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Today Top Current Affairs 15 & 16 August 2021

Today Top Current Affairs 15 & 16 August 2021

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National Health Authority signs a MoU with IIT Delhi to strengthen India’s response to COVID-19 crisis

Recognizing the role of innovations to strengthen India’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and preparedness for emerging healthcare needs, the National Health Authority has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

  • Through this MoU, the National Health Authority (NHA) will play a role as a technical collaborator on the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Financing Facility.
  • IIT Delhi is serving as the hosting entity for SAMRIDH.
  • This initiative is implemented by a Technical Support Unit managed by IPE Global.

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Four new sites of India were added to Ramsar list as “wetlands of International importance”

Four more of India’s wetlands have been selected for the list of Ramsar sites and have received the status of “Wetland of International Importance”. the total number of Ramsar sites in India has reached 46 and the surface area covered by these sites is now 1,083,322 hectares.

The name of sites:

  • Thol (Gujarat)
  • Wadhwana (Gujarat)
  • Sultanpur (Haryana)
  • Bhindawas (Haryana)

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Kaziranga became the first national park in India with satellite phones

Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) became the first national park in India that has been equipped with satellite phones. Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua handed over 10 satellite phones to the forest personnel of the Kaziranga National Park.

  • This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on May 27th, 2021.

Important Points Kaziranga National Park (KNP) –

  • Location: Kanchanjuri, Assam
  • Area: 430 km
  • Established: 1904

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Ministry of Women and Child Development launches 2nd Phase of SAMVAD

The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani has launched the 2nd phase of the SAMVAD program in Bengaluru. the SAMVAD stands for Support, Advocacy & Mental health interventions for children in Vulnerable circumstances And Distress.

  • SAMVAD is slated to begin work with Panchayati Raj systems to integrate child protection and mental health in aspirational districts across the country to facilitate awareness generation and improve service delivery at the grassroot level.

What is SAMVAD:

  • It is a National Initiative and Integrated Resource.
  • The objective of this program is to work in child protection, mental health, and psychosocial care.

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Jitendra Singh releases India’s first Cattle Genomic Chip for the conservation of pure varieties of indigenous cattle breeds like Gir, Kankrej, Sahiwal, Ongole

Dr. Jitendra Singh has released “IndiGau’, India’s first Cattle Genomic Chip for the conservation of pure varieties of indigenous cattle breeds like, Gir, Kankrej, Sahiwal, Ongole, etc.

  • This indigenous chip was developed by the scientists of the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NAIB).
  • IndiGau is purely indigenous and the largest cattle chip of the world. 
  • it will eventually help in elite bull selection and improvement of productivity characters of Indian cattle.

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MoHUA launches one brand ‘SonChiraiya’ for Urban SHG products

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched ‘SonChiraiya’ a new brand and logo of urban Self-Help Group (SHG) products.

  • It will help in making urban SHG products popular.
  • the ministry signs MoUs with e-Commerce Portals such as Amazon and Flipkart to make women empowerment.

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Ministry of Social Justice launches TAPAS

Ministry of Social Justice has launched an online portal named TAPAS. it stands for Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services. online portal TAPAS has been developed by the National Institute of Social Defence.

  • The main objective of the TAPAS initiative is to provide filmed lectures/courses and e-study material in the field of social defence.
  • it will also offer various courses in the field of social defence for the capacity building of stakeholders.

Five courses

  1. Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention,
  2. Geriatric/Elderly Care,
  3. Care and Management of Dementia,
  4. Transgender Issues
  5. Social Defence Issues

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Exim Bank to provide $100 million loan to Mauritius for procuring defence items

In order to procure defence items from India, The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) will provide a loan credit of USD 100 million to Mauritius.

  • Indian will export eligible goods and services to Mauritius under the agreement and Mauritius have been given Line of credit or soft loans ​at a nominal rate of interest
  • Under the agreement, Out of the total credit by Exim Bank, goods, works and services of the value of at least 75% of the contract price is to be supplied by the seller from India, and the remaining 25% of goods and services will be procured by the seller for the purpose of the eligible contract from outside India.

About Exim Bank –

  • Founded: 1982
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: David Rasquinha

About Mauritius –

  • Capital: Port Louis
  • Currency: Mauritian rupee
  • Prime minister: Pravind Jugnauth

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AU Small Finance Bank begins a new brand campaign ‘BADLAAV Humse Hai’

AU Small Finance Bank has launched a mega Brand Campaign named ‘BADLAAV Humse Hai’.

  • The campaign will be the 1st integrated marketing communication campaign from AU Bank since its inception.
  • This campaign will play a role as a creative endeavor to showcase the bank’s passion for innovation.
  • AU Small Finance Bank will unveil a series of ad films on products and practices such as monthly interest, banking, Video banking, UPI QR, and new age Credit Cards.

About AU Small Finance Bank –

  • Headquarters: Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • MD – Sanjay Agarwal
  • CEO – Sanjay Agarwal
  • Founder: Sanjay Agarwal
  • Founded: 1996

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RBI cancels license of Raigad based Karnala Nagari Sahakari Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to cancel the license of Raigad-based Karnala Nagari Sahakari Bank Limited in Maharashtra. as per the order, the bank will terminate its operations from 13th August.

