1.Person in News

Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar wins Alexander Dalrymple Award 2019 

Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar is the National Hydrographer to the government of India

He has been honoured with the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and the broader Indian Ocean region.

The award recipients are selected by the chief Committee of the UK Hydrographic Office

2.Miscellaneous

Ruskin Bond’s new book released in an online format

The new book is called Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes

It has a number of the author’s hilarious journeys and travel adventures.

The book was released on his 86th birthday

Quick Fact: Ruskin Bond has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards

3.Environment

Rare Palm from Andaman replanted in Kerala to prevent extinction

The rare palm called Pinanga andamanensis is a critically endangered species due to natural calamities.

It is small sized and generally grows in evergreen forests.

It has been replanted in Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), which will also conserve its germplasm.

Quick Fact: Germplasm consists of living resources like tissue and seeds that are preserved for breeding, preservation, and research

4.Miscellaneous

Charan Paduka Campaign launched by Madhya Pradesh

The campaign was launched for migrant workers passing through the state.

As part of this initiative, migrant workers are being provided with shoes and slippers to reduce their pain while walking long distances to reach home.

The campaign is being operationalised by the police of the state.

5.National Affairs

National Crisis Management Committee reviews Amphan preparedness

National Crisis Management Committee oversees the command, coordination and control of disaster response.

It is responsible for coordination of the state governments’ and central ministries’ activities in relation to disaster preparedness.

Quick Fact: National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) is headed by the Cabinet Secretary

6.National Affairs

Indian Railways operationalizes first 12,000 HP Electric Loco

The locomotive was built by the French Alstom Company, at the Madhepura Electric Locomotive in Bihar, as part of the Make in India initiative.

The overall project is the largest FDI in the railways sector.

The locomotive can haul 6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 km/hr.

Quick Fact: After this initiative, India has become the sixth country in the world to produce high horsepower locomotive.