Current Affairs Quiz: 11th January 2021

“Lal Bahadur Shastri death anniversary being observed today”.

  • The 55th death anniversary of India’s second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri is being observed today.
  • A great freedom fighter and statesman – Lal Bahadur Shastri’s slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan‘, capturing the true spirit of India, inspires Indians across generations.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri took over as the Prime Minister in May 1964, after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru. In Independent India’s first cabinet, Lal Bahadur Shastri held key portfolios like the Home Affairs and the Railways.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri was only 16 when Mahatma Gandhi called upon the countrymen to join the Non-Cooperation Movement.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri promoted the White Revolution, a countrywide campaign to increase milk production. He supported the Amul milk co-operative at Anand in Gujarat and created the National Dairy Development Board
  • His tenure as the Prime Minister was only for 19 months. He died in Tashkent on January 11, 1966.

Source: NDTV

“Suriname’s Indian-origin President to be Chief Guest at Republic Day 2021”.

  • Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Indian-origin President of Suriname, will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2021. The news comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his visit to India.
  • Chandrikapersad Santokhi was sworn in as the 9th President of the Republic of Suriname in July 2020 after his party- Progressive Reform Party won the 2020 General Elections by claiming 20 out of the total 51 seats.
  • Santokhi, who is a former chief of police, was the sole nominee for Suriname’s Presidency and was inaugurated as President on July 16, 2020.  His win brought an end to the dictatorial rule by Dési Bouterse.
  • Suriname is a former Dutch colony where Indian-origin people make up the largest ethnic group, as they comprise 27.4 percent of the total population of 587,000.

Source: Jagran Josh   

“Karnataka government launches Krishi Sanjeevani Vans”.

  • The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa, launched Krishi Sanjeevani Vans in Bengaluru.
  • The 40 vans that were flagged off under the scheme will reach out to the agriculture fields for testing water, soil and will also suggest remedies for pest control to improve yield.
  • The Krishi Sanjeevani Vans have been launched by the state Agriculture Department along with central assistance under National Krishi Vikas Yojana.
  • Vans have been launched to take scientific labs to the fields so that the farmers of the state can get find hand support for their farming techniques.
  • The vans that will reach the fields will also help in studying the conditions and will address the needs of the farmers about the fertility of the soil, pest control, suitable crops, and weeds in the existing conditions.
  • The personnel of the Agriculture Department will also be able to suggest remedies depending on water, soil, and pests inflicting the crops.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Amit Shah set to launch ‘Single Window Clearance System’ for coal mines”.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah will launch the ‘Single Window Clearance System’, an online platform to obtain clearances for smooth operationalisation of coal mines.
  • The ‘Single Window Clearance System’ was launched at 11 am.
  • The virtual ceremony was held in the presence of Union Minister of Coal Pralhad Joshi.
  • It is an online platform to obtain clearances for smooth operationalisation of coal mines

Source: Business Standard 

“Indian Railways increases max speed along Golden Quadrilateral-Golden Diagonal Sections”.

  • In its landmark achievement, the Railway ministry has drastically increased the maximum speed to 130 km per hour for 1,280 km length. The enhancement has been done out of 1,612 km in Golden Quadrilateral- Golden Diagonal route.
  • As per the press release by the Ministry of Railways, the mentioned route covers the whole GQ-GD route over South Central Railway, except the Duvvada-Vijayawada section, where up-gradation work is in progress.
  • The enhanced speed limits by the Indian Railways were achieved because of the planned and systematic strengthening of the track as well as its infrastructure by removing the bottlenecks on these sections at a fast pace.
  • This included the laying of 260 meters long welded rail panels, heavier rails, and improvement of gradients and curves among others.

Source: Jagran Josh      

“Jigmet Dolma from India secured fourth position in the Dhaka Marathon 2021”.

