16th August, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – Highlights of the Independence Day 2021, National Automobile Scrappage Policy, Deshbhakti curriculum , four new districts , first-of-its-kind Drone Forensic Lab and Research Centre , Community Forest Resource Rights , the first woman Supreme Court Justice of Pakistan., World Organ Donation Day , India’s 69th Grandmaster

Bulletins

  1. Highlights of the Independence Day 2021:
  2. PM Narendra Modi has launched the National Automobile Scrappage Policy at the Investor Summit 2021 in Gujarat.
  3. Four more sites from India have been recognized as Ramsar Sites.
  4. Delhi govt has announced to implement the Deshbhakti curriculum in schools across Delhi starting September 27, to mark freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary.
  5. Chhattisgarh govt has announced to create four new districts namely Mohla-Manpur, Sakti, Sarangarh-Bilaigarh and Manendragarh, and 18 new tehsils.
  6. Kerala Police will launch a first-of-its-kind Drone Forensic Lab and Research Centre to address a rising security threat.
  7. Chhattisgarh has become the first state to recognise Community Forest Resource Rights in an urban area, with the state government recognising rights of residents of Dhamtari district over 4,127 hectares of forests.
  8. Justice Ayesha Mallik is set to become the first woman Supreme Court Justice of Pakistan.
  9. World Organ Donation Day is observed on August 13.
  10. Harshit Raja (chess player from Maharashtra) has become India’s 69th Grandmaster.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Highlights of the Independence Day 2021:
Initiatives:
Independent in Energy:
• PM Modi announced to make India energy independent before completing 100 years of independence.
• India has moved towards electric mobility and work is underway on 100% electrification of Indian Railways with the aim to becoming net-zero carbon emitter by the year 2030.
Govt to supply fortified rice to poor by 2024:
• The rice, distributed to the poor, under every government programme will be fortified by the year 2024 to address the problems of malnutrition and lack of micro-nutrients among poor children.
• Currently, out of the 15 states identified for the 'Central scheme on fortified rice and its distribution via public distribution system (PDS)', five are implementing it in one district each on a pilot basis.
• Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh have started distributing fortified rice -- mixed with nutrients -- in their respective identified district.
Sainik schools opened for girl child:
• Now, a girl child will be able to take admission in Sainik schools.
• The concept of Sainik School was implemented in 1961 by the then Defence Minister, VK Krishna Menon, to prepare boys for National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy.
• There are 33 Sainik Schools in India, at present. The Ministry of Defence is planning to establish 100 more boarding Sainik Schools in public–private partnership (PPP) mode.
• Sainik Schools, along with 1 RIMC (Dehradun) and 5 RMS (Rashtriya Military Schools), contribute 25% to 30% officer cadets to NDA and INA.
75 Vande Bharat trains will connect every corner of India:
• In 75 weeks of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', 75 'Vande Bharat' trains will connect different parts of country (by 2023).
• Vande Bharat is the indigenous semi-high speed train.
• Railways is gearing to roll out at least 10 of them, linking around 40 cities, by August 2022 to commemorate 75 years of Independence.
• In February, Hyderabad-based engineering firm, Medha, got contract for supplying electrical systems for 44 Vande Bharat trains.
PM Gati Shakti Plan:
• The plan will be launched soon.
• t will be a Rs 100 lakh crores plan.
• PM Gati Shakti Plan is a national infrastructure master plan which will make a foundation for holistic infrastructure and create employment opportunities for youth.
Partition Horrors Remembrance Day:
• August 14 will be observed as the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, to honour the pain and sufferings faced by the people of India during the partition.
National Hydrogen Mission:
• It was announced in the Union Budget 2021-22.
• It will enable production of green hydrogen. br> • Hydrogen will be blended with compressed natural gas for use as transportation fuel as well as an industrial input to refineries.
• More details on it are still awaited.
  1. PM Narendra Modi has launched the National Automobile Scrappage Policy at the Investor Summit 2021 in Gujarat.
Initiatives:
Certification and Registration:
• The policy recommends “fitness tests” for private and commercial vehicles that are more than 20 and 15 years old respectively. In the absence of a “fitness certificate,” registration of such vehicles will be automatically cancelled.
• It further recommends mandatory scrapping of all government vehicles that are more than 15 years old but is applicable only on four-wheelers.
• The fitness tests will be done at government-certified fitness centres, appointments for which can be made online. Test reports will be generated in online mode. Also, scrappage can be done anywhere in the country, regardless of the place of vehicle registration.
Incentives:
•The scheme also proposes several incentives which the owners can avail after being given a scrapping certificate. This includes the scrap value for the old vehicle, which is expected to be around 5-6% of the price of a new vehicle.
• Additionally, a road tax rebate of up to 25% for new personal vehicles, and 15% for new commercial vehicles, as well as a 5% discount against the scrapping certificate, have also been proposed under the policy.
•The registration fees for the purchase of a new vehicle may also be waived upon getting the old vehicle scrapped
Potential of the Policy:
• The policy will bring investments worth more than ₹10,000 crore and create up to 50,000 jobs.
  1. Four more sites from India have been recognized as Ramsar Sites.
      • These sites are covered under the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
      • Now, the total number of Ramsar Sites in the country is 46.
      • These sites are Thol Lake Wildlife Sanctuary and Wadhwana Wetland from Gujarat and Sultanpur National Park and Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary from Haryana.
      • Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest wetland in Haryana, is a human-made freshwater wetland.
      • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975.
      • These new additions increased the wetland area coverage in India to 1,083,322 hectares.

