21.10.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

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IIT-Guwahati starts course in data science, artificial intelligence

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) has launched a new B.Tech programme in data science and artificial intelligence. The first batch of students will be admitted through the ongoing JEE Advanced 2021 counselling.

The vast opportunities that this field offers will fulfil the demands of having sufficiently qualified graduates to serve the nation in the future.

There is a growing demand for highly trained professionals in the fields of DSAI and this newly introduced course will emphasise on extending training in both theoretical as well as practical perspectives.

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

Aerial link for three NE cities

A link aircraft is set to connect three cities in the region giving passengers options for onward connectivity with the rest of the country.

Expanding aerial connectivity between Kolkata – Guwahati, Guwahati – Aizawl, Aizawl – Shillong, Shillong – Aizawl, Aizawl – Guwahati and Guwahati – Kolkata routes. The service will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The frontier state of Mizoram bordering Myanmar, a gateway to the northeast, has been the focus. Scindia said the city has an immense importance in the tourism and economic sector.

Under the UDAN scheme, the Centre has connected cities that had no mention on the aviation map. “We have already started 60 airports and 387 routes, out of which 100 routes are awarded in the northeast alone, and 50 are already operational. In 2014, only six airports were operational in northeast, now we have grown to 15 airports in seven years,” Scindia noted. In addition to this, he added that under the KRISHI UDAN Yojna, the Centre has identified 16 airports to enhance the export opportunities of the region.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

India Ranks Top In Crop Burning Emissions

In the Report Published by Blue Sky, Analytics India has been ranked at the top position in Crop Burning Emissions.

Highlights:

India accounted for 13 per cent of total global emissions in 2015-2020 and a 12.2 per cent towards the cropland fire emissions in 2020 alone.

The Data highlights recent trends in biomass fires, including emissions from crop residue and forest residue fires in India.

Blue Sky Analytics is the Indian Climate tech start-up established by IIT alumni. It is a part of a global confederacy called “Climate TRACE”.

Climate TRACE is a global coalition that works to stimulate climate action by providing near-real-time and independent high-resolution GHG emissions data.

India Russia Signed Mou To Tackle Coal Shortage

India and Russia have signed an MoU to collaborate in the mining and steel sector.

Highlights:

In Moscow, an MoU was signed between Union Minister of Steel Ram Chandra Prasad and Russia’s minister of energy Nikolay Shulginov, focusing on coking.

The deal signing is part of India’s National Steel Policy 2017, under which it aims to reach 300 million tonne steel production by 2030.

First Consignment Of Nano Nitrogen Liquid Fertilizer Reached Sri Lanka

The first consignment of non-harmful Nano Nitrogen liquid fertilizer reached Srilanka from India on 20 October.

Highlights:

India sent 3.1 million litres of high-quality non-harmful Nano Nitrogen liquid fertilizer.

The fertilizer will help in the cultivation of maize and paddy.

Sri Lanka imported the Nano Nitrogen liquid fertilizer after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa decided to stop chemical fertilizer imports.

Nano Nitrogen Liquid Fertilizer was produced by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) to approach imbalanced and excessive use of traditional Urea.

 

NATIONAL

National Police Commemoration Day Is Observed On 21 October

National Police Commemoration Day is celebrated on 21 October in India, remembering the sacrifices of police officers who died in a Chinese firing in 1959.

On 21 October 1959, Chinese troops threw grenades and opened fire at twenty Indian police officers in Ladakh.

Ten brave police personnel died, and seven sustained injuries in that incident.

On 28 November 1959, the dead bodies of the martyred policemen were returned to India by the Chinese troops.

Since then, 21 October has been observed as “Police Commemoration Day”.

Seer Water Supply Scheme Inaugurated In Kashmir

The 250mm Seer Water Supply Scheme was inaugurated by Union Minister Piyush Goyal in Kashmir.

Highlights:

The minister’s two-day visit ended on October 20, 2021, as part of the public outreach programme of the central government.

The Minister launched a tourist hut of Pahalgam Development Authority at the Golf Course Pahalgam.

The Minister also launched the Forest Departments Deodar sapling plantation drive.

This drive will be conducted under the banner of Green JK Drive, and a total of 1 lakh saplings will be planted.

Air Quality Early Warning System Launched

The Decision Support System (DSS) and ‘Air Quality Early Warning System’ (AQEWS) were launched by Dr Jitendra Singh.

Highlights:

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) has revealed a new ‘Decision Support System’ (DSS) as well as the ‘Air Quality Early Warning System’ (AQEWS).

They were launched for better air-quality management in the Delhi-NCR region.

IITM is an autonomous institute operating under the Ministry of Earth Sciences based in Pune.

IITM has also created a website to deliver quantitative data concerning emissions from Delhi and joining districts to air quality.

It consists of providing information on the contribution of biomass-burning activities in the adjoining states.

 

Gen-Next Democratic Network

India is set to host young leaders under the new initiative called Gen-Next Democratic Network on 25 November.

The Initiative was planned by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and will happen in November.

This is hosted for 5 to 7 young people under 35, invited from 75 different democratic countries from the ruling, opposition and other key parties.

The event will be inaugurated by Om, Brila, Lok Sabha speakers and will begin on 25 November.

The ICCR is trying to build relations with Gen Next of 75 countries, who will become future leaders of their countries.

 

 

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