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Current Affairs Today – 24th September 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. Every year, World Maritime Day is celebrated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other international organizations on September 24.
  2. HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Life and Yes Bank entered into a Corporate Agency Arrangement (CA). As part of the arrangement, HDFC Life will provide a diverse range of insurance products to customers of Yes Bank.
  3. Bajaj Finserv entered the healthcare sector with the launch of its health tech solutions business.
  4. Global investment firm KKR is set to buy a 1.28 per cent equity stake in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s retail business.
  5. IDFC First Bank will launch a contactless debit card-based payment facility, SafePay.
  6. The Indian Railways have set the target to achieve 100 percent electrification of its broad-gauge routes by 2023.
  7. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of 100% equity shares of Medlife International Private Limited (“Medlife”) by API Holdings Private Limited (“API Holdings”).
  8. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) has launched a hackathon named “KRITAGYA”.
  9. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has announced that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the limit of using the State Disaster Response Fund for COVID specific infrastructure has been increased from 35 per cent to 50 percent.
  11. Three Key labour code Bills Passed by Parliament to Cover more than 50 crores workers in the country.
  12. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) today distributed electric potter wheels (chaak) to 150 potter families in East Champaran district in Bihar.
  13. Madhya Pradesh to launch Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana for farmer. Madhya Pradesh government is planned to launch the Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana followed by Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.
  14. the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to set up a Dedicated Infotainment (film city) Zone and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to the state.
  15. Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea.
  16. United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement.
  17. PM Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a Virtual Bilateral Summit on 26th of this month.
  18. The Central Pollution Control Board celebrated its 46th Foundation Day. The CBCB was established on September 23, 1974 under The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as a technical arm of Central Government for environmental research, monitoring, regulation and enforcement in the country.
  19. The United Nations is to hold the Global Climate Summit on December 12, 2020 and Britain is to co-host the summit.
  20. Union Minister Piyush Goyal attends G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting Virtually.
  21. Time Magazine has released the TIME 100 Most Influential People List 2020.
  22. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 21 September 2020 to promote adventure sports activities at Tehri Lake.
  23. The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Colombian journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima.
  24. Khushi Chindaliya, a 17-year-old girl from Surat, Gujarat has been appointed as Regional Ambassador for India by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)- Tunza Eco-Generation.
  25. Navies of India and Australia will carry out a two-day mega exercise in the Indian Ocean Region that will involve a range of complex naval manoeuvres, anti-aircraft drills and helicopter operations.
  26. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.
  27. Security forces of Nepal and India have initiated a joint security patrol of the Nepal-India border in Kapilvastu district to control the spread of Covid-19 and check illegal cross-border activities.
  28. The Defence Ministry informed on September 23, 2020, that the Laser-guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) has been successfully test-fired from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps centre and school (ACC&S), Ahmednagar.
  29. India and Nepal have launched a website dedicated to provide information about the 2015 post-earthquake reconstruction projects funded by New Delhi in the Himalayan nation’s education sector.
  30. Indian Institute of Technology Madras Researchers have successfully booted up ‘MOUSHIK,’ an indigenously-made Microprocessor.
  31. Noted Indian Historian and author Romila Thapar has written a new book titled “Voices of Dissent”
  32. Chef Vikas Khanna has authored a book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude” in which he has written about his Feed India initiative.
  33. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur releasing book edited by Dr. Vijay Singh and Aastha Agnihotri at Shimla on 21 Sept. 2020.
  34. Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi has passed away after he contracted coronavirus disease.
  35. Theatre personality and Bollywood actor Bhupesh Pandya, who is best known for his role in Ayushmann Khurrana’s debut film ‘Vicky Donor’ has passed away due to lung cancer.

