Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 07 May 2021

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 07 May 2021


Social Security Code 2020

  • Section 142 of the Social Security Code, 2020 has been notified by Ministry of Labour & Employment covering applicability of Aadhaar.
  • Though it gives the mandate to the ministry to collect Aadhaar data, no benefit will be denied to workers for want of Aadhaar.

About Social Security Code:

  • The Code has subsumed nine regulations relating to social security, retirement and employee benefits.
  • It has enhanced the coverage, extended the benefit to all workers in the organised /unorganised sectors.

B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19

  • Canadian researchers have published first structural images of a mutation in B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19virus.
  • B.1.1.7 variant, first reported by World Health Organization in December, 2020 has an unusually large number of mutations (it may explain why the B.1.1.7 variant is more infectious).
  • Cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM) was used to “visualise the detailed shapes of viruses and proteins. This Imaging technology uses beams of electrons to picture the samples at liquid nitrogen temperatures.


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Dahla Dam

  • The Taliban has captured Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam after months of fierce fighting in their former bastion of Kandahar, the insurgents and officials.
  • Dahla Dam, which provides irrigation to farmers via a network of canals as well as drinking water for the provincial capital, was now under Taliban control.


  • The Dahla Dam, also known as Arghandab Dam, is located in the Shah Wali Kot District of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan.
  • It was constructed in 1952, it is said to be the second largest dam in Afghanistan.
  • The Dahla Dam is built on the Arghandab River.

Karen National Union

  • Recently, Karen rebels seized army base nearThai border.
  • It is Myanmar’s oldest rebel group representing ethnic minority Karen communities in Karen, or Kayin, State,bordering Thailand.
  • Karen National Liberation Army, the armed wing of the KNU, has been battling Myanmar’s government since 1949.
  • Its aim is self-determination for the Karen people in a region.


Forex reserve

  • Reserve Bank of India bought 42 tonnes of gold in the last fiscal year to diversify forex assets.
  • Foreign exchange reserves are assets held on reserve by a central bank in foreign currencies. These reserves are used to back liabilities and influence monetary policy.
  • RBI’s Forex reserve comprised of foreign currency assets, gold. Special Drawing Rights of International Monetary Fund (IMF), and reserve position in the IMF.


Nitrogen Dioxide

  • A recent study concluded that Long-term exposure to NO2 pollution can affect lung function and increase the risk of pulmonary disease.

About NO2:

  • NO2 is one of a group of highly reactive gases known as oxides of nitrogen or nitrogen oxides (NOx).
  • NO2 primarily gets in the air from the burning of fuel.
  • NO2 and other nitrogen oxides are also precursors for a number of harmful secondary air pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter, and play a role in the formation of acid rain.



Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh

  • Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the Olympics in men’s lightweight double sculls event after finishing second in the final race of the Asia/Oceania Continental Qualifying Regatta in Tokyo on Friday.
  • Another Indian, Jakar Khan finished fourth in the men’s singles sculls final which offers five Olympic quotas but he missed out as a country gets only one qualifying spot from this regatta.
  • The top three qualify for Olympics in men’s lightweight double sculls event.

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