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Plastic-free cities & oceans

  • Considering the need to combat plastic pollution, the NITI IOC today organized a National Policy Dialogue entitled "Plastic-Free Cities and Oceans". On World Environment Day 2018, His Excellency the Prime Minister pledged to eliminate 100% disposable plastics by 2022.
  • Since then, India has taken a number of regulatory interventions, including sanctions and sanctions to achieve the set targets.
Fourth Meeting of the International Solar Energy Alliance
  • Mr. RK Singh, Union Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy and Chairman of the Solar Energy Coalition, chaired the fourth General Body Meeting of the International Solar Energy Alliance, which was held via video from 18 to 21 October 2021.
  • The meeting was attended by a total of 108 countries, 23 partner organizations and 33 special invitee organizations, including 74 member countries and 34 observer and future interconnected countries. 
  • Franz Timmermans, Vice President for the European Green Agreement, addressed the gathering on October 20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'One Sun, One World One Package' initiative and one trillion US dollars in solar energy investments by 2030 were discussed at this annual meeting.
52nd Indian International Film Festival in Goa - Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award for Martin Scorsese and Istwan Sobo - Announced by Union Minister Mr. Anurag Tagore
  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Tagore has announced that the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to American film director Martin Scorsese and Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Sapo at the 52nd International Film Festival in Goa. The 52nd International Film Festival of the country will be held in Goa from November 20 to 28.
Seminar on Fish for Health and Fish for Resources 
  • The Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Government of India has organized an online seminar on "Fish for Health and Fish for Resources" as part of the Amrit Festival of Liberation, which marks the 75th anniversary of India's independence.
  • The seminar, chaired by Mr. Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, was attended by more than 100 people including officials from Central and State Governments, University of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries faculty, entrepreneurs and farm owners.
Indian Ministry of Defense signs Rs 423 crore deal with US to buy weapons including anti-submarine missile for Indian Navy
  • The Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with the United States worth Rs 423 crore for the purchase of an MK-54 submarine (torpedo) and weapons for the Indian Navy. These weapons can be used in a Navy B-81 surveillance aircraft. It is noteworthy that these are capable of attacking and destroying submarines.
7th Meeting of BRICS Communications Ministers
  • As the President of BRICS, India convened the 7th Meeting of the BRICS Communications Ministers on October 22, 2021. The Minister of Communications of the Republic of India, Shri Devin Chauhan, chaired the 7th Meeting of the BRICS Communications Ministers on October 2021 via video conferencing. .
E-Advances, Information Technology Friend Websites - Launched by Chief Minister MK Stalin
  • A high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu is overseeing 200 major infrastructure projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore. The Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency has developed a website called 'e-Munnetram' to review and monitor the developments of these projects.
  • Both Tamil software, 'Computer Keyboard' and 'Tamil Internet Symbol Converter', already released by the Tamil Co-educational Institute, have been upgraded with new features and renamed as 'Lower-Tamil Keyboard Converter' and 'Tamil-Tamil Symbol Converter'.
  • The bottom-key keyboard operates in 3 different types of computer keyboards: `Tamil99 keyboard, transliteration keyboard, old typing keyboard '. The 'Tamil-Tamil Interface Converter Software' allows you to customize the text, file and documents typed in the rainbow and other online Tamil fonts.
  • This software can be downloaded for free (www.tamiluniv.org/uincode) from the Tamil Internet Education Institute website. Chief Stalin also started the operation of this software.
Abyss plane test success
  • To assess the capability of various missiles, a military research and development company called DRDO developed an unmanned high-speed small aircraft called the Abyss. The aircraft was tested yesterday offshore from a test site in Balasore, Odisha. The performance of this aircraft was tested with the help of various 'sensor' tools.
  • In this, the authorities said that the 'Abyss' high speed flight test was successful. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated all those who took part in the test.
Turkey joins Pakistan on "gray list" for counter-terrorism operation - FADF announcement
  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an international organization that investigates terrorist crimes, related economic crimes, and money laundering. Often the organization will actively monitor how terrorists get paid.
  • Based on this, it will classify the countries in the world. It is common for the FATF to blacklist countries that harbor terrorists. It can be classified as Gray List, Black List by a country giving support to extremists. The meeting usually takes place in Paris
  • It is in this context that the FADF has announced that Pakistan will remain on the gray list despite four rounds of investigations. Pakistan does not respect 4 of the 34 terrorist control rules. Pakistan remains on the gray list for a number of reasons, including not taking action against militant camps and not taking action against militants banned by the UN.
  • Following 4 rules Pakistan are likely to be removed from the gray list. On the other hand, Turkey, Jordan and Mali have been added to the gray list. Turkey has been added to the Gray List because of its support for Al Qaeda and its support for extremist groups in Afghanistan.

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