NEWS IN DETAILS

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

World Maritime Day observed on September 24

  • Every year, World Maritime Day is celebrated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other international organizations on September 24.
  • This year, the day is being celebrated under the Theme: Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet

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IMO

  • Headquarters location: London, United Kingdom
  • Founder: United Nations
  • Founded: 17 March 1948
  • Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • Heads: Efthymios Mitropoulos, Kitack Lim

BANKING & FINANCE

HDFC Life & YES Bank enters into partnership to sell insurance policies

  • HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Life and Yes Bank entered into a Corporate Agency Arrangement (CA). As part of the arrangement, HDFC Life will provide a diverse range of insurance products to customers of Yes Bank.
  • HDFC Life’s wide range of life insurance products includes solutions for protection, saving and investment, retirement and critical illness.
  • It will be available to customers of Yes Bank through the Bank’s branches which are spread throughout the country.

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HDFC Life

  • MD & CEO: Vibha Padalkar.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

YES Bank

  • MD & CEO: Prashant Kumar.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Bajaj Finserv launches health tech solutions business

  • Bajaj Finserv entered the healthcare sector with the launch of its health tech solutions business.
  • The new venture, Bajaj Finserv Health, brings to the market its core offering — Aarogya Care, an industry-first product, providing preventive, personalised, prepaid health care packages to consumers.
  • The Bajaj Finserv Health App would work like a personalised health manager, offering consumers a one-stop destination to avail convenient, connected and cost-effective health solutions, right at their fingertips.
  • It would also offer health insurance coverage from Bajaj Allianz General Insurance and pre-approved Health EMI facility from Bajaj Finance.

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Bajaj Finserv

  • Headquarters: Pune
  • CEO: Sanjiv Bajaj
  • Parent: Bajaj Holdings & Investments Limited
  • Founder: Jamnalal Bajaj

KKR to invest Rs 5,550 crore in Reliance Retail Ventures for 1.28 per cent stake

  • Global investment firm KKR is set to buy a 1.28 per cent equity stake in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s retail business.
  • This investment values Reliance Retail at a pre-money equity value of Rs 4.21 lakh crore.
  • This marks the second investment by KKR in a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, following a Rs 11,367 crore investment in Jio Platforms announced earlier this year.
  • KKR will invest Rs 5,550 crore in the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail Ventures.

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RIL

  • CEO: Mukesh Ambani
  • Founder: Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Founded: 8 May 1973, Maharashtra
  • Owner: Mukesh Ambani

IDFC First Bank to launch contactless debit card facility, SafePay

  • IDFC First Bank will launch a contactless debit card-based payment facility, SafePay.
  • It will allow transactions up to Rs 20,000 per day.
  • The per transaction limit will be Rs 2000 under this payment facility of SafePay.
  • Using the contactless payment, customers can make payment by waving his/her smartphone/debit card against a near field communication (NFC)-enabled PoS terminal.

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IDFC First Bank

  • CEO: V. Vaidyanathan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Parent organization: Infrastructure Development Finance Company
  • Capital ratio: 13.28%
  • Subsidiaries: Grama Vidiyal, Idfc First Bank Limited, Asset Management Arm

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Railway plans to complete 100 % electrification of its broad gauge routes by 2023

  • The Indian Railways have set the target to achieve 100 percent electrification of its broad gauge routes by 2023.
  • This information was stated by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 23 September 2020.

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Indian Railways

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 16 April 1853, India
  • Parent organization: Ministry of Railways

CCI approves acquisition of 100% equity shares of Medlife by API Holdings

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of 100% equity shares of Medlife International Private Limited (“Medlife”) by API Holdings Private Limited (“API Holdings”).
  • It also approved the acquisition of up to 19.59% equity share capital of API Holdings by Medlife’s shareholders under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.

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Competition Commission of India (CCI)

  • Website: cci.gov.in
  • Founded: 14 October 2003
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • First executive: Dhanendra Kumar

Kritagya Hackathon launched by National Agricultural Higher Education Project of ICAR

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) has launched a hackathon named “KRITAGYA”.
  • The aim is to promote potential technology solutions to enhance farm mechanization with special emphasis on women-friendly equipment.

