16th December 2020 Current Affairs


Daily GK Update of sixteenth December 2020 masking the next information headlines: Unified Development Control Rules, Clean Ganga Mission, Indian Coast Guard, Kotak Mahindra Bank.

National News

1. Maha Govt introduces the Unified Development Control Rules for Real Estate

  • The Government of Maharashtra has authorised the Unified Development Control and Promotion Regulations, (UDCPR), to strengthen and produce uniformity in the actual property development legal guidelines of the state.
  • This uniform set of laws will specify all the pieces from the peak of buildings to the width of roads and the scale of amenity areas.
  • The new algorithm will apply on all municipal companies, councils and Nagar panchayats in your entire state besides Mumbai and a few neighbouring areas like hill stations, eco-sensitive zones and specified company areas.
  • It will assist to extend the inventory of inexpensive housing initiatives and enhance ease of doing enterprise in addition to assist the builders to enhance their useful resource administration.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Agreements News

2. Norway indicators MoU with Clean Ganga Mission in India

  • The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) has signed an MoU with cGanga, a think-tank of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for improvement of sludge administration framework in India.
  • Through this initiative, Norway intends to deepen the connection with India particularly within the prevention of local weather change and conservation of the setting.
  • The MoU was signed through the fifth version of the India Water Impact 2020, held from 10-15 December 2020.
  • The occasion is co-organised by National Mission for Clean Ganga and Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Norway Currency: Norwegian krone.
  • Norway Capital: Oslo.
  • Prime Minister of Norway: Erna Solberg.

Defence News

3. Indian Coast Guard’s OPV ‘Sujeet’ commissioned in Goa

  • Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) ‘Sujeet’, which is second within the sequence of 5 OPVs was commissioned on the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in Vasco Town, Goa by Raj Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production).
  • The vessel has been designed and constructed indigenously by GSL. The 1st ship in sequence – ICGS (ICG Ship) Sachet was commissioned by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in May 2020.
  • The ship was commissioned within the presence of K Natarajan, Director General of Indian Coast Guard and others.
  • Sujeet has been outfitted with options like Integrated Bridge System, Integrated platform administration system, energy administration system and excessive energy exterior fire-fighting.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Director General of ICG: KrishnaswamyNatarajan
  • Indian Coast Guard Headquarters: New Delhi.

4. Indigenously-built Coast Guard interceptor boat C-454 commissioned

  • The interceptor boat C-454, constructed by Larsen and Toubro at its Hazira plant, will function from Gujarat underneath the management of the Commander Coast Guard Region North-West of the Indian Coast Guard. It was commissioned by Surat Police Commissioner Ajay Tomar.
  • This interceptor boat is constructed indigenously by L&T Jetty, Hazira. It is able to a excessive velocity of 45 knots having the potential to function in shallow waters.

Economy News

5. S&P revises India’s GDP contraction forecast in FY21 to 7.7%

  • S&P Global Ratings (beforehand Standard & Poor’s) has raised India’s GDP development projection for the FY21 (2020-21) to – 7.7 per cent from – 9 per cent estimated earlier.
  • The decrease contraction price is predicated on rising demand and falling COVID an infection charges.
  • The US-based S&P score company has projected India’s development to rebound to 10 per cent within the subsequent fiscal, i.e. 2021-22 (FY22).

Appointments News

6. RBI re-appoints Uday Kotak as MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has authorised the re-appointment of Uday Kotak as Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank for an extra interval of three years, with impact from January 1, 2021.
  • Kotak is founder managing director and promoter of the financial institution.
  • RBI has additionally authorised the appointment of part-time chairman Prakash Apte and Dipak Gupta as Joint MD of the financial institution for a interval of three years.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Establishment: 2003.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Tagline: Lets generate profits easy.

Awards News

7. UNEP declares 2020 Champions of the Earth Award

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has introduced six laureates of the 2020 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honour. The Champions have been chosen for his or her transformative affect on the setting and their management in urging daring and decisive motion on behalf of the planet and its inhabitants.

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Books and Authors News

8. Om Birla releases guide on nineteenth anniversary of Parliament assault

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has launched a guide on the event of the nineteenth anniversary of the Parliament assault on 13 December.
  • He launched the guide ‘The Shaurya Unbound’ (English Version) and ‘Samundar Samawe Boond Mein’ (Hindi Version) was launched on the 2001 incident.
  • As many as 14 folks together with the 5 terrorists died through the incident.

Important Days

9. Nation Observes forty ninth Vijay Diwas on 16 December 2020

  • In India, Vijay Diwas (additionally referred to as Victory Day) is widely known yearly on December 16.
  • The nation is celebrating the forty ninth Vijay Diwas in 2020.
  • Vijay Diwas is noticed to commemorate the service, valour, and sacrifices of the gallant males of the Indian Armed Forces’ victory over Pakistan in 1971 struggle.
  • The Indo-Pakistan struggle of 1971 which started on December 3 lasted for 13 days and formally ended on December 16, after which Pakistan surrendered to India.
  • It was on today in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General AA Khan Niazi, together with 93 thousand troops, had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini.
  • The finish of the struggle additionally resulted in subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.

Obituaries News

10. Aerospace Scientist Shri Roddam Narasimha passes away

  • Eminent aerospace scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Roddam Narasimha has handed away. He had served on the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the place he taught Aerospace Engineering from 1962 to 1999.
  • He additionally served because the director of the National Aerospace Laboratories from 1984 to 1993. The central authorities bestowed the second-highest civilian award of India, Padma Vibhushan on him in 2013 for his contribution within the discipline of aerospace engineering.
  • Together with the Missile Man of India and former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Prof Narasimha had authored a guide –“Developments In Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology”.

11. Former Australian Test cricketer all-rounder Eric Freeman passes away

  • Former Australia Test all-rounder, Eric Freeman has handed away. He made his Test debut towards India on the Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground) in 1968 throughout which his opening scoring shot was a six, and he grew to become the primary participant to attain the feat.
  • Freeman obtained the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for his providers to sport. After retiring from cricket within the 1973-74 season he took up the profession as administrator, coach and broadcaster.
  • Freeman was additionally an elite soccer participant, representing Port Adelaide and he topped the membership’s goalkicking checklist in all 5 of his full seasons.

Miscellaneous News

12. India Post Payments Bank unveils new digital cost app ‘DakPay’

  • The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) together with Department of Posts (DoP) launched a digital cost utility referred to as ‘DakPay’ on 15 December 2020, in an effort to supply Digital Financial inclusion on the final mile throughout India.
  • The app was launched by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • The app ‘DakPay’ will facilitate the purchasers of the DoP and IPPB in straightforward digital transactions and different banking and postal providers.
  • This modern App will assist folks switch and obtain cash with ease and people who shouldn’t have smartphones also can do cash transaction on this App with the help of postmen.
  • DakPay is not only a digital cost app however a collection of digital monetary and assisted banking providers offered by India Post and IPPB by means of the trusted Postal community throughout the nation to cater to the monetary wants of assorted sections of the society.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • MD and CEO of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB): J Venkatramu.
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) was integrated as Payments Banking Company underneath Section 22 (1) of Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) Headquarters: New Delhi.