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Monthly current affairs summary – November 2021

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Current affairs summary – 30 November 2021

1. National Cadet Corps

National Cadet Corps (NCC) has observed the 73rd anniversary of its raising on 28th November.

In August 2020, the Ministry of Defence approved the proposal to Expand the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in border and coastal districts.

In March 2021, the Kerala High Court ordered the Central government to amend the National Cadet Corps Act (NCC Act) 1948 which excludes transgender persons from joining the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

2. SWADESH

DBT-National Brain Research Centre (DBT-NBRC) has recently developed project SWADESH, a unique brain initiative focusing on certified neuroimaging, neurochemical, neuropsychological data, and analytics that are made accessible to researchers for managing brain disorders.

SWADESH is the first large-scale multimodal neuroimaging database designed specifically for the Indian population with big-data architecture and analytics for various disease categories under one platform.

3. BRICS Science & Technology Ministers Meeting

Recently, India’s Minister for Science & Technology chaired the 9th BRICS Science & Technology Ministers meeting.

Earlier, the Prime Minister chaired the annual summit of the BRICS which was held virtually. 2021 is an important landmark year in BRICS Cooperation as the grouping completed 15 years.

Current affairs summary – 29 November 2021

1. Cross-border law for corporate debtors

The government is preparing to come out with a cross-border insolvency resolution framework based on the UNCITRAL model law and is proposed to be made applicable for both corporate debtors as well as personal guarantors to such debtors.

The Corporate Affairs Ministry, which is implementing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), has sought comments on the draft framework till December 15.

Insights

  1. Broadly, the cross-border insolvency process pertains to those debtors having assets and creditors overseas.
  2. The need for having robust institutional arrangements to deal with cross-border insolvency issues has gained momentum in various jurisdictions, particularly under the aegis of UNCITRAL Model Law.

2. GST Rate Structure

The Government can rationalize the GST rate structure without losing revenues by rejigging the four major rates of 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28% with a three-rate framework of 8%, 15%, and 30%, as per a National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) study.

The findings of the NIPFP, an autonomous think tank backed by the Finance Ministry, assume significance as the GST Council has tasked a Group of Ministers, headed by Karnataka CM Basavaraj S. Bommai, to propose a rationalization of tax rates and a possible merger of different tax slabs by December to shore up revenues.

3. India Bangladesh CEO Forum

  1. The India-Bangladesh CEO Forum will meet soon for the first time, even as the two countries work towards finalizing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) to deepen trade and economic ties as partners rather than competitors.
  2. Bangladesh has transitioned from a less developed country to a developing nation status and India stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the country’s leadership and people in their development journey.

Current affairs summary – 27 November 2021

The fifth edition of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) confirmed signs of a demographic shift in India.

The NFHS-5 survey work has been conducted in around 6.1 lakh sample households from 707 districts (as of March 2017) of the country; covering 724,115 women and 101,839 men to provide disaggregated estimates up to district level.

Insights

  1. For the first time since the NFHS began in 1992, the proportion of women exceeded men: there were 1,020 women for 1,000 men. In the last edition of the survey in 2015-16, there were 991 women for every 1,000 men.
  2. Only the decadal census is considered the official marker of population trends in India and has a wider surveillance program. The NFHS surveys are smaller but are conducted at the district level and are a pointer to the future.

2. O-SMART Scheme

  1. It is a government scheme that aims at promoting ocean research and setting up early warning weather systems.
  2. It was launched in August 2018.

3. River Cities Alliance

Union Minister launched the River Cities Alliance (RCA), a dedicated platform for river cities in India to ideate, discuss and exchange information for sustainable management of urban rivers.

Insights

  1. It is a dedicated platform for river cities in India to ideate, discuss and exchange information for the sustainable management of urban rivers, here today.
  2. It is formed by the successful partnership of the two Ministries i.e., Ministry of Jal Shakti and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  3. It focuses on three broad themes- Networking, Capacity Building, and Technical Support.

Current affairs summary – 26 November 2021

1. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

The Union Cabinet has approved the extension for the  Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase V) by another 4 months from December 2021 till March 2022.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana ensures 5 kg per person per month free of cost for all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) [Antodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] including those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

2. ACROSS

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the continuation of the umbrella scheme “ACROSS” for the next five years at an estimated cost of Rs 2,135 crore.

The Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS) scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through the India Meteorological Department, National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services.