Kritagya Hackathon:

  • Students, faculties and innovators/entrepreneurs from any university / technical institution across the country can apply and participate in the event in the form of a group.
  • A group can have a maximum of 4 participants with not more than one faculty and/or more than one innovator or entrepreneur.
  • The participating students can collaborate with local start-ups, students from technology institutes. They can win Rs.5 lakhs, Rs.3 lakhs and Rs.1 lakh as first, second and third prize.
  • The registration started on 15th September 2020.

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Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

  • Founded: 16 July 1929
  • President: Narendra Singh Tomar
  • Director: Trilochan Mohapatra

India aims to end tuberculosis by 2025

  • Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has announced that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Tuberculosis has been in existence since time immemorial and continues to remain a major global public health problem.

Govt raises limit for use of SDRF funds by states from 35 per cent to 50 per cent to tackle COVID situation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the limit of using the State Disaster Response Fund for COVID specific infrastructure has been increased from 35 per cent to 50 percent.

Three Key labour code Bills Passed by Parliament to Cover more than 50 crores workers in the country

  • Three Key labour code Bills Passed by Parliament to Cover more than 50 crores workers in the country.
  • Parliament has passed the three historic labour code Bills for the welfare and protection of the workers.
  • The Upper House (Rajya Sabha) granted its approval to these three bills.
  • The Bills already passed in Lok Sabha.
  • These Three bills facilitate labour welfare reforms covering more than 50 crores organized and unorganized workers in the country.

The Three Labour Code Bills are:

  • Industrial Relations Code, 2020
  • Code on Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions Code, 2020
  • Social Security Code, 2020

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Distributes Electric Chaak to 150 Kumhar Families in Bihar

  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed electric potter wheels (chaak) to 150 potter families in East Champaran district in Bihar.
  • Member of Parliament and former Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh distributed electric chaak and other equipment like blunger machines and pug mills to the potters in presence of KVIC Chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena.
  • This initiative will benefit nearly 600 persons of the Kumhar community in East Champaran district.
  • The pottery equipment have been distributed under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana of the KVIC which aims at strengthening the marginalized potters’ community and increasing their income by enhancing their productivity.
  • KVIC has set a target of distributing 500 electric chaak in Bihar in order to empower the potters’ community and create local livelihood opportunities.

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KVIC

  • Founded: 1956
  • Purpose: To plan, promote, facilitate, organise and assist in the establishment and development of khadi and village industries
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson: Vinai Kumar Saxena
  • Parent agency: Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Madhya Pradesh to launch Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana for farmers

  • Madhya Pradesh to launch Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana for farmer. Madhya Pradesh government is planned to launch the Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana followed by Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.
  • The Farmers, who are all getting Rs. 6,000 per annum, will be getting additional financial assistance of Rs. 4,000.
  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammann Nidhi is a scheme by the central government of India in which all farmers will get up to Rs. 6,000 per year as minimum income support.
  • This scheme was launched by Union Minister Piyush Goyal during the 2019 Interim Union Budget of India.

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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

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi unveils an ambitious plan to set up a Dedicated Infotainment Zone (Film City) in Gautam Buddha Nagar

  • The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to set up a Dedicated Infotainment (film city) Zone and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to the state.
  • He also announced that 1000 acre of land has been identified in Gautam Budh Nagar by Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.
  • The proposed International Airport at Jewar, going to be the biggest greenfield airport of Asia.

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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

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Ishmael Toroama elected as President of newly formed Bougainville

  • Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea.
  • This was the first general election, since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua New Guinea in November 2019.
  • Bougainville is a mineral-rich and lush group of islands in the South Pacific.

UN, Britain to co-host a global climate summit on Dec 12

  • United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will co-host the event to rally much greater climate action and ambition.
  • National governments will be invited to present more ambitious and high-quality climate plans at the summit, which would involve government leaders, as well as the private sector and civil society.
  • The summit is intended to increase momentum ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

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UN

  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Founded: 24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Official languages: Arabic; Chinese; English; French; Russian; Spanish;
  • Secretary general: António Guterres

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES

PM Modi to hold virtual summit with his Sri Lankan counterpart on Sep 26

  • PM Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a Virtual Bilateral Summit on 26th of this month.
  • The Virtual Bilateral Summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship soon after the Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka (Capital/Currency): Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte/Sri Lankan Rupee

  • President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa
  • Prime Minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Central Pollution Control Board celebrates 46th Foundation Day

  • The Central Pollution Control Board celebrated its 46th Foundation Day.
  • The CBCB was established on September 23, 1974 under The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as a technical arm of Central Government for environmental research, monitoring, regulation and enforcement in the country.

