Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 08 April 2021

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Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 08 April 2021


Army chief Gen Naravane leaves for Bangladesh on 5-day visit

  • Amid the celebrations of Swarnim Vijay Varsh marking 50 years of Bangladesh’s liberation, the army chief is scheduled to hold one-to-one meetings with the three service chiefs of Bangladesh’s armed forces.
  • Over a week after Prime Minister NarendraModi returned from his two-day trip to Bangladesh, India’s chief of army staff (COAS) General MM Narvane embarked on a five-day visit to Bangladesh.
  • The visit is aimed to “deepen the bilateral relationships between the two armies and act as a catalyst for closer coordination and cooperation between the two countries on a host of strategic issues,” a statement released by the army said.
  • On the same day, the army chief will visit the Sheikh MujiburRahman Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi to pay tribute to the founding father of Bangladesh after attending a wreath-laying ceremony for liberation war martyrs at ShikhaAnirban.

Govt working on CoBRA commando Manhas’s release from Maoists: J&K L-G

  • Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor ManojSinha has said the Union home ministry is working for the release of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas from Maoist captivity in Chhattisgarh. 
  • “I express my solidarity with the jawan and his family. I am confident that by the grace of God, he will safely return home,” Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a function on Wednesday. 
  • Sinha added efforts to bring back Manhas cannot be discussed in the public domain.
  • He went missing after the April 2 attack. Maoists on Wednesday released a photograph of Manhas and demanded that a mediator be appointed to negotiate his release.
  • The photograph showed Manhas sitting alone in what appeared to be a hut. According to local journalists in the region, the photo was sent on WhatsApp. “At 11.27 am, a photograph of the missing jawan was sent on a WhatsApp number by Maoist leader Vikalp,” said Sukma-based journalist Raja Rathore.

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MoU between India and Japan for Academic and Research Cooperation and Exchange

  • Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister NarendraModi, is apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Dept of Space, Government of India and Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan for Academic and Research Cooperation and Exchange on November 4, 2020 and November 11, 2020 at respective institutes and exchanged by post.
  • This MoU shall enable NARL and RISH to continue their cooperation in areas of atmospheric science and technology, collaborative scientific experiments/campaigns and related modelling studies utilising the research facilities of RISH and NARL, exchange of scientific materials, publications and information, joint research meetings and workshops, exchange of faculty members, students and researchers.
  • This MoU would lead to mutual utilization of facilities such as the Middle and Upper atmosphere (MU) radar in Shigaraki, Japan, the Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR) in Kototabang, Indonesia and complementary instruments available from RISH, and the Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) radar and complementary instruments available at NARL.


Rupee surges 10 paise to 74.37 against US dollar in early trade

  • After logging its biggest single-day fall in nearly two years on Wednesday, the rupee appreciated by 10 paise to 74.37 against the US dollar in opening trade supported by positive domestic equities and weak American currency.
  • At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened at 74.38 against the US dollar, then inched higher to 74.37 against the greenback, registering a rise of 10 paise over its previous close of 74.47.
  • On Wednesday, the Indian rupee nosedived 105 paise to mark its biggest single-session drop in over 20 months against the US currency amid concerns over surging Covid-19 cases in the country.
  • "The RBI could be present this Thursday to curb volatility and could cap losses," Reliance Securities said in a research note.
  • Meanwhile, Asian currencies were mostly lower and could cap gains, the note added.

E-wallet may function as bank account soon

  • Mobile wallets will soon be allowed to transfer and receive funds, in addition to making payments, similar to bank accounts.
  • This follows the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) decision on Wednesday to make it mandatory for all prepaid instruments (PPIs) such as mobile wallets and prepaid cards to be interoperable. So far, it was voluntary for PPIs to be interoperable.
  • The RBI’s decision will let a customer send money from a wallet to a bank account and also from one company’s wallet to another.
  • The limit of the outstanding balance in PPIs has also been doubled to 2 lakh.
  • For payments and transfers, the central bank has allowed PPIs to become members of RBI-operated centralised payment systems—RTGS (real-time gross settlement) and NEFT (national electronic fund transfer).
  • With wallets joining RTGS and NEFT payment systems, the student will also be able to use the wallet to pay fees, house rent and other expenses that required making bank transfers so far.


WHO confirms possibility of Covid-19 transmission from humans to animals

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirms the possibility of transmission of Covid-19 from humans to cats, dogs, minks, raccoon dogs, lions and tigers, WHO representative to Russia MelitaVujnovic.
  • "The Covid-19 virus spreads mainly through human-to-human transmission, but there is evidence of human-to-animal transmission as it is a zoonotic virus," Vujnovic said in an interview to Sputnik.
  • The WHO representative also said that an "intermediate host" has not yet been identified.
  • "Several animals -- minks, dogs, domestic cats, lions, tigers and raccoon dogs -- who have come into contact with infected people, have tested positive for Covid-19. The process of studying the effect of the virus on other species of animals is underway," Vujnovic added.
  • In addition, the health expert said that it is important to understand which animals are most "susceptible to the virus in order to find other potential animal reservoirs and avoid future outbreaks".


Vishnu Saravanan becomes 2nd Indian sailor to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

  • India will compete in more than one sailing event in an Olympics for the first time after Vishnu Saravanan on Thursday qualified for the Tokyo Games in Laser STD Class after finishing second in the Asian Qualifier in Oman.
  • NethraKumanan on Wednesday became the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Games in Tokyo in the laser radial event in the Mussanah Open Championship, which is an Asian Olympic qualifying event.
  • Saravanan, who was third till the penultimate day on Wednesday, won the medal race on Thursday to jump to second place overall and book a Tokyo Olympics quota.

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