Current Affairs 2021

Bhupendra Patel sworn-in as new Gujarat Chief Minister [13 Sep 2021]

The Patidar face who is a first-time MLA became the 17th CM of Gujarat as he succeeded Vijay Rupani as the next chief minister, two days after his sudden resignation from the post. Patel, 59, was unanimously elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party leader on September 12 and was sworn in as Gujarat’s new Chief Minister by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a low-key ceremony held in Gandhinagar.

Ex-M&M MD Pawan Goenka appointed chairperson of In-SPACe [11 Sep 2021]

Former managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra Pawan Kumar Goenka has been appointed as the chairperson of the Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (In-SPACe). IN-SPACe functions as an independent nodal agency under the Department of Space, Government of India. Goenka's appointment at the helm of the space agency was reportedly cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet earlier this week.

SJVN has been conferred with Dun & Bradstreet – Corporate Award 2021 [03 Sep 2021]

SJVN has been conferred with the prestigious Dun & Bradstreet – Corporate Award 2021 in the category of Best Growth Performance-Power. The award has been presented at a virtual conference titled India’s Top 500 Companies 2021. The event was attended by Guest of Honour Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), and Special Guest Dr Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. The event showcased the performances of front runners among Indian Corporates.

Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft, designed and developed by CSIR-NAL [03 Sep 2021]

Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft, designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore a constituent lab of CSIR, has successfully made its maiden flight on 3 September 2021. Capt. Amit Dahiya, the test pilot, who has flown the maiden flight has expressed his happiness and told that all the flight parameters were found normal and it is a Text Book flight. The unique features of Hansa-NG are a glass cockpit with cabin comfort, high efficient digitally controlled engine, electrically operated flaps, Long endurance, low acquisition, and Low operating cost.CSIR-NAL has already received 72 Letters of Intent from various Flying Clubs and the aircraft will be certified within the next 4 months before it gets inducted into service. The flight was monitored in telemetry by senior officers and scientists/engineers from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC), and CSIR-NAL.

Powergrid Wins the Prestigious global ATD Best Award [02 Sep 2021]

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna CPSU under the Ministry of Power, Government of India has been awarded the coveted “Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2021 BEST Award” securing 8th rank among the 71 organizations from around the globe, thus becoming the only PSU to win this award and one of the only two companies of India in Top 20. The Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD) is the world's largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations and ATD’s BEST Award is the talent development industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition. The global program recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development.

Chandigarh Railway Station awarded 5-Star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification by FSSAI [02 Sep 2021]

Indian Railways’ Chandigarh Railway Station has been awarded a 5- star 'Eat Right Station' certification for providing high-quality, nutritious food to passengers. This certification is granted by FSSAI to railway stations adhering to standard food storage and hygiene practices. The 'Eat Right Station' certification is awarded by FSSAI to railway stations that set benchmarks in providing safe and wholesome food to passengers. The station is awarded a certificate upon a conclusion of an FSSAI-empanelled third-party audit agency with ratings from 1 to 5. The 5-star rating indicates exemplary efforts by stations to ensure safe and hygienic food is available to passengers.

Sumit Antil wins F64 Javelin Throw gold medal [30 Aug 2021]

Sumit Antil set three world records on his way to winning the men’s Javelin Throw F64 gold medal on debut in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He dominated the competition with the four best throws by any competitor, finally writing the world record at 68.55m with his fifth attempt.

Avani Lekhara becomes the first Indian woman in history to win a Paralympic Gold medal in shooting [30 Aug 2021]

Avani Lekhara, 19-year-old para shooter, made history by winning the elusive Tokyo Paralympic Games gold. Competing in her maiden Paralympics, Avani shot 249.6 points in the R2 women’s 10m air rifle SH1 category for a Paralympic Record and equal the World Record. Earlier, Avani who works as an Assistant Conservator of Forests in Rajasthan and trains at the JDA Shooting Range in Jaipur, shot 621.7 points to finish seventh in qualification and secure a place in the final. She has been wheelchair-bound since a road accident in 2012. The school topper believes life is not about holding good cards but playing well with those one holds.

Tokyo Paralympics: India's Bhavinaben Patel wins silver medal [29 Aug 2021]

Indian table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel has won a historic silver medal in her maiden Paralympic Games. With this medal, the Indian team opened its account at the Tokyo Games.

