13.10.20 Daily UKPSC Current Affairs



Uttarakhand to Start Plantation Drive to Clear Compensatory Afforestation Backlog in Other states


Uttarakhand Forest Department is to set up a plantation drive in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan to clear the backlog for compensatory afforestation over the following two years. The Compensatory afforestation is done against the transfer of forest land for non-forestry purposes.


In compensatory plantation, 1,100 vegetation are planted over an area of one hectare.
Compensatory afforestation is done against the transfer of forest land for non-forestry purposes. Non-forestry purposes done in the transfer of forest includes mining, construction of dams etc.


The report of the Uttarakhand Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) steering committee made the state government have done afforestation on the 24,908 hectare land as of now.

CAMPA has set a target of afforestation on 33,944 hectare.




National Philately Day: 13 October

The National Philately Day was celebrated on 13 October throughout the country.

The Philately is the study of postage stamps and postal history.

The day also marks the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other philatelic products.

My Stamp is the brand name for personalized sheets of Postage Stamps of India Post.

Postage stamp is a small adhesive piece of paper of specified value issued by a national post Office to be affixed to a letter or parcel to indicate the amount of postage paid.

ISA Solar Awards conferred for the first time

For the first time since the inception of the framework agreement of ISA, Solar awards were conferred on countries of the region as well as institutions working for solar.

Solar Awards were awarded for the three categories

Visvesvaraya award – to recognise the countries with maximum floating solar capacity in each of the four regions of ISA.

Kalpana Chawla awards – to recognise outstanding contribution of scientists and engineers working in the field of solar energy.

Diwakar award – to recognizes organisations & institutions that have been working for the benefit of differently-abled people and have maximised the use of solar energy in the host country.

The winners of these 3 categories are

Visvesvaraya award – Japan for the Asia Pacific region and the Netherlands for Europe and Others region.

Kalpana Chawla awards – Dr.Bhim Singh from IIT Delhi (India) and Dr. Aaesha Alnuaimi from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (United Arab Emirates.

Diwakar award – Arpan Institute (Haryana) and Arushi Society.



E-Sanjeevani rapidly gaining popularity amongst patients & doctors


Health Ministry’s telemedicine initiative – E-Sanjeevani is rapidly gaining popularity amongst patients and doctors.

It has recorded five lakh teleconsultations in a short span of time and the last one lakh consultations were completed in a record time of 17 days.

As a digital modality of health care services delivery, e-Sanjeevani is gradually shaping into a parallel stream for the Indian healthcare delivery system with the number of teleconsultations per day on the platform touching 8,000 mark in the last few days.

At present, 26 states are using e-Sanjeevani’s two variants of telemedicine namely – doctor to doctor (e-SanjeevaniAB-HWC) and patient to doctor (e-SanjeevaniOPD).

Shashi Tharoor announces book titled ‘The Battle of Belonging’

Renowned Author and Politician, Shashi Tharoor is set to release his new book titled “The Battle of Belonging” is set to be released in November 2020.

The book is published by Aleph Book Company.

Shashi Tharoor described this book as his “magnum opus” on the Theory, evolution and practice of Nationalism across the globe and especially in India.

The book appears to be an extension of his book “Why I Am a Hindu”.

India hosts virtual Summit of Ministers of Justice of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation


India hosted the virtual Summit of Ministers of Justice of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO.

Addressing the Ministers of Justice from SCO Member States, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad highlighted the initiatives taken by the Indian Government for providing affordable and easy access to justice for all.

He mentioned Pro Bono Legal Services to provide free legal aid to marginalized sections of the society.

As part of activities of the Justice Ministers’ Forum, the Minister urged SCO Member States to promote exchange of ideas, best practices and experiences in identified areas through the platform.

NITI Aayog to establish Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Centre with AWS


In order to address societal challenges through digital innovation, NITI Aayog announced the establishment of a Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Centre, CIC with Amazon Web Services, AWS.

It is the first of its kind in India.

This CIC is part of the AWS CIC Global Programme which provides an opportunity for government agencies, non-profits and educational institutions, to come together on pressing challenges, apply design thinking, test new ideas, and access the technology expertise of AWS.


India’s agricultural exports rise by 14.8 % during first five months of current fiscal

India’s agricultural exports have recovered from a pandemic-induced decline.

Exports of major farm products stood at 53,000 crore rupees in the five-month period between April and August 2020-21, a rise of 14.8 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

During the April to August period, farmers gained from higher exports of rice, wheat and sugar.

Exports of basmati rice, a big-ticket export item among cereals, during April-August rose 8.2 percent from the year-ago period, while the value of non-basmati rice exports grew 91.3 percent.


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