Weekly Current Affairs (8th to 14th January 2021) Part - 2 Current Affairs Notes | EduRev

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Important News – India

1. Who has launched the Global Pravasi Rishta Portal and Mobile application to connect with 3.12 Crore Indian Diaspora across the world ______ V. Muraleedharan.

➢ The portal web interface will be used by Indian Missions whereas the mobile app will be used by diaspora & Indian nationals.
➢ The portal will be used by MEA for sharing information on Visa, Passport & other activities like consular services, conducting surveys and news about events organised by missions.
➢ It will also connect the Indian diaspora community to connect them to new & existing Government schemes.

2. National Metrology Conclave 2020 was organized in which city of India ______ New Delhi.

➢ The theme of the conclave is 'Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation'.
➢ Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated the conclave.

3. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ laid the foundation stone of the buildings for School of Engineering and Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship in ______ Jawaharlal Nehru University.

➢ Pokhriyal expressed his delight at the naming the School of Management after late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was not only a visionary Prime Minister of India, but an inspiring author too.

4. Which railway station is set to get the “world’s longest railway platform” of 1500 plus meters’ length and 10 meters width ______ Hubbali, Karnataka.

➢ The construction of the platform is done with an expenditure of Rs. 90 core for remodeling of wards, building work, signalling, third entrance construction, electrical and other related works.
➢ This project is a part of doubling between Hubbali and Bengaluru which is underway since November 2019.

5. 4th Global Ayurveda Festival 2021(GAF2021) will be organized in which state to held from 12th to 19th March 2021 ______ Kerala.

➢ The event, which showcases Ayurveda as a global treatment programme, will serve as a meeting place for those working towards this goal around the world.
➢ The festival, which was scheduled to be held in Angamaly from May 16 to 20 last year was postponed due to COVID19.

6. Under whose chairmanship the University Grants Commission has set up a 7-member committee to look at the possibility and review the feasibility of holding the Common Entrance Test at undergraduate level from the next academic year in central universities  ______ R P Tiwari.

➢ The committee is headed by Raghavendra P Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Punjab.
➢ If CET is implemented, the National Testing Agency(NTA) will be responsible to conduct this test and a common exam for a discipline at least twice a year for admission to Central universities.

7. 1.9 Km long Feni Bridge also known as Maitree Setu will connect which Indian state with Bangladesh scheduled to be operational soon ______ Tripura.

➢ It provides access to the Chittagong seaport and is all set to be opened in a few months.
➢ Its construction was started in 2017 but it got delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
➢ The bridge has been taken over by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), the project execution authority which will recheck the safety standard of the work.

8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation for how many Light House Projects (LHPs) ______ six.

➢ These will be developed as a part of the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) initiative under which 1,000 houses at each location are to be constructed in a year (12 months), using six distinct technologies.
➢ GHTC-India aims to adopt innovative technologies in the housing construction sector.

9. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has capped the amount of trans fatty acids (TFA) in oils and fats to what per cent for 2021 ______ 3%.

➢ The country’s food regulatory body notified the amendment on December 29, more than a year after it issued a draft on the subject for consultation with stakeholders.
➢ The revised regulation applies to edible refined oils, vanaspati (partially hydrogenated oils), margarine, bakery shortenings, and other mediums of cooking such as vegetable fat spreads and mixed fat spreads.
➢ Trans fats are associated with increased risk of heart attacks and death from coronary heart disease.

10. The five day long ‘National Folk Dance Festival’ 2020 was held in which city of India  ______ Jammu.

➢ A 5 day long ‘National Folk Dance Festival’ was held in Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory-JKUT) from December 26, 2020.
➢ It was organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) jointly with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.

11. The DRDO has signed an MoU with which Metro Rail Corporation to render technical support to implement the advanced biodigester Mk II technology to treat human waste in Metro Rail Network ______ Maha Metro.

➢ The MoU was signed by Dr DK Dubey, Director DRDE, Gwalior and Atul Gadgil, Director, Maha-Metro Rail Corporation Limited, Pune, as per an official release.
➢ DRDO's biodigester is an indigenous, green and cost-effective technology, with a rare distinction of having one of the largest numbers of DRDO-licencees (ToT holders).

12. Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, virtually laid foundation stone for India’s first Test bed for Autonomous Navigation Systems in which IIT  ______ IIT Hyderabad.

