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Today Top Current Affairs 25 August 2021: Daily Gk Update

Today Top Current Affairs 25 August 2021: Daily Gk Update

Daily Current Affairs 25 August 2021 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related govt exams, covering the top news, Major Issues, Current News, Important events in National Current News and International Current News.

National

NITI Aayog Launches ‘Forum for Decarbonizing Transport’ in collaboration of World Resources Institute India

NITI Aayog has launched the ‘Forum for Decarbonizing Transport’ in India as part of the NDC-Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) project in collaboration with the World Resources Institute(WRI), India.

Aim:

  • The main objective of it is to bring down the peak level of GHG emissions (transport sector) in Asia (in line with a well below 2-degree pathway), resulting in problems such as congestion and air pollution.

Dharmendra Pradhan and Virendra Kumar jointly launch the booklet on one-year achievement and some major initiatives of NEP- 2020

Union Education and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have launched the booklet on One-year New Education Policy (NEP) – 2020 Achievement with Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar. Along with it, Some other initiatives also were launched.

  • NIPUN Bharat FLN tools and resources on DIKSHA
  • Virtual School of NIOS
  • Alternate Academic Calendar of NCERT
  • ‘Priya’- accessibility booklet

‘Operation Devi Shakti’: India’s Evacuation Mission From Afghanistan

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has named India’s complex mission of evacuating its citizens from Afghanistan as ‘Operation Devi Shakti’. Indian Govt has evacuated over 800 people under the mission.

International

Indian Scientist Partners with BRICS Group to Setup Network of Genomic Surveillance and Study the Overlap of SARS-CoV-2 with tuberculosis

SARS-CoV-2 NGS-BRICS consortium and multi centric program

Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has partnered with BRICS countries in order to implement the SARS-CoV-2 NGS-BRICS consortium and multicentric program to study the impact of severe COVID-19 conditions on TB patients.

  • The SARS-CoV-2 NGS-BRICS consortium is an interdisciplinary collaboration to advance COVID-19 health-relevant knowledge and to contribute to improvements in health outcomes.
  • The study will offer valuable co-morbidity data pertaining to pulmonary TB patients with or without COVID-19 co-infection and these data will be used for better disease management.

India to host second UNWGIC in 2022

India will host the second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) in October 2022. the UNWGIC will be held in Hyderabad and will have a theme “Towards Geo-enabling the Global Village.”

  • UNWGIC is held by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) in every four years.
  • It aims to improve international collaboration in geospatial information management and capacity among members.

Ranking

EIU’s Safe Cities Index 2021: Copenhagen tops

Safe Cities Index 2021

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released its Safe Cities Index 2021. as per the index, Copenhagen (Denmark) has topped as the world’s safest city. Copenhagen has achieved 82.4 points out of 100 and has positioned at the top of the fourth edition of the EIU’s biennial index. the index describes the level of urban safety.

  • Yangon has been selected as least safe city and has been placed at the bottom of the index. Yangon gets 39.5 points.
  • The Index is based on 76 indicators of security across five broad pillars, including digital, health, infrastructure, personal and environmental.

World’s top 10 Safest cities

RankingCountryScore
1stCopenhagen82.4
2ndToronto82.2
3rdSingapore80.7
4thSydney80.1
5thTokyo80.0
6thAmsterdam79.3
7th Wellington79.0
8thHong Kong78.6
9thMelbourne78.6
10thStockholm78.0

Safe Cities Index 2021: Indian Cities

  • Two Indian cities New Delhi and Mumbai has got 48th and 50th position with 56.1 and 54.4 points respectively.

Safe Cities Index 2021: scale (0 -100)

Low Safety0 – 25
Medium Safety25.1 – 50
High Safety50.1 – 75
Very High Safety75.1 – 100

Banking

ICICI Bank Germany launches Blocked Account for Indian students

ICICI Bank Germany has launched a digital and instant Blocked Account for students who are aspiring to study in Germany.

  • It will allow students to deposit the required amount with the bank and get the BCC.
  • Students will be able to open an account online from the comfort of their homes in India.
  • Students will not have to visit an ICICI Bank branch.
  • ‘ICICI Bank Germany Student Blocked Account will provide a VISA debit card which can be used anywhere in the world.

