21-22.08.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs

GUJARAT
Gujarat to give aid worth Rs 498 crore to Covid-hit industries
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani announced a plan for assistance to industrial units and MSMEs in the state which had been adversely affected by the second wave of Covid-19 cases.
A meeting was chaired by chief minister Vijay Rupani, with the chairman and managing director of GIDC and additional chief secretary of the industries and mines department.
Before this, the chief minister had announced an ‘Atmanirbhar Package’ of Rs 14,000 crore, after the first wave of Covid-19, to boost the economy by reviving industry and trade. Under this package, 31,166 industrialists received benefits worth Rs 407.72 crore under 14 schemes from GIDC.
According to this, industrialists whose time limit to start production ends in 2021-22 will get an extension till 2022-23 i.e. up to March 2023, without levying the non-use penalty.
Due to this decision, industrialists will get more time to use the property and will be relieved from payment of non-use penalty of around Rs 16.70 crore. Around 672 parties will benefit from this.
Allottees of the industrial estates who did not get the benefit of the extended time limit for usage under the previous policy and those who were provided benefits up to March 2022 will also get the extension up to March 2023. Under this policy, 1,656 such industrialists will get benefits worth around Rs 350 crore.
INTERNATIONAL
India Ranks 2nd in Crypto Adoption
India has ranked 2nd in terms of crypto adoption internationally behind Vietnam, but ahead of international locations such as the US, UK, and China, according to the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index by blockchain information platform Chainalysis. This comes even as worldwide crypto adoption grew by 880% between June 2020 and July 2021, in accordance to the report.
About the report:
A document by US-based research platform Finder released this month corroborated that the pinnacle 5 countries in terms of crypto adoption had been all from Asia.
The business enterprise surveyed 47,000 users internationally and 30% of those surveyed in India stated they owned cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin is the most popular coin in our country India, observed by using Ripple, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash, according to the report.
Crypto adoption in India has been led by smaller cities in the country. The biggest crypto change in the country through trading volume, WazirX, said last week that it had considered extra than 2,648% growth in consumer sign-ups from tier II and tier III cities in India.

World Senior Citizen Day – 21st August
World Senior Citizen Day is found globally on August 21 each year. The day is celebrated to raise cognizance about problems affecting older people, such as deterioration with age & the abuse of the elderly and support, honour and exhibit appreciation to seniors and to understand their achievements.

The Day was proclaimed with the aid of the United Nations General Assembly on December 14, 1990. The day was formally situated by the former President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan in 1988 to devote a day to older adults and their issues

NATIONAL
Akshay Urja Diwas – 20th August
Akshay Urja Diwas (Renewable Energy Day) is held each and every year on 20 August to raise awareness about the traits and adoption of renewable power in India.

Highlights:
The Akshay Urja Day was started by the Ministry for New & Renewable Energy Sources in the year 2004. Energy such as Biogas, Wind energy, Solar Energy, hydroelectric electricity are a few examples of Akshay Urja.
The predominant motive of Akshya urja Diwas is to make human beings aware that they have to think about renewable electricity (Akshya Urja) apart from common energy.
Indian Akshay Urja Day used to be hooked up in 2004 to help renewable energy development programs and promote its use instead of normal sources of energy.
The very first tournament touching on Akshay Urja Diwas was once organized in New Delhi. In 2004, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched a commemorative stamp, and 12,000 schoolchildren shaped a human chain to promote renewable energy.
Sadbhavana Diwas – 20th August
Each and every year India observes Sadbhavana Diwas on August 20 to commemorate the birth anniversary of late erstwhile Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

Highlights:
This year (2021) on 20th August 2021, we are going to have a good time on the 77th anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The Indian National Congress instituted the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award in the year 1992, a year after his death.

GSI launched the GSI Mobile App
The GSI has launched this mobile app in a bid to make itself more handy to the people.
Highlights:
Through the App, the people will turn out to be extra enlightened about a number of facets of GSI activities.
It is additionally in line with the Digital India campaign initiated via the Central Government.
The App is divided into a number sections where it talks about the legacy of GSI, the in-house publications of the organisation, quite a number of case research on special missions of GSI, the photograph gallery, etc.
It additionally offers a range of maps, videos and downloads of GSI work.
The app additionally offers statistics about the profession possibilities and training amenities on hand with the GSI.
Apart from bringing GSI nearer to the public, the app is also predicted to appraise the scholar community of the problem of geology.

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