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  • Japan Provides Loan To India

    5 days ago

    Japan & India signed an agreement of 50 billion loans to support India’s economic support program for the poor and vulnerable groups affected by the pandemic.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The loan could also be a neighborhood of Japan’s Official Development Assistance - ODA loan.
    ♦ Official Development Assistance is defined as government assistance aimed toward promoting the economic development & welfare of countries that are under development.
    ♦ Annual rate of interest of the loan is 0.65%, and thus the repayment period is 15 years, including a 5-year grace period.
    ♦ The support targets to support the Indian government's programs, like PMGKY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana), which aims to scale back the socio-economic impact and strengthen the socio-economic institutions.
    ♦ This includes plans to distribute food to the poor and disadvantaged groups, to provide assistance and support to construction workers, and plans to provide special insurance for doctors fighting Covid-19. it's to implement the health and medical policies of the Indian government and is predicted to steer to the hospital's development equipped with medical aid units (ICU) and infection prevention and management facilities. In many villages in India, digital technology is additionally expected to strengthen telemedicine.

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  • Valedictory Function Of 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival

    5 days ago

    Shri Narendra Modi to deliver a note on the Valedictory function of the 2nd National Youth Parliament Festival on 12th January 2021, via video conferencing.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The purpose of the National Youth Parliament Festival (NYPF) is to concentrate to the voices of youngsters aged 18 to 25 who can vote and may participate in various occupations, including public service, within the approaching years.
    ♦ NYPF is based on the ideas presented by the Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat Address on New Year's Day Eve, 2017.
    ♦ The first National Youth Parliament Festival (NYPF) was held from January 12 to February 27, 2019, with the theme "Be the Voice of latest India and finding Solutions and Contributing to Policy".
    ♦ The 2nd NYPF was launched on December 23, 2020 through a virtual mode and thus the finals are getting to be held on11th January, 2021 within the Central Hall of the Parliament.
    ♦ 29 national winners will have the prospect to speak before the national jury, composed of MPs Roopa Ganguly, Rajya Sabha, Parvesh Sahib Singh, MPs, Lok Sabha and Prafulla Ketkar.
    ♦ The top three winners will have the chance to speak to the Prime Minister within the voting function on January 12.
    ♦ The National Youth Festival is widely known from January 12th to 16th once a year.
    ♦ 12th January is that the birthday anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and is taken into account the National Youth Day. This year, NYPF also will organize with the National Youth Festival.
    ♦ Due to COVID-19, the 24th National Youth Festival was held in virtual mode and thus the theme of this year festival is “YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka”.
    ♦ Both the opening ceremony of the 24th National Youth Festival and thus the closing ceremony of the 2nd National Youth Congress Festival are getting to be persisted January 12, 2021 within the Central Hall of the Parliament.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • India Chairs 3 Key Subsidiary Bodies of the UNSC

    5 days ago

    India will host the three-key subsidiary bodies of the UNSC (United Nations Security Council).

    Highlights:
    ♦ The groups are the Counter-Terrorism Committee, Taliban Sanctions Committee and Libya Sanctions Committee.
    ♦ The Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee evoked a special response in India. Not only has India been at the forefront of combating terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism, but it's also one among India’s biggest victims. Considering India’s strong interest and commitment to peace, security, development and progress in Afghanistan.
    ♦ The Taliban Sanctions Committee has always a top priority for India. When the international community pays attention to Libya and therefore the social process, India will assume the chairmanship of the Libya sanctions committee at a critical juncture.

    Category: International
  • Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav Drive in Goa

    5 days ago

    Under ICAR’s "Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav" initiative, Cleanliness activities are administered in Ibrampur, Veling and Parra villages in Goa.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The drive “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” was launched in 2015.
    ♦ This is the flagship programme of the Prime Minister of India.
    ♦ Objective: Provide farmers with necessary information, knowledge and advice on a daily basis through adoption villages.
    ♦ Aim: to plug the direct interface of scientists with the farmers to hasten the lab to land process.
    ♦ Indian Council of Agricultural Research – ICAR implements the drive, which is an autonomous body liable for coordinating agricultural education & research.
    ♦ ICAR reports to the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Ministry of Agriculture.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • G Kishan Reddy Committee Formed for Ladakh

    5 days ago

    The Government decided to line up a committee to guard the language, culture and land of Ladakh and ensure citizen participation within the development of the Union Territory.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The committee is going to be chaired by the Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy.
    ♦ It will include elected representatives from Ladakh, Ladakh Autonomous Hills Development Council, Central Government and Ladakh administration.
    ♦ The decision to determine the committee was made after a gathering with a 10-member delegation in Ladakh. The Ladakh delegation expressed its views on the necessity to guard Ladakh’s unique cultural identity.

    Category: Indian Affairs

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  • World War Orphans Day is Observed on 6th January

    8 days ago

    Every January 6th, World War Orphans Day is celebrated to raise people's awareness of the plight of war orphans and to resolve the painful conditions they face.

    Highlights:
    ♦ According to UNICEF, children under 18 who have lost one or two parents due to any cause of death are considered orphans.
    ♦ According to UNICEF data, there were approximately 140 million orphans worldwide in 2015, including 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, 61 million in Asia, 7.3 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and 52 million in Africa.
    ♦ This day highlights the lives of children affected by the results of the war and aims to improve their future.
    ♦ According to UNICEF data, in the wars of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, nearly 50% victims were civilians, and this number gradually increased in 2001. Since that year, the figure has fallen by 0.7%. Per year.
    ♦ In World War II, about two-thirds of the victims were civilians, and by the end of the 1980s, this number had risen to 90%.
    ♦ Based on the above data, it is obvious that civilians in many countries around the world have become victims of wars. Among them, the child is the victim of silence. Millions of children grew up in war zones without family racial conflicts. Orphans are not only forced to take care of themselves, but also their young siblings (if any).
    ♦ Therefore, this day highlights the plight of orphans and reminds us that we must take care of every child.

