1.Person in News

Nigar Johar first female Lieutenant General in Pakistan Army

Major General Nigar Johar has become the first female Lieutenant General of Pakistan Army

She is now the first female surgeon general of the Pakistan Army

She is part of Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps.

2.Environment

A unique Urban Forest inaugurated at CAG Office, New Delhi

The urban forest will have thirty times the surface area of single-layered lawns.

It will be grown using the Miyawaki method invented by Japanese Botanist Akira Miyawaki

Using this method will increase the moisture of the forest by more than 40% and reduce the surrounding temperature by up to 14 degrees.

In Miyawaki method, native species are grown very close together so that they receive sunlight only from the top, thus increasing their vertical growth and decreasing their horizontal spread. The plants thus require minimal space and grow much faster.

3.Person in News

Shrikant Madhav Vaidya appointed new chairman of IOC

Shrikant Madhav Vaidya will be the new chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)

He was serving as Director (Refineries) on the IOC Board before this

He will be replacing Sanjiv Singh as the chairman post the latter’s retirement

Quick Fact: Indian Oil Corporation Limited, or IndianOil, is India’s largest commercial oil company

4.Person in News

Ravinder Bhakar appointed new CEO of CBFC

Ravinder Bhakar has been appointed the new CEO of Central Board of Films Certification (CBFC).

He is a 1999 batch Indian Railway Stores Service officer

He shall be replacing Anurag Srivastava on his appointment
Quick Fact: The Central Board of Film Certification is a statutory film-certification body

5.Economy

Konkan Maritime Cluster: India’s first maritime cluster in Goa

Maritime clusters are linked to port-led development and industrialisation under India’s Project Sagarmala

The Konkan Maritime Cluster will be a consortium of 49 Goan enterprises,which will together set up a world-class common facility for manufacturing, design and allied services for the shipbuilding industry.

Quick Fact: Sagarmala Programme is a GoI initiative to boost the performance of India’s logistics sector using the potential of waterways and coastline.

6.National Affairs

Sixth Edition of Swachh Survekshan Survey to be conducted in 2021

The survey was started in 2016 to encourage Indian cities to improve their urban sanitation.

The Ministry responsible for the survey is Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

A new category of awards under the title of ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ has been added to the 2021 Swachh Survekshan survey. The categories under it will be: Platinum (Divya), Bronze (Udit), Silver (Ujjwal), Gold (Anupam), and Aspiring (Arohi).

Quick Fact: Swachh Survekshan Survey 2018 was the World’s Largest Cleanliness Survey

7.Person in News

Sanjay Dwivedi appointed Director General of IIMC

Professor Sanjay Dwivedi has been appointed the Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)

The appointment was made by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)

At present, he is the Registrar of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal.