Current Affairs

25 February, 2021

International

Georgian Parliament Confirmed Irakli Garibashvili as Prime Minister of Georgia

The Parliament of Georgia confirmed the appointment of Defence Minister Irakli Garibashvili (38 years old) of Georgian Dream party, as the new Prime Minister(PM) of Georgia. He took office immediately after the vote. He was appointed as the PM following the resignation of former PM Giorgi Gakharia on 18th February 2021. He was elected as the head of the government with 89 votes in favor and 2 against.

Highlights of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visit to Maldives and Mauritius

i.The Union Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had a four-day visit to Maldives and Mauritius on February 20-21, 2021 and February 22-23, 2021 respectively.
ii.Notably, both the Maldives and Mauritius are India’s key maritime neighbours in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and occupy a special place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region).
iii.India handed over 100,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Maldives and also inked 5 pacts for its development.
iv.After the Maldives visit, he visited Mauritius where he inked the India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA).
About Mauritius:
Capital– Port Louis
Currency– Mauritian rupee

National

18th Edition of BioAsia 2021 held in Hyderabad

The 18th Edition of BioAsia 2021 was conducted virtually from Hyderabad during the dates of February 22-23, 2021. Organized by the Telangana Government, BioAsia is Asia’s Largest Life Sciences & healthcare forum. It is also a flagship event of the Telangana Government. Theme – Move the Needle It is the 18th edition in the annual series and was held virtually for the first time.
About Telangana:
Dams – Nizam Sagar (on River Manjira), Singur Dam (on River Manjira)

2nd Anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM KISAN)

24th February, 2021 is the 2nd Anniversary of the starting of the Central Sector Scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM KISAN)’. It was launched by 24th February, 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Govt launches National Urban Digital Mission for Creating Digital Infrastructure in Urban India

i.Minister of State (MoS) Hardeep Singh Puri, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ministry of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) virtually launched a “National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM)” to create a digital infrastructure for Indian cities.
ii.This mission envisages supporting all ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) in serving all citizens on the lines of sabkasaath – sabkavikas – sabkavishwas.
iii.Both Ministers also launched other initiatives viz. India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), SmartCode, Smart Cities 2.0 website, and Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) following the efforts of MoHUA and MeitY to attain Digital India and AtmaNirbhar Bharat by catering the needs of citizens.

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami Inaugurates AIIRLAS, Asia’s Cattle Park in Salem

i.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister(CM) Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated Asia’s biggest cattle park, Advanced Institute for Integrated Research on Livestock and Animal Sciences (AIIRLAS) in Thalaivasal, Salem district. It was constructed at a cost of Rs 1,023 crore. It is the state’s 5th veterinary college.
ii.In addition to this he also inaugurated a veterinary medical college and Thalaivasal revenue taluk office.
iii.On the occasion, he also announced that a frozen semen station will be set up in Karumandurai, Salem at the cost of Rs 100 crore.

Defence Acquisition Council approves Procurement worth INR 13, 700 Crore

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath singh approved 3 Acceptance of Necessities (AoNs) worth INR 13, 700 Crore for procurement of various weapons/platforms/equipment/systems for the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force. All 3 AoNs have been placed under the ‘Buy [Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)]’ Category of India’s new Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020.

Economy

Stellapps Signs MoU with IPPB to Digitise Milk Procurement

i.Stellapps, an IIT(Indian Institute of Technology) Madras incubated dairy-tech startup signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) to digitize the dairy milk procurement value chain and improve banking facilities at milk collection centres.
ii.Purpose: To expand access to a range of financial services for millions of unbanked and underbanked dairy farmers.
About Stellapps
It is the first of its kind startup in India working towards the digitization of the dairy supply chain.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Ranjith Mukundan
HeadQuarters– Bangalore, Karnataka

GoI & AIIB sign agreement for $304mn for Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement Project

i.The Government of India (GoI) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) signed a loan agreement of $304 million (mn) for Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement Project to strengthen the quality, capacity and security of the power supply in Assam along with reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
ii.The agreement was signed by Baldeo Purushartha, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of GoI and Rajat Misra, Acting Director General, Investment Operations on behalf of the AIIB.
About Assam:
Tiger Reserve– Manas Tiger Reserve, Nameri Tiger Reserve, Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
Ramsar site– Deepor Beel

Sports

Karnataka to host second edition of Khelo India University Games 2021

The Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced on February 21, 2021, that the state will be hosting the second Khelo India University Games- KIUG later in 2021.

