Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 03 & 04 2021
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1. BEL and Indian Navy inks pact for initial supply of Laser Dazzlers
The Indian Navy has signed a contract with the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), to procure Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Dazzlers (Laser Dazzlers). Initially, agreement has been signed for 20 Laser Dazlers. The Laser dazzler technology has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and would be manufactured by BEL, Pune plant.
2. RBI introduces the RBI-Digital Payments Index
Reserve Bank of India has launched a Digital Payments Index (DPI) to capture the extent of digitization of digital/electronic payments across the country. This RBI-Digital Payments Index (DPI) has 5 broad parameters that will be used for the measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments.
3. World Braille Day: 4 January
World Braille Day is observed globally on 4th January since 2019. The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.
The day is marked remembering the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille – for people with visual disabilities.
4. ADB to provide $231 mn loan to enhance power generation capacity in Assam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $231 million loan with the Government of India to augment electricity generation capacity in the state of Assam. This is the third tranche loan for the ‘Assam Power Sector Investment Programme’ that was approved by the ADB Board in July 2014.
5. ADB and India sign $10 million loan to support horticulture in HP
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have signed a $10 million project readiness financing (PRF). This agreement aims to help finance piloting activities, and design and capacity building for an ensuing project that aims to expand horticulture production and farm household income in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh.
6. India successfully isolates and cultures UK-Variant of Sars-CoV-2: ICMR
The Indian Council of Medical Research-ICMR announced on January 2, 2021, that the medical body has successfully isolated and cultured the UK- variant of Coronavirus strain. It had first originated in the United Kingdom.