GK Update 7th September 2021

1. India’s first dugong conservation reserve to come up in Tamil Nadu

  • Tamil Nadu state government has announced to set up India’s first dugong conservation reserve at the northern part of the Palk Bay. Dugong are commonly known as sea cows.
  • According to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) estimates, only 200-250 Dugongs are left in the wild, of which 150 are found in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu.
  • The reserve will span the northern part of the Palk Bay from Adiramapattinam to Amapattinam. The reserve will cover an area of more than 500 sq km.
  • Marine biologists and conservationists have long demanded a reserve as the population of dugongs, as known as sea cows, in Indian waters has been dropping to dangerous levels.
  • According to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) estimates, only 200-250 Dugongs are left in the wild, of which 150 are found in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, among the last surviving natural habitats for dugongs in the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Tamil Nadu Capital: Chennai.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister: MK Stalin.
  • Tamil Nadu Governor: Banwarilal Purohit.
  • Tamil Nadu State Dance: Bharathanatyam.

2. S.L. Tripathy appointed as CMD of United India Insurance

  • The central government has selected S.L.Tripathy as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of United India Insurance Company Limited.
  • He is currently General Manager and Director at The New India Assurance Company Limited.
  • He is appointed as CMD of United India from the date of assumption of charge of the office and up to the date of attaining the age of superannuation.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • United India Insurance Company Limited Headquarters: Chennai;
  • United India Insurance Company Limited Founded: 18 February 1938;
  • United India Insurance Company Limited CEO: Shri Girish Radhakrishnan.

3. Equitas Bank appoints Rani Rampal & Smriti Mandhana as brand ambassadors

  • Equitas Small Finance Bank (ESFB) has roped in Indian women hockey player, Rani Rampal and cricketer Smriti Mandhana as the brand ambassadors of the company. The announcement was made during the 5th anniversary of the ESFB on September 5, 2021.
  • Rampal holds the record for being the youngest player to play in the national hockey team while Mandhana was recognised as the Best Women’s International Cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Equitas Small Finance Bank (ESFB) headquarters: Chennai;
  • ESFB MD & CEO: Vasudevan P N.

4. Naval exercise between India and Australia- ‘AUSINDEX’ begins

  • The 4th edition of AUSINDEX, a bilateral navy exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy has begun from September 06, 2021, and will continue up to September 10, 2021.
  • Indian Navy Task Group comprises INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt. This edition of AUSINDEX includes complex surface, sub-surface and air operations between ships, submarines, helicopters and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the participating Navies.
  • Commenced in 2015 as a bilateral IN-RAN maritime exercise, AUSINDEX has grown in complexity over the years and the 3rd edition of the exercise, held in 2019 in the Bay of Bengal, included anti-submarine drills for the first time.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Australia Prime minister: Scott Morrison;
  • Australia Capital: Canberra;
  • Australia Currency: Australian dollar.

5. IAF chief attends Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2021 in Hawaii

  • Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria attended a three-day-long Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2021 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
  • The event themed ”Enduring Cooperation towards Regional Stability” was attended by air chiefs from countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Bhadauria was nominated as the Dean for the symposium. India, the US, Australia, Japan and many other like-minded countries are working towards ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
  • The symposium saw deliberations through panel discussions, tabletop exercises and keynote addresses on topics ranging from aspects of regional security to cooperation amongst air forces for humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

6. President Ram Nath Kovind presents National Award for Teachers 2021

  • National Teachers’ Award 2021 was awarded by President Ram Nath KovindSeptember 5, 2021. President Kovind gave the awards to 44 finest teachers in the country for their dedicated contribution.
  • The award is contributed to those who improve the quality of education for students and also inspire, enrich their lives. This year, the Ministry of Education released the name of 44 teachers, who would be conferred the National Teachers’ Award.
  • Out of the total 44 teachers, 9 of the awardees are women. Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, President Kovind addressed the teachers virtually. While highlighting the role and importance of teachers in one’s life, President Kovind expressed his gratitude to all the teachers who received the awards.
  • The award was also bestowed upon Pramod Kumar Shukla of Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS), Chhattisgarh. It is the second award in a row for an EMRS established under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

