Daily Current Affairs 25 December 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
India to host Global Media and Film Summit in 2021
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar announced that India will hold a Global Media and Film Summit in 2021.
- Javadekar said that the year 2022 will mark 75 years of independence and 75 years of Cannes Film Festival, and the occasion will be celebrated in a different scale with a special pavilion at the International Film Festival.
ISRO to open Regional Academic Centre for Space at IIT BHU
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will establish a Regional Academic Centre for Space at IIT (BHU) to facilitate short and long term projects at the institute.
- ISRO and the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and the move can help propel the culture of research and development among students.
- Short-term projects for B-Tech and M-Tech students from the institute and associate institutes will also be included in this sequence. “Long term R&D projects leading to the PhD programme will also be offered.
Rajasthan govt signs MoU with IIT-Madras for tech solution to road safety
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and Rajasthan government have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a data-driven system approach to road safety.
- The objective of this collaboration is to enhance road safety measures, increase capacity and capability across the board in the Government to both increase the survivability of road accident victims and reduce occurrence rate in the State.
FASTag to Be Mandatory for All Vehicles from January 1, Says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
FASTags will be mandatory for vehicles from January 1, 2021, Union minister Nitin Gakdari said.
- For National Permit vehicles, the fitment of FASTag was mandated since October 1, 2019. A valid FASTag would be made compulsory for getting a new third party insurance. This would come into force from April 1, 2021.
- FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016. Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas as fee payment would be done electronically.
BANKING & FINANCE
HDFC signs MoU with CII’s IGBC to promote green building initiatives
HDFC has signed an MoU with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) to promote green buildings in the country.
- HDFC intends to work with IGBC to create awareness and promote financing of green buildings in the country.
- Under the MOU, HDFC and IGBC will promote green housing by jointly organising training and awareness programmes to facilitate capacity building across the country.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India becomes sixth country to manufacture high power electric locos indigenously
The Indian Railways has operationalised its first 12,000 hp electric locomotive manufactured locally by French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom.
- The locomotive made its maiden commercial run between Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Station to Shivpur
- India has become the 6th country in the world to join the club of countries producing high horsepower locomotives indigenously with these powerful e-locos being manufactured within the nation. Two ultramodern maintenance depots in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur and Maharashtra’s Nagpur are also on the way.
Government of Telangana and SAP India collaborate to drive digitization for MSMEs
Government of Telangana signed an MoU with SAP India to digitize and empower MSMEs in the state by equipping them with digital skilling and technologies.
- The program will work towards promoting entrepreneurship for the MSMEs sector, by providing them with access to the global marketplace, digital skilling for the workforce and access to affordable enterprise technology.
12-year-old Indian in Guinness World Record for Identifying Most Aeroplane Tails in UAE
A 12-year-old Indian boy in the UAE has entered into the Guinness Book of World Records by identifying the most aeroplane tails in a minute.
- Siddhant Gumber, an Abu Dhabi-based homeschooled boy who identified 39 aeroplane tails in 60 seconds, is also the youngest Indian to identify top 100 tallest buildings.
- His name also features in the India Book’ for being the youngest to identify the top 100 tallest buildings of the world with their respective heights and locations.
NTPC wins the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2020
Country’s largest power producer, NTPC Ltd has been conferred “Excellence” in the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2020 in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Domain at the 15th CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2020 held through the virtual platform.
- NTPC has been honoured in the Corporate Excellence Category, Commendation for Significant Achievement.
- This is the highest award conferred by CII-ITC in CSR domain. NTPC is the only PSU to receive the award in the Corporate Excellence category.
- NTPC wins the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Awards in Corporate Excellence category second time in a row i.e. in the year 2019 and 2020.
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize announces joint winners for 2020
The prestigious Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize is jointly awarded to Mobilizing the Marginalised: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements by Amit Ahuja, and A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of VK Krishna Menon by Jairam Ramesh
- The two winners were selected from a diverse shortlist of six books covering a century of modern Indian history and encompassing several genres.
- The Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Book Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in non-fiction writings on modern/ contemporary India by writers from all nationalities.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Niti Ayog launches made-in India cloud storage service, DigiBoxx
Niti Ayog has launched a cloud storage service called DiggiBoxx as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
- This is a made-in India service that will store and encrypt data within the country. It is available on the web and Android as of now with iOS support arriving soon.
- Like Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud service, DiggiBoxx will enable both individuals and enterprises to store, manage, collaborate, organise and share all their data online. You can use a free account or subscribe to its monthly or yearly plans starting at Rs. 30 per month.
Firefly bird diverters launched to protect Great Indian Bustard
The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) along with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India has come up with a unique initiative — a “firefly bird diverter” for overhead power lines in areas where Great Indian Bustard (GIB) populations are found in the wild.
- GIB is one of the most critically threatened species in India, with less than 150 birds left in the wild.
- Firefly bird diverters are flaps installed on power lines. They work as reflectors for bird species like the GIB. Birds can spot them from a distance of about 50 meters and change their path of flight to avoid collision with power lines. Smaller birds can change their direction [swiftly] but for larger bird species, it is difficult because their body weight and other factors.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Kailash Satyarthi’s new book ‘Covid-19: Sabhyata ka Sankat aur Samadhan’ launched
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s new book titled ‘Covid-19: Sabhyata ka Sankat aur Samadhan’ has been launched by former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh.
- The Hindi book, published by Prabhat Prakashan, discusses how the pandemic has influenced the education system, business, politics, public safety, foreign policy, law, medicine, economy and development of countries.
PM Narendra Modi releases book on Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had released a book called ‘Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament: A Commemorative Volume’, to mark the 96th birth anniversary of the former prime minister.
- The book, published by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, highlights the life and works of the former Prime Minister and contains his notable speeches delivered in the Parliament. The book also contains some rare photographs from his public and professional life.