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Current Affairs Crash Course : UPSC CSE Prelims 2021

Live Lectures | 2 Yrs News Coverage | MCQs Discussion | Notes, Materials & Mind Maps

Current Affairs Crash Course

Features:

  • All important material consolidated in the form of weekly magazines to be shared with all course participants. It includes important news from all sources: Newspaper coverage (The Hindu, The Times of India, The Indian Express), Yojana & Kurukshetra, PIB website & so on.
  • Dedicated Faculty to teach the relevance of news topics.
  • Linkages of dynamic current affairs news to static concepts of various subjects.
  • Thinking like an Officer: How an issue affects the people of India, how it affects the Constitution of India and India’s external relations with other nations
  • Full coverage of relevant current affairs over the last 2 years.
  • MCQs for practice.
  • Study Material in a consolidated form (soft copy)

Previous years Question Paper Analysis & Break down into subjects:

Year Current Affairs History Geography Polity Economy Science & Tech ECOLOGY Total question
2011 13 11 11 12 19 19 15 100
2012 26 17 12 11 13 9 12 100
2013 28 11 9 13 15 11 13 100
2014 20 17 12 11 10 13 17 100
2015 29 14 14 13 13 7 10 100
2016 27 15 7 7 18 8 18 100
2017 34 14 7 22 8 4 11 100
2018 28 15 8 13 16 7 13 100
2019 22 17 14 15 14 7 11 100
2020 3 19 6 15 23 11 23 100
Average questions 23 15 10.3 13.2 14.9 9.6 14.3 100

As is seen in the above table, on an average, 23 questions out of 100 questions are based on current affairs. Therefore, it is imperative that one needs to cover it. However, simply studying current affairs does not help. One needs to be able to link it to the static concepts. This course aims to achieve exactly that. Relevant current affairs from the past 2 years would be covered in full detail in a period of 90 days. Linkages to subjects. This would help you clear the Prelims stage and write elaborate, descriptive answers in the Mains Examination as well.

Batch Start Date: 24th April 2021

Batch End Date: 22nd June 2021

Schedule:

  • Batch Timing:
    • Morning Batch
    • Afternoon Batch
    • Evening Batch
  • 5 Days Live Lecture in a Week
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday

Relevance of our Crash Course in Prelims & Mains Exam:

  • 2 years of current affairs would be covered in 90 days.
  • Consolidated material would be provided in soft copy.
  • Expert Faculty & mentors would teach you the exact art of linking a news to a static concept and subject.
  • Help in remembering important news, implications, effects of India & its people. This would be beneficial for clearing the Prelims Exam and scoring well in Mains Exam.

 

                     

Important Topics:

Govt. Schemes:

