AspirantWorld One liners : 21st September

• US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to set up a “national commission to promote patriotic education” in the US. The 1776 Commission is an education commission proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump to support “patriotic education”. The initiative is an apparent counter to the 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of essays on African American history of the past four centuries, which explores the Black community’s contribution in nation-building since the era of slavery to modern times.

• INS Viraat, the Aircraft Carrier with the longest service in the world, commenced its towed final journey from Mumbai, to be broken at Alang in Gujarat and sold as scrap. The ship was commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS (Her Majesty’s Ship) Hermes in 1959. She was part of the key formation of the British forces during the Falklands War against the Argentinian forces in 1982. HMS Hermes was decommissioned within three years after the war.

• The Delhi police has arrested Rajeev Sharma, a journalist, under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). The police claimed that he had passed on information such as the deployment of Indian troops on the border to Chinese intelligence officers. Official Secrets Act has its roots in the British colonial era. The original version was The Indian Official Secrets Act (Act XIV), 1889. It was amended and made more stringent in the form of The Indian Official Secrets Act, 1904, during Lord Curzon’s tenure as Viceroy of India.

• Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that his government will establish the country’s ‘biggest’ film city in Gautam Buddh Nagar. Though a proposal for the film city is yet to be prepared, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Authority (YEIDA) is in the process of looking for appropriate land for the project. As per the UP Film Policy, 2018, the state government will “support establishment of film cities by providing land at industrial rates” and also assist in developing the right infrastructure for it.

• Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

• The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare informed Rajya Sabha about the status of HIV/AIDS Patients in India. As per the latest HIV estimates report (2019) of the Government, India is estimated to have around 23.49 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in 2019. The HIV epidemic has an overall decreasing trend in country with estimated annual New HIV infections declining by 37% between 2010 and 2019.

• A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Women and Child Development for controlling Malnutrition as a part of POSHAN Abhiyaan. The two Ministries have also decided to launch the hashtag #Ayush4Anganwadi for generating awareness about the activities on the digital media.

• The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 was introduced in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to streamline the provisions of the FCRA by strengthening the compliance mechanism, enhancing transparency and accountability in the receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution worth thousands of crores of rupees every year. The proposed amendments seek to bar public servants from receiving foreign funding.

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