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Current Affairs Today – 13th February 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  • National Women’s Day is observed on 13 February every year.
  • World Radio Day is observed on 13 February.
  • BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2020 has been started in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • National Workshop on e-office was inaugurated in New Delhi by Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh.
  • National Winter Games will be hosted in the world-famous ski destination Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister of Human Resource Development Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, and Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW) released the curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat.
  • The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the in-principle approval for capital infusion for three Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs), namely, Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL), and National Insurance Company Limited (NICL).
  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of 100 rupees for NHAI FASTag between 15th to 29th of this month.
  • President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will arrive in New Delhi today on a four day visit to India.
  • Government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and Foreign Service Institute in the national capital as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.
  • The state government of Haryana has launched an initiative called ‘Reading Mission- Haryana’.
  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved the setting up of an air quality monitoring network of 90 stations in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai inaugurated the Field Training Exercise of 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise on flood rescue at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri, Odisha on 12 February.
  • The Uttarakhand State cabinet approved a 377 sq km area for the proposed eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) for the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on 12 February.
  • Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated that his government has prepared a 260-crore rupee project to provide irrigation facilities by pumping ground water and is awaiting the Centre’s approval.
  • The UK-based OneWeb company has sent 34 satellites into orbit on a single Soyuz rocket, from Baikonur port, Kazakhstan.
  • The 43rd session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held in Rome from 11-12 February 2020.
  • New Zealand Police has recruited an Artificial Intelligence (AI) cop called Ella to the force.
  • National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) will organize the “National Workshop on Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer” in partnership with Insurance Institute of India.
  • India Action Plan 2020 Summit was held on 12 February in Delhi
  • The Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah inaugurated the two-day Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) ‘Conference on Combating Drug Trafficking’ in New Delhi 13 February.
  • Atul Kumar Gupta will be the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) for the year 2020-21.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami inaugurated the Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) cricket ground in Valapadi, Salem in Tamil Nadu.
  • BJP has appointed Chandrakant Dada Patil as party’s Maharashtra Unit President and Mangal Prabhat Lodha its Mumbai Chief.
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started developing a 200-km strike range tactical ballistic missile ‘Pranash’.
  • “The Thin Mind Map Book” authored by a mind mapping & brain literacy pioneer Dharmendra Rai, was launched recently.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented ‘President’s Colour’ to the INS Shivaji at a ceremony in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
  • South Indian Bank has bagged two awards at the Banking Technology 2019 awards instituted by the Indian Banks’ Association.
  • Veteran journalist Nandu R Kulkarni passed away recently.

NEWS IN DETAILS

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

National Women’s Day is observed on 13 February

  • National Women’s Day is observed on 13 February every year.
  • The day marks the birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu.
  • The day was first celebrated on 13 February 2014 marks the 135th birth anniversary of late Sarojini Naidu.
  • The day was designated to honour the work and contribution of Sarojini Naidu.

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Sarojini Naidu:

♦ Sarojini Naidu was born on 13 February 1879. She was nicknamed as the ‘Nightingale of India’ because of her poems. In 1928, the British government awarded Kaiser-i-Hind for her work during the plague epidemic in India.

♦ She was the first female governor of India. She served in the United provinces (present Uttar Pradesh) from 1947-1949. She participated actively in the Indian National Movement for the independence of India.

NOTE: International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year.

World Radio Day is observed on 13 February

  • World Radio Day is observed on 13 February.
  • The day marks the time where people around the world celebrate the radio and how it shapes their lives.
  • Aim: The day aims to create awareness among the media and the public about the importance of radio. It encourages decision-makers to provide access to information through radio. The day enhances networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.
  • Theme: The theme of 2020 is “Radio and Diversity”.
  • It focuses on diversity and plurilingualism.
  • Radio is an important medium to celebrate humanity in all its diversity and provides a platform for democratic discourse.

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

National Workshop on e-office held in New Delhi

  • National Workshop on e-office was inaugurated in New Delhi by Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh.
  • During the National Workshop on e-office, Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) Reforms also launched by the minister.
  • After the launch, he stated that the number of public grievances has increased to 19 lakh at present from 2 lakh in 2014.
  • The Government of India in 2019 has received 18.7 lakh public grievances and disposed 18.1 lakh of them.
  • The Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) 7.0 version has mapped the last mile grievance officers hence saving the time as well as improving the quality of disposal of cases.
  • The CPGRAMS aligns with the Government of India’s vision of “Minimum Government-Maximum Governance”.

