Daily Current Affairs and GK | 7 December 2021

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Topic: Sports

1. Argentina wins Junior Hockey World Cup by defeating Germany.

  • Argentina’s junior hockey team defeated six-time winner Germany by 4-2 in the final of the Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup.
  • Argentina becomes the third team after Germany and India to win multiple Junior Hockey WC titles.
  • India finished the tournament at the fourth place. India lost to France by 1-3.
  • India won the 1st FIH Junior Men's World Cup in 2001 in Hobart, Australia, in which it defeated Argentina.
  • The junior men’s World Cup Hockey formerly known as Hockey Junior World Cup is being held by International Hockey Federation (FIH) since 1979.

Junior Men's World Cup Hockey:

The junior men’s World Cup Hockey has been organized in Bhubaneswar from the 24th November 5th December 2021.

16 countries take part in this event and it has been organized in the Kalinga stadium.

Topic: State News/ Rajasthan

2. Rajasthan government launched ‘Back to Work’ scheme for women.

  • Rajasthan government has launched the ‘Back to Work’ scheme for women who have quit their jobs due to family circumstances.
  • It aims to provide jobs to 15,000 women with the help of the private sector in the next three years.
  • The scheme will give priority to widows, women who have been abandoned, divorced, and victims of violence.
  • A single-window system will be developed to provide employment opportunities to women through the Directorate of Women’s Empowerment.
  • Skill training will be also provided through Rajasthan knowledge Corporation Limited (RKCL).
  • The training facility for re-skilling/up-skilling will also be provided to the targeted category of women.
  • A monitoring committee will be formed for the effective implementation of the scheme.

Topic: Geography

3. Semeru volcano erupted in Indonesia.

  • Semeru volcano erupted on Java Island. It has killed at least 14 people.
  • Semeru is the tallest mountain on Java Island. The eruption destroyed buildings and strategic bridges.
  • Semeru is one of Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes. Indonesia is part of the seismically active zone.
  • The eruption was accompanied by a thunderstorm and rain. Deep layers of ash have engulfed the area.
  • A volcano can be active, dormant, or extinct stage. When the mantle of the Earth melts, it comes out in the form of lava through cracks on the Earth’s surface.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

4. Nikhil Srivastava selected for inaugural Ciprian Foias Prize.

  • Eminent Indian-American mathematician Nikhil Srivastava has been jointly selected for the Ciprian Foias Prize.
  • He has been selected for the "highly original work" in Operator Theory by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).
  • The award has been given for its understanding the characteristic polynomial of matrices.
  • The prize will be presented to Professor Srivastava at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle.
  • Earlier, Nikhil Srivastava had won the George Polya Prize in 2014, and the Held prize in 2021.
  • Ciprian Foias Prize was instituted in 2000 in memory of Ciprian Foias. The prize money is $5,000.

Topic: Summits/ Conferences/ Meetings

5. PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold 21st India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi.

  • PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold 21st India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi on 06 December 2021.
  • During the summit, both countries signed record 28 agreements. An Agreement on Program of the Military-Technical Cooperation from 2021 to 2031 was signed.
  • Joint Statement titled India-Russia: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity was released following the Summit.
  • Prime Minister said the first 2 plus 2 dialogue starts a new mechanism to improve behavioural cooperation.
  • First 22 dialogue between defence and foreign ministers took place on 06 December 2021.
  • Mr. Modi said the regional partnership that started with Eastern Economic Forum and Vladivostok summit is today turning into a real cooperation between the Russian Far-East and Indian states.
  • Eastern Economic Forum is held each year in Vladivostok, Russia to encourage foreign investment in the Russian Far East.
  • PM Modi and President Putin were satisfied at the sustained progress in the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between both countries despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic.
  • The role of connectivity through the International North-South Transport Corridor and the proposed Chennai - Vladivostok Eastern Maritime Corridor figured in the discussions between two leaders.

PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold 21st India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Indian Polity

6. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 passed by Lok Sabha.

  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed by Lok Sabha.
  • The bill seeks to give special status to six more institutes of pharmaceutical education and research. It also seeks to set up a new council for these institutes.
  • The bill will amend National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998 established the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), at Mohali in Punjab.
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998 was earlier amended in 2007.
  • After the 2007 amendment, six new NIPERs were set up at Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Rae Bareli.
  • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 will accord the status of Institutions of National Importance to these six institutes.

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 passed by Lok Sabha.

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

7. NMPB, CSIR-CIMAP Lucknow inked MoU to promote production of medicinal plants.

  • National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow signed MoU to promote the production of medicinal plants.
  • The MoU will help in the development of the best quality medicinal plants and herbs. It will help in the establishment of nurseries for quality planting material development.
  • It will also promote the cultivation of medicinal plants in different agro-climatic zones.
  • CSIR-CIMAP Lucknow will perform research on mass multiplication, agro-technology development, and Quality Planting Material generation of selected medicinal plants and herbs.
  • NMPB will work through its implementing agencies like state medicinal plant boards, state horticulture departments, regional-cum-facilitation centers across India.

National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB):

It is responsible for coordinating matters related to medicinal plants. It will also support policies and programmes related to conservation and cultivation of medicinal plants.

It works under the Ministry of Ayush.

