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25 Sep 2021 Current Affairs in English

National

PM Modi to roll out National Digital Health Mission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the nationwide roll-out of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), which has been renamed as Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM), on September 27.

Under this, a unique digital health ID will be provided to the people, which will contain all the health records of the person. The id will be created using details such as Aadhaar and the user’s mobile number.

The mission essentially consists of four main building blocks — unique digital health id, health care professionals registry, health facility registry, and electronic health records.

To begin with, three components, unique health id, doctor’s registry, and the health facility registry, have been made operational, the officials cited above said.

The initiative supports Universal Health Coverage in an efficient, accessible, inclusive, affordable, and safe manner through the provision of a wide range of data, information, and infrastructure services.

PFRDA to observe NPS Diwas on October 01, 2021

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) will observe October 01, 2021, as the National Pension System Diwas (NPS Diwas).

This campaign has been started by PFRDA under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to promote pension and retirement planning for a carefree ‘azad’ retirement. PFRDA is promoting this campaign on its social media platforms with #npsdiwas.

The pension regulator aims to encourage every citizen (working professionals and self-employed professionals) to plan towards creating a financial cushion to ensure for oneself a financially sound future after retirement.

NPS subscribers will enjoy the benefits, power of compounding now and reap many of the benefits after retirement.

International

Statue of Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled in Hungary

Hungary has unveiled the statue of Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. The imposing bronze statue was unveiled in Hungary’s capital, Budapest.

This is the first such statue across the world to pay homage to the creator of Bitcoin’s digital currency. It has been constructed in a business park near the Danube River in Budapest.

The bust sits atop a stone plinth and is also engraved with the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, who is the pseudonym of the mysterious developer of Bitcoin whose true identity is still unknown.

Statue has been created by Reka Gergely and Tamas Gilly. They have portrayed a human form and have stayed true to the anonymity of Nakamoto, the person nobody knows how do they look like.

Appointments

Air India chief Rajiv Bansal appointed Civil Aviation Secretary

Rajiv Bansal was appointed as Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Bansal is currently Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Air India. He is a 1988-batch IAS Nagaland cadre, Bansal was serving as additional secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas before Air India.

He will replace the current Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, who retires on 30 September. Last year in February, Bansal was appointed as the chairman and managing director of Air India for a second time.

His appointment came just days after the government announced a 100% stake sale of the debt-ridden Air India.

Govt accepts RN Ravi’s resignation as interlocutor for Naga peace talks

The government of India accepts RN Ravi’s resignation as interlocutor for Naga peace talks. Ravi has negotiated for several years with key insurgent groups for the signing of the Naga Peace Accord.

Recently, R N Ravi has been appointed as governor of Tamil Nadu. Akshay Mishra is likely to be appointed as the new peace talks interlocutor. He is serving in the Intelligence Bureau.

In recent years, the Naga peace process has derailed due to the deteriorating relationship between the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-(Isak Muivah) with the Centre, and Ravi.

Agreements

BPCL, SBI Card launch co-branded RuPay contactless credit card

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and SBI Card have joined hands to launch the ‘BPCL SBI Card co-branded RuPay Contactless Credit Card, offering fuel and other benefits.

The card will provide rewarding fuel savings and other benefits to the customers. Cardholders will also get accelerated savings on other categories of spends, which include groceries, departmental stores, dining, and movies.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • CMD Of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd: Arun Kumar Singh;
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd Headquarters: Mumbai;
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd Founded: 1952.
  • SBI Card MD and CEO: Rama Mohan Rao Amara;
  • SBI Card Founded: October 1998;
  • SBI Card Headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana.

Summits and Conferences

GoI hosted the first India-UK Consular Dialogue

The government of India has hosted the first India-United Kingdom Consular Dialogue in the virtual medium. Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Devesh Uttam led the Indian delegation while the UK delegation was led by Jennifer Anderson. Both sides discussed the ways to strengthen people-to-people contacts as part of the India-UK 2030 roadmap.

At this inaugural Consular Dialogue, the two sides discussed ways to further strengthen people-to-people contacts between the two countries as part of the India-UK 2030 roadmap.

Committees

Former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan to head education ministry’s panel

The Union education ministry has formed a 12-member committee to develop new curriculums for school, early childhood, teacher, and adult education.

The panel tasked with developing four national curriculum frameworks (NCFs) will be headed by National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) drafting committee chairperson K Kasturirangan.

The committee will discuss “position papers” finalized by national focus groups on different aspects of the four areas drawing inputs from state curriculum frameworks. The NCFs serve as a guideline for syllabus, textbook, and teaching practices for schools in India.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Education: Dharmendra Pradhan.

Banking

Government sets up India Debt Resolution Company Ltd (IDRCL)

The government has set up an asset management company (AMC) named India Debt Resolution Company Ltd (IDRCL) with a paid-up capital of Rs. 80.5 lakh on an authorized capital of Rs 50 crore.

IDRCL will work in tandem with the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) to clean up bad loans.

Bank of Baroda (BoB), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Bank of India (BoI), Bank of Maharashtra, SBI, Union Bank of India, Canara Bank, Indian Bank, and IDBI Bank are the shareholders of IDRCL.

Awards

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka bags Global Goalkeeper Award 2021

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced its annual Goalkeepers ‘Global Goals Awards’ 2021, as part of its annual Goalkeepers campaign. Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).

The 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women.

The 2021 Progress Award: Jenifer Colpas from Colombia, for her work which centers around improving access to clean water and sanitation. The 2021 Campaign Award: Satta Sheriff of Liberia, for her work promoting gender equality.

Science and Technology

Lunar Crater named after Arctic explorer Matthew Henson

The International Astronomical Union has named a crater at the Moon’s south pole after the Arctic explorer Matthew Henson, a Black man who is 1909 was one of the first people to stand at the very top of the world.

The proposal to name the crater after Henson was put forward by Jordan Bretzfelder who is an Exploration Science summer intern with the Lunar & Planetary Institute, in Houston.

Henson was an experienced explorer and skilled carpenter & craftsman. He stood at the front lines of almost a dozen Arctic expeditions that were organized by Robert Peary over the period of 18 years, including the one that reached the North Pole. The final push of that expedition was made by Henson. He was born in Maryland in 1866.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Astronomical Union Headquarters: Paris, France;
  • International Astronomical Union Founded: 28 July 1919;
  • International Astronomical Union President: Ewine van Dishoeck.

Sports

Odisha to host Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup

Odisha will host the Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here from November 24 to December 5. Hockey India had recently approached the Odisha government to support them for the Men’s Junior World Cup to be held in two months’ time.

Patnaik also unveiled the logo and the trophy for the event. Lucknow had hosted the tournament’s last edition in 2016 where India claimed the honors.

At the upcoming event, 16 nations will vie for the title. The participating teams are India, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, USA, Canada, Chile, and Argentina.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik and Governor is Ganeshi Lal.

Former Arunachal Governor YS Dadwal passes away

Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Commissioner of Delhi Police, Yudhvir Singh Dadwal, has passed away. Dadwal, a 1974-batch IPS officer, was the 16th police commissioner of Delhi from July 2007 to November 2010.

After retirement, he was appointed as the Director-General of the Central Paramilitary Force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in November 2010. In 2016, Dadwal was appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.


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