Miscellaneous Current Affairs

Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 will be presented to actress Asha Parekh

  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 will be presented to veteran actress Asha Parekh.
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on 27th September, he is honored to announce that the Dadasaheb Phalke Selection Jury has decided to recognize and award Asha Parekh ji for her exemplary lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.
  • Minister also announced that the 68th National Film Awards will be held on 30th September, which will be presided over by President Draupadi Murmu.

What is Dadasaheb Phalke Award?

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in the field of cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organization set up by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The recipient is awarded for his “outstanding contribution to the growth & development of Indian cinema” and is selected by a committee of eminent personalities from the Indian film industry.

Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati passes away at the age 99.

  • Dwarka-Sharda Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati died on 11th September in Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • He was 99 years old. He breathed his last at Shridham Jhoteshwar Ashram in Narsinghpur. The funeral took place on 12 September.
  • Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati was born in 1924 in Dighori village of Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • He was at the forefront of the anti-Congress movement in the 1950s. He served as the president of the Rama Rajya Parishad. He was also imprisoned three times between 1954 and 1970 in connection with the movement to ban cow slaughter.

DCGI approved India’s first intra-nasal COVID-19 vaccine for restricted emergency use

  • The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on 6th September approved the country’s first intra-nasal COVID-19 vaccine – Bharat Biotech’s iNCOVACC, for restricted emergency use in people above the age of 18 years.
  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has described this achievement as a big boost in India’s fight against COVID-19.
  • Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya informed that Bharat Biotech’s Recombinant Nasal Vaccine has been approved by Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) for restricted use in emergency situation for primary immunization in above 18 years age group.

Supertech Twin Towers in Noida were Demolished

  • Supertech Twin Towers in Noida were Demolished at 2:30 PM on 28 August 2022 (Sunday).
  • The demolition took place in line with the directions of the Supreme Court for violating set rules, building regulations and fire safety norms.
  • The demolition process took less than 10 seconds. Nearly 3,700 kg explosive was used to bring two towers down.

Qns : Why was Noida’s Supertech Twin Towers demolished?

Ans : The twin towers are being demolished due to serious violations of the building code. Noida Authority & Supertech indulged in “nefarious complicity” and ordered the company to demolish the buildings at its own expense under the guidance of the Noida Authority.

Former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu released a book ‘New India’ on the death anniversary of Arun Jaitley

  • Former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 24th August released a book titled New India –  a compilation of selected articles of former Union Minister and Padma Vibhushan Arun Jaitley on his death anniversary in New Delhi. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th August wrote in the preface to his book “New India’, released on the occasion of Arun Jaitley’s death anniversary, that Jaitley was a multifaceted personality – a friend of many, an outstanding legal mind, an effective minister and an excellent communicator.
  • Shri Jaitley had dreamed of a New India, a strong, stable, prosperous, peaceful and forward-looking India.
  • Shri Jaitley also dreamed of a progressive nation, where there is no poverty, no urban-rural divide and no gender and social discrimination.

Qns : Which book was released by former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on the death anniversary of Arun Jaitley?

Ans : Former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 24th August released a book titled New India –  a compilation of selected articles of former Union Minister and Padma Vibhushan Arun Jaitley on his death anniversary in New Delhi.

Geetanjali Shree’s (Hindi Author) Novel ‘Tomb of Sand’ wins International Booker prize on 26th May

Geetanjali Shree’s (Hindi author) novel Ret Samadhi “Tomb of Sand” has won the International Booker prize on 26th May 2022, becoming the 1st novel translated from Hindi to do so.

Gitanjali Shree is not only the 1st Hindi winner of the award, but it is also the 1st time that a book originally written in an Indian language has won the Booker Prize.

Geetanjali Shree Tomb of Sand

Tomb of Sand is the story of an 80-year-old woman who falls into a deep depression after the death of her husband, then resurfaces to find a new lease on life. The woman travels to Pakistan to confront the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition, and reevaluate what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a woman & a feminist.

