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Current Affairs Today – 11th September 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. ICICI Bank has launched a new product named iStartup 2.0, to cater to the banking needs of startups and entrepreneurs.
  2. CRISIL has projected India’s GDP rate for 2020-21 (FY21) at -9%
  3. Reliance Industries (RIL) on September 10, 2020, became the first Indian company to cross $200 billion in market capitalization (m-cap).
  4. Infosys on Thursday said it plans to hire 500 additional tech workers in Rhode Island, US by 2023.
  5. Mahindra has launched a new potato planter under its Farm Equipment Sector (FES).
  6. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog has launched the Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges to foster innovation in Indian MSMEs and startups
  7. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has approved a proposal to construct the 120kilometre Munger-Bhagalpur-Tirpety-Kahalgaon concrete road on national highway 80 in Bihar
  8. In Kargil Ladakh, a unique sensitisation programme Poshan Mela was organised at Tai Suru by ICDS with display of Local Food Items by the Child Development Project Office Tai Suru.
  9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in ‘Griha Pravesh’ ceremony and virtually inaugurate 1.75 lakh houses in Madhya Pradesh.
  10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched fisheries and animal husbandry projects worth more than ₹20,000 crore in Bihar, which goes to polls later this year.
  11. Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Organic India Pvt Ltd”s plant at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh that has been set up at a cost of Rs 55 crore.
  12. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will inaugurate 1.75 lakh houses built under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
  13. The Madhya Pradesh government is all set to launch Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana in its districts on the evening of 7 April 2017.
  14. Bringing the healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of people, the Nagaland health and family welfare department launched the Naga Telehealth platform in Kohima.
  15. The central government has increased the scholarship amount under ‘Pragati and Saksham Scholarship Schemes’ for students of Jammu and Kashmir from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 per annum.
  16. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and government of Bangladesh signed a 50-million-dollar loan agreement on Thursday to promote, fund and implement public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the country.
  17. India, Australia and France held their first-ever Trilateral Dialogue on 9 September 2020, with focus on enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
  18. Education Ministry is organising a two-day conclave on School Education in 21st Century under Shikshak Parv through online medium.
  19. The 13th edition of Aero India-21 is scheduled to be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka from 3 to 07 February 2021.
  20. India ranked 105th in Global Economic Freedom Index 2020; Top- Hong Kong
  21. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance joined hands with NSDL Payments Bank to provide its products to customers of payments bank
  22. UNICEF India announced popular Indian film actor and thought-leader, Ayushmann Khurrana, as its celebrity advocate for promoting rights #ForEveryChild.
  23. 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.
  24. Former Lok Sabha MP and Bollywood actor, Paresh Rawal have been appointed as the new chief of National School of Drama by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  25. Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) elected Subhash Kamath as its chairman on its 34th annual general meeting of the body.
  26. The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 10 September 2020 at the Air Force Station in Ambala.
  27. Ministry of Shipping has launched the SAROD-Ports’ (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes – Ports) which is a Dispute Redressal Mechanism for all kind of disputes of the maritime sector.
  28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence that India will increase its existing clean energy capacity of 134 GW to 220 GW by 2022 and stressed on reducing tariffs further through technological advancements.
  29. Indian Police Officer, 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 hails from Haryana’s Jhajjar district.
  30. The e-Gopala app is a comprehensive breed improvement marketplace and information portal for the direct use of farmers.
  31. Hubballi Railway Station in Karnataka will now be known as ‘Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Railway Station.
  32. Apple Inc. has developed masks that the company is beginning to distribute to corporate and retail employees to limit the spread of Covid-19

NEWS IN DETAILS

BANKING & FINANCE 

ICICI Bank launches iStartup 2.0, dedicated offering for start-ups

  • ICICI Bank has launched a new product named iStartup 2.0, to cater to the banking needs of startups and entrepreneurs.
  • iStartup 2.0 is a startup bank account (in form of current account) that can be opened within 10 years of date of incorporation of the business. There are three variants of this current account.
  • Eligibility: Partnership Firms and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) OR Private and Public Limited Companies and One Person Companies (OPCs).
  • Apart from this, under the product, ICICI Bank will also provide services like- Company Registration, ROC Filing & Compliance, GST/ IT-Related Service, Property Registration, Stamp Paper & Franking and more such services.

