Current Affairs Daily Digest – February 11 & 12 2022
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1. A new book titled “India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons” authored by Rajiv Bhatia
Ambassador Rajiv Kumar Bhatia, a Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Programme at Gateway House, has authored a new book (his 3rd book) titled “India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons” which explores the emergence and assertion of Africa as a significant actor and stakeholder in global affairs and the transformation of the relationship between India and Africa.
2. NABARD launched ‘JIVA Programme’ to promote natural farming
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched the ‘JIVA programme’ to promote natural farming under its existing watershed and wadi programmes in 11 states. To effectively implement the principles of agroecology long-term sustainability and transform the pre-existing social and natural capital towards efficient farming.
3. Telangana govt tie-up with British Council to expand higher education
The Government of Telangana and the British Council, an international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural exchange, have signed a 3-year MoU to renew the partnership in education, English and arts.
To facilitate research between institutions and assist to expand higher education globally, to offer global opportunities for the youth of Telangana.
4. N Chandrasekaran reappointed as Chairman of Tata Sons
The board of Tata Sons Pvt Ltd has approved the re-appointment of N Chandrasekaran as the Executive Chairman of the company for the second five years term.
Chandrasekaran’s current tenure as the chairman was to expire at the end of February 2022. He joined the board of Tata Sons in 2016 and took over the role as Chairman in 2017.
5. India ranked 46th in EIU’s Democracy Index
India has ranked 46th position in the 2021 Democracy Index’s global ranking, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit. With the highest score of 9.75, Norway topped the Democracy Index 2021 by Economist Intelligence.
The list was published on February 10, 2022. India scored 6.91 to rank 46th on the list. Our neighbour Pakistan has been placed further below in the hybrid regime with a rank of 104.
6. India to help Sri Lanka launch its version of Aadhaar Card
India has agreed to provide a grant to Sri Lanka to implement a ‘Unitary Digital Identity framework’, apparently modelled on the Aadhaar card. The Rajapaksa government will “prioritise” the implementation of the Framework as a national-level programme.
The initiative follows bilateral talks between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa & Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2019.
7. National Deworming Day 2022
National Deworming Day is observed on February 10, to make people aware of the importance of deworming, particularly for children from 1 to 19 years of age, who are the most vulnerable. The Day was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2015.
The main aim of the Day is to raise awareness on intestinal worms and to attain complete eradication of Soil-Transmitted Helminths in children. Around 24% of the world’s population is infected with soil-transmitted helminths (worms).
8. World Book of Records: Atal Tunnel recognized as ‘Longest Highway Tunnel
Atal Tunnel has been officially certified as ‘World’s Longest Highway Tunnel above 10,000 Feet’ by the World Book of Records. Atal tunnel is a Highway tunnel built under Rohtang Pass in eastern Pir Panjal Himalayan range on Leh-Manali Highway.
It is the longest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet in the world with a length of about 9.02 km. World Book of Records, UK is an organization that catalogues, verifies extraordinary records with authentic certification around the globe.
9. 45th International Kolkata Book Fair to start from February 28
The 45th International Kolkata Book Fair will start from February 28 and will go on till March 13. The focal theme country this year is Bangladesh. Due to both Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and Bangladesh’s 50 years of Independence the theme this year is Bangladesh. Bangladesh Day will be celebrated on March 3 and 4.
10. TomTom Traffic Index Ranking 2021: Mumbai 5th most-congested city in the world
As per the TomTom Traffic Index Ranking 2021, Mumbai has been ranked at 5th, Bengaluru at 10th in terms of the most congested cities in the world in 2021.
Delhi and Pune ranked 11th and 21st among 404 cities across 58 countries, according to TomTom Traffic Index’s global top 25 lists. Istanbul, Turkey has been declared as the most congested city in the world as per the ranking. while Moscow came in second.
11. J&K became first Union Territory to be integrated with NSWS
Jammu & Kashmir has become the first Union Territory to integrate with the National Single Window System (NSWS) which marks a major leap in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in the UT.
Lieutenant Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha launched the J&K Single Window Clearance System integrated with NSWS. NSWS is linked with the India Industrial Land Bank (IILB) which hosts 45 industrial parks of J&K that will help Investors to discover available land parcels in J&K.
12. SEBI bans Reliance Home Finance, Anil Ambani and 3 others from securities market
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on February 11, 2022 barred Reliance Home Finance Ltd, Anil Ambani and three other individuals from the securities market for siphoning off funds from the company.
The three other individuals who have been barred from it include Ravindra Sudhakar, Amit Bapna and Pinkesh R Shah.
The market regulator restrained individuals from associating themselves with any intermediary registered with Sebi or any other public company or acting directors of any public company that intends to raise money from the public till further orders.
13. Surat to be India’s 1st Bullet Train Station by December 2024
Gujarat’s Business hub Surat is all set to be India’s 1st Bullet Train Station as per the details shared by the Ministry of Railways.
Brining PM Modi’s vision of Bullet Train to fruition, Surat is being developed as the 1st Dedicated Bullet Train station that will be a major port for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project which is under development now.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is being managed by National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) at the cost Rs 1 lakh crore of which Rs 88,000 crores will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
14. RailTel wins ICAI Award for excellence in financial reporting
RailTel has won the ICAI Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the year 2020-21 in the Public Sector Entities Category.
RailTel is a Miniratna Central Government PSU under the Ministry of Railways. The company was named winner in the category “plaque”.
The ICAI award was presented to the awardees by Union Minister Jitendra Singh at a ceremony held in New Delhi.