Daily Current Affairs 10th December, 2020

Daily Current Affairs 10 December 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

The Second Cancer Genome Atlas Conference held in Delhi
The Minister of Science and Technology has actually held the second TCGA-Cancer Genome Atlas 2020 conference in New Delhi. The conference brought together scientists and clinicians from all over the world to jointly establish the Indian Cancer Genome Atlas (ICGA).

  • Indian Cancer Genome Atlas (ICGA) aims to create an indigenous, open-source and comprehensive database to collect molecular profiles of all prevalent cancers in the Indian population.
  • TCGA is a joint effort of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which are both part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was started in 2006.

Centre Releases Rs 6,195 Cr to 14 States as Instalment of Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant
The Centre released Rs 6,195 crore to 14 states as monthly instalment of post devolution revenue deficit grant.

  • Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal are the states to whom the amount has been released.
  • A similar amount was released as grant for April-November months of the current financial year.

Mizoram launches project to assist migrant workers find employment
The Mizoram government has launched a project to assist the migrant workers, who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, find suitable employment.

  • The Rs 3.3 project under the Mizoram Youth Commission (MZC) christened as ‘Livelihood Generation for Returned Migrant Workers’ was launched by Chief Minister Zoramathn. ga
  • The project funded by the North East Council will cover more than 2,600 people, who will be given skill-based training and entrepreneurship development training, to help them find suitable employment.

Cabinet Approves Rs 22,810 Crore for Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana to Push Fresh Hiring by Firms
The Union Cabinet approved Rs 22,810 crore outlay for the Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) that aims at encouraging businesses to do fresh hiring amid the pandemic.

  • The Cabinet has approved an expenditure of Rs 1,584 crore for the current financial year and Rs 22,810 crore for the entire Scheme period – 2020-2023.
  • Under the scheme, the government will provide subsidy for two years in respect of new employees engaged on or after October 1, 2020, and up to June 30, 2021.

Ministry of AYUSH, AIIMS to set up Department of Integrative Medicine
Ministry of AYUSH and AIIMS have decided to initiate work on setting up a Department of Integrative Medicine at AIIMS.

  • It was decided that Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research(CIMR) AIIMS may develop an integrated protocol with Ayurveda and Yoga for study on Post COVID treatment. 

Govt to start 1000 Khelo India small centres to encourage sports culture in country
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, said that the government has made various policy changes and taken up initiatives to encourage and support sportspersons and the sporting community even after they retire.

  • Addressing the 10th Global Sports Summit, TURF 2020, organized by FICCI, Mr.Rijiju said, that we are also starting 1000 Khelo India small centres across the country that will help retired sports persons get employment or some role in shaping the sports culture of the country.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

World Economic Forum to be held in Singapore in May 2021
The World Economic Forum is set to be held in Singapore in May next year as the Covid-19 pandemic has made it too difficult to hold the annual gathering in Switzerland.

  • The organisers said the meeting would take place from 13-16 May in the Asian city-state before returning to Swiss ski resort Davos in 2022.
  • The World Economic Forum had been set to take place next year in the Swiss city of Lucerne, but has been moved because of the risks posed by the second wave of coronavirus sweeping through Europe.

India drops to 9th spot in global spam call tally, Gujarat gets max calls: Truecaller
Indian mobile users saw a 34% decline in spam calls received in 2020, helping the country move lower to the ninth position in the tally of most spammed countries , according to a report by Truecaller. Brazil continues to stay on top position.

  • Within India, Gujarat received the most spam calls in 2020.While India was at the fifth position in terms of number of spam calls received by users in 2019.
  • Other countries in the top 10 tally are the US, Hungary, Polen (Poland), Spain, Indonesia, the UK, Ukraine and Chile.


BANKING & FINANCE

Federal Bank ties up with OrbitRemit Limited, New Zealand to offer money transfer facility
Federal Bank has entered into a tie-up with OrbitRemit Limited to facilitate money transfer from New Zealand to India.

  • NRIs and small businesses in New Zealand will now enjoy a modern, low cost, fast, easy and more reliable way of transferring money to India.Federal Bank currently processes more than 17 per cent of the personal inward remittances into India.

ICICI Bank to be designated bank for all financial transactions under National Health Mission in West Bengal
ICICI Bank has won the mandate to be the designated bank for all financial transactions under National Health Mission (NHM) in West Bengal, outbidding State Bank of India and other public sector lenders despite their bigger presence in the state.

  • The West Bengal government has decided to implement a single bank account system for NHM. Under this, all financial transactions will be conducted through online software, integrated with bank accounts.


BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Nomura projects India to be the fastest growing Asian economy in 2021
India could well be the fastest-growing Asian economy in calendar year 2021 (CY21) if Nomura’s forecasts are to be believed.

