Daily Current Affairs Jan 15th, 2021

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India’s first indigenous 9 mm machine pistol ‘Asmi’ co-developed by DRDO and Indian Army

Army’s infantry school in Mhow & DRDO’s Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune have designed & developed the weapon. It sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade Aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.

Did you Know

Likely to have production cost under Rs 50,000 each

ICICI Bank ties up with fintech Niyo to issue prepaid cards to MSMEs

MSMEs can avail ‘ICICI Bank Niyo Bharat Payroll Card’ powered by Visa to send salaries for their blue-collar workers,who are mostly unbanked.It allows an individual to receive funds upto Rs.1 lakh into the card account & offers convenience and safety.

Did you Know

Niyo Co-founder and CEO Vinay Bagri.

No foreign leader as chief guest on Republic Day this year

For the first time since 1966 India will not host a Head of Government or Head of State during the Republic Day parade. President Ramnath Kovind will take the salute at the parade this time. There were no chief guests in 1952 and 1953 as well.

Did you Know

Indonesian President Sukarno was the first chief guest in 1950

Indian Army signs $20 mn contract with ideaForge to procure SWITCH unmanned aerial vehicles.

This fixed-wing drone, capable of vertical takeoff and landing, can be deployed at high altitude and harsh environments for day-and-night surveillance.It is man-portable and has the highest time on target compared to any other UAV in its class.

Did you Know

ideaForge:
CEO:Ankit Mehta;
HQ:Mumbai.

Yes Bank partners with Aditya Birla Wellness to launch wellness themed credit card

‘YES BANK Wellness’ & ‘YES BANK Wellness Plus’ Credit Cards is aimed at holistic health, self-care & wellness of consumers. It can be availed by simply registering on Aditya Birla Multiply App.Benefits include reward points,diet plans,consultations etc

Did you Know

YES bank:
HQ:Mumbai;
MD&CEO:Prashant Kumar.

CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated India’s first Fire Park comes up in Odisha

Park is a first of its kind initiative in the country, to bring awareness on fire safety measures. ‘AgnishamaSeva’ portal of Odisha Fire Service was also launched through which 16 fire related services can be availed in a hassle-free manner.

Did you Know

Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal

CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research: new institution to further strengthen science communication

Harsh Vardhan inaugurated CSIR-NIScPR formed after merging CSIR-NISCAIR & CSIR-NISTADS.CSIR-NISCAIR publishes popular science magazines & journals;CSIR-NISTADS has long journey in Policy research.Merger will lead to becoming globally respected Think Tank.

Did you Know

CSIR-NISCAIR manages largest & oldest National Science library.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan dedicates Innovation Portal developed by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) to nation.

National Innovation Portal(NIP) is currently home to about 1.15 lakh innovations scouted from common people.NIP is a step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat & an excellent resource for students,entrepreneurs,MSME’s,Technology Business Incubators (TBI’s) etc.

Did you Know

NIF(2000):
HQ: Gandhinagar, Gujarat;
Chairperson: Dr. P. S. Goel.

73rd Army Day: 15 January

Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to mark the day when (then) Lieutenant General KM Cariappa took over from General Sir Francis Butcher as Commander-in-Chief of India on January 15, 1949.Tribute to those who sacrificed their lives are paid.

Did you Know

Marathon ‘Vijay Run’ held in view of the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’.

CSIR institutes sign MoU with Russian centre for collaboration on marine sciences and technology

The National Institute of Oceanography and the National Geophysical Research Institute have signed MoU with Russia’s V.I. Il’Ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute,the largest research institution in Far Eastern branch of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Did you Know

Headquarters:
CSIR-NIO: Goa;
CSIR-NGRI: Hyderabad;

CBSE with NIC, Niti Aayog introduce CollabCAD software for engineering graphics for Class XI and XII

CollabCAD provides a total engineering solution from 2D drafting & detailing to 3D product design for students and faculty of engineering graphics curriculum. It is first indigenous tool created by NIC in partnership with BARC and VSSC.

Did you Know

Comprehensive e-book on CollabCAD 3D modeling was released too.

Intel appoints Pat Gelsinger as new CEO

Bob Swan, who became the company’s chief executive in early 2019, will be replaced in mid-February by industry veteran Pat Gelsinger. Gelsinger has been the CEO of VMware and has more than four decades of experience in the tech industry.

Did you Know

Intel:
HQ: California, US;
Founder: Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3rd phase: Rs 948 crore outlay, PMKVY launched in 600 districts; 8 lakh people to benefit.

PMKVY is flagship scheme of MSDE implemented by NSDC.This phase will focus on new-age and COVID-related skills. 729 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras, empaneled non-PMKK training centres & more than 200 ITIs under Skill India will be rolling out PMKVY 3.0.

Did you Know

MSDE Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.

Sandeep Aggarwal appointed as chairman of Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC)

Aggarwal,who is the Managing Director and Promoter of Delhi-based Paramount Communications Ltd., cable manufacturer, was elected TEPC’s new Chairman. He will take over from Shyamal Ghosh, ex-Telecom Secretary.

Did you Know

TEPC setup by GoI to promote export. It is based in New Delhi.

Govt notifies modified scheme on 1 G ethanol production to assist distilleries

Financial assistance to distilleries producing first-generation ethanol from feedstocks, including cereals.Assistance will be given for capacity expansion, setting up of new ethanol distilleries or converting molasses-based distilleries to dual feedstock.

Did you Know

The scheme will attract an investment of about Rs 40,000 crore.

Hisar airport inaugurated under Udan scheme to boost air connectivity in tier-1, 2 towns

First flight to the newly constructed Hisar airport in Haryana from Chandigarh was flagged off under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN).This marks the operationalization of 54th airport under the UDAN scheme.

Did you Know

Haryana:
CM: Manohar Lal Khattar;
Governor: Satyadeo Narain Arya.

Indian-American Garima Verma named digital director in Office of the First Lady

Incoming First Lady Jill Biden has named Indian-American Garima Verma as her digital director.Verma,born in India, grew up in Ohio & Central Valley of California. She served as an audience development and content strategist on the Biden-Harris campaign.

Did you Know

Earlier Raj Iyer became first CIO of US Army.


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