16th July, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – Gaganyaan programme, horticulture week , biggest traditional folk festivals , India’s first ‘Grain ATM’ in Gurugram , Kisan Sanchar Ltd , Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi Scheme 2021 , real-time information about buses, Special Package for Livestock Development., coking coal, cooperation in the field of health and medicine, polar biology, Longevity Finance Hub , World Plastic Surgery Day, World Youth Skills Day , Khelo India Youth Games , Shirley Fry Irvin

Bulletins

  1. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test on the Vikas Engine that would launch the Gaganyaan programme.

  2. Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha has launched horticulture week by planting saplings at Akhnoor to realise the prime minister’s goal of doubling income of farmers by 2022.

  3. ‘Asha Bonalu’ festival is one of the biggest traditional folk festivals of the state of Telangana.

  4. Haryana has set up India’s first ‘Grain ATM’ in Gurugram to provide right quantity of grains to the beneficiaries in a hassle free and time effective manner.

  5. Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited’s (IFFCO) arm IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd is setting up 17 Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs) in Gujarat in association with NABARD and National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).

  6. Karnataka govt has launched Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi Scheme 2021 to allow electric bike taxis to run on the road for a limited distance.

  7. Delhi government has partnered with Google to launch a system that will enable commuters to access real-time information about buses, such as the arrival and departure times, and their routes.

  8. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a Special Package for Livestock Development.

  9. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU signed between India and Russia regarding cooperation on coking coal, a key raw material for making steel which is majorly imported in India.

  10. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and the Kingdom of Denmark for cooperation in the field of health and medicine.

  11. Ministry of Earth Sciences has signed an MoU with the Department of Biotechnology for cooperation in the area of polar biology.

  12. International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has set up an expert committee to recommend approach towards development of Longevity Finance Hub in the Gift-City in Gujarat and provide a road map for the same.

  13. National Plastic Surgery Day in India (July 15) has been adopted as the World Plastic Surgery Day.

  14. World Youth Skills Day is observed on July 15 by UN.

  15. Haryana has postponed the Khelo India Youth Games to February 2022.

  16. Shirley Fry Irvin (legendary tennis player of America) has passed away.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test on the Vikas Engine that would launch the Gaganyaan programme.
      • Vikas Engine will be fitted on GSLV MkIII vehicle.

