Current Affairs

16 April, 2021

International

Claude Joseph appointed as new PM of Haiti

The President of Haiti,Jovenel Moise appointed Claude Joseph current minister of foreign affairs and worship as the new Prime Minister(PM) of Haiti.
About Haiti:
Capital:Port-au-prince
Currency:Haitian gourde
President:Jovenel moise
Prime minister:Claude Joseph

Oscar-Winning Producer, Guneet Monga received the Second-Highest Civilian French Honour

Guneet Monga, the Oscar-winning producer was awarded with ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’, second-highest civilian French honour by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Dria. She received the honour for her contribution to world cinema through her Indo-French productions and her work towards women’s empowerment and gender equality.

IFC Invests USD 100 mn in J.C. Flowers India Opportunities Fund

International Finance Corporation (IFC),member of the World Bank Group announced to invest USD 100 million in J.C. Flowers India Opportunities Fund to help Indian financial institutions in resolving distressed assets. The investment is part of IFC’s Distressed Asset Recovery Program’s (DARP) work in India.Initially, IFC will invest USD 40 million.
About International Finance Corporation(IFC):
Executive Vice President & Managing Director: Makhtar Diop
Headquarters: Washington D.C.,USA.

National

Oberoi Group signed an MoU with EESL for clean energy initiatives

Oberoi Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to reduce its overall carbon footprint by implementing clean energy efficiency initiatives across its properties. EESL will collaborate with Oberoi Group Hotels to evaluate opportunities for saving energy and lowering emissions.
About Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL):
Establishment – 2009
Headquarters -New Delhi
Chairman – Rajeev Sharma
Managing Director – Rajat Kumar Sud

Government has operationalised 75,532 Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres across India

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that the Government has operationalized around 75, 532 Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWCs) across India since 2018. He stated that India is on track to achieve its target of operationalizing 1.5 Lakh Health and Wellness Centre (HWCs) by December 2022. He stated it during an event held to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the launch of AB-HWC. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 1st AB-HWC at Jangla, Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh on April 14, 2018.

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India to undertake a Pilot Project in 100 villages (of 10 districts) in 6 states. The pilot programme is aimed at reducing input cost and boosting the income of Farmers. For the implementation of the project, Microsoft India has partnered with a local partner ‘CropData Technologies’. The 6 States are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The Duration of the project is 1 year and the cost of the project will be borne by the Agriculture Ministry & Microsoft India. About Microsoft Global CEO – Satya Nadella Global Headquarters – Redmond, Washington, USA Microsoft India President – Anant Maheshwari About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW): Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar (Morena, Madhya Pradesh) Minister of State – Parshottam Rupala (Rajya Sabha, Gujarat), Kailash Choudhary (Lok Sabha – Barmer, Rajasthan)

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog has announced its partnership with AICTE’s (All India Council for Technical Education) Institution’s Innovation Councils (IICs) for empowering Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) school students across India. It aims to empower school student innovators across India by equipping them with future ready innovation skills. For this purpose, ATLs across India will be adopted by IICs. The step is in line with NEP 2020’s (National Education Policy 2020) objective of bridging the gap between schools and Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). While ATL aims to foster a Culture of Innovation at the School level, IIC aims to foster a Culture of Innovation in HEIs.
About All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):
Chairman – Anil D. Sahasrabudhe
Headquarters – New Delhi

Agriculture Ministry, Microsoft India Joined hands to enhance the Farmers income

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India to undertake a Pilot Project in 100 villages (of 10 districts) in 6 states. The pilot programme is aimed at reducing input cost and boosting the income of Farmers. For the implementation of the project, Microsoft India has partnered with a local partner ‘CropData Technologies’. The 6 States are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The Duration of the project is 1 year and the cost of the project will be borne by the Agriculture Ministry & Microsoft India.
About Microsoft
Global CEO – Satya Nadella
Global Headquarters – Redmond, Washington, USA
Microsoft India President – Anant Maheshwari
About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW):
Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar (Morena, Madhya Pradesh)
Minister of State – Parshottam Rupala (Rajya Sabha, Gujarat), Kailash Choudhary (Lok Sabha – Barmer, Rajasthan)

AIM ,Dassault Foundation signed SoI for promoting STEM-based Entrepreneurship

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog has signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with Dassault Systemes Foundation to work towards creating a digitally rich ecosystem of Innovation in India & to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth of India. The partnership also aims to encourage intercountry collaborations amongst schools and school students for collaborative science/technology learning, skilling and cultural interactions among students.
About Dassault Systemes Foundation, India
Executive Director – Hemant Gadgil
Chairman of Board of Directors – Sudarshan Mogasale
Global Headquarters – Velizy-Villacoublay, France

Economy

Axis Bank Initiates International Fund Transfer Feature in Mobile App

Axis Bank has allowed its customers to make International Fund Transfers (send money abroad) in over 100 currencies across 150 countries through the ‘Send Money Abroad’ feature in the Axis Mobile application with simple two-step process. The users can send up to USD 25,000 (~18.63 Lakh) per transaction for any different purposes such as education fee payment, family maintenance, and health-related expenses.

