12.05.21 Daily JPSC Current Affairs


CIL to invest Rs 35 crore for installation of 25 O2 Plantsin Dhanbad district.

Coal India Limited (CIL) is pumping Rs . 35 Crores into installation of 25 oxygen generation plants, across 22 hospitals, to revive increased supply of the lifesaving gas. Residents of Jharkhand will be benefitted as a subsidiary of Coal India in the State would supply oxygen to the patients from its two upcoming oxygen generation plants in Ranchi and Ramgarh.

Of the 25 plants, five are being installed at CIL’s own hospitals at an investment of Rs. 4.25 Crores covering 332 beds.  Of these five, Central Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, will be putting up two plants at a total investment of Rs. 1.57 Crores — one at Central Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Ranchi with 700 litres per minute capacity supporting 70 beds. The other of 500 litres per minute capacity will be set up at Ramgarh Hospital catering to the oxygen needs of 50 beds.

These oxygen generation plants will be set up in CIL’s own hospitals and in district hospitals where four of CIL’s subsidiaries operate to support 3,328 beds.

While the combined oxygen generation capacity of 20 plants is a little above 12,700 litres /minute, four of the plants together generate 750 Cubic metres per hour. One is a refill plant.


First Indian to Win Arab World Nobel Prize – Dr Tahera Qutbuddin


Mumbai born, Dr Tahera Qutbuddin, a professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago, lately grew to be the first character of Indian-origin to win the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

The award is viewed to be the Nobel Prize of the Arab world. She gained the award for her brand new book, “Arabic Oration – Art and Function” published via Brill Academic Publishers of Leiden in 2019. In the book, she places forth a comprehensive principle of Arabic literature in its foundational oral duration dating the seventh and eighth centuries AD. She discusses its have an impact on on modern sermons and lectures as well.



Over 14k hectares in Andaman & Nicobar Islands gets ‘organic’ tag



Over 14,000 hectares area in Car Nicobar and Nancowry islands in the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has become India’s first large contiguous territory to be certified as ‘organic’ under the Centre’s ‘Large Area Certification’ (LAC) scheme.
Farming operations will be completely free from chemical inputs in this area like how it’s being done in the country’s fully organic state Sikkim.


India currently has several smaller clusters, accounting for more than 30 lakh hectares area spread over many states, registered under organic certification as per the PGS-India certification programme where the areas having chemical input usage history are required to undergo a transition period of a minimum of 2-3 years to qualify as organic.


As per the international survey report (2021) on organic farming, India ranks fifth in terms of area and is at the top in terms of a total number of producers (the base year 2019).


Exports hit $51 billion in first 7 weeks of current fiscal


India’s exporters are not complaining about the order book, despite some hiccups in recent weeks due to lockdowns across states.

According to the latest data available with the government, India’s exports reached $50.7 billion during the first seven weeks of the fiscal year, 11% higher than the corresponding period in 2019-20. The initial weeks of the last financial year were washed out due to a strict country-wide lockdown in India, which coincided with a similar situation across large parts of the world.


With 4.4 lakh patients, Karnataka tops in active Covid cases


Karnataka with 4.4 lakh active Covid cases is at the top among all states with highest active coronavirus cases in the country. Maharashtra is second with 3.3 lakh active cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3 lakh, Kerala (2.6 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (2 lakh).

Many other states have reported significant drop in daily cases and coupled with a high recovery rate, the total caseloads have come down countrywide – from a peak active cases of 37 lakh to 26 lakh on Tuesday. West Bengal, Odisha and Rajasthan have 1 lakh active cases each.


Government to open 143 Khelo India centres across 7 states


The Sports Ministry has decided to set up 143 Khelo India centres across seven states with a total budget of Rs 14.30 crore in its bid to nurture talent at the grassroot level.
These centres will be set up in Maharashtra, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

Each centre will be entrusted with one sports discipline.

The Khelo India centres have been launched by the Sports Ministry in partnership with state governments to ensure the availability of grassroot-level infrastructure across the country.

In June 2020, the ministry had planned to open up as many as 1,000 new Khelo India centres over a period of four years, with at least one centre in each district of the country.


e-Courts Services Mobile App


The Supreme Court’s E-Committee has released a manual in 14 languages for its free “e-Courts Services Mobile App.”

The Supreme Court’s e-committee has released a manual for its “e-Courts Services Mobile App” in 14 languages, and the app itself has received over 57 lakh downloads.

The manual is available in the following languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Khasi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.

The App functions as a personalised digital case diary, with case details available on the handset at any time of day, for free. It allows any litigant, advocate, judge, or anyone else in India to check the current status of a case.



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