11th October, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary , biomass pellets in the power plants , River Ranching Programme , National Digital Livestock Mission , ‘I-Sprint’21’ – the Global FinTech Hackathon Series , freight trains – “Trishul” and “Garuda” , PM Gati Shakti Yojana – , Three products from Tamil Nadu , ‘Swechha programme’ , Edible Oils and Oilseeds , Malabar exercise , MoU with Germany’s GIZ , MoU for academic collaboration , ‘Forward Action Plan’ , Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021, CSC Grameen eStore, Quantum Communication Lab at Centre for Development of Telematics , CoinSwitch Kuber , Chairman of Press Trust of India, Indian Foreign Services Day , World Hospice and Palliative Care Day , World Mental Health Day , first Meltwater Champions Chess Tour title, 2021 South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship, Indian Premier League 2021, ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22′ , ‘The Custodian of Trust – A Banker’s Memoir, Martin J Sherwin

Bulletins

  1. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has approved the Chhattisgarh government’s proposal to declare the combined areas of the Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve.
  2. Ministry of Power has released the revised guidelines for the use of biomass pellets in the power plants along with coal, to reduce the burning of the biomass pellets by famers.
  3. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has launched a nationwide River Ranching Programme in Uttar Pradesh.
  4. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has launched the National Digital Livestock Mission (NDLM) Blueprint at National Dairy Development Board’s headquarters in Anand, Gujarat.
  5. International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has launched the virtual ‘I-Sprint’21’ – the Global FinTech Hackathon Series – in collaboration with NITI Aayog.
  6. For the first time, the Indian Railways has successfully operated two long haul freight trains – “Trishul” and “Garuda” in the South-Central Railway (SCR).
  7. PM Gati Shakti Yojana – National Master Plan for Multi-Modal Connectivity has been launched for development of infrastructure.
  8. Three products from Tamil Nadu – Karuppur Kalamkari Painting, wood carvings of Kallakurichi, and, Kanniyakumari clove – received GI tag.
  9. Andhra Pradesh has launched ‘Swechha programme’ to distribute quality sanitary napkins to adolescent girls.
  10. The Department of Food and Public Distribution has imposed stock limits on Edible Oils and Oilseeds for a period up to 31st March, 2022.
  11. Malabar exercise between US, India, Japan, and Australia has started in the Bay of Bengal from October 12-15, 2021.
  12. Ministry of Textiles has signed an MoU with Germany’s GIZ for collaboration in cotton industry.
  13. India and Croatia have signed an MoU for academic collaboration in traditional medicine systems, especially in the field of Ayurveda.
  14. India and the United Kingdom have signed a ‘Forward Action Plan’ on power, clean transportation, renewables, green finance, and research as part of the 2030 roadmap.
  15. UN Development Program, in association with Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, has released the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021.
  16. Adani Group has acquired a 10% stake in government promoted CSC SPV’s e-commerce subsidiary CSC Grameen eStore.
  17. Federal Bank has been authorized for collection of Direct and Indirect Taxes, on behalf of CBDT and CBIC.
  18. Exim Bank has given a Line of Credit (LoC) of $200 million to Kyrgyzstan for developmental projects.
  19. Department of Telecommunications has inaugurated the Quantum Communication Lab at Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), New Delhi.
  20. India’s largest crypto exchange CoinSwitch Kuber has appointed Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh as its first brand ambassador.
  21. Aveek Sarkar has been re-appointed as the Chairman of Press Trust of India.
  22. Indian Foreign Services Day is observed on October 9 annually since 2011.
  23. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is observed on October 9.
  24. World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 by WHO.
  25. Magnus Carlsen has won the first Meltwater Champions Chess Tour title.
  26. Sunil Chhetri has broken legendary Brazilian football player Pele’s record during the match against the Maldives in the ongoing 2021 South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship.
  27. Chennai Super Kings has won the Indian Premier League 2021.
  28. ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22′ has been launched at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in Delhi.
  29. Former Chairman of the State Bank of India Rajnish Kumar has come out with his memoir titled ‘The Custodian of Trust – A Banker’s Memoir’.
  30. Pulitzer-winning scholar Martin J Sherwin has passed away.

