Current Affairs 8th February 2021

1. RBI announces government bond purchase

The RBI will purchase government securities worth Rs. 20,000 crores through open market operations (OMOs) to keep the yields in check. It will purchase long-term securities maturing in 2024, 2028, 2030, and 2034. So far this fiscal, RBI has undertaken OMO purchases of government securities worth Rs. 3.57 trillion and OMO purchases of state development loans worth Rs. 300 billion.

2. India clinches 3rd spot in COVID vaccination

India has the third-highest number of people, after the US and UK, who have received at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine. Nearly 5.8 million, including 5.3 million health workers & 485,857 frontline workers have already received the COVID doses till 7 Feb 2021. According to the government, 12 states have vaccinated more than 200,000 people each till 7 Feb 2021.

3. Govt allocates Rs. 16000 cr for Fasal Bima Yojna

Union government has allocated Rs. 16,000 crores for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for the fiscal year 2021-22. This is a budgetary increase of around Rs. 305 crores as against the previous fiscal year 2020-21. On January 13, 2016, the Government of India approved this flagship crop insurance scheme. The scheme covers losses arising out of prevented sowing and mid-season adversities.

4. Foundation laid for 100-foot-high flag

The Indian Army has laid the foundation stone of the tallest ‘Iconic National Flag’ at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir. The flag will be on a 100 feet-high pole, the highest Tricolour in the valley. The Indian Army in collaboration with the Solar Industry India will install the flag. This iconic Indian national flag will be a first in many ways.

5. FM held a bilateral meeting with UK’s Secretary

UK Secretary of State for International Trade Mary Elizabeth Truss met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on 5 Feb 2021. Mrs. Sitharaman highlighted the reforms brought in through the Budget and suggested areas of closer cooperation with the UK, including investments in infrastructure, the insurance sector, integrating small and medium enterprises in the global value chain.

6. 23rd annual convocation of RGUHS in Bengaluru

President Ram Nath Kovind was the Chief Guest at the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru on 7 Feb 2021. The university conferred the Doctor of Science degree on renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Alangar Satya Ranjan Das Hegde. As part of a three-day tour of the state, the President also inaugurated the General Thimayya Museum in Madikeri on 6 February 2021.

7. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal awarded

Iqbal Singh Chahal, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner, has been conferred the ‘Covid Crusader Award-2020. He has been awarded by the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) in the Indian Bureaucrats Category. He has become the first Indian bureaucrat to be recognized and receive global acknowledgment for his contribution in controlling Covid in Mumbai.

8. Mandu Festival to be held on 13-14 February

Mandu Festival 2021 will be organized in the historical city Mandu in Madhya Pradesh on 13th and 14th Feb 2021. The two-day Mandu festival being organized by Madhya Pradesh Tourism will have heritage walks, cycling tours, photo contests, yoga workshops, musical performances, and much more. Hoshang Shah Tomb, Jahaz Mahal, etc. are some of the monuments present in the city.

9. Bihar tops the country with 76.6% vaccination

Bihar has topped the country with 76.6% Covid-19 vaccination, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Department. Madhya Pradesh ranked at second position with 76.1%, while Tripura at the third position with 76%. 3,69,979 healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far in the first phase of vaccination in Bihar.

10. SSPM Medical College inaugurated in Sindhudurg

Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the SSPM Medical College at Kudal, in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra on 7 Feb 2021. The college has been founded by a trust chaired by the former CM and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narayan Rane. Rane had undertaken the development of the Sindhudurg Shikshan Prasarak (SSP) Mandal Medical College four years ago on a 70-acre private land.

11. Flights from Bilaspur to begin from 1 March

In Chhattisgarh, domestic flights from Bilaspur city will begin on March 1, 2021, under the regional connectivity scheme. The announcement was made by Union Civil Aviation and Urban Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on 7 Feb 2021. The Ministry has set a target of operationalizing 100 unserved and underserved airports and is starting at least 1,000 air routes under the UDAN scheme.

12. First Tibetan village gets electricity by GHE

In eastern Ladakh, the Tibetan village of Dungti is electrified now. In 1962, Tibetan families migrated to Ladakh and settled in Dungti to form a TR (Tibetan refuge) village of Ladakh. The electrification work was carried out by Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE). Every house received a solar Nano grid with 3 LED lights and 2 LED batons along with USB charging facilities.

