15th July, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – Integrated Real-Time Enterprise Management System (iDREAMS) , India’s largest single solar park at Rann of Kutch , External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has visited Georgia and Russia, Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University , Atal Innovation Mission , Women’s Empowerment Principles in India, Comprehensive Scheme for development of Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and PACS (Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies), Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency , United Nations World Food Programme , Targeted Public Distribution System , world’s first commercial small modular reactor, UN Convention on Biological Diversity , Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited , China-India bilateral trade in the first half of 2021 , PM of Nepal, Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS)’s Literary Award for 2021, BWF’s World Badminton Championships in 2026, fastest cricketer to make centuries in 14 ODI matches, ‘UNTOLD stories’ of Haryana Police, ‘Urdu Poets and Writers – Gems of Deccan’, new species of plant in Antarctica

Bulletins

  1. National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has announced to implement an Integrated Real-Time Enterprise Management System (iDREAMS) to bring digital transformation in the way rail assets are being managed in the country.
  2. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has given approval to the NTPC Renewable Energy ltd (a 100% subsidiary of NTPC) to set up India’s largest single solar park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat.
  3. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has visited Georgia and Russia.
  4. Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) has signed an MoU with HI-NO-DE Foundation and Ichishin Holdings Co. Ltd. for training its students in Japan.
  5. T-Hub has partnered with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the healthcare sector.
  6. Interweave (diversity consulting organisation) has partnered with UN Women to enable corporates implement Women’s Empowerment Principles in India.
  7. Manipur has launched Comprehensive Scheme for development of Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and PACS (Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies).
  8. In Kerala, NABARD has sanctioned four projects on the occasion of its 40th foundation day (estb. 12 July 1982).
  9. Ladakh has signed an MoU with Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SOCCA) to turn the Union Territory into an organic entity by 2025.
  10. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in India and the Rajasthan government have partnered to improve the Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) in the state.
  11. China has begun the construction of the world’s first commercial small modular reactor ‘Linglong One’ at the Changjiang Nuclear Power Plant in the country’s Hainan Province.
  12. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework that will provide an action framework for preserving and protecting nature and its essential services to people by 2030.
  13. Thailand based Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSP) has bought 41.6% stake in India’s Avaada Energy Private Limited at an enterprise value of THB 14,825 million.
  14. According to data released by China’s Customs, the China-India bilateral trade in the first half of 2021 (Jan-Jun) reached $57.48 billion, up 62.7% year on year.
  15. Sher Bahardur Deuba has sworn in as the new PM of Nepal.
  16. Journalist and playwright Omchery N N Pillai has been selected for the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS)’s Literary Award for 2021.
  17. India will host the BWF’s World Badminton Championships in 2026.
  18. Babar Azam (Pakistani cricketer) become the fastest cricketer to make centuries in 14 ODI matches.
  19. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar unveiled a Coffee Table Book titled ‘UNTOLD stories’ of Haryana Police.
  20. Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu received the book ‘Urdu Poets and Writers – Gems of Deccan’ authored by senior journalist, Shri J.S. Ifthekhar.
  21. Indian polar biologists from the Central University of Punjab have discovered a new species of plant in Antarctica.

Table of Content

National News

  1. National Capital Regional Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has announced to implement an Integrated Real-Time Enterprise Management System (iDREAMS) to bring digital transformation in the way rail assets are being managed in the country.
      • The iDREAMS system, aimed to bring about revolution in the rail industry, will help to predict, identify, rectify or remove any risks or shortcomings related to its wide range of assets.
      • Asset management is a systematic process of developing, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets in the most cost-effective manner.
      • iDREAMS system will also help in improving the safety standards of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor, supporting economic growth and minimizing environmental impact by reducing any form of wastage.
  2. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has given approval to the NTPC Renewable Energy ltd (a 100% subsidiary of NTPC) to set up India’s largest single solar park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat.
      • The park will have a capacity of 4750 MW.
      • At present, Bhadla in Rajasthan (2.2 Gw) and Pavgada in Karnataka (2.05 Gw) are among the world’s largest single location solar plants.
  3. Additional Facts:

