14 December - National Energy Conservation Day 2021

Himachal Govt constitutes "Samanya Varg Aayog".

  • The Himachal Pradesh government announced the setting up of a commission for upper castes on the lines of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The commission, to be named as the Samanya Varg Aayog, will be formalized through a legislative act in three months' time.
  • when the next sitting of the state legislature is for the budget session of the House in February-March 2021.
  • There is already a Scheduled Caste Commission in Himachal Pradesh and it is headed by former Shimla MP Virendra Kashyap.

India is ranked 66th in the Global Health Protection Index 2021.

  • According to the Global Health Security (GHS) Index 2021, the world's average overall GHS Index score was reduced to 38.9 (out of 100) in 2021 from a score of 40.2 in the GHS Index, 2019.
  • The GHS Index has been developed in partnership. Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
  • India is ranked 66th out of 195 countries with a composite index score of 42.8 and a change of -0.8 from 2019.
  • The United States of America (USA) ranks 1st in the index with a score of 75.9, followed by Australia and Finland.

Saudi Arabia bans Tablighi Jamaat, calls it "gate of terror".

  • Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi Jamaat, terming it a threat to society and one of the gates of terrorism.
  • The country's Islamic Affairs minister made an announcement on social media instructing mosques to warn people against joining them.
  • The government has also warned people against joining the Tablighi Jamaat, which has been banned in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Saudi government also asked mosques to inform people about the danger that Tablighi Jamaat posed to the society.

UAE becomes 1st country to transition to 4.5-day Work Week.

  • The United Arab Emirates has announced to change its existing five-day work week to four-and-a-half days from January 1.
  • It is becoming the 1st country in the world to make employee-friendly changes as part of its efforts to improve productivity and work Life balance.
  • As per the new schedule, the working hours will be from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm from Monday to Thursday, followed by half-day hours from 7.30 am to 12.00 noon on Fridays.
  • Under the new rule Saturday and Sunday are full day holidays.
  • The government’s move is expected to make it come closer to the timings of the US, the UK, and Europe, boosting commerce.
  • The Emirati govt of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have already announced the four-and-a-half day workweek.

IPPB has tied up with NPCI to launch doorstep bill payment service.

  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has tied up with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) bill payment system Bharat BillPay to facilitate cash-based bill payment service at the doorstep of the customer.
  • Various utility bills can be paid on the Bharat BillPay platform and this facility will also be made available to non-IPPB customers.

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