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National News

Haryana launched ‘Khel Nursery scheme 2022-23’ to promote sports 

Haryana launched ‘Khel Nursery scheme 2022-23’ to promote sports 

  • Haryana’s Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sandeep Singh launched ‘Khel Nursery Scheme 2022-23’ to promote sports in the state.
  • The scheme promotes sports nurseries that will be started in government, private educational institutions and private sports institutions.
  • The sports nurseries are being opened for the sports included in the Olympic, Asian and Commonwealth Games.

About Haryana:

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar

Centre granted ‘in-principle’ approval for 6 Nuclear Reactors at Jaitapur, Maharashtra

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra granted ‘In-Principle’ approval for setting up 6 Nuclear Reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra.
  • The approval is for setting up 6 nuclear power reactors of 1650 MW each, making Jaitapur as India’s largest nuclear power generating site with a total capacity of 9900 MW.
  • Technical cooperation is provided by the French Firm –Électricité de France (EDF).

About Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief minister: Uddhav Thackeray
  • Tiger Reserves: Bor Tiger Reserve, Tadoba-Andhari, Navegaon – Nagzira, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Sahyadri Tiger Reserve

Cabinet cleared proposal to raise women’s marriage age from 18 to 21 years

Cabinet cleared proposal to raise women’s marriage age from 18 to 21 years

  • Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its nod for proposal to bring uniformity in the minimum age of marriage for men and women, thereby, increasing the legal age of marriage of women from 18 to 21 years. The legal age to get married for men is 21.
  • In this regard, a Bill will be introduced to amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006, Special Marriage Act, 1954 and personal laws such as the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 in the ongoing winter session of Parliament (November 29- December 23, 2021).

Rural Development Minister launched Management Information System portal named ‘Vikas Portal’ for rankings of States/UTs in Land Acquisition Projects

  • On the lines of Central Government’s Gati Shakti Mission, Union Minister Giriraj Singh, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) launched Management Information System (MIS) portal namely ‘Vikas Portal’ for rankings of States/Union Territories (UTs) in Land Acquisition Projects under RFCTLARR Act, 2013.
  • It is developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) team of Department of Land Resources (DoLR), MoRD with zero cost.
  • RFCTLARR is an acronym for Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement.
  • In this regard, awards will be conferred upon top 3 States and top 3 districts by capturing the data, figures, and speed of the development in the country. It will promote healthy competition among States/UTs.

International News

India & Vietnam signed agreement to establish partnership in Digital Media and in the field of IT

  • Government of India signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Government of Vietnam, to enable collaboration in the field of digital media and strengthen the partnership between India and Vietnam.
  • The LoI anticipates sharing of information and experience in establishing policies and regulatory frameworks on digital media and social networks.
  • India and Vietnam also signed agreement for cooperation in the field of Information Technology (IT).
  • Ministers signed an agreement to extend India- Vietnam MoU on cooperation in Information Technology. The MoU seeks to foster active cooperation and exchange between Governments, private entities & institutions involved in enhancing capacity building and other public & private organizations from both sides in the field of ICT.

About Vietnam:

  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Currency: Vietnamese dong
  • President: Nguyen Xuan Phuc
  • Prime Minister: Pham Minh Chinh

World’s Most Admired Men 2021: PM Modi secured 8th spot

World’s Most Admired Men 2021: PM Modi secured 8th spot

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ranked 8th on Yougov’s Annual list of the world’s top 20 most admired men.
  • PM Modi is ahead of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Virat Kohli. The list has been compiled taking feedback from 42,000 people in 38 countries.
  • Apart from PM Modi, the other Indian men who, according to the survey, were the most admired in 2021 include Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Virat Kohli.

List of World’s most admired men:

Rank Personality
1 Barack Obama
2 Bill Gates
3 Xi Jinping
4 Cristiano Ronaldo
5 Jackie Chan
6 Elon Musk
7 Lionel Messi
8 Narendra Modi
9 Vladimir Putin
10 Jack Ma
12 Sachin Tendulkar
14 Shah Rukh Khan
15 Amitabh Bachchan
18 Virat Kohli

List of world’s most admired women:

Rank Personality
1 Michelle Obama
2 Angelina Jolie
3 Queen Elizabeth II
4 Oprah Winfrey
5 Scarlett Johansson
6 Emma Watson
7 Taylor Swift
8 Angela Merkel
9 Malala Yousafzai
10 Priyanka Chopra
13 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
14 Sudha Murty

Banking and Financial

RBI allowed scheduled payments banks, SFBs as Agency Bank to conduct Govt Business

RBI allowed scheduled payments banks, SFBs as Agency Bank to conduct Govt Business

