10th February 2021 Current Affairs


 GK Update of tenth February 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: National Horticulture Fair 2021, Lalandar “Shatoot” Dam, Skyroot, M Hamid Ansari, India Meteorological Department.

National News

1. National Horticulture Fair 2021 begins

  • The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Kailash Choudhry has inaugurated the National Horticulture Fair (NHF) 2021 on February 08, 2021, in Bengaluru by way of digital mode.
  • The five-day-long occasion has been organised by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), from February 8 to February 12 at its IIHR campus located in Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru.
  • The theme of NHF 2021 is ‘Horticulture for Start-Up and Stand-Up India’.
  • For the primary time, the occasion is being held in hybrid mode, i.e., the members are allowed to attend the occasion on-line in addition to offline.
  • The NHF will showcase innovative applied sciences, crop varieties, pest and illness administration practices and processing strategies amongst others. The IIHR is a subsidiary of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • ICAR Director: Trilochan Mohapatra.
  • Headquarters of ICAR: New Delhi.
  • ICAR based: 16 July 1929.

State News

2. Tamil Nadu set to create state’s fifth tiger reserve

  • The Central authorities has given its approval for the creation of a fifth tiger reserve in Tamil Nadu that may embody the Meghamalai and Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuaries. It would be the 51st Tiger Sanctuary of India.
  • The Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve will span the forests of Megamalai wildlife sanctuary and Srivilliputhur grizzled squirrel wildlife sanctuary unfold throughout the districts of Theni, Virudhunagar and Madurai.
  • The 100,000-hectare space is dwelling to a spread of mammals and fowl species and greater than a dozen tigers. Forest officers have seen 14 tigers repeatedly in each the wildlife sanctuaries.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Tamil Nadu Capital: Chennai.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
  • Tamil Nadu Governor: Banwarilal Purohit.
  • Tamil Nadu State Dance: Bharathanatyam.

Agreements News

3. India and Afghanistan Inks MoU for the development of the Lalandar “Shatoot” Dam

  • India and Afghanistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU over video-teleconferencing (VTC), for the development of the Shahtoot Dam (Lalander Dam) on a tributary of the Kabul river in Afghanistan.
  • The venture, which prices practically $ 300 million, is part of the New Development Partnership between India and Afghanistan.
  • The MoU was signed between External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar and Afghanistan Foreign Minister Mr Hanif Atmar, within the presence of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
  • The Lalander [Shatoot] Dam would meet the protected consuming water wants of Kabul City, present irrigation water to close by areas, rehabilitate the present irrigation and drainage community, help in flood safety and administration efforts within the space, and likewise present electrical energy to the area.
  • This is the second main dam being constructed by India in Afghanistan, after the India- Afghanistan Friendship Dam [Salma Dam], which was inaugurated in June 2016.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Afghanistan Capital: Kabul.
  • Afghanistan President: Ashraf Ghani.
  • Afghanistan Currency: Afghan afghani.
  • Afghanistan Official languages: Pashto, Dari.

4. Skyroot, Bellatrix indicators MoU to make use of latter’s orbital switch car

  • Skyroot Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bellatrix Aerospace to make use the Orbital Transfer Vehicle, being developed by Bellatrix Aerospace, within the higher stage of Vikram sequence of launch autos, being developed by Skyroot.
  • The car is anticipated to launch to low earth orbit in 2023 on the Vikram rocket. The car is anticipated to assist world operators cut back time and prices for launching communication and earth remark satellites.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Founder and CEO of Skyroot Aerospace: Pawan Kumar Chandana.
  • Skyroot Aerospace Founded: 12 June 2018.
  • Skyroot Aerospace Headquarters location: Hyderabad.

Schemes and Committees News

5. Delhi Cabinet Approves ‘Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha’ Scheme

  • The Delhi cupboard has authorized “Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha” by which Rs 5,000 might be supplied to 1,000 meritorious college students of Class 9 in faculties of Delhi as a science scholarship. The scholarship will present a lift to science training in secondary courses on the college degree.
  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed this as an important step for our authorities to advertise glorious and proficient college students. Delhi authorities seeks to advertise the pursuit of excellence and scientific mood among the many kids.
  • According to the discharge, the scholars learning in Delhi faculties who’ve secured greater than 60 per cent in Class 8 are eligible for the examination. Students belonging to SC, ST, PH, or OBC class might be given a leisure of as much as 5 per cent of marks.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal; Governor of Delhi: Anil Baijal.

