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21 January, 2021


First India-EU IPR dialogue 2021 held Virtually to Enhance Cooperation in Intellectual Property Rights

i.The 1st India-EU IPR dialogue 2021 was held virtually between European Union (EU) Commission and Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) to discuss key Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues affecting businesses.
ii.The dialogue saw the exchange of information in specific areas of IP.
iii.Prime Info about India-EU IPR dialogue 2021:


DPIIT and EU commission


Ravinder, Joint Secretary, DPIIT

Carlo Pettinato, Head of Unit Investment & IP, Director General (DG) Trade, EU


To further strengthen the relation of both economies

To facilitate enhanced cooperation in the field of IPR
About Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT):
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Secretary – Guruprasad Mohapatra


Maharashtra Govt Renamed Nagpur’s Gorewada International Zoo as Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park

Maharashtra Governmentrenamed Gorewada International Zoo as “Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park”, in memory of Balasaheb Thackeray, an Indian politician. This zoological park is situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra and covers about 2,000 hectares of the forest land.

MeitY, Amazon collaborate to set up Quantum Computing Applications Lab in India; World’s 1st to support a Country’s Mission

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to set up a Quantum Computing Applications Lab in the Country. The lab will be the World’s 1st Quantum Computing Applications Lab to support a National Government’s Mission.
About Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY):
Union Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of State – Sanjay Dhotre
About Amazon:
Chief Executive Officer – Jeff Bezos
Headquarters – Seattle, Washington, USA

MoRTH & DRDO sign MoU to Boost Collaboration in Geo-Hazard Management

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) & Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost collaboration in the field of technical exchange & cooperation on sustainable Geo-hazard management.
About Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH):
Union Minister – Nitin Gadkari
Minister of State – V K Singh


Mastercard Launched Digital Acceleration for Small Businesses Microsite in Asia Pacific

i. Mastercard launched Digital Acceleration for Small Businesses Microsite across most of its Asia Pacific websites.
ii.The one-stop resource site provides information and resources for Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) to digitize and operate their business more efficiently. iii.Mastercard has partnered with Wix and Zoho to enhance the resources for SMEs.
Objective– To help SMEs to recover from COVID-19 pandemic and assist SMEs to shift to digitalisation through curated resources, solutions and offers of this site.
About Mastercard:
Executive Chairman– Ajay Banga
CEO– Michael Miebach
Headquarters – New York, United States
About WIX:
Co-Founder and CEO– Avishai Abrahami

IIFL Home Finance Ltd & Standard Chartered Bank Enters into Co-Lending Arrangement to Extend Credit to MSME Loans

i. IIFL Home Finance Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank entered into a co-lending arrangement to extend credit to MSME loans (loan against property).
ii.It is to be noted that this is one of the 1st co-lending arrangements in industry after Reserve Bank of India(RBI) launched
About IIFL Home Finance Ltd:
Headquarters– Gurgaon, Haryana
Incorporated under– Companies Act, 1956
Executive Director & CEO– Monu Ratra
About Standard Chartered Bank:
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom(UK)
Chief Executive– Bill Winters, CBE(Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC)


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India to get 1st Indigenous Diverter Stent & Device for Healing Hole in Heart:DST

India to get 1st Indigenous Diverter Stent & Device for Healing Hole in Heart:DST

Department of Science & Technology (DST) has stated that India will soon get access to India’s 1st Indigenous flow diverter stent for diverting blood away from Ballooning of Arteries in the brain & another device which will promote the better healing of the hole in the heart. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala an autonomous institute of DST has entered into Technology Transfer Agreements with Biorad Medisystem, Pune for the procurement of the an Atrial Septal Defect Occluder and an Intracranial Flow Diverter Stents which have been developed in association with National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore (CSIR-NAL).

Union MoS Kiren Rijiju gets Additional Charge of AYUSH Ministry

i.President Ram Nath Kovind, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, temporarily appointed Union Minister of State(MoS)Kiren Rijiju with additional charge of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) following the hospitalisation and treatment of Shripad Yesso Naik.
ii.As per the temporary arrangement, Kiren Rijiju will be MoS of AYUSH Ministry.
iii.Kiren Rijiju will have this additional charge till Shripad Yesso Naik resumes his work.
iv.Kiren Rijiju is currently serving as MoS (Independent Charge-I/C) of Youth Affairs And Sports and MoS of Minority Affairs.
Kiren Rijiju– Arunachal West, Arunachal Pradesh
Shripad Yesso Naik– North Goa, Goa

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