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Bank Exam Current Affairs – 27 November 2021

1. Delhi govt adds Kartarpur Sahib

  1. The Delhi government will send senior citizens of the city on free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.
  2. Kartarpur Sahib and Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu have been added to the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s orders.
  3. The first batch of pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib will leave in January 2022 in a bus from Delhi.

2. WISER

  1. WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents.
  2. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.
  3. WISER is available for download as a standalone application on Windows, iOS, and Android devices.

3. O-SMART Scheme

  1. It is a government scheme that aims at promoting ocean research and setting up early warning weather systems.
  2. It was launched in August 2018.
  3. It also aims at addressing ocean development activities such as technology, services, resources, science, and observations as well as offering required technological assistance for implementing aspects of the Blue Economy.
  4. It comprises seven sub-schemes that are being implemented by autonomous institutes of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).
  5. Sub-Schemes are: Ocean Technology, Ocean Modelling and Advisory Services (OSMAS), Ocean Observation Network (OON), Ocean Non-Living Resources, Marine Living Resources and Ecology (MLRE), Coastal Research and Operation, Maintenance of Research Vessels

4. River Cities Alliance

  1. Union Minister launched the River Cities Alliance (RCA), a dedicated platform for river cities in India to ideate, discuss and exchange information for sustainable management of urban rivers.
  2. It is a dedicated platform for river cities in India to ideate, discuss and exchange information for the sustainable management of urban rivers, here today.
  3. It is formed by the successful partnership of the two Ministries i.e., Ministry of Jal Shakti and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  4. It focuses on three broad themes- Networking, Capacity Building, and Technical Support.
  5. The Secretariat of the Alliance will be set up at National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA), with NMCG’s support.
  6. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) have collaborated together to launch the River Cities Alliance (RCA).

5. CESL inks pact with IIT Bombay

  1. State-owned CESL on Friday signed a Letter of Association with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) to implement electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country.
  2. The letter of association (LoA) was signed by Mahua Acharya, MD and CEO, CESL and Professor AM Pradeep, Associate Dean of Research & Development, IIT-B.

6. Vedanta to become carbon neutral by 2050

  1. Vedanta’s Sesa Goa iron ore business is looking to achieve carbon net neutrality by 2050.
  2. In line with the country’s larger vision of a net-zero carbon economy, the company has devised a comprehensive plan to achieve this goal.
  3. Sesa Goa plans to achieve carbon net neutrality in a phased manner with a target to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 25% by 2030.

7. Ayurveda Parv-2021

  1. Ayurveda Parv-2021 is a three-day event, which is being organized to promote Ayurveda.
  2. Under the event, an exhibition has been arranged comprising of 40 stalls beside the participation of pharmaceutical companies.
  3. This event has been organized for proper utilization of Ayurvedic health care as well as for coordination and better utilization of Ayurvedic education, research, and manufacturing of medicines.
  4. The Ayurveda Parv is organized with the aim of ensuring greater acceptance of Ayurveda among the masses and popularizing Ayurveda as the mainline treatment for several lifestyle diseases.
  5. This initiative is supported by the Ministry of AYUSH.

8. WHO declares B.1.1.529 Covid variant

  1. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529 as a new variant of concern named Omicron.
  2. The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE), an independent group of experts that monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 held a meeting.
  3. This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.

9. Govt inks deal with the US to phase out equalization levy

  1. India and the United States have agreed to a transitional approach on equalization levy or digital tax on e-commerce supplies beginning April 1
  2. In a major reform of the international tax system, on October 8 this year, 136 countries, including India, have agreed to an overhaul of global tax norms to ensure that multinationals pay taxes wherever they operate and at a minimum 15% rate.
  3. However, the deal requires countries to remove all digital services tax and other similar unilateral measures and to commit not to introduce such measures in the future.
  4. The proposed two-pillar solution of the global tax deal consists of two components – Pillar One, which is about reallocation of an additional share of profit to the market jurisdictions, and Pillar Two, consisting of minimum tax and subject to tax rules.

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10. Stephen Sondheim

  1. Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim died early Friday at the age of 91, his publicist said.
  2. The legendary songwriter is recognized for helping American musical theatre evolve beyond pure entertainment and reach new artistic heights with such works as “West Side Story,” “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd.”

11. Birth Centenary of Verghese Kurien

  1. Union Minister of Animal Husbandry & Dairying Parshottam Rupala conferred the Gopal Ratna Award to the winners of the Best Dairy Farmer rearing indigenous cattle/buffalo breeds on Friday during the celebration of “National Milk Day” to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr. Verghese Kurien.
  2. Rupala said that Gopal Ratna Award will set benchmarks and help adopt best practices and innovation adding that Dr. Kurien was a firm believer in vocal for local ideology.
  3. The cooperative model of Amul has instilled a sense of confidence and self-belief among the farmers,