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ICICI Bank

  • CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India
  • Founded: June 1994, Vadodara

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Crisil projects India’s GDP for FY21 at -9%; For FY22 at 10%

  • CRISIL has projected India’s GDP rate for 2020-21 (FY21) at -9%
  • For FY22, Crisil has projected India’s GDP to grow at 10%.
  • For the next three years, between fiscals 2023 and 2025, CRISIL projects the Indian GDP to average a growth of 6.2% annually.

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Crisil

  • CEO: Ashu Suyash
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Parent organization: S&P Global
  • Founded: 1987

Reliance Industries becomes first Indian firm to cross $200 bn m-cap

  • Reliance Industries (RIL) on September 10, 2020, became the first Indian company to cross $200 billion in market capitalization (m-cap).
  • The market capitalization of Reliance Industries at the close of the stock market on September 10, 2020, was Rs 15.3 trillion ($208 billion).
  • The second best after RIL is Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) with an m-cap of Rs 8.75 trillion, ($119 billion).

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RIL

  • CEO: Mukesh Ambani
  • Founder: Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Founded: 8 May 1973, Maharashtra
  • Owner: Mukesh Ambani (47.35%)

Infosys to hire 500 more tech employees under ‘Reskill and Restart’ program

  • Infosys on Thursday said it plans to hire 500 additional tech workers in Rhode Island, US by 2023.
  • New employees will work on a variety of tech-focused roles, and its recently launched ‘Reskill and Restart’ program will be among the channels used to recruit and train employees.
  • This new initiative, explicitly aimed at reskilling workers who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, begins with an aptitude and skills assessment, followed by curated job-specific skills training, and culminates in matching them with available positions.

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Infosys

  • Founded: 7 July 1981, Pune
  • CEO: Salil Parekh
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

Mahindra launches new potato planting machine

  • Mahindra has launched a new potato planter under its Farm Equipment Sector (FES).
  • The new advanced Precision Potato Planting machinery, the new ‘PlantingMaster Potato +’ is designed and developed in collaboration with Europe-based partner Dewulf.
  • According to the Indian company, PlantingMaster Potato + has been developed to suit Indian farming conditions, to offer higher yields and enhanced quality.

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Atal Innovation Mission Launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-ANIC Initiative

  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog has launched the Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges to foster innovation in Indian MSMEs and startups.
  • The programme will support research-based innovations by providing funding support to MSMEs and startups up to Rs 50 lakh.
  • The programme will be driven by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) along with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and four Government Ministries– Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Gadkari approves proposal to construct Munger-Bhagalpur-Tirpety-Kahalgaon concrete road on NH80 in Bihar

  • Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has approved a proposal to construct the 120 kilometre Munger-Bhagalpur-Tirpety-Kahalgaon concrete road on national highway 80 in Bihar.
  • This will be a 2-lane road with paved shoulders, which will also be 4-lane wide at certain stretches.
  • Mr Gadkari has directed officials to begin work on this road within next three months.
  • He also ordered release of 20 crore rupees for immediate repair works on this section.

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Bihar

  • Capital: Patna
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan

Poshan Mela organised at Tai Suru by ICDS in Kargil

  • In Kargil Ladakh, a unique sensitisation programme Poshan Mela was organised at Tai Suru by ICDS with display of Local Food Items by the Child Development Project Office Tai Suru.
  • The Poshan Mela was inaugurated by Councillor LAHDC Tai Suru Aga Syed Abass Razvi.
  • He also flagged off two Poshan Vahans which will sensitise the people of Tai Suru with Objectives of Poshan Maah.

PM Modi to participate in ‘Griha Pravesh’ ceremony virtually

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in ‘Griha Pravesh’ ceremony and virtually inaugurate 1.75 lakh houses in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Mr Modi will also talk to some of the beneficiaries.
  • The house of Subhash and Sushila of Urdan village of Betul district of MP has been completed recently under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

PM Modi launches projects worth over ₹20,000 cr in Bihar

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched fisheries and animal husbandry projects worth more than ₹20,000 crore in Bihar, which goes to polls later this year.
  • The projects launched virtually by Modi, who gave the slogan Jai Kisan (farmers), Jai Vigyan (science), Jai Anusandhan (research), included the ₹20,050 crore scheme Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and the e-Gopala mobile app.
  • The PMMSY scheme, which is part of the ₹20 trillion stimulus package announced earlier this year, aims to improve availability of certified quality fish seed and feed, create critical infrastructure, including modernization and strengthening of value chains to create job opportunities for nearly 1.5 million.

