Sunday, August 29, 2021

DAILY GK: 24 AUG 2021

 DAILY GK: 24 AUG 2021

1.ARIOUS PROJECTS IN SOMNATH, GUJARAT

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi has Inaugurated & laid foundation Stone for various projects in Somnath, Gujarat Virtually.

      PM Modi inaugurated the following projects

      The Somnath Promenade,

      The Somnath Exhibition Centre

      Reconstructed Temple precinct of Old (Juna) Somnath.

      PM laid the foundation Stone of Parvatimata Temple in Somnath Temple premises.

      Under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) Scheme, announced in 2014, is developing 40 major places of pilgrimage out of which, 15 are already completed.

      In Gujarat, work is on for three projects worth around Rs.180 crore.

 

2.INR 250 CRORE UBHARTE SITAARE FUND

      Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched Ubharte Sitaare Fund (USF) of Corpus INR 250 crore with a green shoe option of INR 250 crore for Export oriented Small & mid sized companies across the country.

      USF is jointly funded by Export and Import (EXIM) Bank of India & Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

 

3.INDIA’S FIRST SMOG TOWER INAUGURATED

      India’s first smog tower launched in Delhi as a pilot project by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Baba Kharak Marg, Connaught Place.

      It was developed by  IIT-Delhi and IIT- Bombay.

      This smog tower has the capacity to purify 1000 cubic metres of air per second and it is estimated that it will reduce PM2.5 concentration by around 70%.

 

4.INDIA TO HOST 2ND UNWGIC IN 2022 AT HYDERABAD, TELANGANA

      India is all set to host the 2nd United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) in October 2022 in Hyderabad, Telangana on the theme ‘Towards Geo-enabling the Global Village’.

      It will be organized as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (Celebration of 75 Years of Indian Independence)’.

 

5.RBI INTRODUCED AUTOMATION SYSTEM ‘PRISM’

      The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a web-based and end-to-end workflow automation system named ‘Platform for Regulated Entities for Integrated Supervision and Monitoring’ (PRISM) to strengthen the compliance of the entities that are supervised by RBI.

      Objective: To make continuous supervision of entities for – earlier identification of risks; conduct of supervisory actions; and strengthen their internal resilience.

 

6.CITIBANK GOT APPROVAL FROM IFSCA

      US-based Citibank NA received the approval from International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) to open a banking unit at India’s GIFT IFSC (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City – International Financial Services Centre) at Gandhinagar, Gujarat to carry out offshore transactions.

      In 2020, Citibank received in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a banking unit after which it has waited for the final nod from IFSCA to start operations.

 

7.17TH GOVERNOR OF MANIPUR

      President Ramnath Kovind has appointed senior BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leader from Tamil Nadu, La.

      Ganesan as 17th Governor of Manipur.

      He Succeeded Najma Heptulla, who retired earlier this month.

 

8.ONEWEB LAUNCHES 34 SATELLITES INTO LEO

      OneWeb, Satellite Communications Operator Co-owned by Bharti Airtel & United Kingdom (UK) Government has launched another batch of 34 Satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on August 22, 2021.

      It was the 5th launch of OneWeb satellites in 2021, thereby  making a total of 288 Satellites in the Orbit.

 

9.INDIA’S 1ST INDIGENOUS MOTORISED WHEELCHAIR VEHICLE, NEOBOLT

      IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Madras has developed India’s 1st indigenous motorised wheelchair vehicle, NeoBolt, which could be used even on uneven terrains (land).

      NeoBolt was developed by a team led by Sujatha Srinivasan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras.

      A start-up called ‘NeoMotion’ has commercialised the NeoBolt.

 

10.FORMER UTTAR PRADESH CM KALYAN SINGH PASSES AWAY

      The former Chief Minister(CM) of Uttar Pradesh(UP), BJP leader Kalyan Singh passed away at the age of 89 in Lucknow due to age related diseases.

      He was born in Atrauli, Uttar Pradesh.

      Kalyan Singh served as Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Governor of Rajasthan(2014-19).

      He served as the Chief Minister of UP for 2 terms, i.e.,1991-92 & 1997-99.

 

11.WORLD SANSKRIT DAY 2021 – AUGUST 22

      World Sanskrit Day, also known as Vishva-Samskrita-dinam and Sanskrit Diwas, is annually observed on ‘Sawan Poornima’ to create awareness, promote and revive Sanskrit, one of the ancient Indian languages.

      World Sanskrit day 2021 falls on 22nd August 2021.

 

12.WORLD ENTREPRENEURS’ DAY 2021 – AUGUST 21

      World Entrepreneurs’ Day(WED) is annually observed across the globe on 21st August to create awareness about entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership among the stakeholders.

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