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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Nitin Gadkari Launched India’s 1st Diesel-converted CNG TractorGadkari launches India’s first Diesel-converted CNG Tractor newi.On February 12, 2021, Union Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) launched India’s first-ever diesel tractor converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which was co-developed by Thane, Maharashtra based Rawmatt Techno Solutions and Tomasetto Achille India as a pilot project.
ii.It was launched in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG); Minister of State (MoS) Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) and MoS General (Retd) Dr Vijay Kumar Singh, MoRTH.
About Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH):
Nitin Gadkari Constituency– Nagpur, Maharashtra
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Narendra Modi inaugurated 20th World Sustainable Development Summit 2021World Sustainable Development Summit 2021i.On February 10-12, 2021, the 20th World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2021 was held on the theme “Redefining our common future: Safe and secure environment for all”.
ii.This three days long event was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was also attended by Union Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
iii.It should be noted that WSDS is an annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) instituted in 2001.
iv.The WSDS 2021 is supported by India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Earth Sciences while its country partner was the United Kingdom (UK).
About The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Chairman– Nitin Desai
Director General– Dr Ajay Mathur
Headquarter– New Delhi
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ISRO, MapmyIndia collaborate to build Indigenous Mapping Portal & Geospatial servicesMapmyIndia ties up with ISRO to build an alternative to Google MapsOn 11th February, 2021, Department of Space (DoS) & CE Info Systems Pvt Ltd (owned by MapmyIndia) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). According to the agreement, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) & MapmyIndia will partner to build an Indigenous, mapping portal and geospatial services which could become an alternative to GoogleMaps & GoogleEarth services.

  • MapmyIndia’s digital maps and ISRO’s catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data will be utilized to build the indigenous portal.
  • The entities will also build a holistic geospatial solution using ISRO’s earth observation datasets like ‘NavIC’, ‘VEDAS’ & ‘MOSDAC’ Geoportals.
  • The collaboration will provide a detailed, comprehensive, privacy-centric, hyper-local, indigenous mapping solution to the Indians.
  • It will also show the users map-based analytics and insights on weather, pollution, agricultural output, land-use changes, flood and landslide disasters.

About Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO):
Chairman– Kailasavadivoo (K) Sivan
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
About MapmyIndia:
MD, Chairman – Rakesh Verma
Headquarters – New Delhi
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National Horticulture Fair held in Bengaluru; Co-Organized by ICAR-IIHR; Inaugurated by Kailash ChoudhryFive-day National Horticulture Fair 2021i.A five-days long National Horticulture Fair was held on February 8-12, 2021 at Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru on the theme “Horticulture:For start-up and stand-up India”.
It was organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) in collaboration with, ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru, Society for Promotion of Horticulture, Bengaluru, BESST-HORT Technology Business Incubator, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, Sri Sri Institute of Agricultural Sciences & Technology Trust, Bengaluru and National Horticulture Board, Gurugram.
ii.The fair was held both in physical and virtual formats for the first time.
iii.The virtual event was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) Kailash Choudhry, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare (MoA&FW).
iv.It showcased cutting edge technologies, crop varieties, pest and disease management practices and processing methods among others.
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Indian Navy signs Contract with Titagarh Wagon for Constructing 5 DSCsIndian Navy inks deal with Titagarh WagonsOn February 12, 2021, Indian Navy signed a contract for construction of 5 Diving Support Crafts (DSCs) with Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Kolkata (West Bengal) under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India.

  • The value of order is about Rs.174.76 crore only. As per the contract, the DSC has to be supplied within 30 months approximately.
  • Upon commissioning, the DSC will meet the needs of Command Clearance Diving Teams (CCDTs) which provide assistance to ships which are inside or come close to harbour for underwater repair, maintenance and salvage.
  • DSCs are equipped with modern equipment and tools for performing diving operations.
  • It will serve as a perfect platform conducting training of Indian Navy’s diving cadre.

