Thursday, November 11, 2021

DAILY GK : 7,8 NOV

 

DAILY GK : 7,8 NOV

1.       FINANCE MINISTRY APPROVES 8.5% RETURN ON PF DEPOSITS FOR FY21

·         The Ministry of Finance approved an 8.5% interest rate on Provident Fund (PF) deposits for 2020-21 (FY21). Now, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will credit this interest in accounts of active 60 million beneficiaries.

·         The Central Board of Trustees (CBT) of EPFO is headed by the Union Minister Bhupender Yadav, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

 

2.       UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE (COP 26)

·         The 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

·         Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi Visited the UK to attend the COP26

·         The COP 26 is being hosted by the United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy.

·         At the summit, the PM has set 5 ambitious targets for India to combat climate change.

These 5 targets are:

1.       To increase India’s non-fossil capacity to 500 gigawatts by 2030

2.       To fulfil 50 percent of India’s energy requirements with renewable energy by 2030

3.       To reduce 1 billion tonnes of the total projected carbon emission between now and 2030

4.       To reduce the Indian economy’s carbon intensity to less than 45% by 2030

5.       To achieve the target of net zero emissions by 2070

·         At the COP26, PM launched a programme IRIS (Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States), a key India-led initiative to boost infrastructure in small island nations.

·         PM Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson jointly launched the world’s 1st ‘green Grids’ Initiative, the One Sun One World One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG) on the sidelines of the COP26 summit.

·         A Global methane pledge was launched to make a 30 percent reduction in global methane emissions from 2020 levels by 2030. The pledge is jointly led by the United States and the European Union. So far, over 90 countries have signed the pledge.

·         The pledge to stop and reverse deforestation by 2030 (not a formal agreement) was also made in the same manner. Over 100 countries including the U.S., China and Brazil have signed on to it.

 

3.       UNSC ADOPTED RESOLUTION ON ‘PROTECTING EDUCATION FROM CONFLICT’

·         The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted the first of its kind resolution (resolution 2601) on protecting schools and civilians connected with schools including children and teachers during armed conflict.

·         The resolution condems the attacks against schools, children and teachers and urges the conflict parties to safeguard the right to education.

 

4.       2020’S TENZING NORGAY NATIONAL ADVENTURE AWARD

·         Mountaineer Priyanka Mohite was selected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the prestigious ‘Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020’ for outstanding contribution in the field of land adventure.

·         She scaled the world’s highest peak Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and Mt.Makalu.

·         She is the 1st Indian woman to climb Mt Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain peak in the world.

·         In 2018, Shivangi Pathak, 16-year-old, became the youngest Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

·         Tenzing Norgay is regarded as the 1st person to scale Mount Everest.

·         It is the highest National award in the field of adventure on land, sea and air, which is equivalent to the Arjuna Award.

 

5.       OXFORD DICTIONARY’S WORD OF THE YEAR 2021 – ‘VAX’ 

·         ‘Vax’ has been chosen as the Word of the Year for 2021 by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

·         In 2021, Vax which inturn refers to ‘Vaccine’ or ‘Vaccination’ repeatedly appeared in the news, and other written media more than any other word.

·         ‘Lockdown’ was selected as the Collins Word of the Year for 2020

2020 Oxford Word of the Year:

·         In 2020, instead of choosing one word, Oxford Dictionary decided to name a series of words as ‘Word of the Year for 2020’, which includes – Covid-19LockdownBushfiresBlack Lives MatterWFH [Working From Home], Key workers and Furlough.      

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