Daily GK Update: 13th September 2021

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : September 14th, 2021

 National & International Appointments

1. Bhupendra Patel sworn-in as the new CM of Gujarat

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  • Bhupendra Patel has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat.
  • He is the first-time sitting MLA who has been named for the post of Chief Minister.
  • He is a BJP MLA from Ghatlodiya assembly constituency.
  • The move was taken after the resignation of Vijay Rupani from the post of CM.
  • He has served as the President of Memnagar Municipality in Ahmedabad and standing committee chairman of AMC
  • Governor of Gujarat: Acharya Devvrat
  • Capital of Gujarat: Gandhinagar

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 Sports

2. Daniel Ricciardo wins F1 Italian Grand Prix 2021

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  • McLaren-Mercedes’s racer Daniel Ricciardo (Australian-Italian) has won Formula One Italian Grand Prix 2021 title held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza
  • This is the first victory for McLaren in 9 years.
  • Lando Norris (McLaren-Mercedes) came second, followed by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crash out of Italian Grand Prix 2021 due to collision.
  • It was the 14th round of 2021 F1 World Championship and second Grand Prix in Italy of the season.

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 State Affairs

3. Uttarakhand gets India’s largest open-air fernery

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  • India’s largest open-air fernery has been inaugurated in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
  • It will serve the dual objective of conservation of fern species as well as creating awareness about their ecological role, promoting further research.
  • It has around 120 different types of ferns, covering an area of over 4 acres of land at an altitude of 1,800m.
  • Fernery has been developed under Govt’s Compensatory Afforestation Management Funds Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) scheme

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 National & International Appointments

4. Sanjeev Baranwal appointed as CEO of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

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  • Sanjeev Barnwal has the new Chief Executive Officer of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (USFB) with effect from 10 September.
  • Prior to him, Carol Furtado was serving as the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, after the outgoing CEO Nitin Chugh resigned last month citing personal reasons.
  • USFB was originally incorporated as Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt Ltd on December 28 2004.
  • Headquarters of Ujjivan Financial Services: Bengaluru.

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 Agreement

5. India and Denmark jointly launch Centre of Excellence on Offshore Wind

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  • Union Minister, R.K Singh and his Danish counterpart, Dan Jørgensen have jointly launched Centre of Excellence on Offshore Wind as part of Green Strategic Partnership
  • Ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has set a target of adding 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy projects by 2030
  • This centre will at the outset be centred on 4 working groups: spatial planning; financial framework conditions; supply chain infrastructure; and standards and testing.

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 Defense

6. India’s first long-range nuclear missile ship INS Dhruv commissioned

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  • India’s first nuclear-missile tracking ship, named as INS Dhruv has been commissioned from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh
  • It is a 10,000 tonnes satellite and ballistic missile tracking ship, which has been built by  Hindustan Shipyard Limited in collaboration with DRDO and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO)
  • INS Dhruv is capable of tracking nuclear missiles at a long-range that will provide early warning of attacks by ballistic missiles from Pakistan, China

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 National & International Appointments

7. Vijay Goel took charge as Vice Chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti

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  • Former Union Minister Vijay Goel has taken charge as the Vice Chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in New Delhi.
  • Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) was formed in September 1984 by the merger of Gandhi Darshan at Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti at 5 Tees January Marg as an autonomous body.
  • It functions under the constructive advice and financial support from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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 Honours & Awards

8. LG Manoj Sinha distributed ‘Kashmir Young Leadership Award’

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  • Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha has felicitated Young achievers with ‘Kashmir Young Leadership Award’ during Kashmir Leadership Summit in Srinagar
  • The award is given for the outstanding work in different fields and lauded their contribution for bringing positive changes in society.
  • A total of 46 Young achievers from various fields including health, education, sports, social work, journalism, Art, Music, conservation, etc have been awarded on the occasion.

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 National Affairs

9. Govt reduces standard rate of duty on edible oil

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  • Govt has reduced the standard rate of duty on Crude Palm Oil, Crude Soyabean oil and Crude Sunflower Oil to 2.5 % to ensure availability of edible oil to consumers at fair prices
  • Standard rate of duty on Refined Palm Oil, Refined Soyabean oil and Refined Sunflower Oil to 32.5%
  • Along with this, Agri-cess for Crude Palm Oil has been increased from 17.5% to 20%
  • With this, worth Rs 1,100 crore and total direct value of benefits is expected to be passed on to the consumers

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 State Affairs

10. Centre set-up seven new Ekalavya Vidyalayas in Assam

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  • Centre has decided to set up seven new Ekalavya Vidyalayas in Assam
  • Tribal Affairs Ministry will also set up 400 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras to promote tribal art and craft as well as to provide livelihood opportunities to the tribal population.
  • Apart from this, Tribal Food Parks will also be set-up in Assam
  • Tribal Affairs Ministry has awarded Van Dhan National Award 2021-22 to TRISSAM of Assam in the category of Collaborative Initiative for co branding in Van Dhan Yojana

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 National & International Appointments

11. Arvind Kejriwal re-elected as National Convenor of Aam Aadmi Party

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  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been re-elected as the National Convenor of Aam Aadmi Party.
  • He has been elected as the Party National Executive unanimously.
  • Along with him, Pankaj Gupta was again elected as the National Secretary and N D Gupta as National Treasurer.
  • AAP has elected a new 34-member executive body including senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Imran Hussain, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Raghav Chadha, Atishi, Rakhi Birla among others.

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 Obituaries

12. Noted feminist and educator, Sonal Shukla passes away

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  • Noted feminist and educator, Sonal Shukla (80 years) passes away due to cardiac arrest at a hospital in Mumbai
  • She is a chief founder trustee of Vacha Charitable Trust and had been working with adolescent girls and women from the 1980s.
  • She is popularly known as ‘Sonal Ben’
  • She had been actively involved in feminist movements for many decades and was also the co-founder of the group Forum Against Rape, which is now known as the Forum Against Oppression of Women.

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 National Affairs

13. Govt increased financial support to open Ayush colleges

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  • Central govt has increased financial support from Rs 9 crore to Rs 70 crore to open more Ayush colleges across the country.
  • There are only few Ayush colleges in the North-East and Indian traditional medicine systems can only be popularised by making available more qualified practitioners.
  • Ministry of Ayush has also accorded in-principle approval for upgrading Government Ayurvedic College, Jalukbari, Assam as the Centre of Excellence with support of up to Rs 10 crore.

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 Defense

14. LCA-Mk2 to roll out next year, first flight in 2023

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  • Roll-out of the aircraft (Mk2) is planned next year and the first flight in scheduled in early 2023.
  • Configuration for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk2 has been frozen and steel cutting is expected to begin soon.
  • It features enhanced range and endurance including an onboard oxygen generation system, which is being integrated for the first time.
  • Mk2 is 1,350 mm longer featuring canards and can carry a payload of 6,500 kg compared to 3,500 kg the LCA can carry.

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Daily GK Update: 13th September 2021

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