1.The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has allowed Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp to start its payments service in the country in a ‘graded’ manner. Unified Payments Interface or UPI is an immediate real-time payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NCPI). It was introduced in April 2016 as a pilot project and is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

2.National Monsoon mission Launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in 2012. Aim to develop a state-of-the-art, dynamic monsoon prediction system for short, medium, and long-range forecasts.

3. Government weeds out 4.39 crore bogus ration cards under NFSA since 2013. National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013: The objective is to provide for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity.

4. EOS-01 launch. This will be ISRO’s first mission since the launch of RISAT-2BR1, on December 11 last year. It is an earth observation satellite. EOS-01 is nothing but another Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT) that will work together with RISAT-2B and RISAT-2BR1 launched last year.

5. Democrat Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 US presidential election. Much before he became Vice President in the Barack Obama administration, Biden had advocated a stronger relationship with India.

6. Atal Beemit (Bimit) Vyakti Kalyan Yojana: It aims to financially support those who lost their jobs or rendered jobless for whatsoever reasons due to changing employment pattern.

7. The Fifteenth Finance Commission led by Chairman N K Singh, submitted its Report to the President of India. The Finance Commission is a constitutionally mandated body that is at the centre of fiscal federalism. Set up under Article 280 of the Constitution.

8. After news of a highly effective Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 and Saudi Arabia’s assurance that an OPEC+ oil output deal could be adjusted to balance the market, Oil prices have jumped. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq. It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. OPEC membership is open to any country that is a substantial exporter of oil and which shares the ideals of the organization.

9. Andhra Pradesh government recently said that it is planning to complete the Polavaram project by 2022. The dam is being built across the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh. The project is a multipurpose major terminal reservoir project for development of Irrigation, Hydropower and drinking water facilities.


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