Important Current Affairs for CLAT-19th September 2022

Air India Unveiled Transformation Plan Vihaan.AI

Air India, a Tata group-owned airline, unveiled a comprehensive Vihaan.AI to establish itself as a world-class global airline of Indian origin. The plan aims to focus on growing both its network and fleet, revamping its customer’s proposition, enhancing reliability and on-time performance, taking a leadership role in technology, sustainability, and innovation, and investing in the best talent in the airline industry.

Key Points related to Vihaan.AI

  • In the coming five years, Air India will strive to increase its market share to at least 30% in the domestic market.

  • It aims to grow significantly in the international routes from the present market share.

  • The immediate focus of the airline is to fix the basics and readying itself for growth.

  • More focus on building for excellence and establishing scale to become a global industry leader.

  • This plan is the blueprint for Air India’s brand-new foundation.

  • The Vihaan.AI Transformation Plan was launched by Wilson along with senior management members.

Vinod Aggarwal elected as new President of SIAM

Auto industry body, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has elected Vinod Aggarwal as its new president for 2022-23. Aggarwal, the MD and CEO of Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles, succeeds Kenichi Ayukawa, the executive vice-chairman of Maruti Suzuki India. The SIAM also elected Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles managing director Shailesh Chandra as the vice-president, Satyakam Arya; and CEO & MD of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles was elected as the treasurer.

About the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM):

  • The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is a not-for-profit apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India.

  • SIAM works toward supporting sustainable development of the Indian Automobile Industry with the vision that India emerges as the destination of choice in the world for the design and manufacture of automobiles.

  • It works towards facilitating the enhancement of the competitiveness of the Indian Automobile Industry, reducing the cost of vehicles, increasing productivity and achieving global standards of quality.

A book titled “Ambedkar and Modi” released by former President Ram Nath Kovind

Former President Ram Nath Kovind has launched a book titled ‘Ambedkar and Modi: Reformer’s Ideas Performer’s Implementation’. The book, compiled by Bluekraft Digital Foundation, explores the life and works of Dr BR Ambedkar while drawing a parallel with the initiatives and reforms taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the ideals of the social reformer.

The book features a foreword by music composer and Rajya Sabha member Ilaiyaraaja. It presents a convergence between the ideals of Dr Ambedkar and New India’s development journey. Focus has been laid on infrastructure, education, socio-economic mobility, gender equality, and self-reliance in the twelve chapters of the book.

The essence of the book:

Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s influence has an overarching impact on the making of Modern India. However, his legacy was sidelined and subjected to institutional neglect. The book is a prism that reflects upon the multitude of contributions of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in the nation-building process. Many of his ideas and interventions continue to define our governance paradigm, especially with PM Narendra Modi at the helm ensuring that his legacy is revived. The book studies the points of intersection of India’s development story under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ideals of Babasaheb. It also highlights the striking parallels between the two towering personalities that succeeded against all odds and worked to dismantle stifling social structures that they themselves experienced from close quarters.

International Equal Pay Day celebrates on 18 September

International Equal Pay Day, celebrated on 18 September, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. The symbolic day aims at highlighting issues related to the gender pay gap and raising worldwide awareness. The main aim of the event is to end the history of gender discrimination that women are generally subjected to by getting paid less than their male counterparts.

International Equal Pay Day: Significance

The day holds great significance in modern times as it shows how pay inequality still remains a reality. The day provides a global platform for women to raise the issue through various campaigns. International Equal Pay Day also encourages people to join the social cause by identifying strategies for its implementation.

Paying women less than men his just unacceptable in the modern world. Bridging the pay gap contributes toward creating a fairer society where everyone has equal opportunities. In addition to this, providing an equal pay system doesn’t only send a positive message about an organization’s values but also proves beneficial for business. It amplifies productivity and efficiency by attracting the best employees and also reduces the risk of staff turnover. It is a crucial step toward promoting women’s empowerment in a patriarchal society.

