Static GK based on Current Affairs February 12

Static GK based on Current Affairs

1. The NITI (National Institute of Transforming India) Aayog announced the five most improved aspirational districts in the field of Agriculture and Water Resources sector for Champions of Change Delta Ranking. 

● Malkangiri (Odisha) secured the first rank in the list followed by Chhatarpur (Madhya Pradesh)  held second rank in the list.

➤ About Odisha – 

● C.M. – Naveen Patnaik

● Capital – Bhubaneshwar

● Governor – Prof. Ganeshi Lal

➤ National Parks – 

● Simlipal National Park

● Bhitarkanika National Park

● Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary

● Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary

● Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary

● Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuary

● Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary

● Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary

● Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

● Ushakothi (Badrama) Wildlife Sanctuary


2. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) released the 9th annual ranking of top 10 countries outside of the United States (US) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2021 in which India ranked 3rd after China and Canada.

➤ Indias Rank in various categories – 

● 2021 Fortune’s Global 500 List – 155th

● 15th Global Peace Index 2021 – 135

● World Competitiveness Index 2021 – 43

● Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) – 4

● World Press Freedom Index 2021 – 142

● Henley Passport Index: Q2 2021 Global Ranking – 84


3. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) launched the ‘JIVA programme’ to promote natural farming under its existing watershed and wadi programmes in 11 states. 

● Objective: 
To effectively implement the principles of agroecology long-term sustainability and transform the pre-existing social and natural capital towards efficient farming.

➤ Important  Schemes by Indian Government – 

● Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi

● National Digital Health Mission

● Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0

● Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)

● Shikshav Parv Initiative


4. Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit, a political science professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University in Maharashtra, was appointed as the first woman Vice-Chancellor(VC) of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, Delhi, for a period of 5 years. 

➤ Recent Appointments – 

● Govt appoints Vinodanand Jha as new chairperson to PMLA Adjudicating Authority

● Neeraj Chopra Appointed As GoodDot ambassador

● Dileep Sanghani named as new Chairman of IFFCO

● Centre appoints Vikram Dev Dutt as new CMD of Air India

● Lt Gen Manoj Pande Appointed As Next Army Vice Chief

● Shersingh B Khyalia appointed as CEO of Adani Power


5. Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia (Rajiv Kumar Bhatia / RK Bhatia),  has authored a new book (his 3rd book) titled “India-Africa Relations: Changing Horizons” which explores the emergence and assertion of Africa as a significant actor and stakeholder in global affairs and the transformation of the relationship between India and Africa.

➤ Recent Books & their Authors – 

● Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World – Dalai Lama

● I Witness: Partial Observations – Kapil Sibal

● The Art of Living: A Guide to Contentment, Joy and Fulfilment – Dalai Lama

● Pax Indica: India and the world of the 21st Century  – Dr Shashi Tharoor

● The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk  – Sudha Murthy

● A Better India: A Better World – NR Narayana Murthy

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