About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD (Navy) – New Delhi
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‘India Tunisia Business Council’ Launched for Boosting Trade RelationsIndia Tunisia Business Council launchedOn February 9, 2021, ‘India Tunisia Business Council’ (ITBC) was launched for boosting the trade relations between the two countries. The main focus of the ITBC will be to focus on development in both countries.
Background:
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for launching ITBC was signed between ‘Tunisia India Business Council’ (TABC) & ‘Indian Economic Trade Organization’ (IETO) by Dr.Asif Iqbal, President of IETO & Anis Jaziri, President of TABC which took place during the India Tunisia Economic Forum 2020 held virtually on December 22, 2020.
India Tunisia Economic Forum 2020:
The discussions during the forum were chaired by Mohit Srivastava, Director of IETO.

  • It was organized by IETO with the support of Indian Africa Trade Council.
  • Theme of the Dialogue – ‘India Tunisia-Promoting Equitable Growth’
  • Participants – Officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Foreign Ministry of Tunisia, Indian Ambassador to Tunisia, Indian and Tunisian business owners and Industrialists.

Recent Related News:
i.On July 28, 2020, Tunisian President Kais Saied appointed Hichem Mechichi, Interior Minister as its new Prime minister.
About Tunisia:
Capital – Tunis
Currency – Tunisian Dinar (TND)
President – Kais Saied
About Indian Economic Trade Organization (IETO):
President – Asif Iqbal
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
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India to Fund NR 142 million for Restoration of 3 Cultural Heritage Projects in NepalIndia to fund USD 50M for restorationi.On February 12, 2021 India committed to Nepal that it will fund Nepali Rupees(NR) 142 million to restore 3 cultural heritage projects in Nepal.
3 Cultural Heritage Projects:

  • Conservation and furnishing of Seto Machindranath Temple(Total cost- NRs 626 million)
  • Construction of Dharamshala at Budhanilkantha (Total cost-NRs. 334 million )
  • Conservation and development of Kumari Chhen and Kumari Niwas in Lalitpur district (Total cost- NRs 456 million)

ii.These projects are implemented as part of the US $50 million grant assistance committed by the Government of India for post-earthquake reconstruction of the Cultural Heritage sites across 8 districts of Nepal.
About Nepal:
Capital– Kathmandu
President– Bidya Devi Bhandari
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Linxon commissions Nepal’s first 400-kV GIS substation at Dhalkebar

On behalf of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Engineering firm Linxon has successfully commissioned Nepal’s first 400-kilovolt gas insulated substation (GIS) at Dhalkebar which facilitated the 400-kV Muzaffarpur (India)-Dhalkebar (Nepal) line.

  • The GIS was inaugurated on February 1, 2021 where NEA presented a certificate of commendation to Linxon India Private Ltd for the successful completion.

How will this project be beneficial?
–It will upgrade the transmission of up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity through Nepal’s first ever high-voltage cross-border transmission line.
–The substation, being the major hub for power exchange between Nepal and India, will ease the export-import of power.

–Scope of supply included testing and commissioning of the high voltage equipment, (15 bays with two bus bars, three 315 MVA transformers and an 80 MVAR reactor)
About Linxon:
India Managing Director – Dinesh Chadha
CEO – Frédéric Tréfois

UN’s CFS endorses 1st Ever Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and NutritionUN Committee for World Food Security endorsesDuring the 47th Session of UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which took place virtually from February 8-11, 2021, members of the CFS endorsed the 1st Ever Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSyN).

  • The guidelines aim to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are intended to support the implementation of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).

i.The guidelines focus on 7 areas.

  • Transparent, democratic and accountable governance
  • Sustainable food supply chains to achieve health diets in the context of economic, social and environmental sustainability and climate change
  • Equal and equitable access to healthy diets through sustainable food systems
  • Food safety across sustainable food systems
  • People-centered nutrition knowledge, education and information
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment across food systems
  • Resilient food systems in humanitarian contexts

About Committee on World Food Security (CFS):
Chairperson – Thanawat Tiensin
Headquarters – Rome, Italy
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BANKING & FINANCE

