Current Affairs

22 November, 2021


PM Modi addressed ‘The Sydney Dialogue’ on India’s Technology Evolution and Revolution

The Prime Minister (PM) of India, Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Sydney Dialogue 2021’ through video conferencing. He discussed the current development based on the theme of “India’s technology evolution and revolution”.
To bring together political, business and government leaders to debate, generate new ideas, and work towards common understandings of the opportunities and challenges.
Sydney Dialogue 2021
i.The Sydney Dialogue is an initiative of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
ii.It was organized from 17 to 19 November, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.
iii.It is an annual summit of cyber and critical technologies and discusses the challenges and development related to digital technologies and cyber law across the world.
About Australia-
Prime Minister– Scott Morrison
Capital- Canberra
Currency– Australian dollar

French Navy hosts 7th Edition of IONS Conclave of Chiefs at Paris

The 7th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by the French Navy at Paris from 15 – 16 November 2021. Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, is leading a two member Indian Naval delegation for this Conclave. The Conclave of Chiefs is being attended by Chiefs of Navies or Heads of Lead Maritime Agencies of IONS nations.

About Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)
i.IONS was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008 as a forum to enhance maritime cooperation among Navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region
ii.The inaugural edition of IONS was held in Feb 2008 at New Delhi, with the Indian Navy as the Chair for two years. The IONS Chair is presently held in France.
iii.The chairmanship of IONS has been held by India (2008-10), UAE (2010-12), South Africa (2012-14), Australia (2014-16), Bangladesh (2016-18) and Islamic Republic of Iran (2018-21).
Note – The 7th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a biennial event, was hosted by the French Navy at La Réunion from 28 June to 01 July 2021.
–IONS Conclave of Chiefs
IONS Conclave of Chiefs (CoC) is the decision-making body at the level of Chiefs of Navies, which meets biennially. The 6th IONS and CoC was conducted by Iran Navy in April 2018 at Tehran
About France
Capital – Paris
President – Emmanuel Macron
Currency – Euro


Highlights of 3-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv’ held in Jhansi, UP

The 3-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ was held in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) from November 17-19, 2021 as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahaotsav’ celebration. The event was inaugurated by Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh in Jhansi, UP on November 17, 2021. It was organised along with the Government of UP.

Highlights of Different Initiatives Inaugurated at the event:
i.At the event, in Mahoba, UP, the Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi participated and dedicated various developmental projects including the Arjun Sahayak Project, Ratauli Weir Project, Bhaoni Dam Project, and Majhgaon–Chilli Sprinkler Project.
ii.The PM also inaugurated Atal Ekta Park in Jhansi, UP, which is named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It was built at a cost of over Rs 11 crore.
iii.During the ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’, PM handed over the indigenously built Light Combat Helicopters (LCH), developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, to the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari as a part of boosting the nation’s self-reliance in the defence sector.
iv.The PM handed over the Advanced Electronic Warfare suite ‘Shakti’ for the naval warships to the Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh.
v.The PM also referred to the setting up of 100 Sainik schools. Recently, the Cabinet approved the setting up of 100 Sainik Schools throughout India.
vi.The 3-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event ended with the 193rd birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmi Bai on November 19, 2021.
About Ministry of Defence:
Union Minister – Raj Nath Singh (Constituency – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of State – Ajay Bhatt (Constituency – Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)

Enrollment in govt schools rose by 5 percentage points in 2021: ASER Survey 2021

i.The latest Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey highlighting the transition in the education system in the country was released by Wilima Wadhwa, Director, ASER Centre. As per the report, children enrollment in government schools has increased from 65.8% in 2020 to 70.3% in 2021. It was 64.3 % in 2018.
ii.The report was prepared based on a phone survey covering 75,234 children aged 5-16 across 581 rural districts in 25 states.
About Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)
It is a nationwide survey of rural education and learning outcomes in terms of reading and arithmetic skills that has been conducted by the NGO Pratham for the last 15 years. ASER 2020 is the first ever phone-based ASER survey and it was conducted in September 2020, the sixth month of national school closures.

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurates curtain raiser event about Wings India, 2022

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) inaugurated a curtain raiser of the 5th edition of Asia’s largest event on Civil Aviation (Commercial, General and Business Aviation) namely ‘Wings India, 2022’. This biennial event is scheduled on March 24-27, 2022 at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad on the theme ‘India@75: New Horizon for Aviation Industry’. It will be organized by MoCA, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

About Wings India 2022:

The event aims to bring together the key stakeholders of the Global Aviation market, International regulators, States Governments and business associations representing airlines, to facilitate direct interaction with various airlines, airport operators, cargo operators and other players. It will focus on every segment of the aviation industry including Drones, Aircraft & Helicopter Manufacturers, Space Industry, Airlines, Airline Services & Air Cargo, Aircraft Machinery & Equipment Companies, Airport Infrastructure, Skill development, Aircraft Interior, Aircraft Technologies & Innovation, Air Navigation Equipment Suppliers and Service Providers.

Minister of State (MoS), General Vijay Kumar Singh; Secretary, Civil Aviation Rajiv Bansal; and senior officials of MoCA

Union Minister Jitendra Singh Inaugurates World’s Most Sophisticated MRI facility at NBRC

The Union Minister for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, launched the first of its kind, latest, world’s most sophisticated MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) facility, MRI Scanner Prisma from Siemens, Germany, at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar, Haryana. The new facility could reduce the scanning time for patients by almost a quarter from earlier-generation machines by running intense scanning modalities very fast.

