20-21.12.20 APPSC current Affairs


AP to introduce 4-yr honours prog from next academic yr


The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to drop all existing undergraduate degree courses and introduce a 4-year honours degree programme in all universities from the 2021-22 academic year.


All universities in the state have been asked to shift to the new academic programme in line with the new education policy of the central government. Many universities offer both three-year degree and four-year honours courses, but from next academic year, there will be only four-years honours degree course.




Boeing announces Super Hornet demonstrated compatibility with Indian carriers

American aviation giant Boeing announced that its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter has demonstrated compatibility with India’s aircraft carriers between the U.S. and India.

The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet would not only provide superior war-fighting capability to the Indian Navy but also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the U.S. and India.

F/A-18 can also interface with the Navy’s P-8I as a “force multiplier” and also with other platforms under induction.


Centre and WB sign USD 500 million project to build Green National Highway Corridors


The Centre and the World Bank signed a USD 500 million project to build safe and green national highway corridors in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.


The project will also enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in mainstreaming safety and green technologies.

The Green National Highways Corridors Project will support the Road Transport and Highways Ministry to construct 783 kilometres of highways in various geographies by integrating safe and green technology designs such as local and marginal materials, industrial byproducts and other bioengineering solutions.

The project will help reduce GHG emissions in the construction and maintenance of highways.



Positive Pay system for Cheques


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to introduce a new rule for cheque payments from January 1, 2021.


It is called ‘positive pay system’ for cheques, under which re-confirmation of key details may be needed for payments beyond Rs 50,000.

Availing of this facility would be at the discretion of the account holder.

However, banks may consider making it mandatory in case of cheques for amounts of Rs 5 lakh and above.


Rafael Nadal wins Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award


Former world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal bagged the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the third year in a row and fourth time in his career at the ATP Awards


Nadal, who won a record-stretching 13th Roland Garros title at the French Open this year, was voted for the award by fellow players.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic along with US Open champions Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares were also honoured for finishing 2020 on top of the men’s singles and men’s doubles rankings.


Break dancing gets Olympic status to debut at Paris Games in 2024


Breaking, the official name for competitive breakdancing, will become an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2024 Paris Olympics.


The sport was one of four to be approved for the summer games.

Surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing were also approved for Paris 2024, but all three events will also be a part of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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