The Sports Minister further informed that PM Modi will be inaugurating the games which will be held in the city-based Jain University and other venues.

The announcement of giving the second edition of the Khelo India University Games to Karnataka and Jain University was made in the presence of the state’s Chief Minister and Youth Empowerment and Sports Minister KC Narayana Gowda.

The Union Sports Minister showed confidence that Jain University in the state will for sure organize one of the best University games in India’s history.

The first edition of the games was held in Bhubaneshwar in February 2020. It saw a total participation of 3,182 athletes in the U-25 age group, across 158 colleges and Universities from all states.

Worlds Largest Cricket Stadium Inaugurated in Ahmedabad;Renamed to Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium

i.President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was on a 2 day visit to Gujarat from February 23 to 24, 2021. As part of his visit, he inaugurated the World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, which was renamed as Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium on February 24, 2021.
ii.It is named after the sitting Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi. It has been set up by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).
iii.The stadium has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore and has an accommodation capacity of 1.32 lakh spectators.
iv.It has taken the top spot from Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia which can accommodate 90,000 to become the largest cricket stadium in the world
v.Ahmedabad to become the ‘sports city’ of India.

Miscellaneous

Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan leads NASA’s Mars mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Perseverance rover of Mars 2020 mission successfully landed on the surface of Mars. Notably, its Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Operations (GN&C) were handled by Indian-American Swati Mohan. She is responsible for the training of the GN&C team, scheduling the mission control staffing for GN&C, as well as the policies/procedures the GN&C uses in the mission control room.

The Parliament of Georgia confirmed the appointment of Defence Minister Irakli Garibashvili (38 years old) of Georgian Dream party, as the new Prime Minister(PM) of Georgia. He took office immediately after the vote. He was appointed as the PM following the resignation of former PM Giorgi Gakharia on 18th February 2021. He was elected as the head of the government with 89 votes in favor and 2 against.

i.NTPC Ltd(formerly- National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) signed a share purchase agreement with GAIL (India) Ltd.
ii.As per the agreement NTPC will buy GAIL’s 25.51% in Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd (RGPPL), which is commonly known as Dabhol project.
iii.Apart from this, NTPC will sell its 14.82% stake in Konkan LNG Ltd (KLL) on a fully diluted basis to GAIL.
iv.After the transaction, NTPC’s shareholding in RGPPL will stand at 86.49%. In addition to this, NTPC will exit from KLL.
About NTPC Limited:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman and Managing Director(CMD)– Gurdeep Singh

i.President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was on a 2 day visit to Gujarat from February 23 to 24, 2021. As part of his visit, he inaugurated the World’s Largest Cricket Stadium, the refurbished Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, which was renamed as Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium on February 24, 2021. ii.It is named after the sitting Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi. It has been set up by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA). iii.The stadium has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore and has an accommodation capacity of 1.32 lakh spectators. iv.It has taken the top spot from Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia which can accommodate 90,000 to become the largest cricket stadium in the world v.Ahmedabad to become the ‘sports city’ of India.

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) emerged as the Lowest Bidder in a tender floated by the Ministry of Defence for construction of 6 Next-Generation Missile Vessels (NGMV) to be utilized by the Indian Navy. The order is estimated to be around INR 10, 000 Crore. NGMVs are a planned class of anti-surface warfare corvettes for the Indian Navy. At Present, CSL is also building India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier called ‘INS Vikrant’ (also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1)).

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