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. Mechanical Engineering Block, Bio-Technology and Chemical Engineering Block
– Union Minister for Education Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually inaugurated newly constructed Mechanical Engineering Block, Bio-Technology and Chemical Engineering Block and facilities including Central Instrumentation and Reaction Engineering Laboratory of NIT Arunachal Pradesh.
– According to Ramesh Pokhriyal, “Our educational institutions should inculcate in the minds of their students a scientific temperament and should serve as a box of knowledge.”
– Kiren Rijiju appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Education to bring out New Education Policy (NEP) for the betterment of the education system from primary to a higher level.
2. “Bundi: Architectural Heritage of a Forgotten Rajput Capital”
– The Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series titled “Bundi: Architectural Heritage of a Forgotten Rajput Capital” focused on Bundi, Rajasthan.
– Bundi erstwhile capital of Hada Rajput province known as Hadauti located in south-eastern Rajasthan, is one such place.
– The webinar was presented by Charudatta Deshmukh, an Architect-Urban Planner, an urbanist with over 25 years of experience in managing planning and design of urban infrastructure and development projects including Airports, Special Economic Zones, Transportation & Urban Redevelopment, Metro Rail, Environmental Sustainability and Slum Rehabilitation.
Bundi is also known as City of step walls, blue city and also as Chotti Kashi. In ancient times, the area around Bundi was apparently inhabited by various local tribes, of which the Parihar Tribes, Meena was prominent.
3. Child Care Leave
– While briefing about some of the major reforms brought by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) under the Modi government, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the male employees of the government are also now entitled to Child Care Leave.
– According to Dr. Jitendra Singh, the provision and privilege of Child Care Leave (CCL) will be available only for those male employees who happen to be “single male parent”, which may include male employees who are widowers or divorcees or even unmarried and may, therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single-handed parent.
Further, He said that the provision and privilege of Child Care Leave (CCL) will be available only for those male employees who happen to be “single male parent”, which may include male employees who are widowers or divorcees or even unmarried and may therefore, be expected to take up the responsibility of child care as a single-handed parent.
4. ‘India–Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)
1 AIM (Atal Innovation Mission), in association with CSIRO, is organizing a two-day hackathon on the circular economy, ‘India–Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)’, on 7 and 8 December.
The idea of I-ACE was conceived during a virtual summit on 4 June, between the Indian and Australian prime ministers, exploring innovative ways to boost the circular economy in India and Australia.
I-ACE will focus on identification and development of innovative technology solutions by bright-minded students, startups and MSMEs of both nations.
The four key themes for the hackathon are as follows:
- Innovation in packaging reducing packaging waste
- Innovation in food supply chains avoiding waste
- Creating opportunities for plastic waste reduction
- Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste
– Shortlisted students and startups/MSMEs will be called for the hackathon, where two winners (one student and one startup/MSME) per theme from each country will be announced at an award ceremony on 11 December.
5. In the Indus Valley Civilisation, Evidence of dairy production
– For the first time, scientifically it has been proved that dairy production was in place in the Indus Valley civilization in 2500 BCE.
– It is the earliest known evidence of dairy production.
– The results were based on molecular chemical analysis of residue in shards of pottery found at the archaeological site of Kotada Bhadli located in Gujarat.
– 59 samples were studied in which 22 showed the presence of dairy lipids.
– 2020 also marks the 100 years of discovery of Indus Valley Civilisation.
6. Two New Ramsar Sites
– Kabartal Wetland (Bihar) and Asan Conservation Reserve (Uttrakhand) have been designated as Ramsar sites, making them ‘Wetlands of International Importance’, recently.
– India designated 10 more wetlands earlier in 2020 as a Ramsar site and the total number from 27 becomes 37.
– So, now with 2 more inclusions, the total number of Ramsar sites in India becomes 39 and is the highest in South Asia.
7. Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019
– To examine the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, recently, Facebook India’s policy head has appeared before the 30-member Joint Committee of Parliament.
– However, Amazon has declined to appear on the ground of risky travel amidst the pandemic.
– Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Google and Paytm are among the companies from whom the committee has sought views on data security and protection amid concerns that the privacy of users is being “compromised” for commercial interest.