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CURRENT AFFAIRS : DAYS

World Cancer Day: February 4

  • World Cancer Day 2021 Annually observed on February 4.
  • World Cancer Day seeks to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease that is the second leading cause of deaths globally.
  • This international day is a ‘global uniting initiative’ led by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) and is meant to encourage the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer as early as possible.

History of the day :

  • World Cancer Day was first established at the World Cancer Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium held in Paris, on February 4, 2000.
  • This day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the ‘Charter of Paris Against Cancer’ by the General Director of UNESCO, Kōichirō Matsuura and the French President Jacques Chirac.
  • In 2019, the theme ‘I Am and I Will’ was introduced and was to be carried on till 2021

About UICC :

  • Headquarters : Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded : 1933

International Day of Human Fraternity Observed On Feb 04

  • In December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare 4 February as International Day of Human Fraternity.
  • International Day of Human Fraternity aims to underline the importance of raising awareness about different cultures and religions, or beliefs, and the promotion of tolerance.
  • It also aims to educate people that tolerance,  pluralistic tradition,  mutual respect, and the diversity of religions and beliefs promote human fraternity.
  • Theme of 2021 is A Pathway to the future

CURRENT AFFAIRS : NATIONAL NEWS

India’s First Amputee Clinic Launched In Chandigarh

  • An ‘amputee clinic’, the first of its kind in India, with the aim of improving amputation patient care by providing a collection of services under one roof with significant coordination was launched in Chandigarh.
  • The clinic was formally inaugurated by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Director Prof Jagat Ram.
  • The basic intent of this initiative is to bring an Amputee as a near-normal functional human being in society.
  • This initiative will attempt to provide appropriate management to amputees to guide them in their path to rehabilitation in society and will support patients with counseling and medical facilities during their treatment and recovery.

‘Atmanirbharta’ named Oxford Hindi word of 2020

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) an Oxford panel has now chosen ‘Atmanirbharta’ in Hindi word of 2020.
  • The advisory panel of language experts Kritika Agrawal, Poonam Nigam Sahay and Imogen Foxell stated that “it validated the day-to-day achievements of the countless Indians who dealt with and survived the perils of a pandemic”.
  • The Oxford Hindi word of the year is a word or expression that is chosen to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.
  • The usage of the word ‘Aatmanirbharta’ after Prime Minister Modi’s address has increased significantly.
  • There was a massive increase in the usage of aatmanirbharta following the prime minister’s address, highlighting its increased prominence as a phrase and concept in the public lexicon of India
  • Previous Hindi words of the year are Aadhar (2017), Nari Shakti (2018) and Samvidhaan (2019).

PM Modi to inaugurate Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations at Chauri Chaura in Uttar Pradesh on February 4 via video conferencing.
  • Mr Modi will also release a postal stamp dedicated to the Chauri Chaura incident.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.
  • February 4 marks the centenary of a landmark event in the freedom struggle that took place at Chauri Chaura village in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh, known as United Province in British India, when a large group of protesters participating in Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement clashed with the police, who opened fire.

About UP :

  • Capital : Lucknow
  • Governor : Anandiben Patel
  • CM : Yogi Adityanath

Budget 2021-22 proposes setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools in country

  • Union Budget for Financial Year 2021-22 has proposed to set up 100 new Sainik Schools in the country, in partnership with NGOs, private schools and State-owned schools.
  • The endeavor is to provide schooling opportunities in ‘CBSE Plus’ type of educational environment by involving desirous government, private schools and NGOs to partner in establishing their system with Sainik Schools’ ethos, value system and national pride.
  • The aim of establishing Sainik Schools is to prepare children academically, physically and mentally for entry into the National Defence Academy and to develop qualities of body, mind and character which will enable the young boys to become good and useful citizens.
  • From the academic session 2021-22, girl candidates are also eligible for admission to Class 6th in all 33 Sainik Schools.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : STATE NEWS

Andaman and Nicobar Islands becomes first Union Territory to be corona free

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands has become the first state or Union territory in the country to become Covid-19 free with active cases falling to zero in the islands.
  • Health ministry’s website reported that the last four infected persons in Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been declared cured.
  • The UT had reported a total of 4,932 cases and 62 deaths from the virus.
  • The share of Kerala in India’s daily cases crossed 50 percent for the first time 
  • There were 11,024 fresh cases in the country out of which Kerala alone reported 5,716,  51.8 percent of the total.
  • The state also has the highest count of active cases at 69,157, out of around 1 lakh 61 thousand in the country.

