Daily Current Affairs – Dec 25th, 2020

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Minister Gehlot launched Mobile app “Swachhata Abhiyan” to identify, geotag insanitary latrines, manual scavengers.

In the absence of authentic database regarding the location of insanitary latrines, it has been decided to seek the help of NGOs, Social Organisations and the general public for collection and compilation of the data through “Swachhata Abhiyan” app.

Did you Know

Union Minister,Social Justice & Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot.

Ladakh gets second Ramsar site with its Startsapuk Tso, Tso Kar lake complex added to the list.

Tso Kar Basin consists of two principal water bodies :Startsapuk Tso & Tso Kar itself, is an A1 category important bird area(IBA),a key staging site in the Central Asian Flyway & an important breeding area for black-necked crane,Great Crested Grebe etc.

Did you Know

India now has 42 Ramsar sites, highest in South Asia.

Chetan Sharma Named New Chairman Of Selectors by BCCI; Abey Kuruvilla And Debasis Mohanty Added To Panel

Zone-wise appointments for 5 member All-India Senior Men’s Selection Committee included Chetan Sharma(north),Abey Kuruvilla (west) & Debasis Mohanty(east), with Sharma as chairman. As per the BCCI constitution,candidate with most Test caps becomes chief.

Did you Know

Pacer Sharma debuted in 1984 & played in 23 Tests & 65 ODIs.

Ministry of skills development joins hands with Microsoft and NASSCOM for digital learning content at ITIs

With this collaboration, nearly 1,20,000 students in around 3000 ITIs across India can be benefited by this digitized e-learning module via the Bharatskills portal which is a central repository for skills for the trainees and trainers of the ITI.

Did you Know

Bharatskills portal was launched in Oct 2019.

Union Minister Gadkari lays foundation stone of Rs 8,341-cr road projects in Rajasthan.

Gadkari inaugurated Rs 8,341-crore 18 highway projects in Rajasthan of nearly 1,127 kilometres.There has been 40 per cent growth in road construction in Rajasthan during the past six years, and the length of NH in the state stands at 10,661 km now.

Did you Know

CM – Ashok Gehlot;
Governor – Kalraj Mishra.

Chief Justice Sharad Bobde inaugurates e-service centre at Tripura High Court

CJI Bobde inaugurated the eSewa Kendra in the Tripura High Court. e-Services have been facilitated under the e-Courts project with a view to bring transparency in legal proceedings & ease of access to information related to ongoing or past trials & cases.

Did you Know

E-courts project won Digital India Award 2020.

RBI selects four more sandbox entities in its first cohort for retail payments.

RBI has selected Tap Smart Data Information Services, ToneTag, Ubona Technologies and Eroute Technologies for its first cohort Regulatory Sandbox(RS) and the initial two were National Support Consultancy Services & Nucleus Software Exports.

Did you Know

Live testing of innovative products is being done under RS.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant Launches File-Sharing App DigiBoxx.

India’s first indigenously developed Digital Asset Management platform Digiboxx is an Indian digital file storage, sharing & management SaaS product that provides secure storage options for business as well as individual users in a centralized location.

Did you Know

SaaS – Software as a Service

Department of Science and Technology constitutes committee for conservation of Indian heritage by using futuristic technologies

DST has constituted an advisory committee to use futuristic & new age technologies for heritage conservation, documentation & digital restoration. It will be chaired by Prof.Santanu Chaudhury.

Did you Know

Constituted under Frontier and Futuristic Technologies Division

Aurobindo Pharma enters licensing pact with US biotech COVAXX for manufacture, sale of COVID-19 vaccine

Hyderabad, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd & Covaxx, a US-based company, have entered into an exclusive license agreement to develop, commercialise & manufacture UB-612, the first Multitope Peptide-based vaccine to fight COVID-19, for India & UNICEF.

Did you Know

A peptide is synthetic protein, which is quickly scalable.

Central Bank of India to exit from Cent Bank Home Finance Ltd, its housing finance biz ; to sell JV stake for Rs 160 crore.

CBHFL is a financing & mortgage company jointly promoted by 4 public sector institutions(Central Bank of India, National Housing Bank, SUTTI & HUDCO). The bank will exit this joint venture by selling its entire stake of over 64% to Centrum Housing Finance.

Did you Know

Central Bank of India:
MD&CEO – Pallav Mahapatra;
HQ – Mumbai.

L&T Defence Gets ‘Green Channel Status’ From Defence Ministry For Naval Weapon Delivery Systems

L&T Defence was awarded the coveted ‘Green Channel Status’ from the Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA), Ministry of Defence (MoD). It became the first private sector defence company to be granted this status for delivery of major systems.

Did you Know

Green Channel Policy was introduced in March 2017 by MoD.

RBI cancels licence of Subhadra Local Area Bank, Kolhapur

RBI cancelled the licence of Subhadra Local Area Bank as its affairs were conducted in a “manner detrimental” to interests of its present & future depositors. It had breached the minimum net worth requirement for 2 quarters in the financial year 2019-20.

Did you Know

Cancelled under Section 22 (4) of the Banking Regulation Act.

Cabinet approves 100% FDI in DTH services by changing I&B guidelines.

Cabinet approved 100% FDI in the DTH broadcasting services sector. Licences also will now be issued for 20 years (now it is 10 years) with a renewal provision after every 10 years & fee from 10% gross revenue (GR) to 8% of adjusted gross revenue (AGR).

Did you Know

I &B Minister – Prakash Javadekar.

AFSCB Adjudged as the “Best Company Promoting Sports (Public Sector) 2020” at FICCI India Sports Awards 2020.

Air Force Sports Control Board was awarded this for actively promoting sports. AFSCB had won ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar’ in Aug 2020 for ‘Employment of Sports Persons and Sports Welfare measures’.

Did you Know

Three air warriors have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar launches DGNCC Digital Forum.

The digital forum will provide a platform to the National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets all over the country to share their experiences of various NCC activities. It is a positive step towards digitization of NCC, in line with Digital India vision of the PM.

Did you Know

Director General NCC: Lt General Rajeev Chopra.

INS Kiltan arrived at NhaRong Port, Ho Chi Minh City as part of Mission Sagar-III

This mission is part of India’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries during the ongoing pandemic.The ship will deliver 15 Tons of HADR Stores for the flood-affected people of Central Vietnam.

Did you Know

Mission is in accordance with SAGAR vision.

Science & Technology Media Conclave and Biodiversity Conclave at IISF 2020.

These were held as part of 41 events at IISF 2020. S&T media conclave looked at the soaring emergence of digital media and its various avatars. At Biodiversity Conclave experts discussed the Concerns Related with the Challenges of Biodiversity.

Did you Know

6th IISF held virtually from 22 to 25 December.

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