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CPGRAMS: Public Grievances Redressal is one of the flagship initiatives for the reformation in governance started by the Indian central government through addressing the grievances of general public. It was created in June 2007 by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances.

  • Founded: 2007
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Parent department: Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances
  • Founders: National Informatics Centre, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances

Gulmarg to host 2020 National Winter Games

  • National Winter Games will be hosted in the world-famous ski destination Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The five-day games will be held from 7 March under the Khelo India programme.

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National Winter Games:

♦ National Winter Games is aimed to develop sports across the nation.

♦ The event will witness 30 events under four disciplines including snowboarding, snow skiing, cross country, and snow show.

♦ Players from all over the country will participate in the event.

♦ On the sidelines of the main event, Snow cycling and other games will be held for local children.

NCERT released curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat

  • Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister of Human Resource Development Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, and Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW) released the curriculum for School Health Ambassador Initiative under Ayushman Bharat.
  • Aim: The initiative aims to further strengthen the concept of preventive, promotive and positive health, which forms the fundamental cornerstone of the Health & Wellness Centres of Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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NCERT: The National Council of Educational Research and Training is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India which was established in 1961 as a literary, scientific and charitable Society under the Societies’ Registration Act. Its headquarters are located at Sri Aurbindo Marg in New Delhi. Wikipedia

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director: Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty
  • President: Ramesh Pokhriyal
  • Founder: Government of India
  • Founded: 1961

Cabinet approved capital infusion for OICL, NICL, UIICL

  • The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the in-principle approval for capital infusion for three Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs), namely, Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OICL), United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL), and National Insurance Company Limited (NICL).

Approval:

♦ The Cabinet has allowed the immediate release of Rs.2500 Crore for the 3 PSGICs.

♦ The capital infusion is in light of the critical financial position and breach of regulatory solvency requirements of 3 PSGICs.

♦ The move by the cabinet is to make these companies meet the solvency ratio criteria of the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA).

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OICL: The Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. is a public sector general insurance company of India. The headquarter of the company is located in New Delhi. It has 31 regional offices and more than 1800 active branches across the country. The company also has branches in Nepal, Kuwait, and Dubai.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: 12 September 1947
  • Owner: Government of India
  • Number of employees: 15,000
  • MD & CEO: A V Girija Kumar

UIICL: 

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • CEO: Shri Girish Radhakrishnan
  • Number of employees: 14,322
  • Founded: 18 February 1938
  • Owner: Government of India

NICL: National Insurance Company Limited is a state-owned general insurance company in India. Its catchline is “Trusted Since 1906” in italic. The company headquartered at Kolkata was established in 1906 and nationalised in 1972.

  • Headquarters location: Kolkata
  • Successor: Tajinder Mukherjee
  • Owner: Government of India
  • Founded: 1906
  • Number of employees: 14,000

NHAI to waive off FASTag cost between 15-29 Feb

  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of 100 rupees for NHAI FASTag between 15th to 29th of this month.
  • Road users can visit any authorized physical point-of-sale locations with a valid Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost.
  • The applicable security deposit and minimum balance amount for FASTag wallet will remain unchanged.
  • The decision is aimed at further increasing digital collection of user fee through FASTag at NH fee plazas.
  • NHAI FASTag may be purchased from all NH fee plazas, RTOs, Common Service Centres, transport hubs and petrol pumps.

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NHAI: The National Highways Authority of India is an autonomous agency of the Government of India, set up in 1988 and is responsible for management of a network of over 50,000 km of National Highways out of 1,15,000 km in India. It is a nodal agency of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Indian National Highway System
  • Purpose: Development and maintenance of national highways
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Sanjeev Ranjan

President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to arrive today in New Delhi on 4-day visit to India

  • President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will arrive in New Delhi today on a four day visit to India.
  • The President of Portugal will be accompanied by Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Professor Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State for Internationalization Professor Eurico Brilhante Dias and Secretary of State for National Defense Jorge Seguro Sanches.
  • The two countries have active and growing cooperation in the field of economy and business, science, culture and education.
  • They share considerable convergences on international issues.
  • The visit will provide an opportunity for the two sides to review progress in various sectors of bilateral relations and pursue new avenues of cooperation and exchange view on international issues of common interest.

Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan

  • Government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and Foreign Service Institute in the national capital as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs on the eve of the birth anniversary of Mrs Swaraj and in the honour of the legacy and decades of public service of the former External Affairs Minister.
  • During her four decade long career, Sushma Swaraj was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and thrice to Rajya Sabha.
  • She served as Minister for External Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Parliamentary Affairs, Health and Family Welfare.
  • She also served as Leader of Opposition in the Lower House. Ms Swaraj also served as Chief Minister of Delhi and also a Minister in the Haryana Government.
  • This will be President Marcelo’s first visit to India.
  • The last visit by a President of Portugal to India was in 2007.

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Haryana launches ‘Reading Mission’ initiative

  • The state government of Haryana has launched an initiative called ‘Reading Mission- Haryana’.
  • The initiative was launched to encourage reading habit among the young students of the state.
  • The scheme is on the lines of the ‘Reading Mission 2022’, launched by the central government.
  • Under the state’s initiative, monthly book review sessions and mass book reading are to be organised by students in educational institutions.

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Haryana:

  • State formed on: 1 November 1966
  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya
  • Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
  • Official language: Hindi

Largest air quality monitoring network of India to be installed in Mumbai

  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved the setting up of an air quality monitoring network of 90 stations in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The air quality monitoring network of 90 stations will make it the largest such network in India, overtaking Delhi, which is currently having 38 monitors.
  • Location-wise updates on the quality of air will be provided by these stations.
  • The air quality monitoring network project will be funded by the BMC and private players and is expected to be finished in the next five years.

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Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • State Formed in: 1 May 1960
  • Litracy Rate: 82.34%
  • National Parks: Chandoli National Park, Nawegaon National Park, Gugamal National Park, Pench National Park, Sanjay Gandhi (Borivilli) National Park, Tadoba National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Amba Barwa WLS, Bor WLS, Great Indian Bustard WLS,Lonar WLS, Melghat WLS, Gangewadi New Great Indian Bustard WLS, etc.

Bimstec disaster management exercise-2020 organized in Odisha

  • Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai inaugurated the Field Training Exercise of 2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise on flood rescue at the Ramachandi Beach, Puri, Odisha on 12 February.

Highlights:

♦ The exercise highlighted the historicity and diversity of cultural heritage sites in the BIMSTEC region.

♦ It will provide a platform for member states to evaluate existing capabilities and share the best emergency response practices.

♦ The exercise will improve existing emergency preparedness and strengthen regional response mechanism between the BIMSTEC countries during disasters.

♦ It will conduct a risk assessment in the context of cultural heritage sites at the time of disaster.

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Odisha:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • National Park: Bhitarkanika NP, Simlipal NP

BIMSTEC: The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is an international organisation of seven nations of South Asia and South East Asia, housing 1.5 billion people and having a combined gross domestic product of $3.5 trillion.

  • Headquarters location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Founded: 1997

Uttarakhand Cabinet approves 377 sq km for ESZ in Corbett Tiger Reserve

  • The Uttarakhand State cabinet approved a 377 sq km area for the proposed eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) for the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on 12 February.
  • The proposal will be forwarded to the Central government.

ESZ allotment:

♦ The creation of the ESZ has been an issue as the villagers protested villages in the ESZ fearing loss of livelihood due to the restrictions imposed by the creation of such a zone.

♦ The proposed ESZ does not include any village, for which the maximum area has been defined as 7.96 km.

♦ Earlier, the Uttarakhand high court had directed that a 10km area around CTR and other sanctuaries in Uttarakhand to be declared as ESZ.

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Corbett Tiger Reserve: The park was named after a known hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett. It was established to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.

