Current Affairs

14 September, 2021


INS Tabar conducts maritime exercise with Sudanese Navy

Indian navy and Sudan Navy had conducted the bilateral maritime exercise in the Red Sea off the Sudanese coast. India Navy Ship (INS) Tabar and two Sudanese Navy ships- Almazz and Nimer- participated in the maiden exercise.

Activities involved in the exercise
i.The exercise consists of multiple activities covering a wide range of naval operations.
ii.These included co-ordinated maneuvering, replenishment at sea RAS drills, Helo operations, operations for interdicting suspect vessels at sea and communication procedures.
iii. The exercise enhanced interoperability between the two navies significantly and widened the scope for combined operations against common maritime threats in future.
iv.According to naval customs, exercise ended with a ‘steam past’ between naval vessels.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually chaired 13th BRICS Summit 2021

i.The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi chaired the 13th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Summit 2021 virtually on the theme ‘ BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’ .
ii.The summit saw the adoption of the ‘New Delhi Declaration’.
iii.Indian PM appreciated the cooperation received from BRICS partners which led to the initiation of several new initiatives including the first BRICS Digital Health Summit; the first BRICS Ministerial Joint Statement on multilateral reforms
About BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa):
Establishment– 2006
2021’s Chair – India


PM Modi Inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister(PM) of India inaugurated the Sardardham Bhavan at Ahmedabad, Gujarat over a virtual platform. The Sardardham Bhavan, Ahmedabad was built at a cost of Rs 200 crore by Vishwa Patidar Samaj, a business, social and education hub for the Patidar community. He also performed the Bhoomi puja of Sardardham Phase II Kanya Chhatralaya(girl’s hostel), a hostel facility for around 2000 girls irrespective of their economic criteria. It will be built at the cost of another Rs 200 crore.

Sardarham Bhavan(Ahmedabad):
i.Sardarham Bhavan is built over an area of 11,672 square feet in Ahmedabad to boost the residential facility for students.
ii.Sardardham Bhavan includes state of the art facilities for students with an e-library with 1,000 computer systems, a library, high tech classrooms, gymnasium, auditoriums, multi-purpose halls, resthouse with 50 luxuries rooms along with other modern facilities.
Sardardham Project:
i.Sardardham is working towards the educational and social transformation and upliftment of weaker sections of society.
ii.It is also working towards providing employment opportunities to the youths and helping the aspiring and patriotic students by providing the facility of training, boarding and lodging.
Modi Announced Subramania Bharati chair at BHU for Tamil Studies:
i.PM Modi announced the setting up of the Subramania Bharati chair in the memory of Legendary Tamil Poet Subramania Bharati at the Banaras Hindu University(BHU) for Tamil Studies.
ii.The chair will be established in the faculty of arts at BHU.
iii.The chair has been established on the occasion of the 100th death anniversary of Subramania Bharati(11th September 2021).

Over half of farm households still under debt: NSO Report

i.In accordance with the National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, ‘Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households and Land Holdings of Households in Rural India, 2019’ released on September 10, 2021, more than half of India’s agricultural households were in debt, with an average outstanding of Rs 74,121 in 2018 as compared to Rs 47,000 in 2013, an increase of 57.7%.

ii.The data based on the 77th round of survey of more than 45,000 such households conducted January 1-December 31, 2019.
iii.The survey theme was “Land and Livestock Holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households” in the rural areas of India.
About Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation:
Minister of State (MoS), Independent Charge– Rao Inderjit Singh
Constituency– Gurgaon (Haryana)

Medicines from the Sky project: Telangana became 1st Indian State to launch BVLoS drones to send medicines

i.Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation launched ‘Medicines from the Sky (MFTS)’ in Vikarabad district of Telangana to send medicines to primary healthcare centres using drones. With this Telangana became the first Indian state to use drones for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) to deliver the payload.
ii.MFTS is an initiative of the Government of Telangana led by the emerging technologies wing of Telangana’s IT Department in association with World Economic Forum (WEF), NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, and HealthNet Global (Apollo Hospitals).
About Ministry of Civil Aviation:
Jyotiraditya Scindia Constituency– Madhya Pradesh
Minister of State (MoS)– General Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.) (Constituency- Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)

India hosted First-Ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Australia

i.India hosted the 1st ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Australia in New Delhi. In this regard, Australia’ s Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women and Peter Dutton, Minister of Defence Minister visited India.

ii.From the Indian side it was attended by Union Ministers Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and Rajnath Singh, Ministry of Defence (MoD).
iii.Discussions and mutual consents were made on the issues including economic security, cyber, climate, critical technology, supply chains, and the Afghanistan crisis.
iv.The dialogue concluded with a joint statement which can be here.
About Australia:
Capital– Canberra
Currency– Australian dollar


PPBL Enabled India’s 1st FASTag-based Metro Parking Facility in Partnership with DMRC

Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) enables India’s first FASTag based metro parking facility in partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). PPBL, the acquiring bank for the parking facility at Kashmere Gate Metro Station, will facilitate the processing of all FASTag based transactions for cars with valid FASTag stickers. Additionally, PPBL has also enabled a UPI based payment solution for 2 wheelers, that enters the parking facility.

