20th & 21st December 2020 Current Affairs


GK Update of twentieth and twenty first December 2020 protecting the next information headlines: Skill Development in Power Sector, UNESCO, Varasat, PMC Bank, Hypersonic Wind Tunnel, Indian Ocean Rim Association.

National News

1. India’s 1st CoE for Skill Development in Power Sector inaugurated in Gurugram

  • The Minister of State for Skill Development, Raj Kumar Singh has inaugurated the primary Centre of Excellence (CoE) for ‘skill development in the power sector’ in Gurugram.
  • The CoE has been established within the campus of National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurugram, Haryana.
  • This new centre has been arrange by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and Youth, Government of France and Schneider Electric.
  • It has high-end trendy labs designed holding in thoughts the long run expertise, which is able to additional strengthen India and France’s relationship within the vitality sector.
  • The centre will design and ship Training for Trainers, Instructors, Training of Assessors and different high-end programmes within the energy and photo voltaic sector.

International News

2. Singapore’s ‘Hawker’ Culture will get UNESCO recognition

  • The Hawker Culture of road meals in Singapore has been inducted by UNESCO in its prestigious ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.
  • The Hawker Culture is a well-liked Singaporean model of road eating and culinary practices in a multicultural city surroundings.
  • Hawker centres are naturally-ventilated premises with stalls promoting meals from varied cultures like Chinese, Malay, Indian, amongst others.
  • The Hawkers of Singapore are identified to grasp quite a lot of cuisines which they serve on the ‘community dining rooms’ the place individuals from throughout all walks of life collect and share their distinctive experiences.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.

State News

3. “Varasat” marketing campaign launched in Uttar Pradesh

  • The Uttar Pradesh authorities has launched a particular marketing campaign ‘Varasat’ (pure succession) to curb property & land-related disputes in rural areas.
  • This is a primary of its form marketing campaign within the state which goals to place an finish the land-related points within the rural areas and eradicate the exploitation of the villagers over succession rights by land mafias, who typically goal disputed properties. The two-month-long particular drive will proceed until fifteenth February 2020.
  • Under the preparations, the villagers will get each on-line and offline services for registering their ‘Varasat’.
  • For the individuals who have landed within the village however they’re residing at another place, a particular counter might be opened on the Tehsil-level the place they will apply for a similar.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Uttar Pradesh Capital: Lucknow.
  • Uttar Pradesh Governor: Anandiben Patel.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath.

Banking News

4. RBI extends restrictions on PMC Bank for 3 months

  • Reserve Bank of India has additional prolonged the restrictions on crisis-ridden Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank by three months until 31 March 2021. The financial institution has additionally acquired 4 Expression of Interest (EoI) for its revival.
  • To look at them, the financial institution would wish some extra time. These proposals might be examined by the financial institution with regard to their viability and feasibility considering the most effective curiosity of the depositors.
  • As per the Expression of Interest, the financial institution needs to determine an appropriate fairness investor/ group of buyers keen to take over administration management in order to revive the financial institution and start common day-to-day operations.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • The administrator of PMC Bank: AK Dixit.
  • PMC Bank Founded: 1984.
  • PMC Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Defence News

5. Rajnath Singh inaugurates superior “HWT” check facility in Hyderabad

  • Union Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the superior Hypersonic Wind Tunnel (HWT) check facility of the DRDO in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The state-of-the-art HWT Test facility has made India as the one third nation on the planet, after the US and Russia, to have such an enormous facility in measurement and functionality.
  • The indigenously developed HWT Test facility is a strain vacuum-driven enclosed free jet facility having a nozzle exit diameter of 1 metre. This will simulate Mach No 5 to 12 (Mach represents the multiplication issue to the velocity of sound)”.
  • The facility has the potential to simulate hypersonic move over a large spectrum and can play a significant position within the realization of extremely complicated futuristic aerospace and defence techniques.

