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Jul 16, 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.

I Alone Can Fix It - Book

The book, "I Alone Can Fix It," due for release, offers the most disturbing insight yet into how Trump's refusal to accept his election defeat was seen inside the government.

The book is written by Carol D. Leonnig, a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post and Philip Rucker a senior Washington correspondent at The Washington Post.

Social Issues

Sedition Law : Section 124A of IPC

SC has questioned the need for the continuance of Section 124A - a colonial provision which was used to jail the Mahatma, in the law books of a modern democracy.

The law was originally drafted in 1837 by Thomas Macaulay, the British historian-politician, but was inexplicably omitted when the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was enacted in 1860.

Section 124A was inserted in 1870 by an amendment introduced by Sir James Stephen when it felt the need for a specific section to deal with the offence.

Section 124A of IPC defines sedition as an offence committed when "any person by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government established by law in India".

Sedition is a non-bailable offence. Punishment under the Section 124A ranges from imprisonment up to three years to a life term, to which fine may be added.

A person charged under this law is barred from a government job.

They have to live without their passport and must produce themselves in the court at all times as and when required.


National Silver SKOCH Award

Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli received the National Silver SKOCH Award for Pushti Nirbhor (nutrition-dependent), a convergence project on transformation and development entailing setting up nutri-gardens at houses in Dinnathpur Bagicha village.

The village is near the India-Bangladesh border in Katigorah circle of Cachar district, Assam.

Instituted in 2003, SKOCH Award salutes people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.

Social Issues

Skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling

Speaking on the occasion of the World Youth Skill Day (15 July), PM Modi said - Learning should not stop with earning and one should continuously skill, re-skill and up-skill.

He also said that more than 1.25 crore young persons have been trained under Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna.(PMKVY)

He also called for giving momentum to the Skill India Mission by capitalising on the gains of last six years.


Further, talking about 'Going Online As Leaders' (GOAL), he said it is helping the tribal population with areas like art and culture.

The GOAL is a Facebook program aimed at guiding and encouraging tribal girls from across India to become village-level digital young leaders for their communities.

The second phase of GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) has been jointly launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook to digitally mentor 5000 young women in India's tribal-dominated districts.

Gov. Schemes

National Plastic Surgery Day

The concept of observing July 15 as National Plastic Surgery Day in India has been adopted by the leaders of top bodies in the speciality across the globe as World Plastic Surgery Day.

Every plastic surgeon in the country did one free surgery to mark the inaugural year.

Plastic surgery originated from India and Sushruta is hailed by all as the founder of plastic surgery.

Social Issues

KVIC launched cotton babywear and paper slippers

Minister for MSME launched Khadi's two new exclusive product range - Khadi cotton babywear and unique Khadi handmade paper slippers.

KVIC has used 100% hand-spun and handwoven cotton fabric that is soft on the tender and sensitive skin of the children.

The Handmade paper used in making these slippers is completely wood-free and made of natural fibres like Cotton & Silk rags and agro waste.

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body formed in April 1957 by the GoI, under the Act of Parliament, 'Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956'.

Gov. Schemes

PRASHAD Scheme - Phase II

The National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive" (PRASHAD) is a Central Sector Scheme fully financed by the Government of India launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15 with the objective of integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations.

The project "Development of Varanasi Under PRASHAD Scheme - Phase II" was approved by the Ministry of Tourism with the cost of Rs. 44.69 crores in Feb. 2018.

Prime Minister praised the state government for the optimum use of the funds released by the Government of India for creating the facilities of international standards.

Gov. Schemes

What is "Kongu Nadu" ?

Kongu Nadu is a geographical region comprising present day parts of south-western Tamil Nadu, southeastern Karnataka and eastern Kerala.

In the ancient Tamilakam, it was the seat of the Chera kings, bounded on the east by Tondai Nadu, on the south-east by Chola Nadu and on the south by Pandya Nadu regions.

The region was ruled by the Cheras during Sangam period between 1st - 4th centuries CE.

Art & Culture

What is UV-C technology ?

Ultraviolet-C or UV-C Disinfection Technology will soon be installed in Parliament for the "mitigation of airborne transmission of SARS-COV-2".

The UV-C air duct disinfection system was developed by CSIR-CSIO (Central Scientific Instruments Organisation).

The virus is deactivated in any aerosol particles by the calibrated levels of UV-C light. I

It can be used in auditoriums, malls, educational Institutions, AC buses, and in railways.

Device is specifically developed to disinfect non-living things. UV-C radiation used in this device could be harmful to the skin and eyes of the living beings.

What is UV ?

Ultraviolet (UV) is a type of light or radiation naturally emitted by the Sun. It covers a wavelength range of 100-400 nm. The human visible light ranges from 380?700 nm.

UV is divided into three bands: UV-C (100-280 nm), UV-B (280-315 nm) and UV-A (315-400 nm).

UV-A and UV-B rays from the Sun are transmitted through our atmosphere and all UV-C is filtered by the ozone layer.

Science & Tech