Daily Current Affairs 14th September, 2021

Daily Current Affairs 14 September 2021 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

India’s largest open air fernery developed in Uttarakhand’s Ranikhet
The country’s largest open air fernery was inaugurated at Ranikhet in Uttarakhand’s Almora district by well-known expert on ferns Nilambar Kunetha.

  • The fernery has been developed by the research wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department over a period of three years under the Centre’s compensatory afforestation scheme CAMPA.
  • It has a collection of 120 different types of fern with only Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram having a larger number of fern species.

PM Modi inaugurates Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and performed ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya (girls’ hostel) through video conferencing.

  • Sardardham has been working towards educational and social transformation, upliftment of the weaker sections of society and providing employment opportunities to the youth.
  • Set up in Ahmedabad, the Sardardham Bhavan includes state-of-the-art facilities for students, with modern amenities. The Kanya Chhatralaya will be a hostel facility for 2,000 girls irrespective of economic criteria.


BANKING & FINANCE

DBS partners SWIFT for real-time cross-border payment tracking
DBS has launched real-time online tracking for cross-border collections for businesses in India in partnership with SWIFT Global Payments Innovation (gpi), the bank said.

  • DBS said it is the first bank in India and Asia-Pacific to offer this service to clients, which is expected to benefit close to 4,000 corporate and small business clients in India, with numbers expected to grow further.

Paytm Payments Bank launches India’s first FASTag-based metro parking facility
Digital payment and financial services firm Paytm plans to enable FASTag-based parking services across the country, after launching its first with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

  • PPBL will facilitate the processing of all FASTag-based transactions for cars having a valid FASTag sticker which eliminates the need for stopping to pay cash at the counter. Additionally, Paytm Payments Bank has enabled a UPI-based payment solution for two-wheelers entering the parking site.


SPORTS

Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor retires from international cricket
Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor announced his retirement from international cricket and stated that his final match in the national colours will the ODI against Ireland.

  • The 34-year batsman made his ODI debut for Zimbabwe in 2004 against Sri Lanka. Taylor has scored 6677 runs from 204 ODI matches and is just 112 short of former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower’s national record of 6786 runs.

Daniel Ricciardo wins Italian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo has won the Formula One Italian Grand Prix 2021 title held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza track, Italy. This is the first victory for McLaren in 9 years.l

  • Lando Norris came second while Valtteri Bottas came third in the F1 race.


APPOINTMENTS

Piramal Realty appoints Rahul Dravid as brand ambassador
The Real estate company Piramal Realty, arm of the Piramal Group, mentioned former captain of the Indian cricket team Rahul Dravid will be the brand ambassador for its portfolio of 4 residential and 1 commercial projects.

  • These projects include Piramal Mahalaxmi (Jacob Circle), Piramal Vaikunth (Thane), Piramal Revanta (Mulund), Piramal Aranya (Byculla), and a commercial project Piramal Agastya (Kurla).

Adobe appoints Prativa Mohapatra as VP & MD of India Business
US tech giant Adobe has announced the appointment of Prativa Mohapatra as vice president and managing director for Adobe India.

  • In this role, Mohapatra will lead Adobe’s India business across Adobe Experience Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud, reporting to Simon Tate, Adobe’s president for Asia Pacific (APAC).

Ex-M&M MD Pawan Goenka appointed chairperson of In-SPACe
Former managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra Pawan Kumar Goenka has been designated as the chairperson of Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (In-Space), the sectoral regulator for private players.

  • Goenka, an IIT alumnus, had been associated with two major automobile companies – General Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra – in his professional career that spanned over four decades.
  • IN-SPACe functions as an independent nodal agency under the Department of Space, Government of India.

Former Union minister Vijay Goel appointed vice-chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti
Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Vijay Goel has been appointed the vice-chairman of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chairs the society.

  • It is the site of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) was formed in September 1984 as an autonomous body.
  • It is functioning under constructive advice and financial support from the Ministry of Culture. It is located in New Delhi.

NCLAT gets third acting chairperson in a row – Justice Venugopal
Justice M Venugopal has been appointed as the acting Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

  • Before this appointment, Justice Venugopal was a judicial member at Chennai Bench of the NCLAT from January 16 this year to September 10.

