Current Affairs 15th December 2021, Daily GK Update

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National News

First Drone Mela in the country was organised at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

  • In Madhya Pradesh, the first drone fair in the country was organized at Gwalior.
  • Gwalior Drone Mela was organized jointly by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Government of India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
  • Addressing the youths and farmers present at the “Drone Mela” in Gwalior, MP Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh will be made a leading state by using drone technology. Mr Scindia said that five Drone Schools will be opened in Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, and Satna in Madhya Pradesh.

About Madhya Pradesh:

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Governor: Mangubhai C. Patel
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Govt laid foundation stone for Maa Umiya Dham Development Project in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone of Umiya Mata Dham temple and temple premises under Maa Umiya Dham Development Project at Umiya Campus in Sola in Ahmedabad, Gujarat along with several developmental projects including a railway bridge.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually attended and addressed the foundation stone laying of the project on 13th December 2021. He stated the Project as an example of the notion of ‘SabkaPrayas’ (Efforts of everyone).
  • Umiya Mata is located in the center of Unjha in the Mehsana district of Gujarat which celebrated its silver jubilee in November 2009. They will be developed at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore on 74,000 square yards of land.

About Gujarat:

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • Chief minister: Bhupendrabhai Patel

Odisha inked agreement with UNCDF to launch “Mission Shakti Living Lab” for financial empowerment of women

  • An agreement has been inked between the state government of Odisha and the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF), a Global Centre for Financial Health, to launch Mission Shakti Living Lab empowering women economically and drive gender equality.
  • With the use of digital technologies and e-commerce, it will increase the income and financial well-being of women, self-help groups (SHGs) and households by helping them in the factors of plan, save, borrow or spend better. It will address the barriers related to autonomy and financial freedom of women.
  • Mission Shakti was launched in 2001 to enhance the holistic development of women, there are 6.02 lakh self-help groups (SHGs) comprising 70 lakh members across rural and urban areas of Odisha under the initiative.
  • This initiative led to an increase in income of SHG members from Rs 3,000 to 15,000 per month in Odisha.

About UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF):

  • Founded: 1966
  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Executive Secretary: Preeti Sinha

Askot Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand declared as Eco-Sensitive Zone

Askot Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand declared as Eco-Sensitive Zone

  • According to the gazette of India issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), an area of 454.65 square kilometres around the boundary of Askot Wildlife Sanctuary in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand has been declared as the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ).
  • The notified area extends from 0 to 22 km around the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • The Askot Wildlife Sanctuary was established to protect the endangered flagship species Musk Deer and its habitat. The Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Musk Deer Park. 

About Uttarakhand:

  • Capitals: Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer)
  • Governor:  Lt Gen Gurmit Singh
  • Chief minister: Pushkar Singh Dhami

Banking and Financial

ADB projected growth forecast for 2021-2022 for India at 9.7% and developing Asia’s at 7%

ADB projected growth forecast for 2021-2022 for India at 9.7% and developing Asia’s at 7%

  • In its Asian Development Outlook Supplement Report of December 2021, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has trimmed the growth forecasts for developing Asia for 2021-2022 to reflect the economic impact and uncertainty caused by the new Omicron COVID -19 variant.
  • ADB marks the 2021 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth projection of developing Asia to 7 percent, down from its earlier projection of 7.1 percent (September 2021), and 2022 growth to 5.3 percent, down from 5.4 percent.
  • The ADB trimmed its 2021 growth forecast for India to 9.7 percent from the 10 percent but left the 2022 growth forecast unchanged at 7.5 percent.
  • The inflation forecast of developing Asia was revised to 2.1 percent for 2021 and unchanged at 7 percent for 2022.

Note: India GDP projected FY22 (2021-2022)

  • Word Bank-3%
  • ICRA-9%
  • Crisil-5%
  • OECD-4%
  • Fitch Ratings-8.4%
  • UN-7.5%

Axis Bank tied up with Swift to provide digital banking solution

  • Axis Bank is working with new digital services from provider Swift to provide a comprehensive digital solution to clients.
  • The bank is integrating with different digitization initiatives by government bodies and service providers to extend an end-to-end service to business clients.
  • Axis bank’s B2B (business-to-business) digitization efforts are being supported by Swift, a cooperative of global banks that acts as an intermediary between banks and sets standards.

About Axis Bank:

  • Founded: 3 December 1993
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • MD & CEO: Amitabh Chaudhary
  • Chairperson: Shri Rakesh Makhija

BoB partnered NPCI to launch wearable payment solution “bob World Wave”

  • Bank of Baroda in partnership with National Payments Corporations of India (NPCI) launched bob World Wave, a wearable line of products for payments, integrated with a complete health ecosystem.
  • A bob World Wave wearable device will allow customers to monitor their Saturation of Peripheral Oxygen (SpO2), body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The device will provide contactless payments of up to Rs. 5,000 in all Near-Field Communication (NFC) enabled Point of Sale (PoS) devices and also enable payments above Rs 5000 using the PIN.