13. India’s first geothermal power project

India’s first geothermal power project will be established at Puga village of eastern Ladakh. The project known as Geothermal Field Development Project is planned to be commissioned by the end of 2022. The tripartite MOU in this regard has been signed between ONGC Energy, LAHDC, Leh, and the Power Department of UT Ladakh. In the first phase, 1 MW power generation capacity will be generated.

14. Drass Red wins 13th CEC Cup Ice Hockey C’ship

The 13th CEC Ice Hockey Cup 2021, organized by the Department of Youth Services and Sports, Kargil concluded at Ice Hockey Rink Biamathang, in Ladakh on 7 Feb 2021. In the final of the men’s category, Drass Red won over Chiktan Ice Hockey Club with a margin of 3-2 goals. In the women’s category, Chiktan Women Ice Hockey Club won over Wakha Mulbekh Club with a margin of 1-0 goal.

15. 14th ICFFB concludes in Bangladesh

The 14th International Children’s Film Festival of Bangladesh (ICFFB) came to an end on 5 Feb 2021. Dutch film ‘Jackie and Oopjen’ was awarded the Best International Feature Film Award. The Best Director award went to Ani Oganesyan for his film Stork’s Nest from Armenia. Bangladeshi film ‘Maati’ got The Young Talent Award while ‘Lottery’ won the Special mention under the Young Talent Award.

16. Bangladesh honors Indian citizens

The govt of Bangladesh honored a number of Indian citizens for their outstanding contribution to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, on 6 Feb 2021. Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr. Hasan Mahmud gave them the ‘Freedom Fighter Friendship Award’ in Kolkata. Family members of poet Govinda Halder, legendary Singer Manna Dey, and former CM Siddhartha Shankar Roy were also honored.

17. Former US Secretary George Shultz dies

Former US Secretary of State, George Shultz passed away in February 2021. He served three former Presidents – Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan – in various roles. His efforts as America’s top diplomat from 1982 to 1989 under the former President Ronald Reagan helped lead to the conclusion of the four decade long Cold War that began after World War Two.

18. Afghanistan receives vaccine from India

Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from India on 7 Feb 2021, the first to arrive in the country. The vaccines were produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII), which is producing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for mid-and low-income countries. The Afghan government has already trained 1,000 people to deliver the vaccine.

19. Rs 1000 cr for the welfare of tea workers of Assam

The Centre has proposed to provide Rs. 1000 cr for the welfare of tea workers of Assam and West Bengal. The amount will be spent especially for the welfare of women and children associated with the tea gardens in these states. In addition to this, the Budget also has outlays for additional funding for the development of social and physical infrastructure in the states of Assam and West Bengal.

20. Mobile exhibition flagged off in Pune

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar flagged off a mobile exhibition to spread awareness about Covid-19 vaccination in Pune on 7 Feb 2021. Under this campaign, 16 specially fabricated vans will travel across 36 districts of Maharashtra to spread awareness among people. The campaign has been designed and implemented by the Regional Outreach Bureau,

21. ‘Yudh Abhyas 20’ commences in Rajasthan

The India-US joint military exercise “Yudh Abhyas 20” commenced on 8 Feb 2021 in Mahajan Field Firing Range of Bikaner, Rajasthan. This is the 16th edition of the exercise and will continue till 21 Feb 2021. The previous version of the joint exercise was held in Seattle in the US. It is one of the largest military training and defense cooperation efforts between India and the US.

22. UP announces Unicode to identify landholdings

The Uttar Pradesh government has introduced a system of issuing a unique 16-digit Unicode to mark all kinds of landholdings in the state. The revenue department will be issuing the Unicode for marking all kinds of agricultural, residential, and commercial land. It will help to check the cases of land disputes and save the people from falling into the trap of fraudsters.

23. CoWin info now available on Aarogya Setu app

India’s covid-19 contact tracing app, Aarogya Setu has been integrated with the Co-WIN portal to allow users to download their vaccination certificates. To monitor the inoculation drive and track the listed beneficiaries for vaccination on a real-time basis, the central government has developed Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network or Co-WIN application.

24. First ever developmental conclave in Leh

Authorities in Ladakh organized the first-ever developmental conclave in Leh on 6 Feb 2021. The day-long conclave was chaired by Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur. Deliberations were held on the action plans and vision of each department for the next five years in fulfilling the Ladakh Vision 2050. The conclave is the first exercise by the gov. of Ladakh after the formation of the UT.

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