Current Affairs 8 January 2021

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Appointments News

Joe Biden announced Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General.

Important Points to Remember :

  •  Joe Biden announced Merrick Garland as attorney general.
  • He has selected for senior Justice Department positions will “restore the independence” of the agency and faith in the rule of law.

Aditya Puri joins global pharma major Strides Group as an advisor.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Former HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri has joined global pharma major Strides Group as an advisor and will also serve as a director of its associate company Stelis Biopharma.
  • HDFC CEO – Shashidhar Jagdishan
  • HDFC Headquarters – Mumbai

Joyshree Das Verma appointed as the Honorary Consul by the Israel Embassy.

Important Points to Remember :

  • The Embassy of Israel in India has appointed Joyshree Das Verma as Honorary Consul in the region with jurisdiction over the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim.
  • Ambassador of Israel in India: Dr Ron Malka
  • The Embassy aims to identify all possible areas of cooperation in the North-East, where Israel can bring in expertise and advanced Israeli technologies to benefit people in the region.

Banking News

Punjab National Bank has announced an alliance with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and the Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (FIRST) to set up Fintech Innovation Centre.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Punjab National Bank has announced an alliance with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and the Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (FIRST) to set up Fintech Innovation Centre that would act as a vehicle to explore solutions in digital lending, payments and cybersecurity.
  • The partnership will facilitate research and develop technological solutions to address challenges and explore opportunities in the BFSI space.
  • The Fintech Innovation Centre will be supported by a holistic ecosystem of financial institutions, academia, Venture Capital funds, technology companies and key government organisations.

Defence News

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh Launches Online Portal for Items to be Purchased Against Firm Demand from CSD defence.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today launched the Online Portal for purchase of items Against Firm Demand (AFD) from CSD Canteens.
  • The objective of the launch of this Online Portal is to enable about 45 Lakh CSD beneficiaries including Serving & Retired persons from Armed Forces and Serving Civilian Defence employees to purchase AFD-I items (like Cars, Motorcycles, Washing machines, TVs, Fridges etc) from the comfort of their home.
  • Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
  • Defence Secretary: Dr Ajay Kumar.

International News

US President Trump officially launches the US military ‘Space Force’.

Important Points to Remember :

  • US President Donald Trump officially launched US military ‘Space Force’ at an army base near Washington and described space as the world’s newest war-fighting domain.
  • The launch of the Space Force, the first in more than 70 years, falls under the US Air Force.
  • It will be funded by an initial 40million Dollar for its first year.

United Nations Security Council designates Hamza bin Laden under its sanctions list.

Important Points to Remember :

  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has designated Hamza bin Laden under its sanctions list.
  • The son of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is now subject to a travel ban, assets freeze and an arms embargo.
  •  The  US State Department described Hamza as being seen as the most probable successor of the group’s current leader Aiman al-Zawahiri.

Elon Musk becomes the world’s wealthiest person.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Elon Musk: CEO of the TESLA

National News

India to chair three-key subsidiary bodies of UNSC.

Important Points to Remember :

  • India will be chairing three-key subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
  • The panels are Counter-Terrorism Committee (for 2022), Taliban Sanctions Committee, and Libya Sanctions committee.
  • Announced by the Permanent Representative of India at the United Nations Security Council, TS Tirumurti.
  • India will chair the Counter-Terrorism Committee of UNSC in 2022.

Shri Prakash Javadekar launched Digital Calendar and Diary of Government of India.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the Digital Calendar and Diary of Government of India.
  • The app is free and will be available in 11 languages from 15th January 2021.

MoU & Agreement News

MoU signed between the LAHDC Kargil and the Army to evacuate the Kargil Lower Plateau.

Important Points to Remember :

  • An MoU was signed between the LAHDC Kargil and the Army to evacuate the Kargil Lower Plateau.
  • The MoU was signed between the Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Baseer ul Haq Choudhary and Vivek Bakshi.
  • According to the MoU, substitute land shall be provided to the Army near Maratha Unit Kurbathang and Mulbekh area.

IREDA under the administrative control of MNRE signed an MoU with NHPC.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), under the administrative control of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NHPC Ltd., the PSU under Ministry of Power, for providing its technical expertise in developing renewable energy projects.
  • Under the (MoU), IREDA will undertake Techno-Financial due diligence of Renewable energy and Energy Efficiency & conservation projects for NHPC.
  • IREDA will assist NHPC in developing an action plan to create and acquire Renewable Energy projects for the next 5 years.

Obituaries News

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s niece Chitra Ghosh passes away.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s niece and youngest daughter of Sarat Chandra Bose, Chitra Ghosh, breathed her last on January 7.
  • Professor Chitra Ghosh made pioneering contributions to academics and community service.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Sheehan dies at 84.

Important Points to Remember :

  • Neil Sheehan, the Vietnam War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who obtained the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times, leading the government for the first time in American history to get a judge to block publication of an article on grounds of national security, at his home in Washington.
  • Mr Sheehan, who covered the war from 1962 to 1966 for United Press International and The Times, was also the author of “A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam,” which won a National Book Award and a Pulitzer in 1989.

Current Affairs Quiz Questions Answers

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           Current Affairs 8 January 2021 Quiz and Answers

1.Who of the following has appointed as the Global Pharma Stride group as an Advisor?

a) Hima Kohli

b) Aditya Puri

c) Merrick Garland

d) Raj Iyer

Correct Answer: B (Aditya Puri)

Explanation: Former HDFC Bank managing director Aditya Puri has joined global pharma major Strides Group as an advisor and will also serve as a director of its associate company Stelis Biopharma.

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2. Who of the following who the National Book Prize Award and a Pulitzer in 1989?

a) Neil Sheehan

b) John Paul Van

c) Aditya Puri

d) Hamza Bin Laden

Correct Answer: A (Neil Sheehan)

Explanation: Neil Sheehan, the Vietnam War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who obtained the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times, leading the government for the first time in American history to get a judge to block publication of an article on grounds of national security.

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3.Who of the following officially launched the US military ‘Space Force’?

a) Sarah Mathews

b) Donald Trump

c) Joe Biden

d) Rhode Island

Correct Answer: B (Donald Trump)

Explanation: US President Donald Trump officially launched the US military ‘Space Force’ at an army base near Washington and described space as the world’s newest war-fighting domain.

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4.Which of the following Bank announced an alliance with the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur and the Foundation for Innovation and Technology (FIRST) to set up Fintech Innovation Center?

a) State Bank of India

b) Canara Bank

c) Punjab National Bank

d) HDFC Bank

Correct Answer: C (Punjab National bank)

Explanation: Punjab National Bank has announced an alliance with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and the Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (FIRST) to set up Fintech Innovation Centre that would act as a vehicle to explore solutions in digital lending, payments and cybersecurity.

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5.Who of the following launches the Online Portal for Items to be purchased against Firm Demand from CSD?

a) Rajnath Singh

b) Narendra Modi

c) Donald Trump

d) Joe Biden

Correct Answer: A (Rajnath Singh)

Explanation: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today launched the Online Portal for purchase of items Against Firm Demand (AFD) from CSD Canteens.

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