Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 27 July 2021
Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 27 July 2021
Center launches portal for registration of COVID-19 orphans
The Government has asked the States and Union Territories (UTs) to direct the district magistrates (DMs) to identify children who have lost their parents or guardians to COVIUD-19, and to upload their details on the recently launched "pmcaresforchildren.in",.
Upon registration on the said portal, the children will begin to receive support and prompt assistance under the "PM Cares for Children" scheme.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) had written to the State Governments and UT administrations on bygone 22 July and asked them to complete the task within the next 15 days.
Under the scheme, the eligible children will be supported through health insurance, provided education and equipped with the financial support of Rs 10 lakh upon reaching the age of 23 years.
Madrid's Paseo del Prado and BuenoRetiro Parks included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
The UN's cultural organisation said it was in recognition of the key roles both had played in the city's history.
Paseodel Prado is home to several prestigious buildings, among them the Prado Museum.
It said the Paseo featured several prominent structures including squares with historic marble sculptures and fountains such as the Plaza de Cibeles, which it described as "an iconic symbol of the city".
In a statement on Sunday, the Spanish government highlighted that the Paseo had been the first street of its kind to be open to all citizens - previously park-like boulevards were only open to the upper classes.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the recognition by Unesco was "deserved", adding: "Madrid and all of Spain are in luck."
One resident of Madrid, Ana Lanchas, said Retiro Park was "the heart of the city", adding: "I don't know anyone who comes to Madrid and doesn't go to the Retiro."
Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) of SCBs (Scheduled Commercial Banks) declined by Rs 61,180 crore to Rs 8.34 lakh crore at the end of March 31, 2021
Primarily as a result of transparent recognition of stressed assets as NPAs, gross NPAs of SCBs, as per RBI data on global operations, rose from ₹3,23,464 crore as on 31.3.2015, to ₹10,36,187 crore on 31.3.2018, MoS (Finance) Bhagwat K Karad said
Non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans of banks have declined by ₹61,180 crore to ₹8.34 lakh crore at the end of March 31, 2021, as result of various steps taken by the government, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat K Karad said.
Scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) were carrying NPAs worth ₹8.96 lakh crore on their balance sheet at the end of March 2020.
"Primarily as a result of transparent recognition of stressed assets as NPAs, gross NPAs of SCBs, as per RBI data on global operations, rose from ₹3,23,464 crore as on 31.3.2015, to ₹10,36,187 crore on 31.3.2018, and as a result of Government's strategy of recognition, resolution, recapitalisation and reforms, have since declined to ₹9,33,779 crore on 31.3.2019, Rs. 8,96,082 crore as on 31.3.2020, and further to ₹8,34,902 crore (provisional data) as on 31.3.2021,"
Madhya Pradesh levies highest tax on petrol, Rajasthan imposes highest tax on diesel
Madhya Pradesh levies the highest sales tax or VAT on petrol in the country, while Rajasthan has the highest tax on diesel, Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the LokSabha on Monday.
Heavily taxed petrol and diesel rates have shot to their highest prices this month. Taxes, both central and state, make up for 55 per cent of the retail price of petrol and 50 per cent of diesel rates.
While the central government levies a fixed excise duty of Rs 32.90 a litre on petrol and Rs 31.80 a litre on diesel, states charge an ad valorem rate of VAT that essentially results in per litre tax going up when prices rise, and falling when rates come down.
::Science and tech::
Pyrazole Organic Crystals
Three new fluorinated bis(pyrazoles), namely: 1,4-bis(1H-pyrazol-4-ylethynyl)-2-fluorobenzene (H2BPEFB), 1,4-bis(1H-pyrazol-4-ylethynyl)-2,3-difluorobenzene (H2BPEF2B) and 1,4-bis(1H-pyrazol-4-ylethynyl)-tetrafluorobenzene (H2BPEF4B), have been synthesized taking advantage of Sonogashira coupling reactions, and characterized as per their crystal and molecular structure, spectroscopic and dielectric properties, and hydrophobicity.
In the crystal structures, the three molecules, whose deviation from planarity increases on increasing the fluorination degree, interact by means of hydrogen bonds, forming 2D supramolecular layers. Notably, the absorption and fluorescence emission properties are only slightly affected by the fluorination degree in both the solid state and solution.
Furthermore, the spectral line-shapes are weakly dependent on the environment when dissolved in a number of solvents of different polarity and hydrogen-bonding affinity.
On the other hand, the dielectric constant monotonically increases on increasing the number of fluorine atoms.
Japan's 13-year-old skater Nishiya became the youngest gold medalist
At 13 years old, skateboarder MomijiNishiya of Japan just became one of the youngest gold medal winners ever at the Olympic Games. The girls standing by her side on the podium? Also teenagers.
Nishiya took home the gold Monday in the women's street competition — which debuted in Tokyo for the very first time. It sealed her nation's fate as the current dominating force in skateboarding, following a win by YutoHorigome in the men's competition the day prior.