Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-02-24 17:01:45
Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-02-24 17:01:45

• Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal emphasized the need for ” One Nation One Standard ” to achieve uniformity, and said that India’s laboratory testing should meet global standards. The minister said this when reviewing the work of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The “One Nation One Standard Mission ” was first reviewed in September 2019.

• Russia said it has found the first case of H5N8 avian influenza in humans. There are different subtypes of avian influenza viruses. Although H5N8 is highly contagious, it is lethal to birds, but it has never been reported to have spread to humans. This is a viral infection that can not only infect birds, but also humans and other animals. Most forms of viruses are limited to birds.

• According to the regulations of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the Ministry of Agriculture is allowed to use drones for remote sensing data collection. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation have granted conditional permits to use Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

• Patanjali’s Divya Coronil medicine has been certified by the AYUSH Ministry in accordance with WHO certification standards. Now, Coronil has been certified as an aid against Covid-19 and a drug to enhance immunity. The drug has obtained the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) from the Ayush Section of the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization.

• The Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0. The mission will be divided into two rounds. The first phase will start on February 22, 2021, and the second phase will start on March 22, 2021. It will spread across 250 districts or urban areas in 29 States or Union Territories. In addition, the Minister also launched the IMI 3.0 portal and issued Operational Guidelines for it.

• India and Ethiopia signed two agreements on February 20, 2021, which are related to visa facilitation and leather technology. These agreements were signed in the presence of Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia paid a four-day visit to India.

• The Kerala government has approved Rs 9 crore to convert conventional anganwadis into “smart” anganwadis with better facilities. According to the scheme, the Department of Women and Child Development has approved the Anagwadis in 48 states to construct its new buildings. Smart anganwadis will be built to provide early childhood care in stages.

• The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Greenstat Norway signed an agreement to establish a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen. The agreement was signed a few days after India announced its National Hydrogen Mission. The Indian government launched the National Hydrogen Mission to accelerate its plan to produce carbon-free fuels from renewable resources.

• Scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Advanced Scientific Research Center based in Bangalore have discovered a new material, Silver Antimony Telluride (AgSbTe2), which can help utilize waste heat generated by various household appliances and industrial equipment and use it for other useful work. It is a nano-material compound synthesized from Silver, Copper and Tellurium.

• Scientists have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret using frozen cells. Scientists have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret using frozen cells from dead wild animals. This is the first time that the United States has cloned any endangered native species. This species is the only native ferret in North America.

• NASA’s most advanced Mars rover, Perseverance, successfully landed on the surface of Mars, which is impressive. This is the first step in finding signs of ancient microbial life on Mars. Perseverance, nicknamed Percy, is an SUV-sized Mars probe designed to explore Jezero Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s 2020 Mars mission.

• The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has compiled a report on the two-way spread of the blue earthworms in Meghalaya. The 1.6-foot-long blue earth migrates up or down to 300 meters on the East Cassie Hills in the state. April’s uphill migration started from April to May. As the monsoon erupts, they emerge from rivers and streams.

• Rare birds which includes Yellow-Billed Babbler, Green Sandpiper, and Grey-Necked Bunting were discovered at Mangalore University. The bird watching team which was managing the Campus Bird Count (CBC), 108 species of birds were spotted at Mangalore University. The campus bird count is part of the large backyard bird count organized by the Indian Bird Counting Organization.

• The six-day Khajuraho Dance Festival begins on February 21, 2021. The dance festival will be held in Khajuraho Temple. Khajuraho Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madhya Pradesh, and is famous for its ancient Hindu temples and Jain temples. This festival will be held at the temple site in 44 years. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) granted permission to organize a music festival on site.

• A red-eared slider was found in Thrissur, Kerala. The Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) has been collaborating with locals to eliminate this invasive species as it may cause harm to the local turtle population. It is also working to prevent pet stores from selling the species and instruct pet owners not to release it into the wild.

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