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Bihar

  • Capital: Patna
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Food processing minister inaugurates Organic India unit in Uttar Pradesh

  • Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Organic India Pvt Ltd”s plant at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh that has been set up at a cost of Rs 55 crore.
  • Inaugurating the food processing unit through video conference, she said the food processing sector is witnessing robust growth and has been identified as a champion sector by the central government.
  • “Food processing sector is growing at 8.5 per cent annually.

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Uttar Pradesh:

  • Statehood Day: January 26, 1950
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Literacy Rate: 67.68%
  • Nation Park: Dudhwa National Park

PM to inaugurate 1.75 lakh houses built under PMAY-G in MP on 12 Sept

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will inaugurate 1.75 lakh houses built under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The houses were built amid Covid-19.
  • This will be the second event in Madhya Pradesh that the PM will attend via video conferencing this week.
  • The housing for all mission is a flagship scheme of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
  • So far 1.14 crore houses have already been built across the country under the programme.

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Madhya Pradesh:

  • Statehood Day: November 1, 1956
  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • National Park: Bandhavgarh NP, Fossil NP, Kanha NP, Madhav NP, Panna NP, Pench NP, Sanjay NP, Satpura NP

MP govt starts ambitious Rs 5 thali under ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’

  • The Madhya Pradesh government is all set to launch Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana in its districts on the evening of 7 April 2017.
  • The scheme named after late political leader Deendayal Upadhyaya aims to provide food to the poor in urban areas at a subsidised rate.
  • The scheme involves opening of canteens that will provide a full meal at Rs 5.
  • The meal would include four rotis, one sabzi, and dal.
  • The Thali would be made available from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Aside from this, wheat and rice would also be made available at the canteens at Rs one each through fair price shops.
  • Local municipal bodies will ensure availability of water and electricity completely free of cost.

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Madhya Pradesh:

  • Statehood Day: November 1, 1956
  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • National Park: Bandhavgarh NP, Fossil NP, Kanha NP, Madhav NP, Panna NP, Pench NP, Sanjay NP, Satpura NP

Nagaland launches Naga Telehealth platform

  • Bringing the healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of people, the Nagaland health and family welfare department launched the Naga Telehealth platform in Kohima.
  • Naga Telehealth is a virtual platform where patients can avail the services of doctors and specialists at the comfort of their home virtually without having to visit any health centres.
  • It was launched keeping in view of the difficulties faced by the patients in receiving proper medical facilities owing to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
  • Launched in partnership with USAID NISHTHA-Jhpiego, the platform is aimed at ensuring that even the people living in the most remote places have access to qualified medical practitioners and specialists.
  • Nagaland health minister S. Pangnyu Phom attended the virtual launch programme as the special guest.

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Nagaland:

  • Statehood Day: December 1, 1963
  • Capital: Kohima
  • Chief Minister: Neiphiu Rio
  • Governor: N Ravi
  • State formed in: December 1, 1963
  • Literacy Rate: 80.11%

Govt increases scholarship amount under ‘Pragati and Saksham’ schemes for J&K students to Rs 50,000

  • The central government has increased the scholarship amount under ‘Pragati and Saksham Scholarship Schemes’ for students of Jammu and Kashmir from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 per annum.
  • Pragati scheme- This scheme provides scholarships to the girls of UT Jammu and Kashmir who belong to families having an annual income of less than Rs 8 lakh and who shall be admitted in the AlCTE approved institutions for the session 2020-21.
  • Saksham scheme– This scheme provides scholarships to all specially-abled students with 40% disability and belonging to families with annual income less than Rs 8 lakh. They should be pursuing technical education at degree or diploma level.

