Daily Current Affairs and GK | 26 August 2021
- 1. Abhay Kumar Singh appointed as joint secretary in newly created Ministry of Cooperation.
- 2. Copenhagen is the safest city in the world.
- 3. Former Indian footballer O Chandrasekharan dies.
- 4. The signing of MoU between ICAI and Institute of Professional Accountants of Russia (IPAR) approved by Union Cabinet.
- 5. Government to launch special incentive scheme to support 75 start-ups.
- 6. Indo-Kazakhstan joint training exercise ‘KAZIND-21’ to commence from 30 August.
- 7. AICTE and BPR&D to launch MANTHAN-2021 for addressing the security challenges of the 21st century.
- 8. Government approves sugarcane FRP at Rs 290 per quintal for 2021-22.
- 9. Tek Chand named as new flag bearer of India for opening ceremony at Tokyo Paralympics.
- 10. NSA Ajit Doval hosted IBSA National Security Advisers meeting.
- 11. Yashodhara Mishra and Omcherry N.N. Pillai will be conferred Sahitya Akademi awards.
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1. Abhay Kumar Singh appointed as joint secretary in newly created Ministry of Cooperation.
- Abhay Kumar Singh has been appointed as joint secretary in the Ministry of Cooperation. The government has created Ministry of Co-operation to strengthen cooperative movement in India.
- He is a 2004-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Bihar cadre. His appointment has been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
- Vijaya Lakshmi Nadendla and Priya Ranjan have been appointed as joint secretaries in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
- Pramod Kumar Meherda has been appointed as Managing Director in National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
- Kavita Garg has been named as joint secretary in the Ministry of AYUSH. Vibhu Nayar has been appointed as Executive Director of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).
- Sreekanth T has been appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner.
Topic: Report and Indices
2. Copenhagen is the safest city in the world.
- According to this year’s EIU’s Safe Cities Index, Copenhagen is the safest city in the world. It is the fourth edition of EIU’s Safe Cities Index.
- Copenhagen topped the Index with 82.4 points. Toronto and Singapore have been placed on the second and third positions respectively.
- EIU’s Safe Cities Index this year ranked 60 cities across 76 indicators of security grouped under 5 domains. For the First time, environmental security metric has been included in this index.
- Toronto and Copenhagen have performed better in the environmental security pillar.
- Lagos, Cairo, Caracas, Karachi, and Yangon are one of the least safe cities in the world.
- Digital security has become a high priority area for all countries after all things have gone online.
- The Index was released by for the first time in 2015 with 44 indicators and 50 cities. Tokyo topped the index in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
- Indian Cities, New Delhi and Mumbai were ranked 48th and 50th in the 2021 index respectively.
- World’s top 5 safest cities are:
Topic: Personality in News
3. Former Indian footballer O Chandrasekharan dies.
- Former Indian footballer O Chandrasekharan has died at the age of 86 in Kochi.
- He played as a defender. He was a member of Indian football team in the 1960 Rome Olympics. This was last time India participated in football at the Olympic Games.
- Syed Shahid Hakim (SS Hakim), another player from that Olympics team, passed away recently just a few days ago.
- SS Hakim was a Dronacharya Awardee. He was also conferred with Dhyan Chand Award.
- O Chandrasekharan captained the Indian football team in some matches in the 1960s.
- O Chandrasekharan is popularly known as Olympian Chandrasekharan in his home state Kerala.
- He was also a member of Indian teams that won gold in the 1962 Asian Games, silver in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup, silver in the Merdeka Tournament (1959 and 1964).
- He was also captain of Maharashtra team that won the Santosh Trophy national championship in 1963.
4. The signing of MoU between ICAI and Institute of Professional Accountants of Russia (IPAR) approved by Union Cabinet.
- The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and IPAR has been approved by Union Cabinet.
- The proposed MoU aims to strengthen cooperation in matters of the accountancy profession.
- It is also intended to promote mutual cooperation through seminars, conferences and joint activities mutually beneficial to both parties.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI):
It is a statutory body established in 1949 under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949.
It regulates the profession of Chartered Accountants in India.
The Institute of Professional Accountants of Russia (IPAR) is the largest non-profit association of accountants in Russia.
Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives
5. Government to launch special incentive scheme to support 75 start-ups.
- The government is planning to launch a special incentive scheme to support 75 start-ups in areas of telemedicine, digital health, and artificial intelligence.
- The scheme will be launched by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).
- The scheme will be launched as part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' initiative. The main challenge of the scheme is to identify the topmost 75 innovative startups.
- The scheme will promote research and development in the health sector.