3. Exercise Dosti

  1. The 15th edition of the biennial trilateral coast guard exercise ‘Dosti’ involving India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka is underway in the Maldives. 2021 marks 30 years since these exercises were first launched.
  2. Indian Coast Guard vessels, the ICGS Vajra and ICGS Apoorva joined the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, SLCGS Suraksha for the five-day exercise that started on November 20 and will conclude today.

Current affairs summary – 25 November 2021

1. LAMOST J024048.51+195226.9

A white dwarf in the binary system LAMOST J024048.51+195226.9 (J0240+1952 for short) completes a full rotation once every 24.93 seconds, making it the fastest spinning confirmed white dwarf, according to an analysis of data from the HiPERCAM instrument on the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias.

Insights

  1. The J0240+1952 binary system is located 2,016 light-years away in the constellation of Aries.
  2. Also known as CRTS J024048.5+195227, it consists of a white dwarf and a much larger companion star.

2. SDG Urban Index & Dashboard

In its journey towards localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and instituting robust SDG progress monitoring systems at the national, State/UT, and local levels, NITI Aayog has achieved yet another milestone with the launch of the inaugural SDG Urban Index & Dashboard (2021-22).

Insights

  1. The index and dashboard are a result of the NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in our cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation.
  2. The SDG Urban Index and Dashboard rank 56 urban areas 77 SDG indicators across 46 targets of the SDG framework.
  3. The data on these indicators have been sourced from official data sources such as NFHS, NCRB, U-DISE, data portals of various ministries, and other government data sources.

Current affairs summary – 24 November 2021

1. Swachh Survekshan 2021

  1. Recently, the President awarded the respective cities in the6th Edition of Swachh Survekshan (SS) 2021 for their performance in maintaining cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitation.
  2. The ceremony was held at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’, which is a celebration of the achievements of cities in the past seven years of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and a commitment from cities and citizens to move forward with renewed vigor in the next phase of Swachhata through Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0.

2. Report on ‘Health Care Equity in Urban India’

According to a recent report, life expectancy among the poorest is lower by 9.1 years and 6.2 years among men and women, respectively, compared to the richest in urban areas.

It was released recently by Azim Premji University in collaboration with 17 regional NGOs across India. The report explores health vulnerabilities and inequalities in cities in India. It also looks at the availability, accessibility, and cost of healthcare facilities, and possibilities in future-proofing services in the next decade.

3. All India Survey on Domestic Workers

  Recently, the Union Minister for Labour and Employment flagged off the first-ever All India Survey on Domestic Workers (DW). This was the first-ever survey in independent India and will be completed in a year.

Objective

  1. The main objectives of the survey are to estimate the number/proportion of DWs at the National and State levels., Household Estimates of Live-in/Live-out DWs., The average number of DWs engaged by different types of households.
  2. Parameters the survey aims to capture the number and proportion of household workers by major states, with separate rural and urban break-ups, their percentage distribution, households that employ them, and socio-demographic characteristics.

Current affairs summary – 23 November 2021

1. Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Museum

  1. Union Home Minister laid the foundation for ‘Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum’ in the state through video conferencing.
  2. The museum is to be set up at Luangkao village, Tamenglong district, the birthplace of freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu, at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

 2. Virtual Science Lab: Jigyasa Program

  1. India’s first virtual science lab for children under the ‘CSIR Jigyasa’ program that will connect students with scientists across the country was launched.
  2. CSIR has partnered with IIT Bombay to develop a virtual lab platform under the ‘CSIR Jigyasa’ program, which facilitates classroom learning with laboratory research for school students.
  3. It will not only take science to all segments of students in every corner of the country but is also in tune with the National Education Policy (NEP).

3. The Global State of Democracy Report, 2021

The number of countries moving towards authoritarianism in 2020 was higher than that of countries going in the other direction, towards democracy, the Global State of Democracy Report, 2021 released by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International-IDEA

While 20 countries moved in the direction of authoritarianism, seven countries moved towards democracy, the report said.

Current affairs summary – 22 November 2021

1. Uniform Civil Code

  1. Stating that the Uniform Civil Code “is a necessity and mandatorily required today,” the Allahabad High Court has called upon the Central government to forthwith initiate the process for its implementation.
  2. The UCC cannot be made ‘purely voluntary’ as was observed by Dr. B.R Ambedkar 75 years back, in view of the apprehension and fear expressed by the members of the minority community,
  3. The court directed the Centre to consider the constitution of a committee or commission for implementing the mandate of Article 44, as directed by the Supreme Court.

