Current Affairs 8th November 2021, Daily GK Update

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National News

Amit Shah launched Mukhyamantri Ghasiyari Kalyan Yojana in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

  • Union Minister Amit Shah, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched the Mukhyamantri Ghasiyari Kalyan Yojana and computerization of cooperative societies in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • Under the scheme nutritious fodder or cattle feed (Silage) would be provided in the vacuum pack bags of 25-30 kg to the cattle owners at the rate of Rs 2 per kg on 30% subsidy.
  • He also inaugurated computerization of all the 670 Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS) committees.

About Uttarakhand:

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

     International News

UK approved world’s 1st oral pill to treat COVID-19

  • Britain’s health regulators, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have approved the world’s first pill to treat cases of symptomatic COVID-19. 
  • The antiviral Lagevrio (molnupiravir)has been found to be safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death in people with mild to moderate COVID-19.
  • Molnupiravir was originally created to treat flu and could go on to be prescribed twice a day diagnosed with COVID-19

About United Kingdom (UK):

  • Capital: London
  • Currency: British Pound Sterling (GBP)
  • Prime Minister: Boris Johnson

Banking and Financial

NCLT approved GAIL’s acquisition of 26% stake in OTPC

  • The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the acquisition of the 26% stake of bankrupt Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (ILFS) in ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) by GAIL (India) Ltd.
  • The 26% stake are acquired from IL&FS Group companies: IL&FS Energy Development Company Ltd (EDCL) and IL&FS Financial Services Ltd (IFIN).

PhonePe launched tokenisation solution named ‘SafeCard’

PhonePe launched tokenisation solution named ‘SafeCard’

  • PhonePehas launched a tokenization solution named ‘SafeCard’ for online debit and credit card transactions.
  • Earlier in September 2021, RBI had made a device-based tokenization framework applicable to Card-on-File Tokenisation (CoFT) services as well i.e., Card-on-File (CoF) means that the Credit/Debit card details are stored by merchants for ease of payment.

Tokenization solutions launched recently

  • Razorpay: ‘Razorpay TokenHQ’
  • PayU: ‘PayU Token Hub’
  • CCAvenue: ‘TokenPay’

Appointment and Resignation

 Bandhan Bank announced Zubeen Garg as brand ambassador for Assam

  • Bandhan Bank has announced Popular Assamese & Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg as the brand ambassador for the Bank in Assam.
  • To mark the commencement of this association, Zubeen has released his new music video which showcases diverse elements of Assamese culture and heritage. The song and video have been produced courtesy of Bandhan Bank. Titled ‘Axom Amaar Mone Praane”.

About Bandhan Bank:

  • Founded: 2001
  • Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal
  • MD and CEO: Chandra Shekhar Ghosh

Note: List of brand ambassador

  • CoinDCX: Amitabh Bachchan
  • Fire-Boltt: Virat Kohli
  • CoinDCX ‘Future Yahi Hai’ campaign: Ayushmann Khurrana
  • Russian Film Festival in India: Imtiaz Ali
  • Realme: KL Rahul
  • Adidas’ Global Brand Ambassador: Deepika Padukone
  • FloBiz Neobank’s myBillBook: Manoj Bajpayee

Awards

Priyanka Mohite selected to receive Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020

  • Maharashtra-based, 28-year-old mountaineer Priyanka Mohite was selected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the prestigious ‘Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020’ for outstanding contribution in the field of land adventure.
  • She is the 1st Indian woman to climb Mt Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain peak in the world. She scaled the world’s highest peak Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu.
  • Priyanka is one among the 7-recipients of ‘Tenzing Norgay National Award 2020’ & will receive the award from President Ram Nath Kovind.
Awardee Category 
Priyanka Mangesh Mohite Land Adventure
Jay Prakash Kumar Land Adventure
Col. Amit Bisht Land Adventure
Sheetal Land Adventure
Srikaanth Viswanathan Water Adventure
Lt. Col. Servesh Dhadwal Air Adventure
Jai Kishan Life Time Achievement

Defence

IAF & DRDO successfully conducted flight tests of Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon

