28th December, 2021 – Daily News

Topics covered – World Sangeet Tansen festival , Kanpur Metro Rail Project, Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet , border surveillance systems, Ziyuan 1 (02E) Earth resources observation satellite, Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite , the ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report., India Post Payments Bank , ancassurance agreement with the South Indian Bank, real-time cross-border remittances through Unified Payments Interface , MD and CEO of RBL Bank, Chair of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, International Day of Epidemic Preparedness , Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award, Dr V L Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s Life Journey’ book , Edward O Wilson.

Bulletins

  1. 97th edition of the World Sangeet Tansen festival has been organized in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
  2. PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the completed section of the Kanpur Metro Rail Project.
  3. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has presided over the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
  4. DRDO has selected Paras Defence for handling the technology of border surveillance systems.
  5. China has launched the Ziyuan 1 (02E) Earth resources observation satellite and a small amateur radio satellite.
  6. Japan has launched the Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite – a commercial communications satellite – on a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre.
  7. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and NITI Aayog, with technical assistance from the World Bank, have launched the ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report.
  8. HDFC Bank has partnered with India Post Payments Bank to offer banking services to the unbanked and underserved segments in semi-urban and rural areas.
  9. HDFC Life has signed a bancassurance agreement with the South Indian Bank to sell insurance to the customers of the bank.
  10. IndusInd Bank has signed an agreement with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for offering real-time cross-border remittances through Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
  11. Indipaisa has partnered with NSDL Payments Bank to offer innovative fintech solutions for India’s 63 million Small & Mid-sized Enterprises (SME).
  12. RBI has approved the appointment of Rajeev Ahuja as interim MD and CEO of RBL Bank for upto three months.
  13. India has begun its term as the Chair of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in 2022.
  14. International Day of Epidemic Preparedness is observed on December 27 by UN.
  15. Surat’s noted industrialist Viral Desai, popularly known as Greenman for his love for the environment, has been awarded the prestigious Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm.
  16. ‘Dr V L Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s Life Journey’ book has been authored by V L Indira Dutt. The book was released by VP Venkaiah Naidu.
  17. Renowned Biologist from America Edward O Wilson aka the “ant Man” has passed away.

Table of Content

State News

  1. 97th edition of the World Sangeet Tansen festival has been organized in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
      • The stage of the program has been constructed on the theme of Siddhanath temple situated in Omkareshwar.
  2. PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the completed section of the Kanpur Metro Rail Project.
      • Bina-Panki multi-product pipeline will be operated by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Uttar Pradesh.
  3. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has presided over the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
      • He also laid the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore.

Defence News

  1. DRDO has selected Paras Defence for handling the technology of border surveillance systems.
      • The technology has been developed by Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) and DRDO.
      • DRDO, IRDE, and Paras Defence have signed a licensing agreement for transfer of technology for the border surveillance systems’ technology.
      • The system will provide all weather surveillance for day and night monitoring of the border areas, it will consist of Radar, EO sensors etc., mounted on Pan Tilt platforms.

International News

  1. China has launched the Ziyuan 1 (02E) Earth resources observation satellite and a small amateur radio satellite.
      • Ziyuan 1 (02E) is the latest in a series of remote sensing satellites.
  2. Japan has launched the Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite – a commercial communications satellite – on a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-2A rocket from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre.
      • Inmarsat’s first dual-payload satellites, the I-6s feature both L-band (ELERA) and Ka-band (Global Xpress) payloads.

Reports & Indices

  1. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and NITI Aayog, with technical assistance from the World Bank, have launched the ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report.
      • This is the 4th edition of this State Health Index.
      • The index is based on 24 indicators in 3 domains – Health Outcomes, Governance and information and Key Inputs and Processes.
      • Reference year – 2019-20; Base year –2018-19
      • Category of States – Larger states, Smaller states and UTs
      • Rankings –
        • Among larger states, Telangana is the only state that demonstrated strong overall performance as well as incremental performance.
        • Most negative incremental change among larger states –Karnataka (-1.37)
        • Most negative incremental change among smaller states –Goa (-12.68)
        • Most negative incremental change among UTs – Chandigarh (-10.85)
State Health Index

Banking & Economy

  1. HDFC Bank has partnered with India Post Payments Bank to offer banking services to the unbanked and underserved segments in semi-urban and rural areas.
      • IPPB offers services such as savings and current account, 24×7 instant money transfer, Aadhaar enabled Payment System, DBT, including MGNREGA and payment of scholarships, bill and utility payments, digital life certificate, third party products among others.
  2. HDFC Life has signed a bancassurance agreement with the South Indian Bank to sell insurance to the customers of the bank.
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  4. IndusInd Bank has signed an agreement with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for offering real-time cross-border remittances through Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
      • IndusInd Bank has become the first Indian bank to go live on UPI for cross-border payments/NRI remittances.
      • IndusInd Bank has started off with Thailand. The bank has started the service with DeeMoney, a Thailand-based financial solutions provider, offering money transfers and foreign currency exchange services.
      • Under this arrangement, Money Transfer Operator (MTO) partners of IndusInd Bank would use the bank’s channel to connect with NPCI’s UPI payment systems for validation and cross-border payment settlement into beneficiary accounts.
  5. Indipaisa has partnered with NSDL Payments Bank to offer innovative fintech solutions for India’s 63 million Small & Mid-sized Enterprises (SME).
      • Indipaisa is a member of the Nexxo Network, an international network of Fintech companies operating in Middle East Asia and Europe.
      • Indiapaisa is proud to be a part of the RBI’s drive to digitize payments, which is estimated to exceed USD 1 Trillion annually by the year 2025.

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Appointments

    1. RBI has approved the appointment of Rajeev Ahuja as interim MD and CEO of RBL Bank for upto three months.
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    3. India has begun its term as the Chair of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in 2022.
        • Last time, India had chaired the committee in 2011-12 (via Former Indian Ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri).
        • UN Security Council has also renewed the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) until December 31, 2025.
        • An interim review will be conducted in December 2023.

Important Days

  1. International Day of Epidemic Preparedness is observed on December 27 by UN.

 

Awards

  1. Surat’s noted industrialist Viral Desai, popularly known as Greenman for his love for the environment, has been awarded the prestigious Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm.
      • 28 people from 11 countries have won this award, with Desai being the only representative of India.
      • Desai adopted Surat’s Udhna Railway Station and transformed into the number one green railway station in the country.

Miscellaneous

  1. ‘Dr V L Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s Life Journey’ book has been authored by V L Indira Dutt. The book was released by VP Venkaiah Naidu.
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  3. Renowned Biologist from America Edward O Wilson aka the “ant Man” has passed away.
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Start Quiz of 28th December 2021

Q.1) What is the venue of the 97th edition of the World Sangeet Tansen festival?
Q.2) Where is the Bina-Panki multi-product pipeline located?
Q.3) Which company has received the contract from DRDO for handling the technology of border surveillance systems?
Q.4) Which country does the Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite – a commercial communications satellite – belong to?
Q.5) Which state witnessed the most negative incremental change among smaller states in the State Health Index of NITI Aayog?
Q.6) Which bank has partnered with India Post Payments Bank to offer banking services to the unbanked and underserved segments in semi-urban and rural areas?
Q.7) Which has become the first Indian bank to go live on UPI for cross-border payments/NRI remittances?
Q.8) Which company has partnered with NSDL Payments Bank to offer innovative fintech solutions for India’s 63 million Small & Mid-sized Enterprises?
Q.9) Who has been awarded the prestigious Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award from India?
Q.10) Who is the author of ‘Dr V L Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s Life Journey’?
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