-South Korea relations have strengthened in recent years with the convergence of Act East Policy (AEP) of India and New Southern Policy (NSP) of South Korea.

10. What is the theme of the 7th Annual Summit of ‘NATHEALTH’ organized by NATHEALTH – Healthcare Federation of India ______ ‘Indian Health System Expansion in Post-COVID Era’.
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➢ Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan virtually addressed the 7th Annual Summit of ‘NATHEALTH’ organized by NATHEALTH – Healthcare Federation of India which was held between March 25-26, 2021 in a virtual format.
➢ It was allocated INR 2, 23, 846 Crore in the 2021-22 Budget, an increase of 137% over the previous year.

11. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh jointly inaugurated the ‘Chhatrasal Convention Centre’ in ______ Khajuraho.
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➢ The Tourism Ministry also launched the “MICE Roadshow Meet in India” at the Chhatrasal Convention Centre at Khajuraho.
➢ It is an initiative by the Ministry of Tourism to promote India’s Iconic tourist spots into World class destinations for conducting MICE events.

12. Which became the first Airport in South India to have a fully operational parallel runway ______ Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
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➢ While the Southern runway is equipped with a CAT III B System that provides precision landing facility by improving runway visibility.
➢ Due to reduced passenger traffic caused by the pandemic, it was decided not to implement the CAT III B system in the Northern runway.

Important News – State

1. Which state government has launched India's first govt-run ambulance network for animals ______ Andhra Pradesh.
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➢ The Animal Husbandry Department has been further directed to set up one Mobile Ambulance Veterinary Clinic at every assembly constituency.
➢ These mobile ambulances shall provide veterinary first aid services along with spot diagnosis and attending to emergency cases.

2. Which state government has signed an MoU with ITC to execute a Watershed Programme covering over one million acres in the southern state ______ Karnataka.
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➢ The MoU was signed under the ITC’s Social Investments programme ‘‘Mission Sunehra Kal” & the Karnataka Watershed Development Department.With regard to this MoU, 100 Watershed had set up.
➢ The agreement was a part of the Karnataka government’s ‘Watershed development for drought proofing’ programme & it is a part of ITCs Sustainability 2.0 agenda.

3. The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) signed an MoU with which state to Implement MSP for MFP Scheme & Van Dhan Vikas Yojana  ______ Arunachal Pradesh.
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➢ The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state of Arunachal Pradesh for implementing its flagship program, “Mechanism for marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & development of value chain for

MFP” scheme and Van Dhan Yojana.

4. Which state has been emerged as the Champion State for Van Dhan Vikas Yojana  ______ Manipur.
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➢ Van Dhan Yojana was launched in October 2019 in Manipur, with the successful establishment of 100 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in the state.
➢ This constitutes 1500 self-help groups for marketing & providing value-addition to the tribal, minor forest produces.

5. Kurnool Airport is located in which state that was inaugurated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri ______ Andhra Pradesh.
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➢ The flight operations at Kurnool airport will begin on 28 March 2021. This airport has been developed under the Regional Connectivity Scheme, Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN).
➢ Kurnool airport will bring the region closer to major hubs in South India by providing direct flight operations to Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai.

6. The Shigmo is a spring festival celebrated in the which state of India ______ Goa.
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➢ Goa has announced that this year no Shigmo spring festival parades will be held due to sudden hike in COVID-19 infections. Shigmo is the biggest spring festival in Goa and was scheduled to take place in the first week of April.
➢ The decision to cancel the festival was to prevent the further increase in the COVID-19 numbers, informed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in the Goa Assembly

7. Which state government has organized a ‘Banana Festival’ to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan for a self-reliant India ______ Uttar Pradesh.
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➢ The main goal of organizing this festival is to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan for a self-reliant India.
➢ Banana made products from Kushinagar are included in One District One Product (ODOP) scheme.

8. Which state is set to become India’s 1st State to have 2 Green Energy Efficient towns  ______ Bihar.
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➢ To implement the project, the state government of Bihar will construct 500 MW solar energy plants at Lakhisarai & Bhagalpur.
➢ After Rajgir & BodhGaya, many important government offices in Patna like the Governor house, High Court, Museum & Vidhyut Bhawan would also run on green energy supplied by SECI.

Important News – World

1. With which country India signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) aimed at achieving water security, improved irrigation facility and sustainability in water resources development ______ Japan.
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➢ The MoU was signed between Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and Water and Disaster Management Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan in the field of Water Resources.

2. How many foreign satellites has been launched by Russia for 18 countries from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ______ 38.
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➢ The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 38 spacecraft from 18 countries took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
➢ Soyuz rocket successfully placed into orbit the 38 satellites from more than a dozen countries, including South Korea, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy and Brazil.

3. India’s Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has signed an MoU with which country’s Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) to share experience and expertise in the area of recruitment, books, manuals and other documents ______ Afghanistan.
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➢ It will strengthen the relationship between IARCSC and UPSC
➢ The MoU will facilitate sharing of experience and expertise in the area of recruitment, books, manuals and other documents which are not of a confidential nature and Information Technology (IT) for the preparation of written examinations and holding of Computer Based Recruitment Tests and Online Examinations.

