Daily Current Affairs – Dec 30th, 2020

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PM Modi inaugurated 351 km long New Bhaupur-New Khurja stretch of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor(EDFC)

The 351 km stretch of EDFC & Operation Control Centre (OCC) was inaugurated at Prayagraj.Data technology used in OCC has been prepared in India. The 1,856-km Eastern DFC starts at Sohnewal (Ludhiana) in Punjab and ends at Dankuni in West Bengal.

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Overall DFC cost is pegged at Rs 81,459 crore.

India’s first pollinator park opens in Uttarakhand, will support over 40 key species

Inaugurated by Peter Smetacek, the park, spread over 4 acres in Haldwani in Nainital district, aims to conserve various pollinator species, create awareness & promote research. Endemic species of honeybee Apiscerana indica is also reared in the park.

Did you Know

Pollinators impact 35% of global agricultural land

Santoor maestro Pt Satish Vyas conferred Tansen Samman at the World Music Festival,Tansen Samaroh

96th Tansen Music Festival began in Gwalior & will conclude at Behat village on December 30. Pt Satish Vyas was conferred upon the prestigious Tansen Samman. Bhopal-based institution Abhinav Kala Parishad was honoured with Raja Mansingh Tomar award.

Did you Know

Festival pays tribute to Tansen, one of 9 gems in Akbar’s court.

Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information Services (INCOIS) launches ‘Digital Ocean’

It will be a one stop-solution for all ocean data related needs & is expected to bring a sea-change in how the oceanographic data is served. It will play a central role in sustainable management of the oceans & expanding India’s ‘Blue Economy’ initiatives

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INCOIS:
Established – 2007;
Location – Hyderabad

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin passes away at 98

Hailed for his avant-garde styles,Cardin set up his own fashion label in 1950. In 1959, he created one of the first ready-to-wear collections for women. He created the legendary bubble dress & “Space Age” collection remains a landmark in fashion history.

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First designer to sell clothes collections in department stores

Harsh Vardhan opens new India Meteorological Department’s centre at Leh, Ladakh

Located at a height of 3500 meters, Meteorological Centre Leh will be the highest meteorological centre in India. It will cater to the various kinds of weather & climate needs of people & administration of Ladakh.

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Dr Harsh Vardhan – Union Minister of Earth Sciences

Action Agenda for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat (AAAN) report prepared by TIFAC released by Dr.Harsh Vardhan

Aim of the action report is to create a sense of scientific social responsibility & lay down imperatives for the future of technology in India.The report is a follow-up of TIFAC’s white paper on “Focussed Interventions for Make in India: post COVID-19”

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TIFAC is an autonomous organization set up in 1988 under DST.

Fintech firm Cashaa & United Multistate Cooperative Society launch crypto bank ‘Unicas’

Partnership will enable Cashaa to access United’s regulatory licenses,physical branches & overall banking infrastructure.Users can transact in cryptocurrency & fiat from one account. Unicas is initially opening its services online & through 14 branches.

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CEO:
Cashaa – Kumar Gaurav (Founder);
Unicas – Dinesh Kukreja.

DRDO Young Scientist Laboratory for Quantum Technologies develops Quantum Random Number Generation(QRNG)

Mumbai based DYSL-QT has developed QRNG which has the ability to detect random quantum events and convert those into a stream of binary digits. This comes days after successful testing of the Quantum Key Distribution technology by DRDO.

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DYSL-QT is one of the five YSLs of the DRDO

‘TiHAN’: India’s first Testbed for Autonomous Navigation Systems launched at IIT Hyderabad

Set up under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems, it has an essential focus on R&D of interdisciplinary technologies in the specific domain area of Autonomous Navigation and Data Acquisition Systems.

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Rs.135 crore was sanctioned for TiHan Foundation.

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) develops Eye Cancer therapy in the form of the first indigenous Ruthenium 106 Plaque

BARC has developed an eye cancer therapy in the form of Ruthenium 106 Plaque for the treatment of ocular tumours.It is acknowledged to be at par with international standards, surgeon friendly and a simpler, cost-effective option for the patients

Did you Know

BARC:
Location – Mumbai;
Established – 3 January 1954.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan nominated to the Board of GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance

He will be representing the South East Area Regional Office/ Western Pacific Regional Office constituency on the board.The seat is currently held by Mr. Myint Htwe of Myanmar. Vardhan will be representing India from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023.

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GAVI:
Founded – 2000;
HQ – Geneva, Switzerland

Indian economy could be ‘most resilient’ in subregion of South and South-West Asia over long term :UNESCAP report

Report says positive but lower economic growth post COVID-19 pandemic & the country’s large market will continue to attract investments. Growth was mainly driven by India’s FDI inflows which accounted for 77% of total inflows in the region.

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Report: ‘FDI Trends & Outlook In Asia And The Pacific 2020/2021’

Harmony Foundation Announces Awardees Of Mother Teresa Memorial Awards For Social Justice

Instituted in 2005 to celebrate & commemorate the memory & legacy of Mother Teresa.

Awardees this year included Dr Anthony Fauci,Fr. Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Sanjay Pandey (IPS) KK Shailaja (Minister of Health Kerala),Vikas Khanna, Fr Fabio Stevenazzi etc.

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Theme – Celebrating Compassion In Times Of Covid

INS Kiltan arrives at Sihanoukville Port in Cambodia under Mission Sagar-III

As part of Mission Sagar III it will deliver 15 Ton Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Stores for the flood-affected people of Cambodia.Mission is part of India’s HADR assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries during the ongoing pandemic.

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Mission Sagar:
I -5 Indian ocean nations;
II -4 African nations.

Hyderabad based spacetech startup Skyroot Aerospace successfully test-fires solid propulsion rocket stage Kalam-5

Kalam-5 is a demonstrator solid rocket propulsion stage with exactly the same propellant, materials, and interfaces as the three solid propulsion stages of their Vikram-1 launch vehicle, which is expected to be launched in December 2021.

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Skyroot founders – Pawan Kumar Chandana & Naga Bharath Daka

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