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16 November, 2021


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Gen. Bipin Rawat inaugurates 14th edition of cyber security conference ‘c0c0n’

The 14th edition of Cyber Security ‘c0c0n’, an annual Hacking and Cyber Security Briefing, was inaugurated virtually from November 10-13 by Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat with the theme ‘Improvise, Adapt and Overcome’. The conference was conducted by the Kerala police in association with two Non-Profit organisations, Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB) and Information Security Research Association (ISRA).

To discuss at the international level the challenges facing the digital world during the COVID period and the solutions needed to overcome them
Note – The 13th edition of ‘c0c0n’ in 2020 was attended by more than 6000 attendees from around the world whereas in 2021 the count crossed 16,000.
Keynote Speakers:
The Head of Cyber Security of UAE government Dr.Mohammad Al Kuwait, chairman of the Royal office of Sheikh Ahmed bin Faisal Al Qassmi in the UAE Dr.Tomasz Zaleski, ISRO chairman K.Sivan, Managing Director and CEO of Tech Mahindra CP Gurnani.
Established – June 1999
President – Dan Swartwood

India’s first grass conservatory developed in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

India’s first ‘grass conservatory’ or ‘germplasm conservation centre’ spread over an area of 2 acres was inaugurated at Ranikhet in Almora district of Uttarakhand. This conservatory is funded under the Central Government’s CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) scheme and is developed by the research wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department.

Aim behind Grass Conservatory:
To create awareness about the importance of grass species, promote their conservation, and facilitate research in the field,
Need behind Grass Conservatory:
Grasslands are facing various types of threats and their area is shrinking resulting in endangering the entire ecosystem of insects, birds, and mammals dependent on them. In order to cope up with this degradation, this conservatory has been developed.
About Grass Conservatory:
i.Around 90 different grass species segmented in seven different categories of grass species including aromatic, medicinal, fodder, ornamental, agricultural, and religious uses.
ii.Notably, as per research, grasslands are more effective in ‘carbon sequestration’ than forest land. Therefore this conservatory will cater the same.
iii.Also, grasses are economically the most important of all flowering plants because of their nutritious grain and soil forming function.
About Uttarakhand:
Chief Minister– Pushkar Singh Dhami
Tiger reserve– Corbett Tiger Reserve, Rajaji Tiger Reserve


WB and ADB launches ‘WePOWER India Partnership Forum’ to increase women participation in energy sector

The WePOWER India Partnership Forum was held through a virtual platform on November 9, 2021 to boost South Asia Women in Power Sector Professional Network (WePOWER) in India. The event was organized by the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) in association with the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF). It was attended by 168 energy sector stakeholders. The event saw a panel discussion on expanding job opportunities for women in India’s Clean Energy Transition’.

About WePOWER:
Initiated in 2019, WB in collaboration with ADB launched the WePOWER to promote gender equality in the Indian electricity sector. It is a network of 28 energy sector utilities and organizations. It also promotes normative change for women and girls in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
The launch ceremony was preceded over by the Vishal Kapoor, Joint Secretary – Distribution, Ministry of Power, Govt of India; Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank; and Reji Kumar Pillai, President, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF); Among other dignitaries were Guangzhe Chen, Regional Director for Infrastructure, South Asia, World Bank; Takeo Konishi, Country Director, ADB; and Reena Suri, Executive Director, ISGF.
About World Bank:
The World Bank was created at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
President– David Robert Malpass (13th President)
Headquarters– Washington DC, United States of America


Lewis Hamilton wins 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (United Kingdom) won the Brazilian Grand Prix 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Red Bull Racing’s driver Max Verstappen (Netherlands), secured 2nd position in the race, followed by Valtteri Bottas & Sergio Perez in the third and fourth position respectively.
i. This marks the 101st victory of Lewis Hamilton in Formula One racing, and the 6th win in 2021.
Note – In September 2021, Lewis Hamilton became the 1st Formula-One driver in the history to reach 100 wins, after winning the Russian Grand Prix (GP).

About Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA):

President – Jean Todt
Headquarters – Paris, France

Australia Wins its Maiden ICC T20 World Cup

On 14th November 2021, Australia defeated New Zealand in the finals of 2021 International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup tournament that was held at Dubai International Stadium, UAE, to win its maiden T20 world cup.
i.New Zealand failed to win the tournament despite posting 172 runs on board, the highest ever score in ICC T20 world cup finals.

Payer of the Match – Mitchell Marsh (Australia) for his 77-run knock in the finals

Player of the Tournament – David Warner (Australia) for his match winning contribution throughout the tournament

Note – 2021 T20 World Cup was set to be hosted by India, but due to COVID-19, the venue was later shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE) & Oman.
ICC T20 Men’s Ranking:
Player Ranking:

Rank Player Country
1 Babar Azam Pakistan
2 Dawid Malan England
5 KL Rahul India
8 Virat Kohli India

ICC T20 Team Ranking:
Rank Country
1 England
2 India
3 Pakistan


Mahela Jayawardena, Shaun Pollock, Janette Brittin To Be Inducted Into ICC Hall Of Fame

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced cricket legends Janette Brittin, Shaun Pollock and Mahela Jayawardene were inducted into the hall of fame.
About ICC
Chairman – Greg Barclay
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Manu Shawney
Headquarters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Founded – 1909
Motto – Cricket for good

Author M Mukundan wins JCB Prize for Literature 2021 for his novel ‘Delhi: A Soliloquy’

Author M Mukundan’s novel ‘Delhi: A Soliloquy’, translated from Malayalam into English by Fathima E V and Nandakumar K, has won the Rs 25-lakh-JCB Prize for Literature 2021 published by Westland. The Book focuses on India’s capital Delhi, as it changes into the present-day megalopolis. Besides the cash award Mukundan also won a trophy created by Delhi artist duo Thukral & Tagra, titled ‘Mirror Melting’. He also dedicated the award to “the poor people on the streets of Delhi. This is the third translation that has won the JCB Prize after S Hareesh’s ‘Moustache (2020) and Benyamin’s ‘Jasmine Days’ (2018).

i.First published in 2011 as Delhi Gathakal which is based on the experience of living and working in Delhi for 40 years at the French Embassy.
ii.Mukundan served as the president of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi from 2006 to 2010.
iii.The Other books on the shortlist were ‘Anti-Clock’ by V J James; ‘Name Place Animal Thing’ by Daribha Lyndem; ‘The Plague Upon Us’ by Shabir Ahmed Mir and ‘Gods and Ends’ by Lindsay Pereira.
Achievements of M Mukundan
i.He has been awarded Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literary honour given by the Government of Kerala.
ii.The Crossword Book Award twice, first in 1999 for ‘On the Banks of the Mayyazhi’ and second in 2006 for ‘Kesavan’s Lamentations’
iii.The Sahitya Akademi award and N.V.¯Puraskaram for ‘Daivathinte Vikrithikal’ (God’s Mischief).
iv.He received Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government in 1998.
Note – Fathima E V , head of English department at Krishna Menon Memorial Government Women’s College at Kannur and Nandakumar K , Dubai based copy editor are award winning writers and translators.
Other noted works of M Mukundan
1.Kesavante Vilapangal (2009)
2.Prasavam (2008).
About JCB Prize
Launched – 2018
Chairperson – Tarun Das
i.The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh for the author and the translators will receive Rs 10 lakh.
ii.Authors shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature receive Rs 1 lakh, their translators (if any) Rs 50,000.

Vihaan and Nav Agarwal wins 2021 KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize for waste project

Two Indian teenage brothers, Vihaan (17) and Nav Agarwal (14) have won the 2021 KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize for tackling pollution from household waste to achieve the goal of ‘Zero Waste India’.

They developed the “One Step Greener” initiative segregating recyclables and organising pickups for trash from thousands of homes.The aim of their initiative is “Zero Waste India”.The prize was presented by Indian Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi in The Hague, Netherlands.

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