Jain University won the title of Khelo India University Games 2021.

  • Jain University emerged as the overall champion of the Khelo India University Games.
  • Jain University claimed 20 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals to take top honours.
  • Lovely Professional University (17 gold, 15 silver, 19 bronze) and defending champion Panjab University (15 gold, 9 silver, 24 bronze) finished second and third respectively.
  • Jain University swimmer Siva Sridhar, with seven gold and two silver medals, finished as the most successful athlete of the championship.

Former Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor appointed as Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Former petroleum secretary Tarun Kapoor has been appointed as an advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Mr Kapoor, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, superannuated as the secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on November 30, 2021.
  • Senior bureaucrats Hari Ranjan Rao and Atish Chandra have been appointed as additional secretaries in the PMO.
  • Kapoor’s appointment will be initially for a period of two years from the date of joining.

Country's first Greenfield grain based ethanol plant opened in Bihar's Purnea.

  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar opened the country’s first Greenfield grain-based ethanol plant in Purnea.
  • The Rs 105-crore plant by Eastern India Biofuels Pvt Ltd is the first one developed since the Centre gave a go-ahead to Bihar’s ethanol production and promotion policy-2021.
  • The Purnea plant, built with latest technology using zero waste discharge.
  • It has been set up on about 15 acres of land and will buy 130 tons of rice husk and 145-150 tons of maize or rice from farmers every day.
  • The ethanol will be exclusively sold to Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum in the state and in neighbouring West Bengal and Jharkhand, for which a 10 year purchase agreement has been inked with the OMCs.

Chhattisgarh govt launches scheme for doorstep delivery of 100 public services.

  • Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched the scheme, titled Mukhyamantri Mitaan Yojna (Mitaan stands for friend), which will be implemented as a pilot project in 14 civic bodies, including the state capital Raipur and cities like Durg, Bilaspur and Rajnandgaon.
  • Residents of 14 municipal corporations in Chhattisgarh can now avail around 100 public services, including delivery of birth, caste, income and marriage certificates, at their doorstep under a new scheme launched by the state government.
  • Under the scheme, the required documents of citizens will be collected from their home through a nominated individual Mitaan, who will scan the certificates and get the processes rolling for the issuance of certificates/services.
  • People can contact the Mitaan on toll free number –14545 — for the service.

Naresh Kumar appointed as new director of Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.

  • Senior Indian Forest Service officer Naresh Kumar has been appointed as the new director of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.
  • A 1999-batch IFS officer, Naresh Kumar replaces Rahul who was shifted to the office of Uttarakhand’s Head of Forest Force.
  • Apart from that Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Girija Shankar Pandey has been given the additional charge of CEO Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

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