7th January 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of seventh January 2021 protecting the next information headlines: British excessive fee, New Development Bank, Google Cloud, Andhra Pradesh High Court, Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank.

National News

1. Biden selects Judge Merrick Garland for lawyer common

  • President-elect Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals decide Merrick Garland to be the following U.S. lawyer common.
  • He serves as a decide on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, one in all 13 federal appeals courts. Vanita Gupta, the top of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, might be nominated by Biden because the Associate Attorney General, the No. 3 individuals within the division.

2. Alex Ellis appointed new British excessive commissioner to India

  • Alexander Ellis has been appointed British excessive commissioner to India and can take up the important thing position later this month.
  • He has held a number of posts, together with deputy nationwide safety adviser within the cupboard workplace, director-general within the division for exiting the European Union, and the British ambassador to Portugal. Ellis succeeds Philip Barton.
  • In August 2020, Barton was promoted as everlasting undersecretary within the UK’s newly fashioned international, commonwealth and growth workplace.

State News

3. India and NDB indicators USD 646 million mortgage settlement for Andhra Pradesh

  • The New Development Bank (NDB) has signed mortgage agreements price USD 646 million with the Government of India for 2 street tasks in Andhra Pradesh. Each challenge prices USD 323 million.
  • These tasks will enhance mobility and connectivity to the socioeconomic centres, improve transport effectivity, enhance street security and using high quality, and supply all-weather accessibility for the State’s street customers.
  • The first challenge is the Andhra Pradesh Roads and Bridges Reconstruction Project. It includes widening 1,600 km of State Highways to double lane and reconstructing dilapidated bridges on the State Highway community.
  • The second challenge is Andhra Pradesh Mandal Connectivity and Rural Connectivity Improvement Project. It includes widening 1,400 km of district roads to double lane and reconstructing dilapidated bridges on the district street community.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • New Development Bank Headquarters Location: Shanghai, China.
  • New Development Bank President: Marcos Prado Troyjo.
  • New Development Bank Founder: BRICS.
  • New Development Bank Founded: 15 July 2014.

Appointments News 

4. Karan Bajwa to go Google Cloud in Asia Pacific

  • Google Cloud has introduced the elevation of Karan Bajwa as its new chief for the Asia Pacific.
  • Presently, Bajwa leads Google Cloud in India. He will lead all regional income and go-to-market operations for Google Cloud, together with on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Google Workspace. He succeeds Rick Harshman who leaves the organisation for a brand new alternative.
  • At current, Bajwa relies in Gurgaon however will relocate to Singapore in 2021. He will proceed to guide Google Cloud in India till a brand new senior chief for the enterprise is appointed.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

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

5. Arup Kumar Goswami sworn in as CJ of Andhra Pradesh High Court

  • Arup Kumar Goswami was sworn in because the Chief Justice (CJ) of Andhra Pradesh High Court by Governor Biswab Bushan Harichandan within the presence of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
  • Justice Goswami was transferred from the Sikkim High Court a couple of days in the past. He changed J.K. Maheswari who has been posted because the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court.
  • Chief Justice Goswami started his profession as an advocate with the Bar Council of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura in 1985.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy; Governor: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

Banking News

6. RBI introduces Legal Entity Identifier for NEFT, RTGS transactions above Rs 50 crore

  • The Reserve Bank of India has launched Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) for all fee transactions of worth Rs 50 crore and above undertaken by entities (non-individuals) through Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT).
  • Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) are the Centralised Payment Systems operated by RBI. This instruction shall come into impact from April 01, 2021.
  • The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a 20-digit quantity used to uniquely establish events to monetary transactions worldwide.
  • Reserve Bank has launched LEI in a phased method for members within the over-the-counter (OTC) spinoff and non-derivative markets as additionally for giant company debtors.
  • LEI may be obtained from Legal Entity Identifier India Ltd. (LEIL) which is wholly owned subsidiary of Clearing Corporation of India Ltd (CCIL).

