News: Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, 72, won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee”, the award-giving body.
Based in Britain, Mr. Gurnah is the first African writer to win the award since the Zimbabwean Doris Lessing in 2007, and only the second writer of colour from sub-Saharan Africa, after Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka, who won in 1986.
His novels include Paradise, which is set in colonial East Africa during the First World War and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and Desertion.
News: The heaviest semi-cryogenic propellant tank (SC120- LOX) ever fabricated by Hindustan Aeronatics Limited (HAL) has been delivered to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
In physics, cryogenics is the production and behaviour of materials at very low temperatures.
Cryogenics is the science that addresses the production and effects of very low temperatures.
Under such a definition it could be used to include all temperatures below the freezing point of water (0 C).
3. EXERCISE AJEYA WARRIOR
News: India’s armed forces are scheduled to carry out an exercise with the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group later this month as it heads back home after its maiden operational deployment in the Indian Ocean.
About Exercise Ajeya Warrior:
It will be the sixth edition of India-UK joint military exercise ‘Ajeya Warrior’.
The aim of this exercise is to conduct army level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorism operations
The exercise is conducted alternatively in the United Kingdom and India.
Other joint exercises between India and UK:
Air Force: Indradhanush
4. SWADESH DARSHAN SCHEME
News: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday inaugurated the redeveloped ancient Mata Kaushalya temple, part of the “Ram Van Gaman” Tourism Circuit the State government is developing at a cost of ₹137.45 crore.
About Swadesh Darshan Scheme:
Swadesh Darshan Scheme is a scheme of Ministry of Tourism under Government of India. The scheme aims to promote, develop and harness the potential of tourism in India.
This is a central sector scheme; i.e. – 100% funded by Central Government of India. Also efforts are made to achieve convergence with other schemes of Central and State Governments.
The funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate Sector is also used in this scheme.
The entire scheme is based on theme-based tourism. Each theme is called a “circuit” and composed of various tourist destinations.
5. SASHASTRA SEEMA BAL
News: The border guarding forces of India and Nepal will conduct regular joint patrolling along the border to control trans-border crimes, smuggling of arms, human trafficking and other areas of concern, a statement by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
About Sashastra Seema Bal:
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) is a border guarding force of India deployed along its border with Nepal and Bhutan.
It is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The force was originally set up under the name Special Services Bureau in 1963 in the aftermath of the Sino-Indian War to strengthen India’s border areas against enemy operations.
The primary task of the force was to provide armed support to the foreign intelligence division of Intelligence Bureau, which later became Research and Analysis Wing (after its creation in 1968).