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Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 1st September 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

International Literacy Day

  • 8 September was declared international literacy day by UNESCO. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967.
  • Thetheme of International Literacy Day 2020, is “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.”

 International Day to Protect Education from Attack

  • International Day to Protect Education from Attack to be celebrated for the first time in 2020 on September 9th.

World Suicide Prevention Day

  • World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.
  • World Suicide Prevention Day Theme 2020 is “working together to prevent suicide”.

 United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

  • United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation on 12 September every year, commemorating the adoption in 1978 of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.
  • Theme for 2020 is “Pathways toward the SDGs through South-South solidarity beyond COVID-19.”

World First Aid Day

  • World First Aid Day is observed on the second Saturday of September, every year.
  • The theme of World First Aid Day 2020 is an annual campaign to promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives.

Hindi Diwas being observed across the country

  • Hindi Diwas is being celebrated across the country on 14th sep. It was on this day in 1949 that the constituent assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari as the official language of the country.

 CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

NITI Aayog constitutes Multidimensional Poverty Index Coordination Committee (MPICC)

  • NITI Aayog has constituted a Multidimensional Poverty Index Coordination Committee (MPICC). The MPICC, chaired by Ms Sanyukta Samaddar, Adviser (SDG).

PM Modi inaugurates Patrika Gate in Jaipur

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Patrika Gate in Jaipur through video conference.
  • The Iconic Gate is built by the Patrika Group of Newspapers on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg in the Pink City.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan announces that Five Petroleum and Gas sector PSUs will join International Solar Alliance

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated  First World Solar Technology Summit organized by

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launches 22 bamboo clusters in 9 States; Logo for National Bamboo Mission also released

  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated by virtual mode 22 bamboo clusters in 9 States (Gujarat, MP, Maharashtra, Odisha, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Karnataka).
  • A logo for the National Bamboo Mission was also released.

PM Modi to hold Swanidhi Samvaad with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold Svanidhi Samvaad with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh. Government of India had launched PM Svanidhi scheme on 1st June this year to help poor street vendors, impacted by COVID-19, resume livelihood activities.

Cabinet approves asset monetization of subsidiaries of PGCIL through Infrastructure Trust

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Asset Monetization of subsidiaries of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited- POWERGRID through Infrastructure Investment Trust.
  • It has given approval to POWERGRID  to undertake monetization of its Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) assets, held in existing Special Purpose Vehicle (SPVs), through Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT).

India’s child mortality rate declined between 1990 and 2019: UN

  • India’s child mortality rate has declined substantially between 1990 and 2019 but the country, along with Nigeria, still accounted for almost a third of all under-five deaths last year, according to a new UN report.
  • The ‘Levels & Trends in Child Mortality’ Report 2020 stated that the number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in 2019 — down to 2 million from 12.5 million in 1990.

EPFO decides to pay 8.5% interest during 2019-20

  • The Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar chaired the 227th Meeting of the Central Board of Trustees of Employees’ Provident Fund.

Indian agri-tech sector can grow to $24.1 billion in five years: Report

  • India’s agriculture technology sector has the potential to grow manifold to $1 billion in the next five years, according to a new report.

Govt forms three-member expert panel to assist in assessment of relief to bank borrowers

  • Government has constituted a three member expert committee to assist in the assessment of relief to bank borrowers. The committee chaired by former CAG Rajiv Mehrishi will measure the impact on the national economy and financial stability of waiving of interest and COVID-19 related moratorium.

Railways launch India’s second Kisan Rail from Andhra to Delhi

  • The Indian Railways flagged off its second and South India’s first Kisan Rail, from Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh to Adarsh Nagar in Delhi.

Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates webinar on Enhancing Water Use Efficiency and Coverage of Micro Irrigation in Indian agriculture

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated a webinar on Enhancing Water Use Efficiency and Coverage of Micro Irrigation in Indian agriculture.

Atal Innovation Mission Launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-ANIC Initiative

  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, launched one of its most awaited programmes,the Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges, to spur applied research and innovation in Indian MSMEs and startups.

Housing Ministry launches Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0, along with the ‘Streets for People Challenge’ in a virtual event organised by the Smart Cities Mission.

