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CURRENT AFFAIRS : DAYS

International Epilepsy Day 2021 – Feb 08

  • The second Monday of February is observed as International Epilepsy Day, a special event which focuses on promoting awareness on epilepsy.
  • The Day is a joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).
  • This day is celebrated mainly to raise awareness about epilepsy and highlight the kinds of problems faced by victims, their friends and family.

About Epilepsy :

  • Epilepsy is a neurological condition which can cause seizures. The severity of these seizures can differ from person to person.
  • Having an epileptic attack can be scary and confusing for both the patient and the caregiver.
  • Hence, it is important to spread as much awareness and understanding about the condition, so that the caregivers can handle an unexpected seizure attack anytime, anywhere.

National Deworming Day 2021 : Feb 10

  • Every year February 10 and August 10 are observed as the National Deworming Day (NDD).
  • The day aims at eradicating intestinal worms also referred to as Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH), among children within the age bracket of 1-19 years
  • The operational guide issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

About National Deworming Day :

  • In February 2015, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare constituted NDD in 277 districts of 11 States and Union Territories (UTs) including Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Tripura.
  • In 2016, the NDD, each day a programme dedicated to deworm children, was scaled up to hide all the districts across the country. Since then, it’s observed twice a year on February 10 and August 10, across the state.

World Unani Day Observed On 11 February

  • World Unani Day is a global event celebrated on February 11 to spread awareness about health care delivery through the Unani system of medicine through its preventive and curative philosophy.
  • It is the birthday of the great Unani scholar and social reformer “Hakim Ajmal Khan”

Objective : 

  • To pay tribute to Hakim Ajmal Khan for his contribution in the sustained development of the Unani system of medicine in the country and world across.
  • First Unani Day was celebrated at Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine (CRIUM), Hyderabad in 2017.
  • The Unani system of medicine is a science of life, a system of healthcare and medicine that aims to assist people in living a healthy life.

About Hakim Ajmal Khan :

  • Hakim Ajmal Khan, he was an eminent Indian Unani physician who was a versatile genius, a great scholar, a social reformer, a noted freedom fighter, an Unani medical educationist, and founder of scientific research in the Unani System of Medicine
  • He was one of the founders of the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
  • He was also appointed the university’s first chancellor in 1920 and remained in office until his death in 1927.

 International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021

  • On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
  • This year, the world will celebrate the 6th  International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly
  • The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The 2021 theme of the Day is “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19”.
  • The UN General Assembly established this Day, on 22 December 2015, to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology
  • The Day is implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women in collaboration with institutions and civil society partners that aim to promote women and girls in science.
  • As per UNESCO data (2014-2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Across the globe, enrolment of female students is lower in natural sciences,  mathematics and statistics as compared to men.

About UNESCO :

  • Headquarters : Paris, France
  • Head : Audrey Azoulay
  • Founded : 16 November 1945, London, UK

CURRENT AFFAIRS : NATIONAL NEWS

PM inaugurates World Sustainable Development Summit 2021

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 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 February 10 to February 12 and will bring together a wide number of governments, business leaders, academicians, climate scientists, youth, and the civil society in the fight against climate change.
  • India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Earth Sciences are key partners of the Summit.
  • The Summit series brings together governments, business leaders, academicians, climate scientists, youth, and the civil society in the fight against climate change

About The Energy and Resources Institute :

  • Founder : Darbari S Seth
  • Founded : 1974, Mithapur
  • Director General : Dr. Ajay Mathur

Rajya Sabha passes Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 

  • Rajya Sabha passed the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020.
  • The Bill was put to Division Voting wherein 84 members supported the bill and 44 voted against it. 
  • The bill seeks to provide for regulation, operation and planning of major ports in the country and provide greater autonomy to these ports.
  • It seeks to replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.
  • The legislation provides for the creation of a Board of Major Port Authority for each major port.
  • These Boards will replace the existing Port Trusts.
  • Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya while replying after the discussion on the bill said that it will make the major ports in the country more autonomous and provide major thrust in the maritime sector.

