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Current Affairs Date: 03 September 2021

National

5th North-East India Traditional Fashion Week (NEIFW) 2021

⇒ Dr. Virendra Kumar, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, virtually inaugurated the “5th North-East India Traditional Fashion Week (NEIFW) 2021”.

Organized by:

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) organised the virtual NEIFW 2021 on 24th & 25th July 2021.

Objective:

The National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (Divyangjan) (NIEPVD, Dehradun) organised the NEIFW 2021 to cater to the divyang populace and stakeholders from the North-East to promote the arts and artisans of North-East India.

It aims to empower and uplift the Divyangjan from the various tribes and ethnic groups of North-East and to encourage the textile and craft industry to take an inclusionary approach.

Focus:

The NEIFW has focused on- Skilling and Entrepreneurship Building; Artisan Training Workshop; Exhibition of Divyang Artisans; Traditional Dress Show and Traditional Cultural Festival.

Materials developed by scientists can repair their own mechanical damages

⇒ New materials may soon make it possible for damaged electronic components, such as in space crafts, to mend themselves.

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, teaming up with IIT Kharagpur, have developed piezoelectric molecular crystals that repair themselves from mechanical damages without need for any external intervention. Piezoelectric crystals are a class of materials that generate electricity when it undergoes a mechanical impact.

The piezoelectric molecules developed by the scientists called bipyrazole organic crystals recombine following mechanical fracture without any external intervention, autonomously self-healing in milliseconds with crystallographic precision.

The materials recently developed by scientists can repair their own mechanical damages with the electrical charges generated by the mechanical impact on them.

Several Projects in Shillong

⇒ The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects in Shillong on 24 July 2021. Shri Amit Shah inaugurated a cryogenic oxygen plant and paediatric ward at Umsavali. He also inaugurated the Inter-State Bus Terminal at Maviyang.

The Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, laid the foundation stone for the Multipurpose Convention Centre and Exhibition Facility of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre-NESAC, in Shillong.

Meghalaya government has completed 67 projects costing about Rs 700 crore with central assistance and 38 more projects worth Rs 800 crore are in progress.

President of NESAC, Shri Amit Shah also presided over the high-level review meeting regarding the operation of Space Science and Technology Centre. Union Home Minister chaired another review meeting with the Chief Ministers of all the North – Eastern States to discuss the developmental and security issues.

CII- Horasis India Meeting 2021

⇒ Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for “Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food& Public Distribution and Textiles” addressed the Plenary Session of CII- Horasis India Meeting 2021 on India’s Emerging Industry & Trade Architecture”.

Host:

The meeting was co-hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Horasis convened its annual Horasis India Meeting on 24 July, 2021.

Discussion:

The meeting was held virtually, gathering 400 of the most senior members of the Horasis Visions Community to discuss how to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and how to inspire India’s future.

Addressing the meeting, Union Minister said:

» There is a new energy in our startups space. In just first 6 months of 2021, India has seen 15 more unicorns.

» Indian startups are more than commercial success stories and they are key to India’s transformation. Shri Goyal implored all to make ‘Startup India’ a symbol of “National Participation & National Consciousness”.

» India is working in mission mode to achieve target of $400bn merchandise exports in 2021-22.

» PLI Schemes worth $26bn is covering 13 sectors in the 5 years. PLI scheme will transform India into a Powerhouse of Leading Industries in post COVID world.

International

'Renegades: Born in the USA' Book

⇒ Recently, Penguin Random House and Obama’s Higher Ground company announced that “Renegades: Born in the USA” will come out October 26, 2021. Renegades: Born in the USA is a bound edition of the popular “Renegades” podcast.

This book is written by legendary musician, Bruce Springsteen and former President of USA, Barack Obama.

The book will include rare photographs, handwritten Springsteen lyrics and annotated Obama speeches.

Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation-2021

⇒ United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific’s (UNESCAP) has recently released the Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation-2021.

India has scored 90.32% in United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific’s latest Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation. The Survey hails this as a remarkable jump from 78.49% in 2019.

Read More About United Nation’s Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation

Important day

Income Tax Day

⇒ The 161st anniversary of Income Tax Day was observed by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and all its field offices across India on 24 July 2021.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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