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Monday, June 14, 2021

DAILY GK: 13, 14 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 13, 14 JUNE 2021

1. INDIA-THAILAND CORPAT CONDUCTED IN ANDAMAN SEA

          The 31st Edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) (Bi-Annual) between the Indian Navy and Royal Thai Navy was conducted in the Andaman Sea.

          India & Thailand have been conducting the CORPAT Bi-Annual exercise along their International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) since 2005.

 

2. UNGA APPROVES DECLARATION TO END AIDS BY 2030

          During the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting (HLM) on HIV/AIDS; the assembly  approved a declaration to end AIDS by 2030.

          The declaration also committed assembly’s 193 member countries to implement.

          The 1st case of AIDS was reported in 1981, since then nearly 77.5 million people have been infected with HIV and nearly 35 million have died from AIDS.

 

3. GLOBAL HOME PRICE INDEX

          India was ranked 55th in the Global Home Price Index for the 1st Quarter (Q1) ie; January to March 2021, which is 12 spots lower than its Q1 ranking of 43rd in 2020.

          Global Home Price Index is prepared by the London-based Knight Frank, which monitors housing prices in 56 countries.

          The ranking was topped by Turkey with 32%  year-on-year (YoY) growth, followed by New Zealand and Luxembourg .

 

4. RBI’S NEW RULES OVER ATM

          RBI has increased the interchange fee that banks could charge on ATM per transaction from Rs 15 to Rs 17 for financial transactions, and from Rs 5 to Rs 6 for non-financial transactions in all centres.

          This could be effective from August 1, 2021.

          RBI enabled the customers eligible to make 5 free transactions (inclusive of financial and non-financial transactions) every month from their own bank ATMs.

          The free transactions limit (inclusive of financial and non-financial transactions) for every month from other bank ATMs is fixed to 3 in metro centres and 5 in non-metro centres.

 

5. SBI LAUNCHED ‘KAVACH PERSONAL LOAN’

          State Bank of India (SBI) has introduced a collateral-free offering scheme called ‘Kavach Personal Loan’ to provide financial assistance to its customers to manage the COVID-19 treatment-related expenses.

          Under the term loan, the customers could avail collateral-free personal loan ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 5 lakh at an interest rate of 8.5 percent per annum for 60 months which is inclusive of 3 months moratorium.

 

6. BANK OF MAHARASHTRA TOPS PSU BANKS IN TERMS OF LOAN

          As per the data published by the Bank of Maharashtra (BoM), it emerged as the top performer among Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks in terms of loan and deposit growth in FY21.

          BoM recorded a 13.45 percent increase in gross advances at Rs 1.07 lakh crore in FY21.

 

7. WINNERS OF 2021 PULITZER PRIZES ANNOUNCED

          Winners of the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism, Books, Drama and Music were announced over a virtual ceremony.

          The winners of the 2021 Pulitzer prize constitute the 105th class of Pulitzer Prize winners.

          The New York Times won the Public Service Pulitzers for its extensive coronavirus coverage that exposed racial and economic inequities, government failures in the United States and beyond.

          Louise Erdrich won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize under the fiction category for his book titled “The Night Watchman”.

          Late Les Payne and Tamara Payne won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize under the Biography category for the book titled “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X”.

 

8. WORLD’S LONGEST UNDERSEA CABLE BUILT BY GOOGLE

          Google announced its plan of connecting the United States of America (USA) with South American countries by constructing an Open subsea cable.

          The subsea cable was named as “Firmina” honouring Brazil’s 1st poet ‘Maria Firmina dos Reis’.

          It is the World’s longest subsea cable, which is capable of fully operating through a single power source, in case if other power sources become temporarily unavailable Firmina will be connecting the East Coast of the USA with Las Toninas, Argentina, and additional landings in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay.

 

9. WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2021 – JUNE 12

          United Nations(UN)’s World Day Against Child Labour is annually observed across the globe on 12th June to highlight the focus on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts required to eliminate Child Labour.

          UN declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

          Based on the theme “Act now: end child labour“, a high-level virtual event will be carried by International Labour Conference(ILC) on 2021 World Day Against Child Labour.

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