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Thursday, May 27, 2021

DAILY GK: 27 MAY 2021

 DAILY GK: 27 MAY 2021

1. INDIA’S 1ST RESEARCH REACTOR ON PPP MODEL

•        The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) stated that India’s 1st Radioisotope Production (reactor) and processing facility complex will be built on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model.

•        It will be the 1st of its kind PPP in the world.

•        The reactor will be designed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and constructed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), a subsidiary of DAE.

•        The capital expenditure for construction will be provided by DAE.

•        The main objective behind the construction of the Radioisotope reactor is to make treatment for cancer and other diseases affordable, provide help in the farm sector (for food preservation), and make India self-reliant in production of key radioisotopes.

 

2.INDIA’S FOODGRAIN PRODUCTION TO RISE BY 2.66%

•        The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC & FW) has released the 3rd Advance Estimates of production of major agricultural crops for 2020-21.

•        According to the estimates, the total foodgrain production in India is estimated to rise by 2.66% to a record 305.44 Million Tonnes (MT)  in 2020-21 (compared to 2019).

•        As per 3rd Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2020-21 are as under

CROP                                                                                    ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

Rice                                                                                        121.46 MT (record)

Wheat                                                                                    108.75 MT (record)

Oilseeds                                                                                 36.57      T (record)

 

3.MOHALI INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY STADIUM WAS RENAMED

•        The Government of Punjab has officially renamed the Mohali International Hockey Stadium Sector 63 phase 9, Mohali, Punjab, after the 3 time Olympics champion, Padma Shri Balbir Singh Senior.

•        The stadium will be officially known as Olympian Balbir Singh Senior International Hockey Stadium.

•        The announcement regarding the renaming was made at the tribute ceremony held on 25th May, the first death anniversary of Balbir Singh Sr.

•        He passed away at the age of 96 on 25th May 2020.

 

4.‘UNITE AWARE’ MOBILE TECH PLATFORM FOR UN PEACEKEEPERS

•        India will launch ‘UNITE AWARE’, a mobile tech platform for the United Nations  Peacekeepers to improve their safety and security in the line of duty.

•        It will be launched during India’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Presidency term in August 2021 (Presidency of the UNSC Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month).

•        UNITED AWARE will increase the  situational awareness of the peacekeepers by providing terrain-related information.

 

5.SWITZERLAND SET TO LAUNCH 1ST WHO BIOHUB FACILITY

•        World Health Organization (WHO), and Switzerland signed an MoU to launch the first WHO BioHub Facility as part of the WHO BioHub System during the 74th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

•        The facility will allow the rapid sharing of viruses and other pathogens between laboratories and global partners.

•        It will be set up in Spiez, Switzerland. Under this agreement, the Spiez Biocontainment Laboratory will be made available to WHO and the lab will act as a repository for Sars-CoV-2 viruses or other pathogens with epidemic or pandemic potential.

 

6.1ST E-WALLET TO BE LINKED WITH UPI NETWORK 

•        In collaboration with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), ICICI Bank has launched a facility for linking a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) ID with its digital wallet, ‘Pockets’ and became the 1st one in the industry to link e-wallet with UPI Network.

•        By linking Pockets with UPI, ICICI enables its customers to undertake UPI transactions from their wallet balance instead of their savings account, as the users can directly use the balance in the wallet for smaller transactions.

 

7.EUROPE’S GOLDEN SHOE AWARD

•        Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was awarded with Europe’s Golden Shoe, as he finished as the top scorer in Europe’s leading domestic leagues.

•        He scored a record-breaking 41 goals in the Bundesliga en route to Bayern’s ninth consecutive league title.

 

8.NEW DIRECTOR OF CBI

•        The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Subodh Kumar Jaiswal as the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) for a period of 2 years from the date of assumption of charge.

•        He has been serving as the Director-General(DG) of the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF).

 

 

9.WORLD’S LARGEST ICEBERG NAMED A-76 BREAKS OFF FROM ANTARCTICA

•        A huge iceberg named A-76 has become the world’s largest iceberg, which has broken off from  western Antarctica into the Weddell Sea.

•        It measures around 170 km long and 25 km wide, with an area of 4,320 sq km.

•        It was spotted by the British Antarctic Survey  and confirmed by using images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission satellite of European Space Agency(ESA).

 

10.VIR CHAKRA AWARDEE PANJAB SINGH PASSED AWAY

•        Vir Chakra awardee and a decorated veteran of the 1971 war , Colonel Panjab Singh passed away at the Command Hospital in Chandimandir, in Haryana.

•        Colonel Panjab Singh was awarded the Vir Chakra, the third highest war-time gallantry award on 24 December 1971.

•        He was popularly known as ‘Hero of Poonch’ for his remarkable contribution during ‘Operation Cactus Lilly’ in 1971 Indo-Pak war.

 

11.VESAK DAY OR BUDDHA PURNIMA 2021

•        Vesak Day which is also known as Buddha Purnima the birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism is annually celebrated across the globe on the full moon day of the Hindu Month Vaisakha.

•        The day is also known as “triple-blessed day” which marks the birth, enlightenment, and MahaParnirvana of Buddha.

•        The day is celebrated based on the Asian lunisolar calendar.2021 marks the 2583rd birth anniversary of Buddha.

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