Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 10 October 2021
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 10 October 2021
India's latest tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh
India boasts about 70 percent of the world's tiger population with its tigers' headcount rose to 2,967 in 2021 from 2,226 in 2014, according to a government survey.
Last week one more tiger habitat was added in India's list of over 50 tiger reserves nationwide. The latest is the Guru Ghasidas National Park located in the northern area of the central state of Chhattisgarh, which, along with the adjacent TamorPingla Wildlife Sanctuary, has been declared as a tiger reserve.
The newest tiger habitat is the fourth of its kind in Chhattisgarh, after the UdantiSitanadi, Achanakmar, and Indravati tiger reserves.
India has established many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, with a track-record of conservation and dedicated care of over 100,000 wildlife species.
India has made efforts over the years to conserve biological diversity, which bore fruits in terms of increasing the headcount of several species that were endangered and once on the verge of extinction.
For example, the "Save the Tiger" campaign began in 2010 after serious concerns were raised over the dwindling numbers of the big cats in this South Asian country. The campaign's main aim was to build public awareness about saving the wild beast.
Similar campaigns have been conducted in India to keep up wildlife conservation, particularly for those species declared as being endangered or faced with extinction over the past decades.
In a bid to save the one-horned rhino, a rare species found in India, nearly 2,500 rhino horns were burnt and destroyed in the eastern state of Assam recently to mark the World Rhino Day.
India-UK military exercise 'Ajay Warrior' begins
India and the UK kickstarted a two-week military exercise at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries, the Indian Army said on Thursday.
The 6th edition of the ''Ajeya Warrior'' exercise is part of an initiative to develop interoperability and sharing of expertise with friendly foreign nations. The exercise will culminate on October 20.
"An Infantry Company from the Indian Army and an equivalent strength from the UK Army would be sharing their experiences gained during the conduct of various military operations in their respective countries and during the overseas engagement," the Army said.
"Together, both the armies stand to benefit from their varied experiences," it said.
Also, there would be a series of expert academic discussions on various subjects of mutual interest, such as combined arms concept, sharing of experiences in joint forces, operation logistics etc. The joint military training would culminate with a gruelling 48-hour exercise to validate the performance of both armies in conducting joint military operations in a semi-urban environment.
The central government will constitute the National Road Safety Board
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has notified constitution of National Road Safety Board. The Board will be responsible for promoting road safety, innovation and adoption of new technology, and for regulating traffic and motor vehicles.
The notification was issued on 3 September, 2021. The rules specify provisions regarding its composition, eligibility for Chairman and Members of the Board, selection process, term of office, procedure for resignation and removal, powers and functions of the Board, meetings of the Board etc.
The Head Office of the Board in the National Capital Region and the Board may establish offices at other places in India. It shall consist of the Chairman and not less than three, but not exceeding seven Members, to be appointed by the Central Government.
The Board shall be responsible for promoting road safety, innovation and adoption of new technology and for regulating traffic and motor vehicles. For these purposes, inter alia, the Board shall formulate –
(a) Specific standards for road safety, traffic management and road construction for hilly regions.
(b) Guidelines for capacity building and development of skills for traffic police, hospital authorities, highway authorities, educational and research organisations and other organisations.
(c) Guidelines for establishing and operating trauma facilities and para-medical facilities, for consideration by the Central Government.
To provide technical advice and assistance to the Central Government, State Governments and local authorities on road safety and traffic management;
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PM Modi launches Indian Space Association, which will act as the premier body for space and satellite companies in the country
ISpA aims to contribute towards the accelerated development of India’s space industry and making the country a leading player in this segment
New Delhi, 11 October, 2021: The Hon’ble Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi today launched the Indian Space Association (ISpA) - the premier industry association of space and satellite companies. Also present on the occasion were ShriAshwinVaishnav, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT; ShriAjitDoval, National Security Advisor of India; DrJitender Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State – Department of Space; Gen BipinRawat, Chief of Defence Staff of India; Shri K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO and ShriPawanGoenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe.
Speaking on the occasion the Hon’ble Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi said: “Today is the day the Indian space sector receives new wings. For 75 years since independence, Indian space has been dominated by a single umbrella of Indian government and government institutions. Scientists of India have made huge achievements in these decades, but the need of the hour is that there should be no restrictions on Indian talent, whether it is in the public sector or in the private sector. In a way, the country has given a new gift to the talent of India's entrepreneurs by opening up India's space sector in its 75th year of independence. Let this collective power of India’s population take the space sector forward in an organized manner. The Indian Space Association (ISpA) will play a huge role in this.”
ISpA aims to contribute to the Government of India’s vision of making India Atmanirbhar and a global leader in the space arena, which is fast emerging as the next growth frontier for mankind. The association will engage with stakeholders across the ecosystem for the formulation of an enabling policy framework that fulfils the Government’s vision. ISpA will also work towards building global linkages for the Indian space industry to bring in critical technology and investments into the country to create more high skill jobs.
ISpA is represented by leading home grown and global corporations with advanced capabilities in the space and satellite technologies. Its founding members include BhartiAirtel, Larson & Toubro, Nelco (Tata Group), OneWeb, Mapmyindia, Walchandnagar Industries and Alpha Design Technologies. Other core members include Godrej, Hughes India, Ananth Technology Limited, Azista-BST Aerospace Private Limited, BEL, Centum Electronics, Maxar India.
“The Hon’ble Prime Minister has demonstrated bold and visionary leadership in unleashing reforms across industries and ISpA shares his vision of making India a leader in space with a strong ‘Make in India’ element. With our large talent pool, growing prowess of home grown technology startups and private enterprises the country is at an inflexion point of what will be a giant leap in the space arena. At ISpA, we look forward to working with stakeholders across the value chain to bring one view of the industry to the table and unlock barriers to growth.” added Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises.
Top seed Pliskova, defending champion Andreescu blown away at Indian Wells
Big servers Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu and Reilly Opelka saw their most potent weapon neutralized by strong desert winds on Monday as they all crashed out of Indian Wells. The biggest upset of the day came when tournament lucky loser Beatriz Haddad Maia, ranked 115 in the world, defeated top seed Pliskova 6-3 7-5 in a match where service holds were rare as wind gusts reached 40 miles per hour.
Pliskova, who reached the Wimbledon final in July, issued 12 double faults to five aces and was broken eight times by the Brazilian in their third-round meeting. Haddad Maia will next face AnettKontaveit after the Estonian beat defending champion Bianca Andreescu 7-6(5) 6-3 to extend her win streak to eight matches.