Daily Current Affairs: February 9, 2021
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PM Narendra Modi unveils a postage stamp on the Diamond Jubilee of the Gujarat High Court
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a virtual conference held on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Gujarat High Court. A commemorative postage stamp released by the Dak Bhawan for this occasion was unveiled by the PM during the conference.
- The event marks the completion of 60 years of the Gujarat High Court on May 1, 2020. The event had to be postponed and held virtually due to the pandemic.
- Capital: Gandhinagar
- Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani
- Governor: Acharya Devvrat
- National Park: Blackbuck NP, Vansda NP, Gir Forest NP, Marine NP, Gulf of Kutch.
Delhi Cabinet approves Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha Scholarship Scheme
- The Delhi cabinet approved ‘Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha’ in which Rs. 5,000 will be provided to Rs. 1,000 meritorious students of Class 9 in schools of Delhi as a science scholarship.
- The scholarship will provide a boost to science education in secondary classes at the school level.
- Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal
- Governor: Anil Baijal.
Haryana and Switzerland agree to share expertise in skill training, tourism and dairying
- Haryana and Switzerland have agreed to share their expertise in the fields of skill training, tourism, dairying besides exploring the possibilities of signing MoUs for the teacher-student and cultural exchange programs so as to further strengthen the bilateral ties between Switzerland and India particularly with Haryana.
- Capital: Chandigarh
- Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
- Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya
- National Parks (NP): Sultanpur NP, Kalesar NP
- Dance: Phag, Dhamal, Loor, Khoria.
Manipur CM Biren Singh launches new range of packaged organic products and LoumiConnect App
- Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched a new range of packaged organic products and LoumiConnect app apart from distributing Bolero Camper vehicles and nurseries to seven Farmers Producer Companies (FPCs) in a function organized jointly by Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation and Eastern Border Areas Development Authority (EBADA).
- Capital: Imphal
- Chief Minister: N. Biren Singh
- Governor: Najma Heptulla.
Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve to be the 5th Tiger reserve of Tamil Nadu
- Tamil Nadu government passed an order for creating the fifth tiger reserve in the state and the 51st in the country. The Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve will span the forests of the Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary spread across the districts of Theni, Virudhunagar and Madurai.
- Capital: Chennai
- Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
- Governor: Banwarilal Purohit.
- National Park: Mukurthi NP, Guindy NP,Gulf of Mannar Marine NP, Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) NP, Mudumalai NP.
Uttar Pradesh government announces a unique 16-digit Unicode to identify landholdings
- Uttar Pradesh government has introduced a system of issuing a unique 16-digit Unicode to mark all kinds of landholdings in the state.
- Every piece of land in the state will have its own unique identity from now onwards that would check cases of land disputes and save people from falling into the trap of fraudsters.
- The digits from 11 to 14 will be the number of the division of the land. The last 2 digits will have the details of the category, through which, the agricultural, residential, and commercial land will be identified.
- Capital: Lucknow
- Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
- Governor: Anandiben Patel
- National Park: Dudhwa National Park (Tiger Reserve)
- Zoological park: Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Prani Udyan (Gorakhpur), Kanpur Zoological Park, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden.
14th International Children’s Film Festival of Bangladesh concludes
- The 14th International Children’s Film Festival of Bangladesh (ICFFB) was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The 7-day long festival was organised by the Children’s Film Society (CFS) of Bangladesh.
- Apart from Bangladesh, films from India, Armenia, US, UK, Ireland, Japan, and China among others were shown in the course of the festival. 179 films from 37 countries were shown at various venues.
- Bangladeshi film ‘Maati’ got The Young Talent Award while ‘Lottery’ won the Special mention under the Young Talent Award. Dutch Film Jackie and Oopjen was awarded the Best International Feature Film Award.
- Capital: Dhaka
- Currency: Taka
- Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
- President: Abdul Hamid.
India & Nepal jointly inaugurate 108 km road to improve daily connectivity at the Indo-Nepal border
- India and Nepal jointly inaugurated a newly-constructed 108-kilometre road that connects the Indian border with several areas of the Himalayan nation. The Indian grant assistance of Rs. 44.48 million was utilised for the construction of the road.
- India-Nepal bilateral ties came under strain after Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8 last year.
- Capital: Kathmandu
- Currency: Napalese Rupee
- Prime Minister: KP Sharma Oli
- President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Banking and Economy
Moody’s projects nominal growth of 17% for the fiscal year 2022-23
- Global rating agency Moody’s projected India’s nominal growth at 17% for the FY22, a mark up from the 14.3% earlier. The Union Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman forecast nominal gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 14.4%.