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Jammu & Kashmir:

  • Capitals- Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
  • Lt Governor- Manoj Sinha
  • National Parks: City Forest (Salim Ali) National Park, Dachigam National Park, Hemis National Park, Kishtwar National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Baltal-Thajwas WLS, Changthang Cold Desert WLS, Gulmarg WLS, Jasrota WLS, Karakoram (Nubra Shyok) WLS etc

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

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 on Thursday to promote, fund and implement public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the country.
  • The project will help Bangladesh to mobilise private investment, develop infrastructure projects and create jobs which will help accelerate the economic recovery process in the aftermath of the Corona pandemic.
  • the project will generate 3000 jobs in PPP projects supported by the Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL) by 2024.
  • Further, the project will help the roll out of the government’s PPP strategy.

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ADB

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa
  • Founded: 19 December 1966
  • Membership: 68 countries
  • Purpose: Economic development

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES

India-France-Australia holds first-ever Trilateral Dialogue on Indo-Pacific

  • India, Australia and France held their first-ever Trilateral Dialogue on 9 September 2020, with focus on enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • The meeting was co-chaired virtually by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of India, François Delattre, Secretary-General, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Frances Adamson, Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Objective of this trilateral meeting was to strengthen the strong bilateral relations among the three countries and synergize their respective strengths to ensure a peaceful, secure, prosperous and rules-based Indo-Pacific Region.
  • The three sides agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual basis.

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France (Capital/Currency): Paris/ Euro, CFP franc

  • Prime Minister: Jean Castex

Australia (Capital/Currency): Canberra/ Australian dollar

  • Prime Minister: Scott Morrison

Education Ministry organises 2 -day conclave on School Education in 21st Century under Shikshak Parv

  • Education Ministry is organising a two-day conclave on School Education in 21st Century under Shikshak Parv through online medium.
  • The focus will be on Principal and Teacher practitioners, who will discuss how they have already implemented certain themes of the NEP in creative ways.
  • Shikshak Parv is being celebrated from 8th September- 25th September, to felicitate the Teachers and to take New Education Policy 2020 forward.

13th Aero India-21 to be held in Bengaluru in Feb 2021

  • The 13th edition of Aero India-21 is scheduled to be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, Karnataka from 3 to 07 February 2021.
  • Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh has launched the website for Aero India 2021, so that the exhibitors can register and book their space online as well as Business and other visitors buy their tickets online to visit the show.
  • The website can be accessed at https://aeroindia.gov.in
  • Aero India is Asia’s largest air show and aviation exhibition held biennially in Bengaluru since 1996.

RANKS AND INDICES

India ranked 105th in Global Economic Freedom Index 2020

  • India ranked 105th in Global Economic Freedom Index 2020; Top- Hong Kong
  • India (Score- 6.56/10) has been ranked 105th in the Global Economic Freedom Index 2020 released by the Fraser Institute, Canada.
  • HongKong (Score- 8.94/10) has topped the ranking followed by Singapore at the second spot.
  • India has fallen 26 spots from 79th spot in last year’s ranking.
  • Venezuela has been ranked last among 162 countries.
  • The rankings are prepared based on the data of the year 2018.
  • The index measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom.
  • The Index ranks countries based on five areas—the size of government, legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business.

AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance joins hands with NSDL Payments Bank to offer insurance products

  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance joined hands with NSDL Payments Bank to provide its products to customers of payments bank.
  • These insurance products will enable NSDL Payments Bank customers to provide financial security to their families and help them achieve their financial goals.
  • Under this agreement, the private insurer will be able to cover the uninsured population of the country by offering its innovative and easy to understand life insurance POS products on NSDL Payment Bank’s exhaustive point of sale (POS) network, across the country.

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ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

  • CEO: N. S. Kannan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 2000
  • Parent organization: ICICI Bank

NSDL

  • Headquarters location: Mumbai
  • CEO: G.V. Nageswara Rao
  • Founded: 8 August 1996

UNICEF India and Indian youth icon Ayushmann Khurrana join hands to advocate for Child Rights

  • UNICEF India announced popular Indian film actor and thought-leader, Ayushmann Khurrana, as its celebrity advocate for promoting rights #ForEveryChild.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana will support UNICEF towards its work around ending violence against children.

