18.12.20 Daily HPSC Current Affairs


High-yielding sugarcane variety developed at Karnal institute


Scientists of the Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Regional Centre here, have developed a high-sugared and yielding sugarcane variety Co-15023.

The variety has been released for commercial cultivation in north west zone, comprising central and western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi by the Central Sub-Committee for Crop Standards Notification and Release of Variety in a meeting held last month.

In the AICRP trials, it depicted an improvement to 9.12 per cent from 5.92 per cent of other standard variety during the eighth month. Besides, it improved to 7.93 per cent from 5.78 per cent during 10 months. It recorded a yield of 89.49 tonnes per hectare cane, 19.41 per cent juice sucrose and 14.93 per cent pol in cane (14.93-kg sugar in 100-kg sugarcane).



UNESCOs 2020 State Of Education For India Report


UNESCO recently released the State of Education Report (SER) in India. The report highlights the vision of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) contained in India’s new National Education Policy 2020. UNESCO formulated the TVET strategy (2016-21). The strategy is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Education 2030 Action Plan.

It refers to the learning of technology, the mastery of practical skills, the understanding and knowledge related to the profession and various departments. Vocational and technical education and training are very important to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship. It promotes equality and gender equality. It facilitates the transition to a sustainable society and green economy.



QCI Has Launched a Recognition Scheme

Quality Council of India (QCI) has launched a Recognition Scheme for Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies.


QCI has proposed a scheme to approve Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies to expand the Hygiene Rating by increasing the number of Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies recognized in the country.

The scheme aims to encourage food companies to improve their hygiene and safety standards so that consumers can make informed choices/decisions about the food stores they eat.

Currently, the scheme is applicable to foodservice establishments (such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, dhabhas etc.), dessert shops, bakeries and meat retail stores.


Opening Ceremony Of the 12th GRIHA Summit

The opening ceremony of the 12th Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Summit was organized virtually.

As a platform to discuss innovative technologies and solutions, this will help in creating robust mechanism to develop sustainable and resilient solutions for the benefit of the entire community.

 Launching the event: During the event, the Vice President of India released the “SHASHWAT” magazine and the book “30 Stories Beyond Architecture”.

 Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) is the national rating system of India for any completed building construction.

 GRIHA is recognised as India’s own green building rating system in India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions(INDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


Defence Acquisition Council approves proposals worth Rs 27,000 crore to procure equipment from domestic industry


Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved proposals to procure equipment worth Rs 27,000 crore from the domestic industry.

DAC approved Capital Acquisition proposals of various weapons, platforms, equipment and systems required by the Indian Army, the Navy and Air Force at an approximate overall cost of Rs 28,000 crore.


This was the first meeting of the Council under the new regime of Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 and this will give a boost to the Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiatives of the Government.


Acquisition proposals approved include the DRDO designed and developed Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems for the Indian Air Force, Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Indian Navy and Modular Bridges for the Indian Army.

World’s tallest rail bridge on Chenab in J&K likely to be completed by 2021


The world’s tallest rail bridge on the Chenab in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory is expected to be completed by next year.

The 1,315-metre-long bridge between Bakkal and Kauri villages of Reasi is coming up at a height of 359 metres.


The arched structure will connect Baramulla to Jammu via Udhampur, Katra and Qazigund with a travel time of six and a half hours.

Doha to host 2030 Asian Games, Saudi Arabia in 2034


The 2030 Asian Games were awarded to Doha and the 2034 event went to Riyadh after a deal was struck between the rival nations.

The vote took place amid a bitter and long-running political dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


2030 Asian Games will be the 21st edition of the multi-sports event, held after every four years. It is also known as Asiad.


Qatar will also host the 2022 World Cup.


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