CA of the Day, 21 January 2021


Economy

  • For authorised money changers to help customers of any bank, a new mobile application ‘InstaFX’ launched by - ICICI Bank (first in the country to offer such facility).

International

  • World's largest single-site solar plant (features 3.2 million solar panels) is located at - Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

National

  • The year-long celebrations to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will commence on - 23rd January 2021.
  • A permanent exhibition on Netaji and a Projection Mapping Show will be inaugurated at - Kolkata.
  • A cultural program "Amra Nuton Jouboneri Doot" will be held based on the theme of Netaji at - Kolkata.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will establish a Quantum Computing Applications Lab in the country, in collaboration with - AWS.
  • _____ and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence signed a framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in the field of technical exchange and co-operation on sustainable geo-hazard management - Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
  • Ministry of Railways has rechristened the name of Train No. 12311/12312 Howrah-Kalka Mail as - “Netaji Express”.
  • On 20 January, the Union Cabinet was apprised of signing of Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) between India and ____ for cooperation in the field of Solar Energy - Uzbekistan.
  • The Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari will launch the New “____” Scheme on 26th January 2021 - ‘MSME-Sustainable (ZED)” Scheme.
  • First State which gives electricity subsidy through Direct Benefit Transfer - Madhya Pradesh.

Persons in News

  • Members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 - Bhupinder Singh Mann, Anil Ghanwat, Ashok Gulati and Pramod Kumar Joshi.
  • New Managing director (MD) of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) from February 1 onwards - Siddhartha Mohanty.
  • Person who has been assigned the additional charge of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, during the hospitalization and treatment of AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik following a road accident - Kiren Rijiju (Youth Affairs and Sports minister).
  • Person who has made it to the World Book of Records for being the first Indian Government Servant, Civil Servant and Uniformed Services Officer, including Armed Forces and Para Military Forces, to earn the Iron Man title - IPS officer Krishna Prakash.

Sports

  • One-day sporting event, in which the triathlon participants are required to complete a 3.8 kilometre swim, a 180.2 kilometre-long bicycle ride, and a 42.2 kilometre run - all within a set time frame of 16 to 17 hours - Ironman Triathlon (organized by the World Triathlon Corporation in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States).
  • Winner of the Gazprom Brilliancy Prize 2021, announced by the International Chess Federation - Nihal Sarin (Indian chess prodigy).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government announced the ‘Horticulture Development Mission’ (Bagayat Vikas Mission), under which the waste land of the government will be given on 30-year lease for farming of horticulture and medicinal crops - Gujarat.
  • The Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh is being celebrated with full dedication and religious fervour in - Punja,Haryana and Chandigarh.
  • This state government launched “Avolokana” software that will enable the government to access data on sanctions and expenditures incurred by 39 departments on 1,800 programmes implemented by them - Karnataka.
  • Damhedi village of Anuppur District of _____ celebrated ‘Jal Utsav’ to welcome tap water connections in their households on 15th January, 2021 - Madhya Pradesh.

General Knowledge

  • Constitutional provision that deals with “Taxes levied and collected by the Union but assigned to the States” - Article 269.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with “Levy and collection of goods and services tax in the course of inter-state trade or commerce” - Article 269A.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with “Taxes levied and distributed between the Union and the States” - Article 270.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with “Taxes on professions, trades, callings and employments” - Article 276.
  • Constitutional provision that deals with “Savings” - Article 277.
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