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26 May 2021 Current Affairs
Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed as new Director of CBI.
- A 1985-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Maharashtra cadre, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed as new director of CBI.
- Jaiswal is currently the DG of CISF. He has been appointed as the director for a period of two years.
- He has also served as Maharashtra’s director general of police.
M B Rajesh elected as new speaker of Kerala assembly.
- M B Rajesh has been elected as the speaker of the Kerala Assembly.
- M B Rajesh is the 23rd speaker of the Kerala assembly.
Govt to set up National Mission on use of Biomass in coal based thermal power plants.
- The Power Ministry has decided to set up a National Mission on the use of Biomass in coal based thermal power plants.
- It is intended to address the issue of air pollution due to farm stubble-burning and to reduce the carbon footprints of thermal power generation.
- It will also further support the energy transition in the country and its targets to move towards cleaner energy sources.
- The Mission will increase the level of co-firing from the present five percent to higher levels to have a larger share of carbon-neutral power generation from the thermal power plants.
Centre releases Rs. 1605 crore to 8 North Eastern states under Jal Jeevan Mission to provide tap water supply to rural homes.
- The Union Government has released Rs. 1605 crore to eight North Eastern states under Jal Jeevan Mission to provide tap water supply to rural homes in the current financial year.
- This is the first tranche of the four to be released in this financial year. There are about 90 lakh rural households in all the North East States, with a maximum 63.35 lakh in Assam.
- In the last financial year, about 11 lakh new tap water connections were provided in all these states.
- According to ministry, as on today (25 May 2021), 16.27 lakh households in the region are getting tap water supply in these states in comparison to 3.2 lakh households in August, 2019.
- The Jal Jeevan Mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th of August 2019, with the aim to provide assured tap water supply to every rural home by 2024.
Cabinet approves opening of new Consulate General of India in Addu City, Maldives.
- The Union Cabinet has approved the opening of a new Consulate General of India in Addu City, Maldives in 2021.
- India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links steeped in antiquity.
- The opening of a Consulate General in Addu City will help augment India’s diplomatic presence in Maldives and make it commensurate with the existing and aspired level of engagement.
Cabinet approves MoUs entered into by ICoAl & ICSI with foreign countries.
- The Union Cabinet has granted ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) entered into by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India with various foreign countries and Organisations.
- The two Institutes have signed MoUs with foreign organizations including the Institute of Public Accountants, Australia, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, UK, Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Sri Lanka and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK.
BCCI to donate 2000 oxygen concentrators to help fight 2nd wave of Covid-19.
- Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) will donate oxygen concentrators to help fight the raging second wave of Covid-19.
- BCCI President: Saurav Ganguly
- BCCI Secretary: Jay Shah
Sports Ministry approves opening of 143 Khelo India Centres across 7 states with total budget estimate of Rs 14.30 crore.
- The Sports Ministry has given its approval to open 143 Khelo India Centres across seven states in the country with a total budget estimate of Rs 14.30 crore.
- These states are Maharashtra, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
- These Khelo India Centres will be entrusted with one sports discipline each.
- The financial assistance will be used for remuneration of the past-champion athletes as coach, support staff, purchase of equipment, sports kits, consumables, participation in competition and events.
- The Khelo India Centres have been launched by the Sports Ministry in partnership with the State Governments to ensure the availability of grassroot-level sports infrastructure across the country.
- 36 Khelo India Centres will be opened in Maharashtra, 52 centres in Arunachal Pradesh, two centres in Mizoram, 31 centres in Karnataka, 16 centres in Manipur, four in Madhya Pradesh and two centres in Goa.
Maharashtra govt classifies Mucormycosis as notified disease under Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
- The Maharashtra Government has classified Mucormycosis as a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister: Udhhav Thackeray
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs 74th World Health Assembly.
- Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan chaired the 74th World Health Assembly virtually yesterday. Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros was also present on the occasion.
- The Board has recommended that the 74th World Health Assembly should adopt a decision to present a road map for the global action plan for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases till the year 2030.
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