Current Affairs

26 April, 2021

International

India builds Infrastructure for 3 Educational Institutions in Nepal’s Palpa

India with Financial Assistance of Nepalese Rupee(NRs) 98.37 Million(~Rs.6.17 Crore) has build infrastructures of Three Educational Institutions in Palpa of Nepal.
About Nepal:
President: Bidya Devi Bhandari
Prime Minister:K.P.Sharma Oli
Capital:Kathmandu
Currency:Nepalese Rupee(NPR)

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria’s 5 Day Visit to France From April 19 to 23, 2021

Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of Indian Air Force(IAF), Rakesh Kumar Singh (RKS) Bhadauria visited France for 5 days from April 19 to 23, 2021 upon the invitation from Gen Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff of France. During his visit he flagged off four Rafale aircraft for India.
Objective- To strengthen the cooperation between the Air Force of India & France.
R.K.S. Bhadauria Flagged off Rafale aircraft:
i.During his visit to France, he flagged off the four Rafale fighter jets for India from a Merignac airbase in France.
ii.These jets once inducted into service will complete the first Rafale squadron No. 17 Golden Arrows based at Ambala.
iii.The next(2nd) squadron will be based in Hasimara air base in West Bengal.
Note – So far, 14 Jets (Excluding this 4 jets) have been inducted into the IAF as 1st Squadron.

UNICEF’s Gender Bias & Inclusion in Advertising in India: Indian Ads Promotes Gender Stereotypes

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Geena Davis Institute (GDI) on Gender in Media jointly released a study titled “Gender Bias & Inclusion in Advertising in India”. The study assesses the role of advertising media in reinforcing and challenging gender roles that impact the lives of women in India. The research was supported by the India Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA). The research analysed more than 1000 television and Youtube advertisements aired across India in 2019.
Recommendations:
i.Avoid beauty standards of women being fair and thin and promote a diversebeauty template.
ii.Increase the representation of women across age, social class, skin tone and other indicators.
iii.Feature women as leaders in public space.
iv.Promote gender equality and positive gender standards around body and attitude towards healthy eating.

National

CII’s IGBC launched “IGBC Mission on Net Zero”

The Indian Green Building Council(IGBC) part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the “IGBC Mission on Net Zero” on the occasion of World Earth Day (22nd April 2021). Objective – The Mission was launched with an objective to abolish the carbon Emission in India. Target – ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission’ by 2050. As a part of this mission, around 250 leading organisations from Indian building sector have committed to achieve Net Zero status for their new and existing buildings. India is committed to reduce the emission intensity by 33 to 35% by 2030 over 2005 levels.
About Indian Green Building Council(IGBC):
Formed in 2001
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
About Confederation of Indian Industry (CII):
President- Uday Kotak
Headquarters– New Delhi

MoHUA Signs MoU with IIT Kharagpur to set up an Accelerator Centre

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kharagpur to set-up an Accelerator Centre for Research & Development in the institute.
i.The centre will act as an incubation hub for creation & development of technological products.
ii.The Accelerator Centre will act similar to Central govt’s “ASHA-India initiative”.
About Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA):
Minister of State (I/C) – Hardeep Singh Puri (Rajya Sabha MP, Constituency – Uttar Pradesh)
About IIT Kharagpur:
1st IIT to be established and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance.
Established – 1951

Singapore partners IIT-Kanpur to promote Tech-Startups

The Indian business association for businesses in Singapore, the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) collaborated with Start-up Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) of IIT-Kanpur to mutually promote Technology based Startups. Under this collaboration, SICCI-SIIC conducts a Launchpad Competition – “SICCI-SIIC INNOVATION LAUNCHPAD”.
Note – India is the 3rd largest Startup ecosystem in the world.
About Singapore:
Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
President – Halimah Yacob
Currency – Singapore Dollar

Economy

ICICI Bank, SBI Cards Leads New Credit Card Issuance as HDFC Bank under Temporary Halt

ICICI Bank and SBI Cards have a strong growth in new Credit card issuance from December 2020 to February 2021, after the temporary halt of HDFC Bank Ltd from issuing new cards from December 2020.
Background:
On December 2, 2020, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has stopped HDFC which has the largest credit card base in India from issuing new credit card due to a series of digital banking outages
Comparison of outstanding credit cards (RBI data):
About HDFC Bank:
Establishment – 1994
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Sashidhar Jagdishan
Tagline– We understand your world