      • NTPC Ltd aims to build 60 GW Renewable Energy Capacity by 2032.
      • NTPC has also commissioned India’s largest Floating Solar of 10 MW (ac) on the reservoir of Simhadri Thermal Power Plant, Andhra Pradesh.
      • Further, a 100 MW Floating Solar Project on the reservoir of Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant, Telangana is in the advanced stage of implementation.
      • In the Rann of Kutch only, world’s largest hybrid (solar-wind) renewable energy park is also being developed. It will have a capacity of 30,000 MW (or 30 GW).
  4. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has visited Georgia and Russia.
Visit to Georgia:
• It was the first visit of an Indian External Minister to Georgia since it gained its independence from USSR in 1991. In Georgia, he invited companies to invest in India.
• He handed over a relic of the St. Queen Ketevan to the government. The relic was brought in Goa in 1627 and interred in St. Augustine Complex in Old Goa.
• India and Georgia agreed to strengthen their ties for economic cooperation, trade and connectivity.
Mr Jaishankar also congratulated Darpan Prasher (Vice President at Indian Chamber of Commerce in Georgia) for winning the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.
Georgia Capital – Tbilisi
Currency - Georgian lari
PM - Irakli Garibashvili
Visit to Russia:
• Both sides discussed situation of Afghanistan.
India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) meeting was also held.
• Both countries announced to set up the first ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in 2021.
• 2+2 dialogue is annual summit which will take place later this year.
• In April only, both countries had announced to set up this mechanism.
• Also, RIC (Russia, India and China) meet, as well as the BRICS summit are in the pipeline for this year.
• His visit was a very timely follow up on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to New Delhi earlier this year.
2+2 dialogue:
• 2+2 Ministerial is the highest-level institutional mechanism between the two countries.
• It is a format of dialogue where the defence/foreign ministers or secretaries meet with their counterparts from another country.
• India holds such talks with Australia, Japan and the USA.
  1. Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) has signed an MoU with HI-NO-DE Foundation and Ichishin Holdings Co. Ltd. for training its students in Japan.
      • Under the partnership, they will implement the technical intern training program (TITP) to train, skill, and place youth of India, especially those in Delhi.
      • The program will be implemented by October 2021.
      • Students will get to learn Japanese from instructors from Japan.
      • Through this partnership, DSEU is hoping to train as many young people as possible in varied job categories, and place them in Japan.
  2. T-Hub has partnered with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the healthcare sector.
      • As a part of this partnership, T-Hub is running a three-month cohort-based programme — AIC T-Hub Foundation — exclusively for the deep tech startups for creating new-age solutions in the fields of life sciences and healthcare.
      • Mission Director of AIM – Chintan Vaishnav
      • CEO of T-Hub and Chief Innovation Officer of Telangana – Ravi Narayan
  3. Interweave (diversity consulting organisation) has partnered with UN Women to enable corporates implement Women’s Empowerment Principles in India.
      • As part of this partnership, Interweave Consulting will now provide technical support to corporates to implement these principles.
      • Established by UN Women and UN Global Compact in 2010, the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) provides a value chain approach to women’s empowerment through a set of 7 principles offering practical guidance to businesses on promoting gender equality.
      • Each principle addresses an area of the value chain across the workplace, marketplace and community.
      • This effort is being funded by the European Union under the regional WeEmpower Asia Programme.

