1.International Affairs

Arab World’s first ever nuclear reactor starts its operation

The nuclear reactor Barakah has been started by the UAE at Abu Dhabi

It has been developed jointly by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

In its full capacity, the reactor will be able to meet a quarter of the country’s energy demands

Quick Fact: Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE

2.Science and Technology

NASA’s Demo-2 mission completed successfully

The Demo-2 mission was conducted in partnership with Space-X

This mission was the final major test before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program approves and certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station

As part of the mission, American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully went to the international space station (ISS) and returned to Earth

Quick Fact: The ISS program is a multi-national collaborative project between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA

3.National Affairs

Vidyarthi Vigyaan Manthan 2020-21

Vidyarthi Vigyaan Mathan (VMM) program aims to create science an interesting study among students from class 6 to 11. 

VVM is an autonomous organization and an initiative of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), the largest scientific movement of India.

It identifies students with scientific aptitude and provides them a mentor to support their entry into a scientific career.

Quick Fact: Vijnana Bharati was founded in 1991 by Prof. K.I. Vasu

4.Art and Culture

International webinar on Lokmanya Tilak conducted on his 100th death anniversary

A two-day international webinar on Lokmanya Tilak was conducted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

The theme of the webinar was Swaraj to Self-reliant India

The webinar centered around the contribution of Lokmanya Tilak in India’s freedom struggle, social reform, and global vision.

5.Person in News

Amar Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, passes away

Amar Singh was elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh as an independent member by the support of Samajwadi Party

He passed away due to a chronic kidney ailment at the age of 64.

He was once a part of Samajwadi Party.

6.Miscellaneous

Ministry of Tribal Affairs receives SKOCH Gold Award

Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has received the SKOCH Gold Award for its program:  ‘Empowerment of Tribals through IT-enabled Scholarship Schemes’

The project was a step towards fulfilling the vision of Digital India and using technology to bring transparency and ease in service delivery

The theme of the 66th SKOCH 2020 Competition was India responds to COVID through digital governance’

Quick Fact: Arjun Munda is the Minister for Tribal Affairs, India.