Govt Sets up Empowered Group of Ministers Headed by Rajnath Singh to Oversee OFB’s Corporatisation

  • The government has constituted an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to oversee the process of corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

Govt enhances scholarship for students of J&K under Pragati, Saksham Scholarship Schemes to Rs 50,000

  • The Center government has enhanced scholarship amount for the students of J&K under “Pragati and Saksham Scholarship Schemes” from Rs. 5000 per annum to Rs.50,000 per annum from current academic year 2020-2021.

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NITI Aayog

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Narendra Modi
  • Vice Chairperson: Rajiv Kumar
  • CEO: Amitabh Kant

 MoPNG

  • Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel: Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
  • Constituency: Deogarh, Odisha

MoAFE

  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj: Shri Narendra Singh Tomar
  • Constituency: Morena, MP

Madhya Pradesh:

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel(additional charge)
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

UN:

  • Secretary general: António Guterres
  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

EPFO:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Sunil Barthwal: Central Provident Fund Commissioner

Indian Railways

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 16 April 1853
  • CEO: V K Yadhav

Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare:    

  • Narendra Singh Tomar, (Cabinet Minister)
  • Constituency: Morena, Madhya Pradesh
  • Parsottambhai Rupala, (Minister of State)

MoD

  • Defence Minister: Rajnath Singh
  • Constituency: Lucknow, UP.

AICTE

  • Founded: November 1945
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Anil Sahasrabudhe

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

Germany launches Indo-Pacific strategy with ‘key role’ for India

  • Germany, current EU president and Europe’s biggest economy, has launched its Indo-Pacific strategy with India that is expected to play a key role in Berlin’s outreach in the region where China’s aggressive foreign policy has rattled countries.

India-Bangladesh to hold Joint Consultative Commission meeting

  • India and Bangladesh have agreed to hold the 6th meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) later this month. The High Commission of India in Bangladesh stated that the ministerial level meeting will be held on the virtual platform

First India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue held virtually

  • The first India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue was held virtually. The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Secretary-General, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs François Delattre, and Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson. The focus of the dialogue was on enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

India, Japan sign pact for reciprocal supplies between armed forces

  • India and Japan have signed an agreement for reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Armed Forces of India and The Self-Defense Forces of Japan.

Bangladesh launches campaign against fake information and rumours

  • The government of Bangladesh has launched a campaign named ‘Asol Chini’ or ‘real-sugar’ to fight fake information and rumour spreading on social media.

ADB provides 50 million dollar loan to Bangladesh for PPP infrastructure projects

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and government of Bangladesh signed a 50 million dollar loan agreement to promote, fund and implement public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the country.

Bahrain will be fourth Arab country to recognize Israel

  • The island kingdom of Bahrain became the fourth Arab country to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel — and the second as part of a Trump administration peace initiative.

 Liberia declares rape a national emergency after spike in cases

  • Liberian President George Weah has declared rape a national emergency and ordered new measures to tackle the problem after a recent spike of cases in the West African state.

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Germany

  • Capital: Berlin
  • Currency: Euro
  • Chancellor: Angela Merkel

Bangladesh:

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka

France :

  • President: Emmanuel Macron
  • Capital: Paris
  • Currency: Euro (€) ,CFP franc (XPF)​

Australia:

  • Capital: Canberra
  • Currency: Australian dollar
  • Prime Minister: Scott Morrison

Japan:

  • Currency: Japanese yen
  • Capital: Tokyo

ADB:

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa

Bahrain

  • King: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
  • Capital: Manama
  • Currency: Bahraini dinar

Israel

  • Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Currency: Israeli new shekel

Liberia:

  • Capital: Monrovia
  • Currency: Liberian dollar

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

NABARD organizes awareness cum sensitization programme for newly proposed FPO in J&K

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, an awareness cum sensitization programme for newly proposed Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) was organized by NABARD in coordination with District Administration in Anantnag.

ESAF Bank announces fintech conclave

  • ESAF Small Finance Bank has announced its first fintech conclave providing fintech firms a platform to showcase their new digital banking solutions that facilitate last-mile financial inclusion.

Ind-Ra, Fitch slash India GDP forecast further

  • While Ind-Ra expects contraction of 8%, Fitch projects 10.5%.Ind-Ra revised its FY-21 GDP growth forecast downward to -11.8 per cent, from earlier –5.3 per cent. Its global parent Fitch slashed GDP forecast for the current fiscal to -10.5 per cent, from earlier projection of -5 per cent

Bank of India launches ‘Signature Visa Debit Card’ for HNIs

  • Bank of India (BoI) launched “Signature Visa Debit Card” for the affluent/high net worth individuals maintaining an average quarterly balance of 10 lakhs and above.