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  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention Organized on 9 January

    8 days ago

    Although the Covid pandemic is still ongoing, the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is being organized on January 9, 2021. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) was celebrated on January 9th to commemorate the contribution of overseas Indian communities to the development of India (NRI).

    Highlights:
    ♦ The PBD Convention is the flagship activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and provides an important platform for contact and contact with overseas Indians.
    ♦ Since 2003, the PBD Convention has been held every year. Since 2015, the format been revised to celebrate PBD every two years.
    ♦ The theme of Article 16 of the 2021 PBD Convention is: "Contribution to Aatmanirbhar Bharat".
    ♦ Since this day in 1915, Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, leading India’s struggle for freedom and changing the lives of Indians forever. Therefore, January 9th was set to celebrate this day. Days.
    ♦ These conventions provide a platform for overseas Indian communities to interact with their ancestral governments and local people to carry out mutually beneficial activities.
    ♦ These conventions are also very useful for connecting between overseas Indian communities living around the world and enabling them to share their experiences in various fields.

    Category: Important Days
  • Central Scheme for Industrial Development in J&K

    8 days ago

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved an ambitious plan to promote industrial development in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The Indian government has allocated 28,400 crore rupees for industrial development planned for Jammu and Kashmir. The funds to be utilized to enhance the industrial sector in the region until 2037.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The main purpose of the plan is to create employment opportunities, thereby promoting economic development, and promote the development of industry and service industries. In turn, this will attract new investment.
    ♦ The plan is ambitious because it attracts large and small industrial sectors.
    ♦ The plan provides the following incentives:
    ♦ The plan will provide 30% of capital investment incentives in the region.
    ♦ It will provide 50% investment incentives in Zone B. This includes investments in manufacturing and construction.
    ♦ The maximum rewards are Rs 5 crore for Zone A and Rs 7.5 crore for Zone B.
    ♦ The plan will provide 7-year annual interest rate subsidies for loans up to 5 billion rupees for a period of 7 years.
    ♦ The incentives related to the goods and services tax will be 300% of the qualified value of the actual investment.
    ♦ The amount of reward provided should not exceed one-tenth of the amount of eligible reward.
    ♦ The plan is expected to attract substantial investment and provide 4.5 lacs direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region.
    ♦ So far, the central government has invested a total of 11.23 billion rupees as part of the industrial policy in Kashmir.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • PMI Data Service Sector of India is at Slow Pace

    8 days ago
    According to the latest PMI data, India’s service industry activity grew at a slower rate in December. The service industry PMI rose to 52.3 in December from 53.7 in November.

    Purchasing Managers Index:
    ♦ The Purchasing Managers Index is an economic indicator that can indicate the business activities and economic health of the manufacturing and service industries.
    ♦ India's PMI was published by Japanese company Nikkei, but was written and constructed by IHS Markit, a global information provider based in London.
    ♦ Unlike the Industrial Production Index (IIP), which denotes changes in input or output.
    ♦ PMI is an investor sentiment tracking index, and it is more dynamic in nature. They come from a monthly survey of about 400 private companies.
    ♦ The variables used to calculate PMI are: output, new orders, employment, input costs, output prices, backlogs, export orders, purchase quantities, supplier delivery time, purchase inventory, and finished goods inventory.
    ♦ While Purchasing Managers Index >50 implies an expansion of business and economic activity, Purchasing Managers Index <50 means contraction. 
     
    Category: Index / List
  • World Food Price Index by FAO

    8 days ago
    Food Price Index of the Food & Agriculture Organization - FAO averaged 107.5 points in December 2020, which is an increase of 2.3 points from November 2020. This is the 7th consecutive month of growth.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The food price index was established in 1996 as a public good.
    ♦ The Price Index is a public good in order to help monitoring the development of the global agricultural market.
    ♦ The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) is a measure of the monthly changes in the international price of a basket of food.
    ♦ It measures changes in a basket of grains, oilseeds, dairy products, meat, and sugar.
    ♦ The Base period is 2014-16.

    Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations (UN), leading international efforts to eradicate hunger globally. On October 16, World Food Day is observed every year globally. Celebrate this day to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of FAO in 1945. India issued a commemorative rupee coin of 75 denominations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of FAO (October 16, 2020). It is one of the United Nations food aid organizations based in Rome (Italy). Its sister institutions are the World Food Program and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
     
    Category: Index / List
  • Sulfur Dioxide Emission Norms Delayed

    8 days ago
    The Ministry of Power has proposed to postpone the deadline for coal-fired power plants to adopt the new emission standards, stating that an " an unworkable time schedule" will burden utilities and cause a rise in power tariffs.

    Background:
    India initially set a 2017 deadline for thermal power plants to comply with emission standards for installing Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) devices to reduce toxic sulfur dioxide emissions. This was later changed to varying deadlines for various regions, ending in 2022.

    Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FED):
    Removal of sulphur dioxide is named as Flue-gas Desulphurization (FGD). Seek to remove gaseous pollutants viz. SO2 generated from exhaust flue gas generated in furnaces, boilers and other industrial processes due to thermal processing, treatment and combustion.

