Current Affairs Daily Digest – December 16 & 17 2021
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1. Bhutan confers PM Modi with its highest civilian award
Bhutan has honoured PM Modi with its highest civilian award, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo. Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has announced PM Modi’s name for Bhutan’s highest honour.
The honour comes as an appreciation for India’s friendly approach to Bhutan under PM Modi’s governance. During the pandemic, India had extended support to the neighbouring country in the form of vaccines, medicines and other emergency services.
2. Sunil Gavaskar honoured with SJFI Medal 2021
The Sports Journalists’ Federation of India (SJFI) has decided to honour former Indian Cricketer and cricket commentator Sunil Manohar Gavaskar with its prestigious ‘SJFI Medal 2021’ at SJFI Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Guwahati, Assam.
SJFI Medal is the highest honour of SJFI. SJFI was founded on 27th February 1976 at the Eden Gardens, Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal.
3. Simone Biles named Time Magazine’s 2021 Athlete of the Year
Simone Biles was named Time magazine’s 2021 Athlete of the Year. The world’s most decorated gymnast, a four-time Olympic medalist, was hailed for putting her mental health first when she withdrew from four event finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Despite the setback, the 24-year-old managed to earn a team all-around silver and a bronze in balance beam at the Tokyo Games.
4. The book ‘Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work’ authored by Rahul Rawail released
Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has released the book titled ‘Raj Kapoor: The Master At Work’ authored by Rahul Rawail. The book launch event was held at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, coinciding with Raj Kapoor’s 97th birth anniversary. The vice president described the book as a “labour of love and dedication”.
5. Arvind Kumar joins Software Technology Parks of India as DG
Arvind Kumar has joined as Director General of Software Technology Parks of India. Software Technology Parks of India is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology Government of India.
STPI is fuelling the culture of tech entrepreneurship and innovation in the country by launching 25 + Centres of Entrepreneurship in emerging technology domains.
6. Army Chief Naravane takes charge as Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee
Army Chief General M.M. Naravane has assumed the charge as the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee that comprises the three service chiefs. The post fell vacant following the death of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat in the Indian Air Force helicopter crash on December 8. General Naravane has been given the charge, as he is the senior-most among the three service chiefs.
7. TVS Motor and BMW Motorrad tie up to make electric vehicles
India’s TVS Motor Company will develop electric vehicles (EV) with BMW’s motorcycle brand in India, joining a host of Indian automakers that have sought to expand their clean mobility offering. The tie-up comes at a time when new-age start-ups like Ola Electric & Ather are ramping up investment in electric scooters.
8. Government grants ‘In-Principle’ approval to set up largest nuclear power generating site in Maharashtra
The Government of India has granted ‘In-Principle’ approval to set up six Nuclear Power Reactors of 1,650 MW each in technical cooperation with France. The approval to the nuclear power reactors has been accorded to a site in Maharashtra’s Jaitapur which will make it the largest nuclear power generating site in India with a total capacity of 9,900 MW. Currently, the techno-commercial discussions are to arrive at the project proposal with M/s. EDF, France is in progress.
9.Foundational Literacy Index: West Bengal on top in large states category
The Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister recently released a report on the ‘Index on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy’. The report on the literacy rate in India is an indicator of literacy among children below the age of 10 years in Indian states that are further divided into different categories.
On one hand, in the ‘large states category’, West Bengal has topped the charts while Bihar is on the bottom, Kerala can be seen on a top spot in the ‘small states category’.
10.Askot Wildlife Sanctuary Declared Eco-Sensitive Zone
Ministry of Environment, Forest, and global climate change (MoEF&CC) proclaimed Askot Wildlife Sanctuary as Eco-sensitive Zone.
A neighborhood of 454.65 square kilometers around the boundary of Askot Wildlife Sanctuary within the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand has been declared because of the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ).
11. International Science Festival In Panaji
The seventh edition of the India International Science Festival began in Panaji. Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Launched the 7th edition of the India International Science Festival at Panaji, Goa.
The theme of the 4-day science festival is ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – “Celebrating Creativity, Science, Technology, and Innovation for a prosperous India.”