16.10.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs

GUJARAT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Bhoomi Poojan ceremony of Hostel Phase-1 built by Saurashtra Patel Seva Samaj in Surat, Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Bhoomi Poojan ceremony of Hostel Phase-1 built by Saurashtra Patel Seva Samaj in Surat, Gujarat
Through video conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘bhoomi poojan’ ceremony of Hostel Phase-1 (Boys’ Hostel) in Surat on 15 Oct 2021, which was built by Saurashtra Patel Seva Samaj.

Highlights:
During the function, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel was also present.
The dormitory facility provides residential facilities for roughly 1500 students, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
It also has a separate library for students and an auditorium.
The construction of Hostel Phase-II, which will house roughly 500 girls, will begin next year.
The Saurashtra Patel Seva Samaj is a registered trust that was founded in 1983 with the primary goal of educating and transforming the poorer sections of society. It assists students in studying for numerous competitive exams as well as providing them with a platform for entrepreneurship and skill development.

INTERNATIONAL
China sets up $233 million Kunming Biodiversity fund
China pledged to inject $233 million into a new fund called “Kunming Biodiversity Fund” for the protection of biodiversity in developing countries, recently.
This decision was taken during a key UN conservation summit, even though major donors disagreed on it.
China pledged as it the world’s biggest polluter and seeks to play a prominent role internationally on biodiversity conservation.
The funding issue for the Kunming Biodiversity Fund will be taken up in January 2022 at negotiations in Geneva. China’s pledge is below the $4 billion committed by Britain for conservation projects across the world as well as France’s commitment to spend 30 percent of its climate finance on protection of biodiversity.
In News – Northern Ireland Protocol
The Northern Ireland protocol was designed to prevent checks across the border between Northern Ireland (US) and the Republic of Ireland (EU), following Brexit.
The Protocol came into force in the beginning of 2021.
It has resulted into disagreements between the UK and EU as it disrupted trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The UK government has been calling to rewrite the deal.
Under this protocol it was agreed that Northern Ireland will continue to follow EU rules on product standards in order to prevent checks across the border.
Goods entering Northern Ireland from Scotland, England or Wales would be inspected.
World Sight Day Observed On Oct 14
The second Thursday in October is designated as World Sight Day. And this year the day was observed on 14 October. It is the most important day in the eye health calendar for advocacy and communication.
This day is a global initiative to raise awareness about blindness and vision impairment.
It was founded in the year 2000 by the Lions Club International Foundation’s Sight First Campaign.
It is observed with the goal of bringing disability and blindness to the attention of the entire world.
In 1998, Lions Clubs International teamed with blindness presentation organizations to commemorate the first World Sight Day.
International Day of Rural Women is Clebrated On 15 of Oct
the International Day of Rural Women is commemorated. The theme for the 2021 International Day for Rural Women is Rural women who cultivating food for all.
This day is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of rural women.
It also acknowledges the importance of rural women, including indigenous women, in increasing agricultural and rural development, reducing rural poverty, and ensuring food security.
According to the report, if women are given equal opportunity, agricultural production can increase by 2.5 to 4%.
Which will reduce the number of persons suffering from malnutrition from 12% to 17%

NATIONAL
India to pilot 1000 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
Central Government has given its approval to invite the expression of interest for installation of pilot 1000 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project.
This pilot project is the joint effort of “Ministry of New & Renewable energy” and Ministry of Power.
Both the ministries have been working on this in order to provide a road map for installation of energy storage system in India.
The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be set in a bid to support the ambitious goal of achieving 450 GW renewable energy target by the Ministry of New & renewable energy by 2030.
Akasa Air Is Approved To Operate In India By Civil Aviation Minister
No Objection Certificate was provided by Civil Aviation Minister for the Akasa Airto to be operated in India.
Highlights:
Akasa air was found by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala with ex-Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube.
It is set to start operating in mid-2022 with 70 planes in the following 4 years.
These ULCC, Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Services airline, focuses on keeping operating costs lower than the typical budget airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet.

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