Static GK based on Current Affairs February 24

Static GK based on Current Affairs

1. The Ministry of Education (MoE) has approved the continuation of the Central Sector National Means-cum Merit Scholarship (NMMSS) over the 15th Finance Commission cycle for 5 years (2021-22 to 2025-26), intending to provide scholarships to 14.76 lakh students.

● Objective – To award economically weaker students who are meritorious in order to reduce drop-outs at the 8th grade and to encourage them to continue their education at a secondary stage.

➤ Important Schemes by Indian Government – 

● Swachh Sarvekshan 2021

● Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra

● Ambekar Social Innovation & Incubation Mission

● Saral Jeevan Bima

● SAMARTH Scheme

● Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna

● Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenge

2. Karnataka Chief Minister (CM) Basavaraj Bommai announced the ‘Upper Bhadra Project’ has been given the national project status by the central government’s high-powered committee which becomes the first project in Karnataka to get the status.

● Objective – To provide a sustainable irrigation facility in the Kharif season and to recharge the groundwater table with fewer chemical contaminants like fluoride.

➤ About Karnataka – 

● C.M. – Basavaraj Bommai 

● Governor – Thaawar Chand Gehlot

● Capital – Bangalore

➤ National Parks –

● Nagarhole National Park.

● Bandipur National Park.

● Anshi National Park.

● Bannerghatta National Park.

● Kudremukh National Park.

● Mudumalai National Park.

● Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary.

3.  The Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane on behalf of the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, presented “Presidential Colours or Nishan” to four Parachute battalions.

➤ About Presidential Colours or Nishan:

● The Presidential Colours or Nishan is one of the greatest honours and meritorious awards presented to Military Unit in recognition of exceptional service rendered to the nation, during war and in peace.

➤ Recent Awards and 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 field of Civil Service

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

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

4. Priyam Gandhi-Mody authored “A Nation To Protect”, a book about the leadership of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi tackling the Covid-19 crisis. 

➤ Recent Books & their Author – 

● Kashmir: The Unwritten History – Christopher Snedden

● Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past – K Natwar Singh

● The Hanging of Afzal Guru – Arundhati Roy

● The Shadow Of The Crescent Moon – Fatima Bhutto

● The Oath of the Vayuputras – Amish Tripathi

● The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

● India: The Future is Now – Shashi Tharoor

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

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

5. The government of Assam is set to launch a 4-year mentorship programme – “Project Arohan” – to mentor the students of Assam and to hone their skills. 

➤ About Assam – 

● C.M. – Himanta Biswa Sarma

● Governor – Prof. Jagadish Mukhi

● Capital – Dispur

➤ National Parks –

● Kaziranga National Park

● Manas National Park

● Nameri National Park

● Rajiv Gandhi – Orang National Park

● Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

● Raimona National Park

● Dihing Patkai national park

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