Current Affairs- 16th July

Science and Technology

MeitY enables map services in UMANG App through MOU with MapmyIndia

MeitY enables map services in UMANG App through MOU with MapmyIndia
  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has taken various initiatives in the recent past to ease the lives of citizens by facilitating online delivery of Government services.
  • To further enhance the initiatives of Digital India Programme, the Ministry has enabled map services in UMANG App ‘ through Memorandum of Understanding with MapmyIndia.
  • As a result of integration of UMANG with MapmyIndia, citizens will be able to find government facilities nearest to their location, such as mandis, blood banks and much more, at the click of a button. They will also be able to see these on the most detailed and interactive street and village level maps of India, built by MapmyIndia.

National

Power Minister releases 9th Integrated Ratings for State Power Distribution Utilities

Power Minister releases 9th Integrated Ratings for State Power Distribution Utilities
  • Power Minister R.K. Singh today released the 9th Integrated Ratings for State Power Distribution Utilities in New Delhi. He appreciated that the Annual Integrated Rating exercise covering 41 State Power Distribution Utilities for the rating period 2019-20 has been completed with the enthusiastic participation of all the utilities.
  • Mr Singh said that the Indian Power sector will benefit from a fair and accurate assessment of the true position of the distribution sector. He said, this will help in assessing and improving its performance. The Minister said, this will also assist State Governments, lending institutions and other stakeholders to take important decisions.

Kisan Saarathi: Digital platform for farmers launched

Kisan Saarathi: Digital platform for farmers launched
  • Government today launched digital platform Kisan Sarathi to facilitate farmers to get right information at right time in their desired language.
  • The platform Kisan Sarathi was jointly launched by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw through video conference on the occasion of 93rd ICAR Foundation Day.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Ashwini Vaishnaw said, farmers can avail personalised advisories on agriculture and allied areas directly from scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra through the digital platform.
  • He said, this initiative of Kisan Sarathi will empower farmers with the technological interventions and reach farmers in remote areas

NCW signs MoU with BPR&D on gender sensitisation of police personnel

NCW signs MoU with BPR&D on gender sensitisation of police personnel
  • National Commission for Women has signed an MoU with Bureau of Police Research and Development for gender sensitization of police personnel across the country.
  • The objective of the programme is to ensure gender sensitization of police personnel with respect to legislation and policies concerning women. Bringing attitudinal and behavioural changes in police officers while dealing with crimes against women is also among the objectives.
  • The Commission has been regularly organising gender sensitization programs for police officers to achieve the objective of building trust of women complainants in police.

School Innovation Ambassador Program

School Innovation Ambassador Program
  • Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda today jointly launched the School Innovation Ambassador Training Program. It aims to train 50 thousand school teachers on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, Product development and Idea generation. The program has been designed by Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education and AICTE for School Teachers. The training will be given in online mode only.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Munda said, the Innovation Ambassador training program marks yet another milestone moment for capacity building of teachers and students. He said, Eklavya Model Residential Schools represent one of the most powerful tools for empowerment of our tribal youth in the remotest parts of country by enabling them to pursue quality education along with holistic development.

International

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes
  • Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed today while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters. He was covering the situation in Kandahar over the last couple of days.
  • Responding to media queries, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Indian Ambassador in Kabul is in touch with Afghan authorities. He said they are keeping his family informed of the developments.

China begins construction of world’s 1st commercial small modular reactor

China begins construction of world’s 1st commercial small modular reactor
  • China has started construction of the first commercial onshore nuclear project using its homegrown “Linglong One” small modular reactor (SMR) design, the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on Tuesday, about four years later than planned.
  • The “Linglong One”, also known as the ACP100, was the first SMR to be approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2016. Each unit has power generating capacity of 125 megawatts (MW).
  • It was designed to complement the state-run CNNC’s larger third-generation 1,170-MW “Hualong One” reactors, which China is planning to roll out rapidly at home and promote overseas.

Eiffel Tower to reopen after record 9-month closure due to Covid

Eiffel Tower to reopen after record 9-month closure due to Covid
  • The Iconic Eiffel Tower is to reopen to visitors from today for the first time in nine months following its longest closure since World War II. The lifts of the Iron Lady as the Eiffel Tower is fondly called, are set to whir back into life, transporting tourists to its 300- metre summit, ending a long period of inactivity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Daily capacity of visitors is set to be restricted to 13,000 people, about half of the normal level, in order to respect social distancing.
  • The masterpiece by architect Gustave Eiffel has also been hit by problems linked to its latest paint job, the 20th time it has been repainted since its construction in 1889. Work was halted in February because of high levels of lead detected on the site, which poses a health risk to labourers.

Second phase of investigations into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic

Second phase of investigations into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros has asked China to be transparent and open and to cooperate in the second phase of investigations into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic in China.
  • Tedros will brief the UN health body’s 194 member states on Friday regarding a proposed second phase of study, WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan said. “We look forward to working with our Chinese counterparts on that process and the director general will outline measures to member states at a meeting tomorrow, on Friday,” Ryan told reporters.

Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Athletes to put on medals themselves during ceremonies

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Athletes to put on medals themselves during ceremonies
  • Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the Corona virus. The very significant change to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. The medals will not be given around the neck, rather they will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.
  • Mr. Bach also confirmed that in Tokyo there will be no handshakes and there will be no hugs during the ceremony. Olympic medals are typically presented by an IOC member or a leading official in a sport’s governing body.

Other Important Affairs

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has, vide order dated July 08, 2021 cancelled the license of Dr. Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Nilanga, Dist. Latur, Maharashtra.
  • Gokulam Kerala FC all set to represent India in the AFC Women’s Club – Pilot Tournament, Gokulam Kerala FC president Mr. VC Praveen feels proud at the achievement, having won the Hero Indian Women’s League in 2020.
  • Pakistan skipper Babar Azam became the quickest to 14 ODI centuries reaching the milestone in 81 innings at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the third ODI against England.