60 km area of India-Bangladesh border cannot be fenced

  • Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said, there are 60 kilometres area in India Bangladesh border which cannot be fenced, making it prone to infiltration.
  • Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Rai said due to rivers in the area the fencing is difficult.
  • He said, 33 land acquisition proposals are pending with the West Bengal government.
  • The minister lamented that the state police does not act in the manner it should act

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

India and United States review Indo-Pacific developments 

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a “comprehensive discussion and reviewed Indo-Pacific developments and the Quad cooperation”.
  • Mr Jaishankar said that they also exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar.
  • The External Affairs Minister said, he looks forward to remaining in touch with him.
  • The telephonic conversation between Mr Jaishankar and Blinken came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi  had a telephonic conversation  with  US President Joe Biden.
  • During the conversation, both the leaders discussed regional issues and the shared priorities.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : STATE NEWS

Kerala Knowledge Mission launched

  • The state government has launched Kerala Knowledge Mission which aims to transform the state to a knowledge economy.
  • Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the project at an event held at Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • The mission will promote innovative ideas, coordinate knowledge initiatives and equip young people with updated skills.
  • The initiative is a comprehensive digital platform for educated youngsters which would help them upskill, enhance knowledge and empower them to face the challenges of ever-changing job market.
  • This digital platform will create a great opportunity for those who took a break from work and jobless to connect with global employers.
  • They can upskill and earn more knowledge preferred by the employers. This will create at least three lakh jobs in a year and Kerala government also provides benefits such as insurance and loan assistance for the entrepreneurs through this platform.
  • The digital platform was developed in collaboration with the Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology.
  • It will provide timely and professional training in diverse and most demanding areas such as data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, full stack development, cyber security, digital content creation, media, synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and agricultural consulting. Trained and educated youth can register on the portal after meeting the criteria.
  • It will also provide job training to unemployed educated youth on the basis of their skills and demands from companies.

About Kerala :

  • CM : Pinarayi Vjayan
  • Capital : Thiruvananthapuram
  • Governor : Arif Mohammed Khan

Coast Guard conducts Pollution Response Workshop and Mock Drill – 2021 in Gujarat

  • In Gujarat, the Coast Guard District Headquarters Number-1 conducted the district-level Pollution Response Workshop and Mock Drill – 2021 at Porbandar. 
  • It was conducted to revalidate the response mechanism for oil pollution incidents and enable the Indian Coast Guard to fine tune the Regional and National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan.
  • According to official sources, the workshop was inaugurated by Deputy Inspector General S.K. Verghese, the Commander of District HQs Number-1.
  • The workshop was conducted in two phases.
  • The First Phase consisted of Table-top Exercise simulating oil spill while the practical demonstration of oil spill equipment on-board ICGS Samudra Pavak for containment and recovery of oil spill was covered in the Second Phase.

About Gujarat:

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • Chief minister: Vijay Rupani

West Bengal: Amit Shah to flag off BJP’s Parivartan Yatra 

  • Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah will be visiting West Bengal.
  • He is scheduled to flag off BJP’s Parivartan Yatra from Cooch Behar in North Bengal before addressing a public meeting at Bangaon Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas.
  • Earlier, Mr Shah’s two day visit to the state in the last week of January had been postponed.

About West Bengal:

  • Chief minister: Mamata Banerjee
  • Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Capital: Kolkata

Citizen-centric on-line services of State Transport department launched by Odisha

  • Odisha launched various citizen-centric on-line services of the State Transport department.
  • On the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the digital initiative will allow freedom to the vehicle owners to choose any transport office of the state for vehicle related services.
  • The state road transport offices going paperless and contactless, long queues in front of the transport offices across the state will soon be a thing of the past-said the chief minister while rolling out the services.
  • While the chief minister described the initiative as a kind of liberation for thousands of people, an official release to this effect says that Odisha is the first state in the country to introduce document upload through digital signature, using the NIC platform. 
  • The state rolled out as many as nine online services that include vehicle registration and ownership transfer.

About Odisha:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BANKING NEWS

SBI Research revises India’s FY21 GDP estimates to -7.0 percent

  • The State Bank of India’s (SBI) Economic Research Department has revised GDP estimates of India for FY21  to contract 7.0%. 
  • And Earlier this was estimated GDP at -7.4%.
  • The SBI Research Report has retained its GDP forecast for FY22 at 11 percent.