India, ADB sign 500 million US dollar loan for Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System corridor

  • India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a 500 million US dollar loan for Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor.The first tranche of a total one  billion dollar facility, to build a modern, high-speed 82-kilometer Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor will improve regional connectivity and mobility in India’s national capital region (NCR).

Kamath committee identifies 26 sectors for loan restructuring

  • Reserve Bank of India released the K V Kamath-led Committee report, which had recommended financial parameters to be factored in the resolution plans under the ‘Resolution Framework for Covid19-related Stress’ along with sector specific benchmark ranges for such parameters.

SBI planning to launch loan product ‘SAFAL’ for organic cotton growers

  • State Bank of India is planning to launch a loan product, SAFAL, primarily focussed on organic cotton growers who don’t have any credit history, stated a top official of the country’s largest lender.

Finance Minister unveils Doorstep Banking Services and declares EASE 2.0 Index Results

  • Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt.Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated Doorstep Banking Services by PSBs and participated in the awards ceremony to felicitate best performing banks on EASE Banking Reforms Index.

PNB launches festival offer, waives processing charges on some loans

  • State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) launched ‘Festival Bonanza Offer’ for its customers to give a push to subdued loan demand due to the COVID-19 crisis.

ICICI Prudential Life partners with NSDL Payments Bank to offer insurance products

  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has entered into a corporate agency agreement with NSDL Payments Bank, a subsidiary of National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL).

Mastercard launches CBDC testing platform for central banks

  • Mastercard has built a virtual testing platform to help central banks assess and explore national digital currencies.

SBI Modernizes its Payment Switching System with ACI Worldwide Technology

  • ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time digital payment software and solutions, has modernized payments infrastructure for ATM and point-of-sale (POS) at State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest bank with more than 440 million account holders.

GDP to contract 9% in FY21, says Crisil

  • Real GDP growth will dive deeper to –9 per cent in fiscal 2021 against –5 per cent projected earlier, warned credit rating agency Crisil. Crisil expects a permanent loss of 13 per cent of real GDP over the medium term. In nominal terms, this amounts to Rs.30-lakh crore, it added.

RBI issues guidelines for appointment of CCO in banks

  • Reserve Bank of India has issued guidelines for appointment of Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) in banks to ensure uniform approach with regard to compliance and risk management culture across the banking industry.

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NABARD:

  • Founded: 12 July 1982
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Agency executive: Harsh Kumar Bhanwala (Chairperson)

ESAF Small Finance Bank:

  • Headquarters: Thrissur
  • Chairman: Mrs.Mereena Paul

Fitch:

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • CEO: Paul Taylor

Bank of India (BoI):

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, India
  • Non-Exe Chairman: G. Padmanabhan
  • MD & CEO: Atanu Kumar Das

ADB:

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa

SBI:

  • Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

PNB

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao
  • Tagline: The Name You can Bank Upon

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

  • CEO: N. S. Kannan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

NSDL Payments Bank

  • CEO: Ashutosh Singh
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

Mastercard

  • CEO: Ajaypal Singh Banga
  • Headquarters: New York, United States

Crisil:

  • CEO: Ashu Suyash
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

Reserve Bank of India (RBI):

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Formation– 1 April 1935
  • Governor– Shaktikanta Das
  • Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Vodafone Idea re-brands itself ‘Vi’

  • Vodafone Idea announced its new unified brand identity by renaming all its products under a new name and logo “Vi”.

Razorpay Introduces Cash Advance To Provide Instant SMB Loans

  • India-based financial solutions company Razorpay is rolling out a new solution for companies in need of business loans, helping them to instantly access capital.

Silver Lake to invest Rs. 7,500 crore in Reliance Retail Ventures

  • Reliance Industries announced that Silver Lake will invest 7,500 crore in Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries.

Mahindra Insurance Brokers launches digital insurance portal PayBima

  • Mahindra Insurance Brokers (MIBL) has launched a digital insurance portal called PayBima that will help customers directly buy insurance policies online.

TPT South Africa Partners with TCS for Pioneering Logistics Supply Chain Transformation

  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) ,a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has partnered with Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in South Africa, part of Transnet SOC Ltd​​​, a state-owned freight transport and handling company, to help the latter develop an integrated online marketplace platform by bringing together cargo owners, shipping lines, clearing and forwarding agents, and road/rail haulers.