State News

  1. Manipur has launched Comprehensive Scheme for development of Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and PACS (Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies).
      • These schemes will be implemented under NABARD.
      • The Comprehensive Scheme for the development of MSCB Ltd. and PACS will help in strengthening the infrastructure of 46 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the state.
      • Financial support of Rs 10 lakh (sanctioned by the MSCB) will be given to 10 PACS to strengthen the basic infrastructure such as office furniture, PoS machines and software.
      • NABARD has also launched two Tribal Development Fund (TDF) projects in Churachandpur and Pherzwal district for achieving stable horticulture-based farming promoting sustainable agriculture and better livelihoods for the communities.
  2. In Kerala, NABARD has sanctioned four projects on the occasion of its 40th foundation day (estb. 12 July 1982).
      • 1st project – Assistance of ₹18.50 lakh for the evaluation of vaccine against the bacterial disease ‘Riemerellosisin ducks was sanctioned to the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Thrissur.
      • 2nd project – Assistance of ₹5 lakh to provide long-distance wireless connectivity to tribal settlements in Nilambur in Malappuram district.
        • The project will be executed through an NGO Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), Malappuram, with the support of the Centre for Social Computing as technology partner. It will be completed in 10 days.
      • 3rd project – Up-skilling of 90 young fishermen in the repair of outboard motors of fishing vessels.
        • For this, ₹4.50 lakh has been given to South Indian Federation of Fisherman Societies to conduct the training.
      • 4th project – NABARD has also sanctioned four training programmes with a grant assistance of ₹15 lakh to the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme under the State government for a graphic designer programme and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud programme for 290 trainees.
  3. Ladakh has signed an MoU with Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SOCCA) to turn the Union Territory into an organic entity by 2025.
      • A tripartite MoU has been signed between Govt of India, Ladakh and SSOCA for implementation of Prampragat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Mission Organic Development Initiative (MODI) in Ladakh region.
      • The main objective of this MoU is to get the organic certification after a tie-up with the Centre.
  4. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in India and the Rajasthan government have partnered to improve the Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) in the state.
      • Under the partnership, digitisation, data aggregation, performance dashboards for monitoring of the TDPS will be done to improve the food and nutritional security for millions.
      • This way, computerisation of the food safety net that works through the Targeted Public Distribution System will help in achieving food safety for millions of people in the state.
      • This partnership is part of the MoU signed between the state and WFP in November last year.

International News

  1. China has begun the construction of the world’s first commercial small modular reactor ‘Linglong One’ at the Changjiang Nuclear Power Plant in the country’s Hainan Province.
      • The multipurpose small modular reactor (SMR) Linglong One is also called the ACP100.
      • The project was the first such SMR which was given approval by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2016.
      • ‘Linglong One’ has a capacity to produce 125 megawatts (MW) of power.
      • It is designed to complement the state-run CNNC’s larger third-generation 1,170-MW “Hualong One” reactors.
      • Lately, China has been using the small reactors to provide urban heating in the north and also operate desalination facilities along the country’s coastal line.
  2. Features and Benefits of Small Modular Reactor:

      • SMRs are cost-friendly and faster to construct as opposed to the traditional reactors.
      • It can even be deployed at remote areas, for instance, on aircrafts and ships.
      • SMRs can easily be shipped by container from the factory and are relatively faster to be installed on any suggested spot because of its ‘modular’ feature.
      • SMRs can significantly cut down the consumption of fossil fuel energy and instead promote energy conservation and carbon emission reduction.
  3. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework that will provide an action framework for preserving and protecting nature and its essential services to people by 2030.
      • The framework includes 21 targets for 2030 that requires at least 30% of land and sea areas global, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and its contributions to people, conserved effectively.
      • The framework demands a 50% reduction in the rate of introduction of invasive alien species, and controls or eradication of such species to eliminate or reduce their impacts.
      • Reducing nutrients lost to the environment by at least half, and pesticides by at least two thirds, and eliminating the discharge of plastic waste.
      • Carbon emissions to be reduced by at least 10 GtCO2e per year.
      • Reduce redirecting, repurposing, reforming or eliminating incentives harmful for biodiversity by at least $500 billion per year.
      • Global funding for these efforts should be increased by $200 billion for developing countries.
      • This framework will be reviewed at UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP-15, scheduled for Kunming in China from October 11-24, by the 196 parties of the CBD.

Banking & Economy

  1. Thailand based Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSP) has bought 41.6% stake in India’s Avaada Energy Private Limited at an enterprise value of THB 14,825 million.
  2. According to data released by China’s Customs, the China-India bilateral trade in the first half of 2021 (Jan-Jun) reached $57.48 billion, up 62.7% year on year.
      • It is perhaps the highest in recent years amid the Ladakh impasse and the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Indian exports to China were $14.7 billion (which shows an increase of 69.6% year on year in the first six months).
      • India’s imports from China were $42.755 billion (increase of 60.4%).
      • The trade deficit for the first six months of the year stood at $28.03 billion, up by 55.6%.