Topic: Important Days

8. International Civil Aviation Day: 7 December

  • International Civil Aviation Day is observed every year on 7 December. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the role and importance of international civil aviation organizations.
  • The theme for International Civil Aviation Day 2021 is “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development.”
  • The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 7 December as the International Civil Aviation Day in 1996.
  • International Civil Aviation Day was first celebrated in the year 1994. It was first celebrated to mark the 50th anniversary of the ICAO.
  • International civil aviation organization is responsible for keeping the safety standards of international aviation.
  • ICAO organizes various events, activities, seminars, and sessions related to civil aviation on this occasion.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

9. Pratham CEO Rukmini Banerji honoured with Yidan Prize 2021.

  • Pratham CEO Rukmini Banerjee received the Yidan Prize 2021.
  • She received the award for improving learning outcomes. She worked along with Pratham's team in preparing the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER).
  • Banerji’s teams launched 'Teaching at the Right Level' (TaRL) programme with schools and local communities to provide reading and arithmetic skills.
  • Banerji said that data shows that almost all children begin at the same level of reading and arithmetic abilities in India.

Yidan Prize:

It is founded by Chen Yidan in 2016.

It is given for the contribution in the field of education research and development.

It is a global inclusive education award to recognize individuals who inspire progress in education.

 It is the largest education prize in the world.

Topic: Miscellaneous

10. India's home-grown mobile accessories brand Unix appoints Jasprit Bumrah as its brand ambassador.

  • India's home-grown mobile accessories brand Unix has appointed Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah as its brand ambassador.
  • Fintech Company, Kinara Capital, has signed all-rounder cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador.
  • Design & Construct has announced Yuvraj Singh as its brand ambassador. It signed a three-year partnership contract with Yuvraj Singh.
  • Yuvraj Singh will be an equity partner and brand ambassador for the company.

Jasprit Bumrah brand ambassador of Unix Brand

Topic: Indian Polity

11. Government received proposal from CJI N V Ramana for setting up of National Judicial Infrastructure Authority of India (NJIAI).

  • Government has received proposal from Chief Justice of India N V Ramana for setting up of NJIAI for arrangement of adequate infrastructure for courts.
  • Currently, state governments are responsible for the creation of infrastructure facilities for the courts. 
  • NJIAI will act as a central body in laying down the roadmap for planning, creation, development, maintenance and management of functional infrastructure for the Indian court system.
  • Since 1993-94, Union government is implementing a centrally sponsored scheme for development of infrastructure facilities in district and subordinate courts by providing financial assistance to state governments and UTs.
  • Government has extended the scheme for a further period of five years from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2026.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

12. President Ram Nath Kovind to present President’s Standard Award to 22nd Missile Vessel squadron of Indian Navy.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind will present President’s Standard Award to 22nd Missile Vessel squadron of Indian Navy on 8th December.
  • The fleet has conducted Operation Trident during the 1971 war, wherein it bombed Karachi Port and sunk Pakistan Navy’s vessels.
  • 22nd Missile Vessel squadron is also known as the ‘Killer Squadron’. The award will be presented by President at a ceremonial parade, set to be held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on 8 December.
  • The squadron has also received one Maha Vir Chakra, seven Vir Chakras and eight Nausena Medals (Gallantry).
  • President’s Standard Award is the highest honour awarded in military in recognition of the service rendered to the nation. It is equivalent to that of President’s Colours awards. 
  • However, President’s Standard Award is presented to smaller military formations/ units.

President Ram Nath Kovind to present President’s Standard Award

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: National News

13. Parliament approved Dam Safety Bill.

  • After a tense debate in which many opposition members demanded that the bill be referred to a select committee, the Rajya Sabha passed the Dam Safety Bill, 2019.
  • The Rajya Sabha cleared the Dam Safety Bill, 2019, with two official amendments by voice vote, which had been passed by the Lok Sabha on August 2, 2019.
  • Dam Safety Bill, 2019 will provide surveillance, inspection, operation, and maintenance of the specified dam for the prevention of dam failure-related disasters.
  • According to Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the law will create a National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA), which will have the power to penalize the system.
  • After more than three decades of suggestions, the bill was finally passed. "Thousands of people died when the Machchhu Morbi dam collapsed in 1976”.
  • The bill was introduced by the Centre under Article 246 of the Constitution.
  • According to government statistics, India has 5,745 major dams and 293 of them are over a century old and require regular maintenance and monitoring. There are 1,041 dams that are 50 to 100 years old.
  • A National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) will be established at the central level, according to the bill's provisions.
  • It will be made up of ten members nominated by the central government and seven members nominated by the state government.
  • The State Government will set up a State Dam Safety Organization (SDSO) within six months and a State Committee on Dam Safety will be also constituted.

Topic: Appointment

14. Sanjiv Mehta, chairman, and MD of Hindustan Unilever has been named as president of the FICCI.

  • Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Unilever Limited, will be appointed as the president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on December 18.
  • Mehta, who is currently the Senior Vice President of FICCI, would succeed Uday Shankar, a veteran of the media industry.
  • According to FICCI, Mehta is also the President of Unilever South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal), and a member of the 'Unilever Leadership Executive'.
  • During his eight years, HUL's market capitalization has grown by over USD 55 billion, making it one of the most valuable companies in the country".

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI):

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is an India-based non-governmental trade association and advocacy group.

On the suggestion of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian businessmen Mr. G.D. Birla and Purshottamdas Thakurdas had founded the company in 1927.

It is India's largest, oldest, and apex business organization.

Its headquarters is in New Delhi.






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