12.05.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs.

GUJARAT

Gujarat: ‘Oxygen demand to stabilize at 1,250MT’

 

The Gujarat government, which had written to the Centre to increase its oxygen quota from 975 metric tonnes (MT) as it expects demand to touch 1,600MT by May 15, said that demand and consumption of oxygen has stabilized at 1,250MT. It anticipates that demand will remain at 1,250MT for the next four to five days and may even decrease by 100MT in a week.

In its affidavit filed in the Gujarat high court in response to the suo motu PIL on Covid-19, the state government gave details on demand and supply of oxygen between April 23 and May 7 and stated that average daily demand and supply in Gujarat was 1,232.3 MT for the last two weeks.

INTERNATIONAL

First Indian to Win Arab World Nobel Prize – Dr Tahera Qutbuddin

 

Mumbai born, Dr Tahera Qutbuddin, a professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago, lately grew to be the first character of Indian-origin to win the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

The award is viewed to be the Nobel Prize of the Arab world. She gained the award for her brand new book, “Arabic Oration – Art and Function” published via Brill Academic Publishers of Leiden in 2019. In the book, she places forth a comprehensive principle of Arabic literature in its foundational oral duration dating the seventh and eighth centuries AD. She discusses its have an impact on on modern sermons and lectures as well.

 

NATIONAL

Over 14k hectares in Andaman & Nicobar Islands gets ‘organic’ tag

 

 

Over 14,000 hectares area in Car Nicobar and Nancowry islands in the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has become India’s first large contiguous territory to be certified as ‘organic’ under the Centre’s ‘Large Area Certification’ (LAC) scheme.
Farming operations will be completely free from chemical inputs in this area like how it’s being done in the country’s fully organic state Sikkim.

 

India currently has several smaller clusters, accounting for more than 30 lakh hectares area spread over many states, registered under organic certification as per the PGS-India certification programme where the areas having chemical input usage history are required to undergo a transition period of a minimum of 2-3 years to qualify as organic.

 

As per the international survey report (2021) on organic farming, India ranks fifth in terms of area and is at the top in terms of a total number of producers (the base year 2019).

 

Exports hit $51 billion in first 7 weeks of current fiscal

 

India’s exporters are not complaining about the order book, despite some hiccups in recent weeks due to lockdowns across states.

According to the latest data available with the government, India’s exports reached $50.7 billion during the first seven weeks of the fiscal year, 11% higher than the corresponding period in 2019-20. The initial weeks of the last financial year were washed out due to a strict country-wide lockdown in India, which coincided with a similar situation across large parts of the world.

 

With 4.4 lakh patients, Karnataka tops in active Covid cases

 

Karnataka with 4.4 lakh active Covid cases is at the top among all states with highest active coronavirus cases in the country. Maharashtra is second with 3.3 lakh active cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3 lakh, Kerala (2.6 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (2 lakh).

Many other states have reported significant drop in daily cases and coupled with a high recovery rate, the total caseloads have come down countrywide – from a peak active cases of 37 lakh to 26 lakh on Tuesday. West Bengal, Odisha and Rajasthan have 1 lakh active cases each.

 

Government to open 143 Khelo India centres across 7 states

 

The Sports Ministry has decided to set up 143 Khelo India centres across seven states with a total budget of Rs 14.30 crore in its bid to nurture talent at the grassroot level.
These centres will be set up in Maharashtra, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

Each centre will be entrusted with one sports discipline.

The Khelo India centres have been launched by the Sports Ministry in partnership with state governments to ensure the availability of grassroot-level infrastructure across the country.

In June 2020, the ministry had planned to open up as many as 1,000 new Khelo India centres over a period of four years, with at least one centre in each district of the country.

 

e-Courts Services Mobile App

 

The Supreme Court’s E-Committee has released a manual in 14 languages for its free “e-Courts Services Mobile App.”

The Supreme Court’s e-committee has released a manual for its “e-Courts Services Mobile App” in 14 languages, and the app itself has received over 57 lakh downloads.

The manual is available in the following languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Khasi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.

The App functions as a personalised digital case diary, with case details available on the handset at any time of day, for free. It allows any litigant, advocate, judge, or anyone else in India to check the current status of a case.

 

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