2. Smart Policing Index

  1. Assam Police have secured the third position among 29 states and Union Territories in the Indian Police Foundation’s list of ‘Smart Policing’ index.
  2. As per the list, Assam Police has secured the third rank in the country with an overall rating of 7.89 out of 10.
  3. Andhra Pradesh is ranked first with a score of 8.11 and Telangana secured the second position with 8.10 points.

3. Project Samhati

The new National Education Policy lays emphasis on imparting teaching in mother tongue in primary classes. Thus, Odisha has launched the Samhati project for imparting its various tribal languages. The project will help save endangered tribal languages.

Insights

  1. According to the Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA), more than 302 textbooks and 2,500 supplementary reading materials including storybooks and pictures charts in 21 tribal languages have been developed.
  2. Under Samhati, all teachers of the primary level would be provided functional knowledge of tribal languages.

Current affairs summary – 20 November 2021

1. Rezang La Memorial

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is in Ladakh, where he will visit Rezang La to pay tributes to the Indian soldiers who fought a heroic battle there in 1962, and to dedicate to them a revamped War Memorial.

Rezang La

  1. It is also called Rechin La.
  2. It is a mountain pass on the Line of Actual Control between Indian-administered Ladakh and the Chinese-administered Spanggur Lake basin that is also claimed by India.

2. PMGSY and RCPLWE Approved to Continue

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval to the proposals of the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development for the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-I and II up to September 2022 for completion of balance road and bridge works. The CCEA also approved the continuation of the Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas (RCPLWEA) up to March 2023.

PMGSY-I

  1. PMGSY-I was launched in the year 2000 to provide connectivity to eligible unconnected habitations of 500+ in plain areas and 250+ in North-East and Himalayan states as per census, 2001.
  2. The Scheme also included the component of up-gradation of existing rural roads for those districts where all the eligible habitations had been saturated.

3. India becomes the largest recipient

  1. India, the world’s largest recipient of remittances, received $87 billion in 2021 with the United States being the biggest source, accounting for over 20 percent of these funds, according to the World Bank.
  2. India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines, and Egypt, the Washington-based global lender
  3. In India, remittances are projected to grow three percent in 2022 to $ 89.6 billion, reflecting a drop in overall migrant stock, as a large proportion of returnees from the Arab countries await the return.

Current affairs summary – 19 November 2021

1. National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme

In a boost to the national land record modernization program, the Ministry of Rural Development organized a National Workshop to enable States to share each other’s best practices in the field and learn about the latest software developments.

Under the National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) portal and Dashboard has been launched.

2. Puri heritage corridor project

  1. Puri Heritage Corridor Project was unveiled in December 2019 to transform the holy town of Puri into an international place of heritage.
  2. The project includes redeveloping major portions of the holy town and in the vicinity of the temple for visitors and tourists.

3. Indus River Dolphin census

  1. The census of one of the world’s most threatened cetaceans, the Indus river dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor) — a freshwater dolphin that is found in river Beas, is all set to commence in the winter as part of a project by the Centre.
  2. Punjab’s wildlife preservation wing has gone a step ahead to not only protect the dolphins but also their natural habitat.

Current affairs summary – 18 November 2021

1. Business Incubator for Fisheries

Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying launched the country’s first-of-its-kind fisheries business incubator in Gurugram at a cost of Rs 3.23 crore to promote startups in this sector.

Insights

  1. The business incubator, known as LINAC- NCDC Fisheries Business Incubation Centre (LIFIC), in Gurugram is set up to nurture fisheries startups under real market-led conditions.
  2. The incubation unit will provide handholding such as training, converting entrepreneurial ideas into business models, and doling out seed money to the new as well as existing business entrepreneurs.

2. Pochampally Village

  1. Pochampally, a village in Telangana made famous by its eponymous handloom weaved ‘Ikat’ sarees, was declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as one of the best tourism villages in the world.
  2. Frequently referred to as the Silk City of India, the Pochampally Ikat received a Geographical Indicator status in 2004.

3. Duare Ration scheme

  1. West Bengal launched an ambitious “Duare Ration” scheme for providing food grains under the public distribution system at the doorstep for the entire population of the State.
  2. This Duare Ration scheme will help 10 crores, people of the State, by providing food grains at doorsteps
  3. The vehicles will carry ration in a particular street or lane and employees of ration dealers will make the food grains available to the people near their residence.