Tokyo Paralympics: Nishad Kumar wins silver in men’s high jump T47 event [29 Aug 2021]

India’s Nishad Kumar clinched a silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event in the Paralympics with an Asian record effort. The 21-year-old Kumar cleared 2.06m to win the silver and set an Asian record.

Rohit Chamoli clinches gold for India in Asian Junior Boxing Championships [29 Aug 2021]

National champion Rohit Chamoli (48kg) defeated Mongolia’s Otgonbayar Tuvshinzaya in an intense final to clinch the gold in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai.

Vinod Kumar wins bronze medal [29 Aug 2021]

India’s Vinod Kumar bagged the bronze medal in men’s discus throw F52 event in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, adding a third medal to the country's tally. Vinod Kumar, too, set an Asian record with a throw of 19.91m.

PM launches Ujjwala 2.0 from Mahoba Uttar Pradesh [10 Aug 2021]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana - PMUY) by handing over LPG connections, at Mahoba Uttar Pradesh via video conferencing. During the event, the Prime Minister interacted with beneficiaries of the Ujjwala.

Neeraj Chopra wins a historic gold medal Tokyo Olympics 2020 [07 Aug 2021]

Neeraj Chopra won a historic gold medal in an athletics event at the Tokyo Olympic Games as he topped the men’s javelin throw final. He has become India's first Olympic medalist from athletics in the finals of the men's javelin throw at Tokyo Olympics 2020. He has also joined Abhinav Bindra as India's only second Indian athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event.

Brazil beat Spain 2-1 after extra time to win gold medal [07 Aug 2021]

Brazil defeated Spain 2-1 after extra time to win the Olympic men's football gold medal at the Tokyo Games after the game finished 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes. Mexico beat Japan to secure the bronze.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins bronze for India [07 Aug 2021]

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won the bronze medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov 8-0 in men's 65kg wrestling.

India win bronze in men’s hockey [05 Aug 2021]

India men's hockey team win bronze by beating mighty Germany 5-4, breaking their 41-year long medal drought at the Olympics.

KVIC’s Unique Plastic-Mixed Handmade Paper gets Patent for Invention [05 Aug 2021]

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has secured Patent registration for its innovative Plastic-mixed Handmade Paper developed to reduce plastic menace from nature. The patent certificate was issued to KVIC’s Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI), Jaipur, on 2nd August 2021, by the Controller of Patent, Intellectual Property of India. The idea of developing plastic-mixed handmade paper was invented in September 2018, and in just two months, i.e. in November 2018, the project was executed by the team of scientists at KNHPI. The plastic-mixed handmade paper was developed under Project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic from Nature). This is the first of its kind project in India, where plastic waste is de-structured, degraded, diluted and used with paper pulp while making handmade paper and thus reduces plastic waste from nature. The invention is aligned with the Prime Minister’s call for fighting the menace of single-use plastic.

VOC Port, the first Major Port to launch e-cars [05 Aug 2021]

The first batch of three e-cars was flagged off at the VO Chidambaranar Port Trust. These Tata Xpres-T electric vehicles have been supplied by M/s. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Joint venture of Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), under the Ministry of Power, on a wet-lease basis, for a period of 6 years. Three more e-cars will be deployed in near future. As a part of the wet-lease agreement, EESL will also be providing Charging points at the Port, Insurance, Registration, deployment of drivers, and maintenance of the vehicles. VOC Port will pay monthly recurring costs to EESL. The EVs being deployed comprise a 21.50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, capable of powering the vehicle for 231 Kilometres in a single charge. The battery pack would be powered by an AC charger set-up that can simultaneously charge three cars (3 outputs) at a time with an output power rating of 3.3kW per car. The charger set-up would be able to charge the battery from 0 to 100% in 8 hours. With zero tailpipe emission, each electric vehicle would reduce the GHG footprint by more than 1.5 Tonnes of CO2 every year.

Lovlina Borgohain ends with bronze medal in boxing [04 Aug 2021]

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) signed off with a bronze medal in the Olympic Games after a comprehensive 0-5 loss to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli.

