Current Affairs - 7 August 2021

 🔰 Current Affairs - 7 August 2021 🔰


1. Hiroshima Day takes place every year on 6th August .

Hiroshima Day takes

place every year on 6th August. The horrific incident took place on August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb named “Little Boy”, on the town of Hiroshima in Japan. This bomb attack was done with the motive to end the Second World War in 1945. 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing.

2. West Bengal receives four SKOCH awards.

The government of West Bengal has received four SKOCH awards for its schemes under the Ease of Doing Business initiative. The State scheme ‘Silpasathi’-the online single window portal won the platinum award while the Auto-Renewal of Certificate of Enlistment through the online system for urban areas has received the gold award.

3. Zoological Survey of India gets 1st female director in 100 years.

The Indian government approved the appointment of Dr Dhriti Banerjee as the director of the Zoological Survey of India. She is a prolific scientist, conducting research in zoogeography, taxonomy, morphology and molecular systematics. On the occasion of its centenary celebrations in 2016, Banerjee had co-authored the “The Glorious 100 Women’s Scientific Contribution in ZSI”, which chronicled the contributions of women scientists in the domain of animal-related groups.

4. Ebrahim Raisi sworn in as new President of Iran.

Ebrahim Raisi was officially sworn in as the new president of Iran on August 05, 2021. He won the 2021 Iranian presidential election in June, with 62 per cent of the vote. The 60-year-old Raisi succeeds Hassan Rouhani to begin his four-year term. He is also been the Chief Justice of Iran since March 2019.

5. ICICI Prudential Life ties up with NPCI for UPI Autopay.

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has tied up with the National Payments Corporation of India to provide a Unified Payments Interface Autopay facility to its customers. This tie-up is another step in the company’s digitalisation journey, which provides customers with a hassle-free and seamless experience across the policy lifecycle.

6. Axis Bank crosses one million customers on WhatsApp banking.

Axis Bank has crossed the milestone of over one million customers on its WhatsApp banking channel with a total request count of 6 million till now. Axis Bank had launched banking services on WhatsApp in January 2021 and has since witnessed robust organic growth in its customer base for WhatsApp banking.

7. Sebi allows payments banks to act as investment bankers.

Sebi has allowed payments banks to carry out the activities of investment bankers to provide easy access to investors to participate in public and rights issues by using various payment avenues, markets regulator. Non-scheduled payments banks, which have prior approval from the Reserve Bank of India, will be eligible to act as a banker to an issue.

8. RBI announces its bi-monthly monetary policy.

The Reserve Bank of India has announced its bi-monthly monetary policy. The current Policy Rates are:

Repo Rate: 4.00%

Reverse Repo Rate: 3.35%

Marginal Standing Facility Rate: 4.25%

Bank Rate: 4.25%

CRR: 4%

SLR: 18.00%

9. Khel Ratna Award renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Dhyan Chand, whose birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day, won three Olympic golds for the country in Hockey.

10. Olympian footballer S.S. Babu Nayaran passes away.

Two-times Olympian Shankar Subramaniam “Babu” Nayaran passed away. He was India’s goalkeeper during the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.

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