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SM Current Affairs JANUARY 2021 Set 02

Diksha Sharma 10 MINUTES

PREFACE

It gives us great pleasure to release the monthly edition of the PRAVAHINI - Monthly e-Compendium & Weekly e-Periodicals of Current Affairs. The magazine’s members have shown considerable cooperation as well as devotion. We at successmantra.in work tirelessly to create this magazine and bring it to you with a great sense of gratitude.

The PRAVAHINI January-2021 eBook covers the current events that happened in the month of October. Current Affairs is a crucial component of any competitive exams including CLAT, AILET, DU-LLB, HM, CAT, IAS, PCS, SSC, Banking, MBA and various other competitive examinations.

Current Affairs play the bigger role in many competitive and government exams. It holds the power of making or breaking your chance of success. Therefore, the candidates should cover the Current Affairs thoroughly and smartly.

The PRAVAHINI January-2021 eBook is divided into different sections keeping in mind the need of various exams. The sections covered namely International, National, Economy, Ecology and Environment, Science & Technology, Legal Affairs, Sports, States News Makers and few others.

We would also be pleased to receive any suggestion that could assist us with the upcoming editions.

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 TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. National Affairs
  2.  International Affairs
  3.  Economic Affairs
  4.  Appointments
  5.  Awards And Honors
  6.  Important Dates & Sports
  7.  Reports And Indexes
  8. Science & Tech
  9. Miscellaneous

 

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

HARSH VARDHAN LAUNCHES CRV 'SAGAR ANVESHIKA'

  • Union Minister for Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan has launched Coastal Research Vehicle (CRV) ‘Sagar Anveshika’ at the Chennai Port.
  • The vehicle will be used to carry out environment indexing and bathymetric (mapping underwater features) in both coastal and offshore waters.
  • It will be used for research purposes by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and has been built by Titagarh Wagons, Kolkata, West Bengal. Anveshika has been built under the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) and is a DP (Dynamic Positioning)-Capable vessel.
  • National Institute of Ocean Technology Director: Dr G A Ramadass.
  • National Institute of Ocean Technology HQ: Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

 

INDIA'S 7TH TRADE POLICY REVIEW (TPR) AT WTO

  • The second session of the 7th Trade Policy Review (TPR) of India concluded at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • This was the final session of the 7th trade policy review. Trade Policy Review is a key mechanism under the monitoring function of WTO.
  • During this trade policy review, WTO examines the trade and related policies of the member countries with an aim to improve their adherence to WTO rules and to provide constructive feedback.

 

COASTAL DEFENCE EXERCISE 'SEA VIGIL 21' COMMENCES

  • A major exercise to test military readiness at sea along the coastline of the country starts. This is the second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise “Sea Vigil-21” will be conducted on January 12 and 13.
  • The exercise is a build-up towards the next step and level exercise called “Tropex” (Theatre-level Readiness Operational Exercise), which is expected to be conducted at month-end or early February.
  • Exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’ is expected to provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses and thus will help in further strengthening maritime and national security.

 

BANGLADESH CHOSEN AS 'COUNTRY IN FOCUS': IFFI

  • Bangladesh has been chosen as the ‘Country in Focus’ for the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The festival will be held at Goa from January 16 to January 24, 2021.
  • The Country in Focus is a special segment that recognizes the cinematic excellence and contributions of the country. This section at the 51st IFFI will showcase four films from Bangladesh.
  • The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), is being held annually since 1952, in Goa. The event is organised jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals (under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa.

 

FIRST TIME, UNION BUDGET 2021 TO BE PAPERLESS

  • Union Budget 2021, slated to be presented on February 1, is going to be completely paperless in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • This will be the first time since independence that the budget papers will not be printed. The Centre has received permission for the same from both houses of parliament.
  • This year’s budget may reportedly witness several conventions being broken as the traditional ‘Halwa’ ceremony, which is a given every year is also not likely to take place, or a low-key function may be held with limited gathering in attendance.
  • Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs: Nirmala Sitharaman.
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs: Anurag Singh Thakur.

 

LAUNCH OF PRADHAN MANTRI KAUSHAL VIKAS YOJANA 3.0

  • The third phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana will be launched on January 15, 2021 in 600 districts across all states of India.
  • The third phase will be spearheaded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). It will focus on new-age India and COVID-related skills.
  • Based on the learnings gained from the first and second phase of the mission, the Ministry has improved the newer version of the scheme to match the current policy doctrine and energize the skilling ecosystem affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana's third phase (PMKVY 3.0) will focus on training eight lakh candidates during the scheme period of 2020-2021 with an outlay of 948.90 crore.

