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Current Affairs Date: 15 November 2021


NSS Awards 2019-2020

⇒ The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2019-20 in a virtual ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on September 24, 2021.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Department of Youth Affairs confers every year the National Service Scheme Award.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) Award for the year 2019-20 were given to 42 awardees in 3 different categories like University/ +2 Councils, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers.

Important Winners of NSS Awards 2019-2020:

Best University Awards:


Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore


Gauhati University, Assam

Official link to Download NSS Awards 2019-20 list

The National Service Scheme was established in 1969 on the occasion of the birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi. The motto of the NSS is “NOT ME, BUT YOU” in Hindi (‘स्वयं से पहले आप).

The NSS Awards were instituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in 1993-94 on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Year of National Service Scheme.

The aim of these awards is to recognise and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities/ Colleges, (+2) Councils and Senior Secondary, NSS Units/ Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers.

ICC (Indian Chemical Council) Annual Awards 2020

⇒ Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya presented the ICC (Indian Chemical Council) Annual Awards for the year 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

Important Award Winners:

Lifetime Achievement Award:

    1. Dr. Santrupt Misra
    2. Mr. Ajay Shriram
    3. Dr. Aniruddha B. Pandit

ICC Acharya P. C. Ray Award for Development of Indigenous Technology:

Galaxy Surfactants Ltd

ICC Award for Excellence in Process Design & Engineering:

Jubilant Pharmova Limited

About ICC:

Founded in 1938 by Acharya P C Ray and Dr B D Amin, ICC is the apex national body representing all branches of the Chemical Industry in India such as Organic & Inorganic Chemicals, Plastics & Petrochemicals & Petroleum Refineries, Dyestuffs & Dye-intermediates etc.


Blue Planet Prize by International Hydropower Association

⇒ NHPC’s 510 MW Teesta-V Power Station located in the Himalayan State of Sikkim has been conferred with the prestigious Blue Planet Prize by International Hydropower Association (IHA).

The award had been conferred to Teesta-V Power Station based on its sustainability assessment undertaken by a team of accredited lead assessors of IHA in 2019 using the Operation Stage tool of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol of IHA.

The award for Teesta-V Power Station was announced during the World Hydropower Congress, 2021.

Key Points:
    • The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a London-based non-profit membership association operating in 120 countries.
    • The IHA Blue Planet Prize is awarded to hydropower projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development.
    • The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is the leading international tool for measuring the sustainability of hydropower projects. It offers a way to benchmark the performance of a hydropower project against a comprehensive range of environmental, social, technical and governance criteria.

Contract signed between Ministry of Defence and M/s Airbus Defence and Space, Spain

⇒ Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with M/s Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force, on September 24, 2021.

The MoD has also signed an Offset Contract with M/s Airbus Defence and Space through which M/s Airbus will discharge its offset obligations through direct purchase of eligible products and services from Indian Offset Partners.

The induction of C-295MW will be a significant step towards modernisation of the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is a transport aircraft of 5-10 tonne capacity with contemporary technology that will replace the ageing Avro transport aircraft of IAF.

Important Day

International Week of Deaf People

⇒ The last full week of September is dedicated to the deaf community and is observed as the International Week of Deaf People.

The International Week of Deaf People for the year 2021 was observed from 20 to 26 September 2021.

This event aims at bridging the gap and spreading awareness about the deaf communities and celebrating their presence, success, and cultures.


The theme of the 2021 International Week of Deaf People was ‘Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities‘.

International Day of the Deaf:

The last Sunday of September is observed as International Day of the Deaf or World Day of Deaf. This year it was celebrated on 26 September 2021.


The International Week of the Deaf People (IWDP) was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy.

It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community during the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was held.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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