Microsoft, Nasscom’s FutureSkills to launch AI-skilling initiative in India

  • Microsoft in collaboration with Nasscom’s FutureSkills will launch a nation-wide initiative in India to skill students in Artificial Intelligence. The initiative aims to skill 1 million students by 2021.

Mukesh Ambani’s RIL becomes first Indian firm to cross $200 billion M-cap

  • Industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has become India’s first company to cross$210 billion market cap, entering the top 40 of worlds most valuable firms. At this market valuation, Reliance Industries is now worlds 40th most valuable firm

Japan’ ORIX Corp. set to invest $980 million in Greenko Energy Holdings for 17% stake

  • In the single largest foreign investment in India’s clean energy space, ORIX Corp. is set to invest $980 million in Greenko Energy Holdings; the Japan’ financial services firm stated.

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Razorpay

  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru
  • MD & CEO: Shashank Kumar

Mahindra Insurance Brokers (MIBL):

  • Chairman :Rajeev Dubey
  • Head quarters: Mumbai

TCS:

  • CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

Microsoft:

  • CEO: Satya Nadella
  • Headquarters: Washington, United States

Nasscom:

  • Chairperson: Keshav R Murugesh
  • Headquarters : New Delhi

Greenko Energies:

  • Founder, CEO & MD– Anil Kumar Chalamalasetty
  • Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

Tamil Nadu govt releases policy for electronics & hardware manufacturing

  • Tamil Nadu government announced a new electronics & hardware manufacturing policy to increase the State’s electronics industry output to $100 billion by 2025.

Assam promotes nutritious food through Kitchen Garden as part of Poshan Maah

  • As a part of the Poshan Maah, the Social Welfare Department in Assam has taken steps to promote nutritious food through Kitchen Garden.Kitchen Garden or nutri garden will be set up at Anganwadi Centres and Government Primary Schools across the state.

Gujarat forms Task Force to study & implement NEP-2020 for school education

  • In Gujarat, the State Government has formed the Task Force to study and implement the National Education Policy-2020 for school education.

Fruits & vegetables in J&K covered under ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme

  • Almost all fruits and vegetables in J&K are covered under the ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme.
  • The announcement of new initiative is aimed at to support farmers of Fruits and Vegetables under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in order to prevent distress sales, Price stabilization interventions under Central Sector Scheme- “Operation Greens” which has been extended from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all notified fruits and vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on pilot basis.

Andhra Pradesh to float India’ largest solar tender for 10 GW capacity

  • In a surprise move, the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government is expediting efforts to float India’s largest solar tender for setting up 10 gigawatt (GW) capacity, stated three people aware of the development.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar launches online admission platform for UG courses

  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has launched an online registration portal for admissions in undergraduate (UG) programmes in government, aided and self-financed colleges for the new academic session 2020-21.

Thykoodam-Petta stretch of Kochi metro inaugurated in Kerala

  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the final stretch of the Phase-I construction of the Kochi metro’s Thykoodam-Petta stretch via video conferencing. The inauguration was presided by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

 Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami launched portal for Eye Donation

  • Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launched the website hmis.tn.gov.in/eye-donor designed by the National Health Mission Tamil Nadu to help donors.

Mumbai International airport put in place QR code-enabled check-in mechanism

  • Mumbai International airport has put in place a QR code-enabled contactless check-in mechanism for the passengers. Mumbai International Airport Limited stated that the touch less technology solution is a vital step in reducing passenger contact with kiosk surfaces and is in full compliance with the civil aviation ministry’s passenger processing guidelines.

UiPath partners with AP skill development corporation

  • UiPath, an enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, has partnered with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), as part of its Academic Alliance Programme.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launches e-filing consumer complaint system

  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the Delhi government’s e-filing consumer complaint system, which aims to help Delhiites during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Delhi is the first State to have this system.

Karnataka CM launches first integrated air ambulance service

  • Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa unveiled the country’s first integrated air ambulance service jointly launched by the International Critical Air Transfer Team (ICATT) and the Kyathi in the city.

Hubballi Railway Station renamed after spiritualist

  • Hubballi Railway Station will now be known as ”Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Railway Station Hubballi.”

