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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 2 Dec 2019
The prestigious Jnanpith Award for literature has been announced for the Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboodri.
Akkitham is a famous writer in the Malayalam poetry He is popularly known as Akkitham. He was interested in literature and art since childhood.
The Jnanpith Award is the highest literary award given by the Indian Jnanpith Trust for Indian literature.
Any citizen of India who writes in any of the 22 languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule is eligible for this award.
Hindi litterateur Kunwar Narayan, elected for 2005, was the first person to receive the Jnanpith Award of Rs 7 lakh.
The first Jnanpith Award was presented to Malayalam writer G. Shankar Kurup in 1965.
The European Parliament voted recently to declare a “climate and environment emergency” in a symbolic gesture just ahead of the latest UN global crisis summit.
The motion urges the commission “to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 5 degrees C (35.7 degrees Fahrenheit)”.
The government has a proposal to set up a rocket launching pad near Kulasekarapattinam in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The Indian space agency is also in the process of realising a small rocket with a carrying capacity of 500 kg. ISRO currently flies two kinds of rockets – the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
India presently has one rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with two launch pads.
Operation ‘Clean Art’ was the first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair in the country.
The raids were carried out in U.P, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala.
Mongoose hair used for the making of brushes but it is considered as an “organised crime”.
The mongoose is listed in Schedule II Part 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act and any smuggling or possession of its body part is a non-bailable offence.
The operation was carried out by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change.
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has announced institution of the first everNational Startup Awards.
The National Startup Awards seek to recognize and reward outstanding startups and ecosystem enablers that are building innovative products or solutions and scalable enterprises, with high potential of employment generation or wealth creation, demonstrating measurable social impact.
The National Start-up Awards will also reward exceptional Incubators and Accelerators as key building blocks of a robust start-up ecosystem.
The awards for start-ups will be given in 35 areas, classified into 12 broad sectors like agriculture, education, enterprise technology, energy, finance, food, health, Industry 4.0, space, security, tourism, and urban services.