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Current Affairs- 9-10th October

Current Affairs- 9-10th October

Science and Technology

PM Narendra Modi to launch Indian Space Association

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Indian Space Association (ISpA) at 11 AM tomorrow via video conferencing.
  • He will also interact with representatives of the Space Industry on this landmark occasion. Indian Space Association is the Premier Industry Association of Space and Satellite companies, which aspires to be the collective voice of the Indian Space industry.
  • It will undertake policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian Space domain, including the Government and its agencies.

Bangladesh to set up its second nuclear power plant

  • The government of Bangladesh is planning to set up its second nuclear power plant in the southern region of the country. Opening the installation work of the reactor pressure vessel at the Rooppur nuclear power plant on Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that another power plant will be set up after the completion of the existing one for which the government is looking for a suitable space.
  • Prime Minister Hasina said that safety standards as mandated by the IAEA are being followed strictly at the nuclear power plant. She said a four tier security measure has been put in place along with the latest and modern technology for the safety of the nuclear power plant at Rooppur.

National

Railways successfully operated two long haul freight trains Trishul, Garuda

  • Railways has successfully operated two long haul freight trains Trishul and Garuda for the first time over South-Central Railway. Long haul trains, which are twice or multiple times longer than the normal composition of freight trains, provide a very effective solution to the problem of capacity constraints in critical sections.
  • Railway Ministry said, Trishul is the first long haul of South-Central Railway comprising of three freight trains of 177 wagons. This train was started on 7th of this month from Kondapalli station of Vijayawada division to Khurda division of East Coast Railway.

Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees for 2021-2022 reconstituted

  • Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees for 2021-2022 has been reconstituted.
  • The Standing Committees have been reconstituted with effect from 13th September.
  • Rajya Sabha member V. Vijayasai Reddy of YSR Congress has been appointed as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce. Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe of BJP has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports.

India’s newest Tiger Reserve, No. 4 in Chhattisgarh

  • Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees for 2021-2022 has been reconstituted.
  • The Standing Committees have been reconstituted with effect from 13th September.
  • Rajya Sabha member V. Vijayasai Reddy of YSR Congress has been appointed as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce. Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe of BJP has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports.

International

India, Denmark sign 4 agreements

  • India and Denmark have inked four agreements and decided to expand cooperation following bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen in New Delhi yesterday.
  • The agreements were signed in the field of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, on establishing a Centre of Excellence towards natural refrigerants for tropical climates with potential applications and on mapping of ground water resources and aquifers.
  • The two countries also decided to expand ties in the fields of health and agriculture.

Indian Navy to participate in II phase of Multilateral Maritime Exercise Malabar

  • The Indian Navy would be participating in the second phase of Multilateral Maritime Exercise Malabar along with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy. The exercise is being conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 12th to 15th of this month. First Phase of the exercise was conducted in the Phillipines Sea from 26th to 29th August.
  • The Indian Navy’s participation includes INS Ranvijay, INS Satpura and a Submarine. The US Navy will be represented by the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson along with two destroyers, USS Lake Champlain and USS Stockdale. The Japan Maritime Self Defence Forcewill be represented by JS Kaga and JS Murasame. The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Sirius.

Bangladesh- UN sign MoU on relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char island

  • The Government of Bangladesh and the United Nations signed an MoU on Saturday for the relocation of Rohingya refugees to the newly developed facility at the Bhasan Char Island. According to a press release issued by the UNHCR, the MoU sets out the policy framework of services and  common protection for the Rohingya humanitarian response on the island.
  • The MoU recognises the generosity of the government of Bangladesh for hosting almost 9 lakh Rohingya refugees in the country. It allows for close cooperation between the Bangladesh government and the UN to provide services and activities for the benefit of the increasing number of Rohingya refugees living on the island.

Sports

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22

  • Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur today launched the Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22 which is taking place at the iconic Major Dhyanchand National Stadium. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thakur said that the success of the Men’s team and Women’s team in the Tokyo Olympics has given a new lease of life to Hockey as a sport in India. He said that there is no dearth of talent in the country.
  • The Minister congratulated Delhi Hockey for this initiative which will help induct more talent at the grassroots. He said the government aims to nurture grassroots talent towards global excellence.

Days and Dates

World Post Day: 09 October

  • World Post Day is celebrated each year on October 9 globally. The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. The theme of 2021 World Post Day is “Innovate to recover.”
  • World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations.

Other Important Affairs

  • Iraq closed its airspace today as voters headed to the polls to elect a parliament. The vote was scheduled to be held next year but was brought forward in response to a popular uprising in the capital Baghdad and southern provinces in late 2019.
  • Every year, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is officially celebrated twice in a year since it started in 2006. Firstly it is held on the Second Saturday of May and again on the Second Saturday of October. In 2021, the WMBBD falls on May 08, 2021, and October 09, 2021. The theme for 2021 WMBD is “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!”
  • The 13th round of talks between India and China are underway, today at Moldo on the China side. The Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army of China are in talks on improving the border situation. Fire and Fury Corps GoC, Lt General PGK Menon is leading the Indian delegation while the western theatre commander General Wang Haijiang is heading the PLA, in Moldo talks.
  • A group of 136 countries have signed a landmark global treaty to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15% for large multinationals. The deal marks a shift in tax policy because it not only imposes a minimum corporate tax rate, but it also forces companies to pay taxes where they operate – not just where they have their headquarters.
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