Nagaland launches Naga Telehealth platform

  • The Nagaland health and family welfare department launched the Naga Telehealth platform in Kohima.

Madhya Pradesh reintroduces Deendayal Rasoi Scheme for meals at Rs 10

  • Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Scheme to provide meals at a subsidised rate to underprivileged people was re-introduced in Madhya Pradesh. Now the rate per thali has been increased to Rs 10 from Rs 5.

UP government signs pact with UN for take-home-ration scheme— move to benefit nearly 200 women self help groups

  • The Uttar Pradesh government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United Nation World Food Programme for manufacturing and distribution of take-home ration with the help of Self Help Groups.

Jammu and Kashmir announces Rs 5 lakh annual health insurance for residents

  • Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha has announced Jammu and Kashmir health scheme intended to provide universal health insurance cover to all residents of the Union Territory at the likely annual cost of Rs 123 crore.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Launches First Of Its Kind Garima Scheme For Sanitation Workers

  • Odisha government launched a statewide initiative for the safety and dignity of the core sanitation workers in the state.
  • The first-of-its-kind ‘Garima’ scheme aims at providing social security and financial benefits to the workers and their families.

India’s Largest Piggery Mission Launched In Meghalaya

  • India’s largest piggery mission worth Rs 209 crores, was launched in Meghalaya by the Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Kailash Choudhary.

 UP govt to constitute special force

  • Uttar Pradesh government has decided to constitute a special force. It will provide security to the high court, district courts, administrative offices and buildings, Metro rail, airports, banks, financial institutions, educational institutions and industrial units.

India’s first Coronavirus airport testing facility launched in Delhi

  • Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) launched country’s first airport Covid-19 testing facility at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for arriving international passengers.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh launches Smart Ration Card Scheme

  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched the Smart Ration Card Scheme to cover 1.41 crore beneficiaries across the state. Rolling out the scheme virtually, with connection to 100 places across the state, the Chief Minister stated, 37.5 lakh cards will be distributed to the eligible beneficiaries this month.

Gujarat declares its first heritage tourism policy

  • Unveiling the first “heritage tourism policy”, Gujarat government allowed opening up of heritage hotels, museums, banquet halls and restaurants inside historic palaces, forts and buildings. This policy is applicable to historic structures that existed before January 1, 1950 and will allow international and domestic tourists to see and experience historic structures from close quarters.

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TN

  • Capital: Chennai
  • Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit

Assam:

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal

Gujarat:

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • Chief minister: Vijay Rupani

Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capitals: Visakhapatnam (executive),Amaravati (legislative),Kurnool (judicial)
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

Haryana

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya
  • Chief minister: Manohar Lal Khattar

Kerala

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan

Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray

Delhi

  • Governor: Anil Baijal
  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal

Karnataka

  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala

Nagaland

  • Capital: Kohima
  • Chief minister: Neiphiu Rio
  • Governor: RN Ravi

Madhya Pradesh

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Governor : Smt. Anandiben Patel

UP:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

J&K

  • Capitals: Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
  • Lieutenant governor: Manoj Sinha

Odisha

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

 Meghalaya

  • Capital: Shillong
  • Governor: Satya Pal Malik
  • Chief Minister: Conrad Sangma

 Punjab:

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief minister: Amarinder Singh
  • Governor: V. P. Singh Badnore

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

Atal Innovation Mission Partners with Freshworks to empower AIM Startup Innovators

  • To provide robust support to innovators and entrepreneurs in India, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, has partnered with Freshworks Inc.

Dell Technologies and NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission Launches SheCodes Innovation Challenge, Aimed at Championing Girl-Led Innovation

  • Dell Technologies in association with NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) launches ‘SheCodes Innovation Challenge’, aimed to encourage girls to create, tinker, sustain and innovate.

Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission, NESFB sign MoU

  • Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission (ASRLM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with North East Small Finance Bank (NESFB) to work in cohesion in support of Bank Linkage of the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and Producer Groups/ Enterprises under ASRLM.

NSDC, LinkedIn partner to impart free digital skills training

  • National Skill Development Corporation and professional network LinkedIn have joined hands to provide access to free LinkedIn Learning resources for imparting digital skills to youth for enhancing employability.

CSIR-CMERI Durgapur and NISE, Gurugram sign an MoU as a Strategic Association to bolster the Solar Energy Sector

  • CSIRCentral Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur and National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gurugram joined hands by signing an online Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a ‘Strategic Association’ to bolster the Solar Energy sector across the nation.

