Current Affairs Daily Digest – February 02 2021
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1. Facebook appoints Henry Moniz as its First Chief Compliance Officer
Facebook Inc. has appointed Henry Moniz as its first-ever Chief Compliance Officer. He will join Facebook on February 8 to lead the company’s global compliance team, to enhance its global compliance and risk management and promote the highest standards of legal and ethical conduct at the company.
2. PNB Restricts Withdraw of Money from non-EMV ATMs
Punjab National Bank (PNB) has decided to restrict its customers from withdrawing money from non-EMV automated teller machines (ATMs) with effect from 01 February 2021, in an attempt to check frauds, related to money transactions. This restriction will apply to both, financial and non-financial transactions. To overcome this, PNB will introduce OTP based systems for withdrawing cash.
3. World Wetlands Day: 02 February
World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2 globally. The day aims to raise awareness about the crucial role played by wetlands for people and our planet.
The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2021 is ‘Wetlands and Water’. 2021 marks 50 years of the Convention on Wetlands.
4. India top medals tally at first Asian Online Shooting Championship
The Indian shooting contingent has topped the medals tally in the first-ever Asian Online Shooting Championship, organised by Kuwait Shooting Federation. The 24-member Indian shooting contingent won total 11 medals, which included four gold medals, two silver and five bronze medals. 274 shooters from 22 Asian countries took part in the competition.
5. NASA names Indian-American Bhavya Lal as Acting Chief of Staff
NASA has named Indian-American Bhavya Lal as the Acting Chief of Staff. As the senior White House appointee at NASA, Lal served as a member of the Biden Presidential Transition Agency Review Team and oversaw the agency’s transition under US President Joe Biden-led administration. She will also serve as the senior advisor for budget and finance at NASA.
6. UN World Tourism Organization confirms 2020 as ‘worst year on record’
In accordance with the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) “World Tourism Barometer”, the year 2020 was the “worst year on record” as global tourism suffered adversely due to international travel bans implemented to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. International arrivals dropped by 74% & worldwide destinations welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals than in 2019.
7. Anish Shah appoint as new chairman of Mahindra Finance
Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services has announced the appointment of Anish Shah as the chairman of the board, effective April 2, 2021. Shah is already a director of the company. He is the deputy managing director and group CFO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Shah takes over from Dhananjay Mungale. Mungale shall continue to be an Independent Director on the Board of MMFSL.
8. Smriti Irani inaugurates 8th India International Silk Fair
The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the 8th India International Silk Fair on Virtual Portal on 31st January 2021. The five days event is being held on the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council’s virtual platform due to COVID-19 pandemic. The fair is considered to be India’s biggest silk fair.
9. Uttarakhand sets up Botanical Garden to conserve species of Shivalik range
In Nainital district of Uttarakhand, a first of its kind botanical garden named ‘Shivalik Arboretum’ has been inaugurated, for conserving over 210 species of trees found in the Shivalik range of Himalayas. Shivalik Arboretum aims to spread nature education among people so that they are able to feel an emotional connect with the trees, and make them more active towards conservation.
10. Indian Coast Guard celebrates its 45th Raising Day
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is celebrating its 45th Raising Day on 01 February 2021. The ICG was formally established on February 1, 1977, by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India. It operates under the Ministry of Defence.
11. ‘Aatmanirbharta’ named Hindi word of 2020 by Oxford
‘Aatmanirbharta’, implying self-reliance, has been named by Oxford Languages as its Hindi word of the year 2020. Oxford Languages said that the word “validated the day-to-day achievements of the countless Indians who dealt with and survived the perils of a pandemic”. The word was chosen by an advisory panel of language experts- Kritika Agrawal, Poonam Nigam Sahay and Imogen Foxell.