1.Who has been appointed as the first Chairperson of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub?
D.RA Sankara Narayanan
2.The Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the Lilavati Awards which is an initiative of ________.
A.National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)
B.All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
C.National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
D.Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
3.What is the theme of the 12th BRICS summit that is to be hosted by Russia?
A.“Global Stability, Shared Security and Inclusive Growth”.
B.“Global Security, Shared Vision and Innovative Growth”.
C.“Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
D.“Global Security, Shared Vision and Inclusive Growth”.
4.Which Small Finance Bank has launched ‘Eva’, unique savings account for Indian women?
A.U Small Finance Bank
B.Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.
C.Janalakshmi Small Finance Bank
D.Equitas Small Finance Bank
5.Who has been appointed as the new brand ambassador of Equitas Small Finance Bank (ESFBL)?
6.Who has been awarded ATP Tour No. 1 trophy for finishing as the top-ranked player for the sixth time in his career?
7.Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) cancelled the Women Under-17 world cup due to COVID-19 pandemic and postponed to 2021, the tournament was to be held in which country?
8.On which date was World Darshan Day celebrated?
9.The famous personality MP Chandrawati passed away, She was the Minister of which state?
10.How many years has Australian swimmer Shayna Jack been banned for inadvertently found guilty of doping?
11.Consider the following statements related to Vulture Action Plan 2020-25:
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
C.Both 1 and 2
D.Neither 1 nor 2
12. Consider the following statements related to Tristan da Cunha:
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A.1 and 2 are correct
B.1 and 3 are correct
C.2 and 3 are correct
D.All of the above
13.Consider the following statements:
14 Consider the following statements related to Chapare Virus:
15.Consider the following statements related to Pincer catalytic systems:
RBI announced setting up of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH) to promote innovation across the financial sector by leveraging on technology and fostering innovation. RBIH will be guided and managed by Governing Council (GC) led by a Chairperson.
Reserve Bank Innovation Hub
The hub will aid in achieving the following objectives
Key findings and suggestions of the committee
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has virtually launched Lilavati Award-2020: AICTE’s Innovative education program to empower women. An initiative of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the technical education regulator, the Lilavati Award 2020 aims to recognise efforts by the AICTE affiliated institutions in treating women with ‘equality and fairness’.
Lilavati Award 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually addressed the 12th (BRICS) Summit. The Summit was held under the Chairmanship of Russian President Vladimir Putin. India will be taking over the Chairmanship of the BRICS in 2021 and host the 13th BRICS Summit in 2021. It would be the third time that India will take over the BRICS Presidency since its inception. Previously India was the Chair in 2012 and 2016.The theme of the 12th edition of BRICS Summit was “Global stability, shared security and innovative growth”.
Why is BRICS important for India?
India is currently in the midst of geopolitics. It is very challenging for India to draw a middle path between Russia, America and China to balance its interests. The BRICS platform is the best opportunity for India to balance the China-Russia axis. The BRICS community plays an important role in the G20. All BRICS members are also members of the G20. BRICS countries have a common objective of reforming the international monetary system to create a balanced international order. For example, all BRICS countries, including China and India, have agreed to a loan agreement to help poor countries affected by COVID-19.
BRICS has recently emerged as the voice of developing countries. Western countries have been challenging on issues ranging from climate change to the World Trade Organization. It is crippling developing countries. BRICS serves as a common platform for working against terrorism.
Equitas Small Finance Bank has launched a women-centered unique savings account titled as ‘Eva’ for every segment of women
It will address their well being in every manner like health, wealth and prosperity.
Features:Provide 7% interest to the account holder,Offers PF waiver and discounted gold loan rates,25-50% discounts on lockers,free health check-up and unlimited teleconsultation,Eva’s Brand ambassador: Indian Woman cricketer Smriti Mandhana ,Headquarter: Chennai.
Equitas Small Finance Bank has launched a women-centred product ‘Eva’. The Bank has roped in Indian Woman cricketer Smriti Mandhana as the brand ambassador for its newly launched product ‘EVA’. Eva is unique savings account for women to address the well-being of Indian women in every aspect such as health, wealth and prosperity.
