16-17.01.22 APSC Daily Current Affairs



Assam cabinet nod to set up youth panel for skill development


The state cabinet on Wednesday approved constitution of the Assam Youth Commission, which will provide youths a platform to register their grievances, besides preparing them for national-level competitive examinations.

The commission is also aimed to protect the interest of state’s youths within and outside Assam, to provide them employment and training for skill development. The cabinet approved the amended election rules of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation and other municipal boards to replace ballots with EVMs in elections to the civic bodies, which are likely to be held soon.
The cabinet also approved the Handicraft Policy of Assam, 2022 to facilitate growth and development of craft-based industries and provide training and technological support to artisans and entrepreneurs, and to provide market linkages and online marketing support to facilitate the export of products. The policy also provides one-time financial aid up to Rs 30,000 to all eligible handicraft units for development of web portal or app for online marketing of their products.


North East on Wheels Expedition

The ‘North East on Wheels Expedition’ has been created to promote Northeastern culture.


  • Meenakshi Lekhi, Ministry for Culture, has launched the ‘North East on Wheels Expedition’ in New Delhi to promote Northeastern culture.
  • This year’s Bike Expedition will take place from the 8th to the 16th of April to commemorate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • Seventy-Five bicyclists will be chosen from throughout the country to participate in this trip, which will traverse approximately 9000 kilometers in the North East Region in six groups.
  • The excursion will also showcase the Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho Apna Desh project. Riders will also spread the word about the significance of road safety.
  • The voyage will connect, among other things, some of the key spots associated with our country’s historic events.INTERNATIONAL


    Discovery of New Strange Metal


    Scientists have recently discovered a new group of metals. The newly discovered metal group is called as “New Strange group of metals”. The characteristics of metals like copper or iron are predictable. That is, their melting point, reaction nature, malleability, ductility are known to human. The characteristics of this new group of metals are yet to be deciphered. They still remain a puzzle. Thus, these metals have been classified as strange metals.



    The strange metals are also called non – Fermi liquids. They do not follow the traditional rules of metals. Their behavior was first discovered in cuprates, that is, copper oxides. These cuprates are high temperature super conductors.


    The strange metals do not conduct electricity as that of metals. In metals, the electrical charge is carried by electrons. In strange metals, the electrical charge is carried by “Cooper pairs”. These cooper pairs take the charge in wave like pattern. Electrons belong to fermion. The cooper pairs act as bosons.


    Russia: White Swan Strategic Missile Bomber


    The Russian defence forces recently unveiled a new Tupolev Tu-160M. It is a missile bomber. It is also known as “White Swan”.


    The White Swan can fly at an altitude of 600 metres. The bomber has been designed to carry nuclear war heads. It is one of the most heaviest supersonic miliary aircraft.

    The White Swan has been unveiled while Russia – NATO tensions are at the peak due to Ukraine crisis.

    It can carry 34 tonnes of load. The bomber can deliver 24 cruise missiles. It can trace 14,000 km without refuelling.

    The machine can be in the sky for more than a day during combat duties.

    It is capable of delivering largest payload. They have the longest range. The heavy bombers were superseded by the strategic bombers in the latter half of 20th century.






    Digital Agristack


    The Government of India is working on creating a digital stack of agricultural data. That is storing data related to farmers. Apart from farmer details, the digital agristack also holds all information about which seeds to buy, weather updates, what manures and fertilizers to use, insurance, best agricultural practices to maximize the yield.


    Agristack has unique number for every farmer in the country. This numbered file will hold personal information of the farmer. This includes his financial data as well. Apart from farmer details, agri stack will also hold information about weather, agricultural commodity prices in the country and abroad, new science and research techniques, agricultural regulation and permissions.


    Cryogenic Engine Test for Gaganyaan


    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the qualification test of cryogenic engine for Gaganyaan programme on January 12, 2022.


    The test was conducted for 720 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex, in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.


    Performance of the engine met with the test objectives and parameters of the engine closely matched with predictions during entire duration of the test.


    This engine will be tested for four more times, for a cumulative duration of 1810 seconds.


    Following this, one more engine will undergo two short-duration tests and one long-duration test, in a bid to complete cryogenic engine qualification for GaganyaanProgramme.


    Payload under the Gaganyaan mission consists of:


    1. Crew module– A spacecraft to carry human beings.
    2. Service module– It is powered by two liquid propellant engines and will be equipped with emergency mission abort and emergency escape.
    3. Launch– Gaganyaan would be launched aboard the GSLV Mk III, also dubbed as LVM-3 (Launch Vehicle Mark-3)). It is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle.






    National E-Governance Conference


    The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), State Government of Telangana, and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will host the 24th National E-Government Conference.


    The conference will happen at Madhapur, Hyderabad, at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

    “India’s Techade: Digital Governance in a Post-Pandemic World” will be the theme of the conference.

    Emerging technologies, universalization of public services, ease of life through good governance, universalization of public services, innovation – platformization, government re-engineering, and citizen participation in government processes are the subtopics.




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