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Daily Current Affairs in English: 01 Oct 2021

Important Days

World Maritime Day 2021: 30 September

World Maritime Day 2021 is observed globally on 30th September. The exact date of celebrating World Maritime Day is left to the individual governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September.

The theme of World Maritime Day 2021 is “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future”. The theme for this year reflects a clear need to raise awareness of seafarersʹ crucial role in world trade and increase their visibility.

The World Maritime theme for 2021 will provide the opportunity to focus on seafarers as the people at the heart of shipping, while also allowing for activities to delve into specific topics relevant to the role of the seafarer in safety, maritime security, environmental protection, and seafarersʹ well-being; and the future of seafaring against a backdrop of increased digitalization and automation.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • International Maritime Organization Headquarters location: London, United Kingdom.
  • International Maritime Organization Founded: 17 March 1948.
  • International Maritime Organization Secretary-General: Kitack Lim.

International Translation Day: 30 September

Every year, International Translation Day is marked on 30 September. The International Federation of Translators (FIT) organise the day ever since it was set up in 1953.

The day aims to celebrate the work of language translation professionals which facilitates dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to the development and strengthening of world peace and security. International Translation Day 2021 theme: “United in translation”.

The International Federation of Translators (FIT) organise the day ever since it was set up in 1953. The first official celebration of ITD was held in 1991. The day also marks the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • International Federation of Translators President: Kevin Quirk.
  • International Federation of Translators Secretary-General: Real Paquette.

National

GoI increases the income limit of disabled dependents for family pension to 30%

Ministry of defense and union government has decided to increase the income limit of disabled dependents for family pension to children/siblings suffering from mental or physical disability.

The child/sibling will be eligible for family pension for life if his/her overall income from sources other than a family pension is less than 30% of the last pay drawn by the deceased government servant/pensioner concerned plus the dearness relief admissible thereon.

The financial benefit in such cases will accrue with effect from 08 February 2021. Presently, the disabled child/sibling is eligible for family pension if the overall monthly income of the disabled child/sibling from sources other than the family pension is not more than Rs 9,000, along with dearness relief.

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment launches Elder Line

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched India’s first Pan-India helpline for senior citizens named ‘Elder Line’ for which the toll-free number is 14567.

The platform will allow senior citizens to connect and share their concerns, get information and guidance on problems that they face on a day-to-day basis.

It will provide free information and guidance on pension issues, legal issues, extend emotional support, and even intervenes on the field in cases of abuse, and rescues the homeless elderly. Tata Trusts and NSE Foundation are the technical partners for “Elder Line”.

International

North Korea tests fire hypersonic missile “Hwasong-8”

North Korea successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8, in a bid to increase the nation’s capabilities for self-defense.

The missile was one of the five most important new weapons systems laid out by North Korea in the five-year military development plan.

This was the country’s third missile test in a month. Earlier it tested a new type of cruise missile, as well as a new train-launched ballistic missile system.

Hypersonic missiles fly at lower altitudes compared to ballistic weapon systems and can attain more than five times the speed of sound, restricting the interception capabilities of adversaries.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • North Korea Capital: Pyongyang;
  • North Korea Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un;
  • North Korea Currency: North Korean won.

Schemes and Committees

Union Minister Jitendra Singh launches “Amrit Grand Challenge Program-जनCARE”

As a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh (Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology) launched the “AmritGrand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE”.

The Grand Challenge aims to identify 75 Start-Up and entrepreneurs, who come out with Innovative Ideas and Solutions for India’s healthcare challenges, that can work in Low Resource Settings, for strengthening Healthcare Delivery in India.

The Challenge has been launched jointly by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), NASSCOM, and NASSCOM Foundation, as a nationwide “Discover – Design – Scale” program.

The “जनCARE” Amrit Challenge will recognize start-ups in fields like Innovations in Telemedicine, Digital Health, mHealth with BIG Data, AI, BlockChain, and other technologies. The Challenge will end on December 31, 2021.

Lok Sabha Speaker Launches ‘NIDHI 2.0’ scheme

The Speaker of Lok Sabha, Om Birla has inaugurated the NIDHI 2.0 (National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry) scheme, during an event organized by the Ministry of Tourism, on the occasion of 2021 World Tourism Day.

The NIDHI 2.0 database will have more inclusivity, by not only including accommodation units, but also travel agents, tour operators, & others.

The NIDHI scheme was launched by the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate the digitalization of the tourism sector and promote ease of doing business for the hospitality & tourism sector, by encouraging all accommodation units to register themselves on the platform to become part of the hospitality industry.

As a part of the occasion, the Ministry of Tourism signed an MoU with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI) to actively promote and support ‘sustainability initiatives’ in the tourism sector of each other.

Agreements

NPCI tie-up with YES Bank for ‘On-the-Go’ payment solution

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has partnered with private sector lender YES Bank to launch first-of-its-kind ‘RuPay On-the-Go’ contactless payments solutions.

The RuPay On-the-Go contactless solution is mainly a wearable payment solution, launched to enable customers to make small and large value transactions from accessories that they wear every day.

The solution would eliminate the need to carry a physical card, and customers can use the solution at RuPay contactless-enabled PoS at retail outlets and pay up to Rs 5,000 without the need for a PIN.

The solution is based on a simple ‘Tap, pay, go’ mechanism. It has been launched in association with fintech infrastructure partner Neokred and manufacturing partner Seshaasai.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • National Payments Corporation of India MD & CEO: Dilip Asbe.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Founded: 2008.
  • YES bank HQ: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • YES bank MD & CEO: Prashant Kumar.

Banking

RBI removes Indian Overseas Bank from Prompt Corrective Action framework

Reserve Bank of India has announced the removal of Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) restrictions on Indian Overseas Bank (IOB).

This decision gives the bank more freedom for lending, especially to corporations, and grows the network, subject to prescribed norms. IOB was placed under PCA in 2015.

The bank has provided a written commitment that it would comply with the norms of Minimum Regulatory Capital, Net NPA, and Leverage ratio on an ongoing basis and has apprised the RBI of the structural and systemic improvements that it has put in place which would help the bank in continuing to meet these commitments. IOB is being tipped as a privatization candidate. In 2021, RBI has also removed PCA restrictions on IDBI Bank and UCO Bank.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Indian Overseas Bank Headquarters: Chennai;
  • Indian Overseas Bank CEO: Partha Pratim Sengupta;
  • Indian Overseas Bank Founded: 10 February 1939.

Awards

Yemeni humanitarian organization wins Nansen Refugee Award 2021

humanitarian organization from Yemen has been declared the winner of the 2021 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

The organization named “Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development”, founded in 2017 by Ameen Jubran has won the prestigious honor to support and provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of Yemenis people displaced by the country’s conflict.

The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award honors individuals, groups, or organizations for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect refugees, other displaced and stateless people.

Books and Authors

Indra Nooyi memoir “The secrets to balancing work and family life”

In her book, My Life in Full: Work, Family and our Future, Indra Nooyi focuses on the importance that organizational support plays in working women’s lives.

For instance, she lists the offer of three months of paid leave by BCG to take care of her father in India when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Indra Nooyi tells the story of that journey in her memoir, My Life in Full (published by Hachette India) in 313 pages that are packed with her experiences of settling in America, negotiating the boardroom, balancing work and family life, and what the pandemic has meant for workplaces.


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