Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 17 February 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 17 February 2021

::NATIONAL::

PM addresses Celebration of 75 Years of Shri Ram Chandra Mission

  • The Prime Minister addressed the event organized to commemorate 75 years of Ram Chandra Mission. The Prime Minister lauded the Mission for instilling meaningfulness, peace, health and spiritual wellbeing among the people. He also praised the Mission for popularizing yoga. The Prime Minister said in today’s fast and stressful life when the world is fighting lifestyle related diseases and pandemic, SahajMarg, Heartfulness and Yoga are like a beacon of hope for the world.
  • Referring to India’s handling of Corona, the Prime Minister said that alertness of 130 crore Indian became an example for the world. The household wisdom and Yoga-Ayurveda played a big role in this.
  • ShriModi said India is following a human centric approach to furthering global good.This human centric approach is based on a healthy balance of welfare, well-being and wealth. In the last six years, India has undertaken among the world’s largest public welfare programmes in the world.These efforts are aimed at giving the poor a life of dignity and opportunity.From universal sanitation coverage to social welfare schemes.From smoke free kitchens to banking the unbanked.From access to technology to housing for all.India’s public welfare schemes have touched many lives, said the Prime Minister.

::INTERNATIONAL::

Indian-origin PreetiSinha appointed as Executive Secretary of UN Capital Development Fund

  • The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has appointed Indian-origin investment and development banker PreetiSinha as its Executive Secretary. She assumed the role of the highest leadership rank in the institution on Monday.
  • Under this role, Preeti will be focussing on providing micro-finance assistance to women, youth, and small and medium-sized enterprises in under-served communities.
  • Established in 1966, the New York City-headquartered organisation provides micro-finance access to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with the mandate to unlock the full potential of public and private finance.
  • Judith Karl, UNCDF’s previous Executive Secretary, retired in February after concluding her 30-year career at the United Nations.
  • Preeti will lead UNCDF’s work to harness the untapped growth potential of the LDCs, to enable and empower communities, local governments, and small businesses to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while building more resilient and inclusive economies.
  • In a statement to the media, she said her goal would be to make 'C' in UNCDF (capital) to be "highly catalytic in mobilising manifold the public and private finance for the LDCs it serves, and in developing a new era of engagement with capital markets in 2021 and onwards."

::ECONOMY::

Apollo Hospitals partners with Anatomiz3D to establish 3D printing labs

  • Healthcare major Apollo Hospitals Group and Anatomiz3D Medtech Pvt Ltd on Wednesday said they will establish 3D-printing labs in various Apollo Hospitals in India, starting from Apollo Health City in Hyderabad.
  • The hospital's 3D-printing labs would provide medical 3D printing services for better healthcare, through the creation of anatomical models for pre-surgical planning and education, patient-specific cutting and drilling guides, and customised implants and implant moulds, the partners said.
  • In a virtual press conference, Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap C Reddy said that India will become a global healthcare destination, with its doctor's expertise, support services, the process protocols and most importantly the support it has from the industry, and the automation and the 3D printing.
  • "We are proud to once again be the pioneers in bringing the latest in medical technology to benefit our patients. It would not be wrong to say that with the Hospital 3D-printing labs, the future of healthcare is here", he added.

::SCIENCE AND TECH::

Russian Progress cargo spacecraft successfully reaches ISS

  • The spacecraft was carrying a little more than one ton of nitrogen, water and propellant.
  • Progress 77, the unmanned cargo spacecraft from Russia, docked at the International Space Station (ISS).
  • “Russia's Progress 77 spacecraft docked at the station’s Pirs docking compartment today at 1:27am ET delivering 1.1 tons of nitrogen, water and propellant to the station,” the ISS tweeted on Wednesday.
  • The spacecraft was carrying a little more than one ton of nitrogen, water and propellant. It began its journey on February 15 from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
  • NASA in a blogpost said that the Russian Progress 77 spacecraft is carrying these items to aid Expedition 64 crew members who are currently stationed in the ISS. “The spacecraft is carrying a little more than one ton of nitrogen, water and propellant to the station and the Expedition 64 crew members who are living and working in space to advance scientific knowledge, demonstrate new technologies, and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth,” the space agency said in its post.

::SPORTS::

India beat England  in the second Test in Chennai

  • England succumbed to an inevitable 317-run defeat by India on the fourth day of the second Test in Chennai.
  • Faced with the hopeless task of chasing 482 on a deteriorating pitch, England lost all 10 wickets to spin as they were bowled out for 164 to leave the four-Test series poised at 1-1.
  • Only captain Joe Root provided prolonged resistance, but even he needed plenty of fortune in his 33, before Moeen Ali chanced his arm for 43 off only 18 balls.
  • Debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed 5-60, while off-spinner RavichandranAshwin took 3-53 - and match figures of 8-96 - to go with a century in India's second innings.

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