23rd September, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – India’s first plant for CO2 capture , ‘Blue Flag’ certification, industrial trans fat-free , National Disaster Management Authority , National Curriculum Frameworks, Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement , Centre for Policy Research , Karnataka Police Act, 1963 , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme , global air quality guidelines, SAARC Foreign Ministers’ meeting, UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund , International Astronomical Union , ‘Transforming Food Systems for Rural Prosperity’ report, National Business Correspondent for State Bank of India , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , Chief of Air Staff, Foreign Minister of Nepal, World Rhino Day , World Rose Day , World Car Free Day , SDG Progress Award, ‘Shining Sikh Youth of India’ book , ‘Solar DC Cooking System’

Bulletins

  1. Tata Steel has commissioned India’s first plant for CO2 capture from Blast Furnace gas at its Jamshedpur plant.
  2. Eden Beach in Chinna Veerampattinam near Puducherry has become the first beach in the Union Territory to get the ‘Blue Flag’ certification.
  3. As per FSSAI, India is on track to become industrial trans fat-free by 2022, with only 1.34% of the newly tested processed food samples showing more than the permissible levels of ingredients.
  4. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended an ex gratia payment of ₹50,000 from the state disaster response fund (SDRF) to the families of those who died of Covid-19.
  5. Ministry of Education has formed a 12-member National Steering Committee for developing the National Curriculum Frameworks.
  6. India – United Arab Emirates have started negotiations on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which can be signed by March 2022.
  7. Odisha government has signed a letter of understanding with UNICEF and Centre for Policy Research (CPR) for sanitation.
  8. Karnataka Assembly has passed an amendment to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963 by voice vote.
  9. Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) has signed an MoU with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve India’s livestock sector.
  10. During the 33rd session of the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme in Abuja, Nigeria, 20 new sites, in 21 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
  11. World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised its global air quality guidelines, for the first time since 2005.
  12. SAARC Foreign Ministers’ meeting, which was to be held alongside 76th UNGA session, has been cancelled.
  13. UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund has released $45 million to prevent Afghanistan’s health-care system from collapse.
  14. The International Astronomical Union has named a crater on the South Pole of the Moon after Matthew Henson.
  15. United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released the ‘Transforming Food Systems for Rural Prosperity’ report.
  16. BLS International Services has been selected as National Business Correspondent for State Bank of India to deliver banking services in urban, semi-urban and rural areas across the country.
  17. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revised India’s GDP growth forecast for 2021-22 to 9.7%.
  18. Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been appointed as the Chief of Air Staff.
  19. Howzat (Junglee Games’ leading fantasy sports platform) has appointed Suresh Raina (cricketer) as its brand ambassador.
  20. Central govt has extended the term of Uday Kotak as non-executive chairman of debt-ridden IL&FS group by another six months.
  21. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has won a third term in Canada.
  22. Dr Narayan Khadka has been appointed as the new Foreign Minister of Nepal.
  23. World Rhino Day is observed on September 22.
  24. World Rose Day is observed on September 22 in dedication to the welfare of cancer patients.
  25. World Car Free Day is observed on September 22.
  26. Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has been awarded with SDG Progress Award from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
  27. ‘Shining Sikh Youth of India’ book has been written by Dr Prabhleen Singh, as a part of the commemoration of the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru of Sikhs.
  28. CSIR- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute has developed a ‘Solar DC Cooking System’ and handed it over to Asansol Braille Academy of West Bengal to mitigate pollution.

Table of Content

National News

  1. Tata Steel has commissioned India’s first plant for CO2 capture from Blast Furnace gas at its Jamshedpur plant.
      • Thus, Tata Steel became India’s first steel company to adopt such a carbon capture technology that extracts CO2 directly from the Blast Furnace gas.
      • Tata Steel will reuse the captured CO2 on site to promote the circular carbon economy.
      • The plant has a capacity of 5 tonnes-per-day carbon capture.
  2. Eden Beach in Chinna Veerampattinam near Puducherry has become the first beach in the Union Territory to get the ‘Blue Flag’ certification.
      • Kovalam beach in Tamil Nadu has also received the Blue Flag certification along with Eden Beach.
      • Now, the total number of ‘Blue Flag’ beaches in India is 10.
      • India has set an ambitious target of getting the Blue Flag tag for its 100 more beaches in the next three years.
Eden Beach

About the ‘Blue Flag’ Certification:

    • The certification is given by the Denmark-based Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
    • The certification is awarded based on 33 stringent criteria relating to environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation, services and accessibility standards and safety.

