Daily Current Affairs –7th Jan 2021

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  1. SMCB:First Urban Cooperative Bank in India to receive a commercial banking license under voluntary transition scheme
  2. Cabinet approves Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan on Partnership in “Specified Skilled Worker”
  3. NDB, Government sign 2 loan pact for $646 million for State Highway & District Road Network in Andhra Pradesh
  4. Khadi and Village Industries Commission Signs MoU with ITBP for supply of 1,72,000 cotton durries every year
  5. IAF Academic Collaboration with Institute of Defence Studies and Research (IDSR),Gujarat University:MoU signed.
  6. Madhya Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh rewarded for completing three out of four citizen centric reforms.
  7. Dr. Harsh Vardhan releases Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1,India Report
  8. “Accelerating Quality Production, Post-Harvesting, Value Addition & Export of Coriander from India” webinar held.
  9. BEML bags ₹758-crore orders for high-mobility vehicles for Indian Army
  10. Former India striker Abhishek Yadav appointed as AIFF’s first Deputy General Secretary
  11. Central African Republic president Touadera wins reelection;elected for 2nd term.
  12. RBI fully operationalised College of Supervisors to strengthen supervision
  13. Bank of Baroda inks MoU with SIDBI to help MSMEs apply online for one-time restructuring
  14. PM Modi to inaugurate & dedicate to the nation 306 km New Rewari – New Madar Section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor
  15. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tops list of biggest charitable donations in 2020 With $10-Billion Climate Change Donation
  16. India, Israel successfully test cutting edge MRSAM air and missile defence system
  17. Ravi Shastri unveils new Bradman Museum book “India’s 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia”
  18. Swasth Vayu Non-invasive Ventilator developed by CSIR-NAL receives regulator nod;commercialized with 6 private companies
  19. India’s CEPI centralised network lab to assess immunogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine candidates

SMCB:First Urban Cooperative Bank in India to receive a commercial banking license under voluntary transition scheme

Shivalik Small Finance Bank (SSFB) will start its banking operations from April 2021. It has received the commercial banking license from banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI).22 year old Shivalik is the first & largest multi-state UCB in UP.

Did you Know

SMCB:
MD&CEO:Suveer Kumar Gupta;
HQ:Saharanpur,UP

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan on Partnership in “Specified Skilled Worker”

It will enhance people-to-people contacts, foster mobility of workers & skilled professionals from India to Japan.Skilled Indian workers from 14 sectors including nursing care,construction,aviation etc would have enhanced job opportunities to work in Japan

Did you Know

A new status of residence,Specified Skill Worker, will be given.

NDB, Government sign 2 loan pact for $646 million for State Highway & District Road Network in Andhra Pradesh

For Andhra Pradesh Roads & Bridges Reconstruction Project and Andhra Pradesh Mandal Connectivity & Rural Connectivity Improvement Project;Increase roads’ daily traffic capacity to 15,000 passenger car units &meet projected traffic growth over next 20 years

Did you Know

NDB (2014):
HQ: Shanghai, China;
President: Marcos Prado Troyjo

Khadi and Village Industries Commission Signs MoU with ITBP for supply of 1,72,000 cotton durries every year

The total value of 1.72 lakh durries is Rs 8.74 crore. It aids to big Swadeshi drive in paramilitary forces. The cotton durries will be produced by Khadi artisans in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.

Did you Know

KVIC Chairman:Vinai Kumar Saxena;
ITBP DG:Surjeet Singh Deswal

IAF Academic Collaboration with Institute of Defence Studies and Research (IDSR),Gujarat University:MoU signed.

MoU will enable Officers of IAF to undertake Doctoral Research, PG Programme & PG Diploma covering various areas of interest that includes Defence studies, Defence Management, National Security, Aerospace &Aviation Science & other Defence Technology areas.

Did you Know

As part of Project Akashdeep,IAF enters such partnership.

Madhya Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh rewarded for completing three out of four citizen centric reforms.

Financial assistance of ₹1,004 crore given by Fin Min under Scheme of “Special Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure” as they completed the One Nation, One Ration Card Reforms, Ease of Doing Business Reforms, and Urban Local Bodies Reforms.

Did you Know

Power Sector Reform is the other reform.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan releases Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1,India Report

LASI is a full-scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic,social determinants & consequences of population ageing in India.National Programme for Health Care of Elderly(MoHFW)did the survey through IIPS,Mumbai.

Did you Know

LASI data will assist in broad aims of Decade of Healthy Ageing.