Welfare Schemes Sector
Mission Indradhanush 2.0 Health
UDAN 4.0 Scheme Aviation
Nirbhaya Fund Women Welfare
Rare Disease Policy Draft Health
PM-KISAN: 3rd installment of INR 12000 cr for 6 cr beneficiaries farmers’ welfare
Amma Vodi Scheme: Andhra Govt
School Health Ambassador Initiative lanuched: Health of children
Kisan Rail (Budget 2020) farmers’ welfare
Krishi UDAN farmers’ welfare
National Technical Textiles Mission weavers’ welfare
Vivad se vishwas scheme Taxation
PM Kusum Scheme farmers’ welfare
TB Haarega, Desh Jeetega campaign Health
Jal Jeevan Mission Public welfare
Village Storage Scheme farmers’ welfare; women empowerment
Swachh Bharat Mission Public welfare; Health
Beti bachao, beti padhao Women Welfare
Karnataka Govt: Janasevaka Scheme
Suposhit Maa abhiyaan Women Welfare; Health
Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase – 2 launched Public welfare
Ayushman Bharat Yojana Health
Dekho Apna Desh – webinar series by Ministry of Tourism Public welfare
Atal Pension Yojana Public welfare
National Pension System Public welfare
Bharat Padhe Online: HRD Ministry’s week-long campaign Public welfare; Education
Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana Women Welfare; Environment
Aarogya Setu App Health
National Surveillance Project: India-WHO to use plio surveillance network for COVID19 response Health
Krishi Rath App ;anuched for transportation of agricultural produce farmers’ welfare
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Public welfare; financial inclusion
door step delivery of pensions Public welfare
Kisan Sabha App farmers’ welfare; logistics and SCM
One nation, one ration card scheme Public welfare; nutrition and health; PDS
PM Employment Generation Programme Public welfare; employment
Saras Collection launched on Govt e-marketplace: products that have been made by Self-Help Groups Public welfare
PM Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G) Public welfare; Housing
Soil Health Programme / Soil Health Card farmers’ welfare
Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan Public welfare; employment
Kisan credit cards farmers’ welfare
One India, One Agricultural Market farmers’ welfare
PM Krishi Sinchayee Yojana; Per drop more crop farmers’ welfare; irrigation
Bharatmala Pariyojana Public welfare; infrastructure
Mudra Shishu Loan for small businesses Public welfare; economy
PM SVANIDHI Scheme: Street Vendors’ Atmanirbhar Nidhi-Scheme Public welfare; economy
Real-tim market in electricity Public welfare; infrastructure
Prevention of Human & Animal Mortality on Highways Public welfare; road safety
Online waste exchange platform Public welfare; waste management
Kerala Fobre Optic Network Project (K-FON) Public welfare; IT
Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation challenge Public welfare; IT
Atmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM) digital portal Public welfare; IT; employment
Atal Innovation Mission innovation; entrepreneurship
Rewa solar power project inaugurated clean energy
Zoram Mega Food park in Mizoram; 5000 jobs to be created Public welfare; economy; employment
Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana
Khadi Agarbatti Atma Nirbhar Mission Public welfare
National Digital Health Mission Health; IT
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana farmers’ welfare; soil health
Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North-East Region farmers’ welfare
National Program for Organic Production farmers’ welfare
Swachh Survekshan Ranking List farmers’ welfare
Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy Public welfare
YSR Cheyutha Scheme
Arunodoi Scheme
Indira Rasoi Yojana
Krishi Megh IT; farmers’ welfare; ICAR
Mission Karmayogi approved by Cabinet enhancing governance through civil services capacity building
PM Matsya Sampada Yojana sustainable development of fisheries; farmers’ welfare
e-Gopala App e marketplace for livestock improvement; market for germplasm
Water Heroes Contest 2.0 launched by Jal Shakti Ministry Public welfare
Ambedkar Social Innovation & Incubation Mission for SC students inclusion; public welfare;
FAME India scheme (Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India) environment; public welfare;
Goa becomes 1st ‘Har Ghar Jal’ state across India to provide tap water connections to every rural household
Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge Public welfare
Operation Green: 50 % subsidy to Himalayan & North-Eastern states for air transportation of 41 notified fruits & vegetables to any place in the country farmers’ welfare; logistics and SCM
Emergency Credit Line Guaramntee Scheme 2.0 financial security against default or credit-risk; economy
Neighbourhood First policy of India International relations
Invest India: National Investment promotion & Facilitation Agency economy
West Bengal Govt expands Swasthya Sathi health scheme to include all
West Bengal Govt launches Duare Sarkar programme
Andhra Govt passes bill banning online games
PM-WANI (WiFi Access Network Interface) IT; public welfare;
PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 skill dveelopment; public welfare; employment
Govt extends benefit of Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products scheme to all export goods wef 01 Jan
Krishi Sanjeevani Vans launched by Karnataka Govt
Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya Metrology; aids in Make-In-India campaign;
National Atomic Timescale Metrology
Mission Poshan 2.0 nutrition; Health of children;
Pey Jay Survekshan potable water; public welfare
GOBAR-DHAN Scheme (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan) Scheme waste to compressed bio gas; clean energy; public welfare
Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness – KAPILA Campaign create awareness of IPR in Higher Education Institutions
Govt to extend social security beenfits to gig, platform workers
National Infrastructure Pipeline infra; economy; make in india; investment; public welfare
Mega Investment Textile Parks economy; farmers’ welfare;
Natioanl Rail Plan (2030) clean energy; public welfare;
National Hydrogen Mission clean energyl innovation; infra; public welfare
Gas Pipeline Network infra; economy;
Deep Ocean Mission science and tech; research; infra;
Go Electric Campaign clean energy; public welfare; environment
Mahabahu Brahmaputra initiative
Ramanathapuram Thoothukudi natural gas pipeline
Gasoline Desulphurisation Unit at CPCL
Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project in Kerala to produce Oxo alcohol, Acrylic Acid & Acrylates which are essentially imported; applications in solvents, paints and coatings, construction industries, water treatment chemicals etc
Jalabhishekham campaign water conservation; public welfare; environment
Switch Delhi; campaign to promote electric vehicles clean energy; public welfare; environment
PM Urja Ganga Project infra; energy; logistics & SCM
Catalytic Isodewaxing Unit at Haldia refinery – serve as import substitution; produce base oil which is mostly imported;
launch of e-chhawani portal 3rd level of governance; unification of cantonments

