Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 16 January, 2021

Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

 1. “Prarambh”, Startup India International Summit

– On the day 1 of “Prarambh”, Startup India International Summit on January 15, 2021, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry hosted a Roundtable meeting with Global Funds at 10 PM IST, corresponding to 8:30 AM PST, 16th January, 12.30 AM SGT 16th January, and 1:30 AM JST.

– The roundtable received the participation of around 70 Venture Capital (VC) fund investors from across the United States, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and some Global Funds domiciled in India.

– These funds have a total AUM to the north of $41 Bn in the Indian Region and Global AUM of more than $143 Bn.

– The meeting was chaired by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and attended by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, DPIIT, Shri Anil Agrawal, Joint Secretary, DPIIT and major Indian regulators, policymakers, along with Global VC Funds.

– he intent of this roundtable was to listen to the concerns of Global Funds, share a progress report of the current Indian Startup-VC Ecosystem, and discuss ways ahead for Investing in India with an aim to mobilise Global Capital in Indian Innovations and promoting ease of doing business for global venture funds.

– The Roundtable discussion covered topics like the growth potential of Indian startups, opportunities in the GIFT City and broad overview of the VC-Startup ecosystem.

– The session also covered the top regulatory issues to be addressed with the Government of India.

– It was pointed out in the meeting that India has the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world and the ecosystem has seen a dramatic transformation over the past decade.

– There has been K-shaped recovery in the second half of 2020 – with sectors like education, healthcare, e-commerce, food delivery having been positively impacted, while sectors like travel and hospitality were severely impacted.

– It was mentioned by certain funds that India has the potential to become the most innovative nation on the planet in the next 10-15 years.

–  Some of the participants appreciated the Indian Government’s intent, speed, direction and action taken in promoting the Startup culture in the country, and providing a conducive environment.

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2. India Meteorological Department (IMD) celebrates its 146th Foundation Day

– India Meteorological Department (IMD) on 15 January, 2021 celebrated its 146th Foundation Day.

– IMD is one of the oldest, scientific service organizations in the country, in existence well before Independence.

– On the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Doppler Weather Radars at Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand and Kufri, Himachal Pradesh; Multi-Mission Meteorological Data Receiving and Processing System in IMD in collaboration with ISRO (MMDRPS) and released Report on Cyclone disturbances during 2020; Hindi Patrik- ‘Mausam Manjusha’; Official e-launched “Online Web Portal of IMD Journal MAUSAM” in collaboration with CSIR-NISCAIR and released a special issue of Mausam on Tropical Cyclone.

– Dr. Harsh Vardhan said Installation of state of art Doppler Weather Radars will provide valuable support to the disaster managers and to the pilgrims undertaking the pilgrimage to Kailash Manasarovar and Char Dham yatra.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 15 January, 2021

3. Amresh Kumar Chaudhary has been awarded prestigious “Chief of Army Staff Commendation”

– Incumbent Chief Controller, Shri Amresh Kumar Chaudhary has been awarded prestigious ” Chief of Army Staff Commendation” for his outstanding contribution to Armed Forces during critical period of Covid19 pandemic and it’s various operations.

– Amresh Kumar Chaudhary is currently working as Chief Controller in Mil Rail.

– Amresh Kumar Chaudhary is a very sincere, hard-working, proactive and result-oriented official with highest degree of integrity.

About Mil Rail

– Mil Rail is an extension of Traffic Directorate of Ministry of Railways, headed by Executive Director (ED) level officer with an office at Army HQ.

– Mil Rail is responsible for overall coordination, strategic planning & execution of Railway Logistics support to Defence forces during peace & emergency situations.

– Mil Rail works in close coordination with Ministry of Defence for Railway operations pertaining to their requirements. A separate control room manages all these Railway operations which is headed by a Chief Controller.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 14 January, 2021

4. CARA Celebrates its 6th Annual Day

– Ram Mohan Mishra, Secretary Ministry of Women and Child Development and Chairperson Steering Committee of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) virtually addressed the Officers and Staff of CARA on its 6th Annual Day on 15 January, 2021.

– CARA was granted the status of a Statutory body of Government of India w.e.f. January 15, 2016, vide Section 68 of the JJ Act, 2015 for facilitating adoption in the country.

– CARA celebrates its Annual Day every year on the 15th of January.  Due to the Global Pandemic COVID-19, the event was celebrated virtually.

– Amidst such challenging times CARA has surpassed the figures of Adoption in the last two quarters in comparison to the corresponding quarters of the last year.

– In the second and third quarter of 2019-20, the adoption figure was 849 and 885 respectively, while in 2020-21 it increased to 966 and 983in the second and third quarter.

– CARA has also conducted a series of virtual programmes on the diverse aspects of adoption, training more than 2500 social workers and stakeholders from all the States and UTs during the year.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 12 January, 2021

5. PMKVY 3.0

– Third phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY 3.0) will be launched soon. It will be launched in 600 districts across all states of India.

– Spearheaded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), this phase will focus on new-age and COVID-related skills.

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About PMKVY 3.0

– Skill India Mission PMKVY 3.0 envisages training of eight lakh candidates over a scheme period of 2020-2021.

– The 729 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs), empanelled non-PMKK training centres and more than 200 ITIs under Skill India will be rolling out PMKVY 3.0 training to build a robust pool of skilled professionals.

– On the basis of the learning gained from PMKVY 1.0 and PMKVY 2.0, the Ministry has improved the newer version of the scheme to match the current policy doctrine and energize the skilling ecosystem affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


– Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), launched in 2015, is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) implemented by National Skill Development Corporation.

– The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme: is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood.

– Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 11 January, 2021

6. National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India

– Science & Technology minister dedicates an Innovation Portal developed by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India to the nation.

– Innovation Portal is developed by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

– The National Innovation Portal (NIP) is currently home to about 1.15 lakh innovations scouted from common people of the country, covering Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary and Human Health.

– In terms of domain areas, presently the innovations cover Energy, mechanical, automobile, electrical, electronics, household, nutraceuticals etc.

About National Innovation Foundation (NIF) – India

– It is an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

– Set up in February 2000 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat to provide institutional support for scouting, spawning, sustaining and scaling up the grassroots innovations across the country.

– It is India’s national initiative to strengthen grassroots technological innovations and outstanding traditional knowledge.

– Its mission is to help India become a creative and knowledge-based society by expanding policy and institutional space for grassroots technological innovators.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 9 January, 2021

7. India’s first indigenously Developed 9mm Machine Pistol

– India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army.

– The machine pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft-grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.

– 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.

– The weapon is named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect” & “Hard Work”.

– The weapon has huge potential in Armed forces as a personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders and counter-terrorism operations etc.

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