USFB Made First Digital Lending Partnership with NIRA

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (USFB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ujjivan Financial Services Limited made a partnership with a fintech, NIRA to strengthen its digital footprint and onboard its customers for Personal Loans. This was USFB’s first Digital Lending Partnership.
About Small Finance Bank (SFB):
Capital Small Finance Bank and Equitas Small Finance Bank were the first two SFBs formed in India.
Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank (SMCB) was India’s 1st Urban Co-operative Bank(UCB) Converted into SFB under the Voluntary Transition Scheme of RBI.
About Ujjivan Small Finance Bank(USFB):
Establishment – 1st February 2017
Headquarters– Bengaluru Karnataka
MD & CEO– Nitin Chugh
Tagline – Build a Better Life

Sports

IPL 2021 Live: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) live Streaming Online, Where and How to watch IPL Matches

IPL 2021: The 14th season of the Indian Premier League began on April 9, 2021. The season will bring a total of eight teams that will play matches at 6 different venues across India.

While the fans have been looking to watch the upcoming season of VIVO IPL 2021, BCCI has again decided to hold the matches without audiences, leaving the fans with an option of streaming the matches online. Apart from the live match on TV, fans can show their love and support online on their smartphone and smart TV.

The 7th match of IPL 2021 will be between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) on April 15, 2021, in Mumbai at 7.30 PM. The final match of the league will be on May 30.

IPL 2021 Live: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) live Streaming Online, Where and How to watch IPL Matches

IPL 2021: The 14th season of the Indian Premier League began on April 9, 2021. The season will bring a total of eight teams that will play matches at 6 different venues across India.

While the fans have been looking to watch the upcoming season of VIVO IPL 2021, BCCI has again decided to hold the matches without audiences, leaving the fans with an option of streaming the matches online. Apart from the live match on TV, fans can show their love and support online on their smartphone and smart TV.

The 7th match of IPL 2021 will be between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) on April 15, 2021, in Mumbai at 7.30 PM. The final match of the league will be on May 30.

Miscellaneous

UAE plans to send its 1st Rover to Moon by 2022

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Centre is planning to send its rover ‘Rashid’ to the moon on an unmanned spacecraft by 2022. The rover will be deployed on the Moon using Japan based ispace company’s Lunar lander. The rover will be launched into space aboard a SpaceX rocket from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. If the mission succeeds, UAE & Japan will join countries like US, Russia & China as nations that have put a spacecraft on the lunar surface. The rover will study the lunar surface, mobility on the moon’s surface and how different surfaces interact with lunar particles.

India and Sri Lanka Conduct Joint Scientific Research on Nine Projects

As per the recent information provided by the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Government of India and Sri Lanka have decided to provide bilateral support with the two countries’ scientists for the joint research on nine projects and 3 workshops in various fields.
i.Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research & Innovation, Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has launched a joint research proposal in various fields including Food Technology; Plant base medicines;Metrology and more in 2019.
ii.The call for proposals was a result of 2008 inter-governmental cooperation in science and technology between India and Sri Lanka The cooperation was initiated and discussed through the India Sri Lanka Sub-Commission on Science & Technology, under the umbrella of the inter-governmental India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission.
About Department of Science and Technology (DST),India
Secretary & Chief Vigilance officer – Prof. Ashutosh Sharma
Established in – May 1971
Headquarters – New Delhi

Ravishankar Prasad launches ‘NCSC Grievance Management Portal’ for Scheduled Caste Citizens

Union Minister of Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the ‘NCSC Grievance Management Portal’ (NCSC – National Commission for Scheduled Castes) – an Online Grievance Management portal for submission of complaints about atrocities against citizens who belong to the Scheduled Castes (SC). It was launched on the occasion of the 130th Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr B. R. Ambedkar (on April 14). The portal has been designed in collaboration with the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N), a Centre of Excellence under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
About National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC):
It comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Chairman – Vijay Sampla
Headquarters – New Delhi

Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI, Vijay Raghavan launches MANAS App to promote Mental Wellbeing

Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India (GoI) Professor K Vijay Raghavan virtually launched the ‘MANAS’ App (Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System) to promote the Mental well-being of Indian Citizens. It is an initiative of the Office of the PSA to GoI. MANAS has been jointly executed by NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences) Bengaluru, AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College) Pune & C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), Bengaluru. It was endorsed as a national program by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). It is a comprehensive national digital wellbeing platform that is based on life skills and core psychological processes.

GE Power India Planned to Acquire 50% equity stake in NTPC GE Power Services

GE Power India Ltd has approved the acquisition of a 50 per cent equity stake (issued and paid-up share capital) from NTPC GE Power Services Pvt Ltd (NGSL) for Rs 7.2 crore. The acquisition of shares of NGSL from GE Power Systems GmbH by GE Power India Ltd is a related party transaction as both of them are subsidiaries of GE Group.
Note – The related-party transaction refers to a deal or arrangement made between two parties who are joined by a preexisting business relationship or common interest.
About GE Power India Ltd:
Establishment – 1992 (as Asea Brown Boveri Management Limited)
Headquarters – Hyderabad, Telangana
Managing Director – Prashant Jain

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