Static GK based on Current Affairs February 15

Static GK based on Current Affairs

1. The Government of India(GoI) has approved for continuation of the Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF) scheme to modernise and improve the functioning of Police Forces of States and Union Territories by introducing sub-schemes.

Objective:
i.To maintain internal security, law, and order.

ii. Assisting narcotics control and strengthening the criminal justice system.

➤ Important Schemes by Government – 

● Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna

● Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna

● DDU Grameen Kaushalya Yojna

● Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna

● PM SVANIDI

● Swachh Sarvekshan 2021


2. The renowned  Jaisalmer Desert Festival, also known as Maru Mahotsav of the Golden City started from 13 to 16 February 2022 at Pokaran village in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

➤ About Rajasthan – 

 ● C.M. – Ashok Gehlot

 ● Governor – Kalraj Mishra

 ● Capital – Jaipur

➤ Famous Festivals – 

● Pushkar Camel Fair

● Teej Festival, Jaipur

● Desert Festival, Jaisalmer

● Summer & Winter Festival, Mount Abu

● Udaipur Mewar Festival


3. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its report titled ‘Democracy Index 2021’ across 165 independent countries and two territories (totally 167). India is ranked 46.

● Norway topped the Democracy Index 2021 and Afghanistan is the least democratic country.

➤ Indias Rank in various categories – 

● 2021 Fortune’s Global 500 List – 155

● 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


4. Tata Sons have appointed Ilker Ayci, former Turkish Airlines Chairman as the new MD and CEO of Air India.

➤ Recent Appointments – 

● Dr. S Somanath – New Chairman and Space Secretary of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

● Alka Mittal – 1st woman Chairman and MD (CMD) of ONGC

● Vinay Kumar Tripathi – New Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Board

● VS Pathania – 24th Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard

● Tarun Kapoor – Energy Transition Advisory Committee (ETAC) set up by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.


5. Sagarika Ghose, launched her new book, a biography of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister (PM) of India, titled “Atal Bihari Vajpayee”.

➤ Recent Books & their Authors – 

● The $10 Trillion Dream” – Former finance secretary of India, Subhash Chandra Garg

● “A Little Book of India: Celebrating 75 Years of Independence” – Ruskin Bond

● “Legend of Birsa Munda” – Tuhin A. Sinha and co-authored by Ankita Verma

● ‘Operation Khatma’ – R C Ganjoo and Ashwini Bhatnagar

● “Mamata: Beyond 2021” – Political Journalist Jayanta Ghosal

● Gandhi’s Assassin: The Making of Nathuram Godse and His Idea of India” – Dhirendra K. Jha

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