  • Established on: 1936
  • Location: Nainital, Uttarakhand

Manipur CM launches ‘Anganphou Hunba’ programme at Arapti Mayai Leikai in Imphal East

  • Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated that his government has prepared a 260-crore rupee project to provide irrigation facilities by pumping ground water and is awaiting the Centre’s approval.
  • Launching ‘Anganphou Hunba’ (Early Paddy Crop) programme at Arapti Mayai Leikai in Imphal East this morning, the Chief Minister said, the government has planned to provide irrigation water by the Minor Irrigation Department to places having adequate arable land and large number of farmers.

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Manipur

  • Capital: Imphal
  • Chief Minister: Nongthombam Biren Singh
  • Governor: Najma Heptulla

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

UK’s start-up launches 1st big batch of satellites

  • The UK-based OneWeb company has sent 34 satellites into orbit on a single Soyuz rocket, from Baikonur port, Kazakhstan.
  • The aims are to have the full network in operation by the end of 2021.
  • This is the 50th Soyuz mission conducted by Arianespace, as the company plans to perform 19 more medium-lift Soyuz from three spaceports by 2021.
  • Its mission was to drop its satellite batch into one of 12 planes planned for the constellation.

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United Kingdom (Capital/Currency): London/ Pound sterling

  • Prime minister: Boris Johnson.

The 43rd session of IFAD was held at Rome

  • The 43rd session of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) was held in Rome from 11-12 February 2020.
  • IFAD of the United Nations (UN) aims to address hunger and poverty in developing countries.
  • The council meet announced that with the current progress the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 cannot be achieved.
  • Theme: The theme of the session is “Investing in sustainable food systems to end hunger by 2030”.
  • It highlights the role and experience of IFAD in supporting sustainable, inclusive, nutritious and efficient food systems.

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IFAD: The International Fund for Agricultural Development is an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations that works to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.

  • Headquarters location: Rome, Italy
  • Head: Gilbert Houngbo
  • Abbreviation: IFAD
  • Founder: India
  • Founded: December 1977, Rome, Italy
  • Formation: 15 December 1977

New Zealand unveils first AI police officer called Ella

  • New Zealand Police has recruited an Artificial Intelligence (AI) cop called Ella to the force. New Zealand’s Intela AI and Soul Machines led the AI and digital human development of the AI cop.

AI cop Ella:

♦ Ella is a life-like virtual assistant. It uses real-time animation to emulate face-to-face interaction in an empathetic way.

♦ It will be stationed in the lobby of the force’s national headquarters in Wellington from 17 February.

♦ It will welcome visitors to the building, telling the staff that they’ve arrived, and directing them to collect their passes.

♦ It can talk to visitors about certain issues, such as the force’s non-emergency number and police vetting procedures.

♦ After reviewing its current roles, a range of new responsibilities will be added in the future.

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES

Mumbai will host “Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer” Workshop

  • National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) will organize the “National Workshop on Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer” in partnership with Insurance Institute of India.
  • The workshop will be held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The National Workshop on Disaster Risk Financing, Insurance and Risk Transfer will concentrate on the significance of financial resilience in areas frequently struck by natural disasters. It will also stress on the government’s agenda “Work towards risk coverage for all-starting from poor households to SMEs to multi-national corporations to nation states” and “Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Resilience“.
  • The workshop will also deliberate on the issues in assessment of insurance faced by different stakeholders.
  • The delegates from Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme along with other multilateral organizations will participate in the workshop.

India Action Plan 2020 Summit is being held in Delhi

  • India Action Plan 2020 Summit was held on 12 February in Delhi.
  • The summit was organized by TV Channel Times Now, India’s premium broadcast network. The keynote was delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Aim: The aim of the TIMES NOW Summit is to accelerate the ‘New India’ vision by taking a holistic approach in defining a constructive action plan for India.

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TIMES NOW:

  • Launched on: 23 January 2006
  • Owned by: The Times Group
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Language: English
  • TIMES NOW has been ranked India’s No.1 English News channel in the past decade.
  • It stands for credibility and an unbiased approach in bringing news and reportage to the viewers. The channel engages with viewers in 100 countries across the globe.