RBI Restricted American Express, Diners Club from Enrolling New customers from May 1, 2021

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has restricted American Express Banking Corp and Diners Club International Ltd, the payment system operators from on-boarding new domestic customers onto their card networks from May 1, 2021, due to the non-compliance with the directions on Storage of Payment System Data. American Express and Diners Club are authorized to operate card networks in India under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (PSS Act).
About American Express Banking Corp:
Establishment – 1921
Headquarters – Gurgaon, Haryana
CEO – Manoj Adlakha

RBI Extended WMA Limit of Rs 51,560 crore for States, UTs till September 30, 2021

Due to the prevalence of the COVID-19, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed the continuation of the existing interim Ways and Means Advances (WMA) limit of Rs 51,560 crore for all states and Union Territories(UTs) for 6 months i.e. up to September 30, 2021.

Axis Direct Launched a Mobile App – Axis Direct RING

Axis Direct, the flagship brand of Axis Securities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axis Bank, launched a mobile application called ‘Axis Direct RING’ which support in making a simple and fast investment in stock markets.
Features of Axis Direct RING: It offers a fast trading interface and real-time access to stock prices with instant execution of trades. It offers an overview of all the major Indian stock markets and exchanges (National Stock Exchange(NSE), Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), and Multi Commodity Exchange(MCX) )and the customers can access all the market instruments, such as equity, Futures and options (F&O), currency, commodity, and mutual funds, across exchanges. The app also will be helpful to beginners as well as professional investors as it has a wide range of trading tools, such as screeners, intuitive charts, detailed quotes, price alert notifications, research calls, and updates.

Sports

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL 2021, squad details, top records, past wins, league position

Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the most entertaining teams of the Indian Premier League which represents Kolkata. Owned by a Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta, the team enjoys immense popularity among its fans.

For IPL 2021, KKR has a list of all-rounders which will definitely keep the team in focus in the upcoming season. Shahrukh Khan’s Knight Riders squad will also gain a lot from the experience of seasoned campaigners such as Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Kartik.

The team will be lead by Captain Eoin Morgan and will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 24, 2021, in Mumbai at 7.30 pm.

IPL 2021 Points Table: RCB tops IPL Points Table, Check Full Rankings, Orange Cap, Purple Cap Race

IPL Points Table 2021 Update: The Royal Challengers Bangalore top the IPL Points Table 2021 following their 9-wicket over Rajasthan Royals on April 22, 2021. The Chennai Super Kings with three consecutive wins from their last four matches now stand second on the IPL points tally.

The Delhi Capitals are placed third with again three wins in their last four matches and Mumbai Indians were pushed to the fourth place after their 9-wicket loss to Punjab Kings on April 24, 2021.

The Rajasthan Royals have been pushed to the bottom of the points table after losing three out of their last four matches.

Miscellaneous

SpO2 based Supplemental Oxygen Delivery System developed by DRDO

A SpO2(Blood Oxygen Saturation) based supplemental oxygen delivery system for soldiers serving in extremely high altitude areas & COVID-19 patients has been developed by Defence Bio-Engineering and ElectroMedical Laboratory (DEBEL) located in Bengaluru. It operates under Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO). The system delivers supplementary oxygen based on the Blood Saturation levels. This will help soldiers from sinking into a state of Hypoxia. Hypoxia is the state where oxygen reaching the tissues is inadequate to fulfill all the energy requirements of the body. The same condition occurs in COVID-19.

SpaceX launches 4 astronauts on NASA’s mission to ISS; NASA launched SHIELDS Mission

SpaceX through its Falcon 9 rocket sent 4-astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on a NASA commercial crew mission, “Crew-2 mission” from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
SHIELDS Mission:
In April 2021, NASA launched the Spatial Heterodyne Interferometric Emission Line Dynamics Spectrometer (SHIELDS) mission from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
About SpaceX:
Chief Executive Officer – Elon Musk
Headquarters – California, USA
About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Administrator – Steve Jurczyk
Chief Scientist – Jim Gree

Siddharth Singh Longjam appointed as new DG of NADA

IAS officer Siddharth Singh Longjam will take over as the Director General(DG) of National Anti Doping Agency(NADA).He will succeed Navin Agarwal.
About National Anti Doping Agency(NADA):
Establishment:24 November 2005
Headquarters:New Delhi
Motto: “Play Fair”

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