Current Affairs - 22 September 2021

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1. Air marshal VR Chaudhari to be new IAF chief
  • Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been appointed as the next Chief of the Air Staff (CoAS), with effect from 1st October 2021.
  • Presently, he is serving as the Vice Chief of Air Staff.
  • He will succeed incumbent Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, whose tenure will come to end on September 30, 2021.
  • He was the chief of Western Air Command from August 1, 2020.
  • He also flew several Air Defence missions during 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan.
Foot Notes:
About IAF:
Headquarters: New Delhi
Founded: 8 October 1932
Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
 
2. World Rhino Day 2021: 22nd September
  • World Rhino Day is observed on 22nd September every year to celebrates and raise awareness of the need to protect all the five existing species of Rhinoceros.
  • Rhino species :
      1. Black Rhino
      2. White Rhino
      3. Greater one-horned Rhino
      4. Sumatran Rhino
      5. Javan Rhinos
  • The day was first announced by World Wildlife Fund-South Africa in 2010.
  • It is being observed internationally for the first time in 2011.
3. FSSAI releases 3rd edition of State Food Safety Index 2020-21
  • Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has released the third State Food Safety Index (SFSI) of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for evaluating food safety across all States/UTs in 2020-21.
  • Top state in larger states category: Gujarat, followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Top states in smaller states category: Goa, Meghalaya and Manipur.
  • Top UT: Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and New Delhi.
  • He also flagged off 19 Mobile Food Testing Vans.
Foot Notes:
About FSSAI:
Founded: August 2011
Headquarters: New Delhi
 
4. Iran becomes 9th member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders have agreed to change the membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran from an observer state to a full member state.
  • After this, Iran becomes the 9th main member of SCO.
  • Iran was holding observer status for the past 15 years.
  • The technical and legal process could take up to two years to conclude.
  • Full member of SCO: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
Foot Notes:
About SCO:
Headquarters: Beijing, China
Secretary-General: Vladimir Norov
Founded: 15 June 2001
 
5. Third India-Indonesia bilateral maritime exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ begins
  • Third edition of India and Indonesia bilateral maritime exercise titled as ‘Samudra Shakti’ began on September 20, 2021 in Sunda Strait, Indonesia.
  • It is a 3-day exercise and will culminate on 22 Sep 2021.
  • Sunda Strait lies between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.
  • Indian Navy has deployed its 2 frontline warships Shivalik and Kadmatt.
  • It will strengthen bilateral relationship, enhance mutual understanding and interoperability in maritime operations between 2 navies.
Foot Notes:
About Indonesia:
President: Joko Widodo
Capital: Jakarta
Currency: Indonesian rupiah
 
6. Kovalam and Eden beaches get Blue Flag Certification
  • Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry beaches has been globally recognized and coveted International eco-label ‘Blue Flag Certification’.
  • Foundation for Environment Education in Denmark (FEE) has also given re-certification for 8 nominated beaches Shivrajpur-Gujarat, Ghoghla-Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri-Karnataka, Kappad-Kerala, Rushikonda- Andhra Pradesh, Golden-Odisha and Radhanagar- A&N.
  • Blue Flag is indication of 100% compliance to 33 stringent criteria.
7. ECI organizes National Conference on Accessible Elections
  • Election Commission of India has organized a virtual National Conference on Accessible Elections 2021 to assess present accessibility policies and discuss strategies for addressing barriers to enhance participation in electoral process.
  • During the conference, crossing Barriers- Accessibility Initiatives 2021 was also launched.
  • Braille Language versions of Voter Guide, Letter to new voter and Booklet of 50 motivational songs on voter awareness was also launched.
Foot Notes:
About ECI:
Formed: 25 January 1950
Headquarters: New Delhi
First executive: Sukumar Sen
CEC of India: Sushil Chandra
 
8. Telecom Department initiates new reforms with simplifying KYC process
  • Dept of Telecommunications (DoT) has started implementation of new telecom reforms by simplifying the KYC (Know Your Customer) process.
  • DoT implemented three fresh ways:
  • Aadhaar-based e-KYC: It has been re-introduced for new mobile phone connections.
  • Self-KYC: Issuance of mobile connection is done via an app/portal-based online process.
  • OTP based conversion of connection: It enables a subscriber to convert his mobile connection from prepaid to postpaid and vice-versa.
9. Ministry of Education forms National Steering Committee for Curriculum
  • Ministry of Education has formed National Steering Committee for development of National Curriculum Frameworks under K Kasturirangan chairmanship.
  • Other members: Mahesh Pant, Govind Prasad Sharma, Najma Akhtar, TV Kattimani, Michel Danino, Milind Kamble, Jagbir Singh, Manjul Bhargava, M K Sridhar, Dhir Jhingran. Shankar Maruwada.
  • Committee will develop National Curriculum Frameworks for School Education, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education, Adult Education.
10. Uttar Pradesh Government to set up ‘Electronic Park’ near Noida
  • Uttar Pradesh govt has cleared proposal to develop ‘Electronic Park’, along Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority area, near Noida to promote electronics industry.
  • Park is proposed to be developed in 250 acres near Jewar Airport.
  • It will be built at an investment of around Rs 50,000 crore as well as generate employment for thousands of local youths.
  • Companies manufacturing mobile phones, TVs, electronic devices will establish their units in the park.
Foot Notes:
About Uttar Pradesh:
Governor: Anandiben Patel
Capital: Lucknow
Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
 
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