Current Affairs 20th, 21st November 2021, Daily GK Update
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Odisha govt signed MoU with Save LIFE Foundation to improve road safety
- Odisha Government signed an MoU with Delhi-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Save LIFE Foundation (SLF), to improve road safety in the state.
- Aim: To improve road safety and emergency medical care, and reduce accidental deaths on roads significantly in the next three years. MoU aims to reduce accidental road deaths around 30-40 percent in 3 years.
- Capital: Bhubaneswar
- Governor: Ganeshi Lal
- Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik
PM Modi will inaugurate the fintech event ‘InFinity Forum’
- PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate 2-day thought leadership Forum on FinTech ‘InFinity Forum‘ on 3rd December. InFinity Forum is a leadership event where problems, ideas, innovative technologies from across the world gets discovered, discussed and developed into solutions
- The event is being hosted by International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) in collaboration with GIFT City and Bloomberg in virtual mode.
- Partner countries: Indonesia, South Africa and UK
PM Modi laid foundation stone of UP Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi
- PM Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Rs 400 crores worth Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project in Jhansi.
- It was launched on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’, organized by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the Uttar Pradesh government.
- UP Defence Industrial Corridor has nodes at Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Lucknow, and Kanpur. A plant for the propulsion system for Anti-Tank Guided Missiles has also been set up.
UP’s 1st Anti-Air Pollution Tower inaugurated in Noida
- Union Minister of Heavy Industries Mahendra Nath Pandey has inaugurated first air pollution control tower (APCT) of Uttar Pradesh in Noida. This indigenously developed APCT will help to mitigate the rising air pollution problem in the city.
- APCT prototype has been developed by state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), between the DND flyway and the slip road to Noida Expressway.
About Uttar Pradesh:
- Capital: Lucknow
- Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
- Governor: Anandiben Patel
Banking and Financial
RBI released report of Working Group on Digital Lending; chaired by Jayant K Dash
- The Working Group on Digital Lending including Lending through Online Platforms and Mobile Apps, which was constituted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has submitted its report.
- On January 13, 2021, the RBI had set a WG on Digital Lending including Lending through Online Platforms and Mobile Apps, with Jayant Kumar Dash, Executive Director, RBI, as the Chairman to study all aspects of digital lending activities in the regulated financial sector as well as by unregulated players.
- In the near term, the WG suggested setting up a nodal agency in consultation with stakeholders to verify the technological credentials of the Digital Lending Apps (DLAs) of the balance sheet lenders and Lending Service Providers (LSPs) operating in the digital lending ecosystem.
List of Latest Committee and Headed by
- National Steering Committee for NIPUN Bharat Mission: Dharmendra Pradhan
- SC’s committee to Probe unauthorized surveillance using Pegasus in India: R V Raveendran
- Reconstituted Economic Advisory Council to the PM: Bibek Debroy
- SEBI formed IT Projects Advisory Committee (IT-PAC): Abhay Karandikar
- SEBI reconstituted Technical Advisory Committee: Deepak B Phatak
- Technology Innovation Group on 6G formed by DoT: K Rajaraman
- Committee to determine RoDTEP rates for exports from SEZs, EOUs: Gopal Krishna Pillai
NIPL signed MoU with Dubai’s Network International
- NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL), the international arm of National Payment Corporation of India signed an MoU with Network International, a digital commerce company based in Dubai, to discuss their collaboration on acceptance of the UPI in the UAE.
- The proposed collaboration will benefit Indian travelers visiting the UAE. It will allow them to make payments through UPI-based mobile applications leveraging the Network’s trusted payment infrastructure.
- The proposed rollout of UPI mobile payment solutions on Network International’s merchant network is expected to start in the 1st quarter of 2022.
About NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL):
- Founded: April 3, 2020
- CEO: Ritesh Shukla
AIIB approved USD 150 Million loan for implementing SUSP in Chennai Metropolitan Area
- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD 150 million loan to the Indian Government of India.
- The loan amount will be used for the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Services Program (SUSP) for the Chennai Metropolitan Area.
- The AIIB has approved around 29 projects for India worth USD 6.8 billion till 2021. Now, India has become one of the largest beneficiaries of AIIB.
About Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB):
- Formation: 16 January 2016 (Open for business); 25 December 2015 (Entry into force Articles of Agreement)
- Headquarters: Beijing, China
- Members: 104 Members
- President: Jin Liqun
List of Loan approved by AIIB:
- $750 million -Help the government strengthen its battle against Covid-19
- $500 million-COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project”
- $145 million-Improve irrigation services in West Bengal
- $500 Million: Improve the network capacity, service quality, and safety of the suburban railway system in Mumbai.
- $67 million: For the expansion of the Chennai Metro Rail System
eBikeGo acquired Spanish company Torrot’s brand ‘Velocipedo’
- Electric two-wheeler mobility platform eBikeGo has acquired the rights to manufacture the smart electric trike ‘Velocipedo’ of a leading Spanish automotive company Torrot in India.
- With this, eBikeGo now plans to enter the luxury electric three-wheeler industry. It aims to manufacture these scooters at its factory in Pune. Velocipedo will be produced in three basic models — a personal vehicle, Trick Taxi and a cargo vehicle.
Hema Malini, Prasoon Joshi will be given Indian Film Personality of the Year award at IFFI 2021
- Hema Malini and Prasoon Joshi will be facilitated with the Indian Film Personality of the Year award at the 52nd International Film Festival of India 2021 in The IFFI will kick off on 20th November in a hybrid, virtual and physical format.
