08.02.22 APPSC Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

 

Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy credits Rs 285 crore to small businesses

 

Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy disbursed Rs 285.35 crore into the accounts of 2,85,350 beneficiaries, including tailors, barbers and dhobis who have their own shops. He transferred 10,000 each to the beneficiaries towards upgradation of their small business.

 

Interacting with beneficiaries, the chief minister said the government is providing financial assistance in a transparent manner without corruption. He said this government has turned the BCs from Backward Classes to Backbone Classes by empowering weaker sections socially, economically and politically. He further said Andhra Pradesh is the first state in the country to create a BC Commission.

 

 

Going into details, he said there were only 3.97 lakh government employees until the 2019 elections, whereas after the elections as many as 1,84,264 new jobs were created and over one lakh outsourcing employees have been receiving EPF and ESI benefits through APCOS. By regularising RTC employees, the state government is bearing an additional burden of 3,600 crore every year and additionally, a minimum timescale has been brought in for contract employees. The salary bill for 3.7 lakh government employees was 1,198 crore till 2019, but has now increased to 3,187 crore per annum.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

ICC World Cup 2022 U-19

 

On February 5, 2022, India won the ICC U-19 World Cup final against England by four wickets at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Highlights:

  • The victory gave India a record-tying sixth U-19 title. In 47.4 overs, the ICC U-19 Indian team chased down a target of 190 runs and reached 195 for six.
  • Nishant Sindhu helped India win the match with 50 runs off 54 balls with undefeated match-winning innings.
  • For the first time since winning the event in South Africa in 1998, England reached the final. India defeated Australia by 96 runs in the second semi-final.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Swarajability

 

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Hyderabad) has released a beta version of ‘Swarajability,’ India’s first AI-based job platform for disabled people.

Highlights:

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Hyderabad) has released a beta version of ‘Swarajability,’ an artificial intelligence-powered job portal that assists persons with impairments in acquiring relevant skills and finding work.
  • The program will analyze job seekers’ profiles and advise the skills they’ll need to become eligible.
  • This vulnerable segment of the population would benefit from a platform that addressed this issue.
  • The institute created the platform in collaboration with Youth4Jobs, Visual Quest, and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

 

Foundation Stone Laid For Worlds Third-Largest Cricket Stadium

 

The foundation stone for the world’s third-largest cricket stadium was laid by Sourav Ganguly.

Highlights:

  • The foundation stone for the world’s third-largest cricket stadium was set in Jaipur by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.
  •  The International Cricket Venue in Jaipur will be India’s second-largest and the world’s third-largest cricket stadium.
  • The Rajasthan Cricket Academy (RCA) will construct the new international stadium on 100 acres of land in Jaipur, near the Jaipur-Delhi bypass.
  • A total of 75,000 people will be able to sit in the stadium.
  • With a capacity of 132,000 spectators, Narendra Modi Stadium (formerly Motera Stadium) in Ahmedabad is now the world’s largest stadium.
  • The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia is the second-largest stadium, with a capacity of 1,00,024 spectators.

 

 

The Chauri Chaura Incident- 100 Years

 

The 100th anniversary of the Chauri Chaura event was recently commemorated in India.

Highlights

  • PM Modi kicked off the centennial celebrations for Chauri Chaura. The incident was commemorated with the release of a postal stamp.
  • The Chauri Chaura Shaheed memorial will be renovated into a heritage tourism attraction by the Uttar Pradesh government.
  • Chauri Chaura is a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district. Due to Chauri Chaura, Mahatma Gandhiji called a halt to the non-cooperation movement.
  • On February 4, 1922, the incident occurred. The volunteers of the Non-Cooperation Movement marched to a local police station on February 4, 1922.

 

India Press Freedom Report 2021

 

The India Press Freedom Report, 2021, was recently released by the Rights and Risks Analysis Group.

Highlights:

  • The Rights and Risks Analysis Group recently released the India Press Freedom Report 2021. Consistent with the report, 13 media houses and newspapers were targeted, 108 journalists were attacked, and 6 were killed.
  • Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Tripura topped the States and Union Territories list where journalists and media houses were targeted in 2021.
  • Twenty-four journalists were attacked physically, obstructed, threatened, and harassed for doing their work. Public officials made these attacks.
  • This includes police attacks also. Seventeen of those attacks were police attacks. 44 FIRs were registered against journalists in 2021. Of this, 21 were registered under Section 153 of IPC.

 

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