Static GK based on Current Affairs February 21

Static GK based on Current Affairs

1. The Government has approved the continuation of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme till 31st March 2026.

➤ Important Schemes Launched by Government – 

● Saral Jeevan Bima

● SAMARTH Scheme

● Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna

● Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenge

● Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS)

2. Prime Minister (PM) of India Shri Narendra Modi has virtually inaugurated a Bio-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) plant, GOBAR-DHAN at the cost of Rs 150 crore in Indore, MadhyaPradesh.

● Objective – To implement “waste to wealth”, and “circular economy” to maximize resource recovery.

➤ About Madhyapradesh – 

● C.M.- Shivraj Singh Chouhan

● Governor – Mangubhai C. Patel

● Capital – Bhopal

➤ Famous Festivals – 

● Lokrang Festival

● Akhil Bhartiya Kalidas Samaroh

● Khajuraho Festival

● Bhagoria Haat Festival

● Ujjain Kumbh Mela

● Malwa Utsav

● Nagaji Fair

● Chethiyagiri Vihara Festival

● Pachmarhi Utsav

3. The Minister for Culture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Development of the North- Eastern Region, G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the first of its kind, a 2 – Day Global Summit held virtually in Hyderabad, Telangana about ‘Reimagining Museums in India’.

● Four themes of the online summit – Architecture and Functional Needs; Management; Collections (including Curation & Conservation practises); and, Education and Audience Engagement.

➤ About Telangana – 

● C.M. – Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao

● Governor – Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan

● Capital – Hyderabad

➤ National Parks – 

● Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park

● Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park

● Mrugavani National Park

4. The government of Pakistan has honoured Bill Gates of the United States of America with Hilal-e-Pakistan, the second Highest Civilian Honour of Pakistan for his efforts towards eradicating polio in Pakistan.

● He is the co-founder of Microsoft and a philanthropist.

➤ Important Awards & Their Awardee – 

● Olympian Neeraj Chopra – Param Vishisht Seva Medal

● Ms Prabha Atre – Padma Vibhushan in field of Art

● Shri Radheyshyam Khemka (Posthumous) – Padma Vibhushan in the field of Literature and Education

● General Bipin Rawat (Posthumous) – Padma Vibhushan in the field of Civil Service

● Shri Kalyan Singh (Posthumous) – Padma Vibhushan in the field of Public Affairs

● Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (Erode district, Tamil Nadu) – the prestigious TX2 award.

5. A new book titled ‘’The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley ’’, authored by author Jimmy Soni.

➤ 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

● India: My Beloved – Dominique Lapierre

● Dare to Do: For the New Generation  – Kiran Bedi

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