Table of Content

National News

  1. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has approved the Chhattisgarh government’s proposal to declare the combined areas of the Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve.
      • It will be the Chhattisgarh’s 4th tiger reserve.
      • Other tiger reserves in the state – Udanti-Sitanadi, Achanakmar, and Indravati Reserves.
      • Guru Ghasidas connects Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh and provides a corridor for tigers to move between the Bandhavgarh and Palamau Tiger Reserves.
      • Guru Ghasidas National Park is in Koriya district; Tamor Pingla is in Surajpur district in the northwestern corner of Chhattisgarh.
      • The Guru Ghasidas was the last known habitat of the Asiatic cheetah in the country.
      • Now, there are 53 tiger reserves in India.
  2. Ministry of Power has released the revised guidelines for the use of biomass pellets in the power plants along with coal, to reduce the burning of the biomass pellets by famers.
      • It is mandatory for three categories of thermal power plants to use a 5% blend of biomass pellets along with coal.
      • The policy will come into force in October 2022. This policy would be in force for 25 years or until the useful life of the thermal power plant, whichever is earlier.
      • The policy directs the two categories of power plants to increase the proportion of biomass to 7% within two years.
      • There are 4 main types of coal-fired power station in increasing order of efficiency, which are: subcritical, supercritical, ultra-supercritical and cogeneration (also called combined heat and power or CHP).
  3. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has launched a nationwide River Ranching Programme in Uttar Pradesh.
      • Along with UP, the program has been launched in Orissa, Uttarakhand, Tripura and Chhattisgarh.
      • River ranching programme is a component of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) that aims to enhance fish production and productivity.
      • National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad is the nodal agency for implementing river ranching across the country.
      • This program is a Central Sector Component of the PMMSY. Therefore, the Centre released the Rs 2.81 crores for this program for ranching 97.16 lakh fingerlings.
What is River Ranching?
River Ranching is a form of aquaculture in which a population of a fish species (such as salmon) is held in captivity for the first stage of their lives.
They are then released, and later harvested as adults when they return from the sea to their freshwater birthplace to spawn.
  1. Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has launched the National Digital Livestock Mission (NDLM) Blueprint at National Dairy Development Board’s headquarters in Anand, Gujarat.
      • NDLM is a digital platform, which is based on the Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH) of NDDB.
        • The INAPH application delivers real-time data on livestock breeding, nutrition and health services at farmer’s doorstep.
      • The aim of NDLM is to create a farmer-centric, technology-enabled ecosystem to enhance farmer’s income from livestock activities.
      • The NDLM will provide information on robust animal breeding systems, nutrition, disease surveillance, disease control programmes and a traceability mechanism for animals and animal products.
  2. International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has launched the virtual ‘I-Sprint’21’ – the Global FinTech Hackathon Series – in collaboration with NITI Aayog.
      • “Sprint01: BankTech” – It is the first stage of this hackathon. It focuses on FinTech for the Banking sector. It is jointly organized by IFSCA and GIFT city.
      • Hackathon Partners – ICICI Bank, HSBC Bank, iCreate, Zone Startups and Invest-India.
      • Prize money of Sprint01: BankTech – Rs 24 lakh.
  3. For the first time, the Indian Railways has successfully operated two long haul freight trains“Trishul” and “Garuda” in the South-Central Railway (SCR).
      • Trishul – from Kondapalli station of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh to Khurda in Odisha.
      • Garuda – from Raichur in Karnataka to the Manuguru in Secunderabad, Telangana.
  4. PM Gati Shakti YojanaNational Master Plan for Multi-Modal Connectivity has been launched for development of infrastructure.
      • Total budget – Rs 100 lakh crores
      • The scheme will subsume the Rs 110 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline that was launched in 2019.
      • The project will have an integrated approach. A portal will be developed for facilitating inter-ministerial, inter-departmental, and inter-organization cooperation for developing infrastructure projects.
PM Gati Shakti Yojana launched

State News

  1. Three products from Tamil Nadu – Karuppur Kalamkari Painting, wood carvings of Kallakurichi, and, Kanniyakumari clove – received GI tag.
      • Black soil in the hilly regions of Western Ghats is appropriate for this clove.
  2. Andhra Pradesh has launched ‘Swechha programme’ to distribute quality sanitary napkins to adolescent girls.

