Daily Current Affairs for State Exams: 17 September 2021

By Mayank Yadav|Updated : September 17th, 2021

Current Affairs forms one of the most important sections of the syllabus of almost every government examination be it, state PCS or other subordinate exams. Hence, Catching up on current affairs on a daily basis is an invaluable part of your preparation. Here we will be sharing you with all the relevant current affairs which are highly important for your examination. Check the important highlights of the day!

Daily Current Affairs 17/09/2021

Task Force and Expert Committee to prepare a road map for Coal-based Hydrogen Production

Why in News

  • The Ministry of Coal has constituted a Task Force and Expert Committee to prepare a road map for Coal-based Hydrogen Production.
  • Chairman of the Task Force- Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary Coal

Note: Task Force is responsible to coordinate with the Coal Gasification Mission and NITI Aayog.

  • Chairman of the Expert Committee-K. Malhotra, Director General (FIPI)

Key Points

About Coal based Hydrogen Production:

  • Coal is one of the important sources of hydrogen making (Brown Hydrogen) apart from Natural Gas (Grey Hydrogen) and renewable energy (Green Hydrogen) through electrolysis.
  • However, Coal has not been encouraged elsewhere because of the fear that while extracting hydrogen via coal there may be carbon emission.
  • Almost 100% of Hydrogen produced in India is through Natural Gas.
  • Globally, 73 MT Hydrogen is used for refining, ammonia making and other pure use and about 42 MT is used for Methanol, steel making and other mixed uses. 
  • Cost of Hydrogen produced from coal can be cheaper and less sensitive to imports when compared with hydrogen production through electrolysis and Natural Gas respectively.

Related Initiatives:

  • Green Hydrogen Mobility project
  • National Hydrogen Energy Mission
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Based Vehicles

Source: PIB

Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue

Why in News

  • India and the United States (USA) launched the “Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)”.
  • The CAFMD is one of the two tracks of the India-U.S. Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 partnership launched at the Leaders' Summit on Climate in April 2021, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden.
  • Earlier, the revamped U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) (first track) was launched.

Key Points

  • The dialogue was launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Bhupender Yadav and John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate in New Delhi.
  • The dialogue will help to demonstrate how the world can align swift climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, taking into account national circumstances and sustainable development priorities.


  • The launch was preceded by a bilateral meet where both sides discussed at length a wide range of climate issues relating to COP26, Climate Ambition, Climate Finance, Global Climate Initiatives including International Solar Alliance, Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C).
  • Currently India's installed power capacity is projected to be 476 GW by 2021-22 and is expected to rise to at least 817 GW by 2030.

Source: The Hindu

NITI Aayog launches ‘Shoonya’ Campaign

Why in News

  • NITI Aayog, with RMI and RMI India’s support, launched ‘Shoonya’ Campaign.
  • It is an initiative to promote zero-pollution delivery vehicles by working with consumers and industry.

Key Points

About ‘Shoonya’ Campaign:

  • The campaign aims to accelerate adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the urban deliveries segment.
  • As part of the campaign, a corporate branding and certification programme is being launched to recognise and promote industry’s efforts towards transitioning to Electric Vehicles for final-mile deliveries.
  • An online tracking platform will share the campaign’s impact through data such as vehicle kilometers electrified, carbon savings, criteria pollutant savings and other benefits from clean delivery vehicles.


  • Urban freight vehicles account for 10 percent of freight transportation-related CO2 emissions in India, and these emissions are expected to grow by 114 percent by 2030.
  • Electric Vehicles emit no tailpipe emissions, which can contribute immensely to an improved air quality.
  • Even when accounting for their manufacture, they emit 15-40 percent less CO2 compared to their internal combustion engine counterparts and have lower operational cost.

Initiatives Taken:

  • National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage
  • National Electric Mobility Mission Plan
  • Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India)

Source: PIB

6th edition of SCO Peaceful Mission Exercise 2021

Why in News

  • The Indian military contingent comprising of an all arms combined force of 200 personnel to include 38 personnel from the Indian Air Force is participating in the 6th edition of SCO Peaceful Mission Exercise 2021.
  • The Exercise is being hosted by Russia in the Orenburg Region of South West Russia from 13 to 25 September 2021.

Key Points

About SCO Peaceful Mission Exercise:  

  • Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise Peaceful Mission is a Multilateral Exercise, which is conducted biennially as part of military diplomacy between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states.
  • The aim is to foster close relations between SCO member states and to enhance abilities of the military leaders to command multi-national military contingents. 

Facts about Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO):

  • SCO or Shanghai Pact is a Eurasian political, economic and security alliance. 
  • Formed: 15 June 2001
  • Members: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India & Pakistan.
  • Headquarter: Beijing, China

Source: PIB

Guru Ghasidas National Park to become India's 53rd Tiger Reserve 

Why in News

  • Guru Ghasidas National Park will become the country’s 53rd Tiger Reserve, as

soon as it gets approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

  • It will be the 4th of Chhattisgarh and 53rd of the country’s Tiger Reserve.

Key Points

  • In the year 2019 a resolution was passed by Chhattisgarh Forest to make, Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Sanctuary as Tiger Reserve.
  • Before the formation of Chhattisgarh, this was part of Sanjay National Park in United Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Tiger Reserve has been formed by combining Guru Ghasidas National Park of Korea and Tamor Pingla Sanctuary of Surguja.
  • At present there are 3 tiger reserves, Achanakmar, Udanti Sitanadi and Indravati in the state.

About National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA):

  • NTCA is a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change constituted under enabling provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, as amended in 2006.

About Project Tiger:

  • Project Tiger is a tiger conservation programme launched in April 1973 by the Government of India.
  • It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme that provides the required support for the conservation of the tiger in the country.

Source: zeenews

MS Dhoni's appointment as Team India mentor for T20 World Cup 2021

Why in News

  • BCCI has appointed MS Dhoni as the mentor of the Indian national team for the T20 World Cup 2021.

Key Points

  • T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in Oman and the UAE from October 17 to November 14.
  • Notably, India last won an ICC trophy back in 2013 when they defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy, under the leadership of Dhoni.
  • Dhoni remains the only captain to win all three major ICC tournaments – the Champions Trophy, T20 World Cup and 50-over World Cup.

Source: Indian Express

Lasith Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Why in News

  • Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a decorated 16-year international career that began in 2004.

Key Points

  • Malinga had already ended his Test and ODI career, and by announcing his decision to step away from T20 cricket, He marked his retirement from all forms.
  • Malinga played 30 Tests, 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka in which he picked 546 wickets (101 in Tests, 338 in ODIs and 107 in T20Is) across formats.

Source: India Today

UNESCO Literacy Prize awarded to NIOS

Why in News

  • The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) of India won the prestigious UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2021 for Innovation in Education.

Key Points

  • NIOS won this award for 'enabling education of persons with disabilities through technology-enabled inclusive learning materials, with a specific focus on Indian Sign language-based content'.
  • Every year, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes focus on a specific theme. This year, the spotlight was on inclusive distance and digital literacy learning.
  • Along with NIOS, this year's UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were awarded to five other outstanding literacy programs from Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, and South Africa.

Source: India Today

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