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Ladakh UT, LAHDC & ONGC Energy Centre sign Tripartite Agreement to establish India’s 1st Ever Geothermal Project in Puga, LadakhPact signed to establish India''s first geothermal field development project in LehOn February 6, 2021, Union Territory (UT) Administration of Ladakh, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC)-Leh and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Energy Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish India’s 1st ever Geothermal Field Development Project in Puga Village of Eastern Ladakh (UT Ladakh). ONGC Energy Centre will be the implementing agency of the project.
Ravinder Kumar, Administrative Secretary of Ladakh Power Development Department & Sachin Kumar Vaishya, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LAHDC signed the MoU with ONGC Energy Centre.
i.According to an analysis by a Team of Researchers in 2018, Puga village showed high potential for Geo-Thermal Energy

  • Puga shows geothermal activity in the form of hot springs, mud pools, sulphur and borax deposits.
  • The project will help Ladakh for sustainable development and to attain the goal of carbon-neutral Ladakh.

The list of benefits of the projects are

  • Energy from the project will be used for giving round-the-clock  power supplies to neighbouring villages
  • Hot Water from the springs will be used for space-heating
  • Constructing hot swimming pools to attract tourists
  • The development of geothermal potential will be useful during winter months, as Ladakh’s hydropower stations are shut or work at lower efficiencies due to low flow rates.

ii.The Pilot project will be implemented in 3 Phases
iii.The capacity of the Geo-thermal project is expected to be raised to 200 MW in future.
Geothermal Energy:
Geothermal Energy  is  Renewable as it generates power from the heat emerging out of Earth’s interior.
About Ladakh
Lieutenant Governor– Radha Krishna Mathur
Capital–  Leh, Kargil
About ONGC Energy Centre:
Chairman & Managing Director – Shashi Shanker
Headquarters –  New Delhi
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PM Modi Unveiled Postage Stamps on Diamond Jubilee of Gujarat High CourtPM Narendra Modi unveils postage stamp on Gujarat High Court's Diamond jubileeOn 6th February 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the event organised to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Gujarat High Court and unveiled the commemorative Postage Stamps to mark the completion of 60 years of establishment of the High Court of Gujarat on May 1 2020. Vikram Nath is the Current Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court.
The event which was scheduled to take place in 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key People:
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law & Justice; Judges of Supreme Court and High Court of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat along with the members of the law fraternity participated in the event.
Judicial Reforms:
i.Around 18000 courts in India have been computerized and the Supreme Court’s approval on the legal sanctity to tele-conferencing and video conference has created a new momentum to the e-proceedings in the courts.
ii.The e-filing of cases, Unique identification code and QR codes for cases led to the establishment of the National Judicial Data Grid which enables the lawyers and the litigants to get updates about the cases.
Note – The Gujarat high court was established on 1st May 1960, as a result of bifurcation of the former State of Bombay into two States of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
About Gujarat:
Airports– Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Dholera International Airport, Surat Airport, Govardhanpur Airport or Jamnagar Airport, Shyamji Krishna Verma Bhuj Airport, Porbandar Airport, Bhavnagar Airport, Ankleshwar Airport, Kandla Airport.
Stadium–  Sardar Patel Stadium, Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Moti Bagh Stadium