About SBI :

  • Chairperson : Dinesh Kumar Khara
  • Headquarters : Mumbai
  • Founded : 1 July 1955

RBI Observes Financial literacy week 2021 

  • Reserve Bank of India, Delhi is observing Financial Literacy Week from February 8-12, 2021, to propagate financial education.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has launched the Financial Literacy Week on the theme of ‘Credit Discipline and Credit from Formal Institutions’.
  • This theme is one of the strategic objectives of the National Strategy for Financial Education 2020-2025. Focus will be on responsible borrowing; borrowing from formal institutions and timely repayments.
  • This five-day event was launched on Monday by Ajay Kumar, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, New Delhi
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been conducting Financial Literacy Week (FLW) every year since 2016 to propagate financial education messages on a particular theme across the country.

About RBI :

  • Formation : 1 April 1935
  • Governor : Shaktikanta Das
  • Headquarters : Mumbai, Maharashtra

Irdai panel okays launch of index-linked insurance policies

  • Committee set up by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has recommended the introduction of index-linked insurance policies (Ilips).
  • The committee was formed about four months ago after requests from insurers for reintroducing Ilips, which were banned by the regulator in 2013.
  • The product structures are mainly proposed under the traditional participating (par) and non-participating (non-par) designs. This way Ilips will give additional options to customers under these designs.

About IRDAI :

  • Chairman : Subash Chandra Khuntia
  • Headquarters : Hyderabad, Telangana

AGS Transact Technologies and Mastercard Partner to Introduce First-Ever ‘Contactless’ Cash Withdrawals on ATMs in India

  • AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL) has partnered with Mastercard to provide a pan India ‘contactless’ cash withdrawal experience at ATMs.
  • First, Mastercard cardholders will be able to withdraw cash by scanning a QR code displayed on the ATM screen of all participating Banks.
  • Aim : The partnership aims to provide a more secure banking experience to customers in India.
  • The partnership will allow the Mastercard cardholders to access any participating Bank ATM in the country and carry out three transactions without any additional charges making it a scalable option for banks providing a consistent experience to their consumers.

About AGSTTL :

  • Chairman & MD : Ravi B Goyal
  • Headquarters : Mumbai, Maharashtra

About Mastercard :

  • Executive Chairman : Ajay Banga
  • CEO : Michael Miebach
  • Headquarters : New Tork, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Indian Army lays foundation of 100-foot-high national flag in J-K’s Gulmarg

  • The Indian Army has laid the foundation stone of the tallest ‘Iconic National Flag’ at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The flag will be on a 100 feet-high pole, the highest Tricolour in the Valley.
  • The Indian Army in collaboration with the Solar Industry India will install the ‘Iconic National Flag’ at Gulmarg.
  • The foundation stone for the iconic national flag was laid by Dagger Division General Officer Commanding (GoC) Major General Virendra Vats along with Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan and actress Vidya Balan.
  • This iconic Indian national flag will be a first in many ways. The site is expected to become another tourist attraction, among the snow-clad mountains of Kashmir.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Petroleum Ministry Launches Investment Corner On Revamped Site

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Investment Corner under the Project Development Cell (PDC), on the revamped website of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • It has taken this initiative to dedicate a section showcasing investible sectors and opportunities and as a means to channelise investors’ interest to the MOPNG PDC Team.
  • The Investor corner will enable the Ministry to effectively implement Union Cabinet’s decision to set up Project Development Cells (PDC) in GoIMinistries/Departments to enhance the investment friendly ecosystem that supports and handholds investors for the grounding of investible projects and also supports in coordination of issues with stakeholder agencies of Government of India and State Governments.

About MoPNG :

  • Union Minister : Dharmendra Pradhan
  • Headquarters : New Delhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT NEWS

VP Joy appointed as Kerala’s chief secretary

  • Additional Chief Secretary VP Joy will succeed Vishwas Mehta as the state’s Chief Secretary.
  • The cabinet took a decision in this regard.
  • Mehta will retire on February 28 and is expected to take over as the Chief Information Commissioner.