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC):
It is a public sector enterprise under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
It promotes and supports new ventures in the field of Biotechnology under the Start-up India and Make in India programmes.
At present, it is funding more than 5,000 biotechnology start-ups. It has set a target to support more than 10,000 biotechnology start-ups by 2024.
6. Indo-Kazakhstan joint training exercise ‘KAZIND-21’ to commence from 30 August.
- The Indo- Kazakhstan Joint Training Exercise, KAZIND-21 will be conducted from 30 August to September 11. It will be the fifth edition of this joint training exercise.
- It will be conducted at Aisha Bibi in Kazakhstan between both countries’ armies.
- It will provide an opportunity for both armed forces to enhance their skills in Counter Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism operations in mountainous and rural regions.
- The exercise will strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between both countries’ armed forces.
- The exercise is part of efforts for strengthening the bilateral relations between India and Kazakhstan.
- The Indian Army contingent will be represented by a battalion of The Bihar Regiment. The Kazakhstan Army will be represented by a company group.
Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives
7. AICTE and BPR&D to launch MANTHAN-2021 for addressing the security challenges of the 21st century.
- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) will launch MANTHAN-2021.
- MANTHAN 2021 is a Hackathon to identify innovative concepts and technology solutions for the security challenges of the 21st century faced by our intelligence agencies.
- It will be organized from 28th November to 1st December 2021. It is a platform for youths to show their technical expertise and innovative skills.
- The participants will develop digital solutions under 6 themes for 20 different challenge statements by using Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Augmented reality, Machine Learning, etc.
8. Government approves sugarcane FRP at Rs 290 per quintal for 2021-22.
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the fair and remunerative price (FRP) at Rs 290 per quintal of sugarcane for the 2021-22 marketing year.
- The government had fixed sugarcane FRP at Rs 285 per quintal for the current 2020-21 marketing year.
- Now, FRP has been increased to Rs 290 per quintal for a basic recovery rate of 10 percent. A premium of Rs 2.90/quintal will be provided for each 0.1 percent increase in recovery over and above 10%.
- The FRP of Rs 290 per quintal is 87 percent higher than the production cost. The cost of production of sugarcane for the sugar season 2021-22 is Rs 155 per quintal. The government decision will benefit around 5 crore sugarcane farmers.
- FRP is the minimum price that sugar mills have to pay to the sugarcane farmers. The FRP of sugarcane is prescribed under the Sugarcane (Control) Order, 1966.
- The FRP is determined on the basis of recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) and after consultation with State Governments and other stakeholders.
9. Tek Chand named as new flag bearer of India for opening ceremony at Tokyo Paralympics.
- Javelin Thrower Tek Chand carried India's flag at the Tokyo Paralympics opening ceremony.
- Tek Chand has been named as India's flag-bearer after Thangavelu Mariyappan was quarantined.
- The Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is scheduled to be organized from 24 August to 5 September.
- Tek Chand had won a bronze medal at the Para Asian games in 2018. He started the javelin throw game in 2016 and he was coached by Satbir Singh.
Topic: Summits/ Conferences/ Meetings
10. NSA Ajit Doval hosted IBSA National Security Advisers meeting.
- National Security Adviser Ajit Doval hosted the inaugural meeting of the IBSA National Security Advisers.
- The meeting was organized as part of the preparations for the next IBSA Summit. India is the current chair of the IBSA.
- The IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) has emerged as an important group for the promotion of cooperation in a range of areas.
- Participating leaders agreed upon that cross-border terrorism is the most important threat to global peace.
- ‘IBSAMAR’ maritime exercise will be also organized soon to strengthen mechanisms against piracy and drug and human trafficking.
- Recently, India hosted the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) Tourism Ministers’ virtual meeting.
Topic: Awards and Prizes
11. Yashodhara Mishra and Omcherry N.N. Pillai will be conferred Sahitya Akademi awards.
- Yashodhara Mishra and Omcherry N.N. Pillai will be conferred Sahitya Akademi awards for their outstanding work in Odia and Malayalam respectively.
- Yashodhara Mishra has been selected for her work Samudrakula Ghara and Omcherry N.N. Pillai has been awarded for his work Akasmikam Omcheriyute Ormmakkurippukal.
- Earlier, Tamil writer Imayam has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020 for his novel Sellatha Panam.
Sahitya Akademi Award:
It was established in 1954.
It is awarded for outstanding literary works published in 24 languages (22 official languages mentioned in the eighth schedule and Rajasthani and English).
It is given by Sahitya Akademi.
Winners receive cheques of ₹1 lakh and a “casket containing an engraved copper plaque”.