Current Affairs 6th February 2021

1. International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed on Feb 6 every year. About 120 to 140 mn women have been subject to FGM and 3 million girls are at risk each year, according to WHO. FGM relates to all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

2. IRCTC launches its online bus booking services

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) has launched its online bus booking services. The integration of this service over the IRCTC mobile-app is expected to be completed in March 2021, which will enable the public to book bus tickets through mobile too. IRCTC has tied up with more than 50,000 state road transport as well as private bus operators for it,

3. Delhi govt to set up 500 EV charging points

Delhi government floated the nation’s biggest tender for EV (electric vehicle) charging on 6 February 2021. It has a provision for 500 charging points at 100 locations in Delhi so that EVs can be charged outside homes too. The locations will have at least 10% minimum fast charging points and the rates will be kept very nominal.

4. Delhi govt declares 6 hospitals ‘Non-Covid’

The Delhi government has declared six of its hospitals completely “Non-COVID” hospitals. The hospitals are–Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Acharya Shree Bhikshu Hospital, and SRC Hospital. Along with this, it has also been decided to reduce the number of reserve COVID-19 beds in five government hospitals.

5. Modi to launch infra project in West Bengal

PM Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal on 7 Feb 2021 to launch key infra projects. He will inaugurate an LPG import terminal built by the state-run BPCL. He will also dedicate to the nation the 348-km Dobhi-Durgapur natural gas pipeline section, which is part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project. The pipeline will help the revival of the HURL Sindri (Jharkhand) fertilizer plant.

6. Kisan Special trains from Agartala to Howrah

The North-East Frontier Railway (NER) has decided to run Kisan Special trains from Agartala to Howrah and Sealdah from February 11, 2021. Kisan Special Train will leave from Agartala weekly on Thursday and will reach Sealdah on Saturday. The Indian Railways has started running Kisan Rail train services to transport perishables and agri-product, including milk, meat, and fish.

7. India to send 1 lakh vaccines to Cambodia

India has approved to supply of 1 lakh doses of Covishield vaccines to Cambodia. Cambodia has so far registered over 470 confirmed COVID-19 cases. From January 20, 2021, onwards, India has supplied coronavirus vaccines to several countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Bahrain, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka.

8. Yoga Appreciation Programme to run till June

The Ministry of AYUSH has formulated the Common Yoga Protocol, CYP training programme. The Common Yoga Protocol – Yoga Appreciation Programme will commence at 7 am on the 1st of every month, starting from February 2021, and will continue up to June 2021. It aims to promote and disseminate the knowledge and practice of Yoga, among the general public, at the national level.

9. RBI to set up a 24×7 helpline

RBI has announced certain measures of protection of common bank account holders in the Monetary policy statement. It includes setting up of 24×7 helpline for digital payment services, integrated ombudsman scheme, CTS across all bank branches, and allowing retail investors to open Gilt accounts with RBI. The helpline will also reduce expenditure on both financial and human resources.

10. India’s Forex reserves jump to $590.18 billion

The country’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $4.85 billion to touch a record high of 590.18 billion dollars in the week ended January 29, 2021. Forex reserves rose on account of an increase in foreign currency assets (FCA). FCA increased by 5.03 billion dollars to 547.22 billion dollars. The gold reserves declined by 164 million dollars to 36.29 billion dollars.

11. 10.77 lakh golden cards issued

In Jammu and Kashmir, 10.77 lakh golden cards have been issued and 10,000 treatments have been done in the first 40 days after the launch of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (ABPM-JAY) SEHAT scheme. The scheme was e-launched by PM Narendra Modi on 26th December 2020. ABPM-JAY SEHAT scheme aims to provide Universal Health Insurance Coverage of five lakh rupees per family.

12. Nana Patole appointed as President of MSPP

All India Congress Committee has appointed Nana Patole as President of Maharashtra State Pradesh Congress Committee. He resigned from the post of Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on 4 Feb 2021. Previously State’s Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat was holding this post. Six working Presidents including Shivaji Moghe, Chandrakant Handore, and Praniti Shinde have also been appointed.

13. Himachal Pradesh: 1st to implement e-cabinet

Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to make the end to end processing of the cabinet paperless by implementing the e-cabinet application. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the first e-cabinet at Shimla on 5 Feb 2021. The entire process from initiation of a cabinet memo to the approval of the cabinet memo has been made online,

14. Hafeezul Hasan: New Jharkhand Cabinet Minister

In Jharkhand, Governor Draupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Hafeezul Hasan as the new cabinet minister of the state, on 5 February 2021. The oath-taking ceremony was held at Raj Bhawan in Ranchi. Hafeezul Hasan is the son of Late Welfare Minister Haji Hussain Ansari. Haji Hussain Ansari had died due to a COVID-19 infection in October 2020.

15. CGTN broadcasting license revoked in the UK

British media regulator Ofcom has revoked the broadcasting license of China Global Television Network (CGTN). CGTN is operated by China Central Television (CCTV), under the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party. It did not meet the legal requirements for a broadcasting license under UK law.