    Proposal for the Ministry of Power:
    ♦ A "graded action plan" was proposed, during which the areas where plants are located are going to be graded consistently with the severity of the pollution, where Region 1 refers to the heavily polluted areas and Region 5 is the least polluted areas.
    ♦ The plants in Region 2 can start taking action one year after the plants in Region 1.
    ♦ Currently, power plants located under Region 3, 4 and 5 do not need to take any measures.
    ♦ According to the Ministry, the target should be to take care of consistent ambient air quality across the country, and not uniform emission norms for thermal power plants.
    ♦ This can avoid an instantaneous increase in power prices in various relatively clean areas of the country (and) avoid unnecessary burdens on power utilities/users.
     
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  • Advisory For Managing Human-Wildlife Conflict

    8 days ago
    Government of India along with SC-NBWL (Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife) approves advisory for management of Human-Wildlife Conflict across the country.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The advisory has laid down important regulations for States/Union Territories to deal with conflicts between humans and wildlife, and seeks to speed up coordination and effective action between departments.
    ♦ In accordance with Article 11(1)(b) of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the organization envisages empowering the gram panchayats to deal with problematic wildlife.
    ♦ It is also envisaged to use additional coverage under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to compensate crop compensation for crop damage caused by HWC and increase feed and water sources in forest areas.
    ♦ It also stipulates that the victim/family shall be paid a part of special temporary relief within 24 hours after the incident.
    ♦ The advisory also discussed the establishment of inter-departmental committees at the local/state level, the use of early warning systems, the installation of obstacles, and a special circulation control room with toll-free hotlines numbers, which can be operated on a 24X7 basis to identify hot spots and formulate plans and implement special plans to improve livestock breeding, etc.
    ♦ The National Board for Wildlife also approved the inclusion of Caracal on the list of Critically endangered species so that conservation work can be carried out under the funding of the centrally sponsored scheme- Development of Wildlife Habitat.
    ♦ This makes the entire number of ‘critically endangered’ wildlife species under the recovery programme for critically species to 22.
     
    Category: Environment
  • Foundation Stone Laid For New Anubhava Mantapa

    8 days ago
    The Chief Minister of Karnataka laid the foundation stone for the "New Anubhava Mantapa" of Basavakalyan, where the 12th century poet and philosopher Basavanna lived for most of his life.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The project will show the 12th-century Anubhava Mantapa ("first parliament within the world") established by him in Basavakalyan, where debates of philosophers and social reformers held.
    ♦ The building will adopt the Kalyana Chalukya architectural style
    ♦ During the period of the Kalachuri-dynasty Bijjala king I in Karnataka, Basavanna was a philosopher, statesmen, Kannada poet and social reformer in the twelfth century.
    ♦ Basavanna spread social consciousness through his poems, popularly called Vachanaas.
    ♦ Basavanna rejects gender or social discrimination, superstition and rituals.
    ♦ He introduced new public institutions, such as Anubhava Mantapa (or the “hall of spiritual experience”), which welcomes men and women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to openly discuss spiritual and secular life issues.
    ♦ As a leader, he developed & inspired a new devotional movement called Virashaivas, or "ardent, heroic worshippers of Shiva". The movement originated from the continuous Tamil Bhakti movement in the 7th to 11th centuries, especially the Shaiva Nayanars tradition.
    ♦ Basava advocates pious worship, reject the temple worship and rituals led by Brahmanism, and replaces Shiva with personalized direct worship of Shiva through the practice of personally wearing icons and uvulas.
    ♦ Basaveshwara was the first Kannadiga created to commemorate his social reforms.
    ♦ In November 2015, the Prime Minister of India held the unveiling ceremony of the Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the R.Thames in Lambeth, London.
     
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Longitudinal Ageing Study of India First Wave - India Report

    8 days ago
    The Union Health Minister releases the Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1, India Report.

    LASI:
    ♦ LASI (Longitudinal Ageing Study of India) may be a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, & social determinants & consequences of population ageing in India.
    ♦ LASI is developed by the National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) through the International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS, Mumbai) together with the Harvard School of Public Health, Southern California University, USA.
    ♦ The first wave of LASI covers a baseline sample of 72,250 individuals aged 45 and over and therefore their spouses from all Indian states and the Confederation (UT), including 31,464 seniors 60 and over, and 6,749 people 75 and over(Except Sikkim).

    Significance:
    ♦ This is India’s first and largest survey within the world, and it provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programs for senior citizens during a wide selection of social, health and economic well-being.
    ♦ Evidence from LASI (Longitudinal Ageing Study of India) are going to be wont to further strengthen and expand the scope of the National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly & also help in establishing a variety of preventive & health care programmes for the older population.
    ♦ This is important because consistent with the 2011 Census, the population over 60 years old accounted for 8.6% of the Indian population.
    ♦ It grows at a rate of about 3% per annum. By 2050, the elderly population will increase to 319 million, of which about 75% suffer from one or another chronic disease.
     
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Science Technology and Innovation Policy Finalized

    8 days ago

    The 5th National STIP (Science Technology and Innovation Policy) has been finalized and is out there for public consultation.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The STIP (Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy), 2020 formulation process are getting to be facilitated by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the GoI (Government of India) and thus the Department of Science and Technology (DST)
    ♦ The policy was formulated, employing a decentralized, bottom-up, and inclusive design process, aimed toward re-setting priorities, sectoral focus, and methods for research and technology development methods to realize greater socio-economic benefits
    ♦ Due to the COVID-19 and its impact on the economy and life, the planning of STIP 2020 is integrated with Atmanirbhar Bharat.
    ♦ The STIP 2020 formulation process is getting to be six-months long and has been organised into 4 highly interlinked tracks:
    ♦ Track 1: It involves public and expert consultation process through the Science Policy Forum.
    ♦ Track 2: Thematic consultations promoted by experts, incorporating evidence-based recommendations into the policy drafting process. to the present end, 21 thematic groups were formed.
    ♦ Track 3: Involves extensive intra-state and departmental consultations with various ministries and states.
    ♦ Track 4: It constitutes the very best level of multi-stakeholder consultation.