 

RAJNATH SINGH UNVEILED INDIA'S FIRST DRIVERLESS METRO

  • Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh has unveiled India’s first ‘Driverless Metro Car’ on 15 January 2021 during a function held at BEML’s Bangalore Complex.
  • The indigenously designed & developed state-of-the-art Driverless Metro trains are being manufactured at BEML Bangaluru manufacturing facility, for Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
  • BEML recently opened its Depot office at Charkop Metro Depot, MMRDA, Mumbai for commissioning, testing and round-the-clock services for Driverless Metro cars.
  • BEML bagged a total order of 576 cars for Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)’s MRS1 project and the supply is scheduled progressively up to January 2024.

 

PIYUSH GOYAL INAUGURATED 'THE PRARAMBH'

  • The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal has inaugurated the two-day ‘Prarambh’, Startup India International Summit in New Delhi on 15 January 2021.
  • The Summit has been organized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under M/o Commerce & Industry.
  • The inaugural event was participated by the members of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)
  • The ‘Prarambh’ Summit will provide a platform to the startups and young minds from around the world to come together and collaborate to work collectively to come with new ideas, innovation and invention.

 

PETROLEUM MINISTRY LAUNCHED 'SAKSHAM CAMPAIGN'

  • The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has launched a month-long mass awareness campaign titled ‘SAKSHAM’ to spread awareness about green and clean energy.
  • The campaign has been organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), to motivate consumers to switch to cleaner fuels and bring in behavioural change to use fossil fuel intelligently.
  • The campaign will spread awareness about seven key drivers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently mentioned.
  • SAKSHAM stands for Sanrakshan Kshamata Mahotsav. The pan-India campaign would include various activities such as cyclotron, farmer workshops, seminars, painting competition, CNG vehicle driving contest, etc to spread awareness among masses about the advantages of using clean fuels.
  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas: Dharmendra Pradhan.

 

GI TAG GIVEN TO GUCCHI MUSHROOM

  • Jammu and the Kashmir government sought a GI label for Gucci mushrooms. Gucchi mushrooms are expensive and good for health. The price of 500 grams of Gucchi mushrooms is 18,000 rupees. Recently, GI tags were provided to saffron in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Gucchi mushroom is a fungus belonging to the Morchellaceae family. They are light yellow, with large ridges and pits on the hat. They grow on large white stems. Gucchi mushrooms are called "Thuntoo" locally.
  • They are called "May mushrooms" in North America. The fruiting time of mushrooms varies from February to July. In Canada, they only appeared after June.
  • Gucci mushrooms cannot be grown commercially. They grow in the coniferous forests of North Akanchar, Himalayas, Chamu and Kashmir.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

DONALD TRUMP TO BE IMPEACHED TWICE

  • President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time on January 13, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.
  • He was first impeached in 2019 over his Ukraine dealings. The House voted 232-197 to impeach Mr Trump. The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Mr.
  • Trump loyalists stormed the S. Capitol, urged on by the President’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against the election results.

 

TWO INDIAN-AMERICANS IS NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

  • US President-elect Joe Biden named Indian-American Sumona Guha as senior director for South Asia and Tarun Chhabra as senior director for Technology and National Security.
  • Guha was co-chair of the South Asia foreign policy working group on the Biden-Harris campaign and serves on the transition’s State Department Agency Review Team.
  • During the Obama-Biden Administration, Chhabra served on the National Security Council staff as director for Strategic Planning and director for Human Rights and National Security Issues and at the Pentagon as a speechwriter to the Secretary of Defence.

 

FRANCE ORGANISED 'ONE PLANET SUMMIT'

  • The Government of France organised the fourth ‘One Planet Summit’, through videoconferencing, which aimed at protecting the world’s biodiversity.
  • The Summit was organised in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank. The theme of the Summit was “Let’s act together for nature!”
  • It was inaugurated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the World Bank Group David Malpass.

The Summit focused on biodiversity preservation through:

  • The protection of terrestrial and marine ecosystems,
  • The promotion of agroecology,
  • The mobilization of funding for biodiversity, and
  • The link between deforestation, species and human health.

 

UAE & BAHRAIN AS MAJOR STRATEGIC PARTNERS

  • The United States has recently designated the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the “major strategic partners” of the country.
  • This has been announced before the formal transition of the president’s office from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
  • Designation as strategic partners will strengthen the existing partnership between the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Both the countries have been designated for their commitment to countering violent extremism across the region, exceptional security partnership, and exemplified by their hosting thousands of United States airmen, soldiers, marines, and sailors.