ESFBL Partnered with MSRDC & Ocean Highway Facilities and Solutions to Launch India’s 1st FASTag Powered Truck TerminalEquitas Small Finance Bank launches country's first FASTag powered truck terminali.On February 12, 2021 Equitas Small Finance Bank Ltd (ESFBL) has partnered with Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC) and Ocean Highway Facilities and Solutions Pvt Ltd. to launch India’s first FASTag powered truck terminal at Khalapur, Maharashtra on the Yashwantrao Chavan Mumbai – Pune Expressway.
ii.The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) launched FASTag for Electronic Toll Collection on Toll Plazas
iii.FASTag is a brand name owned by Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL), which carries out electronic tolling and other ancillary projects of NHAI.
About Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited(ESFBL):
MD and CEO– Vasudevan Pathangi Narasimhan (P N)
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Commenced the business of SFB– September 5, 2016
Tagline– It’s Fun Banking
About Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC):
Chairman– Eknath Shinde, Maharashtra Minister for Public Works(Public Undertaking),
Vice Chairman & Managing Director– R.L.Mopalwar (I.A.S)
HeadOffice– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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CREDAI, IPPB ink pact to Open Bank Accounts for Construction WorkersCREDAI, IPPB ink pact to open bank accounts for construction workersi.On the lines of the labour welfare initiatives by the Central Government, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) has inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Payments and Postal Bank (IPPB) to facilitate opening of bank accounts for construction workers.
ii.This MoU will ensure accessible financial services for construction workers along with financial literacy and digital inclusion.
About Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI):
Establishment– 1999
Chairman– Jaxay Shah
Headquarter– New Delhi
About India Post Payments Bank (IPPB):
Establishment– 2018
Director and Chairman– Pradipta Kumar Bisoi
Tagline– Aapka Bank, Aapke Dwaar
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ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Launched a New Savings Product, ‘ICICI Pru Guaranteed Income for Tomorrow’ (GIFT)

On February 9, 2021   ICICI Prudential Life Insurance launched a new goal based savings product ‘ICICI Pru Guaranteed Income for Tomorrow’ (GIFT). The non-participating savings product helps customers to eliminate the uncertainty of future income streams to a large extent. It also provides financial security to the family.
Purpose: In order to help policyholders to achieve their long-term financial goals, it offers   guaranteed income to policyholders
Variants: Income, Early income, Single pay lump sum
‘Save The Date’ feature– Customers through this unique feature can choose to start receiving income on special dates like  their wedding anniversary, etc.,

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

RIL Gets world’s 1st Carbon-Neutral Oil from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, USReliance Industries gets world's first 'carbon-neutral' oil from USReliance Industries Limited (RIL) has received 2 million barrels cargo of ‘carbon-neutral oil’ from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), a division of US oil major Occidental on January 28, 2021 at Jamnagar, Gujarat. It is the world’s 1st consignment of carbon-neutral oil and is also the energy industry’s 1st major petroleum shipment.
Purpose: RIL to become a net zero-carbon company by 2035.
Points to be Noted:
i.The transaction was arranged in conjunction with Macquarie Group’s Commodities and Global Markets group (Macquarie).
ii.Occidental produced this oil in the US Permian Basin and shipped to RIL using Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Sea Pearl.
Making of Carbon-Neutral Oil
i.Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Macquarie will offset the carbon dioxide equal to that associated with the production, delivery and refining of the crude oil.
ii.The use of the resulting product through the retirement of carbon offset credits will make the oil ‘carbon-neutral’.
Note: The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are associated with the entire crude lifecycle will be offset with Carbon-Neutral Oil.
About the Transaction:
i.This transaction is regarded as the 1st step to create a new market for climate-differentiated crude oil
ii.It also acts as a bridge to develop further differentiated petroleum products, net-zero oil, which Occidental aims to  produce by capturing and isolating atmospheric CO2 through industrial-scale direct air capture (DAC) facilities and geological  isolation.
Key Info:
The offsets were sourced from a variety of projects verified under the Verra Verified Carbon Standard meeting eligibility criteria for the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
Additional Info
Occidental was the first U.S. based international energy company to announce an ambition to achieve net-zero GHG emissions associated with the use of its products by 2050.

India’s retail inflation at 16-month low of 4.06% in January 2021: NSO

The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is released the All India Consumer Price Index (CPI) for January 2021. As per the index,  India’s retail inflation eased to a 16-month low at 4.06% in January 2021. The retail inflation was  4.59% in December 2020. The food inflation fell to a 20-month low of 1.89% in January 2021 . The retail inflation in rural India was 3.23% and in urban India was 5.06%.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

SERB announces Women Excellence Award 2021SERB announces Women Excellence Award 2021Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body under Department of Science and Technology (DST) has conferred the ‘SERB Women Excellence Award 2021’ to Four Young Women Fellows of National Science Academies for their excellence in Science and Engineering.

