9th July 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of ninth July 2021 protecting the next information headlines: The Light of Asia, INS Tabar, NewsOnAir Radio Live-stream Global Rankings, Antarctica, Bulletin, Digital Kendra.

National News

1. Dept of Public Enterprises introduced underneath Finance Ministry

  • The Government of India has determined to convey Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) underneath the finance ministry. DPE was earlier underneath the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  • It has been introduced underneath the finance minister in a bid to ease coordination concerning future disinvestment plans. The Finance ministry now contains six departments, after the inclusion of DPE.

Other 5 departments are:

  • Department of Economic Affairs,
  • Department of Expenditure,
  • Department of Revenue,
  • Department of Investment & Public Asset Management and
  • Department of Financial Services.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs:  Nirmala Sitharaman.

International News

2. World’s tallest sandcastle constructed in Denmark

  • sandcastle in Denmark has entered into new Guinness World Record for being the tallest sandcastle on this planet. The triangular-shaped sandcastle has been constructed within the city of Blokhus in Denmark.
  • It stands at a peak of 21.16 metres (69.4 ft). This new construction is 3.5m taller than the earlier document held by sandcastle measuring 17.66 m in Germany in 2019. Dutch creator, Wilfred Stijger, was assisted by 30 of the world’s greatest sand sculptors.
  • The construction is constructed within the form of a triangle to keep away from collapsing like many others have. A wood construction was constructed round it to permit the artist to carve the unbelievable figures within the sand.
  • This extremely embellished monument within the small seaside village of Blokhus, which is paying homage to a pyramid, is made up of 4,860 tonnes of sand. To make sure the sand sticks on, it was combined with round 10% clay.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Denmark Capital: Copenhagen.
  • Denmark Currency: Danish krone.

State News

3. India’s first maritime arbitration centre to be arrange in Gandhinagar

  • The Gujarat Maritime University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) in GIFT City to arrange the Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Centre (GIMAC).
  • GIMAC would be the first of its sort centre in India to handle arbitration and mediation proceedings for disputes associated to the maritime and transport sector. It might be a part of a maritime cluster that’s being arrange by the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) at GIFT City in Gandhinagar.
  • There are over 35 arbitration centres in India. However, none of them solely offers with the maritime sector. The arbitration involving Indian gamers is now heard on the Singapore Arbitration Centre.
  • The thought is to create a world-class arbitration centre targeted on maritime and transport disputes that may assist resolve business and monetary conflicts between entities having operations in India.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Gujarat Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani;
  • Gujarat Governor: Acharya Devvrat.

4. Kerala govt. to have its personal OTT platform

  • Kerala authorities has proposed to have its personal over-the-top (OTT) platform. The state authorities has deliberate to launch it by November 1.
  • The State authorities’s proposed foray into the net content material streaming house with the launch of an over-the-top (OTT) platform is a cultural intervention, somewhat than one thing prompted by the market or revenues.
  • OTT gamers like Netflix and Amazon have been displaying extra curiosity in Malayalam cinema. But they’re largely restricted to movies from which they’ll get income.
  • In the final one yr, lower than 15 Malayalam movies, that includes massive stars, have been taken up these platforms.
  • Furthermore, smaller & home-grown OTT platforms equivalent to Neestream and Mainstream TV shouldn’t have a lot of finance to match larger gamers.
  • Thus, the state authorities proposed this OTT platform which is able to guarantee house and make some type of income share for decrease funds & impartial movies which might be struggling to seek out house among the many public.

Defence News

5. INS Tabar conducts army train with Italian Navy

  • Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar lately participated in army workout routines with the frontline frigate of the Italian Navy. INS Tabar joined Italian Navy and entered Port of Naples on July 3 as a part of the continuing deployment within the Mediterranean.
  • Commanding officer Captain Mahesh Mangipudi referred to as on senior officers of Prefect of Naples Authority, regional Italian navy headquarters and coast guard headquarters through the keep.
  • This train lined a number of naval operations equivalent to air defence procedures, communication drills, replenishment at sea, and cross deck helo operations by day and evening. The train was mutually helpful for enhancing interoperability and consolidating mixed operations towards maritime threats.

6. Ministry of Defence implements SPARSH System

  • Ministry of Defence has carried out SPARSH (System for Pension Administration Raksha), an built-in system for automation of sanction and disbursement of defence pension.
  • This web-based system processes pension claims and credit pension instantly into the financial institution accounts of defence pensioners with out counting on any exterior middleman.
  • A Pensioner Portal is obtainable for pensioners to view their pension-related info, entry providers and register complaints for redressal of grievances, if any, regarding their pension issues.
  • SPARSH envisages the institution of Service Centres to supply last-mile connectivity to pensioners who could also be unable to instantly entry the SPARSH portal for any cause.
  • In addition to a number of workplaces of the Defence Accounts Department, that are already functioning as Service Centres for pensioners, the 2 largest banks coping with defence pensioners – State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) – have been co-opted as Service Centres.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Defence: Rajnath Singh.