PM Narendra Modi visit to Assam and West BengalPM to visit Assam and West Bengal on 7th Februaryi.The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the states of Assam and West Bengal on February 7, 2021.
ii.In Assam he laid the Foundation Stone of two hospitals and launched ‘Asom Mala’ while in West Bengal he dedicated to the Nation and laid the Foundation Stone of key infrastructure projects in its Haldia city.
iii. The PM dedicated to the nation the LPG import terminal built by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited with an outlay of Rs. 1100 crore and has a capacity of 1 Million Metric Tonne Per Annum in West Bengal.
About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata
Chief Minister– Mamata Banerjee
About Assam:
Capital– Dispur
Chief Minister– Sarbananda Sonowal
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India & Nepal Inaugurated the Newly Constructed 108Km Road Connecting Indo-Nepal BorderNepal, India jointly inaugurate road link connecting Indo-Nepal borderi.On 2nd February 2021, India and Nepal jointly inaugurated the newly constructed 108 kilometer road which connects the Indo-Nepal border with several areas of Himalayan Country. Nitesh Kumar, Consul General of the Consulate General of India, Birgunj and Binod Kumar Mauwar, division chief of Department of Roads, Chandranigahpur jointly inaugurated the road.
ii.The construction of the road was considered as a high impact community development project under the agreement between the Government of India and Nepal.
iii.The blacktopped road connecting India and Nepal was constructed with the Indian Grant assistance of NR 44.48 million.
About Nepal:
Prime Minister– K. P. Sharma Oli
Capital– Kathmandu
Currency-Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
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AEPL Enters into a Framework Agreement with MiG For Post-Warranty Support to Indian Navy fighter JetsCrown group enters into partnership with MiG for post-warrantyi.On February 3, 2021 Aviatech Enterprises Pvt Ltd (AEPL), a Crown group company entered into a ‘framework agreement’ with Russian Aircraft Corporation(RAC) MiG, where AEPL will be the in-country authorised partner for RAC MiG to provide post-warranty product support to  Mikoyan-Gurevich(MiG)-29K and MiG-29KUB fighter jets, associated systems,  Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Special to Type Test Equipment (STTE) in the inventory of the Indian Navy.
ii.Currently Indian Navy has around 40 MiG-29K (single seat) and MiG-29KUB (double seat) aircraft in its fleet.
About Aviatech Enterprises Pvt Ltd (AEPL):
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
CEO– Rear Admiral (retd) Srinivas Kanugo
About Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG:
Managing Director– Andrey Leonidovich Gerasimchuk
Headquarters– Moscow, Russia
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Triton Electric Vehicle Signs MoU with BEL for Developing EVs and ESS Triton Electric Vehicle inks MoU with BEL for development of EVs and ESSi.Triton Electric Vehicle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to develop Electric Vehicles(EVs) and Energy Storage Systems(ESS).
ii.Through this partnership, both parties aim to create an innovative product that will transform the Indian EV and ESS segment.
iii.Purpose: To manufacture the sub-systems and battery assembly for ESS and EVs so as to cater the needs of customers in USA, India and other countries.
About Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL):
It is a navratna Public Sector Undertaking(PSU) under Ministry of Defence
Chairman and Managing Director– M V Gowtama
Headquarters– Bangalore Karnataka
About Triton Electric Vehicle:
It is the new subsidiary of Triton Solar
Headquarters– New Jersey, USA
Founder and CEO– Himanshu B Patel(Founder and Chairman of Triton Solar)
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India’s Nominal GDP Growth to Rise to ~17% in FY22: Moody’sMoody’s projects nominal growth of 17%i.On February 3, 2021 Moody’s in its report titled ‘Government Policy – India: Budget provides broad support; fiscal consolidation prospects still weak’ has increased India’s nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at ~17% for FY 22 from earlier 14.3%.
ii.The projection has been made on the basis of a ‘pro-growth’ budget.
iii.This forecast is  higher than 14.4% estimated in the Union Budget 2021-22.
About Moody’s:
Headquarters– NewYork, United States
President & CEO– Robert(Rob) Fauber.
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Highlights of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Feb 5, 2021Highlights of 5th Monetary Policy Committeei.The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met on 3rd, 4th and 5th February, 2021 which projected India’s gross domestic Product (GDP) growth at 10.5% for the FY2021-22, 26.2 to 8.3% in H1FY22 and 6.0 % in Q3FY22.This is 5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Committee Meeting for FY 2020-21.
ii.The projection of Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has been revised to 5.2% for the Q4FY21, 5.2 % to 5.0 % in H1FY22 and decline to 4.3% by Q3FY22.
iii.The MPC has given the mandate to maintain annual inflation at 4% until March 31, 2021 with an upper tolerance of 6% and lower tolerance of 2% i.e. within a band of +/- 2 %,
iv.The MPC kept the interest rates unchanged the fourth time in a row which are as follows:

Policy Repo Rate4.00%
Reverse Repo Rate3.35%
Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) Rate4.25%
Bank Rate4.25%

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Formation– 1 April 1935
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
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Praveen Sinha IPS of Gujarat Cadre appointed as acting chief of CBIGujarat-cadre IPS officer Praveen Sinha appointed interim CBI chieOn 3rd February 2021, The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed Praveen Sinha, 1988 batch IPS officer of Gujarat Cadre, currently serving as the Additional Director of Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI), as the acting Chief of CBI. He succeeds Rishi Kumar Sukla who retires on 3rd February 2021 after a 2-year stint.
About Praveen Sinha:
i.He has served in CBI at various capacities like Superintendent of police, Deputy Inspector General, Joint Director and Additional Director between 2000-2021.
ii.He has also served as the Additional Secretary of Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) during 2015 to 2018.
iii.He is a member of various reform committees established by the CVC.
iv.He is a member of the Committee of Reforms in Criminal Laws constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Additional info:
i.He has drafted the Vigilance Manual 2017 of the CVC and CBI(Crime) Manual, 2020.
ii.He received the President’s Police Medal for his distinguished service on 2013 Republic Day and Police Medal for Meritorious Service on 2004 Republic Day.
About Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI):
CBI was established as The Special Police Establishment (SPE) in 1941, it was renamed as Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) in 1963.
Motto– Industry, Impartiality, Integrity
Headquarters– New Delhi


Bellatrix Aerospace is building a ‘space taxi’ for satellitesBellatrix Aerospace is building a ‘space taxi’ for satellitesi.In a reforming development, the Bengaluru, Karnataka based Bellatrix Aerospace is building a Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) that will work as a “taxi in space” to ferry small satellites into multiple orbits. It will be big development for global operators to reduce time and costs.
ii.The space startup’s vehicle is expected to launch to low earth orbit in 2023 on the Vikram rocket of Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based rocket startup.
About Bellatrix Aerospace:
Founded– 2015
Founders– Yashas Karanam, Rohan M Ganapathy
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Former New Zealand Cricketer Bruce Taylor Passed Away at 77Former NZ all-rounder Bruce Taylor passes awayOn 6th February 2021, Former New Zealand Cricketer Bruce Taylor passed away at the age of 77 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.  He was born on 12th July 1943 in Timaru, New Zealand.
He was described as “Force of Nature” by the New Zealand Cricket Team.
Key Points:
i.Bruce Taylor scored the first class century in 1965 against India at Kolkata, West Bengal.
ii.He is the only cricketer to score a century and take a five-wicket haul on debut in a Test match.
iii.He scored the fastest test century of New Zealand against West Indies in 1969, after 36 years, Daniel Vettori broke this record.
iv.He has played around 30 test matches representing New Zealand and took 111 wickets and scored 898 runs.
v.He retired after his England Tour in 1973 and returned to support Wellington against West Indies in 1979-80.

Arjuna Awardee & Former Davis Cup Coach, Tennis Legend Akhtar Ali Passed Away at 81Tennis legend ,Arjuna Awardee Akhtar Ali passes awayOn 7th February 2021, Indian Tennis Legend, Akhtar Ali, the former Davis Cup Coach, passed away at the age of 81 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He has supported the career development of the legendary Leander Paes. He was born on 5th July 1939. He hails from Kolkata, West Bengal.
About Akhtar Ali:
i.Akhtar Ali has played in 8 Davis Cup Ties Between 1958 to 1963.
ii.He has also led the Indian team as both Captain and Coach .He won the Junior National title at age 16 in 1955 & also a National squash champion in 1968.
iii.He is the father of the current Davis Cup Coach Zeeshan Ali.
iv.He has also worked with Ramesh Krishna, Zeeshnan Ali and Vijay Amritraj
He received the Arjuna Award in Lawn tennis for his lifetime contribution to tennis in 2000.


A book titled “Platform Scale: For A Post-Pandemic World” Authored by Sangeet Paul Choudary A book titled Platform ScaleA book titled  ‘Platform Scale: For A Post-Pandemic World’ has been authored by Sangeet Paul Choudary. The book has been published by Penguin Random House India.

  • The first edition of ‘Platform Scale’ was published in 2015.

Essence of the Book:
i.It explains about the importance of inner workings of platform business models and their ability to scale rapidly.
ii.It describes how the decade that led to the COVID-19 pandemic witnessed the rise of platform business models.
iii.It also acts as a guide for entrepreneurs, innovators and educators who are looking to understand and implement the inner workings of highly scalable platform business models.
About  Sangeet Paul Choudary:
i.Besides being an author, he is also a business scholar, entrepreneur, advisor.
ii.He is the co-author of the bestselling book titled, ‘Platform Revolution – How Networked Markets are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You’.
iii.He is the founder of Platformation Labs.
iv.He is the frequent keynote speaker at leading global forums, including the G20 Summit, the World 50 Summit, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