4. Which country’s branch of the Red Cross has sponsored and launched the world’s first Catastrophe Bond (cat bond) for Volcano-related disasters with the support of several financial firms ______ Denmark.
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➢ The $3 million bond will enable the disaster relief agency to get aid quickly to those suffering following the eruption of 10 named volcanoes, in Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia and Mexico.
➢ Catastrophe bonds offer investors high yields, but do not pay out if a named catastrophe occurs. They typically cover areas prone to hurricanes and typhoons.

5. What is the title of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2021 ______  Valuing Water.
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➢ The World population is set to increase to 9 Billion by 2040, but the projected reservoir volume is stabilising around 7, 000 billion cubic metre.
➢ This report published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on behalf of UN-Water.

6. World's first ship tunnel, is being built in which country ______ Norway.
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➢ First announced a few years ago by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, this mile-long, 118-feet-wide tunnel will burrow through the mountainous Stadhavet peninsula in northwestern Norway.
➢ Building this engineering marvel will cost somewhere in the region of 2.8 billion Norwegian kroner ($330 million) and take between three to four years, with construction due to commence in 2022.

7. Sri Lanka has signed about USD 1,5 billion currency swap deal with which country  ______ China.
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➢ The agreement signed between the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the People’s Bank of China is valid for three years. China remains Sri Lanka’s largest source of imports.
➢ In 2020, imports from China amounted to USD 3.6 billion, or just over 22 per cent of Sri Lanka’s imports.

8. What is the name of the huge cargo ship that was stuck near the southern end of the Suez Canal due to a mishap caused by bad weather ______ Ever Given.
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➢ This is causing a huge jam of vessels at either end of the vital international trade artery.
➢ The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway running north to south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt, to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Honor & Awards

1. What edition of National Film Award announced this year (2021) ______ 67th.
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➢ The event is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
➢ Director Priyadarshan's Malayalam war epic Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea, that is headlined by Mohanlal, won Best Feature Film.
➢ The best acting honours went to Manoj Bajapayee for Bhonsle, Dhanush for Tamil film Asuran, and Kangana Ranaut for two of her films: Panga and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

2. Which film has won the best feature film award at the 67th National Film Award ceremony ______ Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea.
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➢ The best acting honours went to Manoj Bajapayee for Bhonsle, Dhanush for Tamil film Asuran, and Kangana Ranaut for two of her films: Panga and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
➢ Vijay Sethupathi (Super Deluxe) and Pallavi Joshi (The Tashkent Files) won the supporting actor awards, while director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan was awarded for Bahattar Hoorain

3. Who has been conferred with the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020 ______  Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
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➢ The Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted by government of India since 1995, the 125th birth anniversary commemoration year of Mahatma Gandhi. The award is open to all people regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex.
➢ The award carries an amount of Rs 1 crore, a citation, plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.

4. Who has been conferred with the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2019 ______ Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
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➢ The Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual award instituted by government of India since 1995, the 125th birth anniversary commemoration year of Mahatma Gandhi.
➢ The award is open to all people regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex.
➢ The award carries an amount of Rs 1 crore, a citation, plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.

5. Who will be honoured with the prestigious Maharashtra Bhushan Award for the year 2020 ______ Asha Bhosle.
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➢ The award, instituted in 1996 by the State government to recognise distinguished work and achievements of eminent persons from the State, representing different walks of life, carries a cash prize of ₹10 lakh and a citation.
➢ The first Maharashtra Bhushan awardee was Marathi writer P.L. Deshpande and the last winner of this award was historian Babasaheb Purandare who got it for the year 2015.

6. Who will be conferred with the prestigious Vyas Samman – 2020 ______ Sharad Pagare.
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➢ The Vyas Samman, started in 1991, is given by K K Birla Foundation for an outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen published during the last 10 years.
➢ It carries an award of four lakh rupees along with a citation and plaque.

7. Who has won the won EY Entrepreneur of the year award 2020 and will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) _________ Harsh C. Mariwala.
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➢ Mariwala, and will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) on 10 June 2021.
➢ Awards were also announced for eight other categories with the winners representing both mature industries and young entrepreneurs from startups including Unicorns and a Decacorn.

8. Who has won the prestigious International Ranger Award for his contribution towards forest conservation ______ Mahinder Giri.
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➢ He is the only ranger from Asia to win the prestigious award.
➢ Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has congratulated him for the award.

9. The Parliament of which country has passed a legislation that allows the mothers and their partners who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth the right of paid leave ______New Zealand.
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➢ New Zealand's parliament has passed legislation giving mothers and their partners the right to paid leave following a miscarriage or still birth, becoming only the second country in the world to do so.
➢ The bereavement allowance, passed unanimously in parliament late on Wednesday, gives employees three days leave when a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth without having to tap into sick leave.

