Current Affairs

28 October, 2021


Dr Bharati Pawar Addresses Leadership Session WHO SEAR High-Level Meeting for Renewed TB Response

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar addressed the inaugural session of WHO SEAR High-Level Meeting for Renewed TB Response, which was co-chaired by India. The meeting was organized by ministries of health of India, Indonesia, and Nepal and WHO South-East Asia Regional Office. Among the six regions, the South-East Asia Region has the highest count of tuberculosis sickness.

Target :India Committed to eliminate TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.

Participants: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Suman Rijal, Director, WHO, SEARO, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO SEARO were also present in the meeting.
i.Launching South-East Asia Region (SEAR), demonstrates the highest-level political commitment towards ending tuberculosis and increasing investments towards ending TB.
ii.Reaching the unreached and reaching them early becomes a great challenge.
iii.The South-East Asia Region (SEAR) should scale up preventive, diagnostic and treatment services and substantially strengthen social protection including undernutrition among the TB vulnerables at the next UN High-level Meeting (2023).
iv.Accelerating the development of new diagnostics, vaccines and drugs, also using digital technology, Artificial Intelligence, and other innovations advances TB response.”

India ranked 9th in world’s top 10 for Climate Tech Investment, United States Tops

i.In accordance with the report ‘Five years on: Global climate tech investment trends since the Paris Agreement’ by London & Partners, and Dealroom.Co, India ranked 9th in the list of top 10 countries for climate technology investment from 2016 to 2021.
ii.Indian climate tech firms received USD 1 billion in venture capital (VC) funding in this period.
iii.The list has been topped by the United States (US) with USD 48 billion which is followed by China USD 18.6 billion investment.
About London & Partners:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Laura Citron
Headquarter– London, United Kingdom (UK)


Nirmala Sitharaman Participates in 6th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB; UAE Host the Meeting

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the 6th annual meeting of the board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) via Video conference. AIIB and Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) organized the meeting The theme of the annual meeting is ‘Investing Today and Transforming Tomorrow’. AIIB has financed the project to deal with the pandemic in India

AIIB to support India in improving healthcare infrastructure:
i.It will support India in building up its healthcare infrastructure to meet future health challenges.
ii.The Beijing-based funding institution works with the Indian government to develop climate-resilient infrastructure projects.
iii.AIIB currently estimates its cumulative climate finance approvals to be USD 50 billion by 2030.
iv.India is a Founding Member and the second largest shareholder in AIIB. India also has one of the largest project portfolios within AIIB.
About Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Headquarters – Beijing, China
Commenced Operation- 2016
President – Jin Liqun (China)

Over 80% of India’s Population Lives in Districts Highly Vulnerable to Climate Risks: CEEW Report

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) undertook India’s first-of-its-kind district-level climate vulnerability assessment report titled ‘Mapping India’s Climate Vulnerability: A District-Level Assessment’. As per the report, more than 80 percent of India’s population lives in districts that are highly vulnerable to extreme hydro-met disasters. CEEW has presented a Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI) of States and Union Territories (UTs) by mapping exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity.

Vulnerable Zones: The southern zone of India is found to be the most vulnerable to extreme climate events and their compounding impacts, followed by the eastern, western, northern, north-eastern and central zones.
Adaptive Capacity: South, North, North-East, West and Central (5 out of 6 zones in India) have a low adaptive capacity to extreme hydro-met disasters, whereas the Eastern Zone has a medium-range adaptive capacity. As per CVI, Assam, Andhra Pradesh (AP), Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Bihar are highly vulnerable to extreme climate events such as floods, droughts and cyclones.
About Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW):
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Founder-CEO – Arunabha Ghosh