6. Rajnath Singh fingers over high-tech techniques to chiefs of three armed forces

  • The Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh not too long ago handed over three indigenously developed excessive expertise techniques to chiefs of the three armed forces: the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.
  • The three techniques specifically, Border Surveillance System (BOSS), Indian Maritime Situational Awareness System (IMSAS) and ASTRA Mk-I Missile, have been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Summits and Conferences

7. twentieth IORA Council of Ministers Meeting Held in UAE

  • The twentieth version of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting through video conferencing below the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • The theme of the assembly was “Promoting a Shared Destiny and Path to Prosperity in the Indian Ocean”.
  • The Indian delegation was led by V. Muraleedharan, MoS, Ministry of External Affairs. Sri Lanka has assumed the cost of Vice-Chair of IORA for the interval 2021-23.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Secretary-General of Indian Ocean Rim Association: Nomvuyo Nokwe.
  • Indian Ocean Rim Association Founded: 7 March 1997.
  • Indian Ocean Rim Association  Headquarters: Ebene, Mauritius.

8. S. Jaishankar addresses fifth Annual Global Technology Summit

  • The fifth version of the annual Global Technology Summit (GTS) was organised just about by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India in collaboration with Carnegie India (CI).
  • GTS is likely one of the 4 flagship annual conferences organised by MEA. The different three conferences are the Raisina Dialogue, the Geo-economic dialogue, and the Indian Ocean Conference.
  • The theme of the 2020 GTS was “The Geopolitics of Technology”. The audio system from included the External Affairs Minister, Dr S. Jaishankar, and Dr K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

Awards News

9. Ratan Tata honoured with “ASSOCHAM Enterprise of the Century Award”

  • Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the ‘ASSOCHAM Foundation Week 2020’ through video conferencing.
  • The week-long Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) Foundation Week was organised from 15 to 19 December 2020.
  • The theme of the programme was ‘India’s resilience: Atmanirbhar roadmap in direction of $5 trillion economies.’
  • As part of the celebration, PM Modi additionally introduced the ‘ASSOCHAM Enterprise of the Century Award’ to Shri Ratan Tata, on behalf of the TATA Group, for his distinguished contributions to the nation.
  • In the final 100 years, ASSOCHAM and your complete Tata group has labored very exhausting to strengthen India’s financial system and assist the widespread Indian.

10. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Telecom Skill Excellence Awards introduced

  • Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has introduced the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Telecom Skill Excellence Awards, together with a money award of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively, to each awardees.
  • The nominations have been referred to as for the primary time for the yr 2018.
  • Sreenivas Karanam, Bengaluru was chosen for the FIRST prize for his contribution in creating an economical custom-made technical answer below the model ‘C mobile’, for deep-sea communication, working alongside the Kerala coast, facilitating communication amongst fishermen and difficulty of climate alerts and so on.
  • Subrat Kar, New Delhi was chosen for the SECOND prize for his revolutionary answer on growth & deployment of a giant scale sensor community and units to keep away from a train-animal collision, which works with out interfering with pure actions/behaviour of animals, thereby serving to in wildlife conservation.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of Communications and Electronics & IT: Ravi ShankarPrasad.

Important Days

11. International Human Solidarity Day: 20 December

  • International Human Solidarity Day is noticed globally on 20 December yearly to have fun unity in range and lift consciousness concerning the significance of solidarity.
  • According to the United Nations Millennium Declaration, solidarity is among the many elementary values which can be important to worldwide relations.
  • The General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, by decision 60/209 recognized solidarity as one of many elementary and common values that ought to underlie relations between peoples within the twenty-first century, and in that regard determined to proclaim 20 December of every yr International Human Solidarity Day.

Obituaries News

12. Veteran Journalist and first official RSS Spokesperson MG Vaidya passes away

  • Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, MG Vaidya has handed away.
  • He was a veteran journalist, a Sanskrit scholar and the primary official spokesperson of the RSS. He grew to become a member of the RSS in 1943.

Miscellaneous News

13. World Bank approves a number of tasks to assist growth in India

  • The World Bank has authorized 4 India tasks value over $800 million. The tasks will assist a variety of growth initiatives that helps the efforts of India to rebuild itself by making a sustainable and resilient financial system. The tasks which have been authorized are:
  • $400 million Second Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program.
  • $100 million Chhattisgarh Inclusive Rural and Accelerated Agriculture Growth Project (CHIRAAG).
  • $68 million Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project.
  • $250 million Second Dam Improvement and Rehabilitation Project (DRIP-2).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • World Bank Headquarters: Washington DC, United States.
  • World Bank President: David Malpass.
  • World Bank Founded: 1944.