International Solar Alliance signs MoUs with NTPC, MNRE and World Bank

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has signed an MoU with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the World Bank to design a plan for implementing ‘One Solar One World and One Grid’ (OSOWOG). The ISA also signed an MoU with India’s largest power generator, NTPC Limited, for implementing solar energy projects in 47 member countries of ISA.

IIT Roorkee inks MoU with OUAT for cooperation in agricultural research and education

  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneshwar to generate frontier technologies and produce quality manpower in the field of agricultural research and education for addressing the challenges faced by the rural communities and improving their quality of life.

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NSDC

  • CEO: Manish Kumar
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi

Linked in

  • CEO: Ryan Roslansky
  • Headquarters: California, United States

NTPC limited:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Gurdeep Singh :Chairman & MD

World Bank:

  • Headquarters:Washington, D.C., U.S
  • David Malpass: President

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPS AND PORTALS

PM Modi digitally launches Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana & e-Gopala App

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi digitally launched the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY). The e-Gopala App, a comprehensive breed improvement marketplace and information portal for direct use of farmers.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launches Aero India 2021 website, show scheduled in February

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the website of Aero India 2021https://aeroindia.gov.in — in Delhi.
  • The 13th edition of Aero India-21 will be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru in Karnataka from February 3 to February 7 next year.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS

Shri R. Masakui has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Jamaica

  • Shri R. Masakui has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Jamaica.
  • Presently, he is the Ambassador of India to the Republic of

 ASCI appoints Manisha Kapoor as its new secretary-general

  • The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has named Manisha Kapoor as its new secretary-general. Kapoor will take over ASCI’s secretariat responsibilities, including the consumer complaints redressal process as well as the marketing, public relations and social media initiatives from September 1.

Former health secy Preeti Sudan appointed WHO panellist

  • The World Health Organisation’s independent panel for pandemic preparedness and response appointed former health secretary Preeti Sudan as one of its 11 panellists from across the world.

Justice R F Nariman appointed as chairperson of SC Legal Services Committee

  • Supreme Court judge Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman has been appointed as the chairperson of its legal services committee.

Telangana, UK India Business Council renew partnership to strengthen industrial development

  • The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Telangana to further strengthen ties.

Playerzpot ropes in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Smriti Mandhana as brand ambassadors

  • Playerzpot, the fantasy sports gaming platforms, announced the signing of cricketers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Smriti Mandhana as its brand ambassadors.

Anil Jain elected AITA new president

  • The All India Tennis Association (AITA) elected BJP Rajya Sabha member Anil Jain as its new president while Anil Dhupar was chosen as its secretary general during the national federation’s Annual General Meeting.

Citi names Jane Fraser as CEO, the first woman to lead a major US bank

  • Citigroup made history by naming Jane Fraser as its next CEO. She will become the first woman to lead a major US bank.

UNICEF appoints Ayushmann Khurrana as celebrity advocate for children’s rights campaign

  • UNICEF India announced Ayushmann Khurrana as its celebrity advocate for children’s rights campaign’For Every Child’.

Paresh Rawal Appointed As Next Chairman Of National School Of Drama

  • Paresh Rawal is the newly appointed chairman of National School of Drama (NSD). He was appointed with the position by the President of India.

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Jamaica

  • Capital: Kingston
  • Currency: Jamaican dollar

World Health Organization:

  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Director-General: Tedros Adhanom
  • deputy Director-General: Soumya Swaminathan
  • deputy Director-General: Jane Ellison

UK India Business Council (UKIBC):

  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Richard Heald: Chairman,
  • Jayant Krishna: Group CEO

All India Tennis Association (AITA)

  • HQ: Delhi
  • Founded: March 1920

Citigroup Inc.

  • CEO: Michael Corbat
  • Headquarters: New York, United States

UNICEF:

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Head: Henrietta H. Fore

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONORS

British Broadcaster David Attenborough Awarded Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conferred the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize on British broadcaster David Attenborough at a virtual event.