➢ Department of Science & Technology, Government of India sanctioned INR 135 Crore to IIT Hyderabad under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to establish ‘TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad’.
➢ An area of 2 acres of land has been allocated in IIT Hyderabad campus for the setting up of a hub.
➢ ‘TiHAN Foundation’ was incorporated as a Section-8 company by the institute in June 2020.

13. India flagged off the 40th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (40-ISEA) from which port  ______ Mormugao Port, Goa.

➢ The Expedition will have 43 members and the chartered ice-class vessel MV Vasiliy Golovnin will take the team to Antarctica.
➢ On return, the vessel will bring back the members of the 39th Expedition. The Ministry of Earth Science launched the expedition.
➢ National Centre for Polar & Ocean Research (NCPOR), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is the implementation agency of the Indian Antarctic Programme.

14. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurated India’s 1st of its kind Migrant Worker Cell at  ______ Surat, Gujarat.

➢ An initiative of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) it aims to help Migrants from Odia & other parts of the country working in different industries of Surat.
➢ The cell will be based at iLab, Udhna, Surat and has been created under the ‘National Urban Livelihood Mission Scheme’.

15. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission signed an MoU with which security forces to supply of 1,72,000 cotton durries every year ______ Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

➢ The agreement has been signed for one year which will be renewed thereafter. The development comes after Home Minister Amit Shah gave instructions to the paramilitary forces to encourage local products to support the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
➢ The cotton durries will be produced by Khadi artisans in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.

Important News – State

1. Which state government has launched a mobile application ‘DigiNest’ that will enable people to have digital access to the directory of state govt  ______ Punjab.

➢ Punjab CM, Captain Amarinder Singh virtually launched a mobile application ‘DigiNest’ that will enable people to have digital access to the directory of state govt.
➢ In addition to this, he also launched an online Punjab Advertisement Release Order System.
➢ This will bring transparency and efficiency in the entire process of releasing State Government’s advertisements and payments to media houses.

2. Which state government has launched state’s own crop relief scheme ‘Kisan Fasal Rahat Yojana’ which will replace Government of India’s crop insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)  ______ Jharkhand.

➢ The new scheme is a compensation scheme which will provide security cover to farmers of Jharkhand in cases of crop damage due to natural hazards.
➢ Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Co-operative, Jharkhand will be the implementing agency of the scheme.
➢ The main objectives of the scheme are – Food Safety, Crop Diversification, rapid development in Agriculture & paving way for competition.

3. Which state government and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan have signed an agreement with Oakridge Energy to solarise schools in the state  ______ Delhi.

➢ The project will be developed by Oakridge and subsidised under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) capital subsidy scheme for Government Buildings.
➢ The installation of solar plants will help in making institutions energy independent, reduce their electricity bills and generate additional income through sale of surplus power.
➢ Oakridge has set a target to solarise 1, 000 schools & educational institutions by 2022.

4. The TRIFED has signed a memorandum of understanding with Akhil Bhartiya vanvasi Kalyan Ashram to setup TRIFOOD parks in which state  ______ Madhya Pradesh.

➢ In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged between the two organisations to work together for setting up of TRIFOOD Parks in 5 districts in Madhya Pradesh.
➢ The two organisations will work together by undertaking various initiatives all aimed at improving the livelihood of tribal people and implementation of the Van DhanYojana through the mobilization of Self Help Groups (SHGs)/VanDhanVikas Kendra (VDVKs) / VPCs / TRIFOOD Parks.

5. Which state government has set up a Tamil academy to promote the South Indian language and culture in the state  ______ Delhi.

➢ It also appointed former municipal councillor and member of the Delhi Tamil Sangam N. Raja as vice-chairman of the academy.
➢ It is diversity that forms Delhi’s vibrant and cosmopolitan culture as people from all parts of the country come to settle in the Capital for work.

6. The Mathikettan Shola National Park is located in which state in which the central government notified a zero to 1 km area around the boundary of it as an Eco-sensitive zone  ______ Kerala.

➢ The area of the Eco-sensitive Zone is 17.5 square kilometres.
➢ The notification was issued by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
➢ This is to conserve the uniqueness of Shola forest in Mathikettan and its importance as an elephant corridor.

7. Which state won the “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Awards-2019” in the Best Performing State category  ______ Uttar Pradesh.

➢ The PMAY(U) awards were instituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in 2019.
➢ Uttar Pradesh (UP) won the award in the best performing state followed by Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Andhra Pradesh (AP).