State News

  1. Delhi govt has announced to implement the Deshbhakti curriculum in schools across Delhi starting September 27, to mark freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary.
      • The curriculum will be activity-based, and aims to inculcate patriotism among children.
  2. Chhattisgarh govt has announced to create four new districts namely Mohla-Manpur, Sakti, Sarangarh-Bilaigarh and Manendragarh, and 18 new tehsils.
      • The four new districts will take the total number of administrative districts in the state to 32.
      • In every district headquarters and municipal corporation, a park will be developed exclusively for women, which will be known as the ‘Minimata Udyan’.
  3. Kerala Police will launch a first-of-its-kind Drone Forensic Lab and Research Centre to address a rising security threat.
  4. Chhattisgarh has become the first state to recognise Community Forest Resource Rights in an urban area, with the state government recognising rights of residents of Dhamtari district over 4,127 hectares of forests.
      • Under Forest Rights Act, 2006, Community Forest Resource Right gives gram sabhas the right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage any forest resources used by the entire community, or village.

Appointments

  1. Justice Ayesha Mallik is set to become the first woman Supreme Court Justice of Pakistan.
Justice Ayesha Mallik

Important Days

  1. World Organ Donation Day is observed on August 13.
      • ‘Indian Organ Donation Day’ is observed on November 27.
Organ Donation Day

Sports

  1. Harshit Raja (chess player from Maharashtra) has become India’s 69th Grandmaster.

Start Quiz of 16th August 2021

Q.1) During the Independence Day 2021 speech of PM Narendra Modi, he announced that 75 'Vande Bharat' trains will connect different parts of country. By which year will this plan be completed?
Q.2) When does India observe Partition Horrors Remembrance Day?
Q.3) National Automobile Scrappage Policy provides various incentives for the vehicle owners for scrapping their private and commercial vehicles which are more than 20 and 15 years old respectively. This includes the scrap value for the old vehicle, which is expected to be around 5-6% of the price of a new vehicle. A road tax rebate of up to 25% for new personal vehicles, and 15% for new commercial vehicles, as well as a 5% discount against the scrapping certificate, have also been proposed under the policy. For the govt vehicles (only 4-wheelers), it proposes mandatory scrapping of vehicles which are older than __ years?
Q.4) Where is Thol Lake Wildlife Sanctuary located?
Q.5) Which has become the first state to recognise Community Forest Resource Rights in an urban area?
Q.6) Who has become India’s 69th Grandmaster?
Q.7) When is the 'Indian Organ Donation Day’ observed?
Q.8) Which state’s police will launch a first-of-its-kind Drone Forensic Lab and Research Centre to address a rising security threat?
Q.9) Which state has announced to develop 'Minimata Udyan' - a park, exclusively for women, in every district headquarters and municipal corporation of the state?
Q.10) How much is the corpus of PM Gati Shakti Plan?
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