30th December 2020 Current Affairs


GK Update of thirtieth December 2020 protecting the next information headlines: Digital India award, Hot Air Balloon Wildlife Safari, AU Small Finance, ICICI Pru Life, DRDO’s “Scientist of the Year” award.

State News

1. Bihar wins Digital India award for transferring cash in COVID time

  • The Chief Minister Secretariat of Bihar, the Disaster Management Department in addition to the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the state have collectively been chosen as winners within the “pandemic category” Digital India Awards 2020.
  • Bihar authorities’s initiative to switch monetary help on to the accounts of beneficiaries in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has made its departments winners of the Digital India Awards, instituted by the central authorities, this yr for modern steps in e-governance.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

2. India’s 1st scorching air balloon wildlife safari launched in Madhya Pradesh

  • India’s first scorching air balloon wildlife safari in a tiger reserve was launched within the world-famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve by Madhya Pradesh forest minister Vijay Shah.
  • Now like Africa’s forests, vacationers in India may also take pleasure in scorching air balloon wildlife safari. The state was planning to introduce this service in Pench, Kanha and Panna tiger reserves as effectively.
  • The exercise can be restricted to the buffer space and other people can watch tigers, leopards, Indian sloth bear and different wild animals from a peak. It is the primary in any tiger reserve within the nation. The service is being operated by Jaipur-based Sky Waltz and firm.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

Agreements News

3. AU Small Finance, ICICI Pru Life tie as much as provide life insurance coverage options

  • AU Small Finance Bank has introduced a strategic partnership with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance to supply life insurance coverage options. The tie-up goals to ship “paperless, secure, and hassle-free life insurance”.
  • Through the company company association, over 18 lakh prospects of AU Bank throughout over 700 banking touchpoints in 13 states and a couple of Union territories, could have easy accessibility to your complete suite of customer-centric safety and long-term financial savings merchandise of ICICI Prudential Life.
  • AU Bank even claimed that these merchandise will allow prospects to offer monetary safety to themselves and their households and assist them obtain their monetary targets.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

Awards News

4. Hemant Kumar Pandey will get 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 creating a number of natural medicines, together with the favored drug Lukoskin meant for the remedy of leucoderma.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had just lately facilitated the scientist at an occasion right here with the celebrated award that contains a certificates and money prize of Rs 2 lakh.
  • The scientist has developed six natural medicine thus far, Lukoskin used for treating leucoderma or Vitiligo, a situation wherein white patches get developed on the pores and skin, has been most generally appreciated and located big acceptance available in the market.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams: 

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

5. K. Veeramani honoured with Dr. Narendra Dabholkar Memorial Award

  • The Dr Narendra Dabholkar Memorial Award for this yr has been conferred upon Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani. The award was instituted within the reminiscence of the Maharashtra-based rationalist Dabholkar.
  • The U.S.-based Maharashtra Foundation had instituted the award in his reminiscence, a launch issued by the Dravidar Kazhagam.
  • The award consists of ₹1 lakh and a quotation. Mr Veeramani has devoted his entire life to propagate rationalism and served for the reason for social justice in society.

Business News

6. ICICI Bank and Google Pay collaborate to deliver digital registration of FASTag

  • ICICI Bank has introduced that it’s collaborating with Google to problem FASTag. It has develop into the primary financial institution to affix fingers with Google Pay for the issuance of FASTag.
  • Customers will now have the ability to order, monitor and recharge ICICI Bank FASTag by way of the Google Pay app.
  • Currently, Google Pay customers might recharge their FASTag on the app, however buying one instantly from the Google app was not potential.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

Science and Technology News

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

  • The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched India’s first indigenously developed vaccine towards 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, a world, nonprofit world well being group based mostly in Seattle.

Important takeaways for all aggressive 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.

Books and Authors 

8. Late Justice Rajindar Sachar’s Autobiography: ‘In Pursuit of Justice’

  • The household of Late Justice Rajindar Sachar in affiliation with The Indian Society of International Law and The Indian Law Institute is organizing the guide launch “In Pursuit Of Justice: An Autobiography” written by Late Justice Rajindar Sachar. The guide has been posthumously printed.
  • Justice Rajindar Sachar was a socialist, an egalitarian, a defender of civil liberties, a deeply engaged citizen of India, and, above all, a humanist.
  • A person who believed in standing for the final man within the line, he was ‘armed’ with an ethical compass that by no means wavered.

Miscellaneous News

9. Kerala’s Arya Rajendran turns into India’s youngest mayor from Thiruvananthapuram

  • The 21-year-old faculty pupil, Arya Rajendran has been elected the brand new mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, of Kerala.
  • The Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief, Arya is the youngest particular person in India to occupy the submit of mayor wherever within the nation.
  • Arya received 54 votes out of 99 votes solid within the civic physique polls in Kerala. She can be the state president of Balasangam, the kids’s wing of the CPI(M).
  • Arya is a second-year pupil of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Mathematics on the All Saints College.

10. INCOIS launches “Digital Ocean” app for data sharing

  • The Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Science & Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan nearly inaugurated the web-based software “Digital Ocean”.
  • It has been developed by Hyderabad-based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) an autonomous group below M/o Earth sciences. Digital Ocean is a primary of its sort digital platform for Ocean Data Management.
  • Digital Ocean is a step in direction of Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of Digital India, to remodel India right into a digitally empowered society and data financial system
  • Digital Ocean will function a one-stop-solution for all the info associated to the ocean.
  • It will assist to share this information in regards to the ocean with a variety of customers together with analysis establishments, operational businesses, strategic customers, the tutorial group, maritime trade and policymakers, in addition to normal public and the widespread man that too freed from value.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director of INCOIS: T. Srinivasa Kumar.
  • INCOIS Founded: 1998.
  • Headquarters of INCOIS: Pragathi Nagar, Hyderabad.

11. Nitin Gadkari publicizes Multi-Model Logistics Park in Assam’s Silchar

  • Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has introduced {that a} multi-modal logistics park in Assam.
  • It can be constructed in Silchar and the Balacherra-Harengajao part of the Silchar-Saurashtra Highway can be accomplished in March 2022.
  • Mr Gadkari made this announcement at a public assembly at Zero Point on the East-West Corridor at Madhurmukh at Rangpur.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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