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31st Dec 2020 Current Affairs Headlines

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Kerala’s Arya Rajendran becomes India’s youngest mayor from Thiruvananthapuram

The 21-year-old college student, Arya Rajendran has been elected the new mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, of Kerala.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Arya is the youngest person in India to occupy the post of mayor anywhere in the country.

Arya won 54 votes out of 99 votes cast in the civic body polls in Kerala. She is also the state president of Balasangam, the children’s wing of the CPI(M).

Arya is a second-year student of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Mathematics at the All Saints College.

Nitin Gadkari announces Multi-Model Logistics Park in Assam’s Silchar

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has announced that a new multi-modal logistics park will be open in Assam.

It will be constructed in Silchar and the Balacherra-Harengajao section of the Silchar-Saurashtra Highway will be completed in March 2022.

Mr Gadkari made this announcement at a public meeting at Zero Point on the East-West Corridor at Madhurmukh at Rangpur.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal; Governor: Prof. Jagdish Mukhi.
  • Folk Dance of Assam: Bihu dance, Bagurumba, Bhortal Dance, Jhumur dance.

Bihar wins Digital India award for transferring money in COVID time

The Chief Minister Secretariat of Bihar, the Disaster Management Department besides the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the state have jointly been chosen as winners in the “pandemic category” Digital India Awards 2020.

Bihar government’s initiative to transfer financial assistance directly to the accounts of beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic has made its departments winners of the Digital India Awards, instituted by the central government, this year for innovative steps in e-governance.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Bihar: Nitish Kumar; Governor: Phagu Chauhan.

India’s 1st hot air balloon wildlife safari launched in Madhya Pradesh

India’s first hot air balloon wildlife safari in a tiger reserve was launched in the world-famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve by Madhya Pradesh forest minister Vijay Shah.

Now like Africa’s forests, tourists in India will also enjoy hot air balloon wildlife safari. The state was planning to introduce this service in Pench, Kanha and Panna tiger reserves as well.

The activity will be restricted to the buffer area and people can watch tigers, leopards, Indian sloth bear and other wild animals from a height. It is the first in any tiger reserve in the country. The service is being operated by Jaipur-based Sky Waltz and company.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Agreements News

AU Small Finance, ICICI Pru Life tie up to offer life insurance solutions

AU Small Finance Bank has announced a strategic partnership with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance to offer life insurance solutions. The tie-up aims to deliver “paperless, secure, and hassle-free life insurance”.

Through the corporate agency arrangement, over 18 lakh customers of AU Bank across over 700 banking touchpoints in 13 states and 2 Union territories, will have easy access to the entire suite of customer-centric protection and long-term savings products of ICICI Prudential Life.

AU Bank even claimed that these products will enable customers to provide financial security to themselves and their families and help them achieve their financial goals.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • AU Bank HQ: Jaipur;
  • AU Bank MD & CEO: Sanjay Agarwal.

Awards News

Hemant Kumar Pandey gets DRDO’s “Scientist of the Year” award

Senior scientist Hemant Kumar Pandey has been honoured with DRDO’s ”Scientist of the Year Award” for his contribution in developing several herbal medicines, including the popular drug Lukoskin meant for the treatment of leucoderma.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had recently facilitated the scientist at an event here with the prestigious award that comprises a certificate and cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.

The scientist has developed six herbal drugs so far, Lukoskin used for treating leucoderma or Vitiligo, a condition in which white patches get developed on the skin, has been most widely appreciated and found huge acceptance in the market.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • DRDO Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.

K. Veeramani honoured with Dr. Narendra Dabholkar Memorial Award

The Dr Narendra Dabholkar Memorial Award for this year has been conferred upon Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani. The award was instituted in the memory of the Maharashtra-based rationalist Dabholkar.

The U.S.-based Maharashtra Foundation had instituted the award in his memory, a release issued by the Dravidar Kazhagam.

The award includes ₹1 lakh and a citation. Mr Veeramani has dedicated his whole life to propagate rationalism and served for the cause of social justice in society.


Business News

ICICI Bank and Google Pay collaborate to bring digital registration of FASTag

ICICI Bank has announced that it is collaborating with Google to issue FASTag. It has become the first bank to join hands with Google Pay for the issuance of FASTag.

Customers will now be able to order, track and recharge ICICI Bank FASTag via the Google Pay app.

Currently, Google Pay users could recharge their FASTag on the app, but purchasing one directly from the Google app was not possible.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of Google: Sundar Pichai; Headquarters: California, United States.

Science and Technology

Harsh Vardhan launches India’s 1st indigenous pneumonia vaccine ‘Pneumosil’

The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched India’s first indigenously developed vaccine against pneumonia.

The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) named ‘Pneumosil’ has been developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH, an international, nonprofit global health organization based in Seattle.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Serum Institute of India CEO: Adar Poonawalla.
  • Serum Institute of IndiaFounder: Cyrus S. Poonawalla.
  • Serum Institute of IndiaFounded: 1966.
  • Serum Institute of India Headquarters location: Pune.

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