Yahoo appoints Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone as CEO
Yahoo has announced the appointment of Tinder Chief Executive Officer Jim Lanzone as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 27, 2021.

  • Prior to his stint as CEO of the dating app Tinder, Lanzone had led the digital operations of CBS Corporation as Chief Digital Officer and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive.
  • The move comes around four months after Verizon had announced that it would sell Yahoo to Apollo Management Group for $5 billion. Apollo completed the acquisition of Yahoo, formerly Verizon Media on September 1.


AWARDS

UK’s Susanna Clarke wins Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021
English author Susanna Clarke has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for her second novel ‘Piranesi’.

  • The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes. It is awarded annually, since 1996, to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English.

India’s Jeev Milkha Singh becomes first golfer in world to be granted 10-year Dubai Golden Visa
Star Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh has become the first professional golfer in the world to receive the prestigious 10-year Dubai Golden Visa in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the sport.

  • The 49-year-old Jeev has had a long association with Dubai, having featured in several tournaments and making many friends in the city.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India gets its first nuclear missile tracking ship INS Dhruv
India is all ready to launch its first nuclear-missile tracking ship IND Dhruv. This will be India’s first naval vessel that is capable of tracking nuclear missiles at a long range.

  • With the induction of INS Dhruv, India joins a select group of countries like the US, the UK, Russia, China and France to have such specialized vessels.
  • It was built by the Hindustan Shipyard in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), the nuclear missile tracking ship is likely to be commissioned by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval from Visakhapatnam.
  • The satellite and ballistic missile tracking ships were known by the code designation VC-11184.It has a length of 175 metres, beam of 22 metres, draught of six metres and can attain a speed of 21 knots. It is powered by two imported 9,000 kilowatts combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration engines and three 1200 kilowatt auxiliary generators.

Skyroot Aerospace first spacetech startup to formally sign up with ISRO
A Hyderabad-based Space technology startup, Skyroot Aerospace has become the first private company to formally enter into an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

  • The Framework MoU will allow the company to undertake multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO centres and avail the technical expertise of ISRO for testing and qualifying their space launch vehicle systems and subsystems.


OBITUARIES

Former Union minister Oscar Fernandes passes away
Veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes passed away at a private hospital in Mangaluru. He was 80.

  • Hailing from Udupi, Mr. Fernandes had been a member of Parliament since 1980. As a Union minister in the UPA government, Mr. Fernandes held the portfolios of Road Transport and Highways, Labour and Employment, Statistics and Programme Implementation and Overseas Affairs both as a Cabinet Minister and Minister of State.
  • He served as a member of the Lok Sabha from Udupi from 1980-98, and was a member of Rajya Sabha since 1998.


BOOKS & AUTHORS

Human Rights and Terrorism in India’ book by Subramanian Swamy
The book titled ‘Human Rights and Terrorism in India’ authored by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has been released recently.

  • The book traces how the combating of terrorism can be harmonised with human and fundamental rights within reasonable restrictions that are permitted by the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court.


IMPORTANT DAYS

Tamilnadu CM declares Sept 11 as Mahakavi Day
To commemorate the death anniversary of freedom fighter Subramania Bharati, Tamil Nadu government has declared September 11 as ‘Mahakavi’ Day.

  • Bharati’s innovative contributions to Tamil poetry and prose are considered to have sparked a Renaissance in 20th CE Tamil literature.

World First Aid Day
Every year, World First Aid Day is observed on the second Saturday of September to spread awareness on first aid and how it can prevent injuries and save lives in a critical situation. This year, World First Aid Day will be celebrated on September 11, 2021 across the globe.

  • The theme for World First Aid Day 2021 is ‘First aid and road safety’.

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
International Day for South-South Cooperation is observed globally on 12th September every year.

  • The day celebrates the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the south.
  • It also highlights the UN’s efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries.

Hindi Diwas
India celebrates Hindi Diwas, also known as Hindi Day, on September 14 every year to commemorate the adoption of Hindi in the Devanagari script as one of the official languages of the nation.

  • In order to promote Hindi, it is advised to use Hindi in place of English in all government offices. Many literary and cultural events are organised on this day across the nation, wherein people celebrate great works of Hindi literature.


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