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Friday, February 26, 2021

DAILY GK: 27 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 27 FEB 2021

1. WORLD’S HIGHEST RAIL BRIDGE TO COMPLETED BY 2021

      The works on ‘Chenab Bridge’ which is set to be the World’s Highest Rail Bridge are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

      The bridge is 1.315 Kms long with 17 spans and is being constructed at a height of 359 metres (1, 178 feet) over the River Chenab which is 35 metres higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

      It is being built by Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) at a cost of INR 12, 000 Crores.

      The Chenab bridge is part of the 111-Km Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) Project.

 

2. PHASE-IV OF ‘SWACHH ICONIC PLACES (SIP)’

      Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti has selected 12 iconic sites which will be transformed into ‘Swachh Tourist Destinations’ under Phase-IV of ‘Swachh Iconic Places (SIP)’ initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G).

      Already 30 Sites across India have been selected under the Phase I, II & III of the ‘SIP’ initiative.

12 ICONIC PLACES SELECTED UNDER PHASE-IV OF SIP

S. No      Iconic Site                                            State

1              Ajanta Caves                                       Maharashtra

2              Sanchi Stupa                                        Madhya Pradesh

3              Kumbhalgarh Fort                               Rajasthan

4              Jaisalmer Fort                                       Rajasthan

5              Ramdevra                                             Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

6              Golconda Fort                                      Hyderabad, Telangana

7              Sun Temple                                          Konark, Odisha

8              Rock Garden                                        Chandigarh

9              Dal Lake                                               Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

10           Banke Bihari Temple                         Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

11           Agra Fort                                               Agra, Uttar Pradesh

12           Kalighat Temple                                  West Bengal

 

3. INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CHAMPIONS AWARD

      State Department under the Biden Administration has named Anjali Bharadwaj, 48-year-old Indian Activist working on issues of transparency and accountability among the 12 individuals for the new International Anti-corruption Champions Award.

 

4.1ST STATE/UT IN INDIA TO LAUNCH CARBON WATCH

      Union Territory of Chandigarh and the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana became the first state/UT to launch “Carbon Watch”, a mobile application to assess the carbon footprint of individual users.

      The application was developed by the Department of Environment and Forest, Union Territory (UT) of Chandigarh.

      To monitor the carbon footprint of the city.

      To educate the users on the steps to reduce the carbon footprint to make them climate smart citizens.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

DAILY GK: 25, 26 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 25, 26 FEB 2021

1. ASIA’S CATTLE PARK IN SALEM

      Tamil Nadu Chief Minister(CM) Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated Asia’s biggest cattle park, Advanced Institute for Integrated Research on Livestock and Animal Sciences (AIIRLAS) in Thalaivasal, Salem district.

      It was constructed at a cost of Rs 1,023 crore.

 

2. 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF PM KISAN

      24th February, 2021 is the 2nd Anniversary of the starting of the Central Sector Scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM KISAN)’.

      It was launched by 24th February, 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

      It is 100% Funded by the Central Government

 

3. BIOASIA 2021

      BioAsia 2021 was conducted virtually from Hyderabad during the dates of February 22-23, 2021.

      Organized by the Telangana Government, BioAsia is Asia’s Largest Life Sciences & healthcare forum. 

      It is also a flagship event of the Telangana Government.

      Theme – Move the Needle

      The Genome Valley Excellence Award for the year 2021 was awarded to ‘Bharat Biotech’ for its commitment to development of India’s 1st Indigenous vaccine for COVID-19 called ‘COVAXIN’.

      Also Special Award of the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) was presented to Balram Bhargava, Director-General of ICMR.

 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

DAILY GK:24 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK:24 FEB 2021

1. HARSH VARDHAN LAUNCHED GUIDELINES FOR NAFLD

      Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the operational guidelines for Integration of NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) with NPCDCS (National Programme for Prevention & Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke).

      India has become the first country in the world to identify the need for action for NAFLD.

 

2. INDIA’S FIRST FISHERIES HUB

      Giriraj Singh has stated that the Central Government is set to Invest INR 400 crore in Goa to transform the state into India’s First Fisheries Hub.

      Of the INR 400 Crore Investment, The Union Minister has already sanctioned INR 41.7 Crores to Goa under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).

      CSIR-NIO (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography), Dona Paula, Goa has highlighted the enormous potential of Cage Culture fishing in Goa.

 

3. INDIA INTERNATIONAL MEGA TRADE FAIR 2021

      Odisha is currently hosting the 17th India International Mega Trade Fair & Home Decor Exhibition 2021 at Janata Maidan, Bhubaneswar.

      Partner Country for the 2021 Fair – Bangladesh & focus countries are Afghanistan & Iran.

