Daily Current Affairs 16 January 2021 With Video Lecture

Pradhan Mantri Kausal Vikas Yojana 3.0

  • The Government of India is to launch the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. The third Phase is to be implemented by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana was launched as National Skill Development Mission in 2010.
  • Based on the learnings gained from the first and second phase of the mission, the Ministry has improved the newer version of the scheme to match the current policy doctrine and energize the skilling ecosystem affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

          Objective:

  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana’s third phase (PMKVY 3.0) will focus on training eight lakh candidates during the scheme period of 2020-2021 with an outlay of Rs. 948.90 crore.

            Key Highlights 

  • Around 729 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKKs), empaneled non-PMKK training centers and over 200 ITIs under Skill India Mission will be rolling out training under PMKVY 3.0 to build a robust pool of skilled professionals.
  • The mission will train eight lakh candidates in localised, demand-driven skills, over a period of one year with an investment of about ₹950 crore.
  • The third phase of the mission will be rolled out in all states and Union territories simultaneously except five, where either election-related rules or covid-19 lockdown rules are in place. 
  • The scheme will be rolled out in five states including West Bengal later.
  • The district administrations will play a major role in deciding training demand, job matching and quality monitoring.
No. Type of Training Description
1. Short Term Training Training as per National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) is provided to school/college dropouts or unemployed
2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assess and certify an individual with a certain set of skills or with prior learning experience with grade according to the NSQF.
3. Special Projects Ensures training in special areas and premises of government bodies and corporate. It aims to encourage training in vulnerable and marginalized groups of society.
  • Training Partners (TPs) are mandated to organize Kaushal and Rozgar Melas every six months, thus providing placement assistance to certified ones.

Tsar Icicle collapsed killing four tourists

  • The Tsar Icicle recently collapsed killing four tourists in Russia.
  • The Vilyuchinsky waterfall in winter is called Tsar Icicle.
  • Icicle is a spike of ice formed when water falling from an object freezes.
  • The Vilyuchinsky waterfall lies in Kamchatka peninsula. It is home to more than one hundred and sixty volcanoes.
  • Many of these volcanoes are capped with glaciers. As these glaciers melt during warm weather, they form waterfalls. One such waterfall is the Vilyuchinsky waterfalls.
  • Vilyuchinsk Waterfall located in Ring of Fire region

      What is Tsar Icicle?

  • The Vilyuchinsky waterfall in winter is called Tsar Icicle. The Vilyuchinsky waterfall lies in Kamchatka peninsula. It is home to more than one hundred and sixty volcanoes. Of these twenty-nine are still active. Many of these volcanoes are capped with glaciers. As these glaciers melt during warm weather, they form waterfalls. One such waterfall is the Vilyuchinsky waterfalls.

     What is an Icicle?

  • Icicle is a spike of ice formed when water falling from an object freezes.

     Why is it called the Ring of Fire?

  • Because it forms a track around the rim of the Pacific Ocean. More than 75% of the earth’s volcano is located in ring of fire.

Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated India’s first ‘Fire Park’

  • To educate and bring awareness on basic fire safety measures among the people, particularly the students, The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik virtually inaugurated a first of its kind ‘Fire Park’.
  • The ‘Fire Park’ is located inside the premises of the Odisha Fire and Disaster Academy in Bhubaneswar.
  • The minister also launched an online portal, ‘AgnishamaSeva’ of Odisha Fire Service.
  • The fire park will facilitate demonstrations on use of first aid fire-fighting equipment, rescue and disaster operations, visit the exhibition hall, screening of films and distribution of leaflets on fire safety.

Six-member working group to regulate digital frauds

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a working group to study digital lending activities of the regulated and unregulated players, due to the growing instances of frauds in digital lending space.
  • The six-member panel comprises of following four RBI internal and two external members are: Jayant Kumar Dash, Ajay Kumar Choudhary, P Vasudevan, Manoranjan Mishra, Vikram Mehta, Rahul Sasi.
  • The group will evaluate digital lending activities and assess the penetration and standards of outsourced digital lending activities in RBI regulated entities.
  • The six-member panel comprises of following four RBI internal and two external members:
  • Jayant Kumar Dash, Executive Director, RBI (Chairman)
  • Ajay Kumar Choudhary, Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Supervision (Member)
  • P Vasudevan, Chief General Manager, Department of Payment and Settlement Systems, RBI (Member)
  • Manoranjan Mishra, Chief General Manager, Department of Regulation (Member Secretary)
  • Vikram Mehta, Co-founder, Monexo Fintech (External Member)
  • Rahul Sasi, Cyber Security Expert & Founder of CloudSEK (External Member)

Thiruvalluvar Day: 15th January 2021

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has bowed to the venerable Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day.
  • The fourth day of the Pongal celebrations is called Thiruvalluvar Day. It is dedicated to the sun god, Surya.
  • The Government of Tamil Nadu celebrates the 15th (16th on leap years) of January as Thiruvalluvar Day in the honour of the poet Thiruvalluvar.
  • It may also be declared a public holiday in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

     History of Thiruvalluvar Day

  • Thiruvalluvar was a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher who lived in the 4th century BCE.
  • Commonly known as Valluvar, he is best known for authoring Thirukkuṛaḷ, a collection of couplets on ethics, political and economic matters, and love. The text is considered as one of the finest works of the Tamil literature.
  • Thiruvalluvar was chosen as the Tamil language’s greatest historical figure after Tamil scholars unanimously agreed to the proposal. As a result, a resolution to celebrate a day known as “Thiruvalluvar Day” for him by all Tamils was passed on January 17th, 1935.

QUICK REVIEW

  1. Pradhan Mantri Kausal Vikas Yojana was launched in which year?
  2. 2010
  3. 2014
  4. 2015
  5. 2016

ANSWER: A

  • Vilyuchinsk Waterfall is located in which country?
  • Nepal
  • USA
  • India
  • Russia

ANSWER: D

  • India’s first ‘Fire Park has been inaugurated in which state?
  • Odisha
  • Karnataka
  • Assam
  • Kerala

ANSWER: A

  • Recently RBI has set up a six-member working group to check what type of frauds?
  • Cash payments and withdrawal
  • Digital banking and interface
  • Management of bank passbooks
  • Insurance and safety policies

ANSWER:  B

  • Thiruvalluvar Day is celebrated in which state?
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Karnataka
  • Goa
  • Bihar

ANSWER: A

  • Which among these is a collection of couplets on ethics, political and economical matters and love written by the renowned Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar?
  • Tolkappiyam
  • Tirukkural
  • Periyapuranam
  • Kalingattuparani

ANSWER: B

Hemanth Kasturi

    General Studies Tutor at SSBCrackExams, Graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, Cleared NDA, CDS, INET, AFCAT exams.

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