State News

  1. Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha has launched horticulture week by planting saplings at Akhnoor to realise the prime minister’s goal of doubling income of farmers by 2022.
      • The horticulture week will focus on the following goals:
        • Initiating massive plantation drives,
        • Taking objective steps in nursery development,
        • Promoting mechanisation among the farming community,
        • Creation of water sources,
        • Human resource development through training and strengthening the post-harvest management with the overall mission of doubling the farmers’ income in the UT.
      • The government has set a target of planting 25 lakh high-density plants this year as compared to 49,000 in 2019, which is a new record in the history of horticulture of Jammu division.
      • J&K has also launched Jammu horticulture mobile app and ‘Parvaz’ – a market linkage scheme for benefit of farmers.
  2. ‘Asha Bonalu‘ festival is one of the biggest traditional folk festivals of the state of Telangana.
      • The Bonalu festival was declared a ‘state festival’ by the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led government after the state’s formation back in 2014.
      • Bonalu festival is celebrated in the months of June / July for worshipping Goddess Mahankali (a form of Durga). Devotees offer Bonam (means meals) to the goddess.
      • Main sites of the festivities:
        • Goddess Mahankali temple at Golconda fort;
        • Ujjaini Mahankali temple at Secunderabad,
        • Akkanna Madanna temple at Shalibanda,
        • Mahankali temple at Laldarwaza in the old city of Hyderabad.
  3. Haryana has set up India’s first ‘Grain ATM’ in Gurugram to provide right quantity of grains to the beneficiaries in a hassle free and time effective manner.
      • After the successful completion of the pilot project at Farrukhnagar in Gurugram, the Haryana government plans to install these machines at its depots across the state.
      • These ATMs would bring greater transparency in the public distribution system. The ATMs will also supply grains to the govt depot operators.
      • It has been installed under the World Food Programme of the United Nations. It is named as the Automated, Multi Commodity, Grain Dispensing Machine.
      • It can dispense up to 70 kg of grains within 5-7 minutes at a time.
      • Beneficiaries can use their Aadhar or Ration cards to get the grains.
      • Three types of foodgrains — wheat, rice and millet — can be distributed through this machine.
      • At present, distribution of wheat has started from the Grain ATM machine installed in Farrukhnagar (Gurugram).
  4. Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited’s (IFFCO) arm IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd is setting up 17 Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs) in Gujarat in association with NABARD and National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).
      • A total of 5,000 farmers will get associated with these FPOs by the end of this year and more than 50,000 farmers by 2025.
      • 5 FPOs will established in 4 districts, in partnership with NABARD and 12 will be established with NCDC in 2 districts.
      • IFFCO Kisan would also be facilitating market linkage support to these FPOs/ farmers under its Farmer Forward Linking Program (FFLP) to farmers.
      • The Centre has formulated a central sector scheme for formation and promotion of 10,000 FPOs by 2025-26.
    About IFFCO Kisan Sanchar:
      • Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) collaborated with Bharti Airtel and Star Global Resources Ltd to set up IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd.
      • IFFCO Kisan provides four types of services – smart agriculture solution provider; cattle feed business; agri tech; telecom and call centre services.
      • The company offers services such as Green Sim, IFFCO Kisan Agriculture Mobile App, Kisan Call Centre Services, etc.
  5. Karnataka govt has launched Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi Scheme 2021 to allow electric bike taxis to run on the road for a limited distance.
      • The distance for each ride should be 10 km or less.
  6. Delhi government has partnered with Google to launch a system that will enable commuters to access real-time information about buses, such as the arrival and departure times, and their routes.
      • Delhi government has also launched Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship (CMULF) fellowship program for young professionals.
      • It is a unique opportunity for young leaders across India to work with the government to address some of the most pressing urban challenges.
      • Eligibility – Young people under the age of 35 years
      • Tenure of fellowship – 2 years
      • Fellows will get ₹1.25 lakh per month and associate fellows will get ₹75,000 p.m.
      • This fellowship is being provided by the Delhi govt for a long time.

Agriculture and Rural Development

  1. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a Special Package for Livestock Development.
      • The Central government will spend ₹9,800 crore over 5 years on livestock development over the next five years in a bid to bring ₹55,000 crore of outside investment into the sector.
      • The package aims to boost growth and make animal husbandry more remunerative for the 10-crore farmers engaged in it.
      • Under this package, all schemes of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying will be merged into three broad categories – indigenous cows and dairy development, livestock health, and infrastructure development.
1st component 2nd component 3rd component
Development Program / Indigenous cows and dairy development:
○ The first will include the Rashtriya Gokul Mission,which focusses on the development of indigenous breeds, as well as the National Programme for Dairy Development, the National Livestock Mission, and the Livestock Census and Integrated Sample Survey
Disease Program / Livestock health:
○ It includes the Livestock Health and Disease Control scheme and the National Animal Disease Control Programme.
Infrastructure development Program:
○ It will merge the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund and the Dairy Infrastructure Development Fund, and also support the dairy cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organisations engaged in dairy activities.

Additional Facts:

    • Under the National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) scheme, about 8900 bulk milk coolers will be installed, thus providing benefit to more than 8 lakh milk producers and 20 LLPD milk will be additionally procured.
    • Under NPDD, financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be availed thus strengthening and creating fresh infrastructure in 4500 villages.

