14th July, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – India’s first green Hydrogen Mobility project , Cabinet Committees , ‘Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Widows Support Scheme, Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021, first Union Territory to vaccinate all residents , Ashadhi Bij , Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority , reopening of schools , first country to adopt India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) standards for its quick response (QR) code, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, digitalisation of mine process, Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka , ‘Riding Free: An Olympic Journey’ book , ‘The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India’ book

Bulletins

  1. India’s first green Hydrogen Mobility project will be established in Ladakh by NTPC REL (renewable energy arm of NTPC).
  2. Union govt has reorganized Cabinet Committees and included new members into the committees.
  3. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma has launched the ‘Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Widows Support Scheme’ to provide Rs 2.5 lakh to each widow who lost their husband due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  4. Assam govt has recently presented Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021.
  5. Ladakh has become the first Union Territory to vaccinate all residents and the ‘guest population’, consisting of migrant labourers, hotel workers and Nepalese citizens who are earning their livelihood here, with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
  6. Ashadhi Bij is the Kutchi New Year. It falls on the second day of Shukla paksha of Ashada month of Hindu calendar.
  7. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed an MoU with National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) for increasing exports potential of agricultural and processed food products of cooperatives as well Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
  8. UNESCO has partnered with Uber to offer 1 million rides to teachers around the world to and from vaccination appointments to support the reopening of schools and to protect teachers and their communities.
  9. Bhutan has become the first country to adopt India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) standards for its quick response (QR) code.
  10. UN has released “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” report
  11. State-run Coal India Ltd has appointed Accenture Solutions as consultant for digitalisation of mine process.
  12. Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy (from Bengaluru) has been appointed as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka for a period of 3 years.
  13. ‘Riding Free: An Olympic Journey’ book has been written by Imtiaz Anees (Indian Equestrian – horse riding).
  14. ‘The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India’ book has been written by Vijay Gokhale.

Table of Content

National News

  1. India’s first green Hydrogen Mobility project will be established in Ladakh by NTPC REL (renewable energy arm of NTPC).
      • For this project, NTPC REL and Ladakh have signed an MoU.
      • Under the project, NTPC plans to ply 5 hydrogen buses, in the beginning, in the region and then will be setting up a solar plant and a green hydrogen generation unit in Leh.
      • This project makes Leh as the first city in the country to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project, which would be zero emission mobility in true sense.
      • NTPC has also inaugurated its first solar installations in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar car port.
      • NTPC has set a target of achieving 60GW renewables capacity by 2032.
  2. Union govt has reorganized Cabinet Committees and included new members into the committees.
Name of the Committee Head of the Committee Total Members of the Committee (including heads) New members
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet Prime Minister 2 (Amit Shah is the other member) -
Cabinet Committee on Accommodation Shri Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs; and Minister of Cooperation 5 + 1 special invitees Hardeep Singh Puri
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Prime Minister 9 -
Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs Shri Raj Nath Singh, Minister of Defence. 8 + 2 special invitees Virendra Kumar Kiren Rijiju Anurag Singh Thakur
Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs Prime Minister 13 Smriti Irani Bhupendra Yadav Sarbananda Sonowal
Cabinet Committee on Security Prime Minister 5 -
Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth Prime Minister 9 Narayan Tatu Rane Jyotiraditya Scindia Ashwini Vaishnav
Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development Prime Minister 10 + 3 special invitees Special invitees - Ramchandra Prasad Singh Gangapuram Kishan Reddy

State News

  1. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma has launched the ‘Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Widows Support Scheme’ to provide Rs 2.5 lakh to each widow who lost their husband due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
      • The widow must belong to the low-income group with an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh to claim benefits.
      • The government has already launched the Sishu Seva Scheme to secure the academic future of children who have lost both their parents due to Covid-19.
      • Under the ‘Sishu Seva Scheme’, an amount of Rs 7,81,200 is deposited in the bank as a fixed deposit in the name of each beneficiary under the scheme.
      • Out of this FD, a monthly financial assistance of Rs 3500 will be given to the beneficiaries till they attain 24 years of age.
      • On turning 24, the principal amount of the fixed deposit would be credited to their bank accounts.
  2. Assam govt has recently presented Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021.
      • Under this bill, no cattle slaughter, beef production, and their subsequent sales will be allowed in Hindu and Buddhist majority regions.
      • There are various states that have cattle slaughter prevention bills or acts in place already but this is the first bill that prohibits cattle slaughter in specific regions within the state.
  3. Ladakh has become the first Union Territory to vaccinate all residents and the ‘guest population’, consisting of migrant labourers, hotel workers and Nepalese citizens who are earning their livelihood here, with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Ladakh Report
  1. Ashadhi Bij is the Kutchi New Year. It falls on the second day of Shukla paksha of Ashada month of Hindu calendar.

Agriculture and Rural Development

  1. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed an MoU with National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) for increasing exports potential of agricultural and processed food products of cooperatives as well Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
      • Under the MoU, all the APEDA registered exporters will get benefit of all the govt schemes, implemented by NAFED.
      • The MoU also envisages ensuring sustainability and growth of exports by Cooperatives by addressing issues such as technology, skill, quality products and market access.

