Current Affairs

1 February, 2021


India ranked 86 in COVID Performance Index, New Zealand tops : Lowy Institute

According to the ‘COVID Performance Index : Deconstructing Pandemic Responses’ released by Australia based Lowy Institute, India with a score of 24.3 was ranked at 86 out of 98 Countries on basis of its response towards tackling the Pandemic. New Zealand topped the list followed by Vietnam & Taiwan. The index is based on public available data till January 9, 2021.
About Lowy Institute:
Executive Director – Michael Fullilove
Headquarters – Sydney, Australia


Maharashtra CM unveiled the 1st indegenous Metro racks at Charkop Metro Depot

Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra unveiled the first indegeneous metro racks for the new Metro line of Mumbai – Metro 2A and 7 at the Charkop Metro Depot, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Metro line 2A will run from Dahisar to D N Nagar & it is an 18.58-km-long elevated corridor built at an estimated cost of Rs 6,410 crore, the metro line 7 from Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) is an 16.47-km-long built at an estimated cost of Rs 6,208 crore.

NCAVES India Forum-2021 organized by MoSPI held virtually

NCAVES (Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services) India Forum-2021 was organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI)
About Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI):
Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Rao Inderjit Singh
Headquarters – New Delhi


BSE Established ‘Innovation Sandbox’ Web Porta

i.BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) has set up an ‘Innovation Sandbox’ web portal, a workflow based platform. It is a testing environment that enables FinTech firms and individuals to do offline testing of their applications.
ii.The innovation sandbox is set up as per the guidelines of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
Aim: To create an ecosystem which promotes innovation in the securities market.
About BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange)
It is Asia’s first & the Fastest Stock Exchange in the world with the speed of 6 micro seconds and one of India’s leading exchange groups.
Established– 1875
MD & CEO– Ashishkumar Chauhan
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

RBI Cancels Licence of Shivam Sahakari Bank Ltd, Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, Maharashtra

i.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)cancelled the licence of Shivam Sahakari Bank Ltd, a co-operative bank in Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. ii.Following the cancellation of its license, the bank will stop to carry on the banking business, which includes accepting and repaying deposits as defined in Section 5(b) read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation(BR) Act, 1949, with effect from the close of business on January 29, 2021.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Established – 1st April, 1935
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)
About Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC):
It is a wholly owned subsidiary of RBI.
Established– July 15, 1978
Chairman– Dr. M.D. Patra(Deputy Governor of RBI)
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra


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Rama Mohan Rao Amara Appointed as the MD and CEO of SBI Card; Succeeds Ashwini Kumar Tewari

Seth Rogen, Hollywood Actor, comedian, and a writer authored his debut book titled “Yearbook” a collection of true stories and essays of Seth Rogen. The hardcover and digital format of the book will be published by Crown Publishing Group and the audio edition of the book will be released by Penguin Random House Audio. The “Yearbook” is a collection of true stories and funny essays of Seth Rogen that speaks about his grandparents, about him from doing standup comedy during his teenage and Jewish summer camp.
About Seth Rogen:
i.Seth Rogen, a Canadian American actor who started his career as a standup comedian in Vancouver.
ii.He made his debut in the Hollywood feature “Donnie Darko” in 2001.
iii.He has starred in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Knocked Up”, “Steve Jobs” and co-written movies like “Superbad”, “Pineapple Express”.
iv.He has also directed “This Is the End” and “The Interview”.
v.Along with his wife Lauren Miller, He founded HFC in 2012. HFC is a nonprofit organisation to fund research and provide care for families suffering with Alzheimers.

Rama Mohan Rao Amara Appointed as the MD and CEO of SBI Card; Succeeds Ashwini Kumar Tewari

Rama Mohan Rao Amara Appointed as the MD and CEO of SBI Card; Succeeds Ashwini Kumar Tewari

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