- India’s fiscal deficit for the current fiscal stood at 7.5% of GDP and 5.5% for the next fiscal, while the budget put the figures at 9.5% and 6.8% for FY21 and FY22, respectively.
Acquisitions and Mergers
Triton Electric Vehicle signs an MoU with BEL for the development of electric vehicles and energy storage systems
- American electric car manufacturer, Triton Electric Vehicle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for developing electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
- Under this MoU, BEL will be the exclusive manufacturing partner to Triton in India for identified products. Triton will provide the know-how and technical documentation required for the manufacturing of these products.
Science and Technology
Union Defence Ministry signed an MoU with BEL to procure ship-borne modern radio system
- The Union Defence Ministry signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to procure a software-defined radio tactical ship-borne system worth over Rs. 1,000 crore.
- The SDR-Tac is a four-channel multi-mode, multi-band, 19-inch rack-mountable, ship-borne software-defined radio system.
Bellatrix Aerospace is manufacturing a ‘space taxi’ for satellites
- Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace and Bengaluru-based Bellatrix Aerospace have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use the Orbital Transfer Vehicle being developed by Bellatrix in the upper stage of Vikram series of launch vehicles currently being developed by Skyroot.
- In simple terms, it is like a “taxi in space” to take satellites to their operational orbits. Skyroot and Bellatrix plan to have the first mission of a Vikram launcher with an Orbital Transfer Vehicle by 2023.
Awards and Recognitions
India’s Rishabh Pant and South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail win the inaugural ICC Player of the Month Awards for January 2021
- India’s Rishabh Pant won the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for January 2021 for his performances in the two Tests against Australia where he scored a 97 at Sydney and an unbeaten 89 at Brisbane that led India to a historic series win against arch-rivals Australia.
- South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for January 2021 for her performances across three ODIs and two T20Is during the month. Ismail took seven wickets in the victorious ODI series against Pakistan, before taking five wickets in the second T20I against the same opposition.
Indian film ‘Pebbles’ wins top prize at International Film Festival of Rotterdam
- Indian drama, Pebbles, directed by filmmaker Vinothraj PS, has won the top honour, the Tiger Award for Best Film, at the 50th International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR).
- The Special Jury Award at IFFR went to “I Comete A Corsican Summer” by French filmmaker Pascal Tagnati.
- The Tamil language film, Pebbles, follows an alcoholic abusive husband who, after his long-suffering wife runs off, sets out with his young son to find her and bring her back.
Steve Smith wins third Allan Border Medal and Beth Mooney bags her maiden Belinda Clarke Award
- Former Australian captain Steve Smith claimed his 3rd Allan Border Medal while Beth Mooney bagged her maiden Belinda Clarke Award, the top two honours of the Australian Cricket Awards.
- Smith was honoured for his performances in all three formats of the game, while Mooney bagged the recognition in the Australian women’s game for the first time. The awards were decided by a voting process for the period 2020-21.
Books and Authors
A book titled “Platform Scale: For A Post-Pandemic World” authored by Sangeet Paul Choudary released
- A new book titled “Platform Scale: For A Post-Pandemic World” authored by Sangeet Paul Choudary was released. The book explains the inner workings of platform business models and their ability to scale rapidly. It was published by Penguin Random House India.
A book titled “BY MANY A HAPPY ACCIDENT: Recollections of a Life” authored by former Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari
- Former Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari has authored a book titled ‘By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life’. The book was published by Rupa Publications.
Legendary New Zealand All-rounder Bruce Taylor passed away at 77
- Former New Zealand all-rounder Bruce Taylor has passed away after a prolonged illness. Taylor is the only player to score a century and take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut. He was known as the “Force of Nature” by the New Zealand Cricket Team.
Bollywood Actor Rajiv Kapoor passed away at 58
- Bollywood Actor Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor’s younger brother Rajiv Kapoor passed away due to heart attack. Rajiv Kapoor is known for his performance in ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ (1985) and ‘Ek Jaan Hain Hum’ (1983). He was also the director of the film ‘Prem Granth’.
Ishant Sharma becomes the third Indian pacer to take 300 Test wickets
- The 32-year-old veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the sixth Indian and the third pacer from the country to take 300 wickets in Test cricket.
- Besides Kumble (619) and Kapil dev (434), Ravichandran Ashwin (386), Harbhajan Singh (417), and Zaheer Khan (311) are the other bowlers from the country who have reached the landmark.
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