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CURRENT AFFAIRS : NATIONAL NEWS

45th Kolkata International Book Fair to be held in July 2021

  • The 45th Kolkata International Book Fair will be held in July this year at the Central Park Ground of Salt Lake. 
  • The Publishers and Booksellers Guild announced that the decision has been taken in view of the Board exams and the ensuing Assembly Elections in West Bengal.
  • This year the focal theme country is Bangladesh to mark the country’s Golden Jubilee Year of Independence and the Centenary of Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  • The 125th Birth year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Birth Centenary of Satyajit Ray will also be celebrated in the Book Fair. Earlier, the Kolkata International Book Fair was deferred due to the pandemic situation.

PM to inaugurate World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 on Feb 10

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 on 10th of February via video conferencing.
  • The theme of the summit is ‘Redefining Our Common Future: Safe and Secure Environment for All’.
  • The 20th edition of The Energy and Resources Institute’s (TERI) flagship event- the World Sustainable Development Summit, will be held online from 10th to 12th February.
  • The summit will bring together a wide number of governments, business leaders, academicians, climate scientists, youth and the civil society in the fight against climate change.
  • Energy and industry transition, adaptation and resilience, nature based solutions, climate finance, circular economy, clean oceans and air pollution, are amongst the range of topics to be discussed during the summit.
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Earth Sciences are key partners of the summit.

PM dedicates to nation projects worth Rs 4,700 cr at Haldia in West Bengal 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation four projects related to oil, gas and road sector worth rupees four thousand and seven hundred crores at Haldia in West Bengal.
  • The Prime Minister inaugurated three projects, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited BPCL’s LPG Import Terminal at Haldia, GAIL’s Dobhi-Durgapur Natural Gas Pipeline and NHAI’s four lane ROB cum flyover at Ranichak.
  • Union ministers Dharmendra Singh , Debasree Chaudhary, Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar were also present on the occasion.

About West Bengal :

  • Governor : Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Capital : Kolkata

Uttarakhand glacier burst             

  • A major accident occurred in Chamoli in Uttarakhand due to the breaking of the glacier
  • The glacier burst took place at the Rishiganga power project after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district and damaged the Rishiganga dam on Alaknanda river.
  • The 2 MW Rishiganga hydropower project near Jashimath was completely washed away; the 520 MW NTPC hydro project on the Dhauliganga river near Raini was partially damaged and at least five bridges were impacted by the surge of water that was unleashed, cutting access to a number of villages in the area.
  • A multi-agency rescue operation including — Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) — is in full swing to release people still stuck in the tunnels. The forces have cleared 90 meter stretch of debris in the big tunnel at Tapovan till now, with about 100 meters of clearing still left to do.

About ITBP :

  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Comes Under Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Founded : 24 October 1962

About Uttarakhand : 

  • CM : Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • Governor : Baby Rani Maurya

Budget 2021: Agricultural credit target set at Rs. 16.5 lakh crore for FY22

  • With the aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the agricultural credit target was set at 16.5 lakh crore for FY22, during Union Budget 2021.
  • It is an increase of 10 percent over the previous year Rs 15 Lakh Crore
  • She also announced that the micro irrigation fund would be doubled by 5,000 crore. Operation green scheme will be expanded to include 22 perishable schemes.
  • Agriculture infra fund to be increased to 40,000 crore and this will be available to APMCs.
  • 1,000 more mandis will be integrated with the electronic national market (e-NAM) to enhance the infrastructure of APMCs.