World Orgs:

Shanghai Cooperation Organization
BRICS Bank: New Development Bank
World Food Programme
G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance World Economic Forum selected 4 India cities: Indore, Faridabad, Bengaluru & Hyderabad among 36 cities
G20 Summit
ASEAN Summit
Climate Ambition Summit
Five Eyes Alliance
G7 Summit
World Sustainable Development Summit

International:

ISSUE FIELD/AREA INDIA involved? COUNTRIES IMPACTED IMPORTANCE wrt INDIA SOLUTIONS / THOUGHTS
3 MoUs with Sweden: Swedish King visit Y Sweden
Uyghur Muslims Genocide, Refugee, Crime against humanity US, China Refugees support?
Brexit Economy, International Relations UK and rest of Europe
Violence at Nankana Sahib Gurudwara Crime against humanity Pakistan, India Safety of Indians?
Iran shot down Ukranian plane Crime against humanity Iran, Ukraine Civilian airplane safety? El-Al (Israeli Airline) planes equipped with missile systems
Indian Army to get 1 lak AK-203 assault rifles from Russia Defence Y India, Russia Defence Deal Make in India?
Lucknow Decelaration adopted by India, 50 African nations: DEFEXPO India 2020 Defence Y India + 50 African nations commit to continue our collaboration in the fields of peace and security including conflict prevention, resolution, management and peace building through exchange of expertise and training, strengthening regional and continental early warning capacities and mechanisms, enhancing the role of women in peace keeping and propagating the culture of peace
Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Fee for regional tourists Environment and Tourism Bhutan For how long will Bhutan not implement the mandatory minimum package rule on Indian tourists? Support to Bhutan?
India and Maldives sign 4 MoUs to establish Addu Tourist Zone Environment and Tourism Y India, Maldives Neighbourhood first policy in water?
UNSC members adopt resolution calling for lasting ceasefire in war-torn Libya
Operation Vanilla: Indian Navy’s support to Madagascar
India – Portugal sign agreements
Jaipur receives UNESCO World Heritage City certificate
US approves sale of Integrated Air Defence Weapon System to India
Indian Govt looking for approval for purchase of seahawk helicopters
US-Taliban sign peace deal for phased withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan
UNHRC moves Supreme Court over CAA
China takes over Presidency of UN Security Council
Saudi Arabia to hold virtual G20 leaders summit
COP26 Climate Change Summit postponed
Forest fire near Chernobyl, radiation spikes by 16 times
Great Barrier Reef suffers worst coral bleaching due to rising temperature
Funding of WHO: Impact of USA halting the funding of WHO by US
Kalapani-Lipulekh Border dispute: India vs Nepal
India, AIIB sign agreement for USD 500 million COVID19 support
BRICS’Bank (New Development Bank) provides USD 1 billion loan to India to combat COVID19
India-China face-off in Galwan valley
India elected to UN Security Council as non-permanent member
Violent protests in US on account of death of George Floyd
World Economic Forum to hol Twin Summit in Jan 2021
International Parliamentary Alliance: 8 countries form alliance against China
India-Denmark sign MoU for cooperation in power sector
NITI Aayog presented India’s 2nd Voluntary National Review at UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
India granted 2nd consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
India-Bhutan open new trade route to ease connectivity between 2 countries
Iran nuclear site fire: mysterious fire at Natanz nuclear facility
Indian PM addressed UN ECOSOC, assures India’s support to UN’s development agenda
Indian Govt contributes $15 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund
Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
Rohingya Muslims: relocation to Bhashan Char Island
Turkey discovers biggest-ever natural gas reserve in Black Sea
UAE becomes 1st gulf nation to produce nuclear energy; Barakah Nuclear Plant
Pakistan’s new political map: Junagadh included in Pak Map
75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing observed in Japan
Bangladesh to construct monument for martyred Indian soldiers in 1971 war
Israel UAE peace agreement: Israel to suspend West Bank annexation