Current affairs summary – 17 November 2021

1. Reopening Kartarpur Corridor

Current affairs summary – 16 November 2021

1. National Interlinking of Rivers Authority

The Centre has set in motion the process of creating the National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA), an independent autonomous body for planning, investigation, financing, and the implementation of the river interlinking projects in the country.

Insights

  1. NIRA, to be headed by a Government of India Secretary-rank officer, will replace the existing National Water Development Agency
  2. It will function as an umbrella body for all river linking projects.

2. National Achievement Survey

  1. The National Achievement Survey for the students of Class V was successfully conducted at Sushila Birla Girls’ School, Kolkata, on November 12.
  2. It was a rehearsal of sorts as students got an opportunity to visit the campus days before educational institutes in the state reopen for higher classes.

3. Nationwide AHDF KCC Campaign

  1. The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), together with the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) is organizing the “Nationwide AHDF KCC Campaign” from 15 November 2021 to 15 February 2022.
  2. The nationwide campaign aims to expand the benefits of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to all eligible animal husbandry & fish farmers across the country.

4. PanSTARRS telescope spots Quasi Satellite

  1. PanSTARRS telescope in Hawaii spotted a quasi-satellite — a near-Earth object that orbits the Sun and yet remains close to the Earth.
  2. Scientists named it Kamo’oalewa, a word that is part of a Hawaiian chant, and alludes to an offspring that travels on its own.
  3. The asteroid is roughly the size of a Ferris wheel – between 150 and 190 feet in diameter – and gets as close as about 9 million miles from Earth.

Current affairs summary – 15 November 2021

1. Brisa Munda Birth Anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 15 paid tributes to revered tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda on the occasion of  Munda’s birth anniversary in 2000.

Insights

  1. He was born on 15th November 1875, belonged to the Munda tribe in the Chotanagpur Plateau area.
  2. He was known as Dharti Aaba (Father of Earth), Birsa Munda is known to have mobilized the tribal community against the British and had also forced the colonial officials to introduce laws protecting the land rights of the tribals.

2. Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project

  1. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project is launched, alongside families of those who had been displaced due to the project.
  2. Over the years, there were buildings, housing, and another construction that came up around the temple, and that entire vista was obscured. The project has restored it.

Insights

  1. The project connects the temple with the ghats of the Ganga, with a paved walkway around 320 meters long and 20 meters wide.

3. Rice Blast in Wayanad

Rice blast, a fungal disease affecting paddy, is haunting farmers who had raised “Manuvarna”, a new rice variety released by the Kerala Agricultural University recently, on more than 250 acres in Wayanad district.

Insights

  1. The blast disease is caused by the fungus Pyricularia oryzae which is non-systemic in action.
  2. The spores of the fungus could have been released from hosts like Purple nutsedge and Echinochloa crusgalli
  3. It is abundantly present in the paddy fields, bunds, and on the sides of the irrigation channel of the affected area.

4. SpaceX launches

  1. SpaceX just launched its second rocket this week, this time carrying a stack of Starlink satellites into orbit in a foggy flight, before sticking a booster landing at sea.
  2. The previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marking the company’s 25th launch of the year.
  3. It also marked this particular booster’s ninth flight.

Current affairs summary – 13 November 2021

1. #DestinationNorthEastIndia

  1. As part of the celebrations of “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav” marking the 75 years of Indian Independence, the National Museum, New Delhi under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) & North Eastern Council (NEC)’s initiative titled #DestinationNorthEastIndia is all set to commemorate the rich heritage of North East India.
  2. The Museum incorporates some outstanding artifacts collection, representing the cultural diasporas of Northeast India, and contributing to the celebration ‘Destination North East India’.

2. Digital Atlantic Charter initiative

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding has announced the Digital Atlantic Charter initiative, a public-private effort focused on safeguarding democracies worldwide.

Insights

  1. It is created in the spirit of the Atlantic Charter and following the recent AUKUS trilateral security partnership between Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.
  2. The initiative supports countries in every region of the world as they work to protect and ensure the resilience of their critical infrastructure.

3. Master Plan for Delhi 2041

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has extended the ongoing public hearing regarding the draft Master Plan for Delhi 2041 till November 24.

Delhi Master Plan 2041

  1. It seeks to “foster a sustainable, liveable and vibrant Delhi by 2041”.
  2. In the housing sector, it talks about incentivizing rented accommodation by inviting private players and government agencies to invest more, keeping in mind the large migrant population.
  3. ‘User pays’ principle: To address parking problems, it suggests a ‘user pays principle, which means users of all personal motor vehicles, except for non-motorized ones, have to pay for authorized parking facilities, spaces, and streets.