Agriculture & Rural Development

  1. The Department of Food and Public Distribution has imposed stock limits on Edible Oils and Oilseeds for a period up to 31st March, 2022.
      • Future trading on Mustard Oil and Oilseeds was suspended in National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) w.e.f., 8 October, 2021.
      • Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Specified Foodstuffs (Amendment) Order, 2021 has been issued with immediate effect.

DefenceNews

  1. Malabar exercise between US, India, Japan, and Australia has started in the Bay of Bengal from October 12-15, 2021.
      • The first phase of the Malabar exercise was conducted in the Philippines Sea from August 26 to August 29.
      • The 25th edition of Malabar exercises is being conducted in two phases.

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Ministry of Textiles has signed an MoU with Germany’s GIZ for collaboration in cotton industry.
      • The collaboration focuses on increasing the value addition from sustainable cotton production in India by focusing on sustainable cotton and strengthening downstream processing.
      • It is focussing on 4 majorly cotton-producing states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
      • Goals – It aims at increasing the volume of cotton production to at least 90,000 hectares with the participation of 1.50 lakh cotton farmers and yield increase by 10%.
      • India is the largest cotton producer in the world and also the second-largest consumer with an estimated consumption of 303 lakh bales.
  2. India and Croatia have signed an MoU for academic collaboration in traditional medicine systems, especially in the field of Ayurveda.
      • The MoU was signed between the All India Institute of Ayurveda and Croatia’s Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster.
      • AIIA is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ayush.
      • The MoU aims at promoting academic research, clinical and educational activities, medical education, training, and competency building.
      • The MoU was signed during the first International Yoga and Ayurveda Conference in Zagreb, Croatia earlier this week.
  3. India and the United Kingdom have signed a ‘Forward Action Plan’ on power, clean transportation, renewables, green finance, and research as part of the 2030 roadmap.
      • This was discussed at the 3rd India-UK Energy for Growth Partnership – Ministerial Energy Dialogue.
      • The plan encompasses a range of topics including smart grids, energy storage, green hydrogen, charging infrastructure, and battery storage.
      • The UK had earlier announced a $1.2 billion package of public and private investment in green and renewable energy projects and expressed its willingness for collaborating with India on green hydrogen.

Reports & Indices

  1. UN Development Program, in association with Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, has released the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021.
      • Title – Global Multidimensional Poverty Index: Unmasking Disparities By Ethnicity, Caste And Gender
Global scenario:
• Total – 109 developing countries
• Parameters –
Multidimensional Poverty Index
• Results –
⚬ A total of 1.3 billion people are multidimensionally poor.
⚬ About half of them, 644 million, are children under age 18; and nearly 85% live in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.
⚬ Top 5 countries with highest population facing MPI –
■ India - 381 million people
■ Nigeria – 93 million people
■ Pakistan – 83 million people
■ Ethiopia – 77 million people
■ Democratic Republic of Congo - 56 million people
• MPI and Gender -
⚬ 836 million multidimensionally poor people (2/3rd of total) live in households in which no girl or woman has completed at least six years of schooling.
⚬ Of these, highest number of households are in Sub-Saharan Africa (363 million), and South Asia (350 million).
⚬ Country-wise: -
■ India – 227 million households
■ Pakistan – 71 million households
■ Ethiopia – 59 million households
■ Nigeria – 54 million households
■ China – 32 million households
■ Bangladesh – 30 million households
■ Democratic Republic of Congo – 27 million households
• Time Period - The survey has assessed every country for a different time period, for which the data was available to the UNDP. For e.g., China’s MPI assessment was made for 2014, India’s for 2015-16, Pakistan’s for 2017-2018, Bangladesh’s for 2014, so on.
India’s scenario:
• India’s score – 0.123
Percentage of people in multidimensional poverty – 27.9%
• These numbers belong to 2015-2016.
• Percentage of people as per national poverty line (2009 to 2019) – 21.9%
Poverty Index India's scenario
• MPI and Caste:
⚬ In India, 5 out of 6 multidimensionally poor people belong to lower tribes or castes.
⚬ Scheduled Tribes are the worst affected population in terms of multidimensional poverty.
⚬ STs account for 9.4% (or 129 million) of the population, out of which 65 million people are living in multidimensional poverty.
⚬ After STs, Scheduled Castes are the second most affected multidimensional poor community in India.
MPI and Caste Mulitdimensional Poverty Index
• India has the highest population of multidimensionally poor people at 381 million.
• In terms of gender, India has the highest population of households, where not even a single female has completed six years of schooling at 227 million.

