13th February 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of thirteenth February 2021 overlaying the next information headlines: National Women’s Day, World Radio Day, National Productivity Day, World Bank, COVID Warrior Memorial.

International News

1. Pakistan Army efficiently test-fires Babur cruise missile

  • The Pakistan Army carried out a profitable test-firing of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Babar’ on February 11, 2021. This take a look at was the third missile take a look at carried out over the previous three weeks.
  • The Babur cruise missile IA was launched from Multi Tube Missile Launch Vehicle.
  • This missile is able to hitting land and sea targets with “high precision” as much as 450 kilometres away.
  • Earlier, Pakistan military carried out a profitable take a look at of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III in January 2021, adopted by the ‘training launch’ of nuclear-capable ballistic mis­sile Ghaznavi in February 2021.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • President of Pakistan: Arif Alvi.
  • Prime Minister of Pakistan: Imran Khan.

State News

2. World Bank Signs $100 million Project with Chhattisgarh

  • Indian Govt and Chhattisgarh Govt has signed a $100 million for CHIRAAG (Chhattisgarh Inclusive Rural and Accelerated Agriculture Growth) challenge with the World financial institution.
  • The primary function is to develop sustainable manufacturing methods that permit tribal households in distant areas of Chhattisgarh to observe round-the-year manufacturing of diversified and nutritious meals.
  • The challenge can be applied within the southern tribal-majority area of the state the place a big inhabitants is undernourished and poor. Over 180,000 households from about 1,000 villages in eight districts of Chhattisgarh, can be benefited from this challenge.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • World Bank Headquarters: Washington DC, United States.
  • World Bank President: David Malpass.
  • World Bank Founded: July 1944.
  • Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel; Governor: Anusuiya Uikey.

3. Rajnath Singh inaugurates ‘Jalabhishekam’ marketing campaign in Madhya Pradesh

  • The state authorities of Madhya Pradesh has launched a water conservation marketing campaign referred to as ‘Jalabhishekam’, underneath which greater than 57,000 water buildings has been constructed. The marketing campaign was inaugurated by the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh just about.
  • Water conservation work is being undertaken with public participation and can be useful in attaining the objective of constructing self-reliant Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Campaign may also fulfil the intention of ‘water for every farm and work for every hand’.
  • The water buildings had been created throughout COVID period by linking the work with the MNREGA scheme.
  • These water buildings value over Rs. 2,000 crore and can irrigate 2.50 lakh hectares of land with out submerging an inch of land.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

4. Odisha To Construct ‘COVID Warrior Memorial’ in Bhubaneswar

  • In order to acknowledge the sacrifice and companies rendered by the Covid warriors who misplaced their lives preventing the pandemic, the federal government has determined to assemble a Covid Warrior Memorial in Odisha. The Biju Patnaik Park in Bhubaneswar has been chosen for this function.
  • Odisha Health and Family Welfare Department to the Works Department it was additionally stated that the Works Department has been declared because the Nodal Department for building of the Covid Warrior Memorial. They will have interaction an architect to finalise the design and construction of the stated memorial and take approval from the competent authority.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik.
  • Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar.
  • Odisha Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

Business News

5. Exim Bank to offer USD 400 mn funding for the Maldives 

  • The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) will present USD 400 million to the Maldives by means of Line of Credit (LoC) to fund the Greater Male Connectivity Project. The settlement underneath the LoC can be efficient from January 28, 2021.
  • The 6.7 km Greater Male Connectivity Project (GMCP) would be the largest civilian infrastructure challenge within the Maldives, connecting Male with three neighbouring islands – Villingili, Gulhifahu and Thilafushi.
  • The Government of India can be funding the implementation of a significant connectivity challenge within the Maldives by means of a USD 400 million strains of credit score and USD 100 million grant.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Export-Import Bank of India CEO: David Rasquinha.
  • Export-Import Bank of India  Founded: 1 January 1982.
  • Export-Import Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • President of the Maldives: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
  • Capital of Maldives: Male; Currency of the Maldives: Maldivian Rufiyaa.

Books and Authors News

6. Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ memoir named ‘Unfinished’

  • Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas formally turned creator with the discharge of her first e book, “Unfinished: A Memoir”, which she described as “honest, raw and vulnerable”. The finish result’s a e book, printed by the Michael Joseph imprint, which covers her dual-continent 20-year-long profession as an actor and producer and her work as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.
  • The memoir guarantees to supply insights into Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ childhood in India, her formative teenage years within the US. Her return to India resulted within the newcomer to the pageant world, towards all odds, profitable the nationwide and worldwide magnificence competitions – Miss India and Miss World – that launched her international appearing profession.

Science and Technology News

7. ISRO opens satellite tv for pc testing centre for personal sector

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has opened its UR Rao Satellite Centre for testing satellites developed by the non-public sector for the primary time in its historical past.
  • Two satellites, developed by the Indian startups SpaceKidz India and Pixxel (included as Sygyzy) had been examined on the UR Rao Satellite Centre.
  • ISRO additionally helped these two firms in fixing issues with the photo voltaic panels on their respective satellites.
  • So far in its historical past, the house company has solely taken assist in manufacturing and fabrication of assorted elements of satellites and rockets from the Indian business. Both these two firms may also take a look at their engines on the Sriharikota spaceport and Thiruvananthapuram rocket centre in coming days.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • ISRO Chairman: K.Sivan.
  • ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • ISRO established: 15 August 1969.

8. National Women’s Day of India 2021

  • In India, the National Women’s Day is noticed yearly on 13 February to commemorate the delivery anniversary of Sarojini Naidu. This 12 months Nation celebrates its 142nd Birth Anniversary.
  • She was born on February 13, 1879. She was well-known for her nickname ‘Nightingale of India’ or ‘Bharat Kokila’ due to her poems.
  • Sarojini Naidu was not solely a freedom fighter, however she additionally turned the first lady governor of the United Provinces, the current Uttar Pradesh.
  • She was one of many forefront leaders who led the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Quit India Movement. She was an vital determine in India’s wrestle for independence from colonial rule.

9. World Radio Day: 13 February

  • World Radio Day is widely known on 13 February annually to acknowledge radio as a robust medium, which brings folks collectively from each nook of the globe, to advertise range and assist construct a extra peaceable and inclusive world.
  • The theme of World Radio Day 2021 is  “New World, New Radio”.
  • The day was Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 turned World Radio Day (WRD).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.
  • United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

10. National Productivity Day 2021

  • National Productivity Day is noticed yearly in India on February 12. The goal of National Productivity Council is stimulating and selling productiveness and high quality consciousness throughout all sectors within the nation.
  • The primary observance of the day is to encourage all stakeholders within the implementation of productiveness instruments and strategies with up to date related themes.
  • The day is widely known by the National Productivity Council (NPC) to advertise productiveness tradition in India.
  • National Productivity Council (NPC) underneath the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Government of India is a premier establishment for propagating productiveness motion in India. NPC works for offering options in the direction of accelerating productiveness, enhancing competitiveness, rising productiveness.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director-General of National Productivity Council: Arun Kumar Jha.
  • National Productivity Council of India established: 1958.
  • National Productivity Council of India HQ: New Delhi.