Global Climate Summit, 2020

  • The United Nations is to hold the Global Climate Summit on December 12, 2020 and Britain is to co-host the summit.
  • The summit is to increase momentum ahead of UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change) COP 26 (Conference of Parties) that is to be held in November 2021.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal attends G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting Virtually

  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal attends G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting Virtually.
  • Union Commerce and Industry & Railways Minister Shri PiyushGoyal attended the G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting.
  • The Minister attended the G20 Meeting through video conference.
  • Discussions were held on the importance to recognise the important role of small retailers in sustaining food chains and essential supplies.
  • G20 founded in 1999 with the aim to discuss policy pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability.

RANKS AND INDICES

PM Modi named in Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People 2020 List

  • Time Magazine has released the TIME 100 Most Influential People List 2020.
  • Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi is the only politician on the list.
  • He has been named in this for the fourth time since coming in power in 2014.
  • The List has named people in five categories- Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, Icons.

The following Indians have also been named in this list:

  • Professor Ravindra Gupta (Pioneer)– is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology and has worked for the cure of HIV.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana (Artists)
  • Bilkis (Icons)– the ‘dadi from Shaheen Bagh’

AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

Uttarakhand Govt Inks MoU with ITBP to promote adventure tourism at Tehri Lake

  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 21 September 2020 to promote adventure sports activities at Tehri Lake.
  • As per the MoU, the Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Sports Academy at Tehri Lake will now be administered and managed by ITBP for a period of 20 years, which will be used by ITBP for development of tourism and water sports in Tehri Dam.
  • ITBP will train over 200 candidates selected by the state government or tourism department every year free of cost.

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Uttarkhand

  • Statehood Day: 9th November 2000
  • Capital: Dehradun
  • Governor: Baby Rani maurya
  • Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • National Park: Jim Corbett NP, Gangotri NP, Nanda Devi NP, Rajaji NP

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Colombian Journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima

  • The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Colombian journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima.
  • The award, made virtually due to current COVID-19 restrictions, recognises “Ms Bedoya Lima’s dedication to the profession of journalism, her tireless work in promoting and protecting the rights of women

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

Surat-based 17-Year-Old Khushi Chindaliya Appointed as Indian Ambassador for UNEP’s Tunza Eco-Generation

  • Khushi Chindaliya, a 17-year-old girl from Surat, Gujarat has been appointed as Regional Ambassador for India by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)- Tunza Eco-Generation.
  • In her new role, Khusi will raise awareness about climate change and the importance of environmental conservation and the need to safeguard environmental treasures.
  • She will work with the TEG on various environmental awareness programmes till February 2021.

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Gujarat:

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • State formed on: 1 May 1960
  • Literacy Rate: 79.31%
  • National Park: Vansda NP, Blackbuck NP, Gir Forest NP, Marine NP, Gulf of Kutch

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Indian Navy conducts Two-day Passage Exercise with Royal Australian Navy

  • Navies of India and Australia will carry out a two-day mega exercise in the Indian Ocean Region that will involve a range of complex naval manoeuvres, anti-aircraft drills and helicopter operations.
  • The exercise comes in the midst of India’s tense border row with China and in the backdrop of growing activities by the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • It will be the fourth major military drill by the Indian Navy since June.
  • It has already carried out similar exercises with the navies of the US, Japan and Russia.

DRDO successfully test-fires high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT)- ABHYAS

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.
  • ABHYAS has been developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), DRDO.
  • ABHYAS can be used as a target for evaluation of various missile systems.

