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Friday, May 14, 2021

DAILY GK: 14 MAY 2021

DAILY GK: 14 MAY 2021

 1. CEEW-CEF REPORT

•     According to the Council on Energy, Environment and Water-Centre for Energy Finance (CEEW-CEF)  Market Handbook  2020-21 (Annual Issue), India added 12.1 GigaWatt (GW) power generation capacity in 2020-21, of which 7.7 GW was from renewable energy sources (64%), followed by coal/lignite (3.9 GW) segment.

•     The share of Renewable Energy (RE) in the overall energy sector in 2020 was 10.1 %, up from 9.4% in FY 2020.

 

2. NATIONAL BAMBOO MISSION LAUNCHES MIS MODULE

•     National Bamboo Mission (NBM) has launched an MIS Module (Management Information Systems) for strengthening the domestic Agarbatti Industry.

•     The module will collect data on agarbatti stick production, location of stick making units, availability of raw material, functioning of units, production capacity, marketing etc.

•     NBM, Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) have come together to make India AtmaNirbhar in the Agarbatti sector.

 

3. WORLD BANK REPORT ON REMITTANCE

•     According to a report released by the World Bank, India received USD 83 Billion as Remittances in 2020, a drop of just 0.2% from 2019 (USD 83.3 Billion in 2019). 

•     It topped the list of countries with maximum Remittance Inflows, India was followed by China (USD 59.5 Billion), Mexico (USD 42.8 Billion).

•     Remittance outflow was maximum from the United States (USD 68 Billion), followed by UAE (USD 43 Billion), Saudi Arabia (USD 34.5 Billion).

•     Remittances outflow from India in 2020 was USD 7 Billion, against USD 7.5 Billion in 2019.

 

4. CHINA CENSUS REPORT

•     According to the 7th census conducted by  China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), China’s annual population growth stood at ‘0.53%’ in the last decade (2010-20), the lowest since 1953.

•     China’s population stood at 1.41 Billion in 2020.

•     The report also states that 12 million babies were born in 2020 (lowest number since 1961), with the number of births falling for the 4th consecutive year.

•     According to Chinese demographers, India may overtake China as the most populous country by 2023 or 2024, much sooner than the UN projects of 2027.

 

5. CENTRAL GOVT ISSUED SOVEREIGN GOLD BONDS IN 6 TRANCHES

•     The Government of India(GoI), in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds FY22.

•     The Sovereign Gold Bonds will be issued in 6 tranches from May 2021 to September 2021.

•     The Bonds will be sold through Scheduled Commercial banks (except Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks), Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices.

•     They are the government securities denominated in grams of gold and they are issued by the RBI on behalf of the government.

•     To reduce the demand for physical gold, the sovereign gold bond scheme was launched in November 2015.

 

6. YOWERI MUSEVENI WAS SWORN IN AS THE PRESIDENT OF UGANDA

•     YoweriMuseveni of the National Resistance Movement party has sworn in for the 6th term as the President of Uganda.

•     He took the oath of office at the ceremony held in Kampala, Uganda.

•     He is expected to serve as the President of Uganda till 2025.

 

7. UN HUMANITARIAN CHIEF

•     UnitedNations(UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths as the new UN humanitarian Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator(Chief).

•     He succeeds Mark Lowcock, a Briton who has served as undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator for four years.

 

8. BOOK- “ALL TIME FAVOURITES FOR CHILDREN” TO BE RELEASED

•     Most Renowned author Ruskin Bond, is coming up with a new book titled “All Time Favourites for Children” on his 87th birthday on May 19, 2021.

•     It will be published by Puffin, children’s imprint of Penguin Random House.

•     Illustrations of the book was done by KashmiraSarode.

 

9. BOOK-“ELEPHANT IN THE WOMB”

•     Actress Kalki Koechlin has authored her debut book titled “Elephant In The Womb”, a non-fiction book on motherhood.

•     The illustrations of the book were done by  ValeriyaPolyanychko.

•     The illustrated non fiction book will be published by the Penguin Random House. India(PRHI).

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