1. Sports

2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar

As per Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the 2022 World Cup is to be held in Qatar.

This will be the first world cup to be held in a muslim-majority country and in the Arab World.

It will also be the last world cup with 32 teams, which would be increased to 48 from the 2026 tournament.

  1. National Affairs

PRAGYATA guidelines for digital education by HRD Ministry

PRAGYATA guidelines on digital education have been released by Human Resource Development Ministry

The guidelines include 8 steps of digital learning: Plan, Review, Arrange, Guide, Yak (talk), Assign, Track, Appreciate.

Screen time for students have been set by the guidelines as follows:

  1. Pre-primary students: not more than 30 min a day
  2. For classes 1-8: 2 online sessions of upto 45 min a day
  3. For classes 9-12: four sessions of upto 45 minutes each in a day

Quick Fact: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is the minister of HRD

3) Sports

First international test match after corona outbreak: West Indies win

West Indies won the first International test match after the corona outbreak by 4 wickets

The match was played against England

It was played in an empty Ageas Bowl Stadium in England

4) Environment

Indian Railways targets to become ‘Green Railway’ by 2030

Ministry of Railways is working on a mission mode to transform Indian Railways into Green Railways by 2030.

A number of measures have been taken for mitigation of global warming and combating climate change by the ministry.

Quick Fact: Piyush Goyal is the Union minister for Railways

5) Person in News

Sachin Awasthi honoured with Global Humanitarian Award 2020

Global Humanitarian Award honours individuals who contribute to the betterment of society and the world.

Sachin Awasthi has been honoured with the award for organising a five day long clean Ganga awareness journey.

The journey was from Haridwar to Varanasi, and was also called Vande Gange Swachhata Jan Jagran Yatra

Quick Fact: The Global Humanitarian Award is bestowed by the World Humanitarian Drive

6) Person in News

New Stephen King Book: If It Bleeds

Renowned author Stephen King was published another book called If It Bleeds

It is a collection of four storied centres around a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School.

It is a sequel of his book, The Outsider.

7) Science and Technology

India makes world’s most affordable COVID-19 kit ‘COROSURE’

COROSURE, developed by IIT-Delhi, is the world’s most affordable RT-PCR based COVID-19 diagnostic kit with a base price of Rs. 399.

It has been approved by ICMR and DCGI

The testing cost of the method is reduced by the use of a probe-free method to conduct the test.

8) National Affairs

FICCI ties-up with UNICEF India for #Reimagine Campaign

UNICEF INDIA will partner with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and

Industry’s (FICCI), Socio-Economic Development Foundation (SEDF) for #Reimagine

Campaign

The campaign will give COVID and post-COVID support to children, vulnerable population and curb long-term damage to business operations and employment

Quick Fact: Sangita Reddy is the president of FICCI