- 1 2 January Current Affairs 2021 with FREE PDF and Current Affairs Quiz 2021
- 2 Deepening and Optimization of Inner Harbour Facilities
- 3 IFSCA becomes member of IOSCO
- 4 Ginger processing plant in Meghalaya
- 5 Country’s highest Meteorological Centre at Leh
- 6 Autonomous navigation for unmanned aerial vehicles
- 7 Board of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation
- 8 Genome sequencing of mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2
- 9 Bureau of Police Research & Development releases Data on Police Organizations
- 10 Action Agenda for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat (AAAN)
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Deepening and Optimization of Inner Harbour Facilities
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs of India has approved the project ‘Deepening and Optimization of Inner Harbour Facilities including Development of Western Dock on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to handle cape size vessels at Paradip Port’.
IFSCA becomes member of IOSCO
The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has become an Associate Member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
The IOSCO is the international organization that brings together the world’s securities regulators, covering more than 95% of the world’s securities markets, and is the global standard setter for the securities sector.
Ginger processing plant in Meghalaya
North East’s first-ever specialised “Ginger” Processing Plant at Ri-Bhoui district in Meghalaya has been revived and is likely to become functional this year, 2021.
The only Ginger Processing Plant of North East India was established around the year 2004 but has remained non-functional for many years. The NERAMAC has now undertaken the responsibility of reviving it and initiated steps to operationalize the closed Plant through PPP mode.
Country’s highest Meteorological Centre at Leh
Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated India’s highest Meteorological Centre in Leh. After Itanagar Centre in Arunachal Pradesh, Leh Met centre at 3500 meters highest from mean sea level is the highest in the Himalayan region.
The Centre will be a world class facility for high altitude meteorology and will cater to the various kinds of weather and climate needs of the people and the administration of Ladakh. It will provide forecast for important tourist places like Nubra, Changthang, Pangong Lake, Zanskar, Kargil, Drass, Dha-Baima (Aryan valley), Khalsi among others.
Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) got a new technology innovation hub on autonomous navigation (TiHAN) for unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely operated vehicles following a funding of Rs 135 crore from the department of science and technology, government of India.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has sanctioned Rs. 135 crores to IIT Hyderabad under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to set up a Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation and Data Acquisition Systems (UAVs, RoVs, etc.).
Board of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has been nominated by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) as a member on the GAVI Board, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Harsh Vardhan will be representing the South East Area Regional Office(SEARO)/ Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) constituency on the GAVI Board. Harsh Vardhan will be representing India from 1st January 2021 until 31st December 2023.
Genome sequencing of mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2
Government of India took cognizance of the reports of mutant variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus reported from UK and put in place a pro-active and preventive strategy to detect and contain the mutant variant.
The overall aim of the Consortium is to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2 on a regular basis through a multi-laboratory network. This vital research consortium will also assist in developing potential vaccines in the future.
Bureau of Police Research & Development releases Data on Police Organizations
The Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) released Data on Police Organizations as on 01.01.2020 online. The number of people getting police protection across India stood at 19,467 in 2019 and 21,300 in 2018 – a reduction of 1,833 (or 8.7 per cent).
The number of police personnel put on protection duty in 2018 and 2019 for ministers, MPs, MLAs, judges, bureaucrats, etc., outnumbered their sanctioned strength for the job by around 35 per cent. West Bengal had the maximum of 3,142 people under police protection in 2019, followed by Punjab (2,594), Bihar (2,347) and Jammu and Kashmir (1,184).
Action Agenda for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat (AAAN)
The Minister of Science& Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan released the report Action Agenda for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat (AAAN) prepared by Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) in New Delhi.
The aim of the Action Report is to create a sense of Scientific Social Responsibility and to lay down imperatives for future of technology in India. It looks at the challenges, possibilities and how to find solutions. This comprehensive action plan (AAAN) has been structured with reference to timeline, highlighting short/medium and long term interventions in various identified sectors.