Current Affairs

31 August, 2021


India’s Export to ASEAN is Estimated to USD 46 Billion in FY22

The Union Minister of State(MoS) for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel inaugurated “India-ASEAN(Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Engineering Partnership Summit 2021’’ which was organised by Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) in association with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Commerce . The Summit held from August 24, 2021 to 27th August, 2021.

i.This year is celebrated as the 25th anniversary of the India- ASEAN dialogue Partnership and 10 years of the Strategic Partnership.
ii.An E-Book was also launched based on India-ASEAN trade and investments.which has major focus on Engineering, MSME sectors and bilateral trade and investments.
Recently developments: Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the central government is providing a Production-Linked Incentives(PLI) Scheme of USD 26 billion covering 13 different sectors of the economy.

About ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
Established– 8 August 1967
Headquarters– Jakarta, Indonesia
Secretary– General- H.E.Dato Lim Jock Hoi
Member Countries – 10 Countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.)

India can achieve $11tn Economic Gain for Timely Action on Climate Change: Deloitte Economics Institute Report

i.In accordance with the report titled ‘India’s turning point: How climate action can drive our economic future’ by Deloitte Economics Institute, India needs an action on climate change that could pave a way for $11 trillion economic gain, meanwhile, preventing a loss of $35 trillion over the next 50 years due to unmitigated climate change.
ii.As per the report, there is a window time of 10 years which can be used by India as an opportunity to tackle the impacts of climate change.
4 Key stages set by report for India
The report has sets out following four key stages for India’s climate transition which will led to a GDP growth of 8.5% in 2070:
i.Now and 2030- Government and businesses start acting on climate change so that the economy starts to decarbonize between now and 2030.
ii.From 2030 to 2040- Reduce carbon emissions by tackling how energy is produced and consumed.
iii.2040 to 2055- This will be a turning point. By this period, the process of decarbonising high-emission industries would be almost complete, the cost of green solutions would start to fall, and wider net economic gains would begin to emerge.
iv.After 2055- Indian economy would be producing near-zero emissions.
About Deloitte:
It is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and related services.
Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Punit Renjen


MoCA Notifies Drone Rules 2021 by Replacing USA Rules 2021

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has notified the Drone Rules, 2021 replacing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) rules, 2021. The new rules are much liberalised & aim to make it easier for people and companies to own & operate drones.

Background: The UAS Rules, 2021 were published by MoCA in March 2021.

About The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)
Union Minister – Jyotiraditya M Scindia (Rajya sabha – Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State – Vijay Kumar Singh (Lok sabha- Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh)

PM Dedicated ‘Renovated Jallianwala Bagh Smarak’ in Punjab to India; Inaugurated Museum Galleries at Smarak

Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi virtually dedicated the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak at Amritsar in Punjab to the nation. PM also inaugurated the Museum Galleries at the Smarak. 4 Museum galleries have been created through adaptive reuse of redundant and underutilised buildings. India decided to observe 14th August every year as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’. 13th April 2021 marked the 102nd anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre/Massacre of Amritsar was an incident held on April 13, 1919, in which British troops under the command of General Reginald Edward Dyer fired on a large crowd of unarmed Indians in an open space known as the Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab.

About Punjab:
Governor – Banwarilal purohit (Additional Charge)
Wildlife Sanctuaries – Bir Mehas Wildlife Sanctuary, Bir Gurdialpura Wildlife Sanctuary
Airports – Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Bathinda Airport

Ohmium India Private Limited Sets up India’s 1st Green Hydrogen Electrolyser Factory in Bengaluru

Ohmium India Private Limited, a Subsidiary of Ohmium International Sets up Green Hydrogen Electrolyser manufacturing Gigafactory in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This is India’s 1st Green Hydrogen (H2) Electrolyser unit. The factory will produce Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Hydrogen electrolysers.

Green Hydrogen: Hydrogen produced by electrolysis using renewable energy or non- fossil sources.
It has no carbon footprint. It is set to play a major role & build on the rapid increase of renewable resources across the world. Other types of Hydrogen are Brown Hydrogen (created through coal gasification), Blue Hydrogen (produced from Carbon Capture Usage & Storage), Grey Hydrogen (formed from splitting of Hydrogen & CO2)
About Ohmium International
Founder & CEO – Arne Ballantine
Headquarters – Nevada, United States of America

Navies of India and Germany carried out Joint Maritime Exercise in Gulf of Aden

A joint maritime exercise was held between the Navies of India and Germany in the Gulf of Aden near Yemen. The Indian Navy was represented by frigate ‘Trikand’ while frigate ‘Bayern’ participated from the German Navy. This exercise was held as Bayern is placed in the Indian Ocean leg as a part of Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021.