About BEAMS:

    • Beach Environment & Aesthetics Management Services (BEAMS) was launched in 2020 to keep India’s beaches clean.
    • It is India’s own eco-label for the clean beaches.
    • So far, BEAMS has been able to improve the cleanliness levels of beaches across the nation.
  1. As per FSSAI, India is on track to become industrial trans fat-free by 2022, with only 1.34% of the newly tested processed food samples showing more than the permissible levels of ingredients.
      • The FSSAI cited pan-India survey results to fix this target and dismiss the perception of excessive usage of industrial trans fats in processed food products.
      • WHO aims to eliminate trans fatty acids from food by 2023.
  2. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended an ex gratia payment of ₹50,000 from the state disaster response fund (SDRF) to the families of those who died of Covid-19.
      • The payment will be provided under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
  3. Ministry of Education has formed a 12-member National Steering Committee for developing the National Curriculum Frameworks.
      • The committee will be chaired by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, who was also the chairman of the drafting committee of National Education Policy 2020.
      • Within the ambit of the NEP 2020, the committee will develop four National Curriculum Frameworks
        • National Curriculum Framework for School Education,
        • National Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education,
        • National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education, and
        • National Curriculum Framework for Adult Education
      • The tenure of the National Steering Committee will be three years from the date of its notification.
      • Director of NCERT (incumbent: Sridhar Srivastava) shall assist the steering committee to complete its module.
National Curriculum Frameworks
  1. India – United Arab Emirates have started negotiations on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which can be signed by March 2022.

State News

  1. Odisha government has signed a letter of understanding with UNICEF and Centre for Policy Research (CPR) for sanitation.
      • As part of the partnership, they will work on urban-rural convergence on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) and Plastic Waste Management (PWM).
      • The State government has also signed an MoU with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support sustainable and inclusive agriculture transformation.
      • The Foundation will provide expertise and technology for agriculture transformation to the state.
  2. Karnataka Assembly has passed an amendment to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963 by voice vote.
      • The amendment seeks to ban online “games of chance”.

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) has signed an MoU with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve India’s livestock sector.
      • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide technical assistance for the design and delivery of new technologies for leveraging India’s livestock sector.

International News

  1. During the 33rd session of the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme in Abuja, Nigeria, 20 new sites, in 21 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
      • Now, the list has 727 biosphere reserves in 131 countries, including 22 transboundary sites.
      • The MAB programme also celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021.
      • Among the newly added sites, one is the World’s First Five-country Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube (Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia).
  2. World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised its global air quality guidelines, for the first time since 2005.
      • WHO has also announced more stringent limits for six pollutant categories —particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon monoxide (CO).
      • Every year, exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 7 million premature deaths and result in the loss of millions more healthy years of life.
Particulate Matter (PM) Daily Average (24 hours) Annual Average
PM 2.5 15 micro-g/m3
(25 micro-g/m3 in 2005)
5 micro-g/m3
(10 micro-g/m3 in 2005)
PM 10 45 ug/m3 15 ug/m3
(20 ug/m3 in 2005)
WHO Interim Targets
India’s Air Pollution Norms:

    • India last revised its National Ambient Air Quality Standards in 2009 —setting annual averages for PM2.5 (40 ug/m3), PM10 (60 ug/m3) and NO2 (40 us/m3) — which were more relaxed in comparison to the WHO’s 2005 guidelines.
  1. SAARC Foreign Ministers’ meeting, which was to be held alongside 76th UNGA session, has been cancelled.
      • The current chairmanship of SAARC is held by Nepal.
  2. UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund has released $45 million to prevent Afghanistan’s health-care system from collapse.
  3. The International Astronomical Union has named a crater on the South Pole of the Moon after Matthew Henson.
      • Henson (American explorer) was a Black man who went on seven voyages to the Arctic over a period of nearly 23 years.
      • The Henson Crater is in the same region where the Artemis program by the NASA aims to land the next generation of lunar explorers.
crater