India launched Action Plan for Dog-Mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030

i.The Central Government of India has launched a national action plan under the National Rabies Control Programme (NRCP) for dog-mediated rabies elimination by 2030, and has also declared rabies a notifiable disease.
ii.In this regard, a ‘One Health’ network has been created which will serve the purpose of strengthening surveillance, and health systems for multiple health risks at the human-animal-environment interface.
iii.It should be noted that notifiable disease is any disease that is required by law to be reported to government authorities.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister– Mansukh Mandaviya (Constituency- Gujarat)
Minister of State (MoS)– Bharati Pravin Pawar (Constituency- Dindori, Maharashtra)


NSDC with Global Partners to Launch India’s 1st & Largest ‘Skill Impact Bond’

The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with global partners launched India’s first and largest ‘Impact Bond for skilling in India.

To equip women and girls with skills and vocational training to provide access to the wage-employment in Covid-19 recovery sectors including retail, apparel, healthcare and logistics. The initiative addresses the youth employment crisis and specifically that for young women. The collaboration involves a USD 14.4 million fund which will benefit 50,000 youth by making them employment ready.

About The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
Founded – 2008 under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956
Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
Chairman- A.M, Naik

YES Bank Launched New Family Savings Account – ‘YES Family’

YES Bank has launched a new category of value-added family savings accounts named YES Family proposition to enable customers of varying income levels to collaborate and coordinate their spending together with their families. The Yes Family accounts include 3 programmes such as, Yes Prosperity, Yes Premia, and Yes First to cater for different customer segments. It will create the opportunity for all family members to learn smart spending and fiscal responsibility.

i.Yes Prosperity – This Family account is available to customers who maintain a combined Average Monthly Balance (AMB) of Rs 50,000 or a Fixed Deposit of Rs 5 lakh and above at a family level.
ii.Yes Premia – It requires an AMB of Rs 2 lakh or a net relationship value (NRV) of Rs 10 lakh at a family level.
iii.Yes First – It requires an AMB of Rs 8 lakh or an NRV of Rs 30 lakh at a family level.
i.Benefits under the proposition include – the family healthcare benefits, flexibility to maintain minimum balance across family accounts, free domestic ATM withdrawals, fee waivers on digital transactions and YES Reward points on banking transactions.
ii.Other benefits: Discounted locker rentals, competitive interest rates on fixed deposits, recurring deposits, home loans, etc.
Note – Through this proposition, YES bank envisages increasing its monthly retail customer acquisition by 15 percent till December 2021.
About YES Bank:
Establishment – 2004
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Prashant Kumar
Tagline – Experience our Expertise

SBI General Insurance, Google Pay Partnered to Offer Health Insurance

SBI General Insurance made a technological partnership with Google Pay to enable the users to buy SBI General’s health insurance on the Google Pay app. This collaboration marks Google Pay’s 1st partnership with an insurer in India to offer health insurance. The users were enabled to buy both individual and family plans under SBI General’s Arogya Sanjeevani policy through Google Pay Spot. The partnership was also made to achieve the SBI General’s vision of expanding its general insurance solutions distribution through digital channels.

About SBI General Insurance:
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Prakash Chandra Kandpal
About Google:
Headquarters – California, United States
CEO – Sundar Pichai

India, ADB sign $4.5mn Loan Pact to Support Urban Mobility in Aizawl, Mizoram

Government of India (GoI) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $4.5 million Project Readiness Financing (PRF) loan agreement to support Aizawl Sustainable Urban Transport Project. The PRF will be utilized towards preparation and designing activities relevant to project for improving urban mobility in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.

From India– Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance
From ADB– Takeo Konishi, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Headquarters– Manila, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Members Countries– 68


Netherlands All-Rounder Ryan ten Doeschate retires from International Cricket

Ryan ten Doeschate, 41-year old Cricket all-rounder from the Netherlands, announced retirement from International Cricket after Netherland failed to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup. During the qualifiers, Netherland lost to Namibia and failed to enter the Super 12 stage, which was his last international match. Ryan ten Doeschate has scored 2074 runs from 57 international Test matches, 1541 runs from 33 One Day Internationals & 533 runs from 24 T20 internationals, since his debut in 2006.

