20-21.12.20 Daily KPSC Current Affairs

KARNATAKA

 

Despite Karnataka’s corrupt tag, Lokayukta remains toothless

 

Karnataka is the fourth most corrupt state in the country and its people face graft the most while accessing public services, according to surveys conducted by Transparency International India and Centre for Media Studies in recent years.

Between 2008 and 2011, when Yediyurappa was the chief minister, 13 ministers were being probed by the Lokayukta.

 

Most of the cases pertain to denotification of land in violation of government rules. The Lokayukta also raided residences of MLAs in disproportionate assets cases and was equally effective against officials, including cops, RTO officers and sub-registrars, many of whom were booked for amassing wealth disproportionate to their income, while hundreds were caught accepting bribes.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Boeing announces Super Hornet demonstrated compatibility with Indian carriers

American aviation giant Boeing announced that its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter has demonstrated compatibility with India’s aircraft carriers between the U.S. and India.

The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet would not only provide superior war-fighting capability to the Indian Navy but also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the U.S. and India.

F/A-18 can also interface with the Navy’s P-8I as a “force multiplier” and also with other platforms under induction.

NATIONAL

Centre and WB sign USD 500 million project to build Green National Highway Corridors

 

The Centre and the World Bank signed a USD 500 million project to build safe and green national highway corridors in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

 

The project will also enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in mainstreaming safety and green technologies.

The Green National Highways Corridors Project will support the Road Transport and Highways Ministry to construct 783 kilometres of highways in various geographies by integrating safe and green technology designs such as local and marginal materials, industrial byproducts and other bioengineering solutions.

The project will help reduce GHG emissions in the construction and maintenance of highways.

 

 

Positive Pay system for Cheques

 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to introduce a new rule for cheque payments from January 1, 2021.

 

It is called ‘positive pay system’ for cheques, under which re-confirmation of key details may be needed for payments beyond Rs 50,000.

Availing of this facility would be at the discretion of the account holder.

However, banks may consider making it mandatory in case of cheques for amounts of Rs 5 lakh and above.

 

Rafael Nadal wins Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

 

Former world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal bagged the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the third year in a row and fourth time in his career at the ATP Awards

 

Nadal, who won a record-stretching 13th Roland Garros title at the French Open this year, was voted for the award by fellow players.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic along with US Open champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares were also honoured for finishing 2020 on top of the men’s singles and men’s doubles rankings.

 

Break dancing gets Olympic status to debut at Paris Games in 2024

 

Breaking, the official name for competitive breakdancing, will become an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

 

The sport was one of four to be approved for the summer games.

Surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing were also approved for Paris 2024, but all three events will also be a part of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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