IAF & DRDO successfully conducted flight tests of Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon

  • Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have carried out two successful flight tests of indigenously-developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW).
  • The two flight tests have been conducted using 2 different configurations – Satellite Navigation and Electro-optical sensors. An electro-optical seeker based flight test of this class of bomb was conducted for the first time in India.
  • The SAAW is capable of carrying a warhead of 125 kilograms (kgs) with a precision target hitting range of 100 kms. The weapon was launched from IAF aircraft at Chandan ranges in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):

  • Founded: 1958      
  • Headquarters: DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi
  • Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy

Science

China launched world’s 1st Earth Science Satellite named “Guangmu”

China launched world’s 1st Earth Science Satellite named “Guangmu”

  • China has launched world’s first Earth-science satelliteGuangmu or SDGSAT-1 on November 5, 2021 into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern Shanxi Province.
  • Guangmu was launched by a Long March-6 carrier rocket which is the 395th flight mission. SDGSAT-1 is the first satellite customized according to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which adopted in 2015 with 17 SDGs for peace and prosperity.
  • The satellite was launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and developed by the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS).

About China: 

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Currency: Renminbi
  • President: Xi Jinping

Alphabet Inc launched “Isomorphic Labs”, an AI- drug discovery start-up

Alphabet Inc launched “Isomorphic Labs”, an AI- drug discovery start-up

  • Google parent company Alphabet has launched a new company in London called Isomorphic Labs. This company will aim to use AI (artificial intelligence) for drug discovery and medicine to find cures for some of humanity’s most devastating diseases in the field of biological and medical research.
  • Demis Hassabis will be the CEO of Isomorphic Labs. Hassabis is the CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, another Alphabet subsidiary that used AI to predict the 3D structure of a protein directly from its amino acid sequence.

About Google:

  • Founded: 4 September 1998
  • Headquarters: California, United States
  • CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin

Sports

Manu Bhaker and Javad Foroughi won mixed team gold in ISSF President’s Cup

  • India’s woman pistol star Manu Bhaker and Iranian Olympic champion Javad Foroughi has won the 10m air pistol mixed team gold at the inaugural ISSF President’s Cup at the Wroclaw in Poland.
  • The Indo-Iranian pair beat the French-Russian duo of Mathilde Lamolle and Artem Chernousov 16-8 to clinch the gold medal.

Book and Author

A new book titled “An Economist at Home and Abroad: A Personal Journey” authored by Shankar Acharya

A new book titled “An Economist at Home and Abroad: A Personal Journey” authored by Shankar Acharya

  • Noted Economist and former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, Dr Shankar Acharya has authored a new book titled “An Economist at Home and Abroad: A Personal Journey”. 
  • The book features the professional and personal life of the most accomplished policy economist Dr Shankar Acharya.

He has authored several books including:

  • Essays on Macroeconomic Policy and Growth in India
  • Can India Grow Without Bharat?
  • India and Global Crisis

Important day

7 November: Infant Protection Day

  • November 7 is celebrated as Infant Protection Day every year. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the safety of new-born and to safeguard their lives by providing suitable care for infants.
  • According to World Health Organization data, 4 million babies died in their first month of birth in 2019.

8 November: International Day of Radiology

  • International Day of Radiology is observed globally on 8th November every year. The day is celebrated to promote the awareness of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care, and improve public understanding of the vital role radiologists and radiographers play in the healthcare continuum.
  • The day also marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen in World Radiology Day was first celebrated in the year 2012.
  • Theme 2021: ‘Interventional Radiology – Active care for the patient’

Obituary

Renowned Dronacharya Awardee Cricket Coach Tarak Sinha passed away 

  • Renowned Cricket Coach and Dronacharya Awardee Tarak Sinha passed away due to cancer at the age of 71 in New Delhi.
  • He was fondly referred to as “Ustad ji” by his disciples. Tarak Sinha was the founder of the Sonnet Cricket Club, Delhi. He has served as the coach of the Delhi team which won the Ranji title in the 1985-86 season.
  • He received the Dronacharya Award (Life Time) for Cricket in 2018.

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