About APMC :

  • Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) is the marketing board established by the state governments in order to eliminate the exploitation incidences of the farmers by the intermediaries, where they are forced to sell their produce at extremely low prices.
  • These markets geographically divide the state.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : STATE NEWS

India’s first geothermal power project to be established at Puga village of eastern Ladakh

  • India’s first geothermal power project will be established at Puga village of eastern Ladakh. Puga has been identified as the hotspot of geothermal energy in the country by the scientists.
  • In the first phase of the pilot project, one megawatt (MW) power generation capacity will be generated.
  • A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishment and implementation of the first phase was signed.
  • India’s first ever geothermal power project, known as Geothermal Field Development Project is planned to commission by the end of 2022. The tripartite MOU was signed between ONGC Energy, LAHDC, Leh and the Power Department of UT Ladakh.
  • In the first phase, the pilot project implemented by the ONGC-OEC will explore within the depth of 500 metres and it is planned to supply 24 hours free power to 10 neighbouring villages which are not connected with the northern grid for power supply.
  • The second Phase is proposed for deeper and lateral exploration of geothermal reservoirs by drilling optimal number of wells and setting up of a higher capacity demo plant in Ladakh. The second phase will be the Research and Development stage or demonstration of the project.
  • In the third phase, it is planned to promote joint ventures and commercial projects. Puga is a place where it is uncovered with a potential of more than 100 mw of geothermal energies.

About Ladak :

  • Capital : Leh, Kargil

PM to lay foundation stone of various development projects in Assam

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of various development projects at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district in Assam.
  • The Prime Minister will launch ‘Asom Mala’, aimed at helping improve state highways and major district roads networks in the state.
  • The programme is unique for its emphasis on effective maintenance through continuous field data collection and its linkage with the Road Asset Management System.
  • Asom Mala’ will provide quality inter-linkage roads between the National Highways and the rural roads network as well as facilitate seamless multi-modal transportation.
  • In addition to that, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of two medical colleges and hospitals, which are being set up at Biswanath and Charaideo, at a total estimated project cost of over  1100 crore rupees.

About Assam :

  • Capital : Dispur
  • CM : Sarbananda Sonowal

Himachal Pradesh becomes first State to implement e-cabinet

  • Himachal Pradesh has become the first State in the country to make the end to end processing of the cabinet paperless by implementing e-cabinet application.
  • Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the first e-cabinet at Shimla.
  • The entire process from initiation of a cabinet memo, approval of the cabinet memo through concerned Secretary, Chief Secretary, concerned Minister and finally by Chief Minister to place in the cabinet has been made online.
  • It will also be possible to monitor the status of implementation of cabinet decisions more effectively through this application.
  • The e-cabinet provides for generation of automatic s through SMS on real time basis for various stages involved in processing cabinet issues like receipt of cabinet memo, finalization of cabinet meeting, advice received on cabinet memo for various levels like Secretaries and Ministers.
  • The e-cabinet application is also available as a Mobile App on android devices .
  • The new system will bring greater efficiency in the overall process of conducting a cabinet meeting by removing dependencies which arise due to the physical movement of cabinet memos.

Gujarat govt to set up Indian Institute of Skills in Gandhinagar

  • In Gujarat, the State Government has asked the Tata group to start the work on setting up Indian Institute of Skills- IIS.
  • This was conveyed during a meeting between the high powered team from Tata Group and senior officials of Gujarat Government held in
  • IIS is being set up by the Labour and Employment Department of Gujarat along with Tata Group at Nasmed village of Gandhinagar.
  • The State Government has allotted around 20 acres of land for Tatas to start Indian Institute of Skills.
  • The foundation stone for the proposed IIS at Nasmed was performed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is also Lok Sabha Member from Gandhiagar constituency in Gujarat. Proposed IIS at Nasmed is located in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
  • The institute is being developed on a Not-for-profit Public Private Partnership mode by the Tata Group along with the state’s Labour and Employment Department.

About Gujarat :

  • Capital : Gandhinagar
  • Governor : Acharya Devvrat
  • CM : Vijay Rupani

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

India-US joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 20’ commences in Rajasthan

  • The India-US joint military exercise “Yudh Abhyas 20” commenced in Mahajan Field Firing Range of Bikaner district in Rajasthan. 
  • This is the 16th edition of annual bilateral joint exercise of both the armies.
  • It will continue till the 21st of this month.
  • The previous version of the joint exercise was held at Seattle in the United States.
  • About 250 US and 250 Indian army soldiers are participating in the exercise. Both the armies will share their war-related techniques, skills and experience with each other during this exercise.
  • The exercise is one of the largest military training and defense cooperation efforts between India and the United States.
  • This exercise is another step in the growing military cooperation between the two countries, which shows the growth in Indo-US relations.
  • It is also a sign that both India and the US understand the threat of terrorism and are standing shoulder to shoulder in combating the same.