International News

  1. UNESCO has partnered with Uber to offer 1 million rides to teachers around the world to and from vaccination appointments to support the reopening of schools and to protect teachers and their communities.
      • This is under the Global Education Coalition.
      • Uber has committed to provide 10 million free or discounted rides to help make sure that transportation is not a barrier to getting the vaccine.
      • The 1 million rides will be available for teachers in the following 20 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UK, Ukraine, USA.
  2. About the Global Education Coalition:

      • The Global Education Coalition was launched by UNESCO last year.
      • It is a platform to protect the right to education during this pandemic and beyond.
      • It brings together more than 175 members from the UN family, civil society, academia and the private sector to ensure that #LearningNeverStops.
      • As a member of the Global Education Coalition, Uber worked with UNESCO and its partners during the first wave of COVID-19 to deliver meals to the hardest hit students in countries such as the UK, Kenya, Mexico and Colombia.
  3. Bhutan has become the first country to adopt India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) standards for its quick response (QR) code.
      • Bhutan is also the first country in India’s immediate neighbourhood to accept mobile-based payments through the BHIM App.
      • Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is India’s digital payment application that works through UPI, which is an instant real-time payment system.
      • The UPI enables multiple bank accounts into a single mobile application.

Reports & Indices

  1. UN has released “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” report
      • The report was jointly prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
      • Nearly 2.37 billion people did not have access to adequate food in 2020 – an increase of 320 million people in just one year.
      • 720-811 million people in the world were facing hunger in 2020, in comparison to 2019.
      • Considering the middle of the projected range (768 million), around 118 million more people were facing hunger in 2020 than in 2019 – or as many as 161 million more, considering the upper bound of the range.
      • More than half of the world’s undernourished are found in Asia (418 million) and more than one-third in Africa (282 million).
      • Africa recorded the sharpest increase in hunger with 21% of the people on the continent facing hunger. This represents an increase of 3% in one year.
UN Report
    • Malnutrition among U-5 children also increased:
Stunting Wasting Obesity
Children with Stunting (shortness of height in comparison to age) – 149.2 million (22% of total children in the world) Children with Wasting (less weight in comparison to age) – 45.4 million (6.7% of global children) Children with problem of overweight – 38.9 million (5.7% of global children)
The prevalence of stunting has decreased from 33.1% in 2000 to 26.2% in 2012 and further to 22% in 2020. In 2020, nearly three-quarters of the world’s stunted children lived in just two regions: Central and Southern Asia (37%) and sub-Saharan Africa (37%). Nearly one-quarter lived in sub-Saharan Africa and more than half lived in Southern Asia, the subregion with the highest prevalence of wasting – above 14%. There has been little change at global level in two decades – 5.7% in 2020 compared with 5.4% in 2000, and trends in some regions and in many settings are on the rise.
    • The high cost of healthy diet is preventing almost 3 billion people in the world from obtaining healthy diets.
    • All other things constant, around 660 million people may still face hunger in 2030 in part due to lasting effects of the pandemic on global food security. If the pandemic did not happen, then 630 million people would face hunger in 2030.

Banking & Economy

  1. State-run Coal India Ltd has appointed Accenture Solutions as consultant for digitalisation of mine process.
      • In a first of its kind venture, Accenture would lead and support the implementation of digitalisation and process excellence while assuring 100 million tonnes (MT) increased coal output from the identified mines.
      • The consultant assures an increased quantity of 100 MT coal by end of FY’23.

Appointments

  1. Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy (from Bengaluru) has been appointed as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka for a period of 3 years.
      • He is the first Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in India.
      • He will focus on promoting trade, economics, investment, tourism, educational and cultural cooperation between Vietnam and the State of Karnataka.

Miscellaneous

  1. Riding Free: An Olympic Journey’ book has been written by Imtiaz Anees (Indian Equestrian – horse riding).
‘Riding Free Book
  1. ‘The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India’ book has been written by Vijay Gokhale.

Start Quiz of 14th July 2021

Q.1) Where is India’s first green Hydrogen Mobility project being developed?
Q.2) How many cabinet committees are there in the Union Cabinet?
Q.3) Which state has launched the 'Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Widows Support Scheme' to provide Rs 2.5 lakh to each widow who lost their husband due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
Q.4) With which company has UNESCO partnered to offer 1 million rides to teachers around the world to and from vaccination appointments to support the reopening of schools and to protect teachers and their communities?
Q.5) Which has become the first country to adopt BHIM-UPI?
Q.6) Ashadhi Bij is the new year of which of the following community in India?
Q.7) How many people may still face hunger in 2030, as per ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’?
Q.8) Which company has been chosen by Coal India as the consultant for digitalisation of mine process?
Q.9) Who has been appointed as the first Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in India?
Q.10) Who is the author of ‘Riding Free: An Olympic Journey'?
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