Read : Current Affairs: 6th February, 2021

Posted on :- 2021-02-10 16:32:46
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper

 

Current affairs (6TH FEBRUARY)

 

 

 

 

INDIA-BAHRAIN JOINS HANDS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • The first India-Bahrain Joint Working Group meeting in the field of Renewable Energy was held in a virtual format on February 04, 2021, for promoting bilateral cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.

 

  • The Indian delegation was led by Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.

 

  • Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, President of Sustainable Energy Authority led the Bahraini delegation.

 

  • Both sides also agreed to forge deeper engagement in capacity building and focused cooperation between concerned agencies as well as the private sector of the two countries in this sector, particularly in the field of solar, wind and clean hydrogen.

 

  • King of Bahrain: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
  • Bahrain Capital:
  • Bahrain Currency: Bahraini dinar

 

RBI PROJECTED INDIA'S GDP GROWTH

 

  • In the last bi-monthly monetary policy meet for the current, the Reserve Bank of India projected India’s GDP growth rate at 10.5 per cent for the fiscal year 2021-22.

 

  • The growth outlook has improved significantly, and the vaccination drive will further boost the economic rebound.

 

  • The apex bank expects the Indian economy to grow in the range of 3 per cent to 26.2 per cent in the first half of FY22, followed by a 6 per cent growth in Q3FY22.

 

  • The central bank’s projection is lower than that of the Economic Survey that projected India to grow at a rate of 11 per cent in the coming fiscal.

 

ARVIND KEJRIWAL LAUNCHED 'SWITCH DELH'I CAMPAIGN

  • Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has launched the ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign to promote electric vehicles and appealed to people to buy such vehicles to combat pollution in the city.

 

  • Kejriwal said his government will hire only electric vehicles for various purposes in the next six weeks.

 

  • In the ‘Switch Delhi’ campaign, awareness will be created about the benefits of electric vehicles and how it can contribute to making Delhi clean and pollution-free.

 

  • Under its electric vehicle policy, the Delhi government has planned extensive subsidies on purchase of electric two-wheelers and four-wheelers, besides waiving road tax and registration charges.

 

  • More than 6,000 electric vehicles have been purchased since the policy launch in August 2020. The government has also issued tenders for setting up 100 charging stations across the city.

 

  • The government has fixed an ambitious target of 25 per cent electric vehicles among total vehicle registrations in Delhi by 2024.

 

 

WORLD'S FIRST 'CARBON NEUTRAL OIL' FROM US

  • Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Ltd has received the world’s first consignment of ‘carbon-neutral oil’ from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), a division of United State oil major Occidental.

 

  • This feat will further help the oil major to accomplish its target of becoming a net zero-carbon company by 2035.

 

  • The Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Sea Pearl containing the carbon-neutral oil from Permian basin, unloaded the cargo at Jamnagar on January 28, 2021.

 

  • It must be noted that Reliance operates the world’s largest single-location oil refining complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat with a capacity of 2 million tonnes a year.

 

  • This transaction is the first major petroleum shipment of Reliance, for which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the entire crude lifecycle, including oil extraction, transport, storage, shipping, refining, subsequent use, and combustion, have been offset.

 

KERALA'S FIRST HUMAN MILK BANK

  • Kerala will open its first Human Milk Bank (HMB) on February 5, 2021. This is a state-of-the-art facility, and Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja will open at Ernakulam General Hospital. A milk bank was established with the support of the Rotary Club of Cochin Global.

 

  • After the State Health Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rotary Club of Cochin Global in 2020, its cost was 3.5 million rupees. The Association of Pediatricians (IAP) will provide trained nursing staff to operate the milk bank.

 

  • The breast milk bank will ensure that newborn babies who are not ill or deceased or who are not breastfed due to insufficient breast milk production can obtain breast milk.

 

  • Approximately 3,600 babies are born in general hospitals every year. Among them, 600 to 1,000 sick babies enter the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

 

  • However, due to the low weight of premature babies or babies separated from their mothers, mothers cannot adequately feed them.

 

  • Therefore, pasteurized breast milk from the milk bank will reduce the risk of infection and help strengthen its immunity. The concept of this milk bank appeared in India 32 years ago, but Kerala has no milk bank until now.

 

  • Milk will be collected in accordance with all safety regulations and procedures, stored and provided to children in need in accordance with government guidelines.

 

  • The collected milk will be safely stored in the bank for 6 months. Initially, the milk will be provided free of charge to babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.

 

  • At a later stage, plans will be made to establish a hospital network for multiple collections and safe distribution points.

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD'S FIRST ENERGY ISLAND IN DENMARK

  • The Government of Denmark has approved a project to build the world’s first energy island, in the North Sea that will produce and store enough green energy to meet the electricity needs of three million households in European countries.

 

  • The hub will strengthen the integration of Europe’s power grids and increase renewable electricity production necessary for a climate-neutral Europe.

 

  • The energy hub will serve as an offshore power plant gathering and distributing green electricity from hundreds of wind turbines surrounding the island directly to consumers in countries surrounding the North Sea.

 

  • It is the long-term ambition to be able to store green electricity on the island, convert it to liquid green fuel, and send it via subsea cables to Denmark and neighbouring countries.

 

  • The artificial island will offer the best opportunities to expand the project, for example by building a harbour and facilities for storage and conversion of green electricity from the nearby wind turbines in the sea.

 

  • The first-of-its-kind giant island will be as big as 18 football pitches (120,000sq m). A broad coalition of Danish parties have decided to establish two energy hubs and associated offshore windfarms.

 

SN SUBRAHMANYAN AS THE CHAIRMAN OF NSC

 

  • The Ministry of Labour & Employment has appointed N. Subrahmanyan as the new Chairman of the National Safety Council (NSC) of India for a period of three years.

 

  • Subrahmanyan is the CEO and Managing Director of L&T Ltd., India’s largest construction company.

 

  • National Safety Council plays a major role to ensure safety in workplaces under new Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions code, 2020 (OSH Code, 2020).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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