Chaitanya Tamhane bags Best Screenplay award for The Disciple at Venice Film Festival, loses Golden Lion to Nomadland

  • Filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple won the Best Screenplay award at Venice International Film Festival during the closing ceremony. This is the second award the film got at the festival. Earlier, it was honoured with the International Critics’ Prize awarded by FIPRESCI.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMITS AND CONFERENCE

First ever Virtual Buyer Seller Meet organised by GJEPC

  • The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India (GJEPC), the apex body for promotion of Gems and Jewellery Exports, t inaugurated its first Virtual Buyer and Seller Meet for loose diamonds.

1st World Solar Technology Summit

  • World Solar Technology Summit (WSTS) organised by ISA and FICCI aims to bring together key stakeholders–leading academic scientists, technology developers, researchers and innovators to present and discuss the recent highlights of solar technologies, cost-wise; technology-wise, technology transfers, challenges and concerns in the field.

MoS V. Muraleedharan attends 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

  • Minister of State for External Affairs Muraleedharan attended the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The Meeting was held virtually.

India to host CHG meeting of SCO on 29-30 November in New Delhi

  • India is scheduled to host the meeting of Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO on 29-30 November 2020 in New Delhi. This will be the first Prime Minister level meeting to be hosted by India since its elevation as a full-member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO.

Dr Harsh Vardhan attends 73rd Session Of WHO South East Asia Region through video conferencing

  • Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan attended the 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region (SEARO) through video conference . Representing India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan offered two interventions in the ministerial round table session on COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness.

Dr. S. Jaishankar co-chairs the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting

  • External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India H.E. S. Jaishankar co-chaired the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. Don Pramudwinai.

Virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture,Water Ministers held

  • A virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture and Water Ministers was held. The meeting was attended by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Parshottam Rupala

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ISA:

  • Headquarters location: Gurugram
  • Founded at: Paris, France

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation:

  • Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Secretary General: Vladimir Norov

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

  • Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Members: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

Kerala Most Literate State in Country With 96.2% Literacy, Andhra Worst Performer at 66.4%

  • A recent report based on National Statistical Office (NSO) survey stated that Kerala has once again emerged as the most literate state in the country with 2 per cent literacy. On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh is at the bottom with a rate of 66.4 per cent. After Kerala, Delhi has the best literacy rate at 88.7 per cent, followed by Uttarkhand’s 87.6 per cent, Himachal Pradesh’s 86.6 per cent and Assam’s at 85.9 per cent.

Forbes Releases 39th Annual Forbes 400 Ranking Of The Richest Americans

  • Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, remains in the top spot on the 2020 Forbes 400 list for the third consecutive year. Bezos’ fortune of $179 billion, as of July 24, 2020.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder Bill Gates is ranked second on the list with a net worth of USD 111 billion.

India is second-fastest-growing freelance market in the world, says report

  • India is the second-fastest-growing freelance market in the world with a massive increase in the number of freelancers this year, according to a report on ‘Freelancing in 2020: An Abundance of Opportunities’ by Payoneer. Apart from India, other popular markets for gig workers include the US, Pakistan, and Ukraine.

India ranks to 105th spot from 79th in global economic freedom ranking

  • India has been ranked 105th on the Global Economic Freedom Index 2020, falling 26 spots from 79th position in last year’s rankings.According to the report, based on 2018 data, Hong Kong and Singapore once again topped the index, continuing their streak as first and second ranked, respectively.

Startup ranking: Gujarat, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are best performers

  • Gujarat and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have emerged as the best performers among states and UTs in the second edition of ranking of the startup ecosystem in the country, followed by Karnataka and Kerala who were “top performers”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

IIT Kharagpur Researchers Develop Painless Drug Delivery and Vaccination Device

  • Researchers at the Institute’s Dept. of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering of IIT Kharagpur have developed a micropump and microneedle which are integral parts of transdermal drug delivery systems capable of administering large and viscous drug molecules in a painless way.  The innovation will further enable transdermal application of COVID-19 vaccine.

DRDO successfully tests Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

  • The hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology was successfully demonstrated by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with a flight test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), which will lead to the development of hypersonic cruise missiles and vehicles in future.

Reliance-backed Fynd launches mobile game to encourage social distancing

  • Reliance-backed eCommerce platform Fynd has launched a new hyper-casual game titled ‘Social Doori’ to encourage social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chandrayaan-3 launch likely to take place in early 2021: Jitendra Singh

  • Minister of State for the Department of Space Jitendra Singh stated that Chandrayaan-3, India’s mission to Moon, would be launched in early 2021. Singh added that Chandrayaan-3 will be different from Chandrayaan-2 as the former will not have an orbiter, but will include a lander and a rover.