Equitas Small Finance Bank
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has given the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy on 15 November 2020, for finishing 2020 as the year-end No. 1 (world number one). With this, he has become the only second player in tennis history, after Pete Sampras, to receive the trophy sixth time. Earlier Djokovic had finished as world number one in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Before this, only Pete Sampras has managed to finish six years on top of the rankings which he did between 1993 and 1998.
The Women’s Under-17 football World Cup in India, which was initially postponed to next year due to COVID-19 pandemic, was cancelled by FIFA, but India was handed the hosting rights of the 2022 edition. The FIFA cancelled both the women’s U-17 World Cup and U-20 World Cup which were scheduled to be held in India and Costa Rica respectively but handed both the countries the hosting rights of the 2022 editions.
India in FIFA
India’s ranking in FIFA
World Philosophy Day is observed on the third Thursday of November every year. This year World Philosophy Day falls on 19 November 2020. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues. The 2020 edition invites the world to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic, underlining the need, more than ever before, to resort to philosophical reflection in order to face the multiple crises we are going through.
History of World Philosophy Day:
Haryana’s first woman MP and former Puducherry Lt.-Governor Chandrawati (92 years) passed away at Rohtak’s PGIMS hospital. She became the first-ever woman MP from Haryana in 1977 after defeating Chaudhary Bansi Lal from Bhiwani constituency. She served as the Lt.-Governor of Puducherry from 19 February 1990 to 13 December 1990. She was residing in Charkhi Dadri district and was a native of Dalawas village.
Australian swimmer Shayna Jack was found guilty of accidental doping and was given a two-year ban that expires days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges decided “Jack did not intentionally ingest ligandrol and considered that she had discharged her onus of proving that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional.”
Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has recently launched a Vulture Action Plan 2020-25 for the conservation of vultures in the country.
About Action Plan for Vulture Conservation 2020-25
Key Highlights of the Action Plan for Vulture Conservation 2020-25
The new plan has laid out strategies and actions to stem the decline in vulture population, especially of the three Gyps species:
These three vulture species were listed by IUCN, in 2000 as ‘Critically Endangered’, which is the highest category of endangerment.
This would be done through both ex-situ and in-situ conservation.
To remove toxic drug: A system to automatically remove a drug from veterinary use if it is found to be toxic to vultures, with the help of the Drugs Controller General of India.
Rescue Centers: Establishment of four rescue centres, in Pinjore (Haryana), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam) and Hyderabad (Telangana).There are currently no dedicated rescue centres for treating vultures.
Conservation Breeding Centre: These are also being planned across the country, along with Vulture Conservation Centers with samples and information collected from the wild analyzed and stored at these centres — one each in Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Vulture Safe Zone: Conservation breeding of red-Headed vultures and Egyptian vultures and the establishment at least one vulture-safe zone in each state for the conservation of the remnant populations in that state.
For Vulture Census: Coordinated nation-wide vulture counting, involving forest departments, the Bombay Natural History Society, research institutes, non-profits, and members of the public.This would be for getting a more accurate estimate of the size of vulture populations in the country.
Database on Threats to Vulture: A database on emerging threats to vulture conservation including collision and electrocution, unintentional poisoning.
About Vultures in India
Out of 23 species of vultures in the world, nine are found in India. These include:
The isolated UK Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha has been declared as the largest fully protected marine reserves in the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to the world’s most remote human settlement. The declaration will close over 90 per cent of their waters to harmful activities such as bottom-trawling fishing, sand extraction and deep-sea mining.
What is Tristan da Cunha?
What does the announcement mean for the island group?
Recently, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has amended implementation Guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.
The Scheme consists of three components.
The ministry has issued the following amendments/clarifications in the Scheme Implementation Guidelines:
Even as the world is battling with the coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled and infected millions, scientists are still working to identify new threats to humankind. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently discovered a rare virus in Bolivia. The virus in question is capable of human-to-human transmission, and belong to a family of viruses that can cause haemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola. According to the scientists, two patients, in 2019, transmitted the virus to three healthcare workers in Bolivia’s de facto capital, La Paz.Two of the medical professionals and one patient later died. Prior to that, a single confirmed case of the disease and a small cluster were documented in the Chapare region over a decade ago.
According to the CDC, symptoms include-
How is the Chapare hemorrhagic fever treated?
Recently a research team of IIT Guwahati has formulated efficient “pincer” catalytic systems that transform biomass wastes into valuable chemicals.
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