 

PAKISTAN PERMITS DUBAI TO HUNT HOUBARA BUSTARD

  • Pakistan has issued special permission to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Dubai Ruler; the crown prince, and 5 members of the royal family for hunting houbara bustard during the 2020-21 hunting season.
  • After the permission, 11 members of the United Arab Emirates’ royal family reached the Panjgur district in Balochistan, Pakistan for hunting the highly vulnerable and internationally protected houbara bustard under Pakistan’s foreign ministry license.
  • This is not the 1st time that Pakistan has allowed royals from the Gulf for hunting houbara bustard. The houbara bustard is a terrestrial bird found in parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

 

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

DAVOS AGENDA SUMMIT OF WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Davos Agenda Summit. The Davos Agenda Summit was organized by the World Economic Forum.
  • The "Great Reset Initiative" of the World Economic Forum will be launched during the Davos Agenda Summit. The theme of the Davos Agenda Summit in 2021 is "Stakeholders Build a Cohesive and Sustainable World".
  • US First: The US priority policy of the United States has caused a huge collapse in international agreements in the past few years. It broke several global agreements including the Paris climate change agreement.
  • Tensions in Iran: Under the authorization of US President Donald Trump, General Qassem Soleimani was killed by US troops in a drone attack. This has exacerbated geopolitical tensions between the United States and Iran.
  • Since the Cold War, Russia's annexation of Crimea has put greater pressure on the tensions between the United States and Russia.
  • In 2021, the World Economic Forum proposed a new bimodal system at its Davos meeting. One of the meetings is the usual Davos Agenda Summit, and the other is the new big reset initiative.

 

NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME IN J&K

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved an ambitious plan to promote industrial development in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
  • The Indian government has allocated 28,400 crore rupees for industrial development planned for Jammu and Kashmir. The funds to be utilized to enhance the industrial sector in the region until 2037.
  • The main purpose of the plan is to create employment opportunities, thereby promoting economic development, and promote the development of industry and service industries. In turn, this will attract new investment.
  • The plan will provide 30% of capital investment incentives in the region. So far, the central government has invested a total of 11.23 billion rupees as part of the industrial policy in Kashmir.

 

KERALA BECOMES 8TH STATE TO ‘EASE OF DOING BUSINESS'

  • Kerala has become the 8th State in the country to successfully undertake “Ease of Doing Business” reform stipulated by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
  • Kerala has become eligible to mobilize additional financial resources of Rs.2,373 crore through Open Market Borrowings. Permission for the same was issued by the Department of Expenditure on 12th January 2021.
  • Kerala has now joined the seven other States namely, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, who have completed this reform.

 

APPOINTMENTS

JAY SHAH NAMED AS REPRESENTATIVE OF BCCI TO ICC

  • Jay Shah has been named as the official representative of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board meetings. Shah is the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • He will replace BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was currently representing India at the ICC Board, but he suffered a heart condition recently and had to be admitted to hospital where he underwent primary angioplasty.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the governing body for cricket in India. The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.
  • President of BCCI: Sourav Ganguly.
  • Headquarters of BCCI: Mumbai, Maharashtra

 

INTEL APPOINTED PAT GELSINGER AS NEW CEO

  • Intel has appointed Pat Gelsinger as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective Feb. 15, 2021. Gelsinger will also join the Intel board of directors upon assuming the role. He will succeed Bob Swan, who will remain CEO until Feb. 15.
  • Gelsinger is an industry veteran with more than four decades of technology and leadership experience, including 30 years at Intel where he began his career.
  • Pat is a proven technology leader with a distinguished track record of innovation, talent development, and deep knowledge of Intel.
  • He will continue a values-based cultural leadership approach with a hyper-focus on operational execution.
  • Intel Founded: 18 July 1968.
  • Intel Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United States.
  • Intel Founders: Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce.

 

KIRAN M. SHAW ELECTED AS ONE OF VICE CHAIR OF USIBC

  • The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has selected three top corporate leaders as the Vice-Chairs of 2021 Global Board of Directors of USIBC with immediate effect.
  • The three new appointees will now work with USIBC President Nisha Biswal and the Council’s policy directors, for strengthening US-India commercial relationship for the future.

The three newly appointed VCs are

  • Biocon Executive Chairperson: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.
  • Amway CEO: Milind Pant.
  • Vice-chair at Nasdaq: Edward Knight.
  • USIBC has strengthened its leadership team as it plans to work with the new Joe Biden-led US administration. The Council advocates for strengthening US-India commercial relationship for the future.

