Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 2 November, 2020

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. VAIBHAV Summit

– The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit.

– It is a global virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian researchers and Academicians on Gandhi Jayanti, 02nd October 2020 which concluded on 1 November, 2020.

– About 2600  overseas Indians registered for the summit online.

– About 3200 panellists and about 22,500 academicians and scientists from India and overseas participated in this month-long series of webinars.

– VAIBHAV has led the way in establishing research capability as an important avenue towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat. It has paved the way for aligning contemporary research in the country towards a shared purpose in each area.

– Resident and overseas Indians have given an integrated perspective of research and academic capabilities to seamlessly contribute to India’s S&T capability for global good.

– VAIBHAV has created an interactive and facile mechanism in the Cyberspace and has promoted collaboration and the development of leadership.

– It is a grand initiative in the area of science and research not just for academic institutes but also for public-funded R&D organizations and Industry that utilizes the outcome of the research.

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2. Translocation of Corals in Mumbai

– The translocation of 18 coral colonies from the coast of Mumbai for the Mumbai Coastal Road Project has been carried out by the National Institute of Oceanography.

– Corals have the characteristics of plants but are marine animals that are related to jellyfish and anemones.

– They are made up of genetically identical organisms called polyps, which are tiny, soft-bodied organisms.

– Calicle is at their base which is hard, protective limestone skeleton and forms the structure of coral reefs.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 30 October, 2020

3. Merger of Schools in Odisha: SATH Project

– 8,000 schools in 15 districts have been identified by the Odisha government which will be merged with other schools due to low enrollment (less than 20 students).

– Under the NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) project, the merger is carried out. It has been termed Consolidation and Rationalisation of schools.

About SATH-E Project:

-Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) focusses on two main sectors that is Education and Health and to build three ‘Role Model’ States.

– The project aspires to be a ‘Saathi’, to the educational system with the student and the teacher at its centre”.

– In Odisha in 2017, it was among three states, along with Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, to be selected by NITI Aayog for the project.

– The purpose of the initiative is to transform elementary and secondary school education through goal-driven exercise and create role model states for education. The initiative culminates at the end of the 2020 academic year.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 29 October, 2020

4. Star Campaigner

– The party revoked the status of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath as a star campaigner.

– The status has been revoked by the Election Commission.

– It has been revoked for “repeated violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and for completely disregarding the advisory issued to him”.

So now, the entire expenditure on any campaigning by Mr. Nath for the 3 November by-election would be borne by the candidate in whose constituency he campaigns.

About Star Campaigners

Star Campaigners can be described as persons who are nominated by parties to campaign in a given set of Constituencies. These persons are, in almost all cases, prominent and popular faces within the Party. However, there are no specific definitions according to law or the Election Commission of India.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 28 October, 2020

5. China gears up for ‘strategic period’

– Communist Party of China (CPC) which is China’s ruling party-sets long-term targets for boosting the economy and military power.

 Key targets announced are as follows:

Three goals are announced that is to be achieved by 2025, 2027 and 2035 namely;

– Boosting domestic consumption and innovation.

– A national security and defence modernisation plan ahead of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) centennial in 2027.

– A ‘Vision 2035’ longer-term economic blueprint that calls for “big leaps” in economic strength and technological prowess.

– The significance is that the new economic blueprint would broadly push for China to double its GDP and current per capita GDP of $10,000 by 2035.

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