14th January 2021 Super Short Current Affairs for UPSC Exam


Mission COVID Suraksha

In News: Announced the stimulus packsage of Rs. 900 crore for this Mission

Fund: Department of Biotechnology (DBT) for Research and Development

- It is a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat mission.

Aim:

1. It will help the development process of the vaccine candidates.

2. Accelerating pre-clinical and clinical development

Implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council

Grants

Rs. 900 Crore for a period of 12

 months.

Vaccines:

1. Covishield by The Serum Institute of India  

2. Covaxin by  ICMR

3. ZyCoV-D by Zydus Cadila 

4. Sputnik V by Russia

5. BNT162b2 by Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine candidate 


China’s hydropower project on Brahmputra

In news: Chinese Hydropower Company to construct the first downstream hydropower project on the lower reaches of the river Brahmaputra.

About the Project

 Agreement between POWERCHINA company and Tibet Autonommous Region

- Part of China’s five year plan

Importance of the Project for China:

1. Provide 300 billion kWh of clean, renewable and zero-carbon electricity annually.

2. China’s goal of reaching a carbon emissions peak before 2030 and carbon neutrality till 2060.

Concerns for India:

Border issue


India’s First Train on electrified route

In News: Recently, the Minister of Railways has inaugurated the newly electrified Dhigawdara-Bandikui section of North Western Railway.

Route from Dhigawara station in Alwar District, Rajasthan.

Current Electrification:

- Target till December 2023

More than 66% of the Broad gauge route has already been electrified

- Railways recorded a 371% increase in electrification during 2014-20 period

Benefits:

1. Speed will increase

2. Enhancing line capacity due to higher speed and higher haulage capacity.

3. Safety: Improved signaling system 

4. Less Financial Burden: 50% cheaper

 5. Seamless Movement due to  higher acceleration and braking features

6. Employment Generation

7. Energy bill savings

Sustainability