Daily Current Affairs and GK | 30 January 2021

Topic:  Appointments

1. Government appointed Swaminathan Janakiraman and Aswini Kumar Tewari as MDs of SBI.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointments of Swaminathan Janakiraman and Ashwini Kumar Tewari as Managing Directors of the State Bank of India.
  • Swaminathan Janakiraman and Ashwini Kumar Tewari have been appointed for a period of three years. Their appointment was approved by the Bank Board Bureau in October 2020.
  • At present, Swaminathan Janakiraman is working as the deputy managing director (Finance) at SBI and Ashwini Kumar is serving as SBI Card MD and CEO.
  • Banks Board Bureau recommends names of directors and non-executive chairpersons of public sector banks.
  • State Bank of India (SBI):
    • It is a nationalized public sector bank and the largest lender in India.
    • It is headquartered in Mumbai.
    • Current Chairman of SBI is Dinesh Kumar Khara.
    • C.S. Setty and Ashwani Bhatia are the other managing directors of SBI.
 

Topic: International News

2. Kaja Kallas becomes first female Prime Minister of Estonia.

  • The new government of Estonia will be led by Kaja Kallas. She has become the first female prime minister of Estonia.
  • The new government of Estonia has been formed by the coalition of Reform Party and Centre Party. Kaja Kallas belongs to the centre-right Reform Party.
  • Riigikogu is the unicameral parliament of Estonia. It comprises 101 members, who are elected for a term of four years through proportional representation.
  • In Estonia, the President is the head of state and Prime Minister is the head of government.
  • Estonia: It is located in Northern Europe. Tallinn is the capital and Euro is the currency of Estonia. It is bordered by the Gulf of Finland, Baltic sea, Sweden, Latvia and Russia.

Estonia

Topic: National News

3. India’s first leather park will be set up at Kanpur.

  • The Government of Uttar Pradesh will establish India’s first leather park in Kanpur district. It will be built on 268 acres of land in Ramaipur village of Kanpur.
  • It will give employment to about 2 lakh people and will attract an investment of Rs. 5850 crores.
  • The park will be equipped with an effluent treatment plant of 20 million litres per day capacity.
  • The park will have all facilities for the production of world-class leather goods. More than 150 tanneries will work in this park.
  • Kanpur:
    • It is located on the bank of the Ganga River.
    • It is famous for the leather industry and textile industries.  It is also known as ‘Leather City’.
    • It is the second-largest city of Uttar Pradesh and is the 12th most populous city of India.
    • It is one of the most polluted cities of India.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

4. UP’s Ram temple tableau won first prize at Republic Day parade.

  • Uttar Pradesh’s tableau of Ram Temple got the first prize at the 72nd Republic day parade
  • A total of 32 tableaus were displayed at this year’s Republic Day parade.
  • The theme of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau was ‘Ayodhya: Cultural Heritage of Uttar Pradesh’.
  • Tripura’s tableau got the second position while Uttarakhand’s tableau based on the theme of Dev Bhoomi -- The Land of the Gods’ bagged the third position.
  • The tableau of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) based on the theme of ‘Amar Jawan’ has been awarded a special prize for paying tribute to martyrs of armed forces.
  • Ram temple Ayodhya:
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on 5 August 2020.
    • It will be constructed in the Nagara style of temple architecture.
    • The architect of the temple is Chandrakant Sompura.
    • It will be the largest temple in India, with a height of about 161 feet.

Topic: Appointments

5. Lt General Chandi Prasad Mohanty will assume charge as Vice Chief of Army Staff on 1 February.

  • Lt Gen Chandi Prasad Mohanty will take over charge as new Army Vice-Chief on 1 February.
  • He will replace Lieutenant General SK Saini, who will be retiring on 31 January.
  • He is currently working as Commander of the Southern Army.
  • He has vast experience of working in various command and staff appointments.
  • He belongs to Jayabada village of Odisha.
  • The Vice Chief of Army Staff is the deputy head and second-highest ranking officer of the Indian Army.

