Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 30 August 2021

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Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 30 August 2021


Poshan Maah will be celebrated in September

  • The 3rd RashtriyaPoshanMaah is being celebrated during the month of September 2020. Every year the PoshanMaah is celebrated under POSHAN Abhiyaan (PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment), which was launched in 2018. Ministry of Women and Child Development, being the nodal Ministry for POSHAN Abhiyaan, is celebrating the PoshanMaah in convergence with partner Ministries and departments, at  National, States/UTs, Districts, and grass root level. The objective of the PoshanMaah is to encourage Jan Bhagidaari, in order to create a Jan Andolan, for addressing malnutrition amongst young children, and women and to ensure health and nutrition for everyone.
  • The importance of Nutrition in our lives was recently emphasized by Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi in the recent edition of his popular programme “Mann kiBaat” on 30th August 2020. 
  • The Prime Minister drew attention towards the role played by nutrition in helping children and students to attain their optimum potential. 
  • He also noted the efforts made during the past few years especially in villages where public participation in nutrition week & nutrition month (PoshanMaah) is converting nutrition awareness into a mass movement.
  • Smt Smriti ZubinIrani, Union Minister of Women & Child Development and Textiles had chaired an inter-ministerial meeting on 27th August 2020 and Shri Ram Mohan Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development interacted with all States and UTs to secure convergent activities during PoshanMaah. 
  • Identification of Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) Children and their management and plantation of PoshanVaatikas- Nutri gardens, will be undertaken as focus activities during PoshanMaah, along with awareness generation regarding importance of early breast feeding, Need for good nutrition during first 1000 days of life, measures for reducing Anaemia in young women and children etc.

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'International Day Against Nuclear Testing' observed by United Nations

  • Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, over 2,000 have taken place. In the early days of nuclear testing little consideration was given to its devastating effects on human life, let alone the dangers of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist.
  • On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The resolution was initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan, together with a large number of sponsors and cosponsors with a view to commemorating the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site on 29 August 1991.
  • 2010 marked the inaugural commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. In each subsequent year, the day has been observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world, such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, lectures, media broadcasts and other initiatives.


First commercial batch of Covaxin released from Bharat Biotech's new plant at Ankleshwar in Bharuch district of Gujarat by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

  • The first commercial batch of Covaxin was released  from the new plant of Bharat Biotech at Ankleshwar in Gujarat's Bharuch district by Union Health Minister MansukhMandaviya.
  • "Vaccination is the most important thing to strengthen the country's fight against coronavirus. Released the first commercial batch of #COVAXIN from Bharat Biotech's plant at Ankleshwar, Gujarat today. This will increase the supply of vaccine in the country and will help the vaccine reach every Indian," Mandaviya tweeted soon after the event.
  • The government had earlier this month given approval to Bharat Biotech's Ankleshwar-based manufacturing plant to produce anti-COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin.
  • In May, Bharat Biotech announced that it planned to produce an additional 200 million doses of Covaxin at its subsidiary's Ankleshwar-based facility. The Hyderabad-based firm had noted that it would utilise the manufacturing plant of its wholly-owned unit, Chiron Behring, to add another 200 million doses of Covaxin.

Railways floats tender for 58 Vande Bharat trains

  • The Indian Railways has floated a tender for the production of 58 new Vande Bharat trains and aims to deliver 75 trains by August 23 next year, according to officials aware of the development.
  • “With the tender for 44 Vande Bharat rakes earlier this year and the 58 new rakes we will have 102 Vande Bharat trains ready by 2024,” a ministry official said. HT has reviewed a copy of the tender.
  • This comes in the backdrop of Prime Minister NarendraModi’s Independence Day announcement of rolling out 75 new Vande Bharat Express trains that will be launched to connect different parts of the country in 75 weeks to mark the ongoing “AzadikaAmritMahotsav”.
  • These trains will be manufactured in Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareilly and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. The closing date for the tender is on October 20, 2021. A pre-bid meeting will be held on September 21 with the cut-off date for submission of pre-bid queries on September 14, 2021.
  • The tender floated on August 28, invited bids for the design, development, manufacture, integration and testing of traction propulsion electrics for the manufacture of 58 rakes of Vande Bharat trains.

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Ministry of AYUSH launched Y-Break App

  • Union Ayush Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has announced a bouquet of activities and campaigns of Ministry of Ayush to commemorate AzadikaAmritMahaotsav. This includes national launch of Y Break App from Vigyan Bhawan, yearlong campaigns of cultivation of medicinal plants in farmland and distribution of medicinal plants to households, sensitisation of School and College going students on Ayush systems.
  • ShriSonowal said that the week-long activities and campaigns, from August 30 to September 5, will aim at ultimately reaching to remote areas of the country and address all categories of our population, from children to our old people, from farmers to corporate.
  • AzadiKaAmritMahotsav is a series of events being organised by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence. The Mahotsav will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari.
  • The activities include cultivation of medicinal plants on 75,000 hectares of land to benefit farmers on August 31, the launch of the Y-Break App, a five minute Yoga protocol for office goers on September 1, distribution of Ayush prophylactic medicines with a special focus on the above 60 years age group on September 2, taking medicinal plants to the doorstep of 75 lakh families during the year under ‘AyushAapkeDwar’ programme on September 3, a series of sensitisation lectures and distribution of IEC material to school and college students on September 4 and a webinar on Y-break application on September 5. The Ayush week will begin with a national webinar for Ayush students on the topic “Surviving the storm through Ayush Shelter” on August 30.
  • Addressing the press conference, ShriSonowal said that the Ministry of Ayush has taken the opportunity to enhance its service delivery for the benefit of the masses of the country. He exuded confidence that all state governments will also participate and help the Ministry in its endeavour.
  • “Ayush has the capacity and wisdom to serve all sections of the society and we will showcase this strength and commitment during this week. And this commitment will continue to be delivered throughout the year,” the Union Ayush Minister said.


FIT India Mobile Application launched

  • The App is free of cost but will prove invaluable for our fitness:  ShriAnurag Thakur
  • This Fit India App will help in making New India a Fit India : ShriNisithPramanik
  • The Ministers interacted virtually with Indian Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, wrestler Sangram Singh, sports journalist AyazMemon and pilot Capt Anny Divya among others
  • Fit India App is free and available in English & Hindi on both the Android and the iOS platforms
  • Shri Thakur appealed to the people to make AzadiKaAmritMahotsav a success with public participation in campaigns like Fit India Movement
  • To celebrate second anniversary of Fit India Movement and as part of AzadikaAmritMahotsav, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, ShriAnurag Singh Thakur launched the Fit India Mobile Application at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on National Sports Day today. Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports ShriNisithPramanik also graced the event. Secretary, Sports Shri Ravi Mittal and Secretary, Youth Affairs, SmtUsha Sharma were also present on the occasion.

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