COMMENCEMENT OF SEA TRIALS OF INDIGENOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIER (IAC) ‘VIKRANT’ [04 Aug 2021]

Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) ‘Vikrant’ designed by Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Design(DND) is being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited(CSL), a Public Sector Shipyard under Ministry of Shipping(MoS). IAC is a leading example of the nation’s quest for “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” with more than 76% indigenous content. This is the maiden attempt of the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard to indigenously design and build an Aircraft Carrier. The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is 262 m long, 62 m at the widest part and height of 59 m including the superstructure. There are 14 decks in all, including five in the superstructure. The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers. The ship has been designed with a very high degree of automation for machinery operation, ship navigation and survivability, ‘Vikrant’ has a top speed of around 28 knots and cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. The ship can accommodate an assortment of fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

PM launches digital payment solution e-RUPI [02 Aug 2021]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the digital payment solution e-RUPI, a person and purpose-specific digital payment solution, today via video conference. e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment. Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said that the eRUPI voucher is going to play a huge role in making DBT more effective in digital transactions in the country and will give a new dimension to digital governance. This will help everyone in targeted, transparent, and leakage-free delivery. He said e-RUPI is a symbol of how India is progressing by connecting people’s lives with technology.

Government has declared 23rd January as Parakram Diwas to commemorate 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose [02 Aug 2021]

The government of India is celebrating the 125th Birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Inaugural function of 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was organized at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata on 23rd January 2021 which was presided over by Hon’ble Prime Minister. Commemorative coins and stamps on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were released on the occasion. International Seminars were also organized on the 23rd January 2021 at Kolkata and 5th March 2021 at Jabalpur under the above commemoration. A high-Level Committee under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Prime Minister has been constituted for the commemoration. The Committee includes distinguished persons, historians, authors, experts, family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as well as eminent persons associated with Azad Hind Fauz (INA). A gazette notification was issued on 19th Jan 2021 on a declaration of 23rd January as Parakram Diwas every year.

Shri Deepak Das takes charge as new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) [01 Aug 2021]

Shri Deepak Das took charge as the new Controller General of Accounts. Shri Deepak Das is the 25th officer to hold the position of Controller General of Accounts (CGA). Shri Deepak Das, a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer, is appointed by the Government of India as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, with effect from August 1, 2021.

Shri Deepak Das takes charge as new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) [01 Aug 2021]

Shri Deepak Das took charge as the new Controller General of Accounts. Shri Deepak Das is the 25th officer to hold the position of Controller General of Accounts (CGA). Shri Deepak Das, a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer, is appointed by the Government of India as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, with effect from August 1, 2021.

Shuttler P V Sindhu bags bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics [01 Aug 2021]

Indian shuttler P V Sindhu won the bronze medal in the women’s single match in Tokyo Olympics today. PV Sindhu defeated He Bing Jiao of China by 21-13 and 21-15 in the bronze medal match and became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Sindhu won silver in Rio 2016.

Mumbai-born Shailesh G Jejurikar, the newly appointed P&G global COO [31 Jul 2021]

Procter & Gamble has announced the appointment of Shailesh G Jejurikar as its global COO. This is the first time an Indian has been given the role at the US-based company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. 54 years old Jejurikar, whose appointment is effective from October 1, will report to Jon R. Moeller, the new CEO of P&G, in his new role. Moeller, currently, is Vice Chairman and Chief Operation Officer at the company.

Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka [28 Jul 2021]

Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. The 61-year-old leader was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan, Bangalore.

Kandla becomes first Green SEZ [26 Jul 2021]

Kandla SEZ (KASEZ) was awarded IGBC Platinum Rating. KASEZ is the First Green SEZ to achieve the IGBC Green Cities Platinum Rating for Existing Cities. The plaque was presented to the KASEZ team. The efforts of the KASEZ team were applauded especially noting the fact that this was accomplished in the Bhuj region where water conservation and afforestation are critical interventions. This was a major achievement and is part of activities envisaged under the commitment of the Government to the Green SEZs Mission as part of celebrations marking India@75 - Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav. 

India gets its 39th World Heritage Site [25 Jul 2021]

India’s nomination of Rudreswara Temple, (also known as the Ramappa Temple) at Palampet, Mulugu district, near Warangal in the state of Telangana has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The decision was taken at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. Ramappa Temple, a 13th-century engineering marvel named after its architect, Ramappa, was proposed by the government as its only nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage site tag for the year 2019.

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