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UNICEF

  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Head: Henrietta H. Fore
  • Founded: 11 December 1946, New York, New York, United States
  • Founders: United Nations General Assembly, Ludwik Rajchman

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

Former health secretary 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.
  • The decision by the panel’s two heads, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke and former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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WHO

  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948
  • Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • Heads: Tedros Adhanom, Soumya Swaminathan, Jane Ellison

Paresh Rawal becomes new chairman of National School of Drama

  • Former Lok Sabha MP and Bollywood actor, Paresh Rawal have been appointed as the new chief of National School of Drama by President Ram Nath Kovind.
  • In a career span of over three decades, Rawal has been acknowledged with numerous awards, including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1994.
  • He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2014 for his contribution to the entertainment industry.

Subhash Kamath elected ASCI chairman

  • Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) elected Subhash Kamath as its chairman on its 34th annual general meeting of the body.

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ASCI

  • Founded: 1985
  • Sector: Advertising
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

First batch of five Rafale aircraft formally inducted into Indian Air Force

  • The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 10 September 2020 at the Air Force Station in Ambala.
  • They have been inducted in the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ based in Ambala.
  • The first five Rafale aircraft had arrived from France on 27 July 2020.
  • The multi-role Rafale jets have been built by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation.
  • India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in 2016 to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore
  • The delivery of all 36 aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
  • Out of 36 Rafale jets, 30 will be fighter jets and six will be trainers.

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IAF

  • Founded: 8 October 1932, India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Attack: Jaguar, Harpy
  • Role: Aerial warfare

Ministry of Shipping launches ‘SAROD-Ports’ for disputes of maritime sector

  • Ministry of Shipping has launched the SAROD-Ports’ (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes – Ports) which is a Dispute Redressal Mechanism for all kind of disputes of the maritime sector.
  • The launch was done virtually by Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya.

It has two objectives:

  • Affordable and timely resolution of disputes in a fair manner
  • Enrichment of Dispute Resolution Mechanism with the panel of technical experts as arbitrators.
  • SAROD-Ports will save a huge amount of legal expenditure and time by resolving the maritime disputes in a fair and just manner.

India to Have 220 GW Renewable Energy Capacity by 2022, Says PM Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence that India will increase its existing clean energy capacity of 134 GW to 220 GW by 2022 and stressed on reducing tariffs further through technological advancements.
  • Modi also mentioned the ‘One World, One Sun, One Grid’ project which is aimed at renewable energy supplies across nations
  • It was announced by New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh at the Virtual World Solar Technology Summit organised by the International Solar Alliance.

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Police Officer Poonam Khatri crowned Wushu World Champion

  • Indian Police Officer, 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 hails from Haryana’s Jhajjar district.
  • 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.
  • The information was clarified by Secretary-General of the Indian Wushu Association, Suhel Ahmed.

WEBPORTALS & APPS IN NEWS

PM Modi launches e-Gopala App

  • The e-Gopala app is a comprehensive breed improvement marketplace and information portal for the direct use of farmers.
  • It will give all the information related to cattle care, from productivity to its health and diet.
  • The app will help the farmers to choose better quality livestock without the help of middlemen, which will make it easier for cattle owners to buy and sell animals.

MISCELLANEOUS

Hubballi railway station to be renamed after Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji

  • Hubballi Railway Station in Karnataka will now be known as ‘Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Railway Station.
  • Union government has approved long-pending demand of Hubballians of renaming the Hubballi railway station.

Apple develops special face masks for employees

  • Apple Inc. has developed masks that the company is beginning to distribute to corporate and retail employees to limit the spread of Covid-19.
  • Apple told staff that the Face Mask was developed by the Engineering and Industrial Design teams, the same groups that work on devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
  • It is made up of three layers to filter incoming and outgoing particles.
  • It can be washed and reused as many as five times, the company told employees.
  • the mask looks unique with large coverings on the top and bottom for the wearer’s nose and chin.
  • It also has adjustable strings to fit around a person’s ears.

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Apple Inc

  • CEO: Tim Cook
  • Founded: 1 April 1976, Cupertino, California, United States
  • Headquarters: Cupertino, California, United States
  • Founders: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne

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