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By admin: Feb. 8, 2022

1. Airtel Payment bank launches cyber insurance for its customer with ICICI Lombard

Tags: National News

India’s first payment bank ,Airtel Payment Bank has launched a cyber insurance policy for its customers in partnership with ICICI Lombard General Insurance company .

  • The Airtel payment bank customer can buy the policy from the Airtel Thanks App.

  • The bank’s policyholder will be provided financial  protection by ICICI Lombard  in case they are a victim of financial frauds while doing online transactions relating to banking, credit cards, debit cards etc.

Airtel Payment Bank :

  • It started its operation January 2017 and is the first payment bank in India 
  • Its Headquarters: New Delhi 

ICICI lombard General Insurance 

  • It is a joint venture of ICICI bank  and   Canada  based Fairfax Financial Holdings.
  • The Headquarters of ICICI Lombard General Insurance : Mumbai . 

Concepts clearing 

What is life  Insurance and General Insurance  

Life Insurance  

  • It is a contract between an insurance company and a human being where the company promises to pay a sum  of money in case of the death of the human being .
  • Important Life Insurance companies in India are LIC, ICICI Prudential,Max Life Insurance etc.

General Insurance 

  • Unlike  life insurance in General Insurance, Non Human beings' life or objects which are not living are insured .
  • For example crops insurance , cow insurance,buffallo insurance etc  . They are living but they are non-human hence they will come under General Insurance .
  • Some of the examples of non life objects are  houses, cars, jewellery,etc. So if we insure our cars then it will come under General Insurance 

Health Insurance 

  • In health insurance a person(human being ) is insured for hospitalisation where the insurance company will pay for hospital bills if the person falls ill.
  • In India, Health Insurance can be provided by Life Insurance companies, General Insurance companies or specialised Health Insurance companies .
  • It means it can be offered by LIC, ICICI  Lombard  or Star Health.

Insurance sector in India is regulated by the Insurance Regulatory  and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).

Headquarters of IRDAI : Hyderabad 

By admin: Feb. 8, 2022

2. PM-CARES collects around Rs 11,000 crores in the first year of its operations

Tags: National News

The Government of India has disclosed that the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief   in Emergency Situation Fund (PM-CARES) received ₹10,990 crore in its first year till March 2021 as donations. Out of this ₹3,976 crore, or 36.17% of the money  was spent for various relief and capacity building measures.

 Major Utilisation of the Fund 

  • For buying 66 million covid vaccines:  Rs 1,392 crore

  • For buying 50,000 indian made ventilators : Rs 1,311 crore 

  • For welfare of migrants,funds provided to states and Union Territories: Rs 1,000 crore . 


To deal with the Covid pandemic ,the Government of India set up  “Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund)” in March 2020 as a public charitable trust .

  • It was set up to  deal with any type of public health emergency like covids or any other  emergency due to natural /man-made disaster etc 

  • It accepts public donations so as to meet its objectives. 

  • Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of the PM CARES Fund and  Union Minister of Defence, Union  Minister of Home Affairs and  Union Minister of Finance are the trustees of the fund.

  • The headquarters of the fund is at : New Delhi 

By admin: Feb. 8, 2022

3. Railways launches Operation AAHT to curb human trafficking

Tags: National News

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) under the Ministry of Railways has launched a nationwide operation to curb human trafficking .

RPF will deploy its special units on important railway stations and trains, especially trains originating in the district bordering Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. 

  • Thousands of women and children from these countries are  sold in various parts of the country for sexual exploitation, prostituion,slavery,organ transplant etc .

  • Law and order is a responsibility of the state government according to the India constitution . The registration,detection and prevention of crime is the responsibility of the Government Railway Police (GRP) under the respective state governments.

  • Railway Protection Force can assist the state government law enforcement agency in curbing human trafficking  as railways is one of the most  preferred network through which human smugglers  uses for trafficking human especially children and women .

  • Article 23(1) of the constitution prohibits trafficking in human beings or persons.

By admin: Feb. 7, 2022

4. ADB lends $4.6 billion to India in 2021

Tags: International News

The Manila based multilateral lending agency ,Asian Development Bank has lent $ 4.6 billion to the Government of India / State governments in 2021.

  • In 2021 the  Asian Development Bank  has signed various  agreements with the Governments to fund 17 projects with a loan amount of $4.6 billion including $ 1.8 billion loan  for India's coronavirus disease pandemic response  programme.

  • Of the COVID-19-related assistance, $1.5 billion was towards vaccine procurement and $300 million to strengthen primary health care in urban areas and the country's future pandemic preparedness.

  •  Out of the $4.6 billion in loans,  $2.2-billion in loans will be provided  to the 12 state government projects .

  • It has also lent $271 million to the private sector in 2021.

  • India is the largest recipient of the  Asian Development Bank amongst all its borrower countries .

Asian Development Bank 

  • It was set up in 1966.