Qns.1- Who won the International Booker Prize for the novel ‘Tomb of Sand’?

Ans.1- Geetanjali Shree’s (Hindi author) novel Ret Samadhi “Tomb of Sand” has won the International Booker prize on 26th May 2022, becoming the 1st novel translated from Hindi to do so.

Monkeypox Virus : Introduction, History, Symptoms

Monkeypox virus is an enveloped double-stranded DNA virus that belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus of the Poxviridae family.

Monkeypox has made its presence felt in the United Kingdom.. The patient has a recent travel history from Nigeria, where they are suspected of having an infection, before travelling to the UK, According to the UK Health Security Agency (HSA), which confirmed the case.

Monkeypox virus
Monkeypox Virus.

Monkeypox :

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (virus transmitted from animals to humans) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in patients with smallpox, although it is less severe clinically. With the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and the subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination, monkeypox has emerged as the most important orthopoxvirus for public health. Monkeypox occurs mainly in Central & West Africa, often near tropical rainforests, & is increasingly appearing in urban areas. Animal hosts include rodents & a range of non-human primates.

History :

Monkeypox virus was initially discovered in a colony of Cynomolgus monkeys kept at the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen in 1958. “Monkeypox was first introduced into the Rotterdam Zoo in 1966. The Congo Basin & West African clades of the Monkeypox virus are responsible for the disease. A Clades is a collections of organisms that have a common ancestor. Coronavirus, for example, are a clade within the coronaviridae family.

Symptoms of monkeypox :

  • Monkeypox viral attack, the symptoms can be divided into 2 categories : invasion & skin rash.
  • It usually takes 6 to 13 days for monkeypox to incubate.
  • The patient has fever, severe headache, lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph nodes), back pain, myalgia (muscle pain), and an acute asthenia during the invasion phase, within the first 5 days of illness (lack of energy) it happens.

Qns 1. What is Monkeypox Virus?

Ans 1. Monkeypox virus is a double-stranded DNA virus that causes monkey pox in humans & other animals. It belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. It is one of the human orthopoxviruses that includes variola, cowpox & vaccinia viruses.

Qns 2. What is Symptoms of Monkeypox Virus?

Ans 2. Monkeypox viral attack, the symptoms can be divided into 2 categories: invasion & skin rash.
It usually takes 6 to 13 days for monkeypox to incubate.
The patient has fever, severe headache, lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph nodes), back pain, myalgia (muscle pain), and an acute asthenia during the invasion phase, within the first 5 days of illness (lack of energy) it happens.

Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu Language to Poet Chandrabhan Khyal for “Taja Hawa Ki Tabishen”

On 22 February 2022, Sahitya Akademi, has announced the Sahitya Akademi Award 2021 in Urdu language to Urdu language poet Chandrabhan Khayal for his collection of poems “Tajha Hawa Ki Tabishen”.

It is worth mentioning that the book has been selected by a tri-member jury following the prescribed selection process.

Shri Chandrabhan will be presented with an engraved copper plate, shawl & an amount of 1 lakh rupees as a prize at the literary festival to be held in Delhi on 11 March 2022.

Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit : New vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi, 4 February 2022

  • Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit, a professor of Political Science at Savitribai Phule Pune University has been appointed as new vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
  • She succeeds Mr. Jagadesh Kumar who recently became chairman of the University Grants Commission.
  • Her appointment order was issued on 4 Feb and is valid for a period of 5 years.
  • An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from where she completed her MPhil & PhD in International Relations in 1986 & 1990.

JNU Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar appointed UGC Chairman

  • JNU Vice Chancellor (VC) Mr. Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • In a notification issued by the Ministry of Education, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed for a term of 5 years or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
  • He has been given this charge for the 2nd time.
  • He previously served as the President of UGC from 14 Jan to 7 Feb 2017.
  • Professor D.P. The post of UGC president fell vacant on 7 Dec 2021, after Singh who took charge in 2018, resigned at the age of 65.