CURRENT AFFAIRS – 2021
OCTOBER – 12, 2021
Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch the first-ever National Infrastructure Masterplan called “Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti”.
- This master plan will be launched on October 13, 2021.
- Gati Shakti scheme was announced by PM Modi on Independence Day, 2021.
- Gati Shakti platform was launched to provide information instantaneously.
- It will allow for better coordination among ministries.
- The nine-day floral festival has begun in Telangana.
- The Bathukamma festival is celebrated during Durga Navratri.
- Bathukamma festival begins on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and the festival continues till nine days.
- It ends on the day of Durgashtami.
e-voting process – Telangana
- The Telangana State Election Commission has planned to conduct a dry run of a “Mobile-Based e-voting system”.
- The development of this system is guided by the necessity of holding polls in India amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
- This system, if successful, will facilitate voting using smartphones from home.
- The dry run will be held in the Khammam district of Telangana on October 20.
- It will be India’s first smartphone-based e-voting process.
Adichanallur archaeological site
- After a long break of 17 years, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is all set to resume excavation at the Adichanallur archaeological site.
- It is spread over 125 acres along the Thamirabarani river in the Thoothukudi district.
- The Union government had announced plans to establish an iconic world-class on-site museum at Adichanallur, in February 2020.
- Adichanallur site was first excavated by German archaeology enthusiast Dr Jagor in 1876.
- The British India’s ASI Superintending Engineer Alexander Rea excavated the site between 1899 and 1905.
- The ASI Superintending Archaeologist Dr Sathya Murthy also probed the site in 2004-06.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- Starscapes has launched a public observatory in Uttarakhand.
- The new observatory ‘Stargate Observatory Bhimtal’ by Starscapes Experiences Pvt Ltd is situated in Bhimtal.
- With this, the tourists will witness a holistic astronomical experience.