  • Its headquarters is at Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines 

  • Total member countries : 68 

  • President of ADB : Masatsugu Asakawa of Japan

By admin: Feb. 6, 2022

5. African Union Summit Meeting 2022

Tags: International News

The 35th African Union Summit meeting was held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on 5-6 February 2022.

The theme of the summit was “Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent, Strengthening Agro-food systems, health and social protection systems for the acceleration of human, social and economic capital development.'’ 

African Union 

It was founded in 2002 as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity. It focuses on integrating African states to drive Africa’s growth and economic development. 

  • It has 55 member countries of Africa . 

  • Total countries in Africa is 55.

  • Its headquarters is at Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.

By admin: Feb. 5, 2022

6. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

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The Prime Minister inaugurated the 50th Anniversary celebrations of ICRISAT. 

  • He inaugurated ICRISAT’s Climate Change Research Facility on Plant Protection and ICRISAT’s Rapid Generation Advancement Facility. 

  • These two facilities are dedicated to the smallholder farmers of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • The Prime Minister also unveiled a specially designed logo of ICRISAT and launched a commemorative stamp issued on the occasion.


 ICRISAT is a non-profit international organisation founded by renowned agricultural scientists M.S.Swaminathan,C.Fred Bently and Ralph Cummins in 1972 at Patancheru, Hyderabad.

  • It was set up to conduct agricultural research for development in the drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Its mission is to empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture.

  •  It helps farmers by providing improved crop varieties and hybrids and also helps smallholder farmers in the drylands fight climate change.

  •  It has two regional hubs at Nairobi( Kenya) and Bamako( Mali). It has country offices in Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

By admin: Feb. 5, 2022

7. Prime Minister unveiled Statute of Equality in Hyderabad

Tags: National News

Prime Minister on a visit to Telangana on 5 February, has unveiled the ‘Statue of Equality’ at Munchital near Shamshabad and has also inaugurated Climate Change Research Facility on Plant Protection and  a Rapid Generation Advancement Facility at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), campus in Patancheru, Hyderabad.

Statute Of Equality

  •  The 126 feet tall statue which is dedicated to the 11th century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya is located in Muchintal, Shamshabad, Telangana near Hyderabad city.

  • The unveiling of the Statue of Equality is a part of the 12-day Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham, the ongoing 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramanujacharya.  

  • The Statue is made of ‘panchaloha’, a combination of five metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, and zync.

  •  It is the second-largest sitting statue in the world after the Great Buddha Statue in Thailand which is  300 feet high. 

  • It is mounted on a 54-ft high base building, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’. 

  • The statue has been conceptualised by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram.

By admin: Feb. 5, 2022

8. Iceland to stop hunting whales in 2024

Tags: International News

Iceland to stop hunting whales in 2024

Iceland, one of the three countries which commercially hunt whales, has decided to stop hunting from 2024 due to sharp decline in the demands of whale meat .

  • Iceland's biggest market for whale meat was Japan. In 2019 Japan decided to resume commercial hunting of whales resulting in a sharp decline of Icelandic products in Japan.

  • Iceland, Japan and Norway are the only three countries in the world which still allow commercial hunting of whales despite criticism from animal rights and environmental groups .


It is a Nordic European island  country in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.

Nordic countries includes  Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden

The capital of Iceland : Reykjavik

Currency of Iceland :  Icelandic Krona 

By admin: Feb. 4, 2022

9. IS leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashmi Al-Qurayshi killed during US raid in Syria

Tags: International News

The United States President Joe Biden declared on 3rd February 2022, that the the Islamic State (IS) leader- Abu Ibrahim al-Hashmi al-Qurayshi was killed during a US special force operation  at his  hideout  in the town of Atmeh, which is in the northern Idlib province of Syria close to the border with Turkey.

  • Qurayshi blew himself up with the bomb when the US forces approached his compound which killed him and the members of his family.
  •  An Iraqi, Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurayshi also known as "the Destroyer”, became the leader of the Islamic State in 2019 after the death of Abu Bakr al Baghadadi.  

By admin: Feb. 4, 2022

10. India to diplomatically boycott Beijing Winter olympics

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The Ministry of External Affairs has announced that India will diplomatically boycott the 24th Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China from 4 to 20 February 2022. It means that no Indian government officials will participate in the opening and the closing ceremony of the event. The Prasar Bharti Chief Executive Officer, Shashi Shekhar Vempati has also announced that Doordarshan will not telecast the opening and the closing ceremony of the game.


  • India announced this move after China included a regiment commander, Qi Fabao of the People Liberation Army (PLA)  involved in the June 15, 2020 clash with the Indian Army in Galwan as one of the torch bearers of the Winter Olympics.
  • However the only Indian player, Arif Khan of Jammu and Kashmir, will compete in the Slalom and Giant Slalom event. 
  • The US, Australia,Canada, United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand  are also diplomatically boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics over protest against the Chinese government treatment of Ugyher muslims in China and their human rights violation  . 
  • Japan though has not officially announced a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics but as a protest against the human rights abuse in China, it is not sending any official delegation to the game .
  • However, athletes from these countries will participate in the games.