4. RBI Retail Direct Scheme

  1. The Reserve Bank announces the activation of the RBI Retail Direct Scheme with effect from today.
  2. Reserve Bank of India-Retail Direct (RBI-RD) Scheme will bring G-secs within easy reach of the common man by simplifying the process of investment.
  3. Under the Scheme, retail individual investors will be able to open a Retail Direct Gilt (RDG) Account with the Reserve Bank of India, using an online portal

Current affairs summary – 12 November 2021

1. National Legal Services Day

The National Legal Services Day (NLSD) is celebrated on 9th November every year to spread awareness for ensuring reasonable fair and justice procedures for all citizens.

Insights

  1. NLSD was first started by the Supreme Court of India in 1995 to provide help and support to poor and weaker sections of society.
  2. Free legal services are provided in matters before Civil, Criminal, and Revenue Courts, Tribunals, or any other authority exercising judicial or quasi-judicial functions.

2. Shramik Mitra scheme

  1. Delhi government launched Shramik Mitra scheme for assisting the construction workers.
  2. The main objective of the scheme is to provide information about various state government schemes to the construction workers in the state.
  3. It aims to ensure that each worker gets the applicable scheme benefit in the state.

3. Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011

The central government has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 making a declaration of maximum retail price (MRP) in Indian currency inclusive of all taxes on pre-packed commodities and date of manufacture mandatory. The amendments are to come into effect from 1st April 2022.

Insights

  1. To safeguard the interests of consumers, the Department of Consumer Affairs has omitted Rule 5 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011 defining the Schedule II prescribing the pack sizes of various types of commodities.

4. MPLADS Scheme

  1. The Union Cabinet approved the restoration of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for the remaining part of the current financial year till 2025-26, which will have a total financial implication of 17,417.00 crores.
  2. The MPLAD scheme was temporarily put on hold in April last year, after the outbreak of Covid-19, and the funds were placed with the finance ministry to deal with the pandemic.

Current affairs summary – 11 November 2021

1. LEADS Index

The LEADS report aims to enhance focus on improving logistics performance across states which is key to improving the country’s trade and reducing transaction costs. The third LEADS (Logistics Ease Across Different States) 2021 report is unveiled.

The Index ranked the states on the basis of their logistics ecosystem while highlighting the key logistics-related challenges faced by the stakeholders and also including suggestive recommendations

Highlights of the Index

  1. Gujarat topped the logistics index chart, a marker of the efficiency of logistical services necessary for promoting exports and economic growth.
  2. This is the third year in a row that the state remained on top of the rankings.

2. Global Drug Policy Index

The inaugural Global Drug Policy Index, released by the Harm Reduction Consortium, ranks Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, the UK, and Australia as the five leading countries on humane and health-driven drug policies.

The five lowest-ranking countries are Brazil, Uganda, Indonesia, Kenya, and Mexico. India’s rank is 18 out of 30 countries

  1. The Index is a data-driven global analysis of drug policies and their implementation.
  2. It is composed of 75 indicators running across five broad dimensions of drug policy: criminal justice, extreme responses, health and harm reduction, access to internationally controlled medicines, and development.

Current affairs summary – 10 November 2021

1. Goddess Annapurna

  1. An ancient idol of Goddess Annapurna was brought back to India after over a century from Canada.
  2. The Shobha Yatra will begin from the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where it is scheduled to be placed.

2. Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020

The Haryana government notified a law, which provides 75 percent reservation for local youth in private sector jobs that offer a salary of less than Rs 30,000 a month, from January 15, 2022.

Insights

  1. The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 covers private companies, societies, trusts, and partnership firms in the state, as per a notification issued by the state government.
  2. The government reduced the upper limit of gross monthly salary under the Act from Rs 50,000 per month to Rs 30,000.

3. Srinagar: UNESCO Network of Creative Cities

  1. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has joined UNESCO’s network of creative cities. The inclusion is recognized as a “fitting recognition” for the vibrant cultural ethos of the old city.
  2. It has been designated as a creative city of craft and folk arts.

4. Arunachal Pradesh on Making Documentary

  1. Arunachal Pradesh has embarked upon an ambitious plan to showcase the bravery and gallantry of frontier villages that stood for the nation during 1962 Chinese aggression.
  2. Arunachal Pradesh has sent a 12-member team to Kaho in Anjaw district, which survived the Chinese attack in 1962, for filming a documentary on the village and its inhabitants.
  3. It is significant that the state government has started showcasing the gallantry of its frontier villages recently with Dipa.