  • The foreign research and brokerage house expects the Indian economy – as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) – to grow at 9.9 per cent in 2021, eclipsing China (2021 GDP growth pegged at 9 per cent) and Singapore (at 7.5 per cent) during this period.
  • Nomura has turned positive on India’s cyclical outlook for 2021, and believes the country is on the cusp of a cyclical recovery. The change in stance comes after nearly two years (end-2018), when it had turned negative on India’s growth.


SPORTS

Parthiv Patel announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after an 18-years-long cricket career.

  • The 35-year-old left-hander, who made his international debut in 2002, played played 65 international games for the country, which included 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20 Internationals.
  • Parthiv scored nearly 1700 runs (1696) across formats with 934 runs (6 half centuries) coming in the longest format.
  • In ODIs, he scored 736 runs with four half-centuries and a highest score of 95. He effected 72 dismissals in Tests, which include 62 catches and 10 stumpings.

Olympics adds breakdancing as official sport for Paris 2024 games
The International Olympic Committee has decided to take breakdancing out for a spin with its upcoming Paris 2024 games.

  • The Olympics also announced that the Paris 2024 games will feature a historic 100% gender equality in its athlete quotas. There will be exactly 50% female and male participation in the next installment of summer events, surpassing that of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


AWARDS

Paul Sein Twa, co-founder of KESAN and Salween Peace Park in Myanmar, receives Goldman Environmental Prize 2020
The co-founder of KESAN and Salween Peace Park in Myanmar, Paul Sein Twa has won the Goldman Environmental Prize 2020 for Asia, in recognition of his efforts in promoting the self-determination of the Karen people in managing their natural resources.

  • Sein Twa received the prestigious prize along with five other grassroots environmental activists from the Bahamas, Ghana, Ecuador, Mexico and France.
  • Dubbed the “Green Nobel Prize,” this award is given annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continents.

Bajrang Punia, Elavenil Valarivan bag top honours at FICCI India Sports Awards
Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes, wrestler Bajrang Punia and shooter Elavenil Valarivan bagged the top honours at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2020 held virtually this year on the back of the prestigious 10th Global Sports Summit: FICCI TURF 2020.

  • The two athletes, who have had an impressive 2019-20, won the Sports Person of the Year Awards in their respective categories.
  • Wrestling Federation of India and Paralympic Committee of India were jointly named as the best national sports federation, while the best para-athlete award was won jointly by Sundar Singh Gurjar and Simran Sharma.
  • The coach of the year award was bagged by Radhakrishnan Nair of athletics.
  • Cricket legend Anil Kumble received the ‘Best Company Promoting Sports (Private Sector)’ award on behalf of his enterprise – Tenvic Sports.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Central Govt Announces Co-WIN App That Will Let Indians Self-Register for COVID-19 Vaccine
The Union Health Ministry has developed a digital platform, including a mobile application, for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery, recording data and to enable people to get themselves registered for vaccination.

  • There are five modules in Co-WIN app – administrator module, registration module, vaccination module, beneficiary acknowledgement module and report module.
  • The Co-WIN, will help monitor the entire vaccination process.The mobile application will also send real-time data of temperature of the cold-storage facilities to the main server.


ENVIRONMENT

Mt Everest is now 86 cms taller: Nepal, China announce revised height
Nepal and China jointly announced that the revised height of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest was 8,848.86 metres, about 86 centimetres more than the previous measurement done by India in 1954.

  • The Nepal government decided to measure the exact height of the mountain amid debates that there might have been a change in it due to various reasons, including the devastating earthquake of 2015.


OBITUARIES

Famous Hindi Poet and Journalist Manglesh Dabral passes away 
Eminent Hindi poet and journalist Manglesh Dabral passed away after suffering from COVID-19-induced complications. He was 72.

  • Dabral worked with several Hindi newspapers, including Jansatta and Pratipaksha. He had also worked with the National Book Trust as an Editorial Consultant.
  • Dabral had written five poetry collections – Pahar Par Lalten, Ghar Ka Rasta, Hum Jo Dekhte Hain, Awaz Bhi Ek Jagah Hai and Naye Yug Me Shatru. He also wrote two collections of prose – Lekhak Ki Roti and Kavi Ka Akelapan.
  • For his contribution to Hindi literature, he was given the Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry collection Hum Jo Dekhte Hain.


IMPORTANT DAYS

World Human Rights Day
December 10th is observed as Human Rights Day every year to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

  • This year’s Human Rights Day theme is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”. It is linked to the Covid-19 pandemic with the focus on the need to building a back better by ensuring human rights are the centre of the recovery efforts.


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