Assam government decides to appoint sprinter Hima Das as DSP

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal chaired a meeting of his cabinet where a decision was taken to appoint World Championship sprinter Hima Das as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state. 
  • Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that sprinter Hima Das will continue running for the country even after the Assam government decided to appoint her as a Deputy Superintendent of Policein the state.
  • The 21-year-old is currently preparing for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics qualification at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore appoint Sanjay Bangar as batting consultant

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) announced the appointment of Sanjay Bangar as the new batting consultant ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
  • Bangar comes with vast experience of having coached the national team and also IPL teams in the past.
  • Bangar will join an illustrious coaching staff that already has Sridharan Sriram as batting and spin bowling coach, and Simon Katich as head coach.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : AWARDS

Robert Irwin wins the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award

  • Australia Zoo’s Robert Irwin has won the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.
  • Robert won the award for the image titled ‘bushfire’, which is the picture of the devastating Australian Bushfire in 2020, he captured using a drone, near the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland.
  • Irwin has won the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award for a striking bird’s-eye-view image capturing the devastating bushfires that tore through Australia 12 months ago.
  • The image shows a line of fire burning in between the bushes, dividing it into parts.
  • Irwin’s image was chosen from a shortlist of 25 finalists that received a total of 55,486 votes.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Pacer Ishant Sharma becomes third Indian pacer to take 300 Test wickets

  • Veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the sixth Indian and the third pacer from the country to take 300 wickets in Test cricket
  • The 32-year-old Ishant reached the milestone in 98 matches, more than the other Indian bowlers in the club.
  • Ishant reached the landmark when he trapped Dan Lawrence with a delivery that swung back sharply before hitting his pads in England’s second innings on the fourth day of the opening Test
  • Besides Kumble (619) and Kapil (434), Ravichandran Ashwin (377 before this game), Harbhajan Singh (417), and Zaheer Khan (311) are the other bowlers from the country who have reached the landmark.
  • The ICC also lauded the seasoned fast bowler’s achievement, coming after more than 13 years of toil.

ICC Test Rankings: Kohli slips to fifth spot

  • Indian captain Virat Kohli has slipped to 5 in the latest ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

The top ten Batsmen in the list :

  1. Kane Williamson – New Zealand
  2. Steve Smith – Australia
  3. Joe Root – England
  4. Marnus Labuschagne – Australia
  5. Virat Kohli – India
  6. Babar Azam – Pakistan
  7. Cheteshwar Pujara – India
  8. Henry Nicholls – New Zealand
  9. Ben Stokes – England
  10. David Warner – Australia

Top 10 Bowlers in the list 

  1. Pat Cummins – Australia
  2. Stuart Broad – England
  3. James Anderson – England
  4. Neil Wagner – New Zealand
  5. Josh Hazlewood – Australia
  6. Tim Southee – New Zealand
  7. R Ashwin – India
  8. Jasprit Bumrah – India
  9. Kagiso Rabada – South Africa
  10. Jason Holder – West Indies

All-rounders (top five)

  1. Ben Stokes – England
  2. Jason Holder – West Indies
  3. R Jadeja – India
  4. S AI Hasan – Bangladesh
  5. Kyle Jamieson  – New Zealand

About ICC :

  • Chairperson : Greg Barclay
  • CEO : Manu Sawhney
  • Headquarters : Dubai, UAE
  • Founded : 15 June 1909

Daily CA On Feb 11 :

