Daily Current Affairs – Jan 1st, 2021

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  1. Suneet Sharma appointed new Railway Board Chairman and CEO
  2. MEA launches ‘Global Pravasi Rishta’ portal and app to connect with 3.12 crore strong diaspora
  3. Cabinet approval : MoU between India and Bhutan on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
  4. Cabinet approval: Multi Modal Logistics Hub & Multi Modal Transport Hub at Greater Noida,UP (estimated cost Rs. 3,883.80 crore)
  5. RuPay, RBL Bank roll out ‘RuPay PoS’, a cost effective payment solution, in collaboration with PayNearby
  6. Senior IAS Umesh Sinha named deputy election commissioner after cabinet extends his tenure
  7. Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) Conducted Flight Trial of Sahayak-NG, Air Droppable Container with parachute.
  8. Defence Ministry signs Rs.1355 crore contract with BEL for procurement of 10 Lynx U2 Gun Fire Control systems for Indian Navy.
  9. BEL signs contract with Indian Navy for Initial supply of 20 indigenously developed Laser Dazzlers
  10. Tata Sons to acquire additional 32.67% stake in AirAsia India for $37.66 mn
  11. BHEL bags orders worth Rs 3,200 crore for hydro projects in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
  12. ICICI Lombard General Insurance launches website to help SMEs safeguard business amid COVID-19
  13. 4th Meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries
  14. CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) develops alternative to single-use plastic
  15. North East’s first-ever specialized “Ginger” Processing Plant in Meghalaya to be revived
  16. PM reviews projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore in 34th PRAGATI meeting.

Suneet Sharma appointed new Railway Board Chairman and CEO

He succeeds V K Yadav, who was the first CEO of Railway Board.Sharma, a former Eastern Railway General Manager, is a Special Class Railway Apprentice Officer of the 1978-batch. Sharma is known for introducing various administrative reforms.

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Indian Railways Minister – Piyush Goyal

MEA launches ‘Global Pravasi Rishta’ portal and app to connect with 3.12 crore strong diaspora

Aims to create 3-way communication between ministry, Indian missions & the diaspora.Portal is created to enable registration of Indian diaspora(NRIs, PIOs & OCIs) & connect them to various government schemes.There are nearly 3.12 crore overseas Indians.

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MEA:
Union Minister – S. Jaishankar;
MoS – V Muraleedharan.

Cabinet approval : MoU between India and Bhutan on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.

Impetus to explore cooperation possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication; satellite navigation; space science and exploration of outer space by setting up a Joint Working Group.

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Bhutan:
Currency – ngultrum;
Capital – Thimphu

Cabinet approval: Multi Modal Logistics Hub & Multi Modal Transport Hub at Greater Noida,UP (estimated cost Rs. 3,883.80 crore)

MMLH will provide efficient storage/transitioning of goods to/from the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) & MMTH will act as transport hub with provisioning of rail, road & MRTS accessibility. Employment estimated is about 1,00,000 persons by 2040.

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MMTH located near Indian Railways station of Boraki

RuPay, RBL Bank roll out ‘RuPay PoS’, a cost effective payment solution, in collaboration with PayNearby

Shopkeepers can accept contactless payments upto Rs.5000 with their NFC-enabled phones that work as Point of Sale terminals by simply updating their PayNearby app.Customers can make purchases using RuPay cards or have tokenized their RuPay Cards.

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CEO:
PayNearby – Anand Kumar Bajaj;
Rupay – Dilip Asbe.

Senior IAS Umesh Sinha named deputy election commissioner after cabinet extends his tenure

The Appointments Committee cleared extension in the term of reemployment of Sinha as deputy election commissioner on contract basis for a period of 6 months. He is secretary-general in the commission currently.

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Sunil Arora – current & 23rd Chief Election Commissioner.

Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) Conducted Flight Trial of Sahayak-NG, Air Droppable Container with parachute.

Sahayak-NG has a Satellite-based Reporting Terminal which provides precise GPS location that enable carrying critical stores for ships in distress at sea. This is a first-of-its-kind trial involving mission critical systems.

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NSTL located in Visakhapatnam

Defence Ministry signs Rs.1355 crore contract with BEL for procurement of 10 Lynx U2 Gun Fire Control systems for Indian Navy.

LYNX U2 GFCS is designed to acquire, track & engage targets amidst sea clutter. It will be installed on NOPV, Talwar & Teg class of ships. The 4th generation system has been completely designed and developed by BEL.

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Minister of Defence – Rajnath Sing

BEL signs contract with Indian Navy for Initial supply of 20 indigenously developed Laser Dazzlers

Indigenously designed and developed for the first time,it is a non-lethal weapon for warning and stopping suspicious vehicles, boats and aircraft/UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).These weapons would be manufactured in the BEL’s plant in Pune.

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BEL:
HQ – Bengaluru;
Established – 1954

Tata Sons to acquire additional 32.67% stake in AirAsia India for $37.66 mn

Post stake sale, Malaysia’s flagship budget carrier AirAsia Berhad’s shareholding in AirAsia India will reduce to 16.33 per cent, while Tata Group’s stake will rise to 83.67 per cent.

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Tata Sons Chairman – Natarajan Chandrasekaran

BHEL bags orders worth Rs 3,200 crore for hydro projects in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

It is to supply India’s highest unit-rating Kaplan hydro turbines for Polavaram Hydro Electric Project(East Godavari,AP) & 15 Pump-Motor sets for Kaleshwaram & 13 sets for Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Schemes(Telangana).

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BHEL:
Established – 1964;
HQ – New Delhi ;
CMD – Nalin Shinghal

ICICI Lombard General Insurance launches website to help SMEs safeguard business amid COVID-19

SME owners can buy & renew insurance products, endorse their policies, register claims through this business insurance portal.ICICI Lombard intends to reach over 63.3 million MSMEs across India.

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ICICI Lombard:
CEO: Bhargav Dasgupta;
HQ: Mumbai

4th Meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries

Meeting covered issues related to fishermen, status of cooperation between the Navy & Coast Guard of both countries ,initiatives taken to diversify and reduce fishing pressure in the Palk Bay etc.

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Minister of Fisheries – Giriraj Singh

CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) develops alternative to single-use plastic

Biodegradable tableware from agricultural residues and byproducts were developed. Products developed have a shelf-life of upto six months and heat resistance up to 100 degree celsius.

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CSIR NIIST:
Location: Trivandrum;
Established – 1975

North East’s first-ever specialized “Ginger” Processing Plant in Meghalaya to be revived

The plant located at the Export Promotion Industrial Park, Ri-Bhoui district is being revived through PPP mode & is likely to become functional in the beginning of 2021.It was established around the year 2004.

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Minister of Development of North Eastern Region:Jitendra Singh

PM reviews projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore in 34th PRAGATI meeting.

Programmes and grievances pertaining to UP, MP, Rajasthan, J & K, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and two centrepiece government programmes — Ayushman Bharat and Jal Jeevan Mission were reviewed.

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PRAGATI – Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.



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