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Daily Current Affairs – 24 Dec 2020 : GKToday Updates


1. PM Modi to address centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati University today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the centenary celebrations of the Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan today through video conferencing.
  • The Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will also be present on the occasion.
  • Founded by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, Visva-Bharati was declared to be a Central University and an Institution of National Importance by an Act of Parliament in May 1951.


Cabinet gives nod to merge 4 govt film media units with NFDC

  • The Cabinet approved the merger of Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India and Children’s Film Society, India with National Film Development Corporation.
  • Briefing media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the merger of Film Media Units under one corporation will lead to convergence of activities and resources for better coordination.
  • The Cabinet also approved the appointment of a Transaction Advisor and Legal Advisor who will advise on the transfer of assets and employees and oversee all aspects of operationalisation of the merger.

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The National Film Development Corporation of India based in Mumbai is the central agency established in 1975, to encourage high quality Indian cinema. It functions in areas of film financing, production and distribution and under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.


2. ICICI Bank launches online portal ‘Infinite India’ for foreign firms expanding in India

  • The ICICI Bank has launched an online platform ‘Infinite India’ to support foreign companies to establish or expand business in India.
  • The one-stop portal will offer banking solutions as well as value-added services such as incorporation of a business entity, corporate filings, licences and registrations, HR services, compliances and taxation among others.
  • Through this initiative, ICICI bank aims to strengthen its position in the multinational corporations (MNC) segment.

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ICICI Bank CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi; Headquarters: Mumbai


3. DRDO conducts successful trial of Medium Range Surface to Air MR-SAM missile from Chandipur off Odisha coast

  • DRDO conducted the successful trial of the Medium Range Surface to Air MR-SAM missile from Chandipur off the Odisha coast.
  • This was the army version of the MR-SAM missile which has been designed jointly by India and Israel.
  • The missile is designed to provide the armed forces with air defence capability against a variety of air-borne targets at medium ranges.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the efforts of DRDO and associated team members involved in the mission.

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency under the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in Delhi.

Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy


4. Gadkari to inaugurate & lay foundation stone for 18 highway projects in Rajasthan

  • Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay foundation stone for 18 highway projects worth Rs 8,341 crore in Rajasthan today.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will preside over the virtual function.
  • These projects for inauguration and foundation laying carry a road length of nearly 1,127 kilometres.
  • These roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in the State.

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Rajasthan Capital: Jaipur; Governor: Kalraj Mishra


5. National Farmers Day: 23rd Dec

  • National Farmers Day (Kisan Diwas) is observed every year on December 23 in India to remember the role of Indian farmers in the economy.
  • The day is observed to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.
  • He brought farmer-friendly policies and worked towards the welfare of the farmers.

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Chaudhary Charan Singh was the fifth Prime Minister of India and served the country as Prime Minister from 28 July 1979 to 14 January 1980.



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