Reports & Indices

  1. United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released the ‘Transforming Food Systems for Rural Prosperity’ report.
      • The report stressed on revolutionising the global food systems.
      • The governments should make investment in rural farms and local small- and medium-size enterprises that support post-harvest activities, such as storing, processing, marketing and food distribution.
      • Suggestions from the report:
        • Rewarding farmers for ecosystem services such as maintaining healthy soil and regulating pests and incentives for nature-based practices and local, healthy diet
        • Making available innovations such as nature-based solutions, agro-ecology and affordable digital technologies to boost rural small-scale famers’ production. The measures will also enable the cultivators to be climate-resilient employing low-carbon and sustainable techniques
        • Developing and focussing on pricing systems that reflect the full and true cost of production
        • Shifting food systems towards circular resource use for sustainability and resilience
      • A majority of people in rural areas earn their livelihoods from working in small-scale agriculture.
      • In fact, farms of up to two hectares produce 31% of the world’s food on less than 11% of the farmland.
      • Food systems are responsible for 37% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Banking & Economy

  1. BLS International Services has been selected as National Business Correspondent for State Bank of India to deliver banking services in urban, semi-urban and rural areas across the country.
      • On behalf of SBI, BLS will soon provide banking services like savings bank deposits, fixed deposit, recurring deposit, remittances, micro pension, micro insurance, account open with e-KYC, AEPS mini statement, passbook printing for SBI account holders spread across India.

GDP Forecasts

  1. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revised India’s GDP growth forecast for 2021-22 to 9.7%.
      • India’s GDP Growth rate 2022-23 – 7.9%
      • Consumer price inflation in India is projected at 5.9% in the current financial year.
      • Asian Development Bank has also projected consumer price inflation in India at 5.5% in 2021-22.

Appointments

  1. Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been appointed as the Chief of Air Staff.
      • Air Marshal Sandeep Singh has been appointed as the next Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force.
Vivek Ram Chaudhari
  1. Howzat (Junglee Games’ leading fantasy sports platform) has appointed Suresh Raina (cricketer) as its brand ambassador.
  2. Central govt has extended the term of Uday Kotak as non-executive chairman of debt-ridden IL&FS group by another six months.
      • Under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, a bank cannot be managed by any person who is a director of any other company. He or she can be given a temporary exception for three months or nine months with the approval of the RBI.
      • Kotak was appointed by the government as the head of the IL&FS in 2018.
  3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has won a third term in Canada.
      • Trudeau belongs to the Liberal Party of Canada.
  4. Dr Narayan Khadka has been appointed as the new Foreign Minister of Nepal.
      • Khadka affirmed to maintain friendly ties with India, in his meeting with Indian Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar.
      • Nepal and US are currently working on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact (worth $630 million) that aims to develop electricity transmission facilities in Nepal.
      • MCC Compact are five-year agreements through which the United States provides grants to partner countries to support programs to reduce poverty through economic growth.

Important Days

  1. World Rhino Day is observed on September 22.
      • Theme – Keep the Five Alive
Rhino Day
  1. World Rose Day is observed on September 22 in dedication to the welfare of cancer patients.
  2. World Car Free Day is observed on September 22.

Awards

  1. Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has been awarded with SDG Progress Award from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
      • Reason – for her country’s ‘striking’ progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
      • 9th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development was also addressed by Sheikh Hasina.

Miscellaneous

  1. ‘Shining Sikh Youth of India’ book has been written by Dr Prabhleen Singh, as a part of the commemoration of the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru of Sikhs.
      • The book was released by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
  2. CSIR- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute has developed a ‘Solar DC Cooking System’ and handed it over to Asansol Braille Academy of West Bengal to mitigate pollution.

Start Quiz of 23rd September 2021

Q.1) Which has become India’s first steel company to adopt a carbon capture technology that extracts CO2 directly from the Blast Furnace gas?
Q.2) How many blue flag certified beaches are present in India?
Q.3) Recently, Ministry of Education has formed a 12-member National Steering Committee for developing the National Curriculum Frameworks. The committee will be chaired by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, who was also the chairman of the drafting committee of National Education Policy 2020. The committee has been asked to develop four National Curriculum Frameworks within the ambit of the NEP 2020. Identify the framework which does not fall under the Terms of Reference of the committee?
Q.4) Who has been appointed as the Chief of Air Staff?
Q.5) Who has won the SDG Progress Award 2021?
Q.6) Which state has signed a letter of understanding with UNICEF and Centre for Policy Research (CPR) for promoting sanitation in the state?
Q.7) Which of the following states has banned the online "games of chance"?
Q.8) Helson crater is named after Matthew Henson, who was a ____?
Q.9) Which has become the National Business Correspondent of State Bank of India to deliver banking services in urban, semi-urban and rural areas across the country?
Q.10) When is the World Car Free Day observed?
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