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BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

BharatPe Makes Three Key Appointments

  • IPO-bound fintech platform BharatPe announced three key appointments, along with hiring Ambuj Bhalla as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), as it fights a legal battle with former Co-founder Ashneer Grover in the Delhi High Court.
  • BharatPe also announced the appointment of Rahul Bhatia as Head of Internal Audit and Ravinder Oberoi as Head of Compliance.
  • Bhalla has close to two decades of experience with brands like IndiGo Airlines, Reserve Bank Information Technology (ReBIT) and Bharti Airtel, with a strong focus on information security, as well as data privacy and protection.
  • Bhatia has about 17 years of experience in the domain of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in the financial services sector, while Oberoi is an industry veteran with close to 23 years of experience in financial services, banking as well as insurance companies.

PepsiCo Foundation, CARE Bring Global Women Farmer Programme to Bengal

  • PepsiCo Foundation and CARE announced the expansion of their global 'She Feeds the World' programme to India in West Bengal, home to the company's first food factory in the country.
  • The programme 'She Feeds the World' focuses on strengthening the role of small-scale women producers across three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.
  • At the economic level, it would build capabilities for the small-scale farmers; socially, the project aims to promote equitable access to knowledge, resources and inclusive markets and from an environmental perspective, it would tackle soil, water, biodiversity and carbon footprint issues.
  • PepsiCo, which set up its factory in West Bengal 2004, already has a track record of engaging with women in the state as part of the PepsiCo-USAID Women Farmer Economic Empowerment Program.

RBI Extends Deadline for Locker Agreement Renewal

  • In a huge relief to customers, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the deadline for renewal of agreements for existing safe deposit locker to December 31, 2023.
  • The RBI said that banks will have to complete the process of renewal of agreements in a phased manner and asked them to unfreeze lockers that may have been frozen due to non-renewal of agreement.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

After Co-WIN, Govt Launches U-WIN to Digitise Universal Immunisation Programme

  • After the success of the Co-WIN platform, the government has now replicated it to set up an electronic registry for routine vaccinations.
  • Named U-WIN, the programme to digitise India's Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) was launched in a pilot mode in two districts of each state and Union Territory.
  • The platform will be used to register and vaccinate every pregnant woman, record her delivery outcome, register every newborn delivery, administer birth doses and all vaccination events thereafter.
  • The U-WIN is a single source of information for immunisation services, updating vaccination status, delivery outcome, planning of RI sessions and reports like antigen-wise coverage, etc.
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DAYS AND EVENTS

International Customs Day

  • The International Customs Day (ICD) is observed on January 26 every year. The day is celebrated to recognise the role of customs officials and agencies and focus on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs. This year (2023), the theme chosen by WCO for ICD is 'Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem'.
  • The day was instituted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to commemorate the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium. In 1994 the CCC was renamed World Customs Organization (WCO).
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AWARDS AND HONOURS

R. V. Prassad Honoured the Most Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award 2022

  • R. Vishnu Prassad was awarded "The most distinguished scientist of the year 2022" at Vigyan bhawan, Delhi. Prassad, a scientist with 69 patents was honored with the Indian Achievers Award as the most distinguished scientist of the year. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions in various fields, including culture, science, sports, and innovation. He contributed to smart cities, solid waste management, large-scale water treatment, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, was selected by a jury headed by Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra.
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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION

IISc Bangalore Launches PG Certification Programme in Micro and Nanoelectronics

  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore launched a new PG level advanced certification programme in Micro and Nanoelectronics to equip the upcoming generation of semiconductor experts, who are prepared to benefit from the industry's rapid expansion currently being experienced by the semiconductor sector.
  • The progrmme was launched in collaboration with TalentSprint, an edtech company to meet the growing demand of semiconductor/VLSI professionals, or professionals having deeper semiconductor knowledge to interface with any electronics industry. The curriculum of the programme was currated by MSDLab, Department of Electronics Systems Engineering (DESE) at IISc Bangalore.
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LAW AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

Supreme Court Removes Condition of Magistrate's Approval in Living Will Process

  • In a bid to make the guidelines on "living will" more workable and less cumbersome, the Supreme Court removed the condition that mandated a magistrate's approval for withdrawal or withholding of life support to a terminally ill person.
  • Living will is an advance medical directive on end-of-life treatment.
  • The Supreme Court's 2018 order on passive euthanasia wherein it recognised the right to die with dignity as a fundamental right and an aspect of Article 21 (right to life) notwithstanding, people wanting to get a "living will" registered were facing problems due to cumbersome guidelines, prompting a reconsideration by the apex court.
  • A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice K. M. Joseph said the document will now be signed by the executor of the living will in the presence of two attesting witnesses, preferably independent, and attested before a notary or Gazetted Officer.
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