About Bank of Baroda (BoB):

  • Founded: 20 July 1908
  • Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat
  • Managing Director & CEO: Sanjiv Chadha
  • Tagline: India’s International Bank
  • Amalgamated Banks: Dena Bank & Vijaya Bank in 2019

Appointment and Resignation

Ravinder Bhakar assumed charge of NFDC, films division and CFSI

Ravinder Bhakar assumed charge of NFDC, films division and CFSI

  • CEO of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Ravinder Bhakar has assumed charge of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Films Division, and Children Films Society of India (CFSI).
  • He is a 1999-batch officer of the Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS). He has been assigned these charges in addition to his present duties as CEO of the film certification body.

Defence

IIT-Delhi signed MoU with IAF to improve indigenisation efforts

  • IIT-Delhi signed an MoU with Indian Air Force (IAF) to support requirements towards indigenous solutions in various weapon systems.
  • Under the MoU, The IAF has identified key focus areas involving development of technology and finding indigenous solutions towards sustenance of various weapon systems.
  • The partnership between IIT Delhi and IAF will also boost the efforts by Base Repair Depots (BRDs) of Maintenance Command IAF.

About Indian Air Force (IAF):

  • Establishment: 8 October 1932
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi
  • Chief of the Air Staff: Vivek Ram Chaudhari
  • Motto: Touch the Sky with Glory

DRDO successfully test-fired Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo System (SMART)

DRDO successfully test-fired Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo System (SMART)

  • DRDO has successfully launched a long-range Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) System from Abdul Kalam Island, off the Odisha coast.
  • SMART has been designed to enhance anti-submarine warfare capability far beyond the conventional range of torpedo.
  • The weapon system is a next-generation missile-based standoff torpedo delivery system, it is being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Navy.

Recent Tests by DRDO:

  • Indigenously developed helicopter-launched stand-off anti-tank (SANT) missile
  • Extended Range Pinaka rocket system (Pinaka-ER)
  • Area Denial Munitions (ADM) and indigenously developed fuzes
  • Air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Sukhoi 30 MK-I aircraft
  • Indigenously-developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)
  • Indigenously-designed Abhyas – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT)

Sports

AIBA rebranded itself as IBA to secure boxing’s Olympic future

  • The International Boxing Association has changed its acronym from AIBA to IBA, promising to adopt a set of governance reforms so as to keep the sport’s inclusion at the 2028 Olympics.
  • Boxing has managed to stay on board for the 2024 Paris Olympics but has been dropped from the provisional roster for the 2028 Games.
  • Boxing, weightlifting, and modern pentathlon were all left off the initial list of sports for the 2028 Los Angeles Games and were asked to make changes by the International Olympic Committee.

About International Boxing Association (IBA):

  • Founded: 1946
  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • President: Umar Kremlyov

Book and Author

A Book titled ‘Pride, Prejudice and Punditry’ authored by Dr Shashi Tharoor was launched

A Book titled ‘Pride, Prejudice and Punditry’ authored by Dr Shashi Tharoor was launched

  • Former union minister and Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor‘s 23rd book titled ‘Pride, Prejudice and Punditry’ was launched in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • There are ten sections in this book, each devoted to a particular topic such as modern Indian history, Indian Politics, etc.
  • He has won ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ for 2019, awarded to his book – ‘An Era of Darkness’.

Popular books by Shashi Tharoor:

  • The Paradoxical Prime Minister
  • Inglorious Empire
  • Why I Am a Hindu
  • An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India
  • The Great Indian Novel
  • Pax Indica

Important day

12 December 2021:  Manipur observed 82nd Nupi Lal Memorial Day

  • On 12th December 2021, the State of Manipur observed the 82nd Nupi Lal Day or Nupi Lal Memorial Day to commemorate the 2 Nupi Lals of 1904 and 1939, the 2 historic movements led by the women of Manipur against mass exploitation and the famine triggered by the British.
  • The day, also known as Nupee Lal Day or Nupi Lan day, pays homage to the sacrifices made by the brave mothers of Manipur. Nupi Lan, which translates to ‘women’s war’ in English, is an important movement in the history of Manipur.

15 December: International Tea Day

  • International Tea Day is observed every year on December 15 in countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India, and Tanzania.
  • It was first observed in New Delhi in India in 2005. The reason for the UN celebrating May 21 as International Tea Day is that the season of tea production begins in May in most of the tea-producing countries.
  • Aim: to draw global attention of governments and citizens to impact of global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.

Obituary

Coonoor helicopter crash’s survivor Group Captain Varun Singh passed away

  • Group Captain Varun Singh, who was rescued after the helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and 12 others, has passed away.
  • He was being treated for severe burns at a Bengaluru military hospital after he was moved from Wellington in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor.
  • In August this year, Group Captain Varun Singh was conferred the Shaurya Chakra for averting a possible mid-air accident after his Tejas light combat aircraft developed a major technical snag last year.

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