“Accelerating Quality Production, Post-Harvesting, Value Addition & Export of Coriander from India” webinar held.

Spices Board & DBT-SABC Biotech Kisan Hub in partnership with key stakeholders prepared a roadmap to boost export of coriander & minimize import to increase farmers’ income.Exploring value added products were were suggested as way forward.

Did you Know

Spices Board:
HQ:Kochi;
Chairman:D Sathiyan

BEML bags ₹758-crore orders for high-mobility vehicles for Indian Army

Equipment will be manufactured at BEML’s Palakkad Plant.High-mobility vehicles will play a key role in logistics management of Army, leveraging its exceptional cross-country capabilities.BEML is a defence public sector equipment manufacturer under MoD.

Did you Know

BEML(1964):
HQ: Bangalore;
CMD:DK Hota

Former India striker Abhishek Yadav appointed as AIFF’s first Deputy General Secretary

The 40-year-old former international has been serving as national team’s director since January 2018. Served as COO of the 2017 U17 Indian World Cup team. He was one of the brains behind Sports Authority of India (SAI)-AIFF international scouting project.

Did you Know

AIFF:
HQ: New Delhi;
President: Praful Patel.

Central African Republic president Touadera wins reelection;elected for 2nd term.

Faustin-Archange Touadera was reelected with more than 53% votes. He has been in power since 2016, but has struggled to seize control of vast parts of the nation from armed militias.CAR, a producer of gold and diamonds, has a population of 4.7 million.

Did you Know

CAR:
Capital: Bangui;
Currency: Central African CFA Franc

RBI fully operationalised College of Supervisors to strengthen supervision

CoS will have a full-time Director supported by a 6 member Academic Advisory Council (AAC).N S Vishwanathan is the chairperson to the council.Rabi Narayan Mishra is the director.CoS was functioning in a limited way in virtual mode since May 2020.

Did you Know

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Bank of Baroda inks MoU with SIDBI to help MSMEs apply online for one-time restructuring

With the MoU, the MSME customers of the bank can now access SIDBI’s DIY web-based portal, ‘Asset Restructuring Module for MSMEs (ARM-MSME)’,which enables customers to self-create their restructuring proposal with financial viability projections.

Did you Know

Indian Bank & Central Bank of India signed similar MoU.

PM Modi to inaugurate & dedicate to the nation 306 km New Rewari – New Madar Section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor

The new section situated in Haryana &Rajasthan consists of 9 newly built stations.PM Modi will also flag off world’s first Double Stack Long Haul 1.5km container train hauled by electric traction from Haryana’s Ateli to Kishangarh in Rajasthan.

Did you Know

Western DFC (1504 Route km) and Eastern DFC (1856 route km).

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tops list of biggest charitable donations in 2020 With $10-Billion Climate Change Donation

He used the contribution to launch Bezos Earth Fund, which supports non-profits involved in the climate crisis & has paid out $790 million to 16 groups so far. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list are based on the 10 largest publicly announced gifts.

Did you Know

Zuckerberg & his wife were 4th on the list.

India, Israel successfully test cutting edge MRSAM air and missile defence system

Jointly developed by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries, Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile(MRSAM) can shoot down enemy aircraft at a range of 50-70 km.MRSAM is being used by all the three wings of the Indian army and also Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

Did you Know

IAI’s President and CEO: Boaz Levy

Ravi Shastri unveils new Bradman Museum book “India’s 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia”

The book reflects on India’s first 12 tours to Australia from 1947/48, to face Don Bradman’s side, tracing the evening out of a rivalry dominated by the host nation until the turn of the Millennium. Shastri has written the foreword.

Did you Know

Shastri,1st Indian to make a Test double-century in Australia.

Swasth Vayu Non-invasive Ventilator developed by CSIR-NAL receives regulator nod;commercialized with 6 private companies

CSIR-NAL scientists along with medical professionals from CSIR-IGIB indigenously designed & developed the non-invasive bilevel positive airway pressure ventilator, with additional features to treat Covid-19 patients and make the country self-reliant.

Did you Know

CSIR-NAL(1959):
HQ:Bangalore;
Director:Jitendra J Jadhav

India’s CEPI centralised network lab to assess immunogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine candidates

One of 7 designated labs globally & established at Translational Health Science & Technology Institute,Faridabad.All COVID-19 vaccine developers can use the network for free to assess immunogenicity of their vaccine candidate against a common protocol.

Did you Know

CEPI was launched at Davos in 2017.

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