Current Affairs 19th November 2021, Daily GK Update

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National News

India’s 1st Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Project will be set up in Hingoli, Maharashtra 

India’s 1st Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Project will be set up in Hingoli, Maharashtra 

  • Maharashtra’s Hingoli revenue department allotted 225 hectares of land at Dudhala in Aundha Nagnath town for setting-up India’s 1st Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project. LIGO_India project will be built by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • Aim: to study gravitational waves arriving to earth from cataclysmic events in the distant universe, and carry out experiments on them.

About Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief minister: Uddhav Thackeray

Giriraj Singh launched ‘ULPIN’ & NGDRS Portal and inaugurated ‘Bhumi Samvaad’

  • Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Rural Development, and Panchayati Raj inaugurated ’Bhumi Samvaad’– a National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
  • During the occasion, he also launched the Unique Land Parcel Identification Numbers (ULPIN) across India and launched the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) portal and Dashboard. India targets for complete digitization of all land records by March 2023.

About Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD):

  • Union Minister: Giriraj Singh
  • Constituency: Begusarai (Bihar)
  • MoS: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti Constituency: Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh)
  • MoS: Faggan Singh Kulaste Constituency: Mandla (Madhya Pradesh)

International News

India became World’s Largest Recipient of Remittances by receiving $ 87 billion in 2021: WB Report

India became World’s Largest Recipient of Remittances by receiving $ 87 billion in 2021: WB Report

  • According to the latest report by the World Bank titled ‘World Bank’s Remittance Prices Worldwide Database’, India became the world’s largest recipient of remittances by receiving USD 87 billion in 2021.
  • The United States (US) was its biggest source, accounting for over 20% of these funds. India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines, and Egypt. In India, remittances are projected to grow 3% in 2022 to USD 89.6 billion.

About World Bank:

  • Founded: July 1944, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States
  • Headquarters: Washington DC, USA
  • President: David Robert Malpass

India re-elected to UNESCO Executive Board for 4-year term

  • India got re-elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with 164 votes for a 4-year term, starting from 2021-25.
  • The General Conference of UNESCO elects members of the Executive Board. India was re-elected to Group IV of Asian and Pacific States, where Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Cook Islands, and China also got elected.

About UNESCO:

  • Founded: 16 November 1945
  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Members: 193 countries
  • Head: Audrey Azoulay

Banking and Financial

UBS projected India’s GDP growth at 9.5% for FY22

UBS projected India's GDP growth at 9.5% for FY22

  • UBS Securities has revised upwards its growth forecast for the current fiscal to 5% from 8.9% in September.
  • The brokerage also sees the economy clipping at 7 percent in FY23 but moderating to 6 percent in FY24. The Reserve Bank also forecasts 9.5 percent GDP growth this fiscal while the average projection ranges from 8.5 to 10 percent.

Note: India GDP projected FY22 (2021-2022)

  • Word Bank-3%
  • ADB-10%
  • OECD-7%
  • Fitch-8.7%
  • UN-7.5%
  • SBI-7.9%
  • RBI: 9.5%
  • IMF-9.5%
  • UNCTAD-2%

NSDL e-Governance got RBI’s approval to operate as Account Aggregator

  • NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd, IT-enabled services provider, has received in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up an Account Aggregator (AA) business under its wholly-owned subsidiary, NSDL e-Governance AA Ltd.
  • AA are data access fiduciary. It will be used for the exchange of financial information from Financial Information Providers (FIP) to Financial Information Users (FIUs) in a safe manner with due customer consent.
  • AA network will not store/read the customer’s data in turn it will act as a pipeline between FIPs and FIUs.

About NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd:

  • Founded: 1995
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • MD & CEO: Suresh Sethi

SIDBI and Google tied-up to Support MSMEs

  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has entered into a collaboration with Google India Pvt Ltd (GIPL) for piloting a social impact lending programme with financial assistance up to Rs 1 crore at subsidized interest rates to
  • The collaboration brings a corpus of $15 million (about Rs. 110 crores) to micro-enterprises as a crisis response related to Covid-19 for reinvigoration. Under the partnership, MSMEs having turnover up to 5 crores will get the loan ranging between 25 lakh to 1 crore which is being implemented by SIDBI.

About Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI):

  • Founded: 2 April 1990
  • Headquarters: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • CMD: Sivasubramanian Ramann

HDFC launched Micro-Credit Facility for Street Vendors under PM SVANidhi

  • HDFC Bank launched a micro-credit facility for the street vendors under PM Street vendor’s Atma Nirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), with common service centers (CSC).
  • HDFC Bank facilitates the PM SVANidhi for its Village-Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) on the digital Sewa portal where vendors can complete the entire process via online method.
  • HDFC Bank capitalizes for facilitating small ticket loans of Rs 10,000 for vendors along with VLEs to identify the opportunities for other products & maximize their incentives. PM SVANidhi provides a collateral-free affordable loan of Rs 10,000 along with an interest subsidy of 7 percent.

About HDFC Bank:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: August 1994
  • CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan
  • Chairman: Atanu Chakraborty
  • Tagline: We understand your world

Mahindra Finance launched a vehicle leasing and subscription business “Quiklyz”

  • Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Ltd (Mahindra Finance), non-banking financial company (NBFC) launched its vehicle leasing and subscription business Quiklyz with which the customer can access a brand-new car without all the hassles of car ownership.
  • It is the first-of-its-kind digital process on vehicle usership aimed at catering to both the retail customers and corporates. Under Quiklyz the company will offer multi-brand for vehicle leasing and subscription.

Appointment and Resignation

 Maharashtra appointed Salman Khan as COVID vaccination ambassador

 Maharashtra appointed Salman Khan as COVID vaccination ambassador

  • In a bid to encourage the Muslim community to take Covid-19 vaccine shots in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government decided to make actor Salman Khan the vaccine ambassador of the state. Maharashtra is leading in terms of the number of vaccine shots administered, but in some areas the pace of vaccination is low.
  • According to Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope, there is hesitation about receiving anti-coronavirus vaccines in Muslim-majority communities, and the government will enlist the help of Bollywood actor Salman Khan to persuade people to get the vaccine.

Note: List of brand ambassador

  • FloBiz Neobank’s myBillBook: Manoj Bajpayee
  • Bandhan Bank in Assam: Zubeen Garg
  • Amway India: Amitabh Bachchan
  • My11Circle: Mohammed Siraj
  • Goodwill Ambassador of UN- World Food Programme: Daniel Brühl
  • ICICI Prudential’s new digital campaign ‘Agar taiyaari sahi ho, toh jeet pakki hai’: Lovlina Borgohain
  • Kids’ footwear brand Plaeto: Rahul Dravid
  • TRIFED Aadi Mahotsav: MC Mary Kom

Government extended ED Director S K Mishra’s tenure by 1-year

  • The Central Government through the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance extended the tenure of the Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED) S K Mishra by 1-year, till 18th November 2022 which was supposed to end on 18th November 2021.
  • The order was passed after the government brought in two ordinances to ensure that the Directors of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) & the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could have tenures of up to five years (2-years & can be extended by 3 more years). The extension of the term should not exceed 5 years.

About Enforcement Directorate (ED):

  • Founded: 1956
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi
  • Director-Enforcement: Sanjay Kumar Mishra (IAS)

Justice M Duraiswamy appointed as acting Chief Justice of Madras HC

  • Senior most judge of Madras (Tamil Nadu) High Court, Justice M Duraiswamy was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of the Madras HC. Justice Sanjib Banerjee, who was the Chief Justice of the Madras HC since January 2021, was appointed as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC.
  • Now, Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, transferred from the Allahabad HC to the Madras HC, will become the senior-most judge of the Madras HC.

Book and Author

Smriti Irani authored her first Novel ‘Lal Salaam: A Novel’

Smriti Irani authored her first Novel ‘Lal Salaam: A Novel’

  • Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Women and Child Development is set to release her first novel titled “Lal Salaam: A Novel” in November 2021.
  • The novel is inspired by the killings of 76 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel during the Maoist attack in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh in April 2010. This book is a tribute to the people who have given their lifetime service to the nation.

Important day

19 November: World Toilet Day

  • United Nations observes World Toilet Day across the world on 19th November 2021. The day is observed to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
  • The World Toilet Day was first observed on 19th November 2012established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 also the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day and Twelve years later, in 2013, the UN General Assembly declared World Toilet Day an official UN day.
  • Theme 2021: “valuing toilets”

18 November: National Naturopathy Day

  • The National Naturopathy Day is observed in India on 18th November every year, to promote positive mental and physical health through a drugless system of medicine.
  • The day was declared by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), Government of India. Naturopathy practitioners are trained through a five and half year BNYS — Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences.
  • As a part of the observance of National Naturopathy Day 2021, the Ministry of AYUSH, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, and the National Institute of Naturopathy has organized the National Conference on Naturopathy from 17th to 18th November 2021. The conference was held under the theme “Poshan Aahar & Rog Mukt Bharath”. 

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