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Current Affairs Date: 26 January 2022

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‘Quality Control Laboratory’ at Institute of Food Security, Gurugram

⇒ Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Honourable Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Environment, Forest and Climate Change inaugurated the ‘Quality Control Laboratory’ at Institute of Food Security (IFS), FCI, Gurugram, Haryana on 20 November 2021.

Food Corporation of India (FCI) under Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) has developed its first state-of-art laboratory for in house testing of food grain samples.

Addressing the gathering Shri Choubey said:
    • The Modi government is committed to providing safe and healthy food grain to the consumers.
    • He appreciated FCI for developing its first state-of-art laboratory for in house testing of food grain samples for chemical parameters which will lead to improved satisfaction levels for the consumers.
    • The laboratory has been set up under the able guidance of the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru in Karnataka.

‘Nataka Sahityotsavam’ event

⇒ The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu participated in the ‘Nataka Sahityotsavam’ event in Hyderabad on 19 November 2021.

  • At the event, he also released six volumes of a book containing popular Telugu plays titled ‘Telugu Prasiddha Natakalu’.
  • Shri Naidu appreciated the initiative of Aravinda Arts and TANA Publishers for bringing out the compilation of 100 famous Telugu plays between 1880 and 2020 through the six volumes of the book.
Participants:

Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad President, Shri Bollineni Krishnaiah, TANA Managing Vice President Shri Sringavarapu Niranjan, editors of the book, Shri Valluri Sivaprasad and Shri Gangotri Sai, and other dignitaries participated in the event.

INS Visakhapatnam commissioned into the Indian Navy

⇒ INS Visakhapatnam, a P15B stealth guided missile destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on November 21, 2021.

    • The event marks the formal induction of the first of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers.
Designed and constructed by:

INS Visakhapatnam has been indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai.

About INS Visakhapatnam:
    • INS Visakhapatnam measures 163m in length, 17m in breadth with a displacement of 7,400 tonnes and can rightfully be regarded as one of the most potent warships to have been constructed in India.
    • The ship is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration, capable of achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots.
    • The ship is packed with sophisticated state-of-the-art weapons and sensors such as Surface-to-Surface missile and Surface-to-Air missiles.
    • It is fitted with a modern surveillance radar which provides target data to the gunnery weapon systems of the ship.
    • The anti-submarine warfare capabilities are provided by the indigenously developed rocket launchers, torpedo launchers and ASW helicopters.
    • The ship is equipped to fight under Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) warfare conditions.
    • Named after the historic city of Andhra Pradesh on the east coast, Visakhapatnam, the ‘City of Destiny’, the ship has a total complement of about 315 personnel.
    • A unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation incorporated in the production, accentuating the national objective of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

Inauguration of Centre for Nanotechnology and Centre for Indian Knowledge System

⇒ The Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan visited IIT Guwahati on 21 November 2021.

    • Shri Pradhan inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) and Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) at the IIT Guwahati.
    • He also released a book on NEP 2020 implementation at the institute.
About CNT:
    • Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) aims at meeting future challenges and augment academic partnerships with industry in Nanotechnology.
    • The major funding for the Centre, which included Rs. 37 cr for the building, apart from equipment, was obtained from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
    • It will host 25 advanced laboratories.
    • These advanced laboratories will focus on advancements in multi-disciplinary, scientific and translational research.
    • These advanced laboratories are equipped with a Class-100 clean room facilities integrated with state-of-the-art fabrication, characterization and testing laboratories.
    • The key outcomes expected from the Centre for Nanotechnology include- nano-enabled healthcare, energy harvesting, and LED prototypes, devices and technologies, start-ups/ incubation ecosystem, high-end R&D outputs, capacity building of highly skilled manpower in the area of nanofabrication and nanoelectronics, etc.
About CIKS:
    • Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) will focus on preserving, documenting and sustaining the knowledge that is unique to India.
    • The top priorities include Indian classical music, Yoga, Sanskrit, traditional medicines, temple architecture, ceramic tradition and special agricultural practices of North-East India, herbal plants of north-east as health food and metal work of Assam.
    • Scholars from diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to participate in the new CIKS’s interdisciplinary research and education programs, enabling them to evolve practices and technologies in varied areas for sustainable growth and development.

Cyber Security Grand Challenge Winner

⇒ Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Communications and Railways, and Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics & IT, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, felicitated the winners of the Cyber Security Grand Challenge on 18 November 2021.

The Cyber Security Grand Challenge was the first-of-its-kind Cyber Security challenge to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

The winners of Grand Challenge were awarded with a trophy each and cash prize money of Rupees One Crore to the winner, rupees 60 lakhs to the first runner-up and rupees 40 lakhs to the second runner-up.

Cyber Security Grand Challenge Winners:
Start-upProblem Statement Addressed
WinnerSecurely Share Software Pvt Ltd.Development of Automated System to enable Privacy Preserving Analytics/Forensics
1st Runner-upPayatu Security Consulting Pvt Ltd.Assurance of Security of Hardware Devices, Products and Components
2nd Runner-upMonoxorSecuring Microservices and Services Mesh Architecture
Background:

The Cyber Security Grand Challenge was launched jointly by Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) on 15 January 2020 with a total prize money of INR 3.2 crore.

It was launched with a goal to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship spirit by building key cyber security capabilities in the country and contribute to strengthen the cyber security posture of the nation.

Important Day

World Fisheries Day 2021

⇒ World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st November every year to demonstrate solidarity with all fisherfolk, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders throughout the world.

  • World Fisheries Day 2021 was the fifth edition of the celebration.

The first World Fisheries Day was observed on 21 November 2015. On this day, the International Fishermen’s Organization was opened in New Delhi.

Read More About World Fisheries Day 2021

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