  • GoI Sets Up Control Room To Control Spread Of Bird Flu

    9 days ago

    After confirming the avian influenza outbreaks in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Himalayas, the Ministry of Animal Husbandry has established control rooms.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The control room will pay close attention to the situation and evaluate the preventive and control measures taken by the state governments on a daily basis. The control room will also comply with the National Avian Flu Action Plan.
    National Action Plan on Avian Influenza consists of the following parts:
    ♦ Advise states and federal territories on preventing bird flu outbreaks.
    ♦ The second part of the action plan specifies actions to be taken if an avian influenza outbreak is suspected.
    ♦ The third part describes the actions during the outbreak.
    ♦ The fourth part determines that people who have infected poultry with bird flu will be treated. The person will advise on biosafety and biosafety measures.
    ♦ Influenza viruses are categorised into types A, B and C. It is known that influenza A viruses only infect animals and are zoonotic. This means that type A can also infect humans. 
    ♦ The subtypes of avian influenza are H5N1, H7N9 and H9N2. The subtypes are classified according to surface proteins called neouracilase and hemagglutinin.
    ♦ This is the global influenza surveillance and response system initiated by the World Health Organization in 1952. It monitors global seasonal trends and potential pandemic influenza. It is the backbone of the global flu alert system.
    ♦ Global Influenza Strategy was launched by the World Health Organization for 2019-2030. It aims to prevent seasonal influenza and control the spread of viruses from animals to humans.

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  • Yakshagana Artiste Died While Performing On Stage

    9 days ago

    The Yakshagana artist died while performing on the stage. Yakshagana is a traditional theatre form in Karnataka. This is a temple art form depicting myths and Pune.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Performance performed with large headwear, exquisite facial makeup, and vibrant costumes and decorations.
    ♦ It is usually quoted in Kannada and is also used in Malayalam and Tulu (a dialect of southern Karnataka).
    ♦ Tulu is a Dravidian language and its speakers are concentrated in the Tulu Nadu region, which includes the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi regions of Karnataka and the northern part of the Kasaragod region of Kerala.
    ♦ The oldest inscriptions available in Tulu are from the 14th to 15th century AD.
    ♦ It is played with percussion instruments such as chenda, maddalam, jagatta or chengila (cy) and chakratala or elathalam (small).
    ♦ The most popular episodes are from Mahabharata, namely Draupadi swayamvar, Subhadra vivah, etc., and Ramayana, namely Rajyabhishek, Lav-Kush yuddh, etc.

    Category: Arts & Culture
  • Swasth Vayu Non-Invasive Ventilator Receives Regulator Nod

    9 days ago

    The Swasth Vayu non-invasive ventilator developed by CSIR-NAL won the nod regulator award. Swasth Vayu non-invasive ventilator is a non-invasive bi-level positive airway pressure ventilator designed and developed indigenously.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The ventilator also has other functions for treating COVID-19 patients.
    ♦ It is a precise closed-loop adaptive control system based on a microcontroller, with a built-in biocompatible "3D printing manifold and coupler" and a HEPA filter (high efficiency particulate air filter).
    ♦ These unique features help alleviate the fear of the spread of the virus. It has functions such as CPAP, Bi-Timed, spontaneous / AUTO mode, and can be connected to an oxygen concentrator or concentration unit from the outside.
    ♦ The performance of the equipment been evaluated by an expert committee composed of the Director-General of Health Services, Health & Family Welfare Ministry of the Government of India.
    ♦ After careful evaluation, the expert committee concluded that Swasth Vayu can be used for COVID-19 patients who need supplemental 35% oxygen.
    ♦ CSIR-NAL has commercialized the technology with six private companies, one of which (belonging to the MSME category) has established a production facility of nearly 300 units per week.

    CSIR-NAL:
    The National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) is a component laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India, and is the only government aerospace R&D laboratory in the civil sector. CSIR-NAL is a high-tech organization dedicated to advanced disciplines in aerospace. NAL was established in 1959 and is located in Bangalore, Karnataka. The mission of CSIR-NAL is to develop aerospace technology with strong scientific knowledge, design and manufacture small & medium-sized civil aircraft, & support all national aerospace programs.

  • Exim Bank Has Raised $1 Billion By Dollar-Bond Sale

    9 days ago

    The Export-Import Bank has raised US$1 billion through the sale of US dollar bonds to international investors.

    Exim Bank:
    ♦ The Export-Import Bank of India is a specialized financial institution wholly-owned by the Indian government and was established in 1982 to provide financing, facilitation and promotion of trade in India.
    ♦ The Export-Import Bank provides financial assistance to exporters and importers.
    ♦ It is the main financial institution responsible for coordinating the work of institutions engaged in financing the import & export of goods and services to promote international trade in the country.

  • India Formally Began Its Two-Year Term As A Non-Permanent Member Of The UNSC

    9 days ago

    Together with Norway, Mexico, Ireland and Kenya, India formally serves as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term. On June 17, 2020, India was elected to the Security Council with a total of 192 votes and 184.

    Highlights:
    ♦ India formally serves as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term. On June 17, 2020, India was elected to the Security Council with a total of 192 votes and 184.
    ♦ A member state needs to obtain a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly to become a non-permanent member. This is the 8th time for India to be elected as a non-permanent member.
    ♦ India will serve as a permanent member of the UN Security Council in August 2021, and will also serve as a permanent member of the UN Security Council for another month in 2022. According to the English alphabetical order of the member states, each member of the Security Council will serve as the President of the Security Council for one month. name.