 

AWARDS & HONOURS

26TH KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (KIFF)

  • West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee has inaugurated the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).
  • The inaugural ceremony was also virtually attended by Bollywood superstar and West Bengal’s brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan from Mumbai.
  • Films will be screened at Rabindra Sadan, Nandan, Sisir Mancha and Rabindra Okakura Bhavan in Salt Lake.

               

SPORTS

ODISHA TO HOST 2023 FIH MEN'S HOCKEY WORLD CUP

  • Hockey India and the Odisha government are gearing up to host the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup in 2023 for a record fourth time since the inception of the tournament in 1971.
  • The 2023 FIH Men's Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha from January 13-29, 2023.
  • The hosting of the tournament in 2023 holds great significance, as India will be completing 75 years of independence in 2023 and Hockey India did not want to miss out on the opportunity to showcase the growth of the sport in the country in the landmark year.
  • India had also hosted the 14th edition of the Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018, when all the matches were held at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

 

YONEX THAILAND OPEN BADMINTON TOURNAMENT 2021

  • Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin bolstered her chances of defending her title in Tokyo later this year after claiming the Thailand Open in Bangkok over top seed Tai Tzu-Ying.
  • The Yonex Thailand Open Super 1000 badminton tournament was held from 12 January 2021 to 17 January 2021. It was the first badminton tournament of 2021 by Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • Men’s Category: Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) defeated Angus Long (Hong Kong) to clinch the Men’s Singles Title.
  • Women’s Category: Carolina Marin (Spain) defeated Tai Tzu-Ying (Taiwan) to bag the Women’s Singles Title.
  • Winners of Doubles Title: In the Men’s Doubles, Taiwan’s Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin beat Malaysia’s Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong to bag the Doubles Title.
  • In the Women’s Doubles, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii & Apriyani Rahayu defeated Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul & Rawinda Prajongjai to clinch the Doubles Title.
  • Winners of Mixed Doubles: Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai defeated Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan & Melati Daeva Oktavianti to clinch the mixed doubles title.

 

IMPORTANT DAYS AND DATES

WORLD HINDI DAY CELEBRATED GLOBALLY: 10TH JAN

  • The World Hindi Day is celebrated annually on January 10 since 2006 to promote the language at the global stage.
  • The day marks the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was inaugurated on January 10, 1975, by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
  • It must be noted that the National Hindi Day is celebrated in India on September 14 every year. On that day in 1949, the constituent assembly adopted Hindi, written in Devanagari script, as the official language of the Union.

 

NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY MONTH OF 2021

  • The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways observes the National Road Safety Week every year in the second week of January.
  • However, in 2021, the Government has decided to observe National Road Safety Month instead of National Road Safety Week.
  • Accordingly, the National Road Safety Month will be observed from 18th January, 2021′ to 17th February

 

NATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020: 12TH JANUARY

  • National Youth Day is celebrated in India every year on 12 January to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
  • The day was declared by the Government of India in 1984 while the event was first celebrated in 1985.
  • The main aim behind this is to make sure that the students across the country can be encouraged to learn about the life, the ideas and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and apply them in their lives.
  • In 2021, we are observing 158th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand (12 January 1863). The theme for National Youth Day 2021 is ‘Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building‘.

 

ARMED FORCES VETERANS DAY:. 14TH JANUARY

  • In India, the Armed Forces Veterans Day is observed each year on 14 January since 2017 to acknowledge and honour the selfless devotion and sacrifice of our veterans in the service of the nation.
  • The day was initially called Armistice Day. 2021 marks the 5th Armed Forces Veterans Day.
  • The day is observed as a mark of respect and recognition of the services rendered by Field Marshal KM Cariappa OBE, the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces who retired on 14 January 1953.

 

INDIAN ARMY DAY: 15TH JANUARY

  • The Army Day in India is celebrated on 15 January every year, to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.
  • This year marks the 73rd Indian Army Day. The Army Day is celebrated at all Army Command headquarters to honour our country’s soldiers who set the greatest example of selfless service and brotherhood, and above all, love for the country.
  • The day is marked to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) KM Carriappa took over the command of Army from General Sir FRR Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence.
  • 28th Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

 

JANUARY 23RD TO BE CELEBRATED AS 'PARAKRAM DIWAS'

  • The birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, on January 23, as ‘Parakram Diwas’ every year, the Ministry of Culture announced.
  • The day is celebrated to honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation.
  • Earlier this month, the Ministry of Culture held a high-level committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in a befitting manner.