About National Brain Research Centre (NBRC):

NBRC is India’s premier institute dedicated to Neuroscience Research and Education. It undertakes basic research to understand brain function in health and disease. NBRC is an autonomous institute funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
It was established in 1999 as an autonomous institution under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.
Headquarters -Gurugram, Haryana
Director – Pravat Kumar Mandal

MSME Minister Narayan Rane Launches SCLCSS for Service Sector

Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Narayan Tatu Rane launched the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS) for the Services Sector of the MSME North East Conclave to boost production in the North-eastern region. Narayan Tatu Rane also laid the foundation stone of the Flatted Factory complex at Patgaon in Kamrup (Metro) district.

i.The scheme will help in meeting the technology-related requirements of enterprises in the service sector.
ii.The scheme provides a 25% capital subsidy for procurement of Plant and Machinery including service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST entrepreneurs without any sector-specific restrictions.
Significance of North East MSME Conclave:
i.The Union Government has revised the 2020-2021 budget estimates to outlay Rs 566.42 crore exclusively for the region that comprises Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura.
ii.During Financial Year 2021 (FY21) a total number of 2,437 new units under the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) were assisted with a subsidy of Rs 62.71 Crore.
Note – MSME sector consists of over 6 crore units employing over 11 crore people in India and contributes over 30 percent Indian GDP and 49 per cent of overall exports from India.
About Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME):
-Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise was introduced by the Government of India in agreement with the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006.
-MSME is initiated and managed under the Ministry of MSME (MoMSME).
Union Minister – Narayan Tatu Rane (Constituency – Maharashtra)
Minister of State – Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (Constituency – Jalaun,Uttar Pradesh)


RBI Authorised RBL Bank to Collect Direct Taxes

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) authorised RBL Bank to collect direct taxes on behalf of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) based on recommendation from the Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance and Government of India (GoI). Now, the customers of RBL Bank could pay their direct taxes through RBL Bank’s mobile banking or net banking platforms or through branch banking networks.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Established – 1st April, 1935
Headquarters – Mumba, Maharashtra
Governor – Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors – Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M.Rajeshwar Rao, T.Rabi Sankar
About RBL Bank Ltd
Incorporated In – 1943
CEO & MD – Vishwavir Ahuja
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline – Apno Ka Bank

HPCL partners IDFC First Bank for fuel payments using FASTags

IDFC (Infrastructure Development Finance Company) First Bank partnered Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) enabling bank’s FASTag customers to facilitate fuel payments of passenger vehicles at HPCL’s retail outlets using the bank’s FASTags via HP PAY app. Also, IDFC First Bank’s FASTags can be bought, recharged and replaced by passenger vehicle users at select HPCL retail outlets. This tie-up will benefit about five million customers by making transit-related payments simpler. The agreement for the same was signed in Mumbai (Maharashtra) at an event attended by the senior management of HPCL and IDFC FIRST Bank.

About IDFC FIRST Bank:
Establishment– In 2018, by merging erstwhile IDFC Bank and former Capital First.
Managing Director (MD) & CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– V. Vaidyanathan
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL):
It is a Maharatna Company.
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)– Mukesh Kumar Surana
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra


2025 Asian Youth Para Games to be hosted by Tashkent

The 5th edition of Asian Youth Para Games 2025 will be hosted by Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan and the approval given by the Asian Paralympic Committee’s (APC) Executive Board. For the first time ‘Asian Youth Games 2025’ and ‘Asian Youth Para Games 2025’ will be hosted in the same city & in the same venues.

About Asian Youth Para Games 2021
i.Around 800 participants are expected to compete across nine sports at the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games in Bahrain in December.
Earlier events-

Edition Year Host City Host Country
1 2009 Tokyo Japan
2 2013 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
3 2017 Dubai United Arab Emirates
4 2021 Manama Bahrain

Asian Paralympic Committee (APC)
President- Majid Rashed
Headquarters – Dubai, United Arab
44 member nations categorized as 5 region

India secures 2nd Position with 7 Medals in 2021 Asian Archery Championship at Dhaka, Bangladesh

India finished 2nd in the overall medal tally at the 22nd Asian Archery Championship 2021 that was held in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka from 13 to 18 November 2021. The Indian contingent has won a total of 7 medals (1 Gold, 4 Silver & 2 Bronze), while South Korea with a total of 15 medals topped the table.
i. Archer, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, won India’s only gold medal in the tournament, in the Compound – Women’s Individual event. She defeated Oh Yoohyun (South Korea) in the finals by a close margin of 146-145 score.

ii.In the Compound – Men’s Individual event, India’s Abhishek Verma won Silver medal after getting defeated by Kim Jong Ho (South Korea) in the finals by 148-149 points.
About Archery Association of India:
President – Arjun Munda
Headquarters – New Delhi
About World Archery Federation:
Founded in 1931
Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
President – Ugur Erdener


Prakash Padukone receives Lifetime Achievement Award from BWF

The former Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone will be awarded with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2021’ from the Badminton World Federation (BWF). He is the former World No.1 (1980) and first ever Indian World Championship medalist.

Other awards:

i.The President of Uttarakhand Badminton Association, Alaknanda Ashok, will receive the ‘Women & Gender Equity Award 2021’. She has been associated with badminton administration.
ii.Sunrise Sport (India) Pvt Ltd and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd will be awarded the Certificate of Commendation (CoC) for their continuous support to badminton. Sunrise Sport has been the title sponsor of BAI for the last four years.

iii.The certificates and plaques will be given during the India Open 2021 to all the awardees.
Selection process:
Prakash Padukone’s name was submitted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the selection was based on the recommendation of the BWF Council.
About Prakash Padukone:
i.He was born on 10 June 1955 in Karnataka.
ii.He won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
iii.In 2018, he was honoured with Badminton Association of India (BAI) LifeTime Achievement Award.
National awards & book:

National awards- He was awarded with the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.

Biography- ‘Touch Play’ authored by Dev S. Sukumar, Prakash Padukone’s life story has been chronicled in this book.

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