  • The awards are provided a grant of INR 15 Lakhs for a period of 3 years (INR 5 Lakhs/annum) to pursue their research ideas.
  • The awards were announced on occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021 (11th February, 2021).
  • It is a one-time award given to women scientists who are below the age of 40 years of age & have received recognitions from National Academies such as Young Scientist Medal, Young Associateship.

Awardees Designation & Place Area of Expertise
Shobhna Kapoor Assistant Professor at IIT, Bombay
  • Chemical Biology
  • Expertise in ‘Host-Pathogen Interactions and Membrane Biology, Chemical Biology and Biophysics’
Dr. Antara Banerjee Scientist B National Institute For Research In Reproductive Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Health Sciences
  • Expertise in Signal Transduction, Biology of Reproduction and Endocrinology
 Dr. Sonu Gandhi Scientist D from National Institute Of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Expertise in Nanosensors, Design and Fabrication of Label-free Biosensors
 Dr. Ritu Gupta Assistant Professor at IIT Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  • Nanotechnology
  • Expertise in Materials Science, Nanodevices and Sensors, Health & Energy.

About Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB):
Secretary – Professor Sandeep Verma
Headquarters – New Delhi
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Recykal Becomes 1st member from India for WEF’s The Circulars Accelerator Programme 2021Recykal first Indian startup to become WEF ‘The Circulars Accelerator’ programme memberi.Recykal has been selected as the 1st Indian company to be a cohort member for the 6 month Circulars Accelerator Programme 2021. The company has been selected for the category ‘Recovering Value’.
ii.This is Circulars Accelerator’s 1st cohort of leading circular innovators from around the world.
iii.The programme will connect 17 circular economy entrepreneurs to upgrade the disruptive, cross-sector value chain innovation.
iv.The other category of the programme include, Transforming Consumption & Innovating Products & Production.
About Recykal:
Founder– Abhay Deshpande
HeadOffice– Hyderabad, Telangana
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Mario Draghi Named as the New Prime Minister of ItalyMario Draghi Named Italy’s Prime MinisteOn 12th February 2021, Mario Draghi,73-year-old former President of the European Central Bank, has been named the new Prime Minister of Italy. He accepted the request of Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, to form a new government.

  • Mario Draghi will lead the unity government replacing the centre left coalition government of Former prime minister Giuseppe Conte. 
  • He was formally sworn in as the prime Minister of Italy on 13th February 2021.
  • Following the premiership of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 1993, Lamberto Dini in 1995 and Mario Monti in 2011, this is the 4th time in the past 30 years where a technocratic prime minister has taken charge.

Ministers of Mario Draghi led Government:
i.Daniele Franco, Director General of Bank of Italy will be the New Economy Minister of Italy.
Vittorio Colao, Former Chief Executive of Vodafone will be the Innovation and technology minister.
ii.Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement will continue as the foreign minister
iii.The non-affiliated Luciana Lamorgese will continue as the Interior Minister.
Roberto Speranza will continue as the Health Minister.
iv.Out of the 25 ministers (17 male & 8 female), 15 are from the parties that support the coalition and 10 are non-politicians.
About Mario Draghi:
i.Mario Draghi served as the President of ECB from 2011 to 2019 prior to which he served as the Governor of the Bank of Italy from 2005 to 20011.
ii.He served as the Vice Chairman and Managing director of Goldman Sachs International, a subsidiary of the American investment bank from 2002 to 2005.
iii.He served as the director-general of the Italian Treasury from 1991 to 2001.
iv.He served as the DG of Italian treasury and has contributed in reducing the public debt and annual budget deficits of Italy.
v.During the 1980’s he worked at the University of Florence and taught Economics.
He has also worked in the World Bank, Washington, United States.
About Italy:
President– Sergio Mattarella
Capital– Rome
Currency– Euro

