Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 24 February 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 24 February 2021

::NATIONAL::

The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera

  • Union home minister Amit Shah and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju were also in attendance on the occasion.
  • The President also performed the Bhumi Pujan of the Sardar Patel Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, and the stadium will be its part.
  • Here's everything you need to know about the world's largest cricket stadium:
  • The stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the world as it has a total capacity of 1,32,000.
  • On February 24, 2019, the then President of United States, Donald Trump had visited Motera Stadium for the 'Namaste Trump' event
  • The stadium is oval in shape and as a result, whenever a match is played on any of the 11 pitches, the boundary size will remain the same on both sides.
  • The project will be jointly executed by the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
  • The entire facility will offer venues for over 20 Olympic Games such as athletics, badminton, football, aquatics, basketball and many other indoor and outdoor sports.
  • The sports enclave will also have a 15,000 capacity field hockey stadium and a 50,000 seat athletics-football stadium with a 400m track. A 5,000 capacity tennis stadium would also be there along with 12 additional tennis courts.
  • A total of 93,00,000 square feet of built space is proposed and the Sports Enclave will also be able to host about 2,50,000 visitors during an event day.

::INTERNATIONAL::

Nepal's Supreme Court restored dissolved House of Representatives

  • Nepal’s Supreme Court reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives, in a setback to embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli who was preparing for snap polls.
  • A five-member Constitution bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR annulled the government’s decision to dissolve the 275-member lower house of parliament and ordered the government to summon the House session within the next 13 days.
  • Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Dev Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling party.
  • Oli’s move to dissolve the House sparked protests from a large section of the Nepal Communist Party led by his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, also a co-chair of the ruling party.
  • Oli repeatedly defended his move to dissolve the House of Representatives, saying some leaders of his party were attempting to form a “parallel government”.

::ECONOMY::

DAC approves Rs 13,700 crore capital acquisition proposals

  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved capital acquisition proposals of various weapons, platforms, equipment required by the three armed forces and accorded three Acceptance of Necessities (AoNs) for an overall cost of Rs 13,700 crore. 
  • All these AoNs are in the highest priority category of defence acquisition --- 'Buy [Indian-IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured)].
  • "The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved capital acquisition proposals of various weapons/ platforms/ equipment/ systems required by the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, in New Delhi on February 23, 2021," the Defence Ministry said. All these acquisition proposals will be indigenously designed, developed and manufactured.
  • This will be done to meet the Atmanirbhar Bharat goals of the government on the time-bound defence procurement process and faster decision making and to systematically work towards reducing the time taken for capital acquisition.

::SCIENCE AND TECH::

Satellite by Indian start-up will not be launched aboard PSLV-C51 mission

  • One of the two Indian space start-ups that were to send their satellites aboard this week’s PSLV-C51 mission has delayed the launch after some “software issues” were identified during the final round of testing.
  • “Due to certain software issues that surfaced during the final satellite testing, we have decided not to proceed with our launch on the PSLV-C51 mission. Given the time and effort that has gone into making the satellite, it did not make sense to rush a satellite to launch in which we do not have complete confidence at this time,” said a statement from Pixxel (incorporated as Sygyzy).
  • The satellite will be launched at the next available opportunity, the company said.
  • For Pixxel, this satellite – called Anand -- was a technology demonstration for a constellation of 30 Earth Observation Satellites that would provide global coverage every 24 hours. 
  • This will enable organisations to detect and monitor global phenomenon in near realtime. The data will be available on an Artificial Intelligence-based platform, making the extraction of the data easy.
  • It will have uses in agriculture, forestry, urban monitoring, and climate. The organisation hopes to complete the constellation by December next year.

::SPORTS::

Acrobatic Giroud gives Chelsea advantage over Atletico

  • The French striker broke the deadlock in the 68th minute with an outrageous bicycle kick which was flagged offside but eventually given following a lengthy VAR review as the ball had come off Atletico's Mario Hermoso before Giroud hit it.
  • A spectacular Olivier Giroud overhead kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid Champions League last-16 first leg in Bucharest.

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