India’s 1st water taxi service inaugurated to connect South Mumbai with Navi Mumbai.

  • The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off India’s first water taxi service in Maharashtra on February 17, 2022, from the newly constructed Belapur Jetty.
  • The Belapur Jetty was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray same day.
  • Both the inaugurations were held virtually.
  • The Water Taxi service will connect the twin cities of Navi Mumbai to mainland Mumbai.
  • This will be for the first time that South Mumbai to Navi Mumbai will be connected by fast and reliable transport services which will help in reducing the travelling time .

Home Minister Amit Shah launches "Smart Card Arms License" and "Shastra App" of Delhi Police.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched Smart Card Arms License and Shastra App of the Delhi Police on February 16, 2022, on the occasion of 75th anniversary of the Delhi Police.
  • The Delhi Police Licensing Unit has introduced Smart Card Arms License, to replace the existing bulky arms license booklet.
  • With this Delhi Police has become the first police force in the country to introduce such smart card service.
  • The Smart Card Arms License is easy to carry with inherent security features. It will be printed in house after verification of data of arms license holders.
  • The card is also integrated with the e-Beat book of Delhi Police through ‘Shastra mobile app’ for effective policing.
  • The Shastra app will help beat officers in identifying the credentials of arms license holders anytime during day-to-day random checking.

G Ashok Kumar appointed as India’s 1st national maritime security coordinator.

  • Former Vice Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar has been appointed as India’s 1st national maritime security coordinator (NMSC) on February 16, 2022.
  • NMSC will be part of the National Security Council Secretariat, and will report directly to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. NMSC will have no forces under him.
  • The main task will be given to NMSC to make coordination among the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, security agencies those tangled in coastal and maritime security and 13 coastal states and Union Territories.

Career Counselling Workshop "Pramarsh 2022" launched in Bikaner.

  • The Minister of State for Culture & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal launched Pramarsh 2022 , a mega career counselling workshop on February 15, 2022, for the students of the Bikaner District region in Rajasthan.
  • More than one lakh students from thousands of private & government schools of Bikaner district and mainly from rural areas, participated in this workshop.
  • It is first such incidence in India that more than 1 lakh Students participated in Career Counselling in one Workshop.

IBA’s 17th Annual Banking Technology Awards 2021 announced.

  • Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has announced the IBA’s 17th Annual Banking Technology Awards 2021 on February 14, 2022.
  • In total South Indian Bank has won 6 awards in the event.
  • This year’s IBA Awards celebrating Next Gen Banking has recognized technologies and practices in the banking industry that have demonstrated a high degree of innovation over the past year.

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