      Bihar is the Partner State for the Fair.

 

4. INDIA TO START TRIALS OF ASTRA MK2 BVRAAM MISSILE IN 2021

      India is set to begin the trials of Astra Mk2 Missile in 2021.

      Astra Mk2 is a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) which has a strike range of 160 kms.

      It is capable of flying at a speed of Mach 4.5, and is set to be integrated into the indigenous LCA Tejas.

      The missile will be fully developed by the end of 2022.

 

5. SACHIN TENDULKAR ROPED IN AS BRAND AMBASSADOR OF UNACADEMY

      Former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar signed a strategic partnership with Unacademy, India’s largest online learning app to pick up small stakes in the platform and he also became its brand ambassador.

      As a part of the partnership, Sachin will host a series of live interactive classes which can be accessed by the users of Unacademy at free of cost.

 

6. MAIDEN LAUNCH OF VL-SRSAM MISSILE

      DRDO successfully conducted 2 launches of Vertical Launch Short Range Surface to Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. 

      This is the maiden launch of the missile system.

      The missile has been indigenously designed and developed by DRDO for Indian Navy.

      It has a Strike Range of 40-50 kms.

 

7. BOOK -“BECAUSE INDIA COMES FIRST”

      Ram Madhav, an Indian Politician, author and the former National General Secretary of BJP launched his new book titled “Because India Comes First: Reflections on Nationalism, Identity and Culture” in Kolkata, West Bengal.

      The book examines the decisions of the BJP led government in the past few years. 

      The book was published by Westland limited.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

DAILY GK: 23 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 23 FEB 2021

1. 8 TOY MANUFACTURING CLUSTERS WORTH RS 2,300 CRORE

      Central Government has approved 8 toy manufacturing clusters at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore viz. three clusters in Madhya Pradesh, two in Rajasthan, and one each in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

      This decision has been taken on the lines of “National Action Plan for Indian Toy Story” that seeks to reduce import dependence of toys which was around $1.5 billion in FY2020 of which 90% of imports was from China and Taiwan.

      The plan is to have 35 toy clusters under the scheme.

 

2. INDIA’S FIRST DIGITAL UNIVERSITY

      State government of Kerala, on the line of its Digital Transformation Initiatives announced in Budget 2021, has launched India’s first Digital University, Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (KUDSIT) in Technocity at Mangalapuram in Thiruvananthapuram.

      The Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan inaugurated the KUDSIT through videoconferencing.

 

3. INTENSIFIED MISSION INDRADHANUSH (IMI) 3.0

      Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) virtually launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0. 

      He also released the Operational Guidelines for IMI 3.0 and the awareness material/IEC package developed as part of the campaign.

      The focus of the IMI 3.0 is to reach children and pregnant women with the 12 Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) under Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) who have missed these vaccine doses during the COVID-19.

 

4. RBI HAS BROUGHT STATE BANK OF SIKKIM UNDER ITS REGULATORY PURVIEW

      The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has brought the State Bank of Sikkim under its regulatory purview.

      The bank only operates within Sikkim and is wholly-owned by the state government.

      With this regulatory purview, the ownership structure of the bank will not be changed and will be regulated by the RBI on a par with other banks.

 

5. RBI PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS ON CYBER FRAUDS

      RBI has roped in Punjabi Singer-Rapper Viruss to drive its public awareness campaigns on cyber frauds.

      RBI in its official twitter handle, launched the campaign, featuring Viruss.

      This is part of its awareness campaign ‘RBI Kehta Hai’: Jaankar Baniye, Satark Rahiye!(RBI Says: Be knowledgeable, Be cautious) that was launched in 2016 and has been running in social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube .

 

6. SUPPLY SHIP NAMED AFTER S.S. KATHERINE JOHNSON

      NASA launched the Space Station Supply Ship, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus capsule named after S.S. Katherine Johnson, to the International Space Station (ISS).

      The numbers of S.S. Katherine Johnson, a Black NASA mathematician, featured in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures”, contributed to the flight of John Glenn on 20th February 1962, who became the first American to orbit the world.

 

7. KHELO INDIA UNIVERSITY GAMES IN 2021

      Karnataka is set to host the 2nd Edition of Khelo India University Games (KIUG) in 2021.

      The games will be hosted in Jain University, Bengaluru and other venues in Karnataka in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

      KIUG is the largest University level sports competition in India.

      The KIUG 2021 will see the addition of 2 new native sports namely ‘Yogasana’ & ‘Mallakhamb’ in the medal events.

      The total number of medal events/sports will be 19.

 

8. 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

      The 109th Edition of Australian Open (53rd in Open Era) took place at Melbourne, Australia.

