Current Affairs 16th August 2021 , Daily GK Update
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Bharat Petroleum launches door-to-door delivery of ‘High-Speed Diesel’
- Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has launched door-to-door delivery of ‘High Speed Diesel’ to meet the growing demand.
- Celebrating the ‘spirit of nationalism’, the company on the eve of Independence Day also dedicated 15 mobile bowsers and 9 jerry can facilities in different corners of the Eastern Region.
Note: About BPCL
- Headquarters: Mumbai
- Founded: 1952
- Chairman: Arun Kumar Singh
PM Announces ₹ 100 Lakh Crore ‘Gati Shakti’ Infra Scheme To Boost Jobs
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th Aug announced an ambitious ₹ 100 lakh crore holistic infrastructure development programme ”Gatishakti”, which is aimed at boosting employment opportunities and productivity of industries.
- Gatishakti will be a national master plan which will lay the foundation of the overall infrastructure in the country and give an integrated and holistic path to the economy. “This will reduce travel time and productivity of industry will increase even more.
PM Modi sets 2047 target for becoming ‘energy independent’
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th August set a target of becoming ‘energy independent’ by 2047 through a mix of electric mobility, gas-based economy, doping ethanol in petrol and making the country a hub for hydrogen production.
- The roadmap for that is to increase usage of natural gas in the economy, setting up a network of CNG and piped natural gas network across the country, blending 20 per cent ethanol in petrol and electric mobility. The country has achieved the target of 100 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity ahead of the target.
Government Scheme Project Targets:
- To Eliminate TB-2025
- To generate solar Power (500GW)-2030
- Har Ghar Jal-2024
- TAPI gas pipeline project is expected to be completed by-2022
- Net zero carbon emitting in Indian railways-2030
- Piyush Goyal target Railways to run 100% on electricity by -2024
- India brings forward target of 20% ethanol-blending in petrol -2023
CM Jagan launches Rs 4,500 crore ‘Naadu-Nedu-2’ to remodel 16,000 govt schools in AP
- Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on 16th August launched the second phase of the Nadu-Nedu initiative at ZP High School in P Gannavaram mandal in East Godavari district, with a budget of Rs 4,500 crore to remodel 16,000 government schools across Andhra Pradesh.
- Earlier, he also started the distribution of Jagananna Vidya Kanuka kits to 4.73 crore students studying in government and aided schools for the academic year 2021-22.
- Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
- Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
- Capitals: Visakhapatnam (executive capital), Kurnool (judicial capital), Amaravati (legislative capital.)
Kaziranga becomes India’s first national park with satellite phones
- Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam has become the first national park in India to be equipped with satellite phones. Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua handed over 10 satellite phones to the forest personnel of the Kaziranga National Park.
- The satellite phones will boost the anti-poaching measures in the park. BSNL will be the service provider of these phones.
Gallantry Awards 2021: Here’s the list of 144 gallantry awards announced
President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has approved 144 Gallantry awards to Armed Forces, police and paramilitary personnel on the eve of Independence Day 2021. These include one Ashok Chakra, one Kirti Chakra, 15 Shaurya Chakras, four Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 116 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and two Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry). READ MORE………..
PM declares August 14 to be observed as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that August 14 will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. Pakistan celebrates August 14 as its Independence Day.
- “Partition’s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14th August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day.
Former India footballer Chinmoy Chatterjee passes away
- Eminent India-international footballer Chinmoy Chatterjee, who played for the three Maidan heavyweights in his prime in the 1970-80s, has passed away. He was a member of the Indian team at the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games where they finished fourth in the quarterfinal league.
- Chatterjee played for Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting, during his domestic career. He also represented Bengal in the Santosh Trophy four times, and became champions in three of them.
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