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU signed between India and Russia regarding cooperation on coking coal, a key raw material for making steel which is majorly imported in India.
      • Around 85% of India’s coking coal demand is met through imports from far-located countries like Australia, South Africa, Canada and the US.
      • It will also reduce per-tonne cost of steel production, as Russia is geographically closer compared to the said countries. Thus, this pact shall benefit the entire steel sector by reducing input cost and cost of steel production in India.
      • The main aim of the MoU is to diversify the source of coking coal.
      • Parties to the MoU – India’s Ministry of Steel and Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.
  2. India’s Imports:
      • According to official data, India imports about 56 million tonnes (MT) of coking coal worth around Rs 72,000 crore annually.
      • Out of this, about 45 MT is imported from Australia alone, and the remaining from South Africa, Canada and the US.
  3. Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and the Kingdom of Denmark for cooperation in the field of health and medicine.
      • Aim – improve the public health in both countries and indulge into research for technological development in this sector.
  4. Ministry of Earth Sciences has signed an MoU with the Department of Biotechnology for cooperation in the area of polar biology.
      • Aim – to test the biotechnological application of polar microbes.
      • Both entities will set up DBT-MoES Polar Research Centre at MoES stations in polar region to strengthen the collaboration and speed up the research.

Banking & Economy

  1. International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has set up an expert committee to recommend approach towards development of Longevity Finance Hub in the Gift-City in Gujarat and provide a road map for the same.
      • Chairperson of the committee – Kaku Nakhate, President and Country Head (India), Bank of America, and Gopalan Srinivasan, Ex-CMD, New India Assurance Company Limited.
      • Longevity Finance Hub caters to the investment and wealth management needs of the ‘silver generation’, comprising individuals aged 60 years and older.
      • As per the global estimates, there are 1 billion people in the silver generation with a combined spending power of $15 trillion and the size is ever expanding.
      • It is estimated that by 2040, there will be more members of the silver generation than people under 20.
      • This will provide opportunities especially in the areas of wealth management, health, insurance, and other investment products, which shall suit the financial demands of the 60+ people.

Important Days

  1. National Plastic Surgery Day in India (July 15) has been adopted as the World Plastic Surgery Day.
      • Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (APSI) announced this decision.
      • Coimbatore-based plastic surgeon S. Raja Sabapathy introduced the concept of National Plastic Surgery Day when he was the APSI president in 2011 to create awareness of plastic surgery.
      • The concept was discussed in the World Council of Leaders (a body consisting of the presidents of all national associations), organised by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
      • India surgeon Sushruta is hailed by all as the founder of plastic surgery.
  2. World Youth Skills Day is observed on July 15 by UN.
      • Theme – Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic
      • On this day, an online interactive panel discussion is organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.
      • This day marks the 6th anniversary of Skill India mission, which was launched in 2015 to create a skilled workforce by 2022.
Youth Skills Day

Sports

  1. Haryana has postponed the Khelo India Youth Games to February 2022.
      • Mascot for games – ‘Dhakad’

Miscellaneous

  1. Shirley Fry Irvin (legendary tennis player of America) has passed away.
Shirley Fry Irvin

Start Quiz of 16th July 2021

Q.1) Which of the following state or UT has recently launched the Horticulture Week?
Q.2) 'Asha Bonalu' is the state festival of which of the following state?
Q.3) Where is India’s first ‘Grain ATM’ located?
Q.4) In which state IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Ltd is going to set up 17 Farmer Produce Organization, in collaboration with NABARD and NCDC?
Q.5) What is the outlay of the Central Govt’s Special Package for Livestock Development?
Q.6) With which country has India signed an MoU for cooperation on coking coal?
Q.7) With which country has India signed an MoU for initiating research for technological development in the health and medicine sector?
Q.8) Who heads the expert committee formed by International Financial Services Centres Authority for developing the Longevity Finance Hub in the Gift-City in Gujarat?
Q.9) When is the first ever World Plastic Surgery Day observed?
Q.10) Recently, Shirley Fry Irvin, a legendary tennis player, has passed away. Which country did he belong to?
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