Daily Current Affairs – Dec 15th, 2020

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DBS Bank India partners with Haqdarshak, to aid MSME recovery from Covid-19 pandemic.

DBS Bank India has collaborated with Haqdarshak to assist Indian MSME via Haqdarshak’s new platform which provides access to MSME-focused government-assisted schemes across the country. A grant of INR 2.7 mn enabled Haqdarshak to build this platform.

Did you Know

DBS Bank India:
MD & CEO – Surojit Shome;
HQ – Mumbai.

India, Iran, Uzbekistan hold first Trilateral Working Group meeting on joint use of Chabahar port.

India, Iran & Uzbekistan discussed the joint use of Chabahar port for trade and transit purposes and enhanced regional connectivity. India’s proposal to hold Chabahar Day on the sidelines of the International Maritime Summit was welcomed.

Did you Know

Capitals:
Uzbekistan – Tashkent;
Iran – Tehran

MGNREGA helps in creating Ice Hockey Infrastructure at village level in Ladakh.

MGNREGA helped create 3 Ice Hockey Rinks at village level in Ladakh while two Ice Hockey Rinks have been constructed under Special Development Package. Stongday, Sapi, Purtikchey, Bodh Kharbu etc were some villages that got Ice Skating Rink.

Did you Know

Ladakh hosted world’s highest altitude women’s hockey tournament

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research(NIBIO) signs MoU with cGanga for development of sludge management framework in India.

At the 5th India Water Impact Summit, NIBIO signed an MoU for development of sludge management framework in India with cGanga(think-tank of NMCG). It will help improve India’s water management by adopting best practises of Norway.

Did you Know

cGanga was established in 2016 at IIT Kanpur.

Tamil Nadu government signed 18 MoUs worth Rs 19,955 crore with an employment potential of 26,509 people.

MoUs were signed with Crown Group Of Companies,Society for Smart Electric Mobility,Voltas, Mylan Torrent Gas, First Solar, Ola Electric, Mahindra CIE etc. The cumulative investment is about Rs 24,458 crore from about 24 projects.

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Torrent Gas to invest Rs 5,000 crore in Chennai city gas project

Reddit acquires short-form video social platform Dubsmash and enters the short video market.

Reddit acquired Dubsmash and under the deal,Dubsmash will continue to exist as a separate platform and brand, but its “innovative video creation tools” will be integrated into Reddit. In Jan, 2020 dubsmash crossed 1 billion video views per month.

Did you Know

Suchit Dash is a Cofounder of Dubsmash.

nternational Corona Virus Short Film Festival Organised by Indian Infotainment Media Corporation(iiMC).

Organised by iiMC, the International Coronavirus Short Film Festival has received over 2,800 entries from 108 countries. The festival aims at showcasing stories based on cure, safety measures and lives affected during the coronavirus pandemic.

Did you Know

iiMC is the biggest private producer of 35mm/16mm Short Films.

Foundation Stones to be laid for Mega Desalination Plant of 10 crore litre per day (100 MLD)capacity at Mandvi in Kutch,Gujarat.

The Desalination Plant at Mandvi will have a capacity of 100 MLD. It will complement the Narmada Grid, Sauni network & treatment of waste water. Water will be provided to approx. 8 lakh people in the regions of Abdasa, Mundra, Lakhpat & Nakhatrana talukas.

Did you Know

It is one of 5 upcoming desalination plants in the state.

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) Kolkata launched ‘Himgiri’, its 1st Ship of Project 17A.

Himgiri, the first of the 3 Project 17A ships built by GRSE, was launched into water. Under Project 17A, 4 ships at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited and 3 at GRSE are being built with enhanced stealth features, advanced indigenous weapons & sensor fit.

Did you Know

Project 17A is also known as Nilgiri-class frigate (2019)

NITI Aayog releases ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India’, to strengthen the Public Health Surveillance (PHS).

NITI Aayog released the vision document to strengthen PHS in India by 2035 through integration of 3 tier public health system into Ayushman Bharat. PHS is to be based on individuals’ Electronic Health Records(EHR) collected using unique health identifiers.

Did you Know

NITI Aayog:
CEO – Amitabh Kant;
Vice Chairman – Rajiv Kumar.

Star Alliance Expands Strategic Partnership with TCS to Deliver Enhanced Customer Experiences.

TCS expanded its 15 years long partnership with Star Alliance, world’s largest airline alliance. TCS to help Alliance Adopt Cloud, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence & Machine Learning to Improve its Business Performance & Ability to Innovate at Scale.

Did you Know

Jeffrey Goh is CEO of Star Alliance

Market regulator SEBI forms new department ‘Corporation Finance Investigation Department (CFID)’, to check promoter frauds.

SEBI has set up a specialised department CFID to tackle cases of diversion of funds, bank loans and resources by company promoters. The move comes after a spate of cases involving Cox and Kings, DHFL and the now infamous liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

Did you Know

SEBI:
Chairman – Ajay Tyagi;
HQ – Mumbai.

Twitter acquires screen-sharing social media app Squad.

Twitter has acquired the app Squad, a multi-participant video chat app. Squad saw a massive spike of 1100% in usage during the pandemic. Twitter could be shutting down its separate live-streaming app Periscope to make room for the addition.

Did you Know

Twitter CEO – Jack Dorsey

Gujarat’s Kutch to Get India’s Largest Renewable Energy Park with a generation capacity of 30 gigawatts Generation Park.

The foundation stone of Hybrid Renewable Energy Park near Vighakot village in Gujarat’s Kutch district is to be laid. It will be spread over 72,600 hectares with a generation capacity of 30 GW & will have zones for wind and solar energy storage.

Did you Know

It will be India’s largest renewable energy generation park.

 

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