      Chronologically, it is the First Grand Slam event (out of 4) of each Year in both the Men’s & Women’s Tour. 

      It takes place on a Hard surface (called as Hard Courts).

Category                      Winner                                                  Runner-up

Men’s Singles               Novak Djokovic (Serbia)                   Daniil Medvedev (Russia)

Women’s Singles         Naomi Osaka (Japan)                        Jennifer Brady (USA)

 

9. BOOK ‘AGRICULTURE ACTS 2020’

      Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani released a book “Agriculture Acts 2020” written by Justice A.K. Rajan, former judge of the Madras High Court.

      The book is about the three controversial Central farm laws, which resulted in a months-long massive protest by farmers in New Delhi.

 

10. INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

      The United Nations (UN)’s International Mother Language Day is annually observed across the globe on 21st February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

      The theme of the 2021 International Mother Language Day is “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”.

 

11. PUNJAB CABINET APPROVES MISSION ‘LAL LAKIR’ IN ALL VILLAGES

      Cabinet of Punjab chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has approved the implementation of mission ‘Lal Lakir’ to enable villagers living within the ‘Lal Lakir’ to monetise their property rights and for availing benefits provided by the government departments, institutions and banks.

      Lal Lakir refers to land that is a part of the village habitation and is used for non-agriculture purposes only.

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DAILY GK: 21, 22 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 21, 22 FEB 2021

1. KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL

      47th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival at Khajuraho, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Heritage site in Madhya Pradesh.

      The temples at Khajuraho were constructed during the Chandella dynasty, between 950 and 1050.

      Currently there are around 20 temples remains, which belong to two different religions Hinduism and Jainism.

 

2. RBI PUTS WITHDRAWAL CAP ON DECCAN URBAN CO-OPERATIVE BANK LTD.

      RBI on considering the present liquidity position of Deccan Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd., has imposed a withdrawal cap of Rs 1,000 on the customers of the bank.

      But, customers are allowed to set off loans against deposits subject to conditions.

 

3. INDIA’S BRICS 2021 WEBSITE

      External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar launched  India’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)2021 website(https://brics2021.gov.in/about-brics.html).

      In addition to this, he also soft launched the upgraded facilities at Sushma Swaraj Bhavan that will serve as the Secretariat for BRICS Summit.

      India assumed the presidency of BRICS for 2021.

      Russia was the chair of BRICS for 2020.

 

4. ‘ARROW-4’ – AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM MISSILE

      Israel Missile Defense Organisation & United States Missile Defense Agency have commenced work on the development of ‘Arrow-4’ anti-ballistic missiles which will be part of Israel’s multi-layered Ballistic Missile Shield.

      Arrow-4 Missile Shield will be an advanced version of the existing Arrow-2 & Arrow-3 Interceptors.

 

5. BOOK “RASHTRA PRATHAM – 82 VARSHON KI SWARNIM GATHA”

      Amit Shah, Home Minister of India released a book titled “Rashtra Pratham – 82 varshon ki Swarnim Gatha” (Nation First – The Golden Story of 82 Years), which chronicles the history of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) since its raising in 1939. 

      The book was compiled by historian Dr Bhuwan Kumar Jha of Delhi University.

 

6. WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE 2021

      The United Nations(UN)’s World Day of Social Justice is annually observed across the globe on 20th February to promote and ensure Social justice in letter and spirit in the world where the social inequality persists.

 

7. IKEA TO INVEST RS.5500 CRORE IN UP

      Government of Uttar Pradesh(UP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IKEA, a Swedish furniture and home applications company, which is set to invest Rs.5500 crore in the state during the next 5 years.

      The government of Uttar Pradesh has allocated 47,833 square meters of land in Noida for IKEA Outlet, which will be one of the largest IKEA outlets in the World (at present the largest IKEA outlet is in Stockholm, Sweden which is 55,221 square meters).

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

DAILY GK: 20 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 20 FEB 2021

1. ‘NURTURING NEIGHBOURHOODS CHALLENGE’

      Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) shortlisted 25 Cities for the ‘Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge’ Cohort, the challenge is hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, MoHUA in collaboration with  Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), Urban95 of BvLF & technical partner World Resources Institute (WRI) India.

      ‘Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge’ is a 3-year challenge that will help Indian cities to  adopt & Implement neighbourhood-level pilot projects in public space, mobility, and access to services to enhance the physical and psychological health of young children (0-5 years old) & their caregivers.

 

2. CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ON HYDROGEN

      Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with Greenstat Hydrogen Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Greenstat Norway for setting up a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen (CoE-H).

