Yearly Archives: 2021

GLOBAL MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY INDEX 2021

Recently, Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021 was released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI). The Index considers data from 109 countries and 5.9 billion people. Highlights of the report: 3 billion people are multidimensionally poor. About half (644 million) are children under age 18. Nearly 85% live in Sub-Saharan …

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MISSION LUCY- EXPLORING THE JUPITER TROJAN ASTEROIDS.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to launch ‘Lucy’, its first mission to explore the Jupiter Trojan Asteroids. Important points: The solar-powered mission is estimated to be over 12 years long, during which the spacecraft will visit eight asteroids covering a distance of about 6.3 billion km to deepen the understanding of the “young solar system”. The …

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2021

Recently, the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. In 2020, the award was given to the World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations (UN) agency. Other 2021 Nobel Prizes for Literature, Chemistry, Physics …

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WORLD BANK GDP PROJECTION

According to the World Bank, India’s economy, South Asia’s largest, is expected to grow by 8.3% in the fiscal year 2021-22. The South Asia economic focus report projects the region to grow by 7.1% in 2021 and 2022. It is a biannual economic update presenting recent economic developments and a near-term economic outlook for South Asia. Other Major reports of …

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MONETARY POLICY REPORT

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the Monetary Policy Report (MPR) for the month of October 2021. It kept the policy rate unchanged for the Eighth time in a row maintaining an accommodative stance till the recovery is durable. Important points: Repo Rate – 4%. Reverse Repo Rate – 3.35%. Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) – 4.25%. Bank Rate- …

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PALK BAY SCHEME

The Union Government is considering increasing the unit cost of deep-sea fishing vessels from Rs 80 L to Rs 1.3 Cr under the Palk Bay scheme to make it more attractive to fisherfolk. Earlier, the Marine Fisheries Bill 2021 was tabled in the Parliament during the Monsoon session. Important points: The Scheme, “Diversification Of Trawl Fishing …

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10% EWS QUOTA

Recently, the Supreme Court (SC) has questioned the methodology adopted by the government in fixing Rs. 8 lakh as the annual income limit to identify the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) for providing 10% quota in public jobs and educational institutions. Important points: The 10% EWS quota was introduced under the 103rd Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2019 by amending Articles 15 and …

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NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE, 2021

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”. Last year, the award was given to Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence …

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EXERCISE AJEYA WARRIOR-2021

Recently, the 6th Edition of India – UK Joint Company Level Military Training Exercise AJEYA WARRIOR has commenced in Uttarakhand. Earlier, India and the UK participated in a two-day bilateral Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Bay of Bengal. Important points: The exercise is conducted alternatively in the United Kingdom and India. The exercise is part of an initiative to …

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SC120- LOX

Recently, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) delivered the heaviest semi-cryogenic propellant tank (SC120- LOX) to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In 2020, HAL delivered the biggest ever cryogenic Liquid Hydrogen tank (C32-LH2) to ISRO. Important points: The semi cryo-liquid oxygen (LOX) tank – the first developmental welded hardware – is a part of the SC120 stage intended for payload enhancement by …

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