Current Affairs

9 December, 2020

International

Nepal, China announced revised height of the World’s Highest Peak Mt. Everest – 8848.86 metres

Nepal, China announced revised height of the World’s Highest Peak Mt. Everest – 8848.86 metres

16th Climate Change Performance Index 2021: Sweden Ranked at 4th while India ranked at 10th Position

i.A non-profit, non-governmental organization, Germanwatch has released the 16th edition of Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) i.e. CCPI 2021 for 57 countries and European Union (EU) in which India was ranked at 10th spot with a score of 63.98 out of 100.
ii.This was the second consecutive time that India remained in top 10 as it was at 9th position in 2019 with an overall score of 66.02.
iii.The CCPI is assessed under four categories consisting of 14 indicators.
iv.Notably, the index has placed no country on the first three positions, which states overall very high rating, because countries are not performing well in all index categories. In categories ranking also there are no first three positions.
v.Therefore, Sweden got the best ranking among its competitors but overall it is ranked at 4th with a score of 74.42. It topped the ranking in the categories GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy and Climate Policy.
About Germanwatch:
Policy Director– Christoph Bals
Location– Bonn & Berlin, Germany

National

IAF Signed MoU with CSIR-NML for Research in Material Science, Engineering

i.The Indian Air Force(IAF)signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU)with Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML), Jamshedpur, Jharkhand for the research and development in the field of material science and engineering.
ii.The IAF delegation led by Air Marshal Vibhas Pande VSM, Air Officer in charge Maintenance along with senior officials of NML signed the agreement.
iii.This MoU for cooperation in activities of interest to IAF, within the field expertise of CSIR-NML was the development due to IAF’s visit to CSIR-NML.
About CSIR-NML:
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML)
Inaugurated and dedicated on 26th November 1950, CSIR-NML is the 3rd laboratory of the CSIR’s 38 labs.
Director– Dr. Indranil. Chattoraj
Location– Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

SJVN virtually sign MoU with IREDA for development of Green Energy Projects

SJVN Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) for Green Energy Projects through virtual mode. As per the MoU, IREDA will provide services to SJVN for development of Green Energy Projects, and help SJVN in devising an action plan to create and acquire Renewable Energy Projects for the next 5 years.
i.As part of the MoU, IREDA will undertake Techno-Financial due diligence (identifying suitable technology for particular project sites) for the projects of SJVN.
ii.The partnership is expected to improve the knowledge and technology transfer between the two agencies and will also provide consultancy & research services.

PM Inaugurated Construction Work of Agra Metro Project in Agra, UP

.Inauguration ceremony for the construction work of Phase-1 of the Agra Metro project in Agra, Uttar Pradesh (UP) was held at 15 Battalion PAC parade ground in Agra.
ii.The project was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi in the presence of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Chief Minister (CM) of UP, Yogi Adityanath, and UP Governor Anandiben Patel.
iii.The project comprises 2 corridors with a total length of 29.4 km has an approximate outlay of Rs 8,379.62 cr and will be completed in 5 years.
iv.The project will benefit the 26 lakh population of Agra with ‘Ease of Living’ as it will reduce pollution and traffic and also cater to more than 60 lakh annual tourists of the city.
About Uttar Pradesh (UP):
Tiger Reserve– Etawah Lion Safari, Chuka Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
Stadium– Eklavya Sports Stadium, Late Mohan Choubey Pahalvan Sports Stadium, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Sports stadium , Buddh International Circuit.

Economy

Bank of Baroda Launches Atmanirbhar Women Scheme

i.Sanjiv Chadha, Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Bank of Baroda (BoB) launched ‘Atmanirbhar Women Scheme’ virtually at BOB’s Ramamurthy Nagar branch, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
ii.This launch is part of the bank’s Baroda Gold Loan. The launch was also made simultaneously in 18 branches coming under 18 zones in India.
Purpose of Atmanirbhar Women Scheme- To help women to be self reliant
About Bank of Baroda(BoB):
HeadOffice– Vadodara(earlier known as Baroda), Gujarat
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sanjiv Chadha
Established– 20 July 1908
Tagline– India’s International Bank

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Introduces ‘Money Mitra’, a Neighbourhood Banking Channel For its Customers

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Introduces ‘Money Mitra’, a Neighbourhood Banking Channel For its Customers

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Miscellaneous

WHO Foundation Appoints Indian-origin Anil Soni as its 1st CEO

i.WHO Foundationappointed Anil Soni, Indian-origin global health expert as its 1st Chief Executive Officer(CEO) or inaugural CEO. He will take charge on January 1, 2021.
ii.Anil Soni as a CEO will expedite the work of WHO Foundation to invest in innovative, evidence-based initiatives that support WHO(World Health Organisation) to deliver on its mission to ensure healthy lives and improve well-being for everyone.
About WHO Foundation:
Launched– May 2020
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Founder and Chairman of the Board of the WHO Foundation– Professor Thomas Zeltner

MP’s Gwalior & Orchha named in UNESCO World Heritage Cities List

i.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed the fort cities of Gwalior and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh (MP) in its world heritage cities under urban landscape city programme. This was informed by the state government of MP.
ii.The inclusion will led to the beautification of both cities by the MP Tourism Department in collaboration with UNESCO.
iii.In this regard, UNESCO team will visit the state in 2021 and will prepare a master plan for their development and conservation under the Historic Urban Landscape recommendation.
About UNESCO World Heritage Centre:
Director– Mechtild Rossler
Headquarter– Paris, France

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