29.12.21 Daily HPSC Current Affairs

 

HARYANA

Haryana Agricultural University on top in Atal ranking

 

Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCS HAU) has secured the first position among farm universities across the country in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation and Achievements (ARIIA).

The ranking was released today by the Union Ministry of Education and the AICTE.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Ziyuan-1 02E Launched by China

 

China launched a new Earth observation satellite named “Ziyuan-1 02E” into space.

 

The satellite was launched with the goal of discovering new natural resources.A smaller satellite was also launched, which will be used to teach geography at a Beijing school.

The Long March 4C rocket launched both satellites from the Taiyuan Launch Center in Sjanxi Province.

The Earth observation satellite Ziyuan-1 02E is part of a series of Ziyuan-1 satellites. Its most recent version, Ziyuan III 03., was released in July 2021.

 

Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award Presented In Dubai

 

the Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award were presented in Dubai.

Highlights:

Surat’s noted industrialist Viral Desai received the prestigious Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award.

Because of his passion for the environment, Viral Desai is known as Greenman.

At Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm, the SanskrutiYuvaSansthan presented Viral Desai and other winners with the ‘Bharat Gaurav Samman.’

The prestigious awards were presented to 28 prominent figures from 11 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, New Zealand, and Malaysia.

 

CEBRs Indian Economy Prediction

 

According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), India will reclaim sixth place from France in 2022 and move up to third place in 2031.

Highlights:

India was predicted to become the third-largest economy in the world by 2030.

China will overtake the United States in 2030, according to the CEBR’s annual World Economic League Table.

According to the report, India’s ranking in the World Economic League Table will improve over the next 15 years (WELT).

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Flex-Fuel Vehicles and Flex-Fuel Strong Hybrid Guidelines

 

Guidelines for Flex-Fuel Vehicles and Flex-Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles were released by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Highlights:

Automatic manufacturers in India have been instructed to begin producing Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV) and Flex Fuel Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles in accordance with guidelines (FFV-SHEVs).

This will help India replace its petroleum imports as a fuel source while also providing direct benefits to farmers.

FFV-SHEVs are equipped with powerful Hybrid Electric technology.

Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules

 

The Consumer Protection (Direct Selling) Rules, 2021, have been published by the Central Government.

Highlights:

Direct selling entities and direct sellers are prohibited from Promoting a Pyramid Scheme or enlisting anyone in these schemes under the notified rules.

Participating in a money-transfer scheme

State governments have been given the responsibility of monitoring compliance with these rules.

Direct Selling Entities are required to have at least one physical location as a registered office within India, according to the rules.

They should make a self-declaration that the Direct Selling Entity has followed the rules and is not involved in a pyramid scheme or money circulation scheme.

All products sold by a direct selling company must adhere to the declarations made under the Legal Metrology Act of 2009.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

ICRA’s forecast of Indian GDP Growth

 

Ratings agency ICRA revised its Indian GDP growth estimate, recently.

 

According to ICRA’s estimate, there was an upward growth of 7.9 % in the second quarter of financial year 2021-22.

An increase in government spending in September resulted to an upgrade of GDP growth estimate in the second quarter.

As per earlier estimate, real GDP growth for the July-September period was 7.7%.

GDP of India had surged by over 20% in the first quarter, because of a low base as the first wave of covid-19 pandemic raged.

As per agency, there was a growth of 8.5%, 7.9% and 3% respectively across industry, services & agriculture and forestry & fishing for the same quarter.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

India: Launch of 27 Border Infrastructure Projects

 

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh virtually inaugurated 24 bridges and three roads, which have been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

 

These bridges and roads have been constructed across four States and two Union Territories in India

On the occasion, Defence Minister commended BRO for completing these projects, despite the challenges of high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures.

Minister also announced to set up of ‘BRO Cafes’ at 75 places, under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.

 

Recent Milestone in Gram Ujalaprogramme

 

Under the Flagship Gram Ujala Programme, the state-owned CESL has achieved a milestone to distribute 50 lakh LED bulb. This milestone was achieved under the Project Crore of the Gram Ujala Programme.

 

CESL started this programme under the leadership of Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy R K Singh, in March 2021.

It achieved the milestone of distributing 10 lakh bulbs in a single day, on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2021 in December.

Under the programme, CESL is providing high-quality 7-watt and 12-watt LED bulbs at the cost of Rs 10 per bulb, in exchange of working incandescent bulbs. It also provides a 3-year guarantee on it.

Every household is entitled to exchange a maximum of five bulbs.

 

The distribution of CESL has resulted in energy savings of 71,99,68,373.28 units per year and the cost savings of Rs 250 crore per year across rural areas of the states covered under the scheme.

 

Gram Ujala’s scheme is being implemented in rural households across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. The programme will be run till March 31, 2022.

National breed conservation award for 2021

 

The National Breed Conservation Award for 2021 was presented, recently.

 

The award has been bagged by “All-India Co-ordinated Research Project (AICRP)” on poultry breeding, Mannuthy, which carried under the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University (KVASU).

 

It received the prestigious award from ICAR – the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) for the cause of conservation and research activities on Tellicherry breed.

 

Tellicherry breed is the only registered native chicken breed in the state of Kerala.

The award carries a prize money of Rs 10,000 and a citation.

Award was presented at the Kisan Divas celebrations, which was organised by ICAR-NBAGR recently.

 

The National Breed Conservation Award was established by ICAR – NBAGR. It was established for centres or projects which contribute towards conservation and improvement of registered Indian breeds of domestic poultry and livestock.

 

INS Khukri decommissioned after 32 years of service

 

India’s first indigenously built missile corvettes, INS Khukri (P49), was decommissioned after 32 years of service at Visakhapatnam on December 24, 2021.

 

During the decommissioning ceremony, the national flag, the decommissioning pennant and naval ensign were lowered at sunset.

INS Khukri was built by the Mazagon Dock shipbuilders on August 23, 1989.

It had the distinction of being part of Western as well as Eastern Fleets.

In her service to Indian Navy, the ship was commanded by 28 commanding officers.

It traversed a distance of more than 6,44,897 nautical miles, equivalent to navigating across the world 30 times or three times the distance between the Moon and the Earth.

The ship was affiliated with the Gorkha Brigade of the Indian Army.

 

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