Current Affairs- 7th October
Science and Technology
India’s first e-fish market app ‘Fishwaale’ launched in Assam
- An application, stated to be the country’s first e-fish market app, was launched in Assam by state Fisheries Minister Parimal Suklabaidya.
- The app, “Fishwaale”, which will provide one-stop solution for aquaculture, will help both buyers and sellers to place orders and sell fish, aquaculture equipment and medicine, fish feed and fish seed online, the minister said.
- The products will be available for both whole-sellers and retailers, a department official said.
- The minister exuded optimism that it will help members of the fish farming community get reasonable price for their produce and lead to elimination of middlemen.
CEA K.V Subramanian to step down after 3 year tenure
- The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of seven Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks with a total outlay of four thousand 445 crore rupees over five years. In a Briefing, Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal said, the move is inspired by the Five-F vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign.
- PM MITRA Park will be developed by a Special Purpose Vehicle which will be owned by State Governments and the Government of India in a Public-Private Partnership Mode. The Master Developer will not only develop the Industrial Park, but also maintain it during the concession period.
Govt issues guidelines for PM Cares For Children Scheme
- The government today issued guidelines for PM Cares For Children Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to ensure comprehensive care and protection of children who have lost their parents due to COVID pandemic, in a sustained manner, enable their wellbeing through health insurance, empower them through education and equip them for self-sufficient existence with financial support on reaching 23 years of age.
- The eligible children will be enrolled from 29th of May 2021 to 31st of December this year to avail benefits.
ICMR releases MUDRA Toolbox in five Indian languages to diagnose dementia
- Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released the Multilingual Dementia Research and Assessment (MUDRA) Toolbox in five Indian languages – Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
- ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said that the toolbox includes various cognitive tests to assess different domains of cognition such as attention and executive function, memory, language, and visuospatial functions. Principal of Christian Medical College Ludhiana, Prof Jeyaraj D Pandian said MUDRA Toolbox is a comprehensive tool specifically to diagnose dementia in the Indian population.
India Joins High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People
- India on Thursday officially joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, a group of more than 70 countries encouraging the adoption of the global goal to protect 30×30.
- High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People members currently include a mix of countries in the global north and south, European, Latin American, Africa and Asia countries are among the members.
- India is the first of the BRICS bloc of major emerging economies to join the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People.
Second meeting of India-UK Joint Working Group on Cyber Capacity Building held
- AIRThe second meeting of the India-UK Joint Working Group on Cyber Capacity Building was held through video conferencing on Thursday. The Indian delegation was led by Atul Malhari Gotsurve, Joint Secretary (Cyber Diplomacy) from Ministry of External Affairs.
- The UK delegation was led by Andrew Dinsley, Head of Cyber Programmes, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
- The meeting discussed various aspects of cooperation in the area of cyber capacity building.
WHO recommends first Anti-Malaria vaccine
- In a historic move, the World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed the first anti-malarial vaccine. WHO said it is recommending the widespread use of malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission.
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, the long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control. He said using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.
Germany unveils logo for UEFA Euro 2024
- Germany unveiled the logo for football’s 2024 European Championship during a ceremony with a light show in the stadium that will hold the final.
- Some guests and media were invited to Berlin’s Olympiastadion for the UEFA launch, though no fans were present on a damp evening in the German capital.
- The logo features an outline of the Henri Delaunay Cup — the bulbous tournament trophy — set on a coloured oval outline that resembles the Olympiastadion’s roof. It features colours from the flags of UEFA’s 55 member nations, set in 24 slices around the trophy to represent the 24 teams that will ultimately qualify for the tournament in Germany.
Awards and Honours
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 announced
- U.K.-based Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose experience of crossing continents and cultures has fed his novels about the impact of migration on individuals and societies, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.
- The Swedish Academy said the award was in recognition of Gurnah’s “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee.”
- Gurnah, who recently retired as a professor of post-colonial literatures at the University of Kent, got the call from the Swedish Academy in the kitchen of his home in southeast England — and initially thought it was a prank.
Days and Dates
World Cotton Day: 7th October
- The globe marks World Cotton Day on October 7th every year since 2019. The purpose of the international day is to maximize the importance of cotton, which range from its attributes as a natural fibre to the benefits people gain from its production, transformation, commerce, and consumption.
- World Cotton Day also strives to emphasise the problems that the world’s cotton economies experience, as cotton is important for the world’s least developed, emerging, and developed economies.
- The theme for World Cotton Day 2021 is “There’s more to cotton than you think”.
Other Important Affairs
- Fintech company BharatPe, announced its entry into the ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ (BNPL) category with the launch of ‘postpe’. The new platform provides credit to customers to buy now, but pay later from anywhere. Customers using the postpe platform can download the app from Play Store and avail interest-free credit limit of up to Rs 10 lakh.
- A variety of rice widely grown in Wada in the Palghar district has been given a ‘Geographical Indication’ tag, which will give it a unique identity as well as wider markets.
- Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the pandemic has remodelled several G20 priorities. Addressing the Inaugural Session of the ICRIER’s 13th Annual International G-20 Conference, Mr Goyal Goyal called for pursuing a more inclusive and equitable agenda at the G20.
- The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) has appointed Eric Braganza as its president for a two-year term. He succeeds Godrej Appliances Business Head and Executive Vice-President Kamal Nandi for the CEAMA chair.