Topic: Reports and Indices

6. India slips to 86th position in Corruption Perception Index.

  • India has been ranked in 86th position in Corruption Perception Index 2020. India has slipped six positions from the last rank. India has got a score of 40 out of 100 in this year’s ranking.
  • India ranked 80th in the Corruption Perception Index 2019.
  • New Zealand and Denmark are in the top position this year’s ranking.
  • Somalia and South Sudan are on the last position in the Corruption Perception Index 2020.
  • Corruption Perception Index (CPI):
    • It ranks 180 countries on a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt).
    • It is released by Transparency International.
    • Transparency International is a German NGO headquartered in Berlin.
  • Corruption Perception Index 2020:

Country

Rank

Score

New Zealand

1

88

Denmark

1

88

Finland

3

85

Switzerland

3

85

Singapore

3

85

Sweden

3

85

Topic: National News

7. PM will address 125th anniversary celebrations of ‘Prabuddha Bharata’.

  • Prime Minister will address the 125th anniversary event of ‘Prabuddha Bharata’ on 31 January. The event will be organised by Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati.
  • The Advaita Ashrama is working towards making the archives of the Journal online.
  • Prabuddha Bharata:
    • It is an English-language monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order.
    • It is being published from 1896. It is India’s longest-running English Journal.
    • Many great personalities of India such as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sister Nivedita, Sri Aurobindo, etc. have written for this Journal.
    • It is edited by Advaita Ashrama in Uttarakhand.

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

8. Education Ministry signed agreement with DEA and World Bank for school education.

  • The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Education, and World Bank have signed an agreement for improving the quality of school education.
  • The World Bank will provide the financial assistance of the 500-million US dollar for the implementation of Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) Programme.
  • The Government will implement STARS project in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan.
  • This project will be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the Department of School Education and Literacy.

  Features of STARS project

To strengthen MOE’s national data systems

Improving Learning Assessment Systems

To support MOE’s efforts to establish a National Assessment Center

Strengthening Vocational education in schools

  • World Bank:
    • It is one of the world’s largest finance providers aiming to end extreme poverty and promote shared growth.
    • It was established in 1944 and is headquartered in Washington, DC, USA.
    • Currently, it has 189 members.
    • Current President of World Bank: David Malpass
    • Chief Financial Officer and MD: Anshula Kant

Topic: Indian Economy

9. Economic survey 2020-2021 has projected India’s real GDP growth for Financial Year 2021-22 at 11%.

  • Economic survey 2020-2021 has projected India’s real GDP growth for Financial Year 2021-22 at 11%.
  • It has projected nominal GDP growth in Financial Year 2021-22 at 15.4%, which is the highest since independence.
  • As per Chief Economic Adviser, V-shaped Economic Recovery is being witnessed due to resurgence in power demand, rail freight, E-way bills, GST collection and steel consumption.
  • As per economic survey, India’s GDP will contract by 7.7% in FY 2020-21. Agriculture sector will show 3.4% growth this year. But, the industry and services sector will contract by 9.6% and 8.8% in FY 2020-21.
  • While real GDP is the GDP calculated at constant prices, nominal GDP is the GDP calculated at current prices.
  • Economic survey:
    • Department of Economic Affairs under Ministry of Finance each year prepares economic survey. It is prepared under Chief Economic Adviser (presently, Krishnamurthy Venkata Subramanian).
    • Finance Minister each year presents economic survey in Parliament. It provides details state of the economy and financial performance of government.

Indias real GDP growth for Financial Year 2021-22

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Corporates/Companies

10. Acquisition of Indo Gulf Fertilisers approved by Competition Commission of India.

  • Acquisition of Indo-Gulf Fertilisers has been approved by the Competition Commission of India.
  • The approval has been given under section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.
  • Gulf Fertilisers, the fertiliser division of Grasim Industries Limited, will be acquired by Indorama India Private Limited (IIPL).
  • Competition Commission of India (CCI):
    • CCI was formed on 14 October 2003 under the Competition Commission Act, 2002.
    • It has a chairperson and six members. It is a quasi-judicial and statutory body.
    • Current Chairperson: Ashok Kumar Gupta

Topic: Appointments

11. RS Sharma appointed as CEO of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB - PMJAY).

  • RS Sharma has been appointed as CEO of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB - PMJAY) and National Health Authority (NHA).
  • He will take place of Indu Bhushan. Indu Bhushan is currently serving as CEO of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB – PMJAY) and National Health Authority (NHA).
  • RS Sharma earlier served as Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • He is also head of Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat COVID-19.
  • He is a member of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 (NEGVAC). V.K. Paul is chairman of NEGVAC.   
  • National Health Authority (NHA):
    • It is the apex body responsible for implementing Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, India’s premier public health insurance scheme.
    • It was established in 2018. 
 

 

 

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