Daily Current Affairs for BBA & IPM and HM Entrance Exams: 13th December 2021

By Rajat Pandey|Updated : December 13th, 2021
  • Current Affairs plays a vital role in the preparation of BBA & IPM and HM Entrance exams. Current Affairs keep you update about the happenings around the world. The majority of questions asked in the exam are from the latest current affairs. 
  • Current Affairs not only keeps you up to date but also provides you a better perspective and knowledge about the important burning issues worldwide

 Honours & Awards

1. India's Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021

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  • India's Harnaaz Sandhu crowned as the 70th Miss Universe 2021.
  • The event was held in Eilat, Israel.
  • The 21-year-old from Punjab claimed the crown edging out Paraguay's Nadia Ferreira and South Africa's Lalela Mswane.
  • Ms Sandhu was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, former Miss Universe 2020 from Mexico.
  • Previously, only two Indians have worn the crown – Sushmita Sen in 1994, and Lara Dutta in 2000.
  • Previous Crown: Miss Diva 2021, Femina Miss India Punjab 2019.

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 Sports

2. India ends Asian Rowing Championship with a total of 6 medals

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  • India won total of six medals, including two gold and 4 silver medals in the Asian Rowing Championship in Thailand.
  • Senior rower Arvind Singh bagged a gold in the lightweight Men's single sculls event while his compatriots won three silver medals.
  • India bagged silver medals in Men's Lightweight Double Sculls, Men's Quadrapul Sculls and in Men's Coxless Four.
  • In Lightweight Men's Double Sculls, India's Ashish Phugat and Sukhjinder Singh won the silver. 

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 International Affairs

3. Naftali Bennett Marks First Ever Visit by Israeli PM To UAE

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  • Israeli PM Naftali Bennett visited UAE, marking the 1st-ever visit by a Jewish PM to the Arab state.
  • UAE, part of the Arab League, had boycotted Israel but a normalization deal inked last year has established economic and diplomatic ties between the two.
  • Bennett is poised to meet UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan
  • Israel had earlier signed the "Abraham Accords," to normalize relations b/w Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

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 Agreement

4. ISRO, Oppo India collaborate to ramp up messaging service in oceans

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  • To strengthen the R&D of NaVIC or the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) messaging service, the ISRO has signed a pact with Oppo India.
  • NavIC is a messaging service platform, which provides regional navigation services covering the entire country 
  • As per the MoU, ISRO and Oppo India will exchange technical information of NavIC messaging services to build rapid, ready-to-use, end-to-end application-specific solutions.

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 Banking & Finance

5. IPPB, NPCI tie up to launch doorstep bill payments service

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  • IPPB has tied up with NPCI's bill payments system Bharat BillPay to facilitate cash-based bill payments service at customer’s doorstep.
  • Payments for various utility bills can be done on the Bharat BillPay platform. 
  • The aim is to provide access to payment solutions to millions of unbanked and underserved customers in remote locations at their doorstep
  • The service will enable payments of mobile postpaid, D2H recharge, school fees, and other utility services. 

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 State Affairs

6. Himachal Govt constitutes 'Samanya Varg Aayog'

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  • Himachal Pradesh govt announced setting up Commission for upper castes, on the lines of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Commission, to be named as ‘Samanya Varg Aayog’, will be formalised through a legislative enactment in three months. 
  • A Scheduled Caste Commission is already in operation in Himachal Pradesh and is chaired by former Shimla MP Virendra Kashyap.
  • The Commission is being formed considering the long-pending demand of the people belonging to the general category. 

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 Sports

7. Max Verstappen wins maiden F1 World Drivers' Championship

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  • Red Bull's Max Verstappen won maiden F1 title by beating Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP.
  • Mercedes bagged another World Constructor's Championship title but were denied the double they would have wanted.
  • Verstappen ended the season with 10 wins to Hamilton's eight, having also led more laps and taken more poles and podiums.
  • Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas was 6th in his last race for the team

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 International Affairs

8. Saudi Arabia bans Tablighi Jamaat, calls it ‘gate of terror’

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  • Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi Jamaat, terming it a "danger to society" and "one of the gates of terrorism".
  • The govt made an announcement on social media directing the mosques to warn people against associating with them. 
  • Government has also warned people against associating with the Tablighi Jamaat which has been banned in Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi government also asked mosques to inform people about the danger that Tablighi Jamaat pose to society.

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 Banking & Finance

9. ADB approves Rs 2,645-crore loan to improve urban services in India

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  • ADB has approved a Rs 2,644.85 crore (USD 350 million) loan for India to help improve its urban services.
  • The loan supports the policies established by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to accelerate universal coverage of piped water supply and improved sanitation.
  • This is part of the recently launched national programme AMRUT 2.0 and to provide affordable housing to all, including poor, urban migrant and industrial workers, under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

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 Banking & Finance

10. Karnataka Bank bags two DigiDhan award from MeitY

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  • Karnataka Bank has been conferred with two DigiDhan awards instituted by the MeitY.
  •  The bank received these awards for achieving the target with the highest percentage in BHIM-UPI transactions under the private sector bank category consecutively for two years – 2019-20 and 2020-21.
  • The bank has always stood ahead of the time in adopting the latest digital technology to its products in order to provide the best in class service to its customers.

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 Banking & Finance

11. Federal Bank and Star Health Insurance tie-up for bancassurance

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  • Federal Bank has partnered with Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd as a corporate agent to provide health insurance products to the bank customers. 
  • The bank’s customers can avail benefits of Star Health’s retail products and group affinity products through the bank’s various distribution channels.
  • Through this partnership, the will be in a position to offer our customers a wide range of affordable health insurance products. 
  • Federal Bank CEO: Shyam Srinivasan 

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 National & International Appointments

12. Mandiant appoints Balaji Rao to head India, SAARC markets

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  • Mandiant Inc has appointed Balaji Rao as the new country manager for India and SAARC markets.
  • It is a Nasdaq-listed cyber security solutions company.
  • Mandiant knows more about threat actors than any other company in the security industry and responds to more than 1,000 cyber security breaches each year.
  • An industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience Balaji will be spearheading the team to help organisations in India gain their cyber security advantage. 

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 National Affairs

13. PM Modi inaugurates Kashi Vishwanath Dham in Varanasi

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  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project.
  • The project is spread over 5 lakh square feet and connects the temple premises to the River Ganga.
  • Project is constructed at a cost of ₹339 crore and is done with a vision to create an easily accessible pathway connecting the temple to the banks of river Ganga.
  • 23 new buildings have been constructed and will provide diverse facilities to pilgrims and devotees.

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