16.02.22 HPSC Daily Current Affairs


Kurukshetra University signs sports pact with Aligarh Muslim University


An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the department of physical education of Kurukshetra University and the department of physical education of Aligarh Muslim University was signed on Friday. Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor Professor SomNathSachdeva said this MoU would prove to be a milestone in the field of education and sports for both universities.

He further said the MoUs with educational institutions in the fields of education, sports and science was the need of the hour. Through this MoU, exchange of faculty, guest lecture programme, presentation and execution of collaborative research and research projects, intellectual ideas, and technical assistance in various areas of development of physical education and sports science, high-performance training will be shared.




Reimagining Museums In India – Global Summit


The Ministry of Culture arranges a worldwide Summit on reimagining museums in India.


The summit is the first of its kind. The summit will be inaugurated by the Union Minister of Culture, Shri Kishan Reddy.

The summit is to specialize in developing museums in India. The most intention is to cultivate new practices and methods to develop the Indian museums.

The summit is organized as a neighborhood of AzadikaAmritMahotsav. It’s a program to mark the 75th anniversary of Indian independence.

The summit will compile the experts and practitioners within museum management from everywhere on the planet.

Democracy Index 2021: EIU Latest Report


The Economic Intelligence Unit recently released the Democracy Index Report, 2021. The report described the state of democracy in 165 countries.


The report was prepared based on five parameters. They were functioning of the government, electoral process and pluralism, political participation, civil liberties and political culture.


Norway topped the index. The country scored 9.75. Following Norway, New Zealand was at the second position. Finland, Sweden and Iceland were at the third, fourth and fifth position respectively. Afghanistan scored the least with 0.32. Earlier North Korea was at the bottom most position.


One – third of the world population is living under authoritarian rule. 6.4% is having full democracy. The current global democracy score is 5.28 out of 10.


China was ranked at 148th position. Myanmar: 166, Nepal: 1010, Pakistan: 104, Bhutan: 81, Bangladesh: 75, Sri Lanka: 67





Umbrella scheme of Modernisation of Police Force


Union government approved the “Scheme of Modernisation of State Police Forces (MPF) for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26.


This is a scheme to modernise and improve police forces across the states and union territories. It will continue for another five years.

A total financial outlay of Rs 26,275 crore has been dedicated to the scheme.


Under the MPF scheme, provision has been made for law & order, internal security, adoption of modern technology by police, assisting states and union territories for narcotics control. It also aims to “strengthen the criminal justice system by developing a robust forensic set-up in India”. Central government will provide Rs 4,846 crore to modernize state police forces.




ISRO PSLV-C52 Launch


The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) recently launched the PSLV – C52 rocket successfully. The rocket carried two small satellites and EOS – 04. The two small satellites were Inspiresat – 1 and INS – 2TD. This is the first launch of 2022. And it is the first launch since the failure of EOS – 03 mission. The EOS – 03 failed as the cryogenic upper stage did not ignite.


After 22 minutes of the launch, the fourth stage was passivated. This was done by removing excess propellants. The propellants used were mixed oxides of nitrogen and mono methyl hydrazine. Removing excess fuel is called passivation. Passivation lasted for ten minutes.


It is a radar imaging satellite. It was designed to provide quality image. This includes forestry, agriculture, flood mapping, soil moisture, plantations and hydrology. It is to supplement the data from RISAT – 2B series, Cartosat and Resourcesat series. The mission life of EOS – 04 is ten years. It weighs 1,710 kg.



SMILE Scheme Launched


Department of Social Justice & Empowerment launched the “SMILE: Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise” scheme on February 12, 2022, in New Delhi.


SMILE is a Central Sector scheme. It is dubbed as Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise. It was launched by Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment. The scheme has been designed for providing welfare measures to Transgender community and people engaged in begging.


SMILE scheme seeks to strengthens and expands the reach of Rights that give necessary legal protection and secured life to targeted group. It keeps in mind the social security required through multiple dimensions of identity, education, medical care, shelter, and occupational opportunities.



Over 9 crore rural households receiving tap water: Centre


More than nine crore rural households across the country are now receiving clean tap water under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the government.

Since the announcement of the Jal Jeevan Mission in 2019, households across 98 districts, 1,129 blocks, 66,067 gram panchayats and 1,36,135 villages have been receiving clean tap water, according to a statement issued by the Jal Shakti Ministry.



In Goa, HaryanaTelangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, every rural household has tap water supply

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