19.10.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

Assam film among 12 Oscar hopefuls

Filmmaker Kripal Kalita’s debut feature film Bridge ,which throws light on the devastations and hardships that floods bring to Assam villages every year, is among the 12 movies that are currently being viewed by jury members who will finally select the Indian entry to the Oscars.

The 18-member panel has started the selection of the film at a cinema hall in Kolkata, sources said.

Bridge, which bagged the “Special Mention” award, at the International Film Festival of India in Goa this January, is set in Assam and is a colourful canvas of an unusual struggle of a teenage girl residing along the bank of a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra. Every year, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries flood many villages and ruin cultivation. Kalita said the film’s protagonist Jonaki goes through an unusual struggle caused by floods. Her plight gets aggravated by the absence of a bridge over the river.

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

 

North Eastern Tea Association celebrates 40 glorious years of service to tea industry

The North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) celebrated its 40 years of glorious service to the tea industry of Assam on October 17 at its auditorium in Golaghat with a call to make tea the national drink of India.

Assam agriculture minister Atul Bora, who was the chief guest, requested Lok Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, who was present at the function, to take up the matter of declaring tea as the country’s national drink. Bora and Tasa jointly released a logo of NETA’s 40 Glorious Years.Tasa stated that after two years, the Assam tea industry will celebrate 200 years and appealed to all stakeholders to bring back the glory of Assam tea, emphasising on quality tea as the mantra.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Russian Team Returns Earth After Filming First Movie In Space

 

 

A Russian film crew is back on Earth after wrapping up scenes for the first movie shot in space on 17 October.

 

The movie has been in its kind of space race.

 

Tom Cruise is also part of a Hollywood filming-in-space project that involves NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

 

The plot is tightly under the warps and is said to be about a surgeon dispatched to ISS to save a cosmonaut.

 

India US – Exercise Yudh Abhyas

 

The India US 15-day mega military exercise called Yudh Abhyas started on 15 October in Alaska.

The Exercise aims to deepen bilateral military cooperation between both countries and improve understanding, cooperation, and interoperability between India and the USA armies.

 

It will also focus on combined arms tactics in cold climatic conditions.

 

The principal aim of the exercise is to share tactical level drills and learn best practices from each other.

 

New Defense Companies Given To India

 

Seven new defence companies were dedicated to India by the Defence Ministry on 15 October. Highlights

All these companies started operating on 1 October as the government decided to convert the

200-year-old OFB government department to seven 100 per cent government-owned corporate entities.

 

It was converted to enhance efficiency, functional autonomy, unlock new growth potential & innovation, and improve India’s self-reliance in defence preparednes

 

 

G20 Innovation League Unveiled By Italy

 

The G20 Innovation League was disclosed under the Italian Presidency to create a sustainable future.

This new Initiative was designed to run innovative projects to create a sustainable future.

 

This will bring in innovative startups from the G20 countries and investments and institutions to develop and collaborate on innovative sustainable business projects.

 

NATIONAL

 

 

Working Group Set Up For PMFBY

 

Working Group is set up to launch the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from the 2022 Kharif Season.

 

The Working group has Officials from the Centre, top executives of public sector insurance companies and vital crop-producing states.

 

The Working group will suggest “sustainable, financial and operational models.”

 

It was created after several states left the scheme, which breaks the purpose of protecting farmers’ income.

 

This working group will address the demand for an alternative model to deliver sustainable capacities of insurers.

 

It will also achieve deliberated premium pricing to cut the subsidy burden on the government. The Working Group will give its report in the next six months.

 

PM Inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport On 20 October

 

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport on 20 October. Highlights:

The inaugural flight will land at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying 125 dignitaries & Buddhist Monks.

 

Ambassadors of several countries will join the ceremony, and a special delegation from Sri Lanka will also be at the inauguration ceremony.

 

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath discussed the arrangements for the inauguration ceremony of the international airport in the Kushinagar district.

 

Kushinagar is where Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.

 

It is also the centre point of the Buddhist circuit, which consists of pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Sarnath and Gaya.

 

The airport will serve a population of more than two crores since the airport has around 10-15 Districts and will be an excellent support for the large migrant population.

 

This will also boost the opportunities to export horticultural products like bananas, Strawberries and Mushrooms.

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