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Friday, February 19, 2021

DAILY GK: 19 FEB 2021

 DAILY GK: 19 FEB 2021

1. ‘COMMON RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT HUB’ AT CDRI

      Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated ‘Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH)’ – a Research Facility at CSIR-CDRI (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Drug Research Institute), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) on occasion of the institute’s 70th Annual Day Celebrations.

      CRTDH aims to provide support to hospitals & Pharma Industry, MSMEs and Academia for conducting advanced research in the field of Drug discovery.

 

2. PM LAUNCHES ‘MAHABAHU-BRAHMAPUTRA’ PROGRAMME

      PM Narendra Modi virtually launched the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ programme & laid the foundation stone for 2 Bridges.

      The 19.282 Km ‘Dhubri Phulbari’ 4-lane bridge will connect Dhubri in Assam to Phulbari in Meghalaya.

      It will be constructed on the River of Brahmaputra.

      ‘Majuli’ Bridge is an 8 Km long Two-Lane bridge on the River Brahmaputra, it will connect Neematighat (on Jorhat side) & Kamalabari (on Majuli side).

      ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ Programme will strengthen water connectivity across the region through the waters of the River Brahmaputra & Barak.

      The Total cost of the programme is INR 3, 231 Crore.

 

3. GOVT TO INFUSE RS 1,500 CRORE INTO EXIM BANK

      The government has decided to infuse Rs 1,500 crore capital into Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) in FY 22.

      This equity support/subscription is to maximise the paid up capital of the bank to the level of its authorised capital.

      This amount is Rs 200 crore higher than the amount(Rs 1,300 crore) earmarked by the government to be infused in the bank in FY 21.

      The government had doubled the authorised capital of the bank from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore in 2019.

 

4. ASIA ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT AWARD 2020

      Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change(MoEF&CC), Government of India was selected as one of the winners of the 5th Asia Environmental Enforcement Award, 2020 by the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP).

      WCCB has won the award under the Innovation category.

      WCCB was selected as a winner for its contribution against transboundary environmental crime.

 

5. TATA GROUP TO ACQUIRE 68% STAKE IN BIGBASKET

      Tata Group has signed a deal to acquire 68%  stake in bigbasket for about  Rs 9,500 crore.

      The stake will be acquired by Tata Digital, a subsidiary of Tata Sons.

      Post acquisition, the enterprise value of BigBasket becomes more than Rs 13,500 crore.

      Tata Communications has partnered with Google Cloud in India to drive cloud adoption and transform Indian businesses.

 

6. BOOK- ‘INDIAN ECONOMY’S GREATEST CRISIS: IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS AND THE ROAD AHEAD’

      Arun Kumar has authored a new book titled, ‘Indian Economy’s Greatest Crisis: Impact of Coronavirus and the Road Ahead’.

      The book is published by Penguin Random House.

 

7. BOOK-“THE EPIC BATTLE OF LONGEWALA”

      As a part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary year of India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war, Indian Air Force(IAF) Chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria launched the book “The Epic Battle of Longewala” authored by Air Marshal (retd) Bharat Kumar at the event organised at the IAF Museum in Palam, New Delhi.

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