    UNSC:
    ♦ The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was established in 1946 and is one of the six main organs of the United Nations. It is often regarded as the highest peak of the United Nations system. It is responsible for maintaining international peace and security.
    ♦ Its powers include establishing peacekeeping operations, establishing international sanctions, and authorizing military operations through Security Council resolutions.
    ♦ It is the only United Nations agency that has the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.
    ♦ The UNSC is composed of 15 members.
    ♦ The council has five permanent members (P-5), namely the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France.
    ♦ These permanent members can veto any substantive resolutions of the Security Council, including those concerning the admission of new members.
    ♦ The Security Council has 10 non-permanent members, elected by region as follows:
    -    Five items for African and Asian countries;
    -    One for Eastern European countries;
    -    Two Latin American and Caribbean countries; and
    -    Two are used in Western Europe and other countries.
    ♦ Every year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), composed of 193 member states, elects 5 non-permanent members for a two-year term.
    ♦ The chairman of the organization is rotated by its members every month.    

    Category: International
  • World Bank Released Global Economic Prospects Report

    10 days ago

    According to the report, the Indian economy will contract by 9.6% in 2020-21. The Indian economy will recover by 5.4% in 2021-22. India's economic contraction will be mainly attributed to the sharp decline in household spending and private investment.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The informal sector accounts for four-fifths of the country's employment, is severely affected. On the other hand, the world economy will grow by 4% in 2021. Services and manufacturing are gaining momentum. According to the World Bank, India is facing its first technological decline.
    ♦ When GDP exceeds the quarter's negative growth for two consecutive quarters, it is called a period of a technical recession. In India, the gross domestic product for the April to June quarter fell by 23.9%. 
    ♦ In the July and September quarters, the GDP growth rate contracted by 7.5%. This clearly shows that India's GDP growth has experienced negative growth for two consecutive quarters. Therefore, India is in a period of technological decline.
    ♦ According to data from the Indian Economic Monitoring Center, during the covid-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 salaried people lost their jobs.
    ♦ Several global rating agencies have already made predictions on the Indian economy. In September 2020, the exchange substantially reduced its growth expectations for India. The country's GDP is expected to decrease by 10.5% in the 2020-21 fiscal year. 
    ♦ Previously, it had expected a 5% contraction. The Asian Development Bank predicts that India's economic growth will contract by 9% in 2020-21.

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  • Stricter Monitoring Of Indian Pangolin

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    The Odisha Forest Department emphasized the need for stricter monitoring of social media platforms to check for pangolin poaching and trading.

    Key Facts:
    ♦ Pangolins are scaly anteater mammals and their skin has large protective keratin scales. They are the only mammals with this features.
    ♦ Pangolins are nocturnal and their diet is mainly composed of ants and termites.
    ♦ Among the eight species of pangolin, the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) and the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) are found in India.
    ♦ In addition to arid regions, the Himalayas and the Northeast, Indian pangolins are widely distributed in India. This species has also been found in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
    ♦ Chinese pangolins are found in the foothills of the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal, Bhutan, Northern India, North-East Bangladesh, and throughout southern China.
    ♦ Threats to Pangolins in India: Hunting and poaching for local consumptive use (e.g. as a protein source and traditional medicine) and international trade for its meat and scales in East and South East Asian countries, particularly ♦ ♦ China and Vietnam. Pangolins are found to be the most trafficked mammals in the world.
    Conservation Status: 
    -    Wildlife Protection Act,1972: Schedule I
    -    IUCN Red List: Endangered
    -    CITIES: Appendix I

    Category: Environment
  • Vandalism Of The Idol Of Lord Rama

    10 days ago

    The 16th-century Ramateertham temple was seen in the news due to the vandalism of the idol of Lord Rama at the Kodandarama Swamy temple.

    Highlights:
    ♦ On December 29, Lord Rama’s idol was destroyed on the top of the historic Ramateertham Temple, which is 12 kilometres away from Vizianagaram.
    ♦ It is located in Andhra Pradesh.
    ♦ Ramateertham is one of the sacred places of traditional communication with Lord Sree Rama.
    ♦ The famous ancient temple of Ramachandra Swamy can be found here. 
    ♦ The idols of Lord Ramachandra Swamy, Sita and Lakshmana in Silver kavachas can be seen at this temple.

    Category: Arts & Culture
  • Digital Payments Index by RBI

    10 days ago

    The Reserve Bank of India has established a comprehensive Digital Payment Index (DPI) to record the degree of digitization of payments across the country.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The RBI-DPI has been constructed with March 2018 as the base period.
    ♦ The DPI in March 2019 and March 2020 reached 153.47 and 207.84, respectively, indicating considerable growth.
    ♦ RBI-DPI contains five main parameters: Payment Enablers, Payment Infrastructure – Demand-side factors and Supply-side factors, Payment Performance and Consumer Centricity.
    ♦ The RBI-DPI should be published on the RBI’s website every six months starting in March 2021 for 4 months.

  • Community Fishing Prohibited In Deepor Beel

    10 days ago

    The Kamrup (Metropolitan) District administration bans community fishing in Deepor Beel. This is a wetland on the southwestern edge of Guwahati. This is the only Ramsar site in Assam.