Business News

7. Amazon launches its first Digital Kendra in India in Gujarat

  • Amazon has launched its first Digital Kendra in India in Surat, Gujarat. Amazon Digital Kendra was inaugurated by Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat.
  • Digital Kendras of Amazon are centres that can present micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) the chance to find out about the advantages of e-commerce.
  • MSMEs can go to the Amazon Digital Kendra and avail of third occasion providers together with coaching on the advantages of eCommerce, GST and taxation help, transport and logistics help, cataloguing help and digital advertising providers.
  • The firm has targeted on enabling sellers to achieve prospects throughout India and globally, and has made vital investments in expertise, logistics, supply infrastructure and digitising funds that collectively helped extra prospects and companies to come back on-line.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Amazon CEO: Andrew R. Jassy;
  • Amazon Founded: 5 July 1994.

Ranks and Reports News

8. NewsOnAir Radio Live-stream Global Rankings

  • NewsOnAir Radio Live-stream Global Rankings was launched lately rating nations the place All India Radio (AIR) live-streams on the NewsOnAir app are hottest.
  • In the newest Rankings of high nations on this planet (excluding India) the place All India Radio Live-streams on NewsOnAir App are hottest, Fiji has jumped from fifth place to 2nd, whereas Saudi Arabia has made a comeback within the high 10.
  • Kuwait and Germany are new entrants, whereas France and New Zealand are not any extra within the high 10. The United States continues to be #1. 

NewsOnAir Top Countries (Rest of world)

1United States
4United Kingdom
6United Arab Emirates
9Saudi Arabia

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • AIR is the National Public Radio Broadcaster of India. Since 1956 is formally often known as Akashvani.
  • Founded in 1936, it’s a division of Prasar Bharati.

Schemes and Committees News

9. GoI units up 25-member improvement council for cement trade

  • The central authorities has arrange a 25-member improvement council for the cement trade underneath Dalmia Bharat Group CMD, Puneet Dalmia.
  • The council will counsel methods to remove waste, acquire most manufacturing, enhance high quality, cut back prices and promote standardization of merchandise. Dalmia is the chairman of the council.
  • Its members embody Shree Cement Ltd MD HM Bangur, The India Cements Ltd Executive President Rakesh Singh; Birla Corporation Limited CEO Pracheta Majumdar; J.K. Cement Ltd Deputy Managing Director Madhavkrishna Singhania, and JSW Cement Ltd CEO Nilesh Narwekar.

Science and Technology News

10. Facebook Launches e-newsletter platform “Bulletin”

  • Facebook has introduced a set of publishing and subscription instruments named Bulletin, aimed to advertise impartial writers within the US.
  • The bulletin will embody help targeted on the creation of content material, monetisation and viewers progress. It additionally goals to combine its present instruments to help writing and audio content material — from podcasts to Live Audio Rooms in a single place.
  • Facebook is pushing to compete within the fast-growing electronic mail e-newsletter development, as high-profile journalists and writers have left media firms over the previous yr to strike out on their very own.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Facebook Founded: February 2004;
  • Facebook CEO: Mark Zuckerberg;
  • Facebook Headquarters: California, United States.

Books and Authors News

11. A brand new ebook titled “The Light of Asia” by Jairam Ramesh

  • A brand new ebook titled “The Light of Asia” authored by Jairam Ramesh is a biography of an epic bio-poem on the Buddha.
  • Ramesh, the writer, Member of Parliament, former Union Minister, and Congress chief, digs deep in his new ebook to convey out the fascinating story behind the epic 1879 poem, “The Light of Asia” by Sir Edwin Arnold, that took the world by storm and in some methods, introduced the Buddha’s story to the world on the flip of the final century.

Miscellaneous News

12. India’s first movable freshwater tunnel aquarium put in at Bengaluru Station

  • Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station also referred to as Bengaluru City Railway Station has change into the primary railway station in India with a movable freshwater tunnel aquarium.
  • The state-of-the-art aquarium has been collectively opened by the Indian Railway Stations Development Cooperation Limited (IRSDC) in collaboration with the HNi Aquatic Kingdom.
  • The Aquatic Kingdom aquarium is predicated on the idea of the Amazon River and is 12-feet lengthy. The entrance of the station now offers a glimpse into marine life, with a phenomenal dolphin humbly greeting guests with a slight bow and a smile. A 3D selfie space, 20 ft of glass periphery are additionally some engaging options of the brand new facility.

13. Antarctica hits a document temperature of 18.3 levels Celsius

  • The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization, recognised a brand new document excessive temperature for Antarctica. On February 6, 2020, the Esperanza station (the Argentine analysis station in Trinity Peninsula) skilled 18.3 levels Celsius.
  • According to the UN company, the excessive temperatures in Antarctica are a end result of a giant high-pressure system creating “fohn conditions”, that are downslope winds creating vital floor warming. The earlier document for top temperature was 17.5 levels Celsius, recorded on March 24, 2015, on the similar station.

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