At present, the facility is available at the metro station’s gate number 6 and it offers parking space for 55 four-wheelers and 174 two-wheelers.
i.In July 2021, India’s first FASTag/UPI based cashless parking facility was launched at the Kashmere Gate Metro Station, the only triple-interchange station of DMRC.
ii.DMRC partnered with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a 100% digital parking plaza with the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) FASTag contactless parking solution at Kashmere Gate metro station, Delhi.
About Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL):
Managing Director and CEO- Satish Gupta
Headquarter – Noida, Uttar Pradesh

DBS partners with SWIFT for real-time cross-border Payment Tracking

DBS in partnership with Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) Global Payments Innovation(gpi) has launched real-time online tracking for cross-border collections for businesses in India benefitting around 4,000 corporate and small business clients. DBS became the first bank in India and Asia-Pacific to offer this service to its clients. DBS was also the first bank in Asia to launch outbound payments with end-to-end tracking with SWIFT gpi.

i.The incoming payment tracking will help the corporate treasures with better cash forecasting by receiving the end-to-end tracking information reducing operational costs and frictions.
ii.It brings transparency and visibility and improves receivables forecasting and overall cash position.
iii.It also helps in improving accuracy for intraday credit line needs and provides benefits in supporting credit control.
iv.This service is available by default and free of charge for all corporate customers via DBS IDEAL- DBS’ online corporate banking portal.
About DBS Bank India Limited:
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Surojit Shome
About Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT):
Headquarters – La Hulpe, Belgium
CEO – Javier Pérez-Tasso


Daniel Ricciardo wins 2021 Italian Grand Prix

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) won the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, making his 1st victory since 2018, notably this is McLaren’s 1st win after 9-years. Ricciardo was closely followed by McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas finishing the race in 2nd and 3rd position.i.World No.1 racer Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes collided with his close rival Lewis Hamilton of Red Bull Racing on the 26th Lap while attempting an overtake in the F1 race.

ii.Max Verstappen was found guilty for the collision and handed a three-place grid penalty for the next F1 race, in Russia on September 26.
About Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM):
President – Jorge Viegas
Headquarters – Mies, Switzerland
About Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA):
President – Jean Todt
Headquarters – Paris, France

Overview of 2021 US Open Tennis Championship

The 141st edition of the US Open Tennis Championship was held in USA’s New York City, which is also the 4th & last Grand Slam title of 2021 being conducted in a ‘Hard Court’ between 30th August and 12th September 2021. The finals of the tournament was held at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, USA.
Daniil Medvedev wins Maiden Grand Slam defeating Novak Djokovic
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, the current World No.2 ranked tennis player, defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the finals of Men’s Singles in the US Open 2021 winning 3 straight sets with 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Emma Raducanu – Youngest Female since Maria Sharapova to Win a Grand Slam
18-year old Emma Raducanu from Britain defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez to win the Women’s Singles Title in the 2021 US Opens tournament. She became the youngest female to win a Grand Slam Tile since Maria Sharapova’s 2004 Wimbledon victory.
About International Tennis Federation (ITF):
President – David Haggerty
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom


Researchers Discover Earth’s Northernmost Island Off Greenland

research expedition. This island was revealed by the movement of the ice. The island was discovered by a group of 6 scientists, working with the Arctic Station research facility in Greenland, who set out to collect the samples from Oodaaq island, which was discovered by a Danish survey group in 1978. The researchers proposed to name the island “Qeqertaq Avannarleq”, which means ‘the northernmost island’ in Greenlandic.

About the island:
i.The newly discovered island measuring around 30 by 60 metres in size is the closest point of land to the North pole.
ii.The island is located 780 metres northwest of Oodaaq.
iii.It is made up of mud from the ocean and rock soil from the glaciers.
To qualify as an island, the piece of land has to remain above sea level at high tide, failing to do so it would remain a bank.

Bhupendra Patel Appointed as 17th CM of Gujarat

Bhupendra Patel was appointed as the 17th Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat by the Governor Acharya Devvrat.He succeeded Vijay Rupani, who had resigned earlier.
About Bhupendra Patel
i.He is 59 year old and born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Member of Legislative Assembly ( MLA) from Ghatlodia. Ghatlodia is a part of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
ii.Trustee at Patidar organizations Sardar Dham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.
iii.He has done his diploma in civil engineering and also served as the Ahmedabad Municipal Councillor (AMC) and the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
iv.He won the 2017 Gujarat election by a record margin of 117,000 votes.
About Gujarat
Heritage site – Champaner- Pavagadh Archeological park, Rani ki Vav at Patan
Bird sanctuary– Nalsarovar bird sanctuary, Khijadia bird sanctuary, Porbandar bird sanctuary
Festival– Rann Utsav, Navratri, Uttarayan

Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura Appointed as Chairman of National Commission for Minorities

Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura took charge as the Chairman of National Commission of Minorities (NCM) in the presence of Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The event was conducted in Delhi. He succeeded the outgoing chairman of the commission, Ghayorul Hasan.
About Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura: He has served as the IPS(Indian Police Service) officer and also national spokesperson of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). He has won several awards such as the President’s Police Medal, police medal for meritorious services, Shiromani Sikh Sahitkar Award and Sikh scholar award.

About National Commission for Minorities (NCM)
i.In 1978, Government of India, with an executive order, set up a “Minorities Commission” to safeguard the interests of minorities.
ii.With the enactment of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, the Minorities Commission became a statutory body and was renamed as the “National Commission for Minorities”in 1993.
iii.Initially five religious communities, named as Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) were notified as minority communities by the Union Government. Further by the notification dated 27th January 2014, Jains were also notified as another minority community.
It consists of a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and five Members to be nominated by the Central Government from amongst persons of eminence, ability and integrity.

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