Appointment

Abhay Kumar Singh as joint secretary in Ministry of Cooperation

the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Abhay Kumar Singh as joint secretary in the Ministry of Cooperation. the Cabinet was headed by PM Modi. the ministry aims to strengthen the cooperative movement in the country.

  • He is a a 2004-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Bihar cadre.
  • He will serve as joint secretary in the ministry for a combined tenure of seven years.

Other appointments

  • Vijaya Lakshmi Nadendla (IAS, Bihar cadre) and Priya Ranjan (IFS, Rajasthan cadre) are elected as joint secretaries in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Pramod Kumar Meherda (IAS, Odisha cadre) as managing director in National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
  • Kavita Garg (IDAS Indian Defence Accounts Service officer) as joint secretary in the Ministry of AYUSH.
  • Vibhu Nayar (IAS officer, Tamil Nadu cadre) as Executive director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) under the Department of Commerce.
  • Madnesh Kumar Mishra (Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officer) as joint secretary in the Ministry of Culture.
  • Dinesh Kumar (IAS, Nagaland cadre) as joint secretary in Department of Defence.

Books

“Address Book: A Publishing Memoir In the time of COVID” book by Ritu Menon

Address Book

Ritu Menon has authored her new book titled “Address Book: A Publishing Memoir In the time of COVID”. Ritu Menon is an Indian feminist writer and publisher. Ritu Menon is also the co-founder of this Kali for Women in 1984.

  • Her book is released under the imprint ‘Women Unlimited’. Women Unlimited is a non-profit trust and associated with Kali for Women’

Boria Majumdar and Kushan Sarkar author a new book titled “Mission Domination: An Unfinished Quest’ book”

Mission Domination

On 20th August 2021, Boria Majumdar and Kushan Sarkar’s new book titled “Mission Domination: An Unfinished Quest”, has been released. Simon & Schuster Publisher India Private Limited has published the book.

  • It highlights the moments after India could not make to the finals of the World cup 2019, despite Rohit scoring five (5) centuries in the tournament, which is the highest in the history of the World cups ever. It shows that Rohit Sharma wasn’t happy after Worldcup 2019 despite his individual brilliance.

‘Battlefield’ book by Vishram Bedekar

The book titled ‘Battlefield’ has been released and is written by Vishram Bedekar. the book is translated from the Marathi original Ranaangan by Jerry Pinto.

  • It highlights the story of a shipboard romance between an Indian man and a German-Jewish woman those fleeing Europe before the 2nd World War.

Defence

2nd edition bilateral maritime exercise ‘Zair-Al-Bahr’ between India and Qatar

Zair-Al-Bahr

The Indian Navy has participated in the 2nd edition of the bilateral maritime exercise “Zair-Al-Bahr” with the Naval Force of Qatar. the Zair-Al-Bahr exercise was held from August 9-14, 2021 in the Persian Gulf.

  • The main objective of it was to further strengthen the maritime exchanges between the two forces and enhance maritime security in the region.
  • The exercise included a three-day harbour phase and a two-day sea phase edition.
  • From the Indian Side, The Missile Stealth Frigate INS Trikand participated with Fast-Attack Crafts of MRTP 34 class and Rafale Fighter Aircraft.
  • From the Qatar side, Barzan & Damsah class Missile Boats participated in the maritime drill.

India and Philippines Navies Conduct Military Drills in South China Sea

India has participated in a naval exercise with the Philippines in the South China Sea. after five days, Indian also conducted a similar drill with Vietnam in the region.

  • From the Indian Side, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay and guided missile corvette INS Kora were deployed in the exercise.
  • the Philippine Navy showed the power of the frigate BRP Antonio Luna.

Obituary

Olympian and FIFA referee Syed Shahid Hakim Died at 82

The former National coach and Olympic footballer Syed Shahid Hakim have passed away at the age of 82. he was a part of the Indian squad for the 1960 Rome Olympics where Indian finished with 6th position.

  • Hakim won the Dhyan Chand Award for lifetime achievement in 2017.
  • He also worked as the chief project director at Sports Authority of India (SAI).

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