Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 01 October 2021

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Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 01 October 2021


Sunil Kataria became the President of ISA

  • The newly elected executive council of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) met on September 27 and elected Sunil Kataria, chief executive officer, India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited as the chairman of the ISA.
  • Kataria said, “In our journey towards creating a greater value proposition for the ISA in the industry, the focus will be to make this unique body even stronger in the future to provide value added support to our members for the new normal and beyond. With digital advertising having ascended as second only to TV and growing even further, our endeavour this year would be to take forward our efforts in the area of digital measurement. 
  • The ISA’s plans to work with BARC to create a Multimedia Measurement are progressing in good shape. We heartily thank all fraternity organizations for their strong partnering and this will surely help us scale newer heights. 
  • I also acknowledge the continuing support by the ISA members in all our endeavours.”
  • He further added, “In particular reference to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am glad to acknowledge the cooperation of all our members, industry associates, vendors and ISA Secretariat team in staying safe, getting vaccinated and adhering to directives by health authorities and governments”.

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After the killing of 116 people in Guayaquil, President Guillermo Lasso declares a state of emergency in the prison system

  • Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system following a battle among gang members in a coastal lockup that killed at least 116 people and injured 80 in what authorities say was the worst prison bloodbath ever in the country.
  • Dozens of police and military vehicles, as well as ambulances, entered the prison eompound on Thursday. Helicopters flew over the area.
  • There could be more bodies or seriously injured people in the prison, said Col. Tannya Varela, the national police commander.
  • Hundreds of people gathered outside the crime lab in Guayaquil, hoping to collect the bodies of relatives they believed were killed in the prison. The prosecutors’ office said on Twitter that police were working to identify bodies.
  • Henry Coral, a police official, asked family members to help speed the identification of bodies by telling authorities about any tattoo, scar or other distinguishing feature of prisoners believed to have been killed. Some bodies were mutilated or burned, making identification harder.
  • “It is regrettable that the prisons are being turned into territories for power disputes by criminal gangs,” Lasso said, adding that he would act with "absolute firmness” to regain control of the Litoral prison and prevent the violence from spreading to other penitentiaries.
  • Images circulating on social media showed dozens of bodies in the prison’s Pavilions 9 and 10 and scenes that looked like battlefields. The fighting was with firearms, knives and bombs, officials said. Earlier, regional police commander FaustoBuenaño had said that bodies were being found in the prison’s pipelines.


Union Labor and Employment Minister BhupendraYadav launched DigiSaksham, a digital skilling program to enhance employability of youth

  • Union Labour and Employment Minister BhupenderYadav  launched DigiSaksham, a digital skills programme to enhance the employability of youth by imparting digital skills that are required in an increasingly technology driven era.
  • This joint initiative with Microsoft india is an extension of the government's ongoing programmes to support the youth from rural and semi-urban areas, a labour ministry statement said.
  • Through DigiSaksham initiative, free of cost training in digital skills including basic skills as well as advance computing will be provided to more than 3 lakh youths in the first year.
  • Jobseekers can access the training through National Career Service (NCS) Portal.
  • The initiative gives priority to the job-seekers of semi urban areas belonging to disadvantaged communities, including those who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Speaking at the launch, the Union minister said that with fast paced technology up gradations, constant skilling, reskilling and up-skilling is a must.

ER Sheikh takes over as the first Director General of the Directorate of Ordnance

  • The 220-year-old Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), supplying arms, ammunition and clothing to armed forces in India, stands dissolved from October 1. The successor organisation of OFB, the Ordnance Directorate (Co-ordination and Services) has got its first Director-General. A recipient of the AyudhRatna Award ER Sheikh assumed charge as first Director-General of the Ordnance Directorate. Thursday, September 30 is the last day of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in existence.
  • An Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS) officer of the 1984 batch, he has been a spearhead of OFB modernization. In particular, he has contributed to the establishment of the modern production line system for the manufacture of small arms ammunition at the Ordnance Factory Varangaon. 
  • As Deputy Director General (DDG)-Propellants and Explosives, he oversaw several plant modernisation projects in explosive factories that led to enhancement in productivity, quality and safety. He also led the successful indigenous development of the Bi-Modular Charge System (BMCS) for artillery ammunition.
  • Sheikh, a postgraduate of IIT Kanpur, has served in various Ordnance Factories.  He was General Manager of the Ordnance Factory, Itarsi earlier. He has also served as a member of various Defence Delegations to foreign countries as a representative of the OFB and the Ministry of Defence. He is also the recipient of the AyudhRatna Award, 2020, conferred on him in recognition of his exemplary services to the organisation.


Former India hockey striker SV Sunil retires

  • Veteran India men's hockey team striker SV Sunil on Friday announced his international retirement, bringing the curtains down on a 14-year-long career during which he was a part of the 2014 Asian Games gold-winning side.
  • Sunil's decision to call time came a day after drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh and defender BirendraLakra, who played starring roles in the Indian hockey team's historic bronze medal-winning Tokyo Olympics campaign, announced their international retirements on Friday.
  • The 32-year-old Sunil, hailing from Karnataka, was not a part of the team that competed in the Tokyo Olympics. Sunil, said it was time for him to make way for younger players and help to build a winning team for the future. The senior player appeared in 264 India matches, striking 72 goals.

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