Current Affairs Daily Digest – December 18 2021
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1. ISRO signed six agreements with four countries for launching foreign satellites
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed six agreements with four countries for launching foreign satellites during 2021-2023. About 132 million Euros would be earned through the launching of these foreign satellites on a commercial basis.
The ISRO-Indian space agency, founded in 1969 to develop an independent Indian space program. Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh has said that ISRO has launched a total of 342 satellites from 34 countries since 1999.
2. Union cabinet approves Rs 76,000 crore push for semiconductor manufacturing
Union Cabinet approved a Rs 76,000-crore production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for boosting semiconductor and display manufacturing in India. With this, the total amount of production linked incentive (PLI) announced for the electronics sector increase to Rs 2.30 lakh crore.
3. Kumar Mangalam Birla receives Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Aditya Birla Group’s chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla has received the Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award- Business Transformation from The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) based out of Silicon Valley.
Birla is the first Indian Industrialist to receive the award for global entrepreneurship along with top global business leaders Satya Nadella, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos. The awardees were selected by an independent jury chaired by Venture Capitalist, Tim Draper, Founder, Draper University.
4. A book title “Rewinding the first 25 years of MeitY! by SS Oberoi
The book titled ‘Rewinding of First 25 years of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’ authored by S S Oberoi, the former adviser at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) was launched by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary of MeitY. The book consists of life experience, challenges working as an advisor under the MeitY. He was the first head of the Software Development Agency and the first adviser of Information Technology.
5. YouGov: PM Modi world’s 8th most admired man in 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ranked 8th on the list of the world’s top 20 most admired men, in a survey carried out by data analytics company YouGov. PM Modi is ahead of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Virat Kohli. The list has been compiled taking feedback from 42,000 people in 38 countries.
Apart from PM Modi, the other Indian men who, according to the survey, were the most admired in 2021 include Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Virat Kohli. The list also includes the most admired Indian women of 2021 has Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sudha Murty.
6. World Arabic Language Day: 18 December
World Arabic Language Day is observed globally on 18th December every year. The Arabic language is one of the pillars of the cultural diversity of mankind. It is one of the most widely used languages in the world, spoken daily by more than 400 million people.
The theme of this year’s World Arabic Language Day is “The Arabic Language and Civilizational Communication”.
7. National Minorities Rights Day 2021
Every year, December 18 is observed as the Minorities Rights Day to uphold the right to freedom and equal opportunities for the ethnic minorities in India and create awareness about the respect and dignity of the minorities.
8. International Migrants Day 2021: 18th December
The International Migrants Day is observed globally on 18 December every year. The day is observed to highlight the contributions made by the 272 million migrants, which includes more than 41 million people who are internally displaced persons, and the challenges they face.
The theme of International Migrants Day 2021 is Harnessing the potential of human mobility.
9. Tamil Nadu Government Announces Tamil Thaai Vazhthu as the State Song
The Tamil Nadu government announced Thamizh Thaai Vaazhthu as the state song on 17 Dec 2021, requiring everyone to stand when it is sung on occasions.
According to an official statement, a G.O. has been issued in this regard, and the song must be sung at the start of all events hosted by educational institutions, universities, government offices, public sector businesses, and public organizations.
10. ‘Agni P’: India test fires new-gen nuclear capable ballistic missile
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested the new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile ‘Agni P’. Agni P was launched from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha.
Trajectory and parameters of the missile was tracked and monitored by several telemetry, electro-optical stations, radar, and down range ships positioned along eastern coast. Agni P followed textbook trajectory and met all the objectives of mission with high level of accuracy.
11. India-Vietnam cooperation in postal sector
India and Vietnam signed a letter of intent for enhanced cooperation in the postal sector. It was singed in line with the comprehensive strategic & economic ties between both the countries.
The letter of intent highlights the joint objectives of India and Vietnam:
- To facilitate cooperation in the field of posts & telecom
- To promote sharing of information & experience
- To cooperate in implementing projects in HR development and
- To promote enhanced cooperation of postal designated operators & service providers.