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in consultation with the Department of Financial Services (DFS), the Ministry of Finance, has decided to make the Scheduled payments banks and scheduled small finance banks (SFBs) eligible to conduct Government agency business.
  • On May 10, 2021, RBI, revised the existing guidelines on ‘Appointment of Scheduled Private Sector Banks as Agency Banks of RBI’ for authorising Scheduled Private Sector Banks as agency banks of RBI for conducting govt business (Central and/or State).
  • Thus, any payment bank or small finance bank which intends to undertake govt agency business could be appointed as an agent of RBI only upon execution of an agreement with RBI and also in compliance with the regulatory framework prescribed for those banks.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):

  • Founded: April 1, 1935
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • Deputy Governors: Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, M Rajeshwar Rao, T Rabi Sankar

RBI imposed Rs 1.8 crores and 30 lakh penalty on PNB and ICICI Bank

RBI imposed Rs 1.8 crores and 30 lakh penalty on PNB and ICICI Bank

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 1.8 crores on Punjab National Bank (PNB), while ICICI Bank has been fined Rs 30 lakh for deficiencies in regulatory compliances.
  • According to a statement issued by the central bank, PNB was found guilty of contravening provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, related to pledge of shares by it.

List of Banks who has been imposed penalty by RBI Recently

  • RBI imposed a penalty of 2 lakh on Pune People’s Co-operative Bank Limited, Pune for non-compliance with ‘know your customer’ norms
  • RBI imposed Rs 1 crore penalty on SBI for non-compliance
  • RBI imposed a fine of Rs 1.95 crores on Standard Chartered Bank
  • RBI imposed ₹1 crore penalty on Paytm Payments Bank
  • RBI imposed monetary penalty of Rs. 1 crore on State Bank of India
  • RBI imposed Rs. 1 crore penalty on Union Bank of India

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance became 1st Indian insurance company to sign UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment

  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance became the first Indian insurance company to sign United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), to demonstrate commitment towards the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • In order to promote sustainability, IPRULIFE is integrating ESG factors into its investment management framework.
  • The UNPRI is an investor initiative in partnership with the two bodies of the United Nations – the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact.

About ICICI Prudential Life Insurance:

  • Established: 2000
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • CEO & MD: Narayanan Srinivasa Kannan

Union Bank of India partnered with Home First Finance to offer home loans

  • Union Bank of India has entered into a strategic co-lending partnership with Home First Finance Company India Ltd (HomeFirst) to offer home loans to customers at competitive interest rates.
  • HomeFirst will retain a minimum of 20 percent of the loan while 80 percent will be retained by UBI.
  • Aim: To provide a seamless experience to retail home loan customers in the priority sector and to strengthen both companies.

About Union Bank of India:

  • Founded: 1919
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • MD & CEO: Rajkiran Rai G
  • Tagline: Good People to Bank with

TVS Motor, BMW Motorrad join hands for EVs

  • TVS Motor Company and global auto giant BMW Motorrad expanded their co-operation with a tie-up in the electric vehicle space.
  • TVS Motor Company will develop electric vehicles (EV) with BMW’s Motorrad brand in India. The first product under the enhanced co-operation, an electric model suited for the urban ecosystem, is expected to make its debut in the next 24 months.

About TVS Motor Company:

  • Founded: 1978
  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • CEO: N. Radhakrishnan
  • CMD: Venu Srinivasan

Appointment and Resignation

Arvind Kumar appointed DG of Software Technology Parks of India

  • Arvind Kumar has joined as Director General of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). STPI is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.
  • Currently, STPI-registered units have reached IT/ITeS/ESDM exports of over Rs. 5 lakh crores. STPI is one of the largest tech incubators in India with an area of approx.13 lakh square feet spread across various Tier 1/2/3 cities.

About Software Technology Parks of India (STPI):

  • Formation: 1991
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Unsoo Kim appointed as MD of Hyundai Motor India Limited

  • Hyundai Motor Company has appointed Unsoo Kim as the Managing Director (MD) of Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), starting from 1st January 2022.
  • He will replace Seon Seob Kim (SS Kim), who will lead the Global Operations Division in Hyundai headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.
  • HMIL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of HMC is India’s first smart mobility solutions provider and the number one car exporter in India.

Awards

PM Modi received Bhutan’s highest civilian award

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred Bhutan’s highest civilian award, Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo also known as Order of the Dragon King (Druk Gyalpo), on the occasion of Bhutan’s 114th National Day (17th December 2021).
  • PM Modi becomes the first foreigner to receive the coveted award. The honour comes as an appreciation for India’s friendly approach to Bhutan under PM Modi’s governance.
  • King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck conferred the award upon PM Modi. The announcement was made by Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.

