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Current Affairs : 11-12 July, 2021

 1. Recently which ministry has announced to implement SPARSH system?

Answer- Ministry of Defense

Defense Ministry has announced to implement SPARSH system. This web-based system processes the pension claims and credits the pension directly to the Defense Pensioners' bank account without relying on any external intermediary. A pensioner portal is available for pensioners to view their pension information, access services and register complaints for redressal of grievances, if any, related to their pension matters. SPARSH envisages setting up of service centers to provide last mile connectivity to pensioners who may be unable to directly access the SPARSH portal due to any reason. Apart from several offices of the Defense Accounts Department, which are already serving as service centers for pensioners, the two largest banks dealing with defense pensioners – State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) have been associated as service centres.

2. Recently the Government of India has announced to bring the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) under which ministry?

Answer – Ministry of Finance

The Government of India has announced to bring the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) under the Ministry of Finance. DPE was earlier under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. It has been brought under the Finance Minister to facilitate coordination regarding future disinvestment plans. After the inclusion of DPE, now there are six departments in the Finance Ministry.

3. Recently which state government has proposed to create its own over-the-top (OTT) platform?

Answer – Kerala

The Kerala government has proposed to create its own over-the-top (OTT) platform. The Kerala government has planned to launch it by November 1. The state government's proposed foray into the online content streaming space with the launch of an over-the-top (OTT) platform is a cultural intervention rather than something driven by market or revenue. OTT players like Netflix and Amazon are showing more interest in Malayalam cinema. But they are mostly limited to films, from which they can get revenue. Also, smaller and domestic OTT platforms like Nestream and Mainstream TV do not have much money to match the big players.

4. Recently how many member development council has been constituted for the cement industry?

Answer- 25

A 25-member Development Council has been constituted for the cement industry. The council will suggest ways to eliminate waste, achieve maximum output, improve quality, reduce costs and promote standardization of products. Puneet Dalmiya is the chairman of this council. Its members include HM Bangur, MD of Shree Cement Limited; Rakesh Singh, Executive Chairman, The India Cements Limited; Pracheta Majumdar, CEO of Birla Corporation Limited; JK Madhavkrishna Singhania, Deputy Managing Director of Cement Limited and Nilesh Narwekar, CEO of JSW Cement Limited.

Where has it been announced to set up India's first Maritime Arbitration Center recently?

Answer – Gandhinagar

India's first Maritime Arbitration Center has been announced to be set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Gujarat Maritime University has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Financial Services Centers Authority (IFSCA) at GIFT City for setting up the Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Center (GIMAC). MoU) has been signed. GIMAC will be the first of its kind in India to manage arbitration and brokerage proceedings for disputes relating to the maritime and shipping sector. It will be part of a maritime cluster being set up by the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) at GIFT City in Gandhinagar. There are more than 35 arbitration centers in India. However, none of them is specifically related to the maritime sector. Arbitration hearings involving Indian players are now conducted at the Singapore Arbitration Centre. The idea of ​​creating a world-class arbitration center focused on maritime and shipping disputes can help resolve commercial and financial conflicts between entities operating in India.

6. Recently India's first floating tunnel aquarium of freshwater has been established at which railway station?

Answer – Bangalore City Railway Station

India's first floating freshwater tunnel aquarium has been set up at Bangalore Railway Station. This railway station is also known as Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station. This aquarium has been jointly opened by Indian Railway Stations Development Cooperation Limited (IRSDC) in association with HNi Aquatic Kingdom. Aquatic Kingdom Aquarium is based on the concept of the Amazon River and is 12 feet tall. The station's entrance now gives a glimpse of marine life, with a beautiful dolphin humbly greeting visitors with a slight bow and a smile. A 3D selfie area, 20 feet of glassPerimeter are also some of the attractive features of the new facility.

7. Recently Amazon has set up the first digital center in which state of India?

Answer – Gujarat

Amazon has set up the first digital center in Surat city of Gujarat. Amazon's Digital Hubs are centers that will provide an opportunity to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to learn about the benefits of e-commerce. MSMEs can visit the Amazon Digital Center and avail third party services including e-commerce, GST and taxation support, shipping and logistics support, cataloging assistance and training on the benefits of digital marketing services.

8. Which digital platform has recently launched the newsletter platform “Bulletin”?

Answer- Facebook

Facebook has launched the newsletter platform "Bulletin". The purpose of starting this is to promote freelance writers in America. The bulletin will include support focused on content creation, monetization and audience growth. It aims to integrate its existing tools to support writing and audio content – ​​from podcasts to live audio rooms – in one place. Facebook is pushing to compete in the fast-growing email newsletter trend, as high-profile journalists and writers have left media companies to strike on their own over the past year.

9. Who is the author of the book “The Light of Asia”?

Answer- Jairam Ramesh

The book author named "The Light of Asia" is Jairam Ramesh. Ramesh, author, Member of Parliament, former Union Minister and Congress leader, digs deep into his new book to uncover the fascinating story behind Sir Edwin Arnold's epic 1879 poem, "The Light of Asia". that shook the world and, in some ways, brought the Buddha's story to the world at the turn of the last century.

10. Where has the world's tallest sand palace been built recently?

Answer – Denmark

The world's tallest sand castle is built in Denmark. The name of this palace has been recorded in the Guinness World Records. The triangular shaped sand castle has been built in the city of Blokhus, Denmark. Its height is 21.16 m (69.4 ft). This new structure is 3.5 meters taller than the previous record held by Sandcastle in Germany measuring 17.66 meters in 2019. Dutch builder, Wilfred Stijger was assisted by 30 of the world's best sand sculptors. Like many other structures, the structure is built in the shape of a triangle to avoid collapse. A wooden structure was built around it for the artist to carve incredible figures in the sand. This highly ornate monument, resembling a pyramid in the small seaside village of Blokhs, is made of 4,860 tonnes of sand. To ensure that the sand sticks, about 10% clay was added to it.

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