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DRDO

  • Headquarters: DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi
  • Founded: 1958

Nepal and India begin joint security patrol along border in Kapilvastu

  • Security forces of Nepal and India have initiated a joint security patrol of the Nepal-India border in Kapilvastu district to control the spread of Covid-19 and check illegal cross-border activities.
  • A joint security patrol of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force of Nepal and Seema Suraksha Bal of India has begun.

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Nepal (Capital/Currency): Kathmandu/ Nepalese Rupee

  • President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  • Prime Minister: K. P. Sharma Oli

Laser-guided ATGM successfully test-fired by DRDO

  • The Defence Ministry informed on September 23, 2020, that the Laser-guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) has been successfully test-fired from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps centre and school (ACC&S), Ahmednagar.
  • The testing took place on September 22, 2020.
  • The ministry further informed that ATGM successfully defeated a target located at 3 km during the tests.
  • The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated DRDO for the successful test-firing of Laser-Guided ATGM.

WEBPORTALS & APPS IN NEWS

India, Nepal launch website for post-earthquake reconstruction projects in education sector

  • India and Nepal have launched a website dedicated to provide information about the 2015 post-earthquake reconstruction projects funded by New Delhi in the Himalayan nation’s education sector.
  • The website, available in both English and Nepali versions, is a one stop, user friendly window for all information related to education projects under the India-funded post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives.
  • The website, which can be accessed at www.goicbrinepal.com, has been conceptualised and developed by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee under India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

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Nepal (Capital/Currency): Kathmandu/ Nepalese Rupee

  • President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  • Prime Minister: K. P. Sharma Oli

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IIT Madras Develops and Boots up ‘MOUSHIK’ Microprocessor for IoT Devices

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras Researchers have successfully booted up ‘MOUSHIK,’ an indigenously-made Microprocessor.
  • MOUSHIK is a processor cum ‘system on chip’ that can cater to the rapidly-growing IoT devices, an integral part of Smart Cities of a Digital India.
  • ‘MOUSHIK’ was conceptualized, designed and developed at the Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre for Digital Intelligence and Secure Hardware Architecture (PS-CDISHA) of the RISE Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Historian Romila Thapar Authors Book Titled “Voices of Dissent”

  • Noted Indian Historian and author Romila Thapar has written a new book titled “Voices of Dissent”
  • The book will be available in stores from October 19, 2020.
  • It will be published jointly by Penguin Random House India and Seagull Books.
  • The book is a historical essay, exploring dissent, including its articulation and public response to its particular forms, with a special focus on recent protests in the country related to the citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens.

A book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude” authored by Chef Vikas Khanna

  • Chef Vikas Khanna has authored a book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude” in which he has written about his Feed India initiative.
  • Feed India initiative is one of the largest food drives in the world, serving meals to the underprivileged.
  • The book will be released in 2021.

HP CM Jai Ram Thakur releases book on interdisciplinary research

  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur releasing book edited by Dr. Vijay Singh and Aastha Agnihotri at Shimla on 21 Sept. 2020.
  • Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur released book on ‘New Radical Approach in interdisciplinary Research’ edited by Dr. Vijay Singh and Aastha Agnihotri.
  • The focus of the book is interdisciplinary approach of research that makes the book important for researchers and scholars.

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Himachal Pradesh:

  • State formed on: 25 January 1971
  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur
  • Official language: Hindi
  • Literacy Rate: 83.78%

OBITUARY

Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi passes away of coronavirus at 65

  • Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi has passed away after he contracted coronavirus disease.
  • He was 65-years-old.
  • He is the first member of the Union Cabinet to die due to coronavirus.
  • Suresh Angadi was a four-time Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Belagavi constituency. He was elected in 2004, 2014 and 2019.

Bollywood Supporting Actor Bhupesh Pandya passes away of lung cancer

  • Theatre personality and Bollywood actor Bhupesh Pandya, who is best known for his role in Ayushmann Khurrana’s debut film ‘Vicky Donor’ has passed away due to lung cancer.
  • Pandya was an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD).

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