Read : Current affairs -7TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Posted on :- 2021-02-10 17:49:59
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper


Current affairs (7TH FEBRUARY)



  • The Government initiated a campaign, namely the “Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness Campaign (KAPILA) for Intellectual Property Literacy aimed at raising patent awareness.


  • KAPILA was launched in October 2020. Scheme objectives: Build awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)


  • Provide intellectual property protection for inventions originating from faculty and students from HEIs. Develop intellectual property right Credit Courses.


  • Provide intellectual property training programs for faculty and students in HEIs. Sensitization and development of IP archiving system.



  • A 25-year-old Kashmiri woman, Ayesha Aziz, has become the youngest female pilot in the country. She became the youngest student pilot to get a license at the age of 15 in 2011.


  • The 25 -year-old from Kashmir who is the youngest female pilot in the country acts is a source of inspiration and a beacon of empowerment for numerous Kashmiri women.


  • In the year 2011, Aziz became the youngest student pilot to get a license at the age of 15 and underwent training to fly a MIG-29 jet at Russia’s Sokol airbase the following year.


  • She later graduated in aviation from the Bombay Flying Club (BFC) and obtained a commercial license in 2017.



  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will set up an expert committee on Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs).


  • The committee, involving all stakeholders, will provide a medium-term road map for strengthening the sector, enable faster resolution/rehabilitation of UCBs.


  • Along with enabling faster resolution of UCBs, the committee will also examine critical aspects related to the urban co-op banks.


  • The provisions of the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2020 have become applicable to Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks (UCBs) from June 26, 2020.


  • The amendments have brought near parity in supervisory and regulatory powers between UCBs and commercial banks in respect of regulatory powers, including those related to governance, audit, and resolution.


  • The members of the committee and its terms of reference have not been notified yet. It will be informed separately by the RBI.








  • The California-based global digital payment platform PayPal has announced that the company has decided to wind down its domestic payment services in India with effect from April 01, 2021.


  • The decision has been taken because the company wants to shift its focus on cross-border payments business.


  • However, the global customer will be able to pay Indian merchants using Paypal. PayPal was a payments options on many Indian online apps such as travel and ticketing service MakeMyTrip, online film booking app BookMyShow, and food delivery app Swiggy.


  • PayPal Founded: December 1998, Palo Alto, California, United States.
  • PayPal CEO: Dan Schulman.



  • The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing a futuristic high altitude pseudo satellite with a start-up company, to strengthen the country’s military strike capabilities.


  • It is a first of its kind project in the world, where a manned aircraft will operate within the boundary and the unmanned aircraft will enter the enemy zone and can carry out strikes deep inside the enemy territory.


  • Capable of autonomous functions, these unmanned aerial vehicles will also have all the manoeuvring capabilities. “It can straightway hit the target at a distance of 700 kilometres or can go to 350 kilometres and come back.


  • It carries ammunition, missiles if needed CATS Alpha. The technology has been named Combined Air Teaming System (CATS). It will have a manned aircraft (will be known as mother ship), operating from far away, and four autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles known as CATS Warrior.


  • The satellite will be solar energised and become a big asset flying unmanned around 70,000 ft for 2-3 months and taking information.




  • International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female is observed globally on 6 February.


  • This day is sponsored by the United Nations for their efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation. It was first introduced in 2003.


  • This year theme of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female: No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation.


  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women. .


  • Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, and difficulty in passing urine, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health and mental health.



  • United States President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is publishing his memoir titled “Beautiful Things”, which narrates about his struggles with addiction and drug abuse.


  • The book is scheduled to be published in the United States on April 6 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.


  • The 51-year-old Hunter Biden has narrated his personal story about how he was a drug addict- from his first sips of alcohol as a child, when he was dealing with the aftermath of a family tragedy, to his crack-cocaine use and how he fixed that problem.


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