Daily Current Affairs – 5th Jan 2021

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  1. ADB, India sign $100 million sovereign loan to upgrade Bengaluru’s power distribution system to enhance quality & reliability.
  2. Sanjay Kapoor elected All India Chess Federation (AICF) President, Bharat Chauhan retains secretary’s post.
  3. Centre’s draft notification declares Eco Sensitive Zone(ESZ) around Mathikettan Shola National Park,Kerala.
  4. 40th Indian scientific expedition to Antarctica launched
  5. TRIFED signs MoU with Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram for Setting up of TRIFOOD Parks in 5 districts in Madhya Pradesh.
  6. Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways starts Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) project with potential airline operators.
  7. Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot shareholders vote to merge, creating world’s fourth-largest car maker.
  8. Vietnam buys Indian rice for first time in decades
  9. Target Olympic Podium Scheme sanctions specialised equipment for Para Table Tennis player Bhavina Patel
  10. Assam Rifles Public School, Shillong becomes the first Khelo India Sports School from North-East
  11. Indian army appoints Major General Gautam Chauhan as head of its newly created Human Rights cell.
  12. MoUs signed between Power Development Department (PDD), J&K; NHPC & J&K Power Development Corporation to make J-K power surplus
  13. Major reshuffle in Army, Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal to take charge as Deputy Chief of Army Staff
  14. Punjab CM unveils mobile app ‘Digi Nest’ to ensure Digital Access to state Government Directory
  15. South Western Railway commences DEMU rail services connecting Bengaluru City Railway Station to Kempegowda International Airport
  16. Union Petroleum Minister Pradhan flags off equipment for Indian Oil’s MEG(mono-ethylene glycol)Plant at Paradip
  17. Denmark’s Oscar nominee ‘Another Round’ to be opening movie at 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa.
  18. Tata Power partners with SIDBI to offer easy & affordable financing scheme for MSME customers in the rooftop solar segment.
  19. Tech Mahindra’s R&D arm ‘Makers Lab’ partners with College of Military Engineering,Pune for defence solutions.
  20. Jammu & Kashmir admin signs MoU with NBCC to set up IT towers in Jammu, Srinagar

ADB, India sign $100 million sovereign loan to upgrade Bengaluru’s power distribution system to enhance quality & reliability.

Over 2,800 km of fibre optical cables will be installed,moving some 7,200km of distribution lines underground reducing technical & commercial losses by 30%,install 1,700 automated ring main units to monitor & control distribution line switch gears etc.

Did you Know

ADB also to offer $90 million loan without sovereign guarantee.

Sanjay Kapoor elected All India Chess Federation (AICF) President, Bharat Chauhan retains secretary’s post.

Kapoor, representing Uttar Pradesh Chess Association won in online elections.Naresh Sharma was elected as treasurer.It was the first time since 2005 that AICF elections saw a contest as candidates were chosen unanimously in the last 15 years.

Did you Know

AICF:
HQ- Chennai;
Founded – 1951.

Centre’s draft notification declares Eco Sensitive Zone(ESZ) around Mathikettan Shola National Park,Kerala.

One kilometre (17.5 square kilometre) area around the Park declared as ESZ.Restrictions on construction activities,area cannot be transferred for commercial or industrial use & eco tourism projects must be prepared according to the zonal master plan.

Did you Know

Neutrino project site is falling outside this ESZ now.

40th Indian scientific expedition to Antarctica launched

The chartered ice-class vessel MV Vasiliy Golovnin will begin this journey from Goa on Jan 5 & will reach Antarctica in 30 days.After leaving team of 40 members, it would return to India in April 2021 bringing back the winter team of preceding trip.

Did you Know

Indian Antarctic expeditions began in 1981.

TRIFED signs MoU with Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram for Setting up of TRIFOOD Parks in 5 districts in Madhya Pradesh.

Two organisations will work together by undertaking various initiatives all aimed at improving livelihood of tribal people & implementation of Van Dhan Yojana through mobilization of SHGs/ Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVKs)/TRIFOOD Parks/VPCs

Did you Know

ABVKK works for tribal welfare in MP,Chhattisgarh & Jharkhand.

Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways starts Sagarmala Seaplane Services (SSPS) project with potential airline operators.

Started under a Special Purpose Vehicle(SPV) framework, which will be implemented & executed through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd.It will be initiated on select routes, including Delhi, Mumbai & Surat. Services will soon begin at Yamuna riverfront.

Did you Know

Seaplane service in operation bt Kevadia & Sabarmati riverfront.

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot shareholders vote to merge, creating world’s fourth-largest car maker.

It will be called Stellantis with capacity to produce 8.7 million cars a year, behind Volkswagen, Toyota & Renault-Nissan & create 5 billion euros in annual synergies. Maserati,Alfa Romeo, Jeep,carmakers Peugeot & Citroen etc will all be under one roof.

Did you Know

Fiat Chrysler chairman John Elkann will be Stellantis chairman.