  • Jigmet Dolma from India secured fourth position in the Dhaka Marathon 2021. Jigmet Dolma is an SPO of Ladakh police.
  • The marathon was organized to commemorate the return of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Pakistan jail to Bangladesh in 1972. Two more women runners from India and a total of 8 athletes participated in the marathon.
  • In the full marathon, among the SAARC and local runners, Bahadur Singh of India became the champion in the men’s category and Pushpa Bhandari of Nepal became the champion in the women’s category.
  • In the marathon, Hicham Lakohi of Morocco came first in the elite competition of the marathon in men’s category while Angela Jim Asunde from Kenya won the women’s category in the same event.
  • The full marathon covered 42.19 kilometres while the half marathon covered 21.09 kilometers. Athletes from all over the world including India, Morocco, Kenya, France, Nepal, Ethiopia among others participated in various categories of the event.

Source: News on Air

“Renowned astrophysicist Professor Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre passes away at 84”.

  • Renowned astrophysicist Professor Shashikumar Madhusudan Chitre passed away, aged 84 years old.
  • A recipient of Padma Bhushan, he was a stalwart of the Indian astronomy community, particularly solar physics. He retired as a senior professor from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, in 2001.
  • He was the driving force behind the establishment of the University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CEBS) in the Kalina campus of the university.
  • Chitre also served on the boards of the Nehru Centre trust and the JN Tata trust for several years.
  • Prof Chitre was the former president of the Astronomical Society of India and a member of multiple committees which helped in shaping India’s science policies.

Source: Indian Express 

“Veteran scribe Turlapati Kutumba Rao dies at 87”.

  • Veteran journalist and Padma Shri awardee Turlapati Kutumba Rao died following heart attack in Vijayawada.
  • Kutumba Rao, who became a journalist at 14, had the distinction of serving as Secretary to the first Chief Minister of Andhra state, Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, in the 1950s.
  • He was also an author and orator and held the Guinness World Record for presiding over more than 10,000 public meetings,according to sources.
  • He was considered a ‘walking Encyclopedia’ on politics and Telugu movies for his in-depth knowledge of the subjects.
  • Rao later became Editor of Andhra Jyothy Telugu daily and Jyothy Chitra, the film weekly run by the same group.
  • The Government of India conferred Padma Shri on Kutumba Rao in 2002. He won numerous awards while the Andhra Viswa Kala Parishad conferred the Kala Prapoorna (honorary doctorate).

Source: Deccan Herald

“NITI Aayog, Flipkart partner to enhance women entrepreneurship platform”.

  • In an effort to enhance the community experience for women entrepreneurs in India, NITI Aayog and Flipkart, India’s leading ecommerce marketplace, have come together to launch the revamped Women Entrepreneurship Platform.
  • The Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) is a unified access portal which brings together women from different parts of India to realise their entrepreneurial aspirations.
  • The revamped version shall also include an additional feature to offer mentorship to the women mentees with specific knowledge concerning a problem area, through a dedicated online mechanism facilitated under FICCI-FLO’s Empowering the Greater 50% mission.
  • Flipkart signs MoU with government bodies for skill development in the logistics sector.
  • The WEP will enable community interaction and engagement for women entrepreneurs on the platform. This will be a very interactive and intuitive Q&A platform for enriching discussions. It will also serve as knowledge sharing hub on the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 11th Indian to cross 6,000-run mark in Test cricket”.

  • Cheteshwar Pujara became only the 11th Indian to cross the 6,000-run mark in Test cricket.
  • Pujara, playing his 80th game, reached the milestone on day five of the third Test against Australia at the SCG.
  • The other Indians who have 6,000 plus runs are Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) runs, Rahul Dravid (13,265), Sunil Gavaskar (10,122), VVS Laxman (8,781), Virender Sehwag (8,503), Virat Kohli (7,318), Sourav Ganguly (7,212), Dilip Vengsarkar (6,868), Mohammed Azharuddin (6,215), Gundappa Viswanath (6,080).

Source: Dailyhunt