10.11.21 Daily UKPSC Current Affairs




Ganga Mashaal starts Journey from Uttarakhand



The Ganga Mashaal started its journey, formally from Rishikesh and Haridwar in Uttarakhand on November 8, 2021.


Mashaal will travel to a total of 23 stations along river Ganga.

It will help in sensitization of local people and Namami Gange volunteers.

Journey will be supported by District Administration, field volunteers such as Ganga Vichar Manch, Ganga Praharis, Ganga Doot (NYKS), Ganga Mitras.

Mashaal is being carried by the brave men of Ganga Task Force (GTF).

The journey will end up at Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.


Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, flagged off the Ganga Mashaal from New Delhi, during Ganga Utsav on November 3, 2021.

Ganga Mashaal in Rishikesh

Ganga Mashal was welcomed at Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh. It was followed by lighting of the lamp, Saraswati Vandana, Nukkad Natak on Swachhta, Ganga Aarti, and other cultural performances by school children & youth from National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS).

Ganga Mashaal in Haridwar

Ganga Mashaal was welcomed by WAPCOS and Wildlife Institute of India, in Haridwar.




Russia’s new Forest Plan


Russia has revealed its new Forest Plan, in an effort to deal with climate change. This plan highlights a changed mindset of Russia on climate change.


Sakhalin Island in Russia, located north of Japan has become a testing ground for Russia’s efforts to reconcile its prized fossil fuel industry with the requirement to do something about climate change.

Around two-thirds of Sakhalin Island is forested.

Russian authorities have set an ambitious goal to make the island, carbon neutral by 2025.

New forest plan was unveiled as tree growth will absorb much of the planet-warming carbon dioxide that half-million residents of the Island & its businesses produce.

About Sakhalin Island


Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia. It is the northernmost island of Japanese archipelago. The island is administered as part of the Sakhalin Oblast. It is located in the Pacific Ocean in between Sea of Okhotsk and Sea of Japan. The island is located just off Khabarovsk Krai and north of Hokkaido in Japan. The island is home to around 500,000 residents, majority of which are Russians.



Global Drug Policy Index


The Harm Reduction Consortium released the first Global Drug Policy Index.


Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Australia are the top five countries in this rating when it comes to compassionate and health-oriented drug regulations.

Brazil, Uganda, Indonesia, Kenya, and Mexico are the five countries with the lowest rankings.

Out of a total of 30 countries, India is positioned 18th, which received 46 out of 100 scores and 63 out of 100 on the “usage of severe sentences and responses” criterion.

It received a 49 out of 100 for health and harm reduction and received a score of 38 out of 100 for proportionality in criminal justice reaction.

India received a 33 out of 100 for the availability and accessibility of internationally prohibited medications for the alleviation of pain and suffering.



Landsat 9 satellite sends 1st photos of Earth


NASA and US Geological Survey led Landsat 9 mission collected and sent its first light images of the Earth.


Images highlight the remote coastal islands and inlets of Kimberley region of Western Australia, Lake Erie, white sands of Pensacola Beach and Glaciers high in the Himalayas.


All the acquired images provide a preview of how this mission will help people in managing vital natural resources and understanding the impacts of climate change.

About Landsat 9


Landsat 9 is an Earth observation satellite. It was launched from Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Space Force Base on September 27, 2021. The mission was launched through an Atlas V 401 launch vehicle. This is a joint mission of NASA and US Geological Survey (USGS). NASA looks after building, launching, and testing the satellite on the other hand, USGS operates this satellite, and manages & distributes the data archive.





‘HARBINGER 2021 – Innovation for Transformation’ – RBI’s first global hackathon


Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is set to organise its first global hackathon called ‘HARBINGER 2021–Innovation for Transformation’ focusing on digital payments.


The global hackathon will be organised under theme of ‘Smarter Digital Payments’.


It will witness participants to identify and develop solutions which can be used:


  1. To make digital payments accessible to the under-served
  2. To enhance the ease of payments & user experience
  3. To strengthen the security of digital payments and
  4. to promote customer protection.


  • The hackathon is inviting innovative ideas in payment & settlement system.


Through this hackathon, RBI seeks ideas on easy-to-use, innovative, non-mobile digital payment solutions to convert small-ticket cash transactions into digital mode to remove physical act of payment. It also seeks to develop alternate authentication mechanism for digital payments. Under the hackathon, RBI will also seek social media analysis monitoring tool to detect digital payment fraud and disruption.



Srinagar airport declared as ‘Major airport’


Airport was declared as major airport by exercising powers conferred by Sub-Section (i) of Section 2 of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008.

Earlier on October 23, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had inaugurated international flight operations at Srinagar airport. First direct international flight was inaugurated between Srinagar, Sharjah and United Arab Emirates (UAE).


AERA has been mandated to determine tariff for aeronautical services provided at major airports, under section 13 of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008.


Amount of the development fees including user development fee and amount of passenger’s service fee are levied under Rule 88 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 which were formulated under Aircraft Act, 1934.


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