Viktor Axelsen wins 2021 Denmark Open Badminton Championship

Olympic Badminton Men’s Singles Gold medalist, Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) won the 2021 Denmark Open badminton championship finals which was held in Odense, Denmark. In the finals, he competed with the current World Number 1 – Momota Kento of Japan. Viktor Axelsen won the finals scoring 20-22, 21-18, 21-12 in the 3-sets against Momota Kento.

Overview of 2021 Denmark Open:

Event Winner Runner-up
Men’s Singles Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) Momota Kento (Japan)
Women’s Singles Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) An Se-young (South Korea)
About Badminton World Federation (BWF):
President – Poul-Erik Høyer (Denmark)
Headquarter – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Established – 1934


Election Commission of India Launches ‘Garuda App’ for Digital Mapping of Polling Booths

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched the ‘Garuda App’ for the digital mapping of all polling stations by using its longitude and latitude.

Objective: To ensure faster, smarter, transparent, and timely completion of election work and also to reduce the paperwork. The longitude and latitude of the polling stations along with photos and location information will be uploaded in the app by Booth Level Officers (BLOs) (using their registered mobile numbers).

Additional information:
i.Due to COVID-19, The number of polling booths has been increased to 24659 from 23211.
ii.Extensive awareness programmes were planned to be conducted in localised areas to ensure that every eligible voter is mentioned in the voter list. These programmes would be run under Systematic Voters ‘Education and Electoral Participation’ (SVEEP) to encourage the voters to take part in the election process.
About Election Commission of India (ECI):
Formed: 25 January 1950
Headquarters: New Delhi, Delhi
Chief Election Commissioner of India: Sushil Chandra

TVS Motor Company Wins India Green Energy Award 2020

TVS Motor Company has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Renewable Energy User’ at the third Edition of India Green Energy Award 2020 by the Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE).The award was presented by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. IFGE has recognized the efforts of TVS Motor in researching and implementing the use of alternative power sources in the renewable energy domain while ensuring their longevity and stability.

About India Green energy awards
i.It is an Initiative of Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE).
ii.It aims to recognize & highlight the importance of Green Energy for the future of humankind.
About TVS Motor Company
CEO – K.N.Radhakrishnan
Headquarters – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Founder – T.V.Sundram Iyengar

India’s The Kung Fu Nuns of Drukpa Won 1st UNESCO-ICM 2021 Martial Arts Education Prize

The International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) (UNESCO ICM) has honoured the Kung Fu Nuns of Drukpa, from India with the inaugural UNESCO-ICM 2021 Martial Arts Education Prize to honour the nun’s acts of service to the community.
The prize carries a cash award of 10,000 USD, a diploma and a medal.
About UNESCO-ICM Martial Arts Education Prize:
i.ICM launched the UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize in 2021 to collect and promote good practices of martial arts education(MA Edu.).
ii.The prize honours the outstanding contributions made by individuals or organizations who have made positive changes through MA Edu.
To create awareness on the values and importance of MA Edu. to the public across the globe.
Kung Fu Nuns of Drukpa:
i.Kung Fu Nuns of Drukpa are the nuns of Drukpa(dragon) lineage, a 1000-year-old Buddhist tradition that began in the Himalayas. It was founded by Gyalwang Drukpa.
ii.The Kung Fu Nuns has previously received the Atlantic Council’s prestigious Unsung Heroes Award 2020 and Asia Society’s Game Changer Award 2019.
iii.They were one of the 3 finalists of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020 for their humanitarianism in the Himalayas.
The International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO ICM) was established by an Agreement between UNESCO and the Republic of Korea.
Chairperson– Si Jong Lee
Secretary-General– Chang Hyun Park
Established in 2016
Headquarters– Chungcheongbuk-do Province, Republic of Korea.

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