About Rajasthan :

  • Capital : Jaipur
  • Governor : Kalraj Mishra

CURRENT AFFAIRS : APPOINTMENTS

Zoho’s Sridhar Vembu appointed to Doval-led National Security Advisory Board

  • Zoho founder Sridhar Vembu has been appointed to the reconstituted National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) led by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
  • Vembu is one of the Padma Shri awardees announced by the government of India this year. He is currently based in Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, working from the company’s office in the village.
  • The members of NSAB typically have two-year terms. Other new members in this term include former ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan, Anshuman Tripathy, faculty at IIM Bangalore, and Arun K Singh, former ambassador to France and the United States.

About NSAB :

  • The National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) consists of a group of eminent national security experts outside of the government.
  • Subrahmanyam produced a draft Nuclear Doctrine for the country in 2001, a Strategic Defence Review in 2002 and a National Security Review in 2007.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Joe Root becomes first batsman to score 200 in 100th Test

  • Joe Root, the England captain, sent India on a leather hunt, becoming the first player in history to score a double century in his 100th Test match.
  • Root, who was unbeaten on 128 overnight, batted on against India on Day 2 in Chennai and notched up the fifth double century of his career – second in three Tests.
  • In the process, Root also surpassed former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq as the player with the highest individual score playing the 100th Test match of his career. Inzamam had hit 184 against India in a Test match in Bengaluru in 2005, which Pakistan had won by 168 runs.
  • His record stood for 15 years before being broken by Root, who reached his double-century with a six off R Ashwin, the second time he hit the off-spinner over the ropes.

Drass Red win 13th CEC Cup Ice Hockey Championship

  • In Kargil Ladakh, Drass Red has won the 13th CEC Cup Ice Hockey Championship beating Hockey Club Chiktan team in the Final match.
  • The 1st Women CEC Ice Hockey Cup 2021 was lifted by Shakar Chiktan Team defeating Wakha Mulbekh Team.
  • 32 Men teams and 5 Women Teams participated in the tournament which was organized by the District Youth Services & Sports.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

India tennis legend Akhtar Ali passes away

  • Akhtar Ali, a former Davis Cup coach and a legendary figure in Indian tennis, passed away.
  • Akhtar, father of India’s current Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, was 83 and breathed his last in Kolkata.
  • He represented India in eight Davis Cup ties against Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, Mexico, Japan and Monaco between 1958 and 1964.
  • He played alongside stalwarts like Ramanathan Krishnan, Naresh Kumar, Premjit Lall and Jaidip Mukerjea.
  • Akhtar, who was groomed by former Australian Davis Cup coach Harry Hopman, also played in the Wimbledon and French Open grand slam events. He was the winner of the Asian mixed doubles championship.
  • His last ATP tour outing was against Vijay Amritraj in a clay court match in Bombay on November 11, 1974.
  • Born on July 5, 1939, Akhtar came up the hard way, and by sheer dint of merit emerged as one of the pioneering figures of Indian tennis.
  • In 1955, he got to the semifinals of the Wimbledon Juniors.
  • He also played in the Wimbledon and French Open grand slams. But Akhtar’s real legacy was as a coach.
  • He was the coach of the Indian national tennis team from 1966 till 1993, and had guided India to two Davis Cup finals (1966 and 1974). He was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2000 for lifetime contribution to tennis.

Former US Secretary of State George Shultz dies at 100

  • Former US Secretary of State, George Shultz who significantly shaped foreign policy in the late 20th Century, has died at the age of 100.
  • He served three former Presidents – Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan – in various roles.
  • His efforts as America’s top diplomat from 1982 to 1989 under the former President Ronald Reagan helped lead to the conclusion of the four decade long Cold War that began after World War Two.
  • He worked on various federal task forces at the request of former Presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
  • He was an informal but influential adviser on foreign policy to Former US President George W Bush.