    Highlights:
    ♦ This order is necessary to prevent fishing, excavation and construction in and around the wetlands that have been shrinking over the years.
    ♦ Deepor Beel was designated as a Ramsar site in 2002 to maintain multiple forms of aquatic life in addition to 219 species of birds.
    ♦ About Ramsar Convention: It was signed on February 2, 1971. This is one of the oldest intergovernmental accords signed by member countries.
    ♦ Goal: Maintain the ecological characteristics of wetlands of international importance. It is named after Ramsar, the Iranian city where the treaty was signed. The place selected for protection under it is marked as "Ramsar Site". 
    ♦ The aim of the Ramsar List: To develop and maintain an international wetland network, which is essential for maintaining global biodiversity and maintaining the composition of its ecosystems, processes and benefits to sustain human life.

    Category: Environment
  • ADB Signs Loan To Boost Power Supply In Bengaluru

    11 days ago

    The Asian Development Bank recently signed a US$100 million agreement to modernize and upgrade Bangalore’s electricity.

    Highlights:
    ♦ According to the Bangalore Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project, this US$100 million loan is used to improvise the quality and reliability of power supply in Bangalore. In addition, the loan will be used to install 2,800 kilometres of optical cable. 
    ♦ These fibre optic cables should be placed parallel to the underground power distribution cables. The parallel laying of electrical and communication lines will help reduce technical and commercial losses by 30%.
    ♦ Fiber optic cables will be used in smart metering systems and distribution automation systems in the distribution network. In addition, the project will install 1,700 automatic ring network cabinets to control switchgear for distribution lines.
    ♦ The project aims to convert overhead distribution lines into underground cables. It will also install fibre optic cables in parallel with underground cables.
    ♦ Install automatic ring network equipment in six districts of Bangalore. Improve the institutional operational capabilities of BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company)

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  • TRIFED Signed Mou With Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram

    11 days ago

    TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) led by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Akhil Bhartiya vanvasi Kalyan Ashram signed a memorandum of understanding to establish TRIFOOD Park in Madhya Pradesh.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Under the Memorandum of Understanding, TRIFED and Akhil Bhartiya vanvasi Kalyan Ashram will jointly implement Van Dhan Yojana. This will be achieved by mobilizing self-help groups, TRIFOOD Park, Van Dhan Vikas Kendra. 
    ♦ They will jointly provide machinery and equipment, identify self-help groups, organize training and build infrastructure. They will also focus on other activities such as gardening, fishing, floristry, animal husbandry and handicrafts. ♦ ♦ They will mainly focus on improving the lives of the tribe.
    ♦ TRIFOOD is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Ministry of Food Processing Industry and TRIFED. It was launched in August 2020 under the leadership of Van Dhan Yojana. TRIFOOD Park is a food processing center.
    ♦ TRIFOOD Park will source raw materials from Van Dhan Kendras. It will then be processed and sold nationwide through tribes of Indian tribes.
    ♦ Except for secondary forest products, the minimum support prices for food crops are determined by the Agricultural Cost and Price Committee under the cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture.
    ♦ The minimum support price for 24 commodities is set twice a year.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Indias Rice Exports To Vietnam

    11 days ago

    Due to attractive prices, Vietnam has recently started to buy grain, especially rice, from India. Although Vietnam is the world's third-largest rice exporter, Vietnam has started to import rice from India.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Vietnam has started to import rice from India because the country’s local price has jumped to the highest level in 9 years due to limited domestic supply. This is mainly because Vietnam has begun to stock a large amount of rice for the future.
    ♦ In addition, the price of Indian rice is very attractive. The huge price difference forced the Vietnamese government to import rice from India.
    ♦ Indian traders will export 70,000 tons of rice to Vietnam at a price of approximately US$310 per ton. India will export broken rice to Vietnam in January and February 2021.
    ♦ The global pandemic has prompted Vietnam and other countries to stock up rice. This is because the reduction in food supply makes people increasingly worried about food insecurity.
    ♦ Vietnam plans to reserve US$270,000 of rice to ensure access to food in the event of a disruption in the global covid-19 supply chain. Therefore, it is facing shortages and is dependent on imports.
    ♦ The price of broken rice in India ranges from US$381 to US$387 per ton.
    ♦ The attractive price of Indian rice has increased the demand in Asian and African countries. It is expected that Thailand and other Asian countries will also transfer rice imports to India.
    ♦ Vietnam’s total production in 2020 has dropped by 1.85% compared to 2019. In addition, Vietnam’s rice exports in 2020 fell by 3.5% compared to 2019.

  • Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA

    11 days ago

    Iran notified the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) that it intends to produce uranium enriched up to 20% purity, far exceeding the threshold set by the 2015 Vienna Accord (also known as JCPOA).

    About JCPOA:
    ♦ Commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council-China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany) together with the European Union.
    ♦ According to JCPOA, Iran agreed to eliminate its enriched uranium stocks, reduce its low-enriched uranium stocks by 98%, and reduce its gas centrifuges by about two-thirds within 13 years.
    ♦ In 15 years, Iran will only enrich uranium up to 3.67%. Iran agreed not to build any new heavy-water facilities during the same period.
    ♦ Uranium enrichment activities are limited to a single facility using the first-generation centrifuge for 10 years. Other facilities will be modified to avoid proliferation risks.
    ♦ To monitor and verify Iran’s compliance with the agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will regularly use all Iran’s nuclear facilities.
    ♦ The agreement stipulates that in return for verifiable compliance with its commitments, Iran will receive relief from the U.S., European Union, and UNSC nuclear-related sanctions.
    ♦ On 5th January, 2020, after the airstrike on the Baghdad Airport that targeted and killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Iran announced that it would no longer comply with the restrictions of the agreement, but would continue to coordinate with the IAEA to restore compliance.

