29-30.12.19 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

AP Government signed MoU with KFW to implement ZBNF

The Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the representatives of a German firm, KFW, in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh to implement Zero Budget Natural Farming in the state. It comes after the Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF).

The agreement aims to scale up the ongoing project with KFW.

The YS Jaganmohan Reddy led-State government has allocated Rs.304 crore on the project.

The project aimed to cover 2.39 lakh farmers in around 600 village panchayats and promote natural farming.

The ZBNF was implemented with German Assistance. It covered over 1 lakh hectares in the past two years. It has been aligned with other schemes like the Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. The estimated amount of the project is Rs.1015 crore. The Andhra Pradesh government has taken a loan of Rs.711 crores out of the estimated amount towards the climate resilient, ZBNF.

 

INTERNATIONAL

UN declares Malala decade’s ‘most famous teenager’

 

The UN has declared Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai as “the most famous teenager in the world” in its ‘Decade in Review’ report.

In 2014, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights which started even before she was shot in the head two years ago by Taliban militants.

She became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2017, with a special focus on girls.

Christina Koch sets new record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

 

NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. Koch has six weeks to go before returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). The Expedition 61 Flight Engineer has spent more than 300 days in space.

Koch earlier made history in her stay aboard the orbital laboratory. The opportunity to be up here for so long is truly an honor. Koch arrived at the space station on March 14, expected to be on a typical six-month mission.NASA extended her stay partly in a bid to collect more data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight.

 

NATIONAL

PM Modi says ISRO is planning to launch satellite Aditya to study Sun

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that ISRO is planning to launch a satellite called Aditya to study the sun.

The aim of the mission is to keep a permanent eye on the sun without any disturbance.

Aditya-L1 is meant to observe the solar corona.

In his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme of AIR, Mr Modi said, India is quite advanced in the field of astronomy and ISRO has taken path-breaking initiatives in this field.

Krish Srikkanth, Anjum Chopra to get CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Awards

Former India captain member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team Krish Srikkanth will be the recipient of this year’s prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Award given by the BCCI. Anjum Chopra is the co-recipient of the lifetime achievement award for the year 2019.

The BCCI Annual Award function held in Mumbai. Srikkanth and Anjum conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to Indian cricket.  Srikkanth is one of the biggest names to have come out of Tamil Nadu cricket stable apart from another former India skipper, S Venkataraghavan and Ravichandran Ashwin. He represented India between 1981 to 1992.

Koneru Humpy won World Rapid Chess title in Russia

India’s Koneru Humpy defeated China’s Lei Tingjie battle to win the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship in Moscow. Humpy accumulated nine points tied with Tingjie. Indian lost the opening set before making a speedy recovery in the second round. The championship played under rapid time controls. FIDE holds the Women’s Rapid chess championship.

FIDE (Federation of International Chess Federation) is the supreme body by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in conducting chess tournaments at continental levels and global level. FIDE founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924.
The motto of the organization is Gens una sumus meaning. We are one people.

Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

The 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Awards honored legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan with India’s highest film honor for his stupendous contribution to Indian cinema, in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Award to Mr. Bachchan. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that Mr. Bachchan would be awarded the prestigious award. The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for two generations selected unanimously for Dadasahab Phalke Award.

Amitabh Bachchan won four National Film Awards for Best Actor through his illustrious career, last winning it for his performance in the 2015 film Piku.  The award named after Dhundiraj Govind Phalke is the father of Indian cinema instituted in 1969. Amitabh Bachhan made his debut in Hindi film industry in the same year with Saat Hindustani . The highest honour for an artist in Indian cinema comprises a Swarna Kamal medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees. It was conferred upon late actor Vinod Khanna in 2017.

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