1. The 15th iteration of the Maldives, India, and Sri Lanka biennial Trilateral Exercise 'Dosti' took place in the Maldives from November 20th to November 24th, 2021, as part of regional security formation for a peaceful and stable Indian Ocean Region.
● The exercise is held every two years between the three countries' coast guards.
● This year marks the 30th anniversary of the exercise's inception.
● The exercise included two Indian Coast Guard ships, the Integrated Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Vajra and Apoorva, as well as the Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCGS) Suraksha.
● The 'Dosti' trilateral exercise between India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka aims to strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capabilities, practise interoperability, and create collaboration between the Coast Guards of the Maldives, India, and Sri Lanka.
2. NASA has launched DART, a first-of-its-kind mission to alter the trajectory of an asteroid by deliberately crashing a spacecraft into it.
● Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is an acronym for Double Asteroid Redirection Test.
● On November 24, 2021, the $325 million DART mission was launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
● The mission's goal is to put asteroid-deflecting technologies to the test.
● The mission's goal is to crash a space probe into the asteroid in order to change its speed and trajectory, preventing it from colliding with the Earth.
3. Jitendra Singh, India's Science and Technology Minister, has inaugurated India's first Virtual Science Lab for Children as part of the CSIR's Jigyasa Program.
● Students will be able to interact with scientists from all over the country in these labs.
● On the basis of an online interactive medium, give excellent research exposure and innovative teaching for school pupils.
● Students from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, and Government Schools would benefit greatly from the new facility.
● The virtual lab would take students on a virtual tour of CSIR labs and introduce them to research infrastructure.
● Under the Jigyasa programme, the CSIR has also teamed with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay to establish a Virtual Lab platform.
4. The State Bank of India (SBI) and Pondicherry Co-op. Milk Producers' Union Ltd (PONLAIT) have signed an MoU for individual dairy farmers to be financed up to Rs 3 lakh.
● The loan will be made available through the SBI Bank's YONO application.
● SBI has launched a technological product called 'SAFAL- Simple And Fast Agriculture Loan' to fund individual dairy farmers who regularly deliver milk to commercial dairies.
● The agreement would assist approximately 3,500 dairy producers who supply milk to PONLAIT's 98 primary milk organisations.
5. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released a draught strategy to merge the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank with the Unity Small Finance Bank Ltd(USFB), situated in Delhi.
● Centrum Group and Bharatpe have partnered to form Unity Small Finance Bank.
● With effect from November 1, 2021, it will operate as a small financing bank.
● According to the proposed merger scheme, Unity's acquisition of PMC Bank's assets and liabilities, including deposits, will provide depositors with a higher level of security.
6. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, has declared that the Patalpani railway station in Indore will be renamed after tribal icon Tantya Bhil, who was dubbed the "Indian Robin Hood" by the tribals.
● The Bhanwar Kuan crossroads and the MR 10 bus stop in Indore will also be named after Tantya Bhil, according to the CM.
● Bhopal's Habibganj railway station, for example, was recently renamed after tribal ruler Rani Kamalapati.
● Tantya Bhil is remembered as one of the revolutionaries who waged a 12-year armed resistance to British rule.
● Tantya is claimed to have looted the British government's treasury and distributed the cash to the needy.
7. Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw has announced the inauguration of Bharat Gaurav, which would be run by both the private sector and the IRCTC on theme-based circuits.
● The Indian Railways is working with corporate and state-owned service providers to finalise theme-based tourism circuit trains that would showcase the country's rich cultural history.
● The railways has dedicated over 3,000 AC and non-AC coaches of various classifications to run over 190 tourist circuit trains to major cultural and heritage sites to promote the first-of-its-kind theme-based trains.
● By January 2022, the first Bharat Gaurav train could be running.