Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 21 September 2021
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 21 September 2021
Charanjit Singh Channi sworn in as new Chief Minister of Punjab
Congress' Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday took oath as the 16th chief minister of Punjab, replacing Captain Amarinder Singh who resigned on Saturday amid the ongoing political tussle with the party’s state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. The 58-year-old Dalit Sikh leader was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor BanwarilalPurohit at a simple ceremony. He took the oath in Punjabi. Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat and Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present at the ceremony.
Born in Punjab’s Bhajauli village near Kurali in 1963, Channi has quickly risen through the ranks in the Congress party. He has also served as a member of the assembly three times from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency. Channi also served as technical education minister in Amarinder Singh's cabinet.
Amarinder Singh resigned from the post of Punjab chief minister on Saturday following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. The resignation came less than an hour before Congress held a legislature party (CLP) meeting, which was originally planned to mitigate the infighting.
Following Amarinder Singh’s resignation and hours of meetings and deliberations, the party unanimously elected Channi as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) of Punjab . Rahul Gandhi congratulated Channi after the announcement.
Iran becomes 9th member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Iran’s bid to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was approved after almost 15 years by the bloc’s seven permanent members.
After the technical and legal process concludes – which could take up to two years – Iran will formally join a group that accounts for about one-third of the world’s land and exports trillions of dollars annually – as it counts China, Russia and India, in addition to several Central Asian states, among its members.
President EbrahimRaisi termed the approval a “diplomatic success” that means linking Iran to the economic infrastructures of Asia and its vast resources.
During a speech at the two-day summit, he had denounced “unilateralism” by the United States and called for a concerted effort to fight sanctions.
President Raisi held a string of high-level bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the SCO summit. Among other things, they led to the signing of eight agreements with Tajikistan’s President EmomaliRahmon.
HDFC Bank ties up with Paytm
HDFC Bank will work with Paytm to offer co-branded credit cards on the Visa platform to businesspersons, millennials and others, said the lender.
This tie-up will see the lender leverage its position as the leading credit card-issuer and its expertise in superior customer engagement to offer services to Paytm’s large customer base of 330 million, thus enabling a deeper penetration in Tier II and III cities, accelerating the adoption of digital payments.
The credit cards will be launched in October during the festive season to tap into the high consumer demand for credit cards, equated monthly installments (EMIs), and buy now pay later (BNPL) options and the full suite of products will be offered by the end of December 2021.
In a statement, the bank said, the credit cards will be customised to meet distinct needs of retail customers, from new-to-credit users to affluent users, and offer one of the best-in-class rewards and cashback for users. The new cards offer will also facilitate small business owners.
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India's first indigenous cruise liner launched by IRCTC
Indian Railways has come up with an attractive tour package for people of Madhya Pradesh interested in visiting various temples of South India. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run a special train from Indore starting from November 27 for South India Darshan. The bookings for the train have already started on the official website of IRCTC (www.irctctourism.com).
According to the IRCTC, the tour spanning 10 days and nine nights will include visits to the temples of Mallikarjuna, Tirupati, Rameswaram, Madurai and Kanyakumari. The IRCTC has kept the fare at Rs 15,750 per person for the AC class, and Rs 9,450 per person for the sleeper class. The train will have five sleeper and as many 3rd AC coaches.
Travellers can board the train from Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Shujalpur, Sehore, Habibganj, Hoshangabad, Itarsi and Betul stations of Madhya Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the IRCTC has also started India’s first indigenous cruise liner. The IRCTC has joined hands with Cordelia Cruises, a private company for expanding its premium travel options to the public. The cruiseliner tours began from September 18. The cruiseliner tour packages will cover some domestic and international tourist destinations including Mumbai, Goa, Lakshwdeep, Kerala and Sri Lanka among others.
India's King Ritwik becomes 70th Grandmaster
Hyderabad’s promising R Raja Rithvik became chess Grandmaster after he crossed the ELO Rating of 2500. The 17-year-old achieved this GM title in Vezerkepzo Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Budapest, Hungary. He thus became the 70th Grandmaster from the country.
Going into the tournament with 2496 points and needing just four points for the GM title, Rithvik, who is a 12th class student of Bhavan’s Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya, Sainikpuri, achieved 5 ELO points in 4 rounds and got live rating of 2501. In the 4th round, playing with white pieces Raja Rithvik defeated FIDE Master Finek Vaclav of Czechoslovakia in 57 moves and reached the live rating of 2501.