28-29.11.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

500 villages remain cut off, AP govt needs Rs 2,000 crore to restore roads

 

The road network in Chittoor, Kadapa, Ananthapuram and Nellore districts has been badly damaged by the recent rains and flash floods. Nearly 500 villages still remain cut off due to damage to the roads.
People are finding it difficult even to reach their homes after floods as most roads have been washed away beyond recognition. Many bridges and low-level chaptas have also suffered damages.

 

 

The R&B department has estimated that about 1,632 kilometres of road network has been damaged, and breaches were reported at nearly 125 places in the four districts. While about 539 kilometres are damaged in Kadapa, the damages to roads in Chittoor district is about 217 kilometres. About 715 kilometres of road network has suffered damage in Nellore district. Breaches have been reported at 48 places in Chittoor and 46 places in Kadapa district.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

India-Russia Annual Summit

 

On December 6 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin will officially visit New Delhi, India.

Highlights:

♦ President Putin is to attend the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

♦ This summit will be the leaders’ first meeting, following the BRICS Summit in November 2019 in Brasilia.

♦ India-Russia Annual Summit was last held in September 2019, and PM Modi visited Vladivostok (Russia). The Annual Summit of 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

♦ The 2+2 Ministerial dialogue will happen between both countries on December 6, 2021.

♦ It will be operated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov & Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu with their Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

 

BRICS Science and Technology Meet

 

Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of Science and Technology, presided at the 9th BRICS Science and Technology Meet on November 26, 2021.

Highlights:

During the discussion, the minister urged the BRICS countries to collaborate to develop cost-effective, sustainable, inexpensive, accessible, and scalable scientific solutions because they confront comparable and distinct difficulties.

He also advocated for the BRICS countries to be given their appropriate place in the Global Innovation Index.

This, he believes, may be accomplished through further enhancing collaboration in the sectors of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual rating of countries based on their potential and achievement in innovation.

The World Intellectual Property Organization publishes the index in collaboration with INSEAD, Cornell University, and other organisations and institutions.

It is based on both subjective and objective data gathered from sources such as the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum.

NATIONAL

 

Kartarpur Sahib, Velankanni Added To Pilgrimage Scheme By Delhi

 

The Delhi government decided to join Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu in “Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana”, the pilgrimage scheme, on 26 November.

Highlights:

As per the statement, the Delhi government will transfer the first batch of senior citizens of the city on free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib on January 5, 2021.

 

The first batch of pilgrims to Velankanni Church will start on January 7. Delhi government also determined to add two more routes, apart from the current 13 yatra routes.

The two routes are Delhi-Velankanni-Delhi and Delhi-Kartarpur Sahib-Delhi. The devotees will travel on the Delhi-Velankanni-Delhi route in AC-III tier trains, while for Kartarpur Sahib, they will go in air-conditioned buses.

 

Report On Indias MPI By NITI Aayog

 

“Multidimensional Poverty Index” (MPI) Report On India was published by NITI Aayog.

Highlights:

The MPI report was made based on the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 2015-16.

As per NITI Aayog’s report, in 2015-16, one in every four people in India was multidimensionally poor. It estimated that 25.01 per cent of the population was multidimensionally poor.

MPI for 2021, Started by UNDP and OPHI, revealed that 27.9 per cent of India’s population were multidimensionally poor.

India was listed at 62nd position out of 109 nations on the index.

The index was developed based on 10 indicators like adequate nutrition, lack of improved drinking water, or at least six years of schooling.

 

WISER Program

 

The women’s Involvement in Science & Engineering Research (WISER) program was Inaugurated on November 26, 2021.

Highlights:

WISER Program, first-of-its-kind, was launched to encourage women in research and development by lateral entry.

It was started by Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) to support women researchers in R&D projects.

WISER programme will allow gender equality and the assistance of women in Science & Technology through IGSTC’s program.

In accession to the open-ended flagship, the WISER program was launched as a 2+2 program of the IGSTC.

IGSTC’s program is a joint action of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), India, and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF).

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