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23rd July 2020 Current affairs

Here are the daily current affairs/short news for bank exams,railways,ssc,upsc and state psc

Rare yellow turtle discovered in Odisha India

In Odisha’s Balasore district, a farmer Basudev Mahapatra has spotted a turtle which is yellow in colour and according to the experts, it is the product of albinism. The turtle is known as the “Indian flap shell turtle”. The turtle is commonly found in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. It is omnivorous.

Sumit Deb appointed as new CMD of NMDC

Sumit Deb has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC). Deb is presently serving as Director (Personnel) in the NMDC. His tenure as the CMD of NMDC would be applicable till 28 February, 2023.

NPCI rolls out UPI AutoPay facility for recurring payment

UPI AutoPay facility for recurring payment has been launched by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). The new facility will enable recurring e-mandate with the help of any Unified Payments Interface (UPI) application for recurring payments like mobile bills, electricity bills, EMI payments etc upto Rs. 2000. For the amount exceeding Rs. 2000, the customer has to execute every mandate with UPI PIN. UPI users will be able to create e-mandate through UPI ID, QR scan or Intent.

Greta Thunberg named winner of Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

The 17 year old climate activist from Sweden, Greta Thunberg has been named winner of the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. She will receive a prize money of 1 million euro. She has been awarded for her efforts to mobilise younger generations to tackle climate change.

India has successfully conducted flight tests of its indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile ‘Dhruvastra’.

The flight tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. ‘Dhruvastra’ is an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

Punjab Govt tie-up with IIT-Ropar for skill development

The agreement will provide IIT’s technical education department to become an academic mentor for the state’s engineering colleges at Gurdaspur and Ferozepur, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Skill Institute at Chamkaur Sahib, five government polytechnics and 10 government ITIs.

The institute will help the state in developing a model ITI and a model polytechnic. The IIT to help the state in the manufacture of small devices for controlling water wastage in irrigation.

“Vriksharopan Abhiyan” will be launched by the Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Under the “Vriksharopan Abhiyan”, large scale plantation would be carried out in mines, colonies, offices and other suitable areas of Coal/Lignite PSUs in order to promote “plantation by the society”.

Ministry of Coal will organize the abhiyan along with all Coal/Lignite PSUs.

Bajaj Finance Chairman Rahul Bajaj resigns

He will be replaced by his son Sanjiv Bajaj (the present Vice Chairman of the company).

Sanjiv Bajaj has been the Managing Director & CEO of Bajaj Finserv Ltd. since 2008.

He has been the Managing Director of Bajaj Holdings & Investments since 2012.

He has been the Vice-Chairman of Bajaj Finance Ltd. since 2013.

China launches its 1st independent mission to Mars.

China has successfully launched “Tianwen-1” its first independent mission to Mars. A Long March 5 rocket carrying the spacecraft ignited at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in south China’s tropical Hainan province.

LIC signs agreement with UBI to distribute latter’s policies

The bank will market LIC products of term insurance, pension, plan, children plan, ULIPs, and endowment schemes. Union Bank of India can act as a financial supermarket by offering a basket of products to its account holders, whereby they can select products according to their choice.

Arun Kumar nominated as Vice-Chairman of UIC

The Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Arun Kumar has been nominated as the Vice-Chairman of UIC (Union Internationale Des Chemins/International Union of Railways), Security Platform from July 2020 to July 2022. He will take over as Chairman of the Security Platform from July 2022 to July 2024

Karur Vysya Bank appoints Ramesh Babu Boddu as MD & CEO

He will hold office for the next 3 years.

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