Books and Authors News

6. “Platform Scale: For a Post-Pandemic World” authored by Sangeet Paul Choudhary

  • A Book titled ‘Platform Scale: For a Post-Pandemic World’ has been authored by Sangeet Paul Choudhary. It is printed by Penguin Random House India. It explains the significance of internal workings of platform enterprise fashions and their capacity to scale quickly. The 1st version of Platform Scale was printed in 2015.
  • The ebook tells how the last decade main as much as the COVID-19 pandemic witnessed the rise of platform enterprise fashions as they drove inventory market good points and prolonged their affect throughout the financial and political exercise.

7. ‘By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life’ authored by M Hamid Ansari

  • A ebook titled ‘By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life’ has been authored by M Hamid Ansari. Mohammad Hamid Ansari was the vp of India and chairman of the Rajya Sabha for 2 consecutive phrases from 2007 to 2017.
  • A former diplomat, he served as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, as excessive commissioner to Australia and as everlasting consultant to the United Nations in New York.
  • The ebook is an account of a lifetime of unplanned happenings that took M. Hamid Ansari away from his most well-liked fancy for academia to skilled diplomacy after which be co-opted in public life and catapulted to the second-highest workplace within the land for 2 consecutive phrases. None of his predecessors, besides Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, had skilled this honour.

Science and Technology News

8. India’s 1st Thunderstorm Research Testbed to be established in Odisha

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has introduced to arrange the primary ‘Thunderstorm Research Testbed’ of the nation at Odisha’s Balasore district. The primary goal of the “Thunderstorm Research Testbed” is to minimalise human fatalities and lack of property because of lightning strikes.
  • The facility might be established in a collaboration between the Ministry of Earth Sciences, IMD, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • Besides this, the IMD has additionally deliberate to arrange a first-of-its-kind monsoon testbed close to Bhopal. Currently, each the initiatives are within the starting stage and detailed venture experiences are being made.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director-General: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
  • India Meteorological Department Founded: 1875.
  • India Meteorological Department Headquarters: Mausam Bhavan, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Sports News

9. Ishant Sharma turns into third Indian pacer to take 300 Test wickets

  • Indian quick bowler Ishant Sharma turned the sixth Indian and third pacer from the nation to take 300 wickets in Test cricket.
  • The 32-year-old Ishant reached the milestone in 98 matches, greater than the opposite Indian bowlers within the membership. Ishant reached the landmark when he trapped Dan Lawrence with a supply that swung again sharply earlier than hitting his pads in England”s second innings on the fourth day of the opening Test.
  • Besides Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434), Ravichandran Ashwin (377 earlier than this sport), Harbhajan Singh (417), and Zaheer Khan (311) are the opposite bowlers from the nation who’ve reached the landmark.

Important Days 

10. World Pulses Day: 10 February

  • The United Nations designated World Pulses Day is noticed yearly on 10 February.
  • The day has been established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to acknowledge the significance of pulses (dry beans, lentils, dry peas, chickpeas, lupins) as a world meals.
  • The theme, “Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future,” was determined again in 2016 when the 12 months was nominated to be celebrated as International Year of Pulses. Since then, the theme has remained the identical from 2019 to 2021.
  • In 2018, the UN General Assembly determined to mark 10 February as World Pulses Day. The first WPD was held on February 10, 2019.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization Head: Qu Dongyu.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Established: 16 October 1945.

Miscellaneous News

11. FSSAI caps trans fatty acids to 2% in meals merchandise from January 2022

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has restricted the permissible quantity of commercial Trans Fatty Acid (TFA) in meals merchandise to 2 per cent. The newest modification will come into impact from January 01, 2022. Currently, the permissible restrict for trans fat in meals merchandise in 2021 is 3 per cent, reduce down from the earlier restrict of 5 per cent.
  • FSSAI has amended the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations, 2011 to implement the brand new Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2021.
  • As per the brand new rule, the meals merchandise by which edible oils and fat are used as an ingredient shall not comprise industrial trans fatty acids greater than 2% by mass of the entire oils/fat current within the product, ranging from January 01, 2022. 

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • FSSAI Chairperson: Rita Teaotia.
  • FSSAI Chief Executive Officer: Arun Singhal.
  • FSSAI Founded: August 2011.
  • FSSAI Headquarters: New Delhi.

12. Indian Army lays basis of 100-foot-high nationwide flag in Gulmarg

  • The Indian Army has laid the inspiration stone of the tallest ‘Iconic National Flag’ on the well-known ski-resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir. The flag might be on a 100 feet-high pole, the best Tricolour within the Valley. The Indian Army in collaboration with the Solar Industry India will set up the ‘Iconic National Flag’ at Gulmarg.
  • The basis stone for the long-lasting nationwide flag was laid by Dagger Division General Officer Commanding (GoC) Major General Virendra Vats together with Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan and actress Vidya Balan.
  • This iconic Indian nationwide flag might be a primary in some ways. The web site is anticipated to turn into one other vacationer attraction, among the many snow-clad mountains of Kashmir.

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