Current Affairs Daily Digest – January 21 2021
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1. Avril Haines becomes US’ 1st Woman Director of National Intelligence
The US Senate has approved Joe Biden’s nomination of Avril Haines, making her the first woman to be Director of National Intelligence. The Senate voted 84-10 to confirm Haines to the post, with only Republicans opposing her nomination. The former deputy CIA director will become a core member of Biden’s security team, overseeing agencies that make up US’ intelligence community.
2. IndiGo now world’s seventh biggest airline by capacity: Report
IndiGo is now the world’s seventh biggest airline by capacity and the largest outside the US and China, according to data firm OAG. IndiGo took delivery of 44 planes from Airbus in 2020, the most by any airline, to replace older models. IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline had 52% domestic share in 2020 compared to 47% in 2019.
3. Airtel Payments Bank launches ‘Airtel Safe Pay’
To protect Airtel customers from the growing incidents of online payment frauds, Airtel Payments Bank has launched ‘Airtel Safe Pay’, a safe way to pay digitally. With ‘Airtel Safe Pay’, Airtel customers making UPI or net banking-based payments through Airtel Payments Bank, no longer have to worry about money flowing out of their accounts without their explicit consent.
4. Sundaram Finance names Rajiv Lochan as MD
The board of Sundaram Finance has named Rajiv Lochan (director Strategy) as managing director with effect from April 1. Sundaram Finance Ltd has made top-level changes as the current managing director T.T. Srinivasaraghavan will be retiring on March 31, 2020.
5. CM Thakur launches HP’s first online youth radio station
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched Himachal Pradesh’s first online youth radio station ”Radio Hills-Youngistan Ka Dil”. The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of young entrepreneurs. The developer of the online radio Karan, and Radio Jockeys Palak, Rahul and Nidhi were also present on the occasion.
6. Former Arunachal Governor Mata Prasad passes away
Former Arunachal Governor Mata Prasad has passed away at the age of 95. He served as minister in the Congress government in Uttar Pradesh in 1988- 89 and appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh in 1993.
7. ICICI Bank launches ‘InstaFX’ mobile app
ICICI Bank has launched a new mobile application ‘InstaFX’ for authorised money changers to help customers of any bank get ‘ICICI Bank Forex Prepaid Card’ swiftly. ICICI is the bank is the first in the country to offer such facility to money changers.
8. India, Singapore sign pact on submarine rescue support
The 5th edition of the Defence Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD) between India and Singapore was successfully held on 20 January 2021 through a video conference, in an effort to deepen military cooperation. During the meeting, the ‘Implementing Agreement on Submarine Rescue Support and Cooperation’ was signed between the two Navies.
9. DRDO signs MoU with MoRTH for geo-hazard management
The Defence Research and Development Organization on January 20, 2021, signed an MoU with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The agreement is for promoting and strengthening the collaboration in the area of cooperation and technical exchange on sustainable geohazard management.
10. Union Cabinet approves investment of Rs. 5281.94 crores for 850 MW Ratle Hydro Power Project in J&K
The Union Cabinet gave its approval on January 20, 2021, to an investment of Rs. 5281.94 crores for 850 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project. It is located on river Chenab in Kishtwar district, Jammu and Kashmir.
11. India, EU hold first virtual maritime security dialogue
India and the European Union held their first virtual maritime security dialogue on January 20, 2021. The maritime dialogue was chaired by the Joint Secretary Sandeep Arya from the Indian side and Director Joanneke Balfoort on the European Union External Action Service Side.