Daily Current Affairs for State Exams: 22 September 2021

By Mayank Yadav|Updated : September 22nd, 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 22 September 2021

3rd State Food Safety Index: FSSAI

Why in News

  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya released the 3rd State Food Safety Index (SFSI).
  • He also flagged off 19 Mobile Food Testing Vans (Food Safety on Wheels) to supplement the food safety ecosystem across the country taking the total number of such mobile testing vans to 109.

Key Points

Rankings of States:

  • The Union Minister felicitated 9 leading States/UTs based on the ranking for the year 2020-21 for their impressive performance.
  • Among the larger states, Gujarat was the top ranking state, followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Among the smaller states, Goa stood first followed by Meghalaya and Manipur.
  • Among UTs, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and New Delhi secured top ranks.

About State Food Safety Index:

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has developed State Food Safety Index to measure the performance of states on 5 significant parameters of Food Safety.
  • Parameters: Human Resources and Institutional Data, Compliance, Food Testing – Infrastructure and Surveillance, Training & Capacity Building and Consumer Empowerment
  • The Index is a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model that provides an objective framework for evaluating food safety across all States/UTs.
  • The first State Food Safety Index (for 2018-19) was announced on the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7th June 2019.

Related Initiatives:

  • Eat Right India Movement
  • Eat Right Research Awards and Grants
  • Eat Right Station Certification

Source: PIB

Global Innovation Index 2021

Why in News

  • India has climbed 2 spots and has been ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021
  • India has been on a rising trajectory, over the past several years in the Global Innovation Index, from a rank of81 in 2015 to 46 in 2021.

Key Points

Global Performance:

  • Rank 1: Switzerland
  • Rank 2: Sweden
  • Rank 3:S.
  • Rank 46: India

India’s Performance:

  • The consistent improvement in the GII ranking is owing to the immense knowledge capital, the vibrant start-up ecosystem, and the amazing work done by the public and the private research organizations.
  • The Scientific Departments like the Department of Atomic Energy; the Department of Science and Technology; the Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Space have played a pivotal role in enriching the National Innovation Ecosystem.
  • India ranks 2nd among the 34 lower-middle-income group economies.
  • India ranks 1st among the 10 economies in Central and Southern Asia.

About Global Innovation Index (GII) 2021:

  • The GII report is published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with the Portulans Institute, with support of corporate network partners, such as the Confederation of Indian Industry, Brazilian National Confederation of Industry, Ecopetrol Group (Colombia), and the Turkish Exporters Assembly. 
  • The 2021 edition of the GII presents the latest global innovation ranking of 132 economies, relying on 81 different indicators.

Source: PIB

High-Level Expert Committee for a comprehensive review of NCC

Why in News

  • The Ministry of Defence has constituted a 15-member High Level Expert Committee for a comprehensive review of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).

Key Points

  • The committee will be chaired by former Member of Parliament (MP) Baijayant Panda and will include former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni, industrialist Anand Mahindra and former sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Objective:

  • Committee to suggest measures to empower NCC cadets to contribute more effectively towards nation building
  • To propose ways for gainful engagement of NCC Alumni for betterment of the organisation
  • To recommend best practices of similar international youth organisations for inclusion in NCC curriculum

About National Cadet Corps (NCC):

  • The NCC is the largest uniformed organisation which aims at developing character, discipline, a secular outlook and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens.
  • The NCC is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 16 April 1948

Source: PIB

KVIC launches SPIN (Strengthening the Potential of India) Scheme

Why in News

  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched a unique Scheme called SPIN (Strengthening the Potential of India).
  • SPIN is a specially designed program to make potters self-sustainable.

Key Points      

Salient Features of SPIN Scheme:

  • It is a no-subsidy program.
  • KVIC facilitates potters to get bank loans under Pradhan Mantri Shishu Mudra Yojana.

Other Related Schemes:

  • Terracotta Grinder
  • Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme
  • Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana

Source: TOI

3rd edition of Bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’

Why in News

  • Indian Navy and Indonesian Navy participated in the 3rdedition of Bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ at Sunda Strait, Indonesia from September 20 to 22, 2021.

Key Points

  • Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt participated in the Exercise.
  • The aim of the exercise is to strengthen the bilateral relationship, enhance mutual understanding and interoperability in maritime operations.

Note: In pursuance of India’s Act East Policy, Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ was conceived in 2018 as a bilateral IN-IDN exercise.

Other Exercises with Indonesia:

  • Military Exercise: Garuda Shakti
  • Maritime Exercise: IND-INDO CORPAT, IND-INDO BILAT

Source: PIB

Discovery of new species of Hybodont Shark

Why in News

  • Researchers from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee have discovered a new extinct species of Hybodont Shark from the Jaisalmer Basin of Rajasthan.

Key Points

  • The newly discovered crushing teeth from Jaisalmer represent a new species named by the research team as Strophodusjaisalmerensis.
  • The genus Strophodus has been identified for the first time from the Indian subcontinent and is only the third such record from Asia, the other two being from Thailand and Japan.
  • Hybodont sharks have been reported for the first time from the Jurassic rocks (approximately, between 160 and 168 million-years-old) of the Jaisalmer region of Rajasthan. 

About Hybodont Sharks:

  • Hybodonts, an extinct group of sharks, was a dominant group of fishes in both marine and fluvial environments during the Triassic and early Jurassic time.
  • Hybodonts finally became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous time 65 million years ago.

Significance: 

  • This discovery marks an important milestone in the study of Jurassic vertebrate fossils in the Jaisalmer region of Rajasthan.

Source: Indian Express

Sahitya Akademi Fellowship 2021

Why in News

  • The Sahitya Akademi announced Sahitya Akademi Fellowship 2021for eight writers, including eminent English author Ruskin Bond and Hindi writer Vinod Kumar Shukla.

Key Points

  • The others who received the Fellowship are Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay (Bengali), M Leelavathy (Malayalam), Dr. Bhalchandra Nemade (Marathi), Dr Tejwant Singh Gill (Punjabi), Swami Rambhadracharya (Sanskrit), Indira Parthasarthy (Tamil).
  • The general council of Sahitya Akademi had met under the chairmanship of President Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar to announce the winners of the literary honor- Sahitya Akademi fellowship.
  • The Sahitya Akademi Fellowship is a literary honor in India bestowed by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.

Source: TOI

Akhara Parishad’s President, Narendra Giri passes away

Why in News

  • Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, passed away.

Key Points

  • Narendra Giri was elected president of the all-powerful Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the apex decision-making body of the 13 recognized Hindu monastic orders of the country in 2014 for five years.
  • He was re-elected to the post at a meeting of the Akhara Parishad held in Haridwar in October 2019.

Source: HT

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