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Nov 09, 2021: Current affairs for UPSC/State PSC

This section contains daily current affairs taken from all major news papers and magazines like - The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Live Mint, RSTV etc.

These current affairs are written in a easy to remember format and are useful for competitive exams like - UPSC Civil Services, UPPSC, BPSC, MPPPSC, State PSCs and other competitive examinations.

12-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya

PM Modi unveiled a 12-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath, where the acharya is believed to have attained samadhi at the age of 32 in the ninth century.

The Adi Shankara story is a remarkable saga of travel and adventure, philosophical inquiry, conflicts in faith, exegesis, establishment of lineage, organisation and mobilisation, etc.

Adi Shankara is said to have been born in Kaladi village on the bank of the Periyar, the largest river in Kerala.

He was a disciple of the scholar Govindacharya.

He is said to have visited all the important spiritual centres of the time - from Kanchi (Kancheepuram) to Kamrup (Assam), and Kashmir and the Kedar and Badri dhams, as well as Sringeri, Ujjain, Kashi, Puri, and Joshimath.

Adi Shankara is generally identified as the author of 116 works - commentaries (bhashyas) on 10 Upanishads, the Brahmasutra, the Gita, Vivekachudamani, Maneesha Panchakam, and Saundaryalahiri.

He is believed to have established the ritual practices at the Badri and Kedar dhams.

Shankara's great standing is derived from his commentaries of the prasthanatrayi (Upanishads, Brahmasutra and Gita), where he explains his understanding of Advaita Vedanta.

Art & Culture

18th Century Annapurna idol

An ancient idol of Goddess Annapurna, brought back to India after over a century from Canada. TThis idol was stolen from a temple of Varanasi and smuggled out of the country around 100 years ago.

Annapurna is the goddess of food.

The 18th century idol, carved in the Benares style, was part of the collection at the MacKenzie Art Gallery at the University of Regina, Canada.

It is scheduled to be placed in its original location - the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

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Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) - 2021

The third edition of Goa Maritime Conclave (GMC) - 2021 is being hosted by the Indian Navy under the aegis of Naval War College, Goa.

The theme for this year's edition of GMC is "Maritime Security and Emerging Non-Traditional Threats: A Case for Proactive Role for IOR Navies".

At the GMC 2021, Indian Navy is hosting Chiefs of Navies/Heads of Maritime Forces from 12 Indian Ocean Region countries comprising Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)

In 2015, India unveiled it's strategic vision for the Indian Ocean i.e. Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).

Through SAGAR, India seeks to deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbours and assist in building their maritime security capabilities.

For this, India would cooperate on the exchange of information, coastal surveillance, building of infrastructure and strengthening their capabilities.

Further, India seeks to safeguard its national interests and ensure Indian Ocean region to become inclusive, collaborative and respect international law.


Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) was established in 1997 and is a regional forum that seeks to build and expand understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation through a consensus-based, evolutionary and non-intrusive approach.

IORA has 22 member states, including Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE, and Yemen.

Its Secretariat is based in Cyber City, Eb?ne, Mauritius.

It manages, coordinates, services and monitors the implementation of policy decisions, work programmes and projects adopted by the member states.


Kaho, a village on China border

Arunachal Pradesh's Department of Information, Public Relations and Printing has sent a 12-member team to Kaho in Anjaw district for filming a documentary on the village and its people.

The documentary is a part of the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav.

Kaho had weathered the Chinese attack in 1962. Its people had assisted the Indian soldiers who had been outnumbered.

Kaho is the first village from the China border.

According to the 2011 census, Kaho has only 65 residents and a literacy rate of 64.15%.

A similar publicity event was organised at Dipa village in Lower Siang district a month ago.

Social Issues

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Science & Tech

Chinese space station : Tiangong (Heavenly Palace)

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UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

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