Marc Llistosella Appointed as New Tata Motors CEO, MD; Succeeds Guenter ButschekMarc Llistosella appointed as new Tata MotorsTata Motors Ltd appointed Marc Llistosella as the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and Managing Director(MD)of the company, effective from July 2021. He succeeds Guenter Butschek who served the position since February 15, 2016
About Marc Llistosella:
i.He served as the  President and CEO of Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation between 2015-2018 and  Head of Daimler Trucks in Asia.
ii.Prior to this, he served as the MD and CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd between 2008-2014. The company launched BharatBenz in 2012 and made it a successful brand in a short period of time.
About Guenter Butschek:
i.He is the highest paid CEO among Indian auto companies.
ii.Prior to joining Tata Motors, he was the Chief Operating Officer(COO) for 4years. Previous to this role he worked at Daimler AG for 25 years.
About Tata Motors Ltd:
HeadOffice– Mumbai, Maharashtra

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

HAL to Develop 1st of its Kind Unmanned Pseudo Satellite “CATS”HAL to develop unmanned pseudo satellitei.In a first of its kind in the world, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing a futuristic high altitude unmanned pseudo satellite namely Combined Air Teaming System (CATS) with a start-up company.
ii.Once developed the pseudo-satellite will be capable of taking information flying unmanned around 70,000 ft for 2-3 months.
iii.It can hit the target at a distance of 700 kilometres or can go to 350 kilometres and come back. It can also carry ammunition, missiles if needed.
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– R Madhavan
Headquarter– Bengaluru, India
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China’s Tianwen-1 enters Mars Orbit, Joining UAE’s Hope Probe

On February 10, 2021, Chinese Spacecraft ‘Tianwen-1’ (Means “Quest for Heavenly Truth”) entered the Mars Orbit. It became the World’s second one in two days after United Arab Emirates’ ‘Hope’ Space Probe entered the Mars Orbit on February 9, 2021. The Chinese Spacecraft will probe for signs of ancient life on Mars.  USA’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration rover called ‘Perseverance’ is aiming for a landing on Mars on February 18, 2021.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari to Publish her Debut Fiction Novel “Mapping Love”Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari turns author with ‘Mapping Love’Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the 41-year-old Filmmaker is set to publish her debut fiction Novel titled “Mapping Love” in May 2021. The book is published by Rupa Publications. 
About Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari:
i.Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari debuted as a director with the film “Nil Battey Sannata” in 2016 which was remade in Tamil as “Amma Kanakku”.
ii.She is well known for her films ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, ‘Ghar ki Murgi’ and ‘Panga’.
Awards:
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari won the best debut director Award in 2017 Filmfare for “Nil Battey Sannata” and in 2018 she won the Best Director for “Bareilly Ki Barfi”.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Radio Day 2021 – February 13World Radio Day 2021i.The United Nations World Radio Day(WRD) is annually observed across the globe on 13th February to celebrate radio as a part of the history of humanity.
2021 marks the 10th edition of World Radio Day(WRD) and more than 110 year of radio.
ii.The theme of the world radio day 2021 is “New World, New Radio.”
iii.The UNESCO marks World Radio Day 2021 with 3 sub themes: Evolution, Innovation, Connection. 
iv.At the 36th session of the UNESCO’s General assembly in 2011, the member states of UNESCO adopted a resolution and proclaimed the 13th February as the World Radio day, which was proposed by Spain.
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National Women’s Day 2021 – February 13National Women's day 2021i.National Women’s Day is annually celebrated across India on 13th February to honour Sarojini Naidu, the “nightingale of India”, on her birth anniversary.
ii.The National Women’s day is celebrated to recognise the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of Women.
iii.13th February 2021 marks the 142nd birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu.
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International Epilepsy Day 2021 – February 8 International Epilepsy Day 2021i.The International Epilepsy Day is annually observed across the globe on the second Monday of February. The day aims to create awareness about epilepsy and its treatment and the need to bring the treatment to all who need it.
ii.The International Epilepsy Day is a joint initiative of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).
iii.The theme of the International Epilepsy Day 2021 is “Epilepsy is more than seizures”. 
iv.The landmarks across the globe were lit up purple to mark the International Epilepsy Day 2021.
About International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE):
President– Martin Brodie
Executive Director– Ann Little
Headquarters– Dublin, Ireland
Established in 1961
About International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE):
President- Samuel Wiebe
Headquarters- Texas, United States of America
Founded in 1909
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STATE NEWS

Bihar Becomes 1st Indian State to sign MoU with UNEP for development of Low-Carbon Development PathwayBihar in pact with UNEP for low-carbon development pathwayOn February 12, 2021, Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a framework for achieving climate resilience & low-carbon development in the state by 2040. Bihar became the 1st Indian State to sign such an agreement.
As part of the Agreement, UNEP will assist Bihar

  • To prepare a Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG) & Carbon Footprint Analyses
  • To develop Climate Impact Vulnerability Assessments
  • Increase the capacity of Bihar’s Government departments to deal with climate-related issues.
  • Revising Bihar’s State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) to align with India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change under Paris Agreement.