International Equal Pay Day: History

International Equal Pay Day was first observed back in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity. It was a coalition of women’s and civil rights organisations that worked toward eliminating gender and race-based wage discrimination. The goal was to achieve pay equity. It was not until 2019 that the Equal Pay International Coalition began officially marking it as a day to raise awareness. In 2020, the move was recognised by the United Nations and they observed the first International Equal Pay on September 18, 2020.


Delhi Police First Force to Make Collection of Forensic Evidence Mandatory

Delhi Police has become the first police force in India to make a collection of forensic evidence mandatory in crimes punishable by more than six years. Delhi is a union territory and is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora issued a ‘Standard Order’, to all the police units.

Key Points related to Collection of Forensic Evidence

  • The order came into force after Home Minister Amit Shah pushed at Zonal Council Meeting.

  • In the Zonal Council Meeting, Mr. Amit Shah informed that the government was going to overhaul the British-era Indian penal code.

  • The changes in making the collection of forensic evidence compulsory in criminal cases punishable was one of the initial steps.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized the fact that custodial torture has roots in colonial India, however, the conviction of a criminal can be achieved based on forensic evidence.

  • The Delhi police order also suggests that the force has its own ‘mobile crime team van’, in each district.

  • The forensic Mobil van will be allotted to each district to provide scientific and forensic assistance on the spot.

Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya launched Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched a 15-day blood donation drive on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. The blood donation drive is known as ‘Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav’ which will continue till 1st October 2022 which is National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urges people to take part in the blood donation drive and donate blood to save lives. The citizens can register themselves on Aarogya Setu App or e-Raktkosh portal to donate blood as part of the ‘Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav’.

Key Points related to ‘Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav’- Blood Donation Drive

  • In India, 5,857 camps have been approved, 55,8959 donors have registered and 4000 people have donated blood so far.

  • The drive aims to collect one lakh units of blood in a day and raise awareness about the need for regular non-remunerated voluntary blood donation.

  • One unit donated translates to 350ml of Blood.

  • The drive will create a repository of voluntary blood donors so that those in need can get help on time and minimize the need for replacement blood donation.

  • Every blood bank in India is encouraged to organize at least one blood donation camp as part of the 15-day blood donation drive.

  • In India, there are 3,900 blood banks with adequate storage and processing capacity.

  • Till now, 3,600 blook banks have been linked with the e-Raktkosh portal.

  • Healthy people have about five to six liters of blood in their body and one person can donate blood after every three months.

  • All the ministries and departments of the center, state, and union territories, non-government and community-based and other stakeholders will be involved in the event.

Federal Bank ranked 63rd in Best Workplaces in Asia 2022

Federal Bank was ranked 63rd on the Best Workplaces in Asia 2022 and becomes the only bank in India to be listed by Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture. The list is based on over one million survey responses across Asia and West Asia, representing the experience of over 4.7 million employees in the region.

This recognition is based on confidential survey data assessing employee experiences of trust, innovation, company values and leadership. Companies are also evaluated on how well they are creating All workplace experiences, inclusive of all employees no matter who they are or what they do. According to Great Place to Work India, 88 per cent of employees at the best workplaces in Asia on average reported having a positive employee experience. For the average global workforce, only 55 per cent of workers report a similarly positive experience.

About the Federal Bank Limited:

Federal Bank Limited is an Indian private sector bank headquartered in Aluva, Kochi. The bank has 1,272 branches spread across different states in India. It also has representative offices abroad in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Dubai.

With a customer base of over 10 million, including 1.5 million NRI customers and a large network of remittance partners around the world, Federal Bank handled more than 15% of India’s total inward remittances of $79 billion in 2018. The bank has remittance arrangements with more than 110 Banks/Exchange Companies around the world. The bank is also listed in the BSE, NSE and London Stock Exchange and has a branch in India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at GIFT City.

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