Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 20 August 2021

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 20 August 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Defence India Startup Challenge 5.0
  2. PM Kusum
  3. Abraham Accords

1. Defence India Startup Challenge 5.0

News Summary

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launched Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) 5.0 under Innovations for Defence Excellence – Defence Innovation Organisation (iDEX-DIO) through video conferencing on August 19, 2021

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

Significance of DISC 5.0:
  • DISC 5.0 is another step towards independence in the defense sector as the launch comes at a time when the country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
  • DISC 5.0 is a reflection of the Government’s resolve of creating an ‘AatmaNirbhar’ defense sector.
  • DISC 5.0 is a massive leap towards leveraging the startup ecosystem to develop India’s defense technologies, equipment design and manufacturing capabilities.
  • It will encourage startups to become more attuned to innovative concepts and inculcate the approach of creative thinking in India’s budding entrepreneurs.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release.

2. PM Kusum

News Summary

The Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh has reviewed the progress of implementation of PM-KUSUM.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance

PM Kusum:
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid-connected solar and other renewable power plants in the country.
  • The scheme aims to add solar and other renewable capacities of 25,750 MW by 2022 with the total central financial support of Rs. 34,422 Crore including service charges to the implementing agencies.
  • The proposed scheme consists of three components:
    • Component-A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants.
    • Component-B: Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.
    • Component-C: Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid-connected Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.
  • State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) of MNRE will coordinate with States/UTs, Discoms, and farmers for implementation of the scheme.

Click here to know more about PM Kusum on the govt. Vikaspedia website.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

Significance of PM Kusum:
  • The objective of providing financial and water security to farmers is ensured through the PM Kusum scheme.
  • The Scheme will have a substantial environmental impact in terms of savings of CO2 emissions.
  • All three components of the Scheme combined together are likely to result in a saving of about 27 million tonnes of CO2 emission per annum.
  • Further, Component-B of the Scheme on standalone solar pumps may result in a saving of 1.2 billion liters of diesel per annum and associated savings in the foreign exchange due to the reduction of import of crude oil.
  • The scheme has direct employment potential.
  • Besides increasing self-employment, the proposal is likely to generate employment opportunities equivalent to 6.31 lakh job years for skilled and unskilled workers.

Click here to view the PM Kusum scheme on the official PIB release.

3. Abraham Accords

News Summary

The signing of the Abraham Accords has helped in removing obstacles and helped in acting as a bridge to West Asia.

Prelims GS – World News

Abraham Accords:
  • Abraham Accords was signed between Israel and a consortium of Arab states mainly UAE, and Bahrain mediated by the USA in 2020.
  • It is the first Arab Israeli Peace Deal in the last 26 years.
  • Abraham Accords is to recognize the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom.

Click here to know more about Abraham Accords on the official website.

 

 

 

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