8. Which state government has rolled out a 'Launch Pad Scheme' to provide such a platform to the youth, through which they will be able to become self-reliant by continuing their education and training  ______ Madhya Pradesh.

➢ The objective of this scheme of the Women and Child Development Department is to provide such a platform to these youth, through which they will be able to become self-reliant by continuing their education and training.
➢ Under the launch pad scheme, 52 districts of the state have been divided into 5 clusters. Five divisional headquarters are being started in Indore, Sagar, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Bhopal.

9. Which state government has launched ‘Kisan Kalyan Mission’ for farmer welfare and to double the farmers income of the state ______ Uttar Pradesh.

➢ Uttar Pradesh government has launched a special program named as Kisan Kalyan Mission for farmer welfare and to double the farmers income of the state.
➢ Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will launch the Kishan Kalyan Mission from Sarojininagar development block of state capital Lucknow.

Important News – World

1. The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) has named 4 Asian Tea Cultivation Sites from which countries as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems ______ China, Japan and South Korea.

➢ The Pu’er Tea Agroecosystem in Yunnan is the world’s largest area of tea forest plantations established by village ancestors thousands of years ago.
➢ The Fuzhou Jasmine and Tea Culture System developed over more than 2000 years is rich in biodiversity.
➢ GIAHS is an initiative started by FAO in 2002 for the identification & conservation of traditional agricultural systems all over the world. These sites also represent models of sustainable agriculture production.

2. Which country is developing wooden satellites to reduce the space debris ______ Japan.
➢ The partnership will begin experimenting with different types of wood in extreme environments on Earth.
➢ Wooden satellites would burn up without releasing harmful substances into the atmosphere or raining debris on the ground when they plunge back to Earth.

3. Which country has deployed a fleet of underwater drones called Sea Wing Glider in the Indian Ocean region ______ China.

➢ These sea gliders, which the Chinese are deploying "en masse", are a type of Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) which were launched in mid-December 2019.
➢ According to the defence expert, reports from December last year suggested that 14 would be employed in the Indian Ocean mission but only 12 were used.

4. Which countries Parliament has passed the "Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act" which will expand the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women to receive higher education ______ USA.

➢ Passed by the House of Representatives in March 2020, the bill was passed by the United States Senate by a voice vote on January 1. The bill now heads to the White House for US President Donald Trump to sign into law.
➢ The bill requires the US Agency for International Development to award at least 50 per cent of scholarships under a Pakistan-based higher education scholarship programme to Pakistani women, from 2020 to 2022, across a range of academic disciplines and in accordance with existing eligibility criteria.

5. Which country will co-chair the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)-supported Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP), a regional forum to conserve wildlife habitats for three years ______ India.

➢ India will replace South Korea which held this position for three years till November, 2020. Notably APAP is chaired by IUCN Asia and co-chaired by an APAP country member.
➢ India got this opportunity after successfully increasing the population of wild animals such as tigers, lions and leopards through protecting their habitats.

Honor & Awards

1. Which Department has won the gold icon award in the category, ‘Excellence in Digital Governance Ministry/Department (Central)’ in the 6th Digital India Awards (DIA) 2020 ______ Department of Post.

➢ President of India, Ram Nath Kovind conferred 6th Digital India Awards (DIA) 2020 through video conferencing in a virtual awards ceremony.
➢ 24 digital governance initiatives/ products by Government entities under 7 categories received Digital India Awards 2020. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) organized the awards online.
➢ The Department of Post won the gold icon award in the category, ‘Excellence in Digital Governance Ministry/Department (Central)’ for implementing an IT application in the land registration system in India, named as a National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS).

2. India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries limited (RIL) dropped down to what position in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index 2021 ______ 12th.

➢ The net worth of Ambani dropped from 90 billion USD (around Rs. 6.62 lakh crore) (in early 2020) to 76.7 billion USD (around Rs. 5.6 lakh crore).
➢ The drop in the net worth of Mukesh Ambani was due to the correction in the shares of RIL which has fallen to Rs.1995.50 on 30th December 2020, which is 16% from its all-time high of Rs.2369.35.
➢ Zhong Shanshan, referred to as “Lone Wolf”, has replaced Ambani as Asia’s richest person, he is one of the fastest in the history to achieve the feat.