7. India’s first bio-brick based building opened at IIT Hyderabad

  • India’s first building made of bio-bricks from agro-waste has been inaugurated at IIT Hyderabad. The sample building is made up of bio-bricks supported by a metal framework.
  • The roof is also made of bio-bricks over PVC sheets to reduce heat. It is part of the Bold Unique Idea Lead Development (BUILD) project to demonstrate the strength and versatility of the material.
  • A prototype of the guard cabin was designed and set up in the space allocated by IIT-H. It is part of the Bold Unique Idea Lead Development (BUILD) project to demonstrate the strength and versatility of the material.
  • The sample building is made up of bio-bricks supported by a metal framework. The roof is also made of bio-bricks over PVC sheets to reduce heat. Both inside and outside walls are cement-plastered to protect the bio-bricks from rain.

8. 130th edition of Durand Cup kicks off in Kolkata

  • The 130th edition of the Durand Cup kicked off at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan in Kolkata. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee kicked the ball and inaugurated the tournament.
  • 16 teams are playing in this edition of the oldest club football tournament in Asia while two clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are not participating. The final match will be held on 3rd October.
  • The Durand Cup is a prestigious football tournament. It was first held in 1888, at Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh. This tournament has been named after Mortimer Durand. He was the then Foreign Secretary in charge of India.

9. Former Australian pacer Shaun Tait appointed bowling coach of Puducherry

  • Former Australia pacer Shaun Tait has been roped in as the bowling coach of the Puducherry cricket team, sources in the Cricket Association of Pondicherry.
  • Tait joins a coaching team that includes head coach Dishant Yagnik and manager and strength and conditioning coach Kalpendra Jha.
  • The former Australia player had recently been appointed bowling coach of the Afghanistan team for a period of five months.
  • Tait, who featured in three Tests, 35 ODIs and 21 T20 Internationals for Australia, had also turned out for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL during his playing career.
  • The pacer had played a significant role in Australia’s World Cup triumph in the West Indies in 2007, claiming 23 wickets.

10. Tamannaah Bhatia unveils her book titled ‘Back to the Roots’

  • Actress Tamannaah Bhatia launched her book ‘Back to the Roots’. She has co-authored the book with celebrity lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho. The book is based on intensive research and mentions India’s ancient secrets of health and wellness.
  • All the chapters in ‘Back To the Roots’ are complete with tried-and-tested secrets that have served generations of this country.”

11. International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

  • The International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is observed globally on September 07 to promote and facilitate actions to improve air quality.
  • It is an UN-recognised day that aims to raise public awareness at all levels (individual, community, corporate and government) that clean air is important for health, productivity, the economy and the environment.
  • The 2021 theme for the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet” which emphasizes the health aspects of air pollution, especially considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution to hold an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on December 19, 2019, during its 74th session and invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • The inaugural edition of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies was held in 2020.

12. Food Processing Week: September 06 to 12, 2021

  • To commemorate 75 years of India’s independence, the Government of India is celebrating the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’
  • As a part of the celebration, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is observing ‘Food Processing Week’ from 6th to 12th September 2021, under which, the Ministry is organizing various programs.
  • The Ministry launched the ‘Food Processing Week’, 6th September 2021, through an official video on social media platforms.
  • The success story of the beneficiary of the PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme, Smt. Radhika Kamat was also published on the Ministry’s website in the ‘Atmanirbhar Enterprises’ series.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Food Processing Industries: Pashupati Kumar Paras;
  • Minister of State for Food Processing Industries: Prahlad Singh Patel.

13. Former France Footballer Jean-Pierre Adams Passes Away

  • Former France footballer Jean-Pierre Adams, who had been in a coma for 39 years, has passed away. In 1982, Adams slipped into a coma following a medical error, during his routine knee surgery.
  • He made a total of 22 appearances for the France National Football Team from 1972–1976. At club level, Adams played as a defender for Paris Saint-Germain, Nîmes and Nice.

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