    Category: International
  • UK To Abolish The Tampon Tax

    11 days ago

    Beginning in 2021, the UK abolished the 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on women’s sanitary products, commonly referred to as the tampon tax, & many activists call it sexist. Now it joins countries/regions that have eliminated this tax, including India, Australia and Canada.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Until December 31, the United Kingdom was still part of the European Union. During this period, regular products such as sanitary napkins and tampons were classified as non-essential goods, requiring member states to impose a 5% tax on them.
    ♦ Today, Britain has withdrawn from the ranks of 27 member states, and it is not subject to its directives. According to the directive, since 1973, hygiene products have been subject to five different VAT rates-the lowest rate applicable since 2001 is 5%.
    ♦ As a result, tax cancellation has been well received by women's rights activists and Brexit supporters.
    ♦ The EU itself has been abolishing regular product taxes. In 2018, the European Union issued proposals to change tax rules, but these proposals have not yet been accepted by all members
    ♦ The British government estimates that the removal of the tampon tax will save the average woman about 40 pounds in her lifetime- as a pack of 20 pounds will be cheaper by around 7 pence and 12 sanitary pads by 5 pence.

    Category: International
  • India Signs Loan To Enhance Power Generation Capacity

    12 days ago

    The Asian Development Bank - ADB and the Indian government signed a loan of US$231 million to increase the power generation capacity of Assam by building a 120-megawatt hydroelectric power plant.

    Highlights:
    ♦ This is the third loan under the ongoing Assam State Power Industry Investment Plan, which was approved by the ADB Board of Directors in July 2014.
    ♦ The plan includes the first two parts, focusing on increasing the capacity and efficiency of the energy production and distribution system in Assam to improve the power services provided to end users.
    ♦ The project promotes an increase in the supply of affordable clean electricity, which will help improve living conditions in the state, promote business expansion and increase employment opportunities in the state, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    ♦ The project is an upstream project on the Kobili River, which will help increase clean energy supply by 469 gigawatt hours (GWh) by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
    ♦ The US$2 million grant from Japan’s Poverty Alleviation Fund (JFPR) is also related to the equipment and consulting services.

    Asian Development Bank (ADB):
    Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank which is established on December 19, 1966. Its headquarters are located in Mandaluyong, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. The bank promotes social & economic development in Asia. It is modeled on the World Bank and has a similar weighted voting system in which votes are distributed in proportion to the capital subscriptions of members. As of December 31, 2018, Japan and the United States each held the largest proportion of shares, which was 15.571%. China accounted for 6.429%, India accounted for 6.317%, and Australia accounted for 5.773%.

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  • Global Family Day is celebrated on 1st January

    12 days ago

    Every January 1st, Global Family Day is celebrated all over the world (especially in the United States). This is a global day of peace and sharing. We all know how important "family" is to everyone. This is the case for Global Family Day 2021. This day treats the whole world as one family.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Global Family Day (GFD) celebrated on January 1. GFD was born in the United Nations Millennium Celebration "Day of Peace". It was first observed on January 1, 2000. Since then, the first day of each year will be the annual Global Family Day.
    ♦ GFD aims to promote multiculturalism, diversity, and teach how to coexist in peace and harmony. This day advocates the concept of the world becoming "a big global family". This also allows humans to surpass all other parameters. 
    ♦ The main purpose of this day is for all families to gather in one place on the first day of the year to welcome the new year.
    ♦ January 1, 2021, is approaching. We recently wish you and your family "Happy Global Family Day 2021", and hope that the bond between you & your loved ones will be stronger.

    Category: Important Days
  • World Braille Day Is Celebrated On 4 January

    12 days ago

    Every year, the United Nations and several other international organizations celebrate World Braille Day on January 4. The purpose of celebrating Braille day is to make people realize the importance of Braille as a means of communication to realize the human rights of the blind.

    Highlights:
    ♦ January 4th is a celebration, because this day is the birthday of Louis Braille, the creator of the writing system. He was born in France in 1809. The first World Braille Day was celebrated in 2019.
    ♦ Braille is a letter and number symbol represented by six dots. Dots represent letters and numbers as well as math, music, and science symbols. Braille was invented in France in the 19th century by Louis Braille.
    ♦ India adopted a unified braille code in 1951 to represent different languages. India established its first Braille factory in Dehradun, the Central Braille Factory. In 1954, a central Braille printing press was established to produce Braille electrical appliances. 
    ♦ The printing press produces simple devices such as braille boards, stylus pens and arithmetic braille boards. GoI promulgated the "Disabled Persons Act" of 1995. The bill provides special categories called "low vision" and blind people.
    ♦ In addition, the bill also complies with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. India has accepted several UN resolutions on disabled persons. These include the 1981 International Year of Disabled Persons commemorating activities and the 1983-92 United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons commemorating activities. 
    ♦ India has also complied with the "Asia-Pacific Decade for the Disabled" announced by ESCAP. ESCAP is the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. It is a regional think tank that provides analysis and opinions ♦ on the social, economic and environmental dynamics of the region.

    Category: Important Days
  • India Sign $10 Million Loan To Support Himachal Pradesh

    12 days ago

    The Asian Development Bank - ADB and the Indian Government signed a $10 million Project Readiness Financing (PRF). Goal: Provide funding for subsequent projects, help carry out pilot activities, design and capacity building to expand horticulture production and farm family income in Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The PRF project will support the adoption of advanced actions to achieve a high level of project preparation through detailed design activities, capacity building of state-level institutions, and the creation of a favorable environment for the state's subtropical horticulture development.
    ♦ It aims to ensure implementation readiness by testing the new production technology and marketing system in advance, so that the project is cost-effective and can be completed in time.
    ♦ The project will support the development of subtropical horticulture in the southern part of the state, including the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. Due to the limited long-term access to water, crop losses caused by wildlife invasion and limited access to high-value markets, the state is currently lagging behind.
    ♦ PRF supports the establishment of a Water User Association (WUA) based on the completed irrigation scheme and increases women's participation.