Other International Civilian Honours received by PM Modi:

Country/Organization Name of the Honour Year
Saudi Arabia Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud 2016
Afghanistan State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan 2016
Palestine Grand Collar of the State of Palestine 2018
South Korea Seoul Peace Prize 2018
UAE Order of Zayed 2019
Russia Order of St. Andrew 2019
Maldives Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddin 2019
Bahrain King Hamad Order of the Renaissance 2019
US Legion of Merit 2020
United Nations Environment Programme Champions of the Earth 2018
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Goalkeeper award 2019

About Bhutan:

  • Capital: Thimphu
  • Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum
  • Prime minister: Lotay Tshering
  • King: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Avani Lekhara won ‘Best Female Debut’ honour at 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards

  • Indian shooter Avani Lekhara, who has created history by winning India’s first Gold medal in Shooting at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, won the “Best Female Debut” honour at the 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards.
  • The Awards were announced by the International Paralympic Committee.
  • She became the 1st Indian woman to win 2 Paralympic medals in a single edition of the Paralympic Games. India won an unprecedented 19 medals at the Paralympic Games including 5 Gold, 8 Silver & 6 Bronze.

Defence

HAL signed Rs 2,400 crores contract with BEL for 83 LCA Tejas Mk1A fighters

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a Rs 2,400 crores contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for development and supply of 20 types of systems for 83 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft programme.
  • The duration of the contract is 5 years i.e., from 2023 to 2028. Notably, this is HAL’s biggest order on any Indian company thus boosting the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign.
  • The order for supply of these systems will be executed by two units of BEL at Bengaluru (Karnataka), and Panchkula (Haryana).

About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):

  • Founded: 1940
  • Headquarter: Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • CMD: R Madhavan

Ashok Leyland partnered with CVRDE, a DRDO arm to develop combat vehicle engines

  • Ashok Leyland has partnered with Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), a premier lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), to develop and manufacture 600-HP indigenous engines.
  • The partnership will power futuristic combat vehicles under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat mission.
  • The 600-HP engine will undergo rigorous testing in the Engine Development Centre of Ashok Leyland, near Chennai and will be qualified for application in tanks.

About Ashok Leyland:

  • Founded: 1948
  • Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • CEO: Vipin Sondhi

Book and Author

A book on Yogi Adityanath “The Monk Who Transformed Uttar Pradesh”; authored by Shantanu Gupta 

A book on Yogi Adityanath “The Monk Who Transformed Uttar Pradesh”; authored by Shantanu Gupta

  • The book titled “The Monk Who Transformed Uttar Pradesh: How Yogi Aditynath Changed UP Waala Bhaiya’ abuse to a Badge of Honour”, authored by Shantanu Gupta.
  • The book underlines the journey of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, from being born in Uttarakhand to becoming a Nath Panthi saint, to CM of Uttar Pradesh.

Other books by Shantanu Gupta

  • “BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY: Past, Present and Future: Story of the World’s Largest Political Party” (2019)
  • “The Monk Who Became Chief Minister” (2017)

Venkaiah Naidu released Telugu book titled ‘Gandhi Topi Governor’ by Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad

  • Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu released the Telugu book titled ‘Gandhi Topi Governor’ by Padma Awardee Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Chairman, Official Language Commission, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The book chronicles the life of Barrister Idpuganti Raghavendra Rao. I R Rao was a prominent freedom fighter, Legislator and the Governor of the Central Provinces in the British Administration.

Important day

17 December: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

  • International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is annually observed across the globe on 17th December to focus attention on the hate crimes committed against sex workers across the globe.
  • The day has empowered the workers to come together against discrimination and remember the victims of violence.
  • ‘Red Umbrella’ is the symbol for sex workers’ rights across the globe. In 2005 the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe adopted the red umbrella as its symbol for the rights of sex workers.

18 December: Minorities Rights Day

  • India observes Minorities Rights Day on December 18 every year to ensure the Constitutionally-assured rights of religious minorities in the country are safeguarded.
  • The Minorities Rights Day in India was first observed on December 18, 2013. On 18th December 1992, the United Nations had declared the Statement on the Individual’s Rights belonging to Religious or Linguistic National or Ethnic Minorities.

18 December: International Migrants Day

  • International Migrants Day is observed worldwide on 18 December every year, by the United Nations, through the UN-related agency International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • The day is observed to highlight the contributions made by the 272 million migrants, which includes more than 41 million people who are internally displaced persons, and the challenges they face.
  • Theme 2021: Harnessing the potential of human mobility

19 December: Goa Liberation Day

  • Goa Liberation Day is observed annually in India on December 19. The year 2021 marks the 60 years of Goa’s independence.
  • Goa Liberation Day is celebrated on December 19 every year to mark the success of ‘Operation Vijay’ undertaken by the Indian Armed Forces that liberated Goa from Portuguese rule on 19th December 1961.

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