Daily CA On Feb 07 & 08 :

  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), added four more states have completed the reforms in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’, as stipulated by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance as per recent data.
  • The 14th International Children’s Film Festival of Bangladesh (ICFFB) came to an end in A total of 12 awards were presented to the winners at the concluding ceremony.
  • South Korea unveiled a5 trillion won ($43.2 billion) plan to build the world’s largest wind power plant by 2030 as part of efforts to foster an environmentally-friendly recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NASA has chosen SpaceX to provide launch services for its upcoming two-year astrophysics mission slated to kick off in June of 2024.
  • A new intergovernmental organisation called Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) Council has been formed with the intention of building the world’s largest radio telescope.
  • The health department in Madhya Pradesh has launched the Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (‘SAANS’) campaign with the aim of reducing infant mortality due to pneumonia.
  • The high speed mobile data services have been restored in Jammu and Kashmir, bringing respite to people affected by the ban, especially students, working professionals and business community.
  • In Jharkhand, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME wing of the Government of India will cooperate in setting up industries up to  20 crore rupees in Dhanbad.
  • Federal Bank has announced the launch of FedFirst, a special savings account scheme for children below 18 years of age.
  • RBI to set up a 24×7 helpline for digital payment services, integrated ombudsman scheme, CTS across all bank branches and allowing retail investors to open Gilt accounts with RBI.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to set up an expert committee on Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) involving all stakeholders in order to provide a medium-term road map to strengthen the sector, enable faster rehabilitation/resolution of UCBs, as well as examine other critical aspects relating to these entities.
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former finance minister of Nigeria, appears set to become the next director general of the World Trade Organization.
  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres re-appointed Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions.
  • Google Cloud has announced the appointment of Bikram Singh Bedi as the Managing Director for its India business.
  • The first High-Level Dialogue (HLD), co-chaired by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and the European Union Executive Vice-President and Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, was held on Feb 05, 2021.
  • Karnataka has benefitted from the Aero India show that concluded in Bengaluru.
  • Christopher Plummel, known for his popular role as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has passed away at 91.
  • Founder of Rang Vidushak and theatre director Padma Shri Bansi Kaul, 71, passed away.

Daily CA On Feb 09 :

  • The 45th Kolkata International Book Fair will be held in July this year at the Central Park Ground of Salt Lake. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 on 10th of February via video conferencing.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation four projects related to oil, gas and road sector worth rupees four thousand and seven hundred crores at Haldia in West Bengal.
  • A major accident occurred in Chamoli in Uttarakhand due to the breaking of the glacier
  • With the aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the agricultural credit target was set at 16.5 lakh crore for FY22, during Union Budget 2021.
  • India’s first geothermal power project will be established at Puga village of eastern Ladakh. Puga has been identified as the hotspot of geothermal energy in the country by the scientists.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of various development projects at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district in Assam.
  • Himachal Pradesh has become the first State in the country to make the end to end processing of the cabinet paperless by implementing e-cabinet application.
  • In Gujarat, the State Government has asked the Tata group to start the work on setting up Indian Institute of Skills- IIS.
  • The India-US joint military exercise “Yudh Abhyas 20” commenced in Mahajan Field Firing Range of Bikaner district in Rajasthan. 
  • Zoho founder Sridhar Vembu has been appointed to the reconstituted National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) led by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
  • Joe Root, the England captain, sent India on a leather hunt, becoming the first player in history to score a double century in his 100th Test match.
  • In Kargil Ladakh, Drass Red has won the 13th CEC Cup Ice Hockey Championship beating Hockey Club Chiktan team in the Final match.
  • Akhtar Ali, a former Davis Cup coach and a legendary figure in Indian tennis, passed away.
  • Former US Secretary of State, George Shultz who significantly shaped foreign policy in the late 20th Century, has died at the age of 100.

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