Sports News 

1. The Sports Ministry has decided to extend the Khelo India scheme from 2021-22 to  ______ 2025-26.
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➢ The Sports Ministry has decided to extend the Khelo India scheme from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The Ministry has furnished an Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) memorandum to the Ministry of Finance for extension/continuation of the Khelo India Scheme from 2021-22 to 2025- 26.
➢ An amount of Rs 657.71 crore has been allocated in the Budget Estimate (B.E.) for the year 2021-22 under the Khelo India Scheme

2. Name the Indian shooter who has won the gold medal in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi ______ Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar.
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➢ The 20-year-old became the youngest in history to win a shooting World Cup gold in the 3 Positions event.
➢ The two other Indian shooters in the final, Sanjeev Rajput finishing sixth and Niraj Kumar came at the last position.

3. With how many Gold Medal the Indian contingent emerged successful in ISSF World Cup in the Trap events ______ 15.
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➢ Indian trio of Shreyasi Singh, Manisha Keer and Rajeshwari Kumari won the gold medal in women's Trap Team event.
➢ India outgunned the Kazakhstan trio 6-0 in the final
➢ Men's Trap Team event: Kynan Chenai, Prithviraj Tondaiman and Lakshay beat the Slovakian team in the gold medal match to make it 30 medals for India in the shooting World Cup.

4. Who won the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix also known as Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 ______ Lewis Hamilton.
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➢ Red Bull Racing’s driver Max Verstappen (Netherlands) finished 2nd in the race, while Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas (Finland) finished 3rd in the race.
➢ The victory was Hamilton’s 96th Formula One Victory.
➢ The Bahrain Grand Prix is the inaugural GP of the 2021 Formula One World Championship.

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled “My Experiments with Silence” ______ Samir Soni.
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➢ Soni’s book aims to be a personal account of his dialogues with himself during his growing-up years in Delhi, his stint at Wall Street and his time in Bollywood.
➢ The book will be published by OM Books International.

2. Who has authored the book titled “Wild and Wilful: Tale of 15 Iconic Indian Species”  ______ Neha Sinha.
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➢ The book is a collection of 15 essays each focused on an Indian species.
➢ Through this book Neha Sinha highlights the indicators of developed India can affect various ecologies and displaced wildlife even result in their extinction.

3. Who has authored the book titled “Name Place Animal Things” ______ Daribha Lyndem.
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➢ The book is published by Zubaan Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
➢ The book features a young khasi woman who lives in the city of Shillong, Meghalaya in early 2000s.
➢ The book has interconnected stories that move through age, lives and places and covers the breadth of childhood and moves into the awareness of adulthood.

4. Who is the co-author of the autographical book “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban ______ Christina Lamb.
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➢ It was co-written by Christina Lamb and published on 8 October 2013, by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK and Little, Brown and Company in the US.
➢ The book details the early life of Yousafzai, the rise and fall of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and the assassination attempt made against Yousafzai, when she was aged 15, following her activism for female education.

Science and Defence

1. Who built the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ICGS Vajra was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) by General Bipin Rawat in Chennai ______ Larson & Toubro Limited.
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➢ ICGS Vajra is the sixth vessel in the series of seven OPVs being built by L&T under a Ministry of Defence contract signed in the year 2015.
➢ Like the five OPVs in the series, ICGS Vajra was also delivered ahead of the contractual schedule.

2. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has partnered with which institute for futuristic research orbit -something similar to the JPL- Caltech model in the United States  ______ Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST).
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➢ The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency is striking a partnership with the IIST -- something similar to the JPLCaltech model in the United States.
➢ JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is federally funded by US space agency NASA and managed by Caltech (California Institute of Technology).

3. According to Global Wind Report 2021 published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), how much wind energy capacity has been installed in 2020 which was the best year in history for the global wind industry ______ 93 gigawatt (GW).
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➢ As per the report, 2020 was the best year in history for the global wind industry with 93 gigawatt (GW) of new capacity installed, which was a 53 per cent year-on-year increase.
➢ According to the report titled ‘Global Wind Report 2021’, at present there is 743 GW of wind power capacity worldwide, helping to avoid over 1.1 billion tonnes of CO2 globally – equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of South America.

4. With which the “Operation Thiruvallur” is associated with that was launched by the Indian Army recently ______ Disposal of unexploded ordnance.
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➢ The ordnance was collected from the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) Industrial Estate in Gummidipoondi, Thiruvallur district, TN.
➢ Operation Thiruvallur was initiated by the Ministry of Defence on the request of Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
➢ Unexploded ordnance from a metal scrap dump were successfully neutralised by the Army Bomb Disposal Team.

5. Which institution is setting up an atmospheric observatory to do research, track atmospheric problems like air pollution, and suggest solutions to mitigate pollution, erratic monsoon and extreme weather events associated with climate change ______ IIT Delhi.
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➢ The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi announced that it is setting up an atmospheric observatory to do research, track atmospheric problems like air pollution, and suggest solutions to mitigate pollution, erratic monsoon and extreme weather events associated with climate change.
➢ The observatory will be established in its research campus in Sonepat at a cost of ₹125 crore.

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