Thursday, October 14, 2021

DAILY GK: 12, 13 OCT 2021

 DAILY GK: 12, 13 OCT 2021

1. PM LAUNCHED INDIAN SPACE ASSOCIATION

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA), a private industry body to help boost space technology in India.

      ISpA will participate and work with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and other stakeholders of both government and its agencies, on the issue of policy around space domain and technology.

 

2. INDIAN NAVY TO HOST ITS LARGEST EXERCISE EX MILAN

      India’s largest Naval exercise, Ex Milan, was scheduled to be hosted by the Indian Navy in February 2022.

      46 countries have been invited to attend the exercise.

      The exercise will include the participation of all Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) countries.

      The Quad countries include India, USA, Australia, and Japan in which the USA is being invited for the 1st time.

      So far the exercise was conducted in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar and now, it is being shifted to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

      Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Karambir Singh

 

3. HENLEY’S PASSPORT INDEX Q4-2021 TO 90TH; JAPAN & SINGAPORE TOPS

      India’s ranked has slipped by 6 places to 90th from 84th

      The index has been topped by Japan and Singapore as they allowed travel visa-free to 192 countries to their passport holders.

      Headquarters– London, United Kingdom

 

4. UNHRC DECLARES ACCESS TO A CLEAN, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT A HUMAN RIGHT

      High Commissioner for United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Michelle Bachelet recognised access to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental right.

      Triple planetary threats of climate change, pollution, and nature loss are described by her as the single greatest human rights challenge and recognizes the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

      The new resolution was proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia, and Switzerland and passed with significant support of 43 votes.

      Russia, India, China and Japan abstained from voting.

      UNHCR Headquarter – Geneva, Switzerland

 

5. NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMIC SCIENCE 2021

      The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science which is formally known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021 

      David Card for his empirical contributions to labour economics 

      Joshua D. Angrist and Guido W. Imbens for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.

      The prize for economic science consists of a gold medal and a cash prize of 10 million Swedish kronor (SEK).

 

6. TURKISH GRAND PRIX 2021

      Valtteri Bottas of finland wins the Turkish Grand Prix,Formula One motor race  2021 which was held in Istanbul Park, Turkey. His team is Mercedes

7. WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (WWC)

      Anshu Malik becomes the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the 17th edition of World Wrestling Championships (WWC) held at Oslo, Norway .

      Anshu Malik lost the final to Olympic medallist Helen Maroulis

      Sarita Mor bags the bronze medal in the 59kg category

      Till date, Sushil Kumar is the only Indian to win world champion wrestling in 2010.

 

8.ISSF JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN LIMA, PERU

      2021 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun held in Lima, Peru .

      India finished the 2021 ISSF Junior World Championships at the top with 43 medals which include 17 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze.

      The United States of America(USA) ranked 2nd in the medal tally with 21 medals

      ISSF Headquarters– Munich, Germany

 

9.FIDE WORLD WOMEN’S TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2021

      India won its first ever medal in the FIDE (International Chess Federation) World Women’s Team chess championship 2021.

      It was organised in Sitges, Spain.

      India clinched a silver medal after losing to Russia in the final match .

      FIDE Headquarter– Lausanne, Switzerland

 

10.WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2021 – OCTOBER 10

      World Mental Health Day is a global initiative supported by the World Health Organisation(WHO), World Federation for Mental Health(WFMH) and its member organisations.

      The green ribbon is a symbol of mental health.

      The theme of World Mental Health Day 2021, as per WFMH, is “Mental Health in an Unequal World”.

      World Federation for Mental Health(WFMH) Headquarter– Texas, United States of America

 

11.INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD 2021 – OCTOBER 11

      The United Nations(UN)’s International Day of the Girl Child has been annually observed across the globe on October 11th to highlight the need to address the challenges faced by girls across the globe.

      The International Day of the Girl Child 2021 is celebrated under the theme “Digital generation. Our generation”.

 

12.‘DESH KE MENTOR’ PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE CAREER GUIDANCE TO STUDENTS

      Arvind Kejriwal Chief Minister(CM) of Delhi, has launched the “Desh Ke Mentor” programme, which enables the citizens who are successful in respective fields to provide guidance on career choices to the students of Delhi government schools.

      Actor Sonu Sood is the brand ambassador of the “Desh Ke Mentor” Programme.

      As a part of the initiative, interested citizens can adopt 1 to 10 students of Delhi government schools and mentor them in an interested field.

 

13.SNV AVIATION PVT LTD GETS NOC FROM MOCA TO OPERATE ‘AKASA AIR’ BY 2022

      The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) gave NOC (No Objection Certificate) to SNV Aviation Pvt Ltd to operate commercial flights across India under the brand name ‘Akasa Air’ from summer 2022.

      This proposed airline is backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, the Big Bull or Warren Buffett of India; and former Jet Airways CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Vinay Dube.

 

14.DENMARK PM METTE FREDERIKSEN’S VISIT TO INDIA

      Prime Minister (PM) of Denmark H.E. Mette Frederiksen visited India .It is Mette Frederiksen Blinken’s 1st State visit to India.

      The two nation’s PMs have reconfirmed their commitment to Green Strategic Partnership and have firmed up a 5-year action plan (from 2021 to 2026) to implement it focused on ways to augment and consolidate green and low carbon growth.

      Four Government -to- Government Agreements were signed in the fields of traditional knowledge, skill development, mapping of groundwater resources.

      Denmark Capital – Copenhagen,Currency – Danish krone

 

15.QUAD NATIONS CONDUCT 2ND PHASE OF MALABAR EXERCISE

      QUAD countries – India, Australia, Japan & USA started the joint Naval exercise ‘Malabar’ in the Bay of Bengal region.

      The 3-day long naval exercise is aimed at building coordination & interoperability among the navies that was established during the 1st phase.

      QUAD or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is a grouping of 4 countries – India, Australia, Japan & USA, that was initially established in 2007 under the proposal of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.

      Motive – To counter China’s rising influence & maintain a free Indo-Pacific region.

 

16.LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI NATIONAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

      The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented the 22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence to Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)  Dr Randeep Guleria.

      Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence was presented to honour the exemplary standards of morality in public life.

      Dr Guleria got the award for creating awareness about the pandemic and devotion to duty, nurturing the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders in AIIMS.

 

17.GERMANY UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST DRIVERLESS TRAIN 

      Germany unveiled the world’s first automated, driverless train in the city of Hamburg, Germany.

      Although the train is fully automated, a driver will still be present to supervise journeys whenever there are passengers on board.

      Germany Capital – Berlin,Currency – Euro

 

18.FIFA REVEALS MASCOT FOR U-17 2022 WWC

      FIFA unveiled Ibha, an Asiatic lioness as the official mascot of the U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022.

      Ibha represents women power.

      The objective of the mascot is to inspire girls and women around the world to work up to their full potential.

      The seventh edition of biennial international football tournament, the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is being hosted by India from October 11 to 30, 2022.

 

19.WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY 2021 – OCTOBER 9

      World Migratory Bird Day(WMBD) is annually observed across the globe on two peak days each year (second Saturday in May and in October) to create awareness of migratory birds

      The theme of the World Migratory Bird Day 2021 is “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!”,  which focuses on the phenomena of bird song and bird flight.

 

20.WORLD ARTHRITIS DAY 2021 – OCTOBER 12

      World Arthritis Day (WAD) is annually observed across the globe on October 12th to create awareness about the existence and impacts of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases(RMDs).

      Arthritis is a term used for more than 100 joint-related diseases, which causes swelling in or around a joint, resulting in pain, stiffness

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