  • Reserve Bank of India canceled the license due to insufficient capital and earning prospects and its continuance.

About Reserve Bank of India –

  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: British Raj
  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

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Business and Economy

IATA extends partnership with UNCTAD to facilitate global trade

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have extended their partnership to facilitate international trade, particularly e-commerce.

  • It will improve their history of working together.
  • The partnership includes the successful integration of air cargo messaging standards (Cargo-XML) into UNCTAD’s automated customs management system ASYCUDAWorld.

About International Air Transport Association (IATA) –

  • Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
  • Founded: 19 April 1945
  • Membership: 290 airlines in 120 countries

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HCL Foundation unveils ‘My e-Haat’ portal to empower artisans

HCL Foundation has unveiled a new online portal named ‘My e-Haat’. the main aim of My e-Haat Portal is to empower artisans and strengthen the value chain of the handicraft sector in the country.

  • The artisans and primary producers will be able to conduct their business through this platform.
  • they can also showcase their products directly to customers.
  • The platform will minimize the informal intermediaries and the long supply chains.

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Nadir Godrej will replace Adi Godrej as Chairman of Godrej Industries

On 1st October 2021, Adi Godrej is going to resign as the chairman of Godrej Industries. his younger brother Nadir Godrej will take place of Adi Godrej.

  • Adi Godrej will continue serving as the Chairman of Godrej Group.
  • Godrej Industries (GIL) is the holding company of the Godrej group.
  • Adi Godrej has served as a member of the dean’s advisory council of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Also, became the chairman of the board of governors of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

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Women Sub-Inspector Rita Debnath of Tripura Police gets ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’

Women Sub-Inspector Rita Debnath of Tripura Police has been honored with the ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ for the year 2021.

  • the Ministry of Home Affairs also has announced The list of awardees.
  • 152 police personnel including 28 women police officers were awarded The ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ for the year 2021.

The medal recipients –

  • CBI – 15 recipients 
  • NCB – 5 recipients 
  • NIA – 5 recipients 
  • Madhya Pradesh – 11 recipients 
  • Maharashtra Police – 11 recipients 
  • Utter Pradesh – 10 recipients 
  • Rajasthan Police – 9 recipients 
  • Kerala Police – 9 recipients 
  • Tamil Nadu Police – 8 recipients 
  • Bihar – 7 recipients 
  • Gujarat, Karnataka and Delhi Police – 6 recipients 

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Sciene and Technology

IIT Bombay develops novel method using infra-red technology

IIT Bombay has developed a novel method using infra-red technology in order to detect which patients are more at risk of becoming severely ill from the COVID-19 Virus. the study was conducted in collaboration with Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital, Australia’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and Agilent Technologies

  • There is a correlation between a person’s blood chemical signature and becoming severely unwell with COVID-19, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Professor Sanjeeva Srivastava confirmed.
  • The study finds 85 percent accurate.

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First Drone Forensics Lab in India, begins in Kerala

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated India’s first Drone Forensic Lab and Research Center in Kerala.

  • It will help in keeping a watch over unauthorized drones and also for the production of drones for the use of the police force.

About Kerala –

  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan

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Chhattisgarh gets 4 new districts, which leads to 32 in total

The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh state Shri Bhupesh Baghel has announced the creation of four new districts and 18 new tehsils. With this, the total number of administrative districts in the state has reached 32.

Four new districts

  1. Mohla Manpur,
  2. Sarangarh-Bilaigarh,
  3. Shakti,
  4. Manendragarh.

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World Archery Youth Championships 2021: India won three gold medals in Compound Events

In the World Youth Championships 2021, Indian has won gold medals in the compound cadet women’s and men’s and mixed team events in Archery. the World Youth Championships 2021 is being held in Wroclaw.

  • Indian women beat Turkey 228-216 in the final to win a gold medal.
  • the cadet men’s team defeated the USA in the final.
  • India’s cadet men’s team of Kushal Dalal, Sahil Chaudhary and Nitin Apar defeated the USA 233-231 in a thrilling final.

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German Football Legend Gerd Müller passes away

Former West Germany forward and the Bayern Munich football legend Gerd Muller has passed away at the age of 75. he was known for his nicknames like “Bomber der Nation” (“the nation’s Bomber”) or simply “Der Bomber”.

  • He represented West Germany and scored 68 goals in 62 appearances.
  • he also played for Bayern Munich and scored a record 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games.

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Former India defender Chinmoy Chatterjee dies at 68

The Former Indian footballer Chinmoy Chatterjee has passed away at the age of 68. during his domestic career, he played for Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, and Mohammedan Sporting.

  • Also, he represented Bengal in the Santosh Trophy four times and became champions in three times.

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Important Days

75th Independence Day of India: 15th August 2021

On 15th August 2021, Indians have celebrated 75th Independence Day. this day commemorates India’s freedom from British rule in 1947 and also marks the anniversary of undivided India’s partition into India and Pakistan.

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