Current affairs summary – 08th November 2021

1. Adi Shankaracharya

Prime Minister unveiled a 12-foot high statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath.

Adi Shankaracharya (788-820 AD)

  1. Adi Shankaracharya was an Indian philosopher and theologian whose works had a strong impact on the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.
  2. He founded mathas, which are believed to have helped in the historical development, revival, and propagation of his philosophy.

2. Tripura Bamboo Cricket Bat

  1. In collaboration with BCDI, Agartala, NECTAR carried out a pilot project on the development of indigenous Bamboo Cricket bats and Stumps.
  2. The bamboo bat is made up of bamboo glue board technology which is a substitute for wood and sustainable material.
  3. The indigenously developed bamboo cricket carries good strokes and it has now been sent to various agencies for Feedback.

3. Maharashtra Wildlife Action Plan

  1. The government of Maharashtra approved its own Wildlife Action Plan (2021-2030), which will be implemented over the next 10 years.
  2. Maharashtra became India’s first state to pass its own Wildlife Action Plan.
  3. The board has also approved the extension of the boundary of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, in the Chandrapur district of the Vidarbha region, by around 79 sq km.

4. Rover to Moon

  1. Private companies in Australia and Canada are developing a moon mission, in association with the University of Technology Sydney.
  2. Under this mission, Australian technology will be sent to the moon by mid-2024, to hunt water on it.
  3. If the plan is successful, it will be the first rover made up of Australian components, to make on the Moon.

Current affairs summary – 05th and 06th November 2021

1. All India Judicial Service

Recently it is noted that, in the Government’s view, a properly framed All India Judicial Service is important to strengthen the overall justice delivery system, especially at the district and subordinate court level.

About ALJS

  1. The AIJS is a reform push to centralize the recruitment of judges.
  2. It would work at the level of additional district judges and district judges for all states.
  1. The National Mission for Clean Ganga set a Guinness World Record on the first day of the Ganga Utsav for the highest number of photos of handwritten notes uploaded on Facebook in an hour.
  2. The Jal Shakti Ministry has released a guide for the safe rescue and release of stranded Ganges River Dolphins.

3. Indias new army aviation brigade

  1. India raised a new army aviation brigade in the eastern sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.
  2. The LAC is the demarcation that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory.

4. Marusudar River

  1. India has successfully diverted the water of the Marusudar River into the concrete face of Rockfill Pakal Dul dam in Kashmir, which otherwise could have flown into Pakistan.
  2. Marusudar River is a tributary of the Chenab river, which was diverted to Pakal Dul dam to produce hydroelectricity in the Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Current affairs summary – 01st and 02nd November 2021

1. PMJAY extended to Missing Middle

According to the report Health Insurance for India’s Missing Middle,  At least 30 percent of the population, or 40 crore individuals – called the ‘missing middle’ – are devoid of any financial protection for health.

NITI Aayog has suggested that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) scheme be extended to cover a section of people without health insurance.

Insights

  1. The Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and State Government extension schemes, provide comprehensive hospitalization cover to the bottom 50% of the population – around 70 crore individuals.

2. Odisha Tax Exemption on EVs

  1. The government of Odisha announced full exemption of motor vehicles taxes and registration fees on electric vehicles (EVs) in the state.
  2. This decision was taken for encouraging faster adoption of EVs.

3. Dairy Sahakar Scheme

  1. Dairy Sahakar scheme was launched at Anand, Gujarat during a function organized by Amul to celebrate the 75th Foundation Year of Amul.
  2. The total outlay of the Dairy Sahakar scheme is Rs 5000 crore.

4. UDAI  exemption from Law

  1. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked for exemption from the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Law.
  2. The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill 2019 has a contentious section 35, which invokes “sovereignty and integrity of India,” “public order”, “friendly relations with foreign states” and “security of the state” to give powers to the Central government to suspend all or any of the provisions of this Act for government agencies.

5. Census for Indus River Dolphin

  1. The census of one of the world’s most threatened cetaceans, the Indus river dolphin is all set to commence in the winter as part of a project by the Centre.
  2. Punjab’s wildlife preservation wing has gone a step ahead to not only protect the dolphins but also their natural habitat.

Indus River Dolphin

  1. The Indus river dolphin is classified as endangered by the IUCN
  2. Platanista gangetica minor a freshwater dolphin