Focus of Exercise: To enhance interoperability, facilitates exchange of best practices in maritime domain.


AREAS Signed MoUs with NISE, NIWE & SSS-NIBE to Promote Renewable Energy Tech in India

The Association of Renewable Energy of States (AREAS) has signed 3 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with 3 National Institutions – National Institute of Solar Energy(NISE), National Institute of Wind Energy(NIWE) and Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy (SSS-NIBE) – to promote renewable energy technologies in India. The MoUs were signed on the occasion of the 7th Foundation Day of AREAS (27th August). AREAS was established on 27th August 2014 as an initiative of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE). NISE (Gurgaon, Haryana), NIWE (Chennai, Tamil Nadu) and SSS-NIBE (Kapurthala, Punjab) are the autonomous Institutions under the MNRE.

India’s Renewable energy targets & Capacity:
i.India is set to achieve its renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatt(GW) by 2030.
ii.India is running the world’s largest clean energy programme to achieve 175 GW of renewable capacity, including 100GW of solar power by 2022.
About National Institute of Solar Energy(NISE):
NISE is an autonomous institution of MNRE, is the apex National Research &Development (R&D) institution in the field of Solar Energy.
Director-General– Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi
Located in Gurgaon, Haryana.
About National Institute of Wind Energy(NIWE):
NIWE is an autonomous R&D institution by the MNRE.
Director-General– Dr K Balaraman
Located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Established in 1998

Max Life Partnered with BillDesk to Becomes 1st Insurer To Enable e-mandate for Premium Payment

Max Life Insurance has partnered with Billdesk, a payment gateway solution provider for safe and secure E-mandante process on premium payment procedures.Max Life is now became the first life insurer to provide such facility of e-mandate to its customers.
Objective- To enhance digital facility and provide digital premium payments capability to its customers.
Background: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its recent circular provided that recurring transactions using debit cards, credit cards, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), or other prepaid payment instruments (PPIs), through e-mandate shall require additional factor authentication (AFA).Debit authentication/ AFA would be required for every recurring transaction for an amount of more than Rs. 5000.

About Max Life Insurance
Chief Executive Officer– Prashant Tripathy


Part-1: Overview of Ongoing Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games

The 16th Edition of Paralympic Games is taking place in Tokyo, Japan from 24th August to 5th September, 2021. A total of 22 sports are scheduled. For the 1st time, Badminton and Taekwondo will be making their debut at the 2020 Paralympic Games by replacing Sailing & 7-a-side Football. The official Mascot is ‘Someity’ The Paralympic Games symbol of the “Three Agitos” has been installed on a giant floating platform in the Tokyo Bay area. The 94-tonne steel monument stands 17.5 m tall, is 23.4 m long and 2m wide. Tek Chand (Shot put Thrower) was the flag-bearer of India in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo paralympics.

India’s Performance: India has won 7 Medals– 2 Gold, 4 Silver & 1 Bronze till August 30

Avani Lekhara wins Gold Medal in Shooting
Avani Lekhara (Rajasthan) has won the Gold Medal in the Women’s 10 m Air Rifle Standing 1 (SH 1) Shooting event by scoring 249.6 in the final. Avani became the 1st Indian Woman to win a Gold Medal at the Paralympics & 4th Indian Gold medal at the Paralympics.

Javelin Throw:
i.Sumit Antil wins Gold Medal in Javelin Throw, F-46
Sumit Antil (Haryana) has won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw F-64 event by throwing a distance of 68.55 m in the finals.
ii.Devendra Jhajharia & Sundar Singh Gurjar wins SIlver & Bronze respectively in Javelin Throw, F-46 Devendra Jhajharia (Rajasthan) has won the Silver Medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw, F-46 category by throwing a distance of 64.35 m.