Sports News

1. Who became the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s Test match ______ Claire Polosak.
➢ The 32-year-old already holds the distinction of being the first woman to officiate (as an on-field umpire) in a men’s ODI match.
➢ Polosak had umpired in ICC’s World Cricket League Division 2 final match between Namibia and Oman in 2019. In Sydney though, Polosak will officiate as a fourth umpire.

2. Who has been appointed as the first deputy general secretary of All India Football Federation (AIFF) after the sports body decided to create a new post in its hierarchy  ______ Abhishek Yadav.

➢ The 40-year-old former international, who has played with the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, Mahesh Gawli and Climax Lawrence, has been serving as national team's director since January 2018.
➢ He was the member of AIFF and has been serving as national team’s director since January 2018.

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled “Sabarimala Vijnaanakosham” released by Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala ______ K S Vijayanath.
➢ Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala released the book titled “Sabarimala Vijnaanakosham” authored by K S Vijayanath at Raj Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
➢ He presented the first copy of “Sabarimala Vijnaanakosham” to S Sreejith, Inspector General of Police (Crime Branch) Kerala.
➢ He also presented the Limca Book of World Records certificate to Swami Maheswarananda who erected a 111 feet Shiv Linga Sthoopa at Maheswaram Sri Siva parvathi Temple in Chenkal, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

2. Who has authored the book titled ‘India’s 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia ______ R Kaushik.

➢ The book, a Bradman Museum initiative, is authored by senior cricket scribe R. Kaushik, and it chronicles a rivalry that has given a fillip to Test cricket.
➢ In his foreword to the book, Shastri wrote: “Australians hate losing, and it’s a thought process entertained not just by the 11 on the field, but the whole nation, the fans and the media. When a team tours Australia, there is a combined assault like no other.”

Science and Defence

1. Which Indian Aerospace company has successfully test fired a solid propulsion rocket engine named ‘Kalam-5’ from a Private Test Facility at Nagpur, Maharashtra ______ Skyroot Aerospace.

➢ Skyroot Aerospace, an Indian Space Startup successfully test fired a solid propulsion rocket engine named ‘Kalam5’ from a Private Test Facility at Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is the 1st Private company of India to successfully design, develop & test a full solid-fueled rocket stage.
➢ It will now be used for propulsion of their maiden rocket ‘Vikram-1’ which is expected to be launched in December, 2021 with the help of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
➢ ‘Kalam-5’ is the 1st of 5 Kalam series of solid rocket motors, the other four rocket motors are expected to be tested in 2021.

2. The Ministry Defence has signed a contract with which defence establishment for procurement of 10 Lynx U2, a Naval Gun Fire Control System ______ Bharat Electronics Limited.

➢ The Lynx system has been designed and developed indigenously that will further the Atmanirbhar Bharat vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
➢ The LYNX U2 GFCS is a Naval Gun Fire Control System designed to acquire, track and engage targets amidst sea clutter.

3. Name the India's first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container of which successful maiden test trial was conducted recently ______ SAHAYAK-NG.

➢ The trial was conducted by the Indian Navy to enhance its operational logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering stores to ships that are deployed more than 2000 kilometers from the coast.
➢ Two DRDO laboratories--Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, Visakhapatnam and Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment, Agra-- were involved in the development of the SAHAYAK-NG container along with the industry partner M/s Avantel for GPS integration.

4. The Indian Army has signed an agreement with which defence manufacturer to procure the 12 high-performance patrol boats to boost its surveillance of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh ______ Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL).

➢ The construction will be done at GSL, Goa under the program Atma Nirbhar Bharat and only a few crafts will be in the world for such specialized operations.
➢ India started its surveillance of the lake after the violent clash began in early May between India and China.

5. Which defence equipment manufacturer has signed a contract with Indian Navy in New Delhi to supply 20 Indigenously developed Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Dazzlers ______ Bharat Electronics Limited.

➢ The Laser Dazzlers have been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and will be manufactured by BEL, Pune Plant.
➢ Laser Dazzler is a non lethal weapon for warning & stopping suspicious vehicles, boats, aircrafts, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
➢ The product has been designed & developed indigenously for the First Time for Armed Force.

6. Which Meteorological Observatory has been conferred the status of ‘Centennial Observing Station’ by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to recognize its contribution towards long-term meteorological observation ______ Patna Meteorological Observatory.
➢ The decision to confer the status was taken during the 72nd WMO Executive Council Meeting held virtually from September-October, 2020.
➢ The Patna meteorological observatory was established in 1867 by the British Corps of Engineers.

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