  • The World Pulses Day is observed every year on 10 February.This day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
  • National Inventors Day honors Thomas Edison and all inventors, recognizing the enormous impact inventions have on technology industry and society worldwide.
  • With the Centre’s approval, Tamil Nadu government passed an order for creating the fifth tiger reserve in the state and the 51st in the country.
  • Packaged food companies said the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) move to reduce trans-fat in food items which use edible oil as an ingredient to 2% from 2022.
  • The five-day National Horticulture Fair 2021 has started in Bengaluru on 8 February. The fair is organized by the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) at the Institute’s Hessarghatta campus on the outskirts of Bengaluru city.
  • The government introduced a bill in the Rajya Sabha, which seeks to replace the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
  • The government will launch the website of the India Toy Fair- 2021. The website will be launched jointly by Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in New Delhi.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture has said that the government has  launched a new Central Sector Scheme titled ‘Formation and Promotion of 10,000 Farmer Produce Organizations (FPOs)’ and it has committed resources in this regard with a budgetary provision of Rs 6,865 crore. 
  • The military government in Myanmar has stepped up actions against leaders of the Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD). 
  • Bangladesh has received USD 200 million for Water Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) project for rural areas from the World Bank. The agreement was signed between the government of Bangladesh and the World Bank.
  • The Karnataka government issued an official notification announcing Vijayanagara as the state’s 31st district, which was carved out of the ore-rich Ballari district.
  • In Assam, the Kaziranga national park has recorded a total of 93 thousand 491 birds as per the latest census.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the Annual Report of the Ombudsman Schemes for the year 2019-20.
  • Digital payments platform PhonePe announced that it has partnered with Axis Bank on a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) multi-bank model.
  • Airline IndiGo appointed Jiten Chopra as its chief financial officer (CFO), effective February 21, 2021.He will succeed Aditya Pande, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
  • The government has appointed an expert panel to review industry’s objections to the proposed ban on 27 widely used pesticides which officials say are harmful to animals and humans.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan to end a spike in violence, as the two countries signed an agreement for building a dam to supply water to Kabul city.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced Indian edu-tech company BYJU’S as its global partner from 2021 to 2023.
  • Former vice president Hamid Ansari released a book titled as By Many a Happy Accident.
  • Entrepreneur-author Sangeet Paul Choudary explains the importance of platform business models, the forces that power their rapid scale and the factors that will cement their dominance in a post-pandemic world in his new book.
  • Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu is officially out of the race for the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.
  • Ezra Moseley, the former West Indies fast bowler, has died at the age of 63

Daily CA On Feb 12 :

  • The second Monday of February is observed as International Epilepsy Day, a special event which focuses on promoting awareness on epilepsy.
  • Every year February 10 and August 10 are observed as the National Deworming Day (NDD).
  • World Unani Day is a global event celebrated on February 11 to spread awareness about health care delivery through the Unani system of medicine through its preventive and curative philosophy.
  • On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 via video conferencing.
  • Rajya Sabha passed the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020. The Bill was put to Division Voting wherein 84 members supported the bill and 44 voted against it.
  • Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said, there are 60 kilometres area in India Bangladesh border which cannot be fenced, making it prone to infiltration.
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a “comprehensive discussion and reviewed Indo-Pacific developments and the Quad cooperation”.
  • The state government has launched Kerala Knowledge Mission which aims to transform the state to a knowledge economy.
  • In Gujarat, the Coast Guard District Headquarters Number-1 conducted the district-level Pollution Response Workshop and Mock Drill – 2021 at Porbandar. 
  • Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah will be visiting West Bengal. He is scheduled to flag off BJP’s Parivartan Yatra from Cooch Behar in North Bengal before addressing a public meeting at Bangaon Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas.
  • Odisha launched various citizen-centric on-line services of the State Transport department.
  • The State Bank of India’s (SBI) Economic Research Department has revised GDP estimates of India for FY21  to contract 7.0%. 
  • Reserve Bank of India, Delhi is observing Financial Literacy Week from February 8-12, 2021, to propagate financial education.
  • Committee set up by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has recommended the introduction of index-linked insurance policies (Ilips).
  • AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL) has partnered with Mastercard to provide a pan India ‘contactless’ cash withdrawal experience at ATMs.
  • The Indian Army has laid the foundation stone of the tallest ‘Iconic National Flag’ at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Investment Corner under the Project Development Cell (PDC), on the revamped website of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • Additional Chief Secretary VP Joy will succeed Vishwas Mehta as the state’s Chief Secretary.
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal chaired a meeting of his cabinet where a decision was taken to appoint World Championship sprinter Hima Das as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state. 
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) announced the appointment of Sanjay Bangar as the new batting consultant ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
  • Australia Zoo’s Robert Irwin has won the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.
  • Veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the sixth Indian and the third pacer from the country to take 300 wickets in Test cricket
  • Indian captain Virat Kohli has slipped to 5 in the latest ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

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