Vietnam buys Indian rice for first time in decades

Indian traders have been contracted to export 70,000 tonnes of 100% broken rice for Jan & Feb shipments at around $310 per tonne on a free-on-board (FOB) basis. Local prices jumped to their highest in 9 years amid limited domestic supplies in Vietnam.

Did you Know

India is world’s biggest exporter of the grain and Vietnam 3rd.

Target Olympic Podium Scheme sanctions specialised equipment for Para Table Tennis player Bhavina Patel

Mission Olympic Cell sanctioned Rs.7.04 Lakhs as part of TOPS for Bhavina Patel. She is ranked 8th in world & by virtue of her current world ranking is well positioned to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics & thus become 1st Indian to do so in Para Table Tennis.

Did you Know

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports started TOPS in Sept 2014.

Assam Rifles Public School, Shillong becomes the first Khelo India Sports School from North-East

The Government shall now bear the expenses for Talented Sports Students of the school in terms of lodging, boarding, education expenses, competition exposure, insurance & medical, sports training & support, salary of coaches & support staff etc.

Did you Know

9 Sports Schools have been approved across the country.

Indian army appoints Major General Gautam Chauhan as head of its newly created Human Rights cell.

Gen Chauhan took charge as first Additional Director General Human Rights in the Indian Army & will work under India Army Vice Chief Lieutenant General SK Saini.The cell will also have an IPS officer for better coordination with state police forces.

Did you Know

Chief of Army Staff – General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

MoUs signed between Power Development Department (PDD), J&K; NHPC & J&K Power Development Corporation to make J-K power surplus

Projects include 850 MW Ratle HEP & 930 MW Kirthai-II HEP, besides execution of long pending Sawalkot HEP (1856 MW), Uri-I (Stage-II) (240 MW) and Dulhasti (Stage-II) (258 MW). MoUs signed would attract investments worth Rs 35,000 cr for J&K power sector.

Did you Know

Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of J&K

Major reshuffle in Army, Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal to take charge as Deputy Chief of Army Staff

Lt Gen Dayal will take the place of Lt Gen SS Hasabnis.Among the changes were Lt Gen Taranjit Singh, the first Army officer to join as the Additional Secretary in the Department of Military Affairs retired.Lt Gen Anil Puri took charge in his place.

Did you Know

Chief of the Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane

Punjab CM unveils mobile app ‘Digi Nest’ to ensure Digital Access to state Government Directory

‘DigiNest’ will enable citizens to check department-wise contact numbers of various officers,help them reach out with ease by calling or via E-mail. Previously ‘PR Insight’ was launched to monitor feedback & improve delivery of citizen centric services.

Did you Know

Punjab Chief Minister – Captain Amarinder Singh

South Western Railway commences DEMU rail services connecting Bengaluru City Railway Station to Kempegowda International Airport

This will help the airport workers(28000 of them) & passengers to commute by paying just 10 to 15 rupees while BMTC Vayu Vajra fare from Majestic to KIA is Rs.235 and cab ride costs Rs.800. SWR is operating 10 trains a day to and fro KIA halt station.

Did you Know

South Western Railway Zone:
HQ: Hubbali,Karnataka;
Created:2003

Union Petroleum Minister Pradhan flags off equipment for Indian Oil’s MEG(mono-ethylene glycol)Plant at Paradip

3 super critical equipment(Ethylene Oxide Reactor, Wash Tower & De-ethyleniser) indigenously manufactured from L&Ts Hazira plant will be delivered to MEG plant being setup (an investment of Rs 5,654 crore) at refinery-cum-petrochemical complex at Paradip.

Did you Know

MEG is used as raw material in textile yarn industries

Denmark’s Oscar nominee ‘Another Round’ to be opening movie at 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa.

Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen, will be the opening film at 51st IFFI.It will close with India Premier of historical drama ‘Wife of a Spy’ by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who bagged Silver Lion for Best director at Venice film festival.

Did you Know

The festival will also mark world premier of “Mehrunisa”

Tata Power partners with SIDBI to offer easy & affordable financing scheme for MSME customers in the rooftop solar segment.

A financing solution without any collateral at an interest rate of less than 10% exclusively for MSME customers of Tata Power for both off-grid & on-grid connections will be provided .It will enable them to adopt sustainable energy for their businesses.

Did you Know

CEO & MD, Tata Power:Praveer Sinha

Tech Mahindra’s R&D arm ‘Makers Lab’ partners with College of Military Engineering,Pune for defence solutions.

Makers Lab will be set up at CME & CME will leverage the partnership to address critical military problem statements and be future-ready using next-generation technologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics.

Did you Know

Tech Mahindra:
CEO&MD: C. P. Gurnani;
HQ:Pune.

Jammu & Kashmir admin signs MoU with NBCC to set up IT towers in Jammu, Srinagar

Signed between NBCC & J-K IT Infrastructure Development Company for establishing the two IT towers at a cost of Rs 50 crore each.IT infrastructure in J&K would go a long way in creating a conducive environment for startups economic growth & job creation.

Did you Know

NBCC Navratna CPSE:
HQ: New Delhi;
CMD: P K Gupta.

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