  • Maiden Flight Trial of SAHAYAK-NG - Air Droppable Container

    12 days ago

    The Defense Research and Development Organization - DRDO and the Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of "SAHAYAK-NG" along the coast of Goa. This is India's 1st indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft (Indian Navy) 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The trial was conducted by the IN -Indian Navy to enhance its combat logistics capabilities and provide critical engineering warehouses for ships deployed more than 2,000 kilometers from the coast.
    ♦ Reduced the requirement for ships to collect spare parts and warehouses near the coast.
    ♦ SAHAYAK-NG is the advanced version of SAHAYAK Mk I.
    ♦ The newly developed GPS-assisted airdrop container can carry a payload of up to 50 kg and can be dropped from a heavy aircraft.

  • Madhya Pradesh Government Organizes Raag-Bhopali Exhibition

    16 days ago

    The Madhya Pradesh Government is organizing a "Raag-Bhopali" exhibition to promote Bhopal’s Zari-Zardozi handicrafts.

    Highlights:
    ♦ Embroidery done with metal thread is called kalabattu and forms zari.
    ♦ The main Zari production centre is in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
    ♦ Here, the metal ingots are melted into a metal rod called pasa, which is beaten to obtain a certain length after processing.
    ♦ Then pull it through a steel plate with holes to make it into a wire, and then perform the Tarkashi process to make it thin through a rubber and diamond mold.
    ♦ The last stage is called badla, where the wires are flattened and twisted with silk or cotton thread to form Kasab or kalabattu.

    Different kinds of zari work
    ♦ Zardozi: This is a heavy and delicate embroidery work, using various gold threads, spangles, beads and gota.
    -    They are used to decorate wedding outfits, heavy coats, cushions, curtains, etc.
    ♦ Kamdani: This is lighter needlework done on more lightweight materials such as scarves, veils, and caps.
    ♦ Mina work: It is called because it is similar to enamel work.
    -    The embroidery is done in gold.

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  • Radio Waves Emission Detected From The Direction Of Proxima Centauri

    16 days ago

    Astronomers on the $100 million "Breakthrough Listening" project recently picked up radio waves emission from Proxima Centauri's direction (the closest star to our Sun). Physicist Stephen Hawking initiated the Breakthrough Listen project.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The news sparked interest in Proxima Centauri. One of Proxima Centauri's planets is believed to revolve in the star's habitable zone, thereby increasing the possibility of or sustaining life.
    ♦ Proxima Centauri is 4.2 light-years away from the Sun.
    ♦ Its mass is about one-eighth that of the sun, and it is too dim to be seen with the naked eye from Earth.

    Key Facts About Proxima b:
    ♦ Proxima b, one of the two planets orbiting the star, is the subject of intense curiosity.
    ♦ Proxima b is 1.2 times the size of the Earth, orbits the star every 11 days, located in the Proxima Centauri’s Goldilocks zone.
    ♦ The Goldilocks zone is the area around the star where it is not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to exist on the surface of surrounding planets (e.g. Earth is in the Sun’s Goldilocks zone).
    ♦ However, this does not mean that there is water on Proxima b.
    ♦ It could also be hostile to life, if its atmosphere has been stripped away by solar flares from Proxima Centauri.

  • Union Health Minister Nominated To The Board Of GAVI

    16 days ago

    The Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, was nominated to the Board of GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance. The Global Alliance has nominated the Minister for Vaccines and ImmunizationImmunization (GAVI) as a GAVI board member. He will be representing the South East Area Regional Office (SEARO)/Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) constituency of the GAVI Board. He will hold the post from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023. 

    GAVI:
    As part of its mission to save lives, reduce poverty and protect the world from pandemics, the Vaccine Alliance GAVI has vaccinated 822 million children in the world’s poorest countries and prevented more than 14 million future deaths. GAVI was established in 2000 under the name "Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization". The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiated it. It partners with the Foundation, the WHO, the UNICEF, the World Bank, and Governments worldwide. The GAVI is dedicated to improving the use of vaccines among the most vulnerable children.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • New Bhaupur - New Khurja Section Of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

    16 days ago

    India's prime minister is committed to the ambitious New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

    Highlights:
    ♦ The construction cost of the 351 km long New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the EDFC is Rs. 5,750 crores and most of its part passes through UP.
    ♦ This part will alleviate the congestion on the existing Kanpur-Delhi mainline and allow Indian Railways to run faster trains.
    ♦ UP's agricultural products will now reach the rest of the country at a faster speed.
    ♦ This will increase the state's export capacity, which is a landlocked area and doesn't have any port to send the items abroad.

    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Foundation Stone For Tihan-IIT Was Laid

    16 days ago

    The Union Minister of Education virtually laid the foundation stone for "TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad". This is India's first testbed for Autonomous Navigation Systems (Terrestrial and Aerial).

    TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad:
    ♦ The TiHAN Foundation established at IIT Hyderabad is a multi-departmental project provided by researchers in the Electrical, Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace, Civil, Mathematics, and Design fields IIT Hyderabad with collaboration and support from reputed institutions and industry.
    ♦ The testbed will be a fully functional exemplary facility dedicated to Connected Autonomous Vehicles-CAV. 
    ♦ The centre's focus areas include Intelligence, Automated Transportation and Systems, Agriculture, Surveillance, and Environmental and Infrastructure Monitoring.

    Category: Indian Affairs
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