India, U.S. and Israel collaborating in 5G tech

  • India, Israel and the United States have begun collaboration in developmental area, and in next generation of emerging technologies, including a transparent, open, reliable and secure 5G communication network.

Northrop Grumman names spacecraft in honour of Kalpana Chawla

  • Northrop Grumman has named its next space station resupply ship ‘S.S. Kalpana Chawla’ after Dr Kalpana Chawla, an astronaut of Indian descent.
  • Northrop Grumman is proud to name the NG-14 Cygnus spacecraft after former astronaut Kalpana Chawla.

Indian scientists develop machine learning-based practical approach for automatic interpretation of 3D seismic data

  • Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology(WIHG), an autonomous Institute under the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, have developed a neural-based (machine learning-based) practical approach for automatic interpretation of 3D seismic data. This first of its kind approach has been developed by computing a new attribute called meta-attribute.

C-DAC, IIT-Kharagpur developing robot for pesticide spraying

  • The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Kolkata, is coordinating a multi-body project with IIT-Kharagpur, funded by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, to develop a robot essentially for spraying pesticides in agricultural fields.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

DRDO develops P-7 Heavy Drop System capable of para dropping military stores

  • Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO has developed P-7 Heavy Drop System which is capable of para dropping military stores up to seven-tonne weight class from IL- 76 aircraft.

For first time, ITBP deploys female doctors at forward locations in Ladakh

  • For the first time, the Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) has sent female doctors to forward operating locations in Ladakh.

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DRDO:

  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Dr G. Satheesh Reddy: Chairman, DRDO

ITBP:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Director General: S S Deswal

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

Parachutist Raphael Domjan makes world’s first jump from solar-powered plane

  • A parachutist Raphael Domjan has completed the world’s first jump from a solar-powered aircraft.
  • Raphael Domjan reached a speed of 93mph (150kph) before releasing his parachute and landing safely in Payerne, western Switzerland.

Novak Djokovic out of US Open 2020 after hitting line judge with ball

  • Novak Djokovic was kicked out of the US Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball after dropping a game in his fourth-round match, a stunning end to his 29-match winning streak and bid for an 18th Grand Slam title.

Police Officer Poonam Khatri crowned Wushu World Champion

  • Indian Wushu stalwart Poonam Khatri has claimed World Championship status after her silver medal at the Wushu World Championship last year has been upgraded to a Gold medal. Poonam had lost the final to Iranian opponent Mariyam in the Women’s 75 kg category but after Mariyam recently failed the dope test, the gold medal has been awarded to Poonam Khatri.

Afghanistan bans coach Noor Mohammad for five years on corruption charges

  • The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has banned domestic-level coach Noor Mohammad ‘Lalai’ from all forms of the game for five years after he was found guilty of approaching a national team player to spot-fix matches.

Dominic Thiem first since 1949 to win US Open

  • Dominic Thiem became the first man in 71 years to win the U.S. Open after dropping the first two sets of the final against Alexander Zverev.

Naomi Osaka wins second US Open title after comeback win over Victoria Azarenka

  • Japanese Tennis star Naomi Osaka beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to claim her second US Open title in three years.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Kesavananda Bharati, petitioner in landmark SC judgement, passes away

  • Kesavananda Bharati, on whose petition the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgement that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be altered, has passed away.

Oscar-Winning Czech Film Director Jiří Menzel passes away

  • Jiri Menzel, who made films from the 1960s through to the 2010s, has passed away at the age of 82.

Father of India’s Radio Astronomy Govind Swarup passes away

  • Father of India’s Radio Astronomy, Govind Swarup passed away at Pune. He was 91.Dr. Swarup is known not only for his many important research contributions in several areas of astronomy and astrophysics, but also for his outstanding achievements in building ingenious, innovative and powerful observational facilities for front-line research in radio astronomy.

Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passes away

  • Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. He was 74. He played many memorable roles in his long career.

Ashok Leyland’s Chairman Emeritus R J Shahaney passes away after illness

  • Ashok Leyland’s Chairman Emeritus, R J Shahaney passed away after a brief illness.

Social activist Swami Agnivesh passes away

  • Social activist Swami Agnivesh, who passed away at the age of 80. In 1981, he founded the organisation Bandhua Mukti Morcha (BMM).
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