The agreement was signed by Atul Bagai, UNEP India head & S Chandrasekar, Member Secretary of the BSPCB.
Background:
The MoU is part of an announcement made by Bihar & UNEP in September 2020.
i.In September, 2020 Dipak Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary (forests) stated that Bihar had signed a MoU with UNEP for conducting a 2-year study towards making carbon neutrality-carbon emission equal carbon sequestration (Carbon Emission Zero) – Target in Bihar by 2040.

  • The study was to be carried out for a period of 2 years at a cost of INR 1.4 Crores.

About Bihar:
RAMSAR Site – Kabartal Wetland
Festival – Bihula,Chhath, Madhushravani
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Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar Appointed as Chief Justice of Manipur High CourtPuligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar appointed chief justice of Manipur HCOn 12th February 2021, Ramnath Govind, President of India, appointed Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar, a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court as the chief justice of Manipur High Court.Manipur Governor Dr. Najma A. Heptulla administered the oath of office.
Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar was also appointed as an additional judge of Bombay High Court.
The notification of this appointment was issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice. 
About Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar:
i.Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar hails from Andhra Pradesh.
ii.He has represented the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and subordinate judiciary.
iii.He has also served as the government pleader in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh from 2000 to 2003.
iv.He was later elevated to the Bench as the Additional Judge, High court of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad in 2008.
v.He became the permanent judge of the high court of Andhra Pradesh in 2010 and later transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2019.
About Manipur:
Wildlife sanctuary– Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary, Khongjaingamba Ching Wildlife Sanctuary.
Ramsar Convention sites– Loktak Lake

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S.no Current Affairs 14 & 15 February 2021
1 Nitin Gadkari Launched India’s 1st Diesel-converted CNG Tractor
2 Narendra Modi inaugurated 20th World Sustainable Development Summit 2021
3 ISRO, MapmyIndia collaborate to build Indigenous Mapping Portal & Geospatial services
4 National Horticulture Fair held in Bengaluru; Co-Organized by ICAR-IIHR; Inuagurated by Kailash Choudhry
5 Indian Navy signs Contract with Titagarh Wagon for acquiring 5 DSCs
6 ‘India Tunisia Business Council’ Launched for Boosting Trade Relations
7 India to Fund NR 142 million for Restoration of 3 Cultural Heritage Projects in Nepal
8 Linxon commissions Nepal’s first 400-kV GIS substation at Dhalkebar
9 UN’s CFS endorses 1st Ever Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition
10 ESFBL Partnered with MSRDC & Ocean Highway Facilities and Solutions to Launch India’s 1st FASTag Powered Truck Terminal
11 CREDAI, IPPB ink pact to Open Bank Accounts for Construction Workers
12 ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Launched a New Savings Product, ‘ICICI Pru Guaranteed Income for Tomorrow’ (GIFT)
13 RIL Gets world’s 1st Carbon-Neutral Oil from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, US
14 India’s retail inflation at 16-month low of 4.06% in January 2021: NSO
15 SERB announces Women Excellence Award 2021
16 Recykal Becomes 1st member from India for The Circulars Accelerator Programme 2021
17 Mario Draghi Named as the New Prime Minister of Italy
18 Marc Llistosella Appointed as New Tata Motors CEO, MD; Succeeds Guenter Butschek
19 HAL to Develop Unmanned Pseudo Satellite “CATS”
20 China’s Tianwen-1 enters Mars Orbit, Joining UAE’s Hope Probe
21 Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari to Publish her Debut Fiction Novel “Mapping Love”
22 World Radio Day 2021 – February 13
23 National Women’s Day 2021 – February 13
24 International Epilepsy Day 2021 – February 8
25 Bihar Becomes 1st Indian State to sign MoU with UNEP for development of Low-Carbon Development Pathway
26 Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar Appointed as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court