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • RBI twenty fifth Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

7. SMCB turns into India’s 1st city co-operative financial institution to transition to SFB

  • Uttar Pradesh-based, Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank (SMCB) has change into the primary city co-operative financial institution (UCB) in India to obtain a licence from RBI to function as a Small Finance Bank (SFB).
  • The RBI had given an 18-month timeline to begin enterprise.
  • SMCB obtained the business banking license from banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 06, 2021, to transition to an SFB, underneath the voluntary transition scheme. The Shivalik Small Finance Bank (SSFB) will begin its banking operations from April 2021.
  • SSFB operates by means of 31 branches and over 250 banking brokers in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Uttarakhand with 400,000 prospects. As on March 31, 2020, the full deposit base of the financial institution stood at Rs 1,140 crore and complete advances stood at Rs 719 crore.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Suveer Kumar Gupta, MD & CEO of Shivalik Mercantile Cooperative Bank.
  • Shivalik Mercantile Cooperative Bank HQ: Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Economy News

8. World Bank Projects Indian Economy to Contract By 9.6% in 2020-21

  • World Bank has projected the Indian financial system to contract by 9.6 per cent within the fiscal 12 months 2020-21, in its Global Economic Prospects report. World Bank estimates Growth to get better to 5.4 per cent in 2021.
  • Apart from this, the worldwide financial system is estimated to increase by 4 per cent in 2021 by the World Bank. According to the report, international development is projected to average to 3.8 per cent in 2022.

Defence News

9. India & Israel efficiently take a look at MRSAM air defence system

  • India and Israel efficiently examined a Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) defence system.
  • The MRSAM missile defence system has been developed collectively by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to cope with airstrikes by enemy nations.
  • Currently being utilized by all three wings of the Indian Army in addition to Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the air and missile defence system was a three way partnership of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the IAI.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Secretary Department of Defence Research and Development  & Chairman DRDO: Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • DRDO Established: 1958.
  • President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries: Boaz Levy.

Books and Authors

10. A ebook on India’s excursions Down Under by R. Kaushik

  • A ebook titled ‘India’s 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia’ and one which displays on India’s earlier 12 excursions Down Under, was launched.
  • The ebook, a Bradman Museum initiative, is authored by senior cricket scribe R. Kaushik, and it chronicles a rivalry that has given a fillip to Test cricket.

Sports News

11. Claire Polosak set to change into first feminine match official in males’s Test match

  • Australia’s Claire Polosak is about to change into the first feminine match official in a males’s Test match when she takes up the fourth umpire’s position within the third Test between India and Australia.
  • The 32-year-old from New South Wales has already earned the excellence of being the primary girl on-field umpire in a males’s ODI match in ICC’s Division 2 league between Namibia and Oman performed on the Windhoek in 2019.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chairman of ICC: Greg Barclay.
  • CEO of ICC: Manu Sawhney.
  • Headquarters of ICC: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

12. Khelo India Ice Hockey Tournament begins in Chiktan, Kargil

  • Khelo India Ice Hockey Tournament organised at Chiktan in Kàrgil, Ladakh. For the primary time, the ladies staff of Chiktan additionally participated within the Khelo India Games in Kargil district.
  • There are 13 groups from completely different villages of Chiktan taking part within the match, which embody 11 males’s groups and 2 girls’s groups.
  • The match was inaugurated by SDM Shakar Chiktan and the Chief Guest of the occasion Kacho Asgar Ali khan within the presence of ZPEO Chiktan Ghulam Rasool together with in-charge police post-Chiktan.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports: Kiren Rijiju.
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur.

Obituaries News

13. Oldest residing first-class cricketer Alan Burgess passes away

  • The world’s oldest residing first-class cricketer Alan Burgess has handed away on the age of 100. A right-hand batsman and sluggish left-arm bowler, Alan appeared in 11 first-class matches for Canterbury from 1940/41 to 1951/52 and in addition for New Zealand Services in England in 1945.
  • He took 6-52 on debut towards Otago at Lancaster Park in a match that started on Christmas Day 1940. Alan Burgess was a tank driver for New Zealand’s forces in England throughout the Second World War. Following his demise, India’s Raghunath Chandorkar is now the oldest first-class cricketer alive.