Former Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari Authors a Book Titled, ‘By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life’A book titled By Many a Happy AccidentFormer Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari has authored a book titled ‘By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life’. The book is published by Rupa Publications.
Essence of the Book:
It describes the unplanned happenings that took place in the life of  M. Hamid that changed his way from his deferred fancy for academia to professional diplomacy and then co-opted in public life and became the Vice President of India for 2 consecutive terms.
About Hamid Ansari:
High Post Held
i.He was a Indian Foreign Service officer and was the chairman of Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms from 2007 to 2017.
ii.He served as the ambassador to the United Arab Emirates(UAE), Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.
iii.He was the high commissioner to Australia and was also the permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.
iv.He chaired 1 of the 5 Working Groups established by the Prime Minister’s 2nd Round Table Conference on Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) in April 2006.
He edited the proceedings of an international conference on Iran, 25 Years after the Islamic Revolution.
i.He published his own writings namely, Travelling through Conflict: Essays on the Politics of West Asia in 2008.
ii.Some books have been published from his selected speeches  including, Teasing Questions (2014), Citizen and Society (2016) and Dare I Question? (2018).


Delhi Cabinet Approves ‘Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha’, a Science Scholarship SchemeDelhi Cabinet Approves 'Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha'' Scholarship Schemei.On February 5, 2021 The Delhi Cabinet approved Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha scheme, under which Rs. 5000 will be provided as a science scholarship to 1000 meritorious students of Class 9 in the schools of Delhi.
ii.Purpose– To enhance science education in secondary school level.
About Delhi:
Stadium– Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,  Talkatora Indoor Stadium, R.K. Khanna Stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium
Forts– Tughlaqabad Fort, The Red Fort, Purana Qila, Feroz Shah Kotla For, Qila Rai Pithora Main Fort
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Attended the 3rd Phase of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela in GuwahatiUnion Finance Minister attends third phase of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar mela in Guwahatii.On 6th February 2021, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister attended the 3rd phase of the Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela held in Guwahati, Assam. The event was organised at the Assam Veterinary College Playground at Khanapara, Guwahati.
ii.The government of Assam distributed a financial assistance of Rs.3000 to around 7.5 lakh people of the tea garden areas.
iii.The Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar scheme was launched by the Government of Assam in 2017-2018.
About Assam:
Biosphere Reserve– Manas Biosphere Reserve; Dibru Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve
UNESCO Heritage sites– Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park
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Manipur CM N. Biren Singh Launched a New Range of Packaged Organic Products and LoumiConnect AppCM Biren launches LoumiConnect App to help farmersi.On February 7, 2021 Manipur Chief Minister(CM) Nongthombam(N.) Biren Singh launched a new range of packaged organic products and LoumiConnect App under Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) & Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER).
ii.These were launched in a function organized jointly by Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation and Eastern Border Areas Development Authority (EBADA) at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Imphal, Manipur.
About Manipur:
Governor– Dr. Najma Heptulla
Wildlife Sanctuary– Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary, Khongjaingamba Ching Wildlife Sanctuary
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1Ladakh UT, LAHDC & ONGC Energy Centre sign Tripartite Agreement to establish India’s 1st Ever Geothermal Project in Puga, Ladakh
2PM Modi Unveiled Postage Stamps on Diamond Jubilee of Gujarat High Court
3PM Narendra Modi visit to Assam and West Bengal
4India & Nepal Inaugurated the Newly Constructed 108Km Road Connecting Indo-Nepal Border
5AEPL Enters into a Framework Agreement with MiG For Post-Warranty Support to Indian Navy fighter Jets
6Triton Electric Vehicle Signs MoU with BEL for Developing EVs and ESS
7India’s Nominal GDP Growth to Rise to 17% in FY22: Moody’s
8Highlights of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Feb 5, 2021
9Praveen Sinha IPS of Gujarat Cadre appointed as acting chief of CBI
10Bellatrix Aerospace is building a ‘space taxi’ for satellites
11Former New Zealand Cricketer Bruce Taylor Passed Away at 77
12Indian Tennis Legend & Former Davis cup coach Akhtar Ali passed away 83
13A book titled “Platform Scale: For A Post-Pandemic World” Authored by Sangeet Paul Choudary
14Former Vice President of India Hamid Ansari Authors a Book Titled, ‘By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life’
15Delhi Cabinet Approves ‘Mukhyamantri Vigyan Pratibha Pariksha’, a Science Scholarship Scheme
16Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Attended the 3rd Phase of Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela in Guwahati
17Manipur CM N. Biren Singh Launched a New Range of Packaged Organic Products and LoumiConnect App