Banking & Economy

  1. Adani Group has acquired a 10% stake in government promoted CSC SPV’s e-commerce subsidiary CSC Grameen eStore.
      • CSC SPV created the CSC Grameen e-store in which Tata Digital bought 5% a year ago, HDFC bank 1.5% and Adani Group being the latest investor.
  2. Federal Bank has been authorized for collection of Direct and Indirect Taxes, on behalf of CBDT and CBIC.
      • RBI has authorised the bank by RBI, based on the recommendation of Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance.
      • Federal Bank has upgraded its FedMobile app.
  3. Exim Bank has given a Line of Credit (LoC) of $200 million to Kyrgyzstan for developmental projects.
  4. Department of Telecommunications has inaugurated the Quantum Communication Lab at Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), New Delhi.
      • C-DoT is an autonomous R&D centre of the Dept of Telecom.
      • The government has allocated USD 1 billion for the National Mission on Quantum Technologies and Applications spanning over a period of 8 years.

Appointments

  1. India’s largest crypto exchange CoinSwitch Kuber has appointed Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh as its first brand ambassador.
      • The actor featured for CoinSwitch’s ongoing ‘Kuch Toh Badlega’ (something will change) campaign.
      • Recently, Amitabh Bachchan was appointed as the brand ambassador of CoinDCX.
  2. Aveek Sarkar has been re-appointed as the Chairman of Press Trust of India.

Important Days

  1. Indian Foreign Services Day is observed on October 9 annually since 2011.
      • IFS was created on October 9, 1946.
  2. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is observed on October 9.
      • Palliative care – care for the terminally ill and their families, especially that provided by an organized health service.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  1. World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 by WHO.
      • Campaign slogan of WHO – Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality
      • Theme as per Pan American Health Organization – Mental Health in An Unequal World

Sports

  1. Magnus Carlsen has won the first Meltwater Champions Chess Tour title.
  2. Sunil Chhetri has broken legendary Brazilian football player Pele’s record during the match against the Maldives in the ongoing 2021 South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship.
      • Pele had scored 77 goals and Chhetri had scored 79 international goals.
  3. Chennai Super Kings has won the Indian Premier League 2021.
  4. ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22′ has been launched at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in Delhi.
      • The Hockey league is being organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), in association with the Delhi Hockey Federation.
      • It will have a total of 36 teams competing for the trophy and more teams can also participate in later stages.

Miscellaneous

  1. Former Chairman of the State Bank of India Rajnish Kumar has come out with his memoir titled ‘The Custodian of Trust – A Banker’s Memoir’.
  2. Pulitzer-winning scholar Martin J Sherwin has passed away.

Start Quiz of 11th October 2021

Q.1) Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary is the 4th tiger reserve of which state?
Q.2) Which among the following is a GI tag product from Tamil Nadu?
Q.3) With which country has Ministry of Textiles signed an MoU for collaboration in cotton industry?
Q.4) Which country has signed an MoU with India for academic collaboration in traditional medicine systems, especially in the field of Ayurveda?
Q.5) Who has been appointed as the brand ambassador of CoinSwitch Kuber?
Q.6) In which state has the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying launched the River Ranching Programme?
Q.7) ‘I-Sprint’21’ – the Global FinTech Hackathon Series – has been launched by International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA). On which sector is the first component of the hackathon series focussed?
Q.8) With which country has India signed a ‘Forward Action Plan’ on power, clean transportation, renewables, green finance, and research?
Q.9) What is India’s score in the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021?
Q.10) What is the number of households, where not even a single female has completed six years of schooling, in India, as per the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021?
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