Appointments

  1. Sher Bahardur Deuba has sworn in as the new PM of Nepal.
      • Nepal’s President – Bidhya Devi Bhandari
PM of Nepal.

Awards

  1. Journalist and playwright Omchery N N Pillai has been selected for the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS)’s Literary Award for 2021.
      • He is a Malayalam–language playwright, novelist and poet from Kerala. He has been honoured for his contributions towards Malayalam language and literature.
      • The award constitutes a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a citation. The award ceremony will be held later in Delhi.
      • BKS president – P V Radhakrishna Pillai
      • BKS was established in the year 1947 to represent the Malayalee community living in Bahrain.

Sports

  1. India will host the BWF’s World Badminton Championships in 2026.
      • India was also scheduled to organise the BWF Sudirman Cup in 2023 but the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decided to award the hosting rights of the world mixed team championships to Suzhou, China.
      • This is the 2nd time that India is hosting the world championship. Last time, the world championship was in Hyderabad in 2009.
      • Badminton Association of India (BAI) President – Himanta Biswa Sarma
  2. Babar Azam (Pakistani cricketer) become the fastest cricketer to make centuries in 14 ODI matches.
Babar Azam

Miscellaneous

  1. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar unveiled a Coffee Table Book titled ‘UNTOLD stories’ of Haryana Police.
      • The book specially features the ‘Karamveers’ of the Police department – those officers and men who have made extraordinary efforts beyond the call of duty, in enforcing the lockdown, providing assistance to the public or making them aware of COVID-19 safety measures in the past 16 months.
  2. Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu received the book ‘Urdu Poets and Writers – Gems of Deccan’ authored by senior journalist, Shri J.S. Ifthekhar.
      • ‘Gems of Deccan’ is an anthology of prose and poetry that encapsulates the life and works of 51 outstanding poets and writers of the Deccan region.
      • The book traces the rich literary and cultural traditions of Deccan, right from the time of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, to the present times.
  3. Indian polar biologists from the Central University of Punjab have discovered a new species of plant in Antarctica.
      • The species is named as ‘Bryum Bharatiensis’ as a tribute to goddess Saraswati, who is also known as ‘Bharati‘.
      • First time, the moss specie was discovered in 2016-17. Five years later, now it has been declared as a native moss species of Antarctica.
      • Discoverer – Dr Felix Bast, Polar and Marine Biologist at Central Punjab University.
      • The discovery of this moss is published in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity.
      • The discovery is significant for the Indian Antarctic Mission as it is the first and only plant species that the mission discovered since 1981.
  4. India’s Laboratory in Antarctica:

      • India has set up three research stations in Antartica, the first being ‘Dakshin Gangotri’ in 1983-84.
      • The second station ‘Maitri‘, established in 1988-89 and the third station is ‘Bharati‘, established in 2012, in line with the Antarctic Treaty.

Start Quiz of 15th July 2021

Q.1) Which of the following public sector organization is using the Integrated Real-Time Enterprise Management System (iDREAMS) to digitize its operations?
Q.2) Which company is developing the India’s largest single solar park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat?
Q.3) How many Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies will be benefited by the Comprehensive Scheme for development of Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. and PACS (Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies)?
Q.4) Which country is developing the world’s first commercial small modular reactor?
Q.5) Who is the new PM of Nepal?
Q.6) Recently, Omchery N N Pillai has been selected for the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS)’s Literary Award for 2021 for his contributions - as a playwright, novelist and poet - towards the promotion of literature of ___ language?
Q.7) Which country will host the BWF Sudirman Cup in 2023?
Q.8) With which country has India recently established a 2+2 dialogue to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in defence and foreign policy?
Q.9) Which of the following organizations has partnered with UN Women to enable corporates implement Women's Empowerment Principles in India?
Q.10) How many Indian research centers are in Antarctica?
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