Mail President resigns after mutiny soldiers detain him at gunpoint
India to host Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit of heads of Govt in November 2020
India, France, Australia hold trilateral dialogue to enhance cooperation in Indi-Pacific region
India joins Djibouti Code fo Conduct as Observer
Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign historic US-brokered peace deals
India becomes member of UN’s Commission on Status of Women – a body of ECOSOC
Pakistan to give Gilgit-Baltistan status of full-fledged province
India-Myanmar work towards operationalization of Strategic Sittwe Port in 1st quarter of 2021
Centre extends concessional rate on cargo movement between India, Chabahar Port in Iran for 1 year
India contributes USD 1 million to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in the Near East
India, Maldives sign Line of Credit Agreement of USD 400 million for implementation of the Greater Male Connectivity Project
Zombie fires in Arctic
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict; OSCE Minsk Group; Bishkek Protocol
US calls for expansion of QUAD: US, India, Australia, Japan
China, Pakistan re-elected to UNHRC
India to deliver Kilo class Submarine INS Sidhuvir to Myanmar Navy
PM Modi and Bhutan’s PM virtually launch RuPay Card Phase – 2
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership; world’s biggest free trade deal signed by 15 Asian-Pacific Nations; India had withdrawn in 2019
Asutralia-India Water Centre inaugurated;
US withdraws from Open Skies Treaty
UN FAO lanuches Food Coalition;
Japan, Australia sign landmark defence deal to counter China’s influence in the South China Sea
India welcomes Sudan’s removal from State Sponsors of Terrorism List, normalisation of ties with Israel
UAE relxes Islamic Laws on alcohol consumption, cohabitation of unmarried couples
CAG GC Murmu elected as External Auditor of the Inter Parliamentary Union
Reopening of Chilahati-Haldibari rail link after 55 years
Asian Development Bank launches Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility
Climate Ambition Summit
Mount Everest’s new height is 8848.86 metres
New Zealand declares climate emergency, pledges to become carbon neutral by 2025
San Isidro Movement in Cuba
Israel Morocco peace deal: Morocco is 4th Arab stste to normalize realtions with Israel
Western Sahara dispute
Bangladesh and Bhutan sign first-ever preferential trade agreement
Five-Eyes Alliance
Russia banned from using its name, flag at Olympics, World Championships for 2 years after allegations emerged of state-backed doping post 2014 Sochi Olympics
India to co-chair APAP (Asia Protected Areas Partnership) for 3 years
Oalestine to hold 1st national elections after 14 years
WHO sets up global stockpile of Ebola vaccines
India proposes 8 point agenda at UNSC open debate to combat terrorism
US Govt designates Cuba as state sponsor of terrorism
India to chair 3 subsidiary bodies of UNSC: Taliban Sanctions Committee, Counterterrorism Committee, Libya Sanctions Committee
Iran and 6 other nations lose voting rights in UN General Assembly for not paying their dues
Myanmar’s Chin National Army seeks asylum in Mizoram for their families
Union Cabinet approves Comprehensive Economic Cooperation & partnership between India and Mauritius
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala of Nigeria becomes 1st female Chief of WTO
Indian Govt gifts 2000 metric tonnes of rice to Syria to strengthen food security
US Govt moves to rejoin UN Human Rights Council
India and Afghanistan sign MoU for construction of Shahtoot dam on Kabul river
South Korea plans to construct world’s largest offshore wind farm; aspires be carbon neutral by 2050
US extends New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) nuclear arms control treaty with Russia for another 5 years
Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad city to be renamed as Narmadapuram
Indian Navy’s largest war game: Theatre level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX – 21), underway in Indian Ocean
Yudh AbhyasL Indo-US joint military exercise begins in Rajasthan
India approves export of 156 defence equipment inlcuding Brahmos, Tejas, Astra missile
Aatmanirbharta named Oxford Hindi Word of the Year 2020

Indian Issues:

ISSUE
Ayodhya Verdict, Babri Masjid Issue
Special Protection Group Amendment Bill
CAA
Insolvencey & Bankruptcy Code (2nd Amendment) Bill
RBI Monetary Policy Highlights
International Financial Services Bill
DISHA Act by Andhra Pradesh
Chief of Defence Staff
North East Natural Gas Grid Project
SC verdict: Access to Internet is FR under Art 19: Kashmir
1984 anti-Skih riots: Centre accepts SIT recommendations
Article 131: Kerala Govt challenges CAA in SC
SBI lanuches New Buyer Guarantee Scheme to revive real estate sector
RBI allows banks to use video based Customer identification process
New Wetland Conservation Rules notified by Central Govt
Maha Govt launches Cyber Safe Women initiative
Vikram Sarabhai Children Innovation Centre
Gold Hallmarking Process: Only 14, 18, 22 carat gold to be sold in India
Union Cabinet approved setting up 13th major port at Vadhavan, Maharashtra
IIIT Laws Amendment Bill 2020
Bodo Peace Accord 2020: 1500 cr package for Bodo Areas
SC orders to grant permanent commission to womnen officers in Army
Union Govt approves Pesticide Management Bill 2020
SC directs States to establish Gram Nyayalayas
UP cabinet approves Ground Water Act 2020
Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020
SC lifts RBI ban on dealing in cryptocurrency
Union Cabinet approves Companies (2nd Amendment) Bill 2019
Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (2nd Amendment) Bill 2019 passed by Parliament
Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill 2020 passed by Parliament
National Chambal Sanctuary gets Eco-sensitive zone tag
Sanitary pad disposal bags to be made mandatory from Jan 2021, as said by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
Cabinet approves reconstruction plan for YES Bank
National Company Law Appellate Tribunal’s bench constituted in Chennai
Defence Acquisition Counicl approved proposal to procure 83 indigenously made TEJAS aricraft
Pension Fund Regulatory & development Authority of India announced that NPS subscribers can partially withdraw amount for COVID19 treatment
Govt slashes interest rates on Small Savings Schemes
RBI announces measures to tackle COVID19 pandemic
SIDBI to provide emergency working capital up to INR 1 cr to MSMEs
RBI lanuches its latest quarterly survey OBICUS (Order Books, Inventories & Capacity Utilization Survey)
Govt revises FDI policy, bars automatic investments from neighbouring countries
Centre expands domicile rule for J&K
e-NAM gets new features to avoid Mandis
ICMR approves TrueNat machines for COVID19 tests
Pooled Testing recommended by ICMR to speed up COVID19 tests
Centre Govt to bring ordinance to raise working hours for employees
MSME New definition:
Confederation of All India Traders declared that it will be launching Bharat Market – ecommerce portal
Auction of 41 coal mines for commercial mining
India to set up coal exchange: coal trading platform
Garisain declared as Uttarakhand’s summer capital
Central Govt approves renaming of Kolkata Port Trust as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust
Govt blocks 40 websites of pro-Khalistan group: Sikhs for Justice, stops Referendum 2020
Indian Railways to transform into ‘Net Zero’ carbon emission network by 2030
RBI conducts OMO. Operation Twist for Govt Securities
Stamp Duty Rules 2020: Centre introduces new rationalized collection mechanism of stamp duty
Union Cabinet approves Agriculture Infrastructure Fund
Consumer Protection Act. 2019 comes into force from July 2020
India’s 2018 Tiger Census sets Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap
Assam’s Dihang-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to get National Park status
Ministry of Home Affairs directs paramilitary forces (serving personnel and ex-servicemen) to ban Facebook
Govt drafts Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy 2020
SC refuses to direct transfer of contributions made to PM CARES Fund to disaster response fund
Union Govt approves setting up of National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test
Great Nicobar Islanbd to get trans-shipment port of INR 10,000 cr
Online dashboard of National Infrastructure Pipeline
Transparent Taxation – Honoring thr Honest Platform, faceless appeal and assessment introduced
