06.11.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

Vijayawada 2nd in drunken driving deaths

 

ijayawada stands second among cities in the country in terms of deaths that occur due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A total of 7,039 people were killed and 19,675 persons suffered injuries in 17,924 road accidents in Andhra Pradesh in 2020 as per the latest data of NCRB in its ‘Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India-2020’ report.

Of the 94 deaths reported in AP due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2020, Vijayawada accounted for 67.

As per the cause-wise distribution of road accidents among cities in 2020, among the 53 cities, Vijayawada occupies the second position with 67 deaths, after Chennai (236 deaths). Though Kolkata reported 345 cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it reported only two deaths and 338 injuries.

Andhra Pradesh reported 154 cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2020, in which 94 people were killed and 168 people suffered injuries. Vijayawada reported 67 deaths and 102 injuries in 96 cases in the category, while Vizag city reported only one death and two injuries in four cases in the category.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

International Exercise Blue Flag 2021 – India

 

At Israel’s Ovda Airbase, 84 Indian Air Force (IAF) soldiers and a Mirage 2000 aircraft squadron took part in the international multilateral combat exercise Blue Flag 2021.

Highlights:

♦ Integration of fourth and fifth-generation aircraft in complicated operational circumstances is the focus of Blue Flag 2021.

♦ Air Force missions from eight countries are participating in the exercise.

♦ This aims to share information and battle experience in order to strengthen operational capabilities.

♦ The US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel are the other seven countries that took part in the exercise.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

MoU Signed Between Rural Development Ministry-Flipkart

 

An MoU was signed between MoRD and Flipkart for The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM).

Highlights:

By bringing local companies and self-help groups (SHGs) into the e-commerce fold, the government and Flipkart hope to empower them.

The DAY-goal NRLM’s of increasing rural communities’ self-employment and entrepreneurship capabilities are aligned with this partnership.

As a result, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of an Atma Nirbhar Bharat gains more traction.

 

The Memorandum of Understanding is part of Flipkart’s Samarth program.

It was struck with the goal of providing national market access to skilled and underserved communities of weavers, craftspeople, and artisans through the Flipkart marketplace.

 

 

Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana – Highlights

 

Around 15,000 students have enrolled for coaching classes in the year 2021, under the “Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana” Scheme.

Highlights:

The Delhi government initiated this scheme. It was started at a few private facilities for a variety of competitive tests.

It is for children from economically disadvantaged families and marginalized communities.

In addition to free coaching, the Delhi government would offer students a Rs 2,500 travel allowance.

It allows bright students from the SC, ST, OBC, and EWS groups to receive free competitive test preparation from private coaching institutes.

The scheme is available to families with annual earnings of less than Rs.8 lakh.

Students can benefit from free coaching classes at 46 different coaching centers.

 

 

Booker Prize Won By Damon Galgut

 

Damon Galgut, a South African playwright and writer, has won the 2021 Booker Prize.

Highlights:

 

He is honored with the award for “The Promise,” his third shortlisted novel about a family in his nation from the end of apartheid to the election of Jacob Zuma.

The book spans several decades and depicts the family’s gradual disintegration as the country transitions to democracy.

Mr. Galgut won his third medal as a finalist for a novel that the judges described as a “tour de force.”

He had previously been nominated for “The Good Doctor” in 2003 and “In a Strange Room” in 2010, but both times he was unsuccessful.

 

IAF-DRDO test smart anti-airfield weapon with 100-km range

 

The indigenously-developed smart anti-airfield weapon (SAAW), which is a precision-guided bomb designed to destroy enemy runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers, radars and other reinforced structures at a maximum range of 100-km, has been tested twice by DRDO and IAF in recent days.

 

The electro-optical configuration of the system is equipped with imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker technology to enhance the precision strike capability of the weapon. In both the tests, the intended target was hit with high accuracy.

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