 

REPORTS AND INDEXES

WORLD FOOD PRICE INDEX RELEASED BY FAO

  • Food Price Index of the Food & Agriculture Organization - FAO averaged 107.5 points in December 2020, which is an increase of 2.3 points from November 2020. This is the 7th consecutive month of growth.
  • The food price index was established in 1996 as a public good. The Price Index is a public good in order to help monitoring the development of the global agricultural market.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations (UN), leading international efforts to eradicate hunger globally. On October 16, World Food Day is observed every year globally. Celebrate this day to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of FAO in 1945.

 

INDIA RANKED 85TH HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX 2021

  • The Henley Passport Index 2021 has been released by Henley & Partners, based on the exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
  • As per the latest report, India has been ranked 85th among 110 countries, in the Henley Passport Index for 2021, with a visa-free score of 58.
  • Japan has once again topped the list of being the most powerful passport in the world, for the third consecutive year.
  • International Air Transport Association Headquarters: Montreal, Canada.

 

INDIA RANKED 4TH IN 'BREAK OUT ECONOMIES'

  • Rapidly digitalising India was ranked 4th in “Break out Economies” in the third edition of the Digital Evolution Scorecard developed by Tufts University’s Fletcher School in partnership with Mastercard.
  • China which leads the countries in the “Break Out Economies” group is more evolved digitally due mainly to its combination of rapidly growing demand and innovation.
  • Third rank Indonesia, and India, which ranks number four in momentum, have displayed increasing digital momentum suggesting the potential to rapidly digitalise for both post-COVID economic recovery and longer-term transformation.
  • “Break Out Economies” are those that are digitalising very quickly and yet have a lot of room to grow before matching those in the developed economies, such as those in Europe and in more developed Asian countries like Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

CABINET APPROVED ACQUISITION OF 83 LCA TEJAS

  • The Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the largest indegenous defence deal worth Rs 48,000 crores to procure 83 LCA Tejas fighters for the Indian Air Force.
  • Under the deal, 73 LCA Tejas Mk-1A fighter aircraft and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 Trainer aircraft will be procured at the cost of 45,696 Crore along with design and development of Infrastructure sanctions at Rs 1,202 Crore.
  • The deal is expected to be signed in the next few days with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It will provide a major boost to the Make in India initiative in defence sector.

 

INDIA'S FIRST 9MM MACHINE PISTOL DEVELOPED BY DRDO

  • India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Infantry School, Mhow and DRDO’s (ARDE), Pune have designed and developed this weapon using their resp ective expertise in the complementary areas.
  • The weapon has been developed in a record time of four months. The weapon is aptly named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect” & “Hard Work”.
  • The Machine Pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft-grade Aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

BOOK RELEASED BY FORMER CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER

  • Former chief election commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi has come out with his book titled “The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India”.
  • The book will hit the stands on February 15, 2021. It has been published by HarperCollins India.
  • The book evaluates India’s demographics from a religious perspective and seeks to demolish two basic myths that ‘Islam is against family planning’ and”Muslim rate of growth” is linked to capture political power.
  • The book is a detailed analysis of the ‘Muslim rate of growth’ in the light of population data and national and international reports. The book examines the crucial and urgent question of the politicisation of demography in India.

 

BOOK RELEASED MANIPUR GOVERNOR 'NAJMA HEPTULLA'

  • Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla has virtually released a book titled “Making of a General-A Himalayan Echo” authored by (Retd) Lt General Konsam Himalaya Singh at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
  • The book elegantly summons the essence and imperatives of superior command of one of the most formidable forces in the world.
  • The book is the memoir of Lt Gen (Dr) Konsam Himalay Singh who has traced his journey from a small village in Manipur to becoming the first person from North East India to hold the rank of a Three-Star General of the Indian Army.
  • The book has also highlighted about Manipur, the “Land of Emeralds”.

 

RAMCHANDRA GUHA'S BOOK 'COMMONWEALTH OF CRICKET'

  • Ramchandra Guha’s latest book ‘The Commonwealth of Cricket’ would be launching virtually in the Tata Literature Live (The Mumbai Lit fest) this month.
  • His latest book juxtaposes his life with his abiding love for the game & this conversation could not come at a better time with India and Australia in the midst of an enthralling test series.
  • In his upcoming book, ‘The commonwealth of cricket: The most subtle and sophisticated game known to mankind’, Guha has penned down his personal account of being intimately involved with the game starting from the time he was a child growing up in Dehradun to his days in college, from his encounters with the best Indian and foreign cricket players to becoming part of the BCCI.
  • As he traces his multifaceted encounters with the game through anecdotes, memoirs and evocative portraits of cricketing legends, he charts the extraordinary social and historical changes that cricket underwent in India and the world.

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