About Andaman and Nicobar :

  • Capital : Port Blair

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Aero India 2021: Asia’s Biggest Aero Show

  • In a first, the 13th edition will see an Indian Ocean Region (IOR) defence minister’s conclave as India seeks a bigger role in this volatile hub of global geopolitical rivalry.
  • It can be seen that the conclave is an initiative that promotes dialogue in an institutional, economic and cooperative environment that can foster development of peace and stability.
  • It can be seen that Bengaluru has hosted all 13 editions of the show.
  • Since 1996, Aero India has come a long way to become Asia’s largest defence and aerospace air show over the years.
  • In its 25th year, the government is using it to further geopolitical goals with strategic events.

 CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCE

Union Minister of Agriculture informed Lok Sabha about AGRI INDIA HACKATHON

  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has started organising KRITAGYA- a National level hackathon in the month of August, 2020 to promote innovation in agriculture and allied sectors in the country.
  • Agri-Hackathon  is to give opportunity to the students along with faculties, innovators for showcasing their innovative approaches & technologies in agriculture and allied sectors.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has put in place an Institutional mechanism through Research Institutes, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Agriculture Universities (AUs) to address the problems being faced by the farming sector.

About ICAR :

  • Founded : 16 July 1929
  • President : Minister of Agriculture
  • Director : Trilochan Mohapatra

Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) Conclave Organised at Bengaluru

  • The Indian Air Force will host a Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) Conclave on 3rd and 4th Feb 21 at Air Force Station Yelahanka.
  • The Conclave will be a unique one where Chiefs of Air Staff from various countries would brainstorm and synergize their thoughts on current issues related to aerospace power strategy and technological developments.
  • The Conclave will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath It is expected to be attended by about 75 countries.
  • The Conclave will also be a perfect example of India’s Defence Cooperation with other countries working as a diplomatic instrument, giving an opportunity for building bridges of friendship, mutual trust and capacities on a global basis. Promoting transparency in defence cooperation and building areas of common interests in military aviation will be focus areas of the CAS Conclave.

About Indian Air Forced :

  • Founded : 8 October 1932
  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Commander in Chief : Ram Nath Kovind ( President )

CURRENT AFFAIRS : APPOINTMENTS 

Meet Andy Jassy who will replace Jeff Bezos as Amazon CEO

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief Andy Jassy will replace billionaire founder Jeff Bezos as com’s next chief executive officer.
  • Bezos started the company 27 years ago, on 5 July 1994, as an internet bookseller.
  • He will assume the role of Executive Chairman of Amazon.
  • Meanwhile, it has also been announced that the head of Amazon’s cloud services, Andy Jassy will take over as the company’s new CEO.

About AWS :

  • CEO : Andy Jassy
  • Founder : Amazon.com
  • Founded : 2006
  • Headquarters : Washington, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS : RANKING

India to emerge as most resilient economy after Germany in 2021: PHDCCI

  • Germany ranks first in the PHDCCI International Economic Resilience (IER) Rank followed by India and South Korea at second and third positions, respectively, according to the report released by industry body PHDCCI.
  • It is based on analysis of five lead macroeconomic indicators reflecting a country’s economic performance including
  1. real GDP growth rate,
  2. merchandise export growth rate,
  3. current account balance (as percentage of GDP),
  4. general government net lending/borrowing (as percentage of GDP)
  5. gross debt-to-GDP ratio.
  • India’s IER Rank stands at second among the top-10 leading economies, indicating strong resilience of the Indian economy to the daunting pandemic of COVID-19,
  • India’s real GDP growth rate is projected to be the highest at 11.5% in the year 2021 among the top-10 leading economies in the world, according to the industry body.

About Germany :

  • Capital : Berlin
  • Currency : Euro

CURRENT AFFAIRS : AGREEMENTS 

NBCFDC signs MoU with Apollo Medskills for providing COVID Vaccine Administration training

  • The National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) has signed an MoU with Apollo Medskills Private Ltd for providing COVID Vaccination Administration training to Nurses, Medical and Nursing students and Pharmacists.
  • The programme has been sanctioned with the aim of Up-Skilling the competency level of the health care workers as well contributing to the national programme of vaccination under progress.
  • The Corporation has sanctioned training programmes for 1,000 trainees in the State of Bihar, Delhi, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

About NBCFDC :

  • National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation was incorporated 13 January 1992 as a non profit company under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India to improve and develop the economic activities for the members of Backward Classes who are living below double the poverty line

CURRENT AFFAIRS : AWARDS 

AR Rahman, activist win awards for being Good Samaritans

  • Music composer AR Rahman and social activist Saidapet Hari Krishnan were among the 14 people who were presented the fourth edition of the Alert Being Awards 2020 by the NGO ALERT , for their Good Samaritan work.
  • Hari Krishnan had been appointed by the Greater Chennai Corporation as a district volunteer head for Covid-19 relief work.

