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Current Affairs Date: 22 October 2021

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President’s Colour to Indian Naval Aviation

⇒ The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Aviation at INS Hansa in Goa on 06 September 2021.

The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed on a military unit in recognition of its exceptional service rendered to the nation, both in peace and during war.

A book depicting the transformation of Indian Naval Aviation “Fly Navy, Fly” was also released at the event.

CII National Awards of "National Energy Leader" & "Excellent Energy Efficient Unit" 2021

⇒ GMR led Hyderabad International Airport has clinched the prestigious awards of CII “National Energy Leader” and “Excellent Energy Efficient Unit” at the 22nd National Award Ceremony for ‘Excellence in Energy Management”.

Organized by:

The Award Ceremony was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Godrej Green Business Centre (GBC) during the 20th edition of ‘Energy Efficiency Summit”, Virtual Conference & Exposition on Energy Efficiency held from 24 – 27 August 2021.

GHIAL has been recognized with “National Energy Leader” and “Excellent Energy Efficient Unit” accolades for the 3rd and 5th years in a row, respectively.

About:

The ‘National Awards for Excellence in Energy Management’ is instituted by CII to catalyze significant and innovative practices for the energy efficiency sector, thereby facilitating energy- efficient and sustainable growth for the Indian industry.

INSPIRESat-1 CubeSat

⇒ The INSPIRESat-1 CubeSat, developed under the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE) is ready for launch.

INSPIRESat-1 is a collaborative effort by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder in the U.S., the National Central University, Taiwan, and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, apart from the IIST.

About:
    • The small satellite weighs less than 10 kg.
    • It will be launched aboard an upcoming Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation.
    • The satellite will be placed in a low earth orbit.
    • The satellite is equipped with a Compact Ionosphere Probe for studying the earth’s ionosphere.

» A constellation of earth and space-weather observation satellites is envisaged under the INSPIRE programme.

Hansa New Generation Aircraft

⇒ The Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft has successfully made its maiden flight on 3 September 2021.

Designed and Developed:

The Hansa New Generation Aircraft is designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore, a constituent lab of CSIR.

The aircraft took off from HAL airport and flew at an altitude of 4000 feet and gained a speed of 80 knots before it made a successful landing after about 20 minutes.

Unique Features of Aircraft:

The unique features of Hansa-NG are glass cockpit with cabin comfort, high efficient digitally controlled engine, electrically operated flaps, Long endurance, low acquisition and Low operating cost.

Entitlement Awareness Week

⇒ As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, States/UTs conducted Entitlement Awareness Week to make workers aware about their rights and entitlements under the Mahatma Gandhi NREG Act.

Entitlement Awareness Week was observed from 27 August to 02 September 2021.

Mahatma Gandhi NREGA provides a number of legal entitlements to the job seekers through a series of provisions in the Act.

International

International Climate Summit 2021: Powering India’s Hydrogen Eco System

⇒ Union Minister of State (I/C) Science & Technology; Minister of State (I/C) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh addressed at the ‘International Climate Summit 2021: Powering India’s Hydrogen Eco System’ as Chief Guest in New Delhi.

Participants:

The summit was attended by a galaxy of representatives from Central Ministries, Industry bodies, academia, energy experts and Diplomatic Missions.

Host:

India hosted a key conference on 03 September 2021 as part of the International Climate Summit (ICS) 2020-21 to build a dialogue for India’s transition to clean energy. The ICS 2021 climate summit was held in partnership with Invest India.

Discussion:

The International Climate Summit conference was intended to discuss strategies to power India’s budding hydrogen ecosystem, among other agendas.

Highlights of Dr. Jitendra Singh’s address:

» India has the potential to become Global Hub of Green Hydrogen in near future.

» With the rapid introduction of biofuels, renewable energy and green Hydrogen, India is well poised to take a leadership role towards Carbon neutrality.

» India has set a target of renewable energy at 450 GW and is well on the path of achieving it.

» By 2030, global annual export potential for green hydrogen is expected to be 10.4 million tons to East Asia and EU, amounting to nearly 20 billion USD market. India is ready to provide support to all the stakeholders to realize this goal.

» In line with Prime Minister’s emphasis on Green Hydrogen, an Aspirational goal for India is “Hydrogen 212”.

    • The meaning of Hydrogen 212 as Green hydrogen generation cost of less than 2 $/ kg, Green hydrogen storage + distribution + refueling cost of less than 1 $/ kg and Replacement of incumbent end-use technology with green hydrogen technology with ROI of less than 2 years.

Sports

ICC Player of the Month for August 2021

⇒ England captain Joe Root and Ireland star Eimear Richardson have been voted winners of the ICC Player of the Month for August 2021.

    • ICC Men’s Player of the Month, August 2021: Joe Root
    • ICC Women’s Player of the Month, August 2021: Eimear Richardson

2021 Dutch Grand Prix Formula 1 Race

⇒ The 2021 Dutch Grand Prix Formula 1 race took place at Zandvoort, Netherlands, on 5 September 2021.

Red Bull Racing Honda driver Max Verstappen won the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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