30-31.10.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

RTC to introduce 100 electric buses in Andhra Pradesh

The state government had set an ambitious target of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) converting all its fleet into electric vehicles by 2029. The RTC is going to make a head start by introducing 100 electric buses but the road is too long for it to achieve the target within the stipulated time.

The state government in its Electric Vehicle (EV) policy document, envisaged to convert more than 11,000 buses owned by APSRTC into electric vehicles by 2029 way back in 2018 but it has taken more than three years for the RTC to make a beginning. The state government set a target to convert 100 per cent of the APSRTC fleet in the top four cities into electric by 2024 in the first phase. Achieving this target would be next to impossible with the present operating conditions of APSRTC and the support it is getting from the government, according to insiders of the corporation.

Another problematic area for APSRTC is that of lack of infrastructure and skilled manpower to handle electric buses. Tirumala Rao observed that they will have to train drivers, mechanics, and maintenance persons prior to acquiring electric buses.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Dr. Rajiv Nigam To Receive 2022 Joseph A. Cushman Award

 

Former Chief Scientist at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dr Rajiv Nigam, has been selected for the 2022 Joseph A. Cushman Award.

Highlights

Dr Nigam, the first Indian to be chosen for the prestigious award, was elected for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research.

He has been chosen for his outstanding lifetime contributions to foraminifera, also known as microfossil research.

Dr Nigam will receive the award at the Cushman Reception during the 2022 Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA, from 9-12 October 2022.

 

Dr Rajiv Nigam is the first Indian Citizen who was selected for this lifetime achievement award based on his outstanding research work on foraminifera (microfossil).

 

NATIONAL

 

National Unity Day Is Commemorated On 31 October

 

The National Unity Day is also known as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was commemorated on 31 October.

Highlights:

♦ Since 2014, India has celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, or National Unity Day, on October 31 to commemorate the birth anniversary of India’s Iron Man, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

♦ This year celebrates the 146th birthday of the great statesman who was a key figure in India’s war for independence and later during the country’s integration.

♦ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born in Nadiad, Gujarat, on October 31, 1875.

♦ He served as India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

♦ He was instrumental in bringing numerous Indian princely states together to form an Indian federation.
♦ He was instrumental in persuading numerous princely nations to join the Indian Union at the time of independence.

♦ He also put in a lot of effort as a social leader in the fight for India’s freedom.

♦ Vallabhbhai Patel was given the title ‘Sardar’ by the women of Bardoli, which means ‘chief or leader.’

♦ The Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in the Narmada district of Gujarat was built in his honor.

 

 

India-ASEAN Start-Up Festival

 

PM Narendra Modi has proposed an India-ASEAN start-up festival on 28 October.

Highlights:

♦ This announcement was made at the “18th India-ASEAN Summit,” a virtual conference of ASEAN leaders.

♦ On the occasion, the Prime Minister also urged for an early revision of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in goods, which India has been requesting for Indian companies to obtain better market access in the ASEAN area.

♦ For India to solve the problem of non-tariff obstacles that Indian firms experience, ASEAN support for a revision of the FTA is critical.

♦ The India-ASEAN start-up festival has been announced as part of India and ASEAN’s friendship year celebrations in 2022.

♦ It was announced, emphasizing the significance of technology and innovation in the post-Cold War economic resurgence.

 

 

Dadasaheb Phalke Award Awarded To Rajinikanth

 

Actor Rajinikanth was awarded the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the 67th National Film Awards ceremony.

Highlights:

♦ He was honoured for his contribution as an actor, producer and screenwriter.

♦ He received the prestigious award from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for his marvellous contribution to Indian cinema.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award

♦ Instituted in 1969, the award is the highest recognition for an artist in Indian cinema.

♦ The award was chosen by a jury consisting of five members: Asha Bhonsle, director Subhash Ghai, Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan and actor Biswajeet Chatterjee.

♦ The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 should’ve been proclaimed last year but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as were the National Film Awards for 2019.

 

Krishi UDAN 2.0 Launched By Civil Aviation Minister

 

 

Under the “Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme”, cargo-related support will be built in airports of hilly, tribal, and northeast regions.

♦ Such infrastructure will help in supporting farmers in moving agricultural products.

♦ The scheme has been started to channel the immense potential of Indian agriculture with the logistical help of civil aviation to accomplish the goal of doubling farmers’ income.

♦ It will also help in relieving the wastage of farm produce and enhance its value.

Krishi Udan 

♦ The central government launched the Krishi Udan scheme in September 2020.

♦ The airport charges like parking charges & terminal navigation landing charges are dismissed.

♦ Charges are dismissed if the agricultural cargo is more than 50 per cent of the total chargeable weight carried.

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