RBI releases framework for pan-India entity for retail payments; formation of Umbrella entity
Project Lion, Project Dolphin anniunced by PM Modi
National Film development Corporation organized 1st ever online patriotic film festival
e-Vaccine Intelligence Network: real-time stocks and flows of vaccines
Farm Laws passed
Ban on export of Onions; India is largest exporter of Onions in the world
in line with SC directive, states have been mandated to set up their 3 member committees on the Content Regulation of Govt advertisements
Assam Assembly passes bill to protect state’s heritage sites
J&K sets up Biodiversity Council
UP to set up special security force that can arrest or search without warrant
Central Vista Development Project; increase of seats in Parliament; associated issues
Graded Response Action Plan in Delhi NCR for fighting air pollution
Blue Flag Certification of beaches in India
IMD plans to launch dynamic, impact-based cyclone warning system
Implementation of new emission norms for tractors and construction vehicles delayed till Apr 21 and Oct 21
100 rupee coin released to commemorate 100th birth anniversary of Vijaya Raje Scindia
Public Safety Act; applicabaility to Jammu & Kashmir
State’s consent must for Centre to extend CBI jurisdication: Supreme Court
amendment of the Manual Scavenging Act
Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira & Ghogha in Gujarat
Govt sets up committee to review guidelines on Television Rating agencies
Centre draws up 5 year plan to save vultures
India CEO Forum on Climate Change
Jharkhand Assembly passes Resolution on Sarna Code
5th Scorpene Class Submarine Vagir of Indian Navy launched
Indian Navy receives 9th P-8I surveillance aircraft from Boeing
High-Security Registration Plates now mandatory in Delhi
India’s Economic Diplomacy website lanuched
DakPay: India Posts Payments Banks rolls out its digital payment services
BSE rolls out e-agricultural spot market platform: BEAM: BSE E-Agricultural Markets Limited
RBI to establish 1st automated Bank Note Processing Centre in Jaipur
Postive Pay System in the Cheque Truncation System introduced: National Payments Corporation of India
RBI makes RTGS system available 24X7
Karad Janata Sahakari Bank’s license cancelled by RBI
Lakshadweep declared 1st UT to become 100% organic
Uttarakhand builds 1st eco-bridge for small animals
Extinct Himalayan Serow spotted in Spiti Valley
Koliwar bridge inaugurated over Sone river in Bihar
Gwalior, Orchha included in world heritage cities list fo UNESCO
Right to marry a person of choice irresepctive of caste/religion is a FR: Karnataka HC
INS Himgiri: Indian Navy’s 2nd Project 17A Frigate launched
India’s 1st hypersonic wind tunnel facility inaugurated: 3rd country in the world to do as after US and Russia
Govt announces National Security Directive on Telecom Sector
Govt to form committee to protect culture, land and language of Ladakh
FSSAI reduced the ampunt of trans fats to 3% for 2021 and aims at reducing it to 2% by 2022
Home Minister launches single window Clearance system for coal mines
Govt announces new Foreign Trade Policy: wef Apr 2021; policy from 2021-2026
RBI introduces legal identity identifiers to track large value transactions (more than INR 50 cr)
Jan 23 every year to be celebrated as Parakram Diwas
Indian Army appoints Major General to head its new Human Rights Cell
National Internet Exchange of India offers free Domain in local Indian languages
Vehicle Scrapping Policy
Cabinet approves Amendments to Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015
Unified Securities Market Code
Seasweed farming to be promoted
Hyderabad became the only city in India to be accredited as the Tree City of the World by Arbor Day Foundation & UN FAO
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched India’s 1st CNG Tractor
Centre for Wetland Concersvation & Management set up in Chennai, India; part of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management
Central Govt approved Srivilliputtur Megamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu
International Cruise Terminal at Ernakulam Wharf on Willingdon Island, Kerala
Ro-Ro Vessels; National Waterways
CRPF inducts 34 women commandos into its Anti-NAXAL CoBRA Unit
Reliance sourced the world’s 1st consignment of carbon neutral oil from US