      It will be set up through Indo-Norwegian Hydrogen Cluster companies/organizations which will facilitate the transfer and sharing of technology, know-how and experience for  R&D projects in Green and Blue Hydrogen.

 

3. ‘PASSEX’ EXERCISE IN ARABIAN SEA

      Indian Navy conducted a Bilateral Military Exercise ‘PASSEX’ (Passage Exercise) with the Indonesian Navy in the Arabian Sea.

      The main aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability & strengthen the Bilateral Maritime Cooperation between the two navies.

      Indian Navy Ship INS Talwar & Indonesian Navy’s multirole Corvette KRI Bung Tomo participated in the exercise.

 

4. ‘2020 TREE CITY OF THE WORLD’

      Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations(UN) has recognised Hyderabad (Telangana) as one of the ‘2020 Tree City of the World’ for its contributions and commitment towards growing and maintaining urban forest.

      Hyderabad became the first and only city in India to be recognised as the Tree City of the World.

 

5. 2020 TOKYO OLYMPIC PRESIDENT

      Seiko Hashimoto, seven time Olympian (speed skater and cyclist) who was serving as the Minister of State for the  Minister of State for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games became the president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      2020 Tokyo Olympic is officially the Games of the 32nd Olympiad.

      It is to be held from23 July 2021 to 8 August 2021.

      Olympic Mascot– Miraitowa

      Paralympic Mascot– Someity

 

6. DRDO COMPLETES TRIALS FOR HELINA & DHRUVASTRA

      DRDO successfully conducted the trials of HELINA (Helicopter Launched Nag) (Army version) & Dhruvastra (Air Force Version) of the Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

      HELINA  is a 3rd Generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) Fire & Forget ATGMS.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

DAILY GK: 19 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 19 FEB 2021

1. ‘COMMON RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT HUB’ AT CDRI

      Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated ‘Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH)’ – a Research Facility at CSIR-CDRI (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Drug Research Institute), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) on occasion of the institute’s 70th Annual Day Celebrations.

      CRTDH aims to provide support to hospitals & Pharma Industry, MSMEs and Academia for conducting advanced research in the field of Drug discovery.

 

2. PM LAUNCHES ‘MAHABAHU-BRAHMAPUTRA’ PROGRAMME

      PM Narendra Modi virtually launched the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ programme & laid the foundation stone for 2 Bridges.

      The 19.282 Km ‘Dhubri Phulbari’ 4-lane bridge will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya.

      It will be constructed on the River of Brahmaputra.

      ‘Majuli’ Bridge is an 8 Km long Two-Lane bridge on the River Brahmaputra, it will connect Neematighat (on Jorhat side) & Kamalabari (on Majuli side).

      ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ Programme will strengthen water connectivity across the region through the waters of the River Brahmaputra & Barak.

      The Total cost of the programme is INR 3, 231 Crore.

 

3. GOVT TO INFUSE RS 1,500 CRORE INTO EXIM BANK

      The government has decided to infuse Rs 1,500 crore capital into Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) in FY 22.

      This equity support/subscription is to maximise the paid up capital of the bank to the level of its authorised capital.

      This amount is Rs 200 crore higher than the amount(Rs 1,300 crore) earmarked by the government to be infused in the bank in FY 21.

      The government had doubled the authorised capital of the bank from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore in 2019.

 

4. ASIA ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT AWARD 2020

      Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change(MoEF&CC), Government of India was selected as one of the winners of the 5th Asia Environmental Enforcement Award, 2020 by the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP).

      WCCB has won the award under the Innovation category.

      WCCB was selected as a winner for its contribution against transboundary environmental crime.

 

5. TATA GROUP TO ACQUIRE 68% STAKE IN BIGBASKET

      Tata Group has signed a deal to acquire 68%  stake in bigbasket for about  Rs 9,500 crore.

      The stake will be acquired by Tata Digital, a subsidiary of Tata Sons.

      Post acquisition, the enterprise value of BigBasket becomes more than Rs 13,500 crore.

      Tata Communications has partnered with Google Cloud in India to drive cloud adoption and transform Indian businesses.

 

6. BOOK- ‘INDIAN ECONOMY’S GREATEST CRISIS: IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS AND THE ROAD AHEAD’

      Arun Kumar has authored a new book titled, ‘Indian Economy’s Greatest Crisis: Impact of Coronavirus and the Road Ahead’.

      The book is published by Penguin Random House.

 

7. BOOK-“THE EPIC BATTLE OF LONGEWALA”

      As a part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary year of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war, Indian Air Force(IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria launched the book “The Epic Battle of Longewala” authored by Air Marshal (retd) Bharat Kumar at the event organised at the IAF Museum in Palam, New Delhi.

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