- Actor Hema Malini is 2-time BJP MP from Mathura while lyricist Joshi is a former chairperson of CBFC, poet, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and communication specialist and marketer.
Beryl Thanga received Manipur State Award for Literature 2020
- Novelist Beryl Thanga has received the 12th Manipur State Award for Literature 2020 for his book – Ei Amadi Adungeigi Ithat’ (I and the then island).
- Manipur Governor La Ganesan conferred the award on the 65-year-old writer for his novel published in 2015. The award carries a plaque, citation, 3 lakh (in cheque), and a shawl.
Swachh Survekshan 2021 Ranking: Indore is the cleanest city, Chhattisgarh is cleanest state
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has released the Swachh Survekshan 2021. President Ram Nath Kovind has announced the cities names and honored the municipal corporations working under the Swachhta Mission (Cleanliness Mission). In the 2021 edition of Swachh Survekshan, 4320 cities of the country participated. In this survey, 342 cities have got star ratings for cleanliness (Swachh).
- Indore city has been declared the cleanest city of India for the 5th time in a row. While Surat (Gujarat) has been ranked second and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) has been ranked third. Chhattisgarh retained the first position in the state
- Varanasi, has been adjudged the “cleanest Ganga town” while Bihar’s Munger and Patna have been ranked second and third in the category.
Top 10 ranked city in Swachh Survekshan 2021:
Jason Mott won 2021 National Book Award for fiction for his novel “Hell of a Book”
- The 72nd edition of the National Book Award was organized as a virtual event by the National Book Foundation. Jason Mott won the 2021 National Book Award for fiction for his novel “Hell of a Book”, a narrative about a black author’s adventure while traveling around in a book tour.
- Tiya Miles has won the 2021 National Book Award for nonfiction for her book titled “All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake”. Malinda Lo has won the 2021 National Book Award for young people’s literature for her book titled “Last Night at the Telegraph Club”, a story of same-sex, cross-cultural love set in the 1950s.
Winners of 2021 National Book Awards:
|Fiction||Hell of a Book||Jason Mott|
|Non-Fiction||All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake||Tiya Miles|
|Young People’s Literature||Last Night at the Telegraph Club||Malinda Lo|
|Best Translated Literature||Winter in Sokcho||Elisa Shua Dusapin and translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins
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Russia successfully tests fired Hypersonic Cruise Missile ‘Zircon’ & Anti-Satellite Missile ‘Nudol’
- Russian Navy successfully test-fired the ‘Zircon’ Hypersonic Cruise Missile from Frigate – Admiral Gorshkov warship, which rightly hit the test target placed in the Russian Arctic waters.
- Russia destroyed its own satellite in low-earth orbit using an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile named ‘Nudol’, which led to the formation of a cloud of space debris that could potentially destroy other orbiting satellites & the International Space Station (ISS).
- Capital: Moscow
- Currency: Rouble
- President: Vladimir Putin
Prakash Padukone selected for BWF lifetime achievement award 2021
- Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone has been selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Council.
- The former world no 1 has already been honoured with the Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Padukone is the first-ever Indian to win a medal at World Championships in the 1983 Copenhagen tournament.
- Apart from him, Devender Singh has been nominated for the Meritorious Service Award.
About Badminton World Federation:
- Founded: 5 July 1934
- Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- President: Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
Book and Author
Venkaiah Naidu released the book ‘Srimadramayanam’ written by Sasikiranacharya
- Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has released the book ‘Srimadramayanam’ in Hyderabad. It has been written by Sasikiranacharya. It is about the leadership, good governance, and rule of law of Lord Rama.
- He also underlined the need to popularize literary works and poetic works of various Indian languages among the youth.
19 November: National Integration Day
- National Integration Day also known as ‘Quami Ekta Diwas’ is celebrated every year on November 19 to commemorate the birthday of India’s first Woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
- The year 2021 marks the 104th birth anniversary celebration of Indira Gandhi. National Integration Day was created in her honor as a way to encourage all Indians to integrate, regardless of race or religion.
552nd Guru Nanak Jayanti observed on 19 November 2021
- Guru Nanak Jayanti is observed every year as the birth anniversary of the Sikh founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This year marked the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, also known as Prakash Utsav or Guru Purab, as it marks an important festival for the Sikh community.
- Guru Nanak is the first of the ten Sikh gurus who is considered as the one who brought enlightenment to the world. He was born in 1469 in a village named Talwandi, which is currently located in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.
20 November: World Children’s Day
- World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November annually to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare. 2021 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year. In 1959, UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Theme 2021: A Better Future for Every Child
21 November: World Television Day
- World Television Day is celebrated all across the globe on November 21st every year to mark the significance of the spectacular invention of television.
- Though Farnsworth is considered to have invented the first electronic TV, it is often John Logie Baird who is praised for his demonstration of the first live television system of the world.
Veteran football journalist & sports commentator Novy Kapadia passed away
- Veteran author, football journalist, and sports commentator Novy Kapadiahas passed away due to health complications.
- He was often called ‘the voice of Indian football’.The noted commentator had covered nine FIFA World Cups, as well as Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. As an author, Kapadia had written books like Barefoot To Boots, The Many Lives Of Indian Football among others.
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