Current Affairs

7 February, 2021


More than 39 Billion In-school Meals were Missed Across the Globe During COVID-19 Pandemic Closures: UNICEF Report

i.The United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) Office of Research – Innocenti and the World Food Programme (WFP) released a new report titled “COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom. The impact of school closures on children’s nutrition” which states that more than 39 billion in-school meals were missed due to the closure of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ii.According to the WFP, as of 2019 the largest number of beneficiaries(in millions) of school feeding programmes are in India (around 100), Brazil (48), China (44), South Africa (9) and Nigeria (9).
iii.It is observed that the Midday Meals Scheme (MDMS) of India has reduced the calorie deficits in children by 30%.
Executive Director– Henrietta Holsman Fore
Headquarter– New York, United States of America


India’s Tea Output Drops 9.7% in 2020 Due to Flood & COVID Restriction; Lifts Average Prices to Record High

i.The production of tea in India dropped by 9.7% in 2020 due to the flood and movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction in the tea production increased the price of tea by 31% from the price of 2019, to a record price of Rs.184.69 per Kg.
ii.This increase in price has supported the Indian tea industry which was under severe stress due to the rising production cost.
iii.India has produced around 1255.60 million kilogram of tea in 2020, which is around 9.7% lesser than the production in 2019.
iv.The Tea export of India during the first 11 months of 2020 has fallen to 18.2% from the previous years 187.92 million Kg.
About Tea Board India:
Chairman- Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah
Headquarters- Kolkata, West Bengal

GRSE signs contract with Seychelles to deliver Fast Patrol Vessel,Zoroaster:

Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) has signed a contract with Seychelles for delivering 1 Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) called ‘Zoroaster’ to the Seychelles Coast Guard. “Zoroaster” will be a powerful, fuel-efficient platform which will be capable of performing operations like Patrolling, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching & search and rescue operations. The overall design of the FPV was developed indigenously by GRSE.
About Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd:
Chairman & Managing Director – Vipin Kumar Saxena
Headquarters – Kolkata, West Bengal
About Seychelles:
President – Wavel Ramkalawan
Capital – Victoria
Currency – Seychellois rupee

Number of New Cancer Cases in North East Region expected to increase to 57, 131 by 2025: ICMR-NCDIR Report

According to the report ‘Profile of Cancer and Related Health Indicators in the North East Region of India-2021’ released by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) & National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (NCDIR), the number of New Cancer Cases in North East Region (NER) is set to increase to 57, 131 by 2025, which is a big increase over the estimated 50, 317 cases of Cancer in NER in 2020. The report prepared by ICMR-NCDIR has been funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.

IIT Kharagpur and NIUA Signs MoU for ‘Building Accessible Safe and Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC)’

i.Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kharagpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) for ‘Building Accessible Safe and Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC).
ii.Aim: To develop a framework for universal city planning for accessible, safe and inclusive cities in India to benefit all sections of the society including the disabled and elderly persons.
About Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Kharagpur:
Headquarters– Kharagpur, West Bengal
Director– Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari
About National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA):
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi
Vice President– Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary & Mission Director(Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

BEML signs MoU with CSIR-NAL for Development of Two-Seater Trainer Aircraft; HAL receives proposal for 70 Trainer Aircraft:

During the Aero India 2021 show being held at Yelahanka Air Force Base, Bengaluru, Karnataka, BEML Ltd (previously Bharat Earth Movers Limited) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CSIR-NAL (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Aerospace Laboratory) for development of two-seater trainer aircraft through technology transfer.The Two entities will also undertake Joint Development in areas of advanced composites and autoclaves, mini-unmanned aerial vehicles, design & analysis of aircraft structure & systems.


Labour Ministry appointed SN Subrahmanyan, the CEO & MD of L&T Ltd as the Chairman of NSC

i.The Ministry of Labour and Employment has appointed SN Subrahmanyan, the CEO and Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T Ltd) as the new Chairman of National Safety Council(NSC).
ii.He will be holding the position for a period of 3 years.
iii.The major role of NSC is to ensure safety in workplaces under the new Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 (OSH Code, 2020).
iv.The NSC will assist the Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes(DGFASLI) to re-write the regulations that govern Occupational Safety, Health(OSH) in India.

Bharti AXA General Insurance Launches ‘Salute to Caregivers – Ek Naya Nazariya Campaign’ for Cancer Survivors

Bharti AXA General Insurance has launched ‘Salute to Caregivers – Ek Naya Nazariya Campaign’ to support the cancer survivors in the battle against cancer.
To commemorate the World Cancer Day(February 4, 2021) Bharti AXA General Insurance has collaborated with poetess Priya Malik, who wrote a poem on the Campaign & she also expressed her experience as a caregiver.
Tagline of the Campaign– ‘Iss Jung Mein Hum Sang Hai’.
Data as per WHO
As per the World Health Organisation(WHO), 17 people die every minute from Cancer in the world.
About Bharti AXA General Insurance:
It is a joint venture company with a 51% stake from Bharti Enterprises and 49% stake of the AXA Group.
Established– 2008
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sanjeev Srinivasan
Tagline– Suraksha ka Naya Nazariya


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Vineet Bajpai Authored a New Novel Titled ‘1857 – The Sword of Mastaan’

A new novel titled ‘1857 – The Sword of Mastaan’ has been authored by Vineet Bajpai. It is published by Delhi-based publishing house, TreeShade Books. The book has been launched online and offline across India. i.It is part two of the Mastaan Trilogy. The first part of the trilogy.

Pulitzer Prize Awardee Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Book “Whereabouts” is set to Release

Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri is set to release her new novel titled “Whereabouts”. The book is published by Penguin Random House India is about a woman protagonist and her journey through life. The book will be released in April. The novel Whereabout was written in Italian and translated into English by Jhumpa Lahiri. The book portrays the story of the life of a woman whose life transforms with the change in her perspective.

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