Current Affairs- 28th September
Science and Technology
DRDO successfully flight tests Akash Prime missile
- A new version of the Akash Missile, Akash Prime was successfully flight tested yesterday from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. The missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target mimicking enemy aircrafts, in its maiden flight test after improvements.
- In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environments at higher altitudes. Modified ground system of the existing Akash weapon system has been used for the current flight test.
North Korea fires short-range missiles to sea in latest test
- North Korea has reportedly fired a short-range missile towards the sea off its east coast at wee hours today. Earlier this month Pyongyang has also test-fired both ballistic and cruise missiles.
- The test occurred as North Korea’s ambassador said at the UN that no-one could deny Pyongyang’s right to self-defence and to test weapons.
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered Seoul’s National Security Council to analyse any intentions behind Pyongyang’s latest missile launch and recent statements from Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo-jong.
Agriculture Minister N S Tomar launches Amul Honey
- Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched ‘Amul Honey- a product of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. under active cooperation with ‘National Bee Board’.
- Addressing the launch, Mr. Tomar emphasized the importance of National Beekeeping and Honey Mission in increasing the income of small farmers. The Mission is being implemented in the country for doubling income of farmers and beekeepers through beekeeping with the budgetary allocation of 500 crores rupees.
Amit Shah releases training manual of Aapda Mitra Scheme
- Home Minister Amit Shah today said country is moving towards creating such a disaster management system that not a single life should be lost no matter how severe a disaster may be. He said India is well on course to achieve this.
- He was speaking at the 17th Foundation Day celebrations of National Disaster Management Authority as the Chief Guest in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s Foundation Day is ‘Stopping Impact of Disaster Incidents in the Himalayan Region’.
- On this occasion, Mr Shah released the training manual of Aapda Mitra Scheme and plan documents of Aapda Mitra and Common Alerting Protocol.
Country’s first Pan-India helpline for senior citizens
- Government has taken a monumental step towards addressing the challenges and problems the elderly population face, through country’s first Pan-India toll-free helpline – 14567 — called ‘Elder Line’.
- The helpline provides free information and guidance on pension issues, legal issues, extends emotional support, and even intervenes on field in cases of abuse, and rescues homeless elderly.
- Till date, 17 states have already opened the Elder line and others are in the pipeline to be opened. In the last 4 months alone, over 2 lakh calls have been received, and over 30 thousand seniors have already been serviced.
Dr Jitendra Singh launches AmritGrand Challenge Program titled “जनCARE”
- Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today launched the “AmritGrand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE” to identify 75 Start-Up Innovations in Telemedicine, Digital Health, mHealth with BIG Data, AI, Block Chain and other technologies.
- He said it is all the more imperative for Young Startups and entrepreneurs to come out with Innovative Ideas and Solutions for India’s healthcare challenges. He said, the 75 Best Chosen Startups will be an asset for India to lead the country in the next 25 years, during the celebrations of Centenary of India’s Independence.
5-Day Himalayan Festival concluded in Leh
- The 5-Day Himalayan Festival concluded in Leh, after screening over 50 films from 12 Himalayan States of the country.
- On the occasion, Ladakh LG RK Mathur appealed Ladakh film makers to make a series on Kesar, the mythical king of the region. He said with the help of the centre, the Union Territory administration is providing FTII certification to the youths to help them with technology to hone up their creativity. He said the administration is also working on coming out with a film industry policy of the UT Ladakh and a film theatre. Mr Mathur appreciated the team for successful Film festival.
Tata Steel world's first steel co to pledge pruning of sea trade emissions
- Tata Steel, the country’s oldest steel producer, has joined Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) as part of its sustainability objectives and initiatives on reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emission in ocean trade.
- The company is the 24th organisation to join the association working to reduce environmental impacts of global seaborne cargo and is the world’s first steel producer to become the signatory of SCC.
- The Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) is a global framework for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of chartering activities. Launched in October 2020, there are currently already 24 signatories as part of this organisation.
India is Dubai’s 2nd biggest trade partner
- India has emerged as Dubai’s second-biggest trading partner after China with the overall volume touching 38.5 billion dirhams in the first half of 2021, according to official data released.
- According to a Dubai government statement, the emirate had a trading volume of 86.7 billion dirhams with China in H1 (first half) of 2021, followed by India and the US at third position.
- Trade with India grew 74.5 per cent year-on-year to 67.1 billion dirhams from 38.5 billion dirhams in H1 2020.
Days and Dates
International Day for Universal Access of Information: 28th September
- The torrential flow of information is the result of the dominant paradigm considering the availability of abundant information assign of development. As a result, the common perspective, and rightly so, is that information is power.
- The theme chosen for the 2021 IDUAI is “The Right to Know – Building Back Better with Access to Information.” It will highlight the fact that the public’s need for accurate and reliable information has never been stronger than now, as countries’ struggle to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic rebuild communities and institutions.
Other Important Affairs
- The financial services company, Mastercard Inc. has named Magnus Carlsen, the highest-rated chess player of all time, as its global brand ambassador. This step is part of a move by Mastercard for adding chess in its coveted list of sports sponsorship.
- Uttarakhand’ first Palmetum, a palm garden developed by the research wing of the forest department, with around 100 species sourced from across the country, opened for the public in Haldwani.