About the Award :

  • The awards will give recognition to the awardees and encourage others.
  • The Alert Being Icon Award for an organisation was presented to the Biocon Foundation founded by Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.
  • According to Rajesh R Trivedi, a managing trustee of ALERT, 156 nominations from 15 states and 35 districts across India were received.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Bengal fast bowler Ashoke Dinda retires from all forms of cricket

  • Fast bowler Ashoke Dinda, 36, has retired from all forms of the game after 15 years in Bengal cricket.
  • Addressing the media, in Kolkata, Dinda announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on February 2.

About  Ashoke Dinda:

  • The right-handed pacer made his international debut in 2009, in a T20I against Sri Lanka, followed by making his ODI debut in Zimbabwe in 2010.
  • He went on to play 13 ODIs, with the last one being against England at Rajkot in 2013 and 9 T20I matches for India.
  • Dinda played 116 first-class matches for Bengal, bagging 420 wickets at a bowling average of 28.28. In List A matches, he played 98 fixtures in his career bagging 151 wickets- all for Bengal cricket team.
  • He last appeared in T20 fixtures for Goa, last month, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Daily CA On Feb 03 :

  • World Wetlands Day is observed every year on 2nd February .Purpose : To raise global awareness about the vital role played by wetlands for people and our planet.
  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria jointly launched a unified web portal for monitoring the progress of GOBARDHAN activities across the nation.
  • Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget FY 2021-22 in Parliament  announced that the government has approved a policy of strategic disinvestment of public sector enterprises
  • To help India’s startups amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tax holidays for these businesses have been extended by one year till March 31, 2022, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the Union Budget 2021-22
  • Babul Supriyo announced the establishment of a Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM), as a part of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management(NCSCM), Chennai, an institution under the Ministry.
  • The government of Bangladesh signed an agreement with the World Bank for the upgradation of rural  roads and connectivity in the western region.
  • According to the  global travel and tourism report ‘World Tourism Barometer’ released by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the year 2020 was the “worst year on record.
  • The government proposed to introduce a unified securities markets code, a move that will help in boosting the ease of doing business in the country’s financial markets.
  • NASA appointed Indian-American Bhavya Lal as its acting chief of staff.
  • Ford Motor Co will tap into software, artificial intelligence and cloud computing offered by Alphabet Inc’s Google to develop new consumer services and modernize internal operations.
  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has come out with his new book titled  ‘The Little Book of Encouragement’, in which he has shared quotes and words of wisdom to promote human happiness.
  • The second edition of the India Justice Report, India’s only ranking of states on delivery of Justice to people, announced. Maharashtra once again at the top of the 18 Large and Mid-sized states
  • Former pacer Merv Hughes has been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the country’s board (CA) announced.
  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju launched a breakthrough Reference Material for use in chemical testing.

Daily CA On Feb 04 :

  • World Cancer Day 2021 Annually observed on February 4. World Cancer Day seeks to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease that is the second leading cause of deaths globally.
  • In December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare 4 February as International Day of Human Fraternity.
  • An ‘amputee clinic’, the first of its kind in India, with the aim of improving amputation patient care by providing a collection of services under one roof with significant coordination was launched in Chandigarh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) an Oxford panel has now chosen ‘Atmanirbharta’ in Hindi word of 2020.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations at Chauri Chaura in Uttar Pradesh on February 4 via video conferencing.x`
  • Union Budget for Financial Year 2021-22 has proposed to set up 100 new Sainik Schools in the country, in partnership with NGOs, private schools and State-owned schools.
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands has become the first state or Union territory in the country to become Covid-19 free with active cases falling to zero in the islands.
  • In a first, the 13th edition will see an Indian Ocean Region (IOR) defence minister’s conclave as India seeks a bigger role in this volatile hub of global geopolitical rivalry.
  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has started organising KRITAGYA- a National level hackathon in the month of August, 2020 to promote innovation in agriculture and allied sectors in the country.
  • The Indian Air Force will host a Chiefs of Air Staff (CAS) Conclave on 3rd and 4th Feb 21 at Air Force Station Yelahanka.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief Andy Jassy will replace billionaire founder Jeff Bezos as com’s next chief executive officer.
  • Germany ranks first in the PHDCCI International Economic Resilience (IER) Rank followed by India and South Korea at second and third positions, respectively, according to the report released by industry body PHDCCI.
  • The National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) has signed an MoU with Apollo Medskills Private Ltd for providing COVID Vaccination Administration training to Nurses, Medical and Nursing students and Pharmacists.
  • Music composer AR Rahman and social activist Saidapet Hari Krishnan were among the 14 people who were presented the fourth edition of the Alert Being Awards 2020 by the NGO ALERT , for their Good Samaritan work.
  • Fast bowler Ashoke Dinda, 36, has retired from all forms of the game after 15 years in Bengal cricket.

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