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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

DAILY GK: 17 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 17 JUNE 2021

1. EXPERT COMMITTEE TO ELIMINATE MALARIA IN INDIA

          Malaria No More, a NGO in partnership with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) & Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) established an India Interagency Expert Committee on Malaria and Climate (IEC) to explore and advance climate-based solutions for accelerating malaria elimination in India.

          India has set a target to eliminate Malaria by 2030.

          It is making steady progress to achieve it.

 

2. SIPRI REPORT ON NUCLEAR ARSENALS

          The ‘SIPRI Yearbook 2021 (52nd Edition)’ released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) states that  India, Pakistan & China are expanding their Nuclear arsenals.

          At the start of 2021, India with 156 Nuclear warheads (at the start of 2021) is behind Pakistan (165 Nuclear warheads) & China (350 warheads).

          The 9 nuclear armed states in the world (US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) possessed an estimated 13, 080 Nuclear warheads at the start of 2021, an decrease compared to 2020 stockpile – 13400.

 

3. UN TRADE FORUM 2021

          Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal represented India at the UN Trade Forum 2021 which took place virtually from June 14-15, 2021.

          Theme of the Forum – ‘Towards a green and inclusive recovery’

          UN Trade Forum is a high-level political forum of the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ).

 

4. RBI PERMITTED ‘MOBILE PREPAID RECHARGES’ UNDER BBPS

          Under Section 10 (2) read with Section 18 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (Act 51 of 2007), the RBI has expanded the scope of the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) by permitting the addition of ‘mobile prepaid recharges’ as an additional biller category in BBPS on a voluntary basis.

          BBPS which is an interoperable platform for repetitive bill payments has initially covered recurring bills only in 5 segments viz. Direct to Home (DTH), Electricity, Gas, Telecom and Water.

 

5. GIFT CARD ON IDBI BANK’S RUPAYPLATFORM

          LIC Cards Services Limited (LIC CSL) partnered with IDBI Bank to launch “Shagun”, a contactless prepaid LIC gift card powered by the IDBI Bank on the RuPay platform.

          The NPCI and LIC CSL have partnered for this initiative.

          In the initial phase, the Shagun Gift Cards will be available only for the official use of LIC and its subsidiaries and associates.

 

6.  ANAND MOHAN BAJAJ APPOINTED IN SEBI BOARD

          Anand Mohan Bajaj, Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) has been appointed as Member of the Board of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) by the Government of India.

          He will succeed Tarun Bajaj, who is now the Revenue Secretary.

          The other Central Government appointed official in the SEBI Board is K V R Murty, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

 

7. SHENZHOU-12: CHINA’S FIRST HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT SINCE 2016

          China is all set to blast off its first human spaceflight since 2016 namely ‘Shenzhou-12’ which means ‘Divine Vessel’.

          It will be launched from Gobi Desert on a Long March rocket in the coming days with three men onboard.

          The crew will stay there for 3 monthse.

          Until September 2021 and will engage in practicing spacewalks, conduct repairs along with scientific operations.

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