16. 3rd Bangladesh Film Festival opens in Kolkata

The third Bangladesh Film Festival 2021 opened in Kolkata on 5 Feb 2021. The 5-day long festival will be showcasing 32 Bangladeshi feature films. Film on the life of Prime Minister of Bangladesh ‘Hasina-A Daughter’s Tale’ was the inaugural film of the festival. ‘Jalaler Golpo, ‘Krishnopokkho’, ‘Oggatonama’, ‘Rajadhiraj Razzak’, etc. are some of the films to be shown during the festival.

17. Indian Navy receives helicopters from HAL

The Indian Navy received three made in India Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on 5 Feb 2021. The helicopters are customized for coastal security. Out of 16 MK-III helicopters ordered, three have been delivered. The naval version of ALH is fitted with an array of advanced sensors that can detect Mumbai terror attacks like intrusions on Indian waters.

18. Ministry of Ports, Shipping issues guidelines

Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways have issued the guidelines for floating structures with a vision to set up world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline in the upcoming projects. The guidelines set out various technical aspects for the implementation of floating jetties or platforms for marinas, minor harbours, fishing harbours or fish landing centers, waterdromes, etc.

19. Schools to be named after Subhas Chandra Bose

The Ministry of Education has decided to name residential schools and hostels funded under Samagra Shiksha of the Ministry as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose residential schools or hostels. The Ministry provides financial assistance to states and UTs for opening and running of schools and hostels in hilly terrain and sparsely populated areas for children who are in need of shelter and care.

20. Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela in Guwahati

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the 3rd phase of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela in Guwahati on 6 February 2021. At the event, the Assam govt distributed financial assistance of Rs. 3,000 each to nearly 7.5 lakh people belonging to tea garden areas under the Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar scheme. The state government started the scheme in 2017-18.

21. PM Modi to addresses at Gujarat High Court

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an event marking the Diamond Jubilee of Gujarat High Court on 6 Feb 2021. He also released a commemorative postage stamp marking the completion of sixty years of the establishment of the High Court. The High Court of Gujarat was established after the state of Gujarat was carved out from erstwhile Bombay state in 1960.

22. 8th meeting of ASEAN-India Tourism Ministers

Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel co-chaired the 8th Meeting of ASEAN-India Tourism Ministers with his Cambodian counterpart Thong Khon on 5 Feb 2021. The Meeting was in conjunction with the 24th Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers (M-ATM). Both agreed to further enhance ASEAN-India cooperation in tourism under the framework of the MoU between ASEAN and India.

23. Uttarakhand students to get money for books

The Uttarakhand govt has decided that money for the books provided to the students of government schools in the state will be transferred directly to their bank accounts through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme. Earlier, the govt used to distribute books to the 8 lakh students studying in the government schools, from class 1-12. The students studying in class 1-5 will be given Rs. 250.

24. ARAI ties up with AIM-Niti Aayog

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has signed a statement of intent (SOI) with the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)-NITI Aayog. ARAI is a research, development, testing, and certification body for the automotive sector in India. It will use its TechNovuus platform and lend its expertise and equipment to nurture start-ups working in the mobility segment.

25. Lisa in Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Former Australia captain Lisa Sthalekar has become only the fourth female cricketer inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to achieve the career double of 1,000 runs & 100 wickets in ODIS. Sthalekar is also one of just two women to have scored at least one century and taken at least one 5-for in both Tests and ODIS, the other being Ellyse Perry.

26. Rajasthan government launches a campaign

A campaign for ‘beggar-free’ Rajasthan has been started in Jaipur. Beggars are being rehabilitated here with the joint efforts of Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation (RSLDC) and Sopan Institute of Science, Technology, and Management. Currently, 43 beggars have been provided with a shelter where yoga, sports, and computer classes are being imparted to them.

27. MOHUA joins hands with Zomato

As a part of PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has entered into MoU with Zomato. This will give street food vendors online access to thousands of consumers and help these vendors grow their businesses. MOHUA has also launched the mobile app for PMSVANidhi se Samriddhi- Socio-economic profiling of PM SVANidhi beneficiaries.

28. Tamil Nadu Govt announces farm loan waiver

Tamil Nadu govt has announced a waiver of Rs. 12,110 crore farm loans availed by 16.43 lakh farmers from cooperative banks. The scheme would come into immediate effect and the required financial allocation would be made by the government. The state government will also provide Rs. 1,116.97 crore as input relief to about 11.43 lakh farmers.

29. HAL inks deal with MIDHANI

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI) have signed an MoU. They will develop and produce composite raw materials. This is the first time that such an MoU has been signed for composite raw materials. Composites raw materials, mainly in the form of prepregs used in platforms like Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), are currently imported.

30. Move to declare Kaliveli wetlands a sanctuary

In a major push to declare Kaliveli wetlands a bird sanctuary, the Villupuram district administration, Tamil Nadu has issued the first declaration under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Kaliveli is the second-largest brackish water lake in South India after Pulicat lake. The lake is connected to the Bay of Bengal by the Uppukalli Creek and the Edayanthittu sanctuary.

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