APPOINTMENT

Atul Kumar Gupta is the new ICAI President

  • Atul Kumar Gupta will be the new President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) for the year 2020-21.
  • Nihar Niranjan Jambusaria has been elected as the Vice President of the ICAI for 2020-21.
  • They were elected at a meeting of the central council in New Delhi.
  • Atul Gupta, who has served the chartered accountancy profession for about two decades, was the Vice President of ICAI for the term 2019-20.
  • He is a commerce and a law graduate by education.

Tamil Nadu CM inaugurates SCF cricket ground in Salem

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami inaugurated the Salem Cricket Foundation (SCF) cricket ground in Valapadi, Salem in Tamil Nadu.
  • The ground was built on behalf of Salem Cricket Foundation. Cricketer Rahul Dravid, TN Cricket Association head Rupa Gurunath and BCCI former head Srinivasan attended the inauguration.

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Tamilnadu

  • Capital: Chennai
  • Chief Minister: Edappadi K.Palanisamy
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
  • Chief Justice of Madras High Court: Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani
  • National Park: Guindy NP,Gulf of Mannar Marine NP, Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) NP,             Mudumalai NP, Mukurthi NP.

Chandrakant Dada Patil appointed as Maharashtra BJP Chief

  • BJP has appointed Chandrakant Dada Patil as party’s Maharashtra Unit President and Mangal Prabhat Lodha its Mumbai Chief.
  • BJP President J P Nadda has approved the appointments .

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BJP: The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress. As of 2019, it is the country’s largest political party in terms of representation in the national parliament and state assemblies and is the world’s largest party in terms of primary membership. Wikipedia

President: Amit Shah

Founders: Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani

Founded: 6 April 1980, India

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

DRDO developing new strike range Pranash ballistic missile

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started developing a 200-km strike range tactical ballistic missile ‘Pranash’.
  • The missile is an advanced version of the 150-km strike range Prahar missile which was being developed for tactical missions.
  • The surface-to-surface ballistic missile will be of use for the Air Force and Army.
  • It is a solid-propellant surface to a surface missile which can travel at the speed of Mach 2.

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DRDO: The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1958
  • Motto: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम्; “Strength’s Origin is in Science” (Sanskrit)
  • Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence
  • Subsidiary: Gas Turbine Research Establishment

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Dharmendra Rai’s book “The Thin Mind Map Book” launched

  • “The Thin Mind Map Book” authored by a mind mapping & brain literacy pioneer Dharmendra Rai, was launched recently.
  • The book aims to give people an experience in mind mapping and making them expert through reading and doing all the experiential exercises mentioned in the book.

AWARDS

President Kovind presents President’s Colour to INS Shivaji

  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented ‘President’s Colour’ to the INS Shivaji at a ceremony in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
  • The Presentation of Colour or Standards by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces is an acknowledgement of the unit’s meritorious service.
  • INS Shivaji was commissioned in 1945.
  • It is now the premier technical training establishment of the Indian Navy with the motto Kar-masu Kaushalam.
  • INS Shivaji imparts training in an engineering discipline to personnel of the Navy, Coast Guard, other sister services and allied countries. It has trained over two lakh officers and sailors, both Indian and international, since inception.
  • All courses conducted at INS Shivaji are recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education.

South Indian Bank bagged two awards at the Banking Technology 2019 awards by IBA

  • South Indian Bank has bagged two awards at the Banking Technology 2019 awards instituted by the Indian Banks’ Association.
  • This event was held in Indian Bank Association’s 15th Annual Banking Technology Conference, Expo and Awards held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The South Indian Bank emerged the winner in the ‘Most Customer-Centric Bank Using Technology’ category and runner up in the ‘Best Payments Initiative’ category amongst small Banks’.

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IBA: Indian Banks’ Association, formed on 26 September 1946 as a representative body of management of banking in India operating in India – an association of Indian banks and financial institutions based in Mumbai. Wikipedia

  • CEO: V. G. Kannan
  • Headquarters location: Mumbai
  • Founded: 26 September 1946

OBITUARIES

Veteran Journalist Nandu R Kulkarni passes away

  • Veteran journalist Nandu R Kulkarni passed away recently.
  • He was serving as the Mumbai bureau chief of “The Statesman” since 1992.
  • He started his career in 1976 with ‘The Indian Express’ and worked there for 16 years.
  • He reported on various subjects like economic offences, politics and business during his long career.

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