Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 01 August 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 01 August 2021


Cyrus Poonawalla to get Lokmanya Tilak Award

  • Businessman Cyrus Poonawalla, who is the founder-chairperson of the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), has been named as a recipient of the prestigious LokmanyaTilak National Award for 2021.
  • “He will be honoured for his work during the coronavirus pandemic, wherein he helped in saving many lives by manufacturing the Covishield vaccine. Under his leadership, crore of doses were made available to people in record time. Poonawalla has been at the forefront of making different vaccines at affordable prices,” Tilak announced. Tilak also noted that though the award ceremony takes place annually on August 1, the freedom fighter's death anniversary, this year it will take place on August 13 due to the pandemic situation. The award comprises cash prize of ₹one lakh as well as a memento for the recipient.
  • The award was first given in 1983. Its recipients include former prime ministers Indira Gandhi, AtalBihari Vajpayee and DrManmohan Singh, former president Pranab Mukherjee and Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, among others.


BRICS finalizes 'Anti-Terrorist Action Plan'

  • An action plan aimed at strengthening result-oriented cooperation among the BRICS countries to combat terrorism, radicalisation and terror financing will be adopted at a meeting of the national security advisors of the grouping next month. The Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday that the action plan was finalised at a meeting of the BRICS Counter-Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) that took place virtually on July 28 and 29.
  • "The BRICS Counter-Terrorism Action Plan is one of the key deliverables during India's chairship of BRICS and will be adopted at the meeting of BRICS National Security Advisors scheduled next month," the MEA said. BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the largest developing countries of the world, representing 41 per cent of the global population, 24 per cent of the global GDP and 16 per cent of the global trade.
  • India has been strongly pitching for deeper cooperation among the BRICS member countries in dealing with terrorism, extremism and radicalisation. At the CTWG meeting, the BRICS countries exchanged views on the assessment of the threat from terrorism at national, regional and global level and resolved to further enhance counter-terrorism cooperation in line with the action plan, the MEA said in a statement.


ATL Tinkerprenuer Summer Bootcamp

  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog successfully completed two month long and a first of its kind, digital skills and an exclusive entrepreneurship ATL Tinkerpreneur summer bootcamp held across the country.
  • Designed for high school students across the nation, ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur’ saw a record-breaking 9000+ participants (including 4000+ girl participants) across 32 states and 298 districts.
  • The Bootcamp witnessed participation from 820 ATLs, 50+ live expert speaker sessions were conducted with over 4.5 lakh views and imparted 30+ digital and entrepreneurial skills.
  • ‘Tinkerpreneur’ – the name derived from the phrase ‘enabling students to tinker from the comfort of their homes and become an entrepreneur this summer’ was a bootcampfocussed on cultivating a hands-on innovative mindset among students.
  • Spread across a span of 9 weeks from 31st May 2021 to 1st August 2021, ‘ATL Tinkerpreneur’ enabled the participants to develop a business idea and create an end-to-end strategy for setting up a new venture. Over the course of the bootcamp, the participants learnt the required digital skills, created and developed a business model around a digital product, generated a marketing plan, developed/established an online store, learnt business finance and culminated it by presenting their pitch deck in front of Industry experts.
  • Students along with their ATL in-charges were mapped in small groups with Mentors-of-Change. All those who registered got access to a repository of digital and entrepreneurial curated learning resources, do-it-yourself content, simple assignments etc. to empower the participants to create their own digital products and ventures.


Olympic: Boxer Pooja Rani crashed out of competition after losing in the quarterfinals

  • Pooja Rani crashed out of Tokyo Olympics after a 0-5 loss to China’s Li Qian in the quarterfinals of women’s 69-kg category. The Indian boxer, although started on a positive note, failed to land scoring punches as the Rio Olympics bronze medallist played some smart boxing to outscore her Indian opponent. 
  • However, Round 2 and 3 belonged to Li Qian who dominated Pooja Rani with some brilliant scoring punches to win on a unanimous decision. With that, India’s medal hopes in the 69-kg category was dashed.

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