15.10.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

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Guwahati airport’s operations handed over to Adani Group

The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati was handed over to the Adani Group for operations, management and development responsibilities.

Beginning the process of developing and modernising the Northeast’s foremost airport, the symbolic key of the airport was handed over by Ramesh Kumar, Airport Director of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). To Utpal Baruah, Chief Airport Officer of the new airport operator at an event held midnight.

In 2018, the government of India included the Guwahati airport in the group of six airports — Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mangalore, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram — set for privatisation for operations, management and development (OMD) for a period of 50 years.

 

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

 

Arunachal signs MoUs with NGOs for running three Eklavya schools

The Arunachal Pradesh government on Saturday signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for running three new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS).

The schools are being constructed at Nyapin in Kurung Kumey district, Khela in Tirap, and Tirbin in Leparada, and would start functioning from the next academic session, the Education Department officials said. The MoUs were signed between the Arunachal Pradesh Ekalvya Model Residential School Society (APEMRSS) and NGOs Gyamar Art and Cultural Society, Arunachal Shiksha Vikas Samiti and VKV Arunachal Trust. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the NGOs for volunteering to run the institutions to impart quality education to rural children.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

EU’s first Green Bond issuance

Huge demand was there as Brussels kicked off its efforts for becoming world’s biggest issuer of sustainable debt.

Euro 12bn sale of 15-year debt attracted about Euro 135bn of orders.

This was the largest green bond deal, eclipsing the UK’s £10bn debut in the month of September.

This issue of recent bond is the first of an expected €250bn of “European Commission green bonds”. It makes about a third of the EU’s €800bn Covid-19 recovery fund.

 

India at 3rd position in RE Investment attractiveness index

Ernst & Young’s (EY) Renewable Energy (RE) Country Attractiveness Index was recently published in which India has been ranked at 3rd position.

RE Investment attractive index ranks the world’s top 40 nations with respect to attractiveness of their deployment opportunities and renewable energy

In the index, India retains its third position while US retains the top position.

China has been ranked at second position.

As per report, conditions are ripe for rapid growth across renewables generation. The major challenge will be inadequate grid investments.

According to Index, corporate power purchase agreements were the key driver of clean energy growth in the light that, environment, social, and governance measures are becoming top agenda for companies and investors.

 

NATIONAL

Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2021

India and the United States are set to start a 15-day mega military exercise in Alaska from October 15, 2021 in a bid to further deepen bilateral military cooperation between both the countries.

Year 2021 will mark the 17th edition of the exercise “Yudh Abhyas”.

Exercise will be conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska.

It will commence from October 15 and end on 29.

Indian contingent

At the exercise, the Indian contingent will comprise of 350 personnel from an infantry battalion group of Indian Army.

 

Background

The previous (16th) edition of the exercise took place in February 2021 in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner.

 

India to pilot 1000 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)

Central Government has given its approval to invite the expression of interest for installation of pilot 1000 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project.

This pilot project is the joint effort of “Ministry of New & Renewable energy” and Ministry of Power.

Both the ministries have been working on this in order to provide a road map for installation of energy storage system in India.

The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be set in a bid to support the ambitious goal of achieving 450 GW renewable energy target by the Ministry of New & renewable energy by 2030.

Govt launches ‘One Health Consortium

The Department of Biotechnology launched a ‘One Health’ consortium on October 14, 2021 in virtual mode.

One Health Consortium has been empowered to carry out surveillance of important viral, bacterial, & parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in India.

This project will also look into use of existing diagnostic tests and development of additional methodologies to conduct surveillance and understand the spread of emerging diseases.

NSO Data on Retail Inflation and IIP

As per IMF, India’s retail inflation relaxed in September 2021, reducing to a five-month low. This was because of favourable comparison with year 2020 and moderating food prices that offset an increase in the cost of crude oil & fuel.

Consumer price inflation decreased sharply to 4.35% in September 2021 as compared to 5.3% in August. This was the third consecutive month within the tolerance band of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

In September 2020, Consumer Price Index-based (CPI) inflation was 7.27%.

According to NSO Data, inflation in food basket relaxed to 0.68% in September 2021, significantly decreased by 3.11% as compared to August.

Government has tasked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to keep CPI-based inflation at 4%, with a tolerance band of 2% on both the sided. RBI usually factors in CPI-based inflation while launching its bi-monthly monetary policy.

 

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