Reports:

Global Climate Risk Index 2020
WEF Gender Gap Index
CCI Report on Market Study on E-commerce in India
UNICEF terms past decade as ‘deadly’: 170000 violations against children
Economic Survey 2020 highlights
Global Nutrition Report
Food Safety Index by FSSAI
IMD’s World Competitiveness Index
Global Real Estate Transparency Index by Jones Lang LaSalle
Economic Freedom Index Canada’s Fraser Institute
Credit Analysis and Research Limited (CARE) Rankings Report
Global Innovation Index 2020
UN Human Development Index
Climate Change Performance Index 2021
India Innovation Index 2020 NITI Aayog
World Food Price Index

Science & Tech:

ISSUE
Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Lander
RISAT – 2BR1 Launch
Lunar Eclipse 2020
2nd spaceport in Tamil Nadu for small satellites
107th Indian Science Congress
GSAT 30 launched
3,50,000 passenger & freight coaches of Indian Railways to have RFID Tags
IIVR develops new vaccine to control classical swine fever: protects rabbits as earlier vaccine derived from rabbits
navIC messaging system to be designed by ISRO
NPL  & CSIR scientists designed bi-luminiscent security ink that can be used in currency notes & passports
Tejas successfully completed maiden flight after Final Operationsl Clearance
Biofortified carrot developed by Farmer scientist: Madhuban gajar; high beta carotene & iron
New NASA satellite to give volcano and earthwuake warnings (CIRES)
NASA plans Artemis Base Camp to land humans on moon by 2024
Chitra Gene LAMP-N: Kerala scientist develop low-cost COVID19 diagnostic Test Kit
Visakhapatnam Styrene Gas Leak
NASA selects Bezos’ Blue Origin, Musk’s Spacex and another firm Dynetics – to build lunar landing systems for Artemis mission
Arktika-M: Russia to launch 1st satellite to monitor Arctic climate
Assam Oil Well fire: Assam’s Baghjan oil field
India becomes founding member of Global Alliance on Artificial Intelligence
Russia declares state of emergency after massive fuel spill in Arctic Circle
Scientists observe 5th state of matter for 1st time in space: Bose-Einstein condensates experiments conducted on ISS (S. N. Bose)
Launch of India’s national Artificial Intelligence portal by Ministry of IT & telecom, NASSCOM
NASA resechedules launch of James Webb Space Telescope to Octr 2021
ISRO’s Mars Oribter captures images of largest moon of Mars (Phobos); part of the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan)
Ceres: the largest object in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars is an Ocean World: big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface
NASA’s planet hunter satellite (TESS: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has found 66 new exoplanets
ISRO names a crater on the moon after Vikram Sarabhai; crater photographed by Terrain mapping camera 2 of Chandrayaan
Chinese apps banned by Indian Govt
Brucellosis outbreak in China; leak at biochem factory
US Company’s spacecraft named after Kalpana Chawla
Chandrayaan Series of missions
Gaganyaan series of mission
discovery of AUDFS01: one of the farthest star galaxies in the universe; India’s 1st Multi-Wavelength Space Observatory; AstroSat; 9.3 billion lya
India successfully test-fires new version of nuclear capable Shaurya ballistic missile
DRDO successfully flight tests weapon system SMART – Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo
Nobel Prizes announced
India successfully test-fires Rudram Anti-Radiation Missile
China to launch world’s first asteroid mining robot into space
ISRO to launch Venus Mission in 2025
ISRO’s help in launching Bhutan’s satellite to space
Asia’s first solar powered textile mill to come up in Maharashtra’s Parbhani district
Chapare Virus identified by CDC of the USA; causes Chapare Haemorhagic Fever
China launches world’s first 6G experimental satellite
NASA launches Sentinel-6
ISRO launches Earth Observation Satellite EOS-01
FASTag and GPS-based toll collection system in India
China activates nuclear powered Fusion reactor; dubbed as artificial sun; HL-2M Tokamak Reactor
ISRO launches Communication Satellite CMS-01
Russia successfully launches heavy lift soace rocket after 6-year gap
Insect Apocalypse: is Climate Change causing Earth to lose 1-2% of its insects
IMD on Climate of India during 2020: 2020 8th warmest on record since 1901; 5 cylones on Indian Ocean; Amphan, Nivar, Gati, Nisarga, Burevi
Khadi Prakritik Paint; developed by Khadi & Village Industries Commission; eco-friendly, non-toxic with anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties
Disease X?
Vanadium found in the areas of Arunachal Pradesh
India’s 1st indigenous 9 mm Machine Pistol jointly developed by Indian Army, DRDO
ISRO developing green fuel for rockets: H2O2 as a bi-propellant or as mono propellant along with ethanol; Liquid oxygen as oxidiser with methane as fuel
Japan working to develop 1st wooden satellites to reduce space junk
India launches 40th scientific expedition to Antarctica
New Mapping Data policy; companies can now use accurate geospatial data without going through many regulations and approvals
three fossils of the world’s earliest known living animal – the 550 myo Dickinsonia were discovered by researchers in Bhimbetka
India’s 1st thunderstorm research testbed to be set up in Balasore, Odisha; IMD
India’s 1st geothermal energy project to be set up in Ladakh by ONGC
Glacier Burst in Uttarakhand
Indian Navy receives 3rd Scorpene submarine, to be commissioned as INS Karanj
India to start trials of Astra Mark 2 missile in 2021
PM dedicates battle tank Arjun to the nation
Square Kilometre Array Observatory launched; a new intra-govt organization; world’s 2nd intergovernmental org to be dedicated to radio astronomy

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