Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 18 January 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs


Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 18 January 2021

::NATIONAL::

RSS decision-making body to hold annual meet in Bengaluru

  • The AkhilBharatiyaPratinidhiSabha (ABPS), the highest decision-making body of the RSS, will meet on March 19 and 20 in Bengaluru.
  • The annual meeting, which will have in attendance the RSS brass and leaders of its 40-plus affiliates including the BharatiyaJanata Party president, was cancelled last year on account of the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting was also scheduled to take place in Bengaluru.
  • This year’s meeting was supposed to be held in Nagpur as every third year the meeting is held at the headquarters of the Sangh. However, a decision has been taken to hold the meeting in Bengaluru.
  • Elections to nominate new officer bearers are also conducted every third year. There is speculation that there could be changes in the roles of a few top functionaries at the ABPS this year.

::ECONOMY::

Tata Capital PE fund raises 1,250 cr to invest in urbanisation, manufacturing

  • Mumbai, JTata Capital on Monday announced it has raised 1,250 crore for a private equity fund which will be investing in areas including urbanisation and manufacturing.
  • It announced the final closure of the 1,250 crore Tata Capital Growth Fund II, which is a successor to a similar fund.
  • The fund has both newer and existing investors, which include global and European fund of funds, Japanese institutions and a leading Asian development finance institution, a statement said.
  • The investment strategy for the new fund will be the same as in the first fund, it said, adding that the investments will be made in three identified themes.
  • These include strategic services, urbanization and discrete manufacturing in continuation of the earlier strategy, it said.

::INTERNATIONAL::

India, Japan ink pact to enhance cooperation in ICT

  • India and Japan signed a pact to enhance cooperation in the field of information and communications technology (ICT).
  • Major focus areas are like 5G, telecom security and submarine optical fibre cable.
  • The two countries will also cooperate on smart cities, high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, disaster management and public safety, the release added.
  • Government said, Japanese electronics industry to invest in India and avail the benefits of the new technologies. 
  • The minister further highlighted the huge potential India holds for Japanese investors in the field of 5G and 5G-based services, internet of things, and digital health technologies.

SCIENCE AND TECH

NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short

  • NASA conducted a test firing of the engines for its giant Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket on Saturday but they shut down earlier than planned, the space agency said.
  • The "hot-fire" test at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi was supposed to last a little over eight minutes -- the time the engines would burn in flight -- but they shut down just over a minute into the burn.
  • "Teams are assessing the data to determine what caused the early shutdown, and will determine a path forward," NASA said in a statement.
  • The SLS rocket is intended to launch the Artemis missions that will take US astronauts back to the Moon.
  • Despite being cut short, NASA said the test of the RS-25 engines had provided valuable information for the planned missions.

Sports

Sindhu and other Indian shuttlers look for better show at Thailand Open

  • Indian shuttlers, including Olympic hopefuls P V Sindhu and SainaNehwal, will hope to give a better account of themselves at Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament, starting here on Tuesday, after a lacklustre show last week.
  • The Indian players seemed to struggle with their fitness as none of them could cross the second round at the Yonex Thailand Open, the first event of the Asia leg here.
  • Barring KidambiSrikanth, it was the first tournament for the whole Indian contingent in nearly 10 months.

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