Bhavinaben Patel wins Silver Medal in Table Tennis: Bhavinaben Patel (Gujarat) won the Silver Medal in the Women’s Singles Class 4 Table Tennis event by losing 7-11, 5-11, 6-11 in the finals.
About International Paralympic Committee:
President – Andrew Parsons
Headquarters – Bonn, Germany

Indian Cricketer Stuart Binny Retires from International Cricket

Indian All-rounder & Right handed batsman Stuart Binny has announced his retirement from International cricket and First-class Cricket at the age of 37. Binny has represented India in all 3 formats: He has played 6 Tests, 14 One Day Internationals (ODIs) & 3 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Binny holds the record for the best bowling figures in ODI cricket. In First-class Cricket, He made his debut in the Karnataka state team in 2003-04 season and he has played 95 matches, scoring 4796 runs & picking up 148 wickets. He has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mumbai Indians (MI) & Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Binny was born in June 1984 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
About International Cricket Council (ICC):
Chairman- Greg Barclay
Acting Chief Executive – Geoff Allardice
Headquarters- Dubai, UAE


ISRO successfully tests Propulsion System of Gaganyaan Service Module

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the first hot test of the System Demonstration Model (SDM) of the Gaganyaan Service Module Propulsion System for duration of 450 seconds at the new test facility of ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu. The system met with all the objectives.

Minister of Animal Husbandry Parshottam Rupala Launched e-Gopala’s Web Version, IMAP Web Portal

The Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala launched the National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) e-GOPALA application’s web version and IMAP web portal.

Objective: To provide real-time information to dairy farmers on animal health, nutrition, and breed development for better productivity of milch (milk producing) animals and in turn to increase the farmers’ income.

Features of e-GOPALA:
i.The web-based e-GOPALA platform would help the farmers to buy and sell disease-free germplasm in all forms (semen, embryos, etc).
ii.It will send alerts on the due date for vaccination, pregnancy diagnosis, calving etc. and it also provides information about various government schemes.
iii.The app tells the farmers about the availability of quality breeding services (artificial insemination, veterinary first aid, vaccination, treatment etc.).
iv.It will also guide farmers for animal nutrition and treatment of animals using appropriate ayurvedic ethnoveterinary medicine.
Note – The e-GOPALA app was launched in September 2020 as a breed improvement marketplace for the direct use of farmers.
IMAP Portal:
i.The IMAP web Portal includes the geographical presentation of different projects and facilitates real-time checking of coverage and progress of various projects and government schemes.
ii.The various projects include INAPH (Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health), NAIP (National Agricultural Innovation Project), NADCP (National Animal Disease Control Programme).
The minister also appreciated Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL)’s role (a subsidiary of NDDB) in Covaxin manufacturing process.
About National Dairy Development Board (NDDB):
Headquarters – Anand, Gujarat
Chairman – Meenesh C shah

Tennis Player Leander Paes Joins Sporjo as Strategic Advisor & Ambassador

The Indian Tennis player and 18-time Grand Slam winner Leander Paes has joined India’s fastest growing sports edtech startup, Sporjo as its Strategic Advisor and Ambassador.
About Sporjo: Company was launched on May 27 2020 by G Srinivvasan. It mainly focuses on education, training the youth and also providing employment. The sports market is estimated around INR 100 billion, but sports in India only contributed 0.1% to the GDP as compared to the global average of 5%.

About Leander Adrian Paes
Born– June 17, 1973 ,Kolkata, West Bengal.
Awards- Olympic Bronze Medal 1996, Arjuna Award for Lawn Tennis 1990, Padma Bhushan 2014, Padma Shri 2001

MoE Released the List of 44 Teachers for National Awards to Teachers, 2021

The Union Ministry of Education (MoE), Department of School Education and Literacy, published a list of 44 selected teachers from India for the National Awards to Teachers, 2021, the highest teachers award in India.

On September 5, 2021, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind will award the National Award to Teachers 2021, to those shortlisted 44 teachers. List of awardees Hariswami Das, the headmaster of Sovanagar High School in Malda, West Bengal, was selected for the award from West Bengal for his digital educational model which was created in 2020 under COVID-19.

Eligibility: All regular teachers were eligible and no minimum years of service were required.

About Ministry of Education (MoE):
Union Minister – Dharmendra Pradhan (Constituency – Madhya Pradesh)
Ministry of State – Annpurna Devi (Constituency – Kodarma, Jharkhand), Subhas Sarkar (Constituency – Bankura, West Bengal), Rajkumar Ranjan Singh (Constituency – Inner Manipur, Manipur)

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