AspirantWorld One liners : 27th December

• Mother Teresa Memorial Award is presented to Padma Bhusan Anil Prakash Joshi. The Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2021 has been given to environmentalist Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan this year. The award went to Vidyut Mohan, the winner of the Earth Shot Prize, and Ridhima Pandey.

• The “Good Governance Index 2020-21” was released by the central government on 25 December. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances compiled the index (DARPG). The top three states are Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa. Indicators recorded by these states increased by 12% in Gujarat.

• Sri Lanka and India are set to sign a long-awaited agreement to jointly develop the ‘Trincomalee oil tank farm.’ The Trincomalee oil tank farm deal is a much-desired project that has been contentious for a long time. This project has been in the works for 16 months between India and Sri Lanka.

• After 22 years, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) discovered a rare pink handfish near the Tasmanian coast. The last time the fish was seen was in 1999. In February 2021, Australian marine researchers used an underwater camera to photograph the seabed in Tasman Fracture Marine Park.

• The INS Khukri (P49), India’s first indigenously built missile corvette, was decommissioned on December 24, 2021, after 32 years of service at Visakhapatnam. The national flag, decommissioning pennant, and naval ensign were all lowered at sunset during the decommissioning ceremony.

• The Indian Army has launched ASIGMA, a modern messaging app that stands for “Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application.” The AWAN (Army Wide Area Network) messaging application will be replaced by ASIGMA. For the past 15 years, AWAN has been in operation.

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