Today’s Top Current Affairs: 07 July 2022

Lt Gen Mohan Subramaniam has been appointed as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

India’s Lieutenant General Mohan Subramaniam has been appointed as the Force Commander in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Main characteristics:

  • India’s Lieutenant General Mohan Subramaniam has been appointed as the Force Commander in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

  • Mohan Subramaniam will succeed Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinikar of India.

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment on 5 July.

  • About 20,000 peacekeepers work with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to protect civilians and build lasting peace in the conflict-hit country.

  • Police, civilian and military personnel from 73 countries perform a range of duties under mandates given by the United Nations Security Council.

For digital payment collection, South Indian Bank ties up with Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department

To enable digital collection of payments at eco-tourism centres, mobile Vanashree units, Vanashree shops and eco-shops, South Indian Bank signed an agreement with the Forest and Wildlife Department of Kerala.

Main characteristics:

  • To enable digital collection of payments at eco-tourism centres, mobile Vanashree units, Vanashree shops and eco-shops across the state, South Indian Bank signed an agreement with the Forest and Wildlife Department of Kerala.

  • The Forest Department established Vanshree shops and units for marketing of forest products, protecting the rich and sensitive ecosystem, conservation and management of biodiversity and raising the standard of living of the tribals working in the area.

  • Through this partnership, South Indian Bank’s digital collection system will be available at all 124 tourist destinations under the Forest Department.

  • The tie-up will begin with installation of 124 POS machines at various eco-tourism centres, mobile Vanashree units, Vanashree shops and eco-shops under 36 forest department agencies across Kerala.

India’s first autonomous navigation facility TiHAN was inaugurated by Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology at IIT Hyderabad campus.

Main characteristics:

  • India’s first autonomous navigation facility TiHAN was inaugurated by Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology at IIT Hyderabad campus.

  • TiHAN was developed by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology with a budget of Rs 130 crore.

  • TiHAN stands for Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation. It is a multidisciplinary initiative that will make India an international player in future and next generation “smart mobility” technology.

  • India’s mobility sector is one of the world’s largest markets, and TiHAN – IITH will become a source of futuristic technology generation for autonomous vehicles.

  • The TiHAN testbed will provide a unique platform for high-quality research among academia, industry and R&D laboratories at the national and international level, making India a global leader in autonomous navigation technologies.

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