Weekly Current Affairs: 11 January to 16 January 2021
India’s GDP is likely to decrease by 7.7% in FY 2020-21
- India’s gross domestic product (GDP) is witness to a 7.7% contraction in this fiscal year 2020-21. The National Income Estimates of the National Statistics Office showed that the contraction was observed in all regions of India except agriculture.
How will India vaccinate people against COVID-19?
- The COVID-19 vaccination campaign began in India from January 16, 2021. Initially, the government would vaccinate health care workers and front line workers, followed by those over 50 years of age. To ensure uninterrupted role in the vaccination campaign, more than 2 lakh vaccinators, 61000 program managers and 3.7 lakh team members have been trained at the district, state and block levels.
SC implemented all three agricultural laws
- The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of all three agricultural laws till January 12, 2020 until further orders. The verdict was delivered while hearing petitions challenging farm laws and seeking to remove farmers protesting on the borders of Delhi. The court also criticized the Center’s handling of the farmers’ protests.
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Arunachal Pradesh is likely to be India’s leading vanadium producer
- According to the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Arunachal Pradesh is likely to become the major vanadium producer in India. During exploration by GSI, the state was placed on the vanadium map and it is most likely that the vanadium deposits would be discovered here. Vanadium is a high-value metal used to strengthen steel and titanium.
Cuba Re-Named America as State Sponsor of Terrorism
- Cuba was re-designated as a state sponsor of terrorism on January 11, 2021 by the United States for its continued support for acts of terrorism globally. The move reverses the Obama era decision and comes just before President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Pest Apocalypse: What Is It and Climate Change Cause It?
- According to insect experts, planet Earth is losing about 1% to 2% of its pests per year. This problem, known as pest apocalypse, is a result of climate change, land use, light pollution, pesticides, invasive species and herbicides. This problem has been referred to as a puzzle by experts because of uncertainty over its complexity and vastness.
Army Aviation Corps has women as pilots by 2022
- The Army Aviation Corps will induct women as pilots from 2022, according to the announcement made by General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Chief of the Indian Army. These women will also conduct operations on the pilot border. Till now, women have been performing only ground duties.
The first budget to be paperless since independence was the Union Budget 2021-22.
- In a historic first post-independence, the Union Budget 2021-22 would become paperless due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Typically, the budget is printed every year by more than 100 employees, who are required to be together for about 15 days. However due to the COVID-19 epidemic, soft copies will be shared this time.
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Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme 3.0 launched
- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 was launched by the government on 15 January 2021 in a total of 600 districts of the country. The government has allocated Rs 948.90 crore for the implementation of the scheme.
There is no foreign head of India as the chief guest of the 2021 Republic Day celebrations
- The Ministry of External Affairs has announced that no foreign state of India will head as the Chief Guest for the Republic Day 2021 celebrations for security reasons amid the COVID-19 epidemic. This will be the first time in 5 decades that the Republic Day parade will not witness the presence of any foreign leader.