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Current Affairs Today – 6th and 7th September 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. The International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is observed globally on September 7th, 2020.
  2. The Reserve Bank of India has reviewed the priority sector guidelines to align it with emerging national priorities and bring a sharper focus on inclusive development.
  3. The Chairman of the Railway Board, Vinod Kumar Yadav has informed that Indian Railways will run 80 new special passenger trains from September 12, 2020.
  4. Union Minister for MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari approved Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission.
  5. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government announced the third phase of ambitious Back to Village (B2V) programme from October 2 to 12, this year.
  6. Union minister Jitendra Singh announced that the first-ever cannabis medicine project will soon be set up in Jammu.
  7. The state government of Assam re-launched an old scheme titled ‘Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM)’ on 4 September 2020, which aims to provide self-employment to around 2 lakh youths of the state.
  8. The Karnataka Cabinet has approved a project titled ‘Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agriculture Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD)’.
  9. The Central government has given approval for setting up a Medical college in Mon district of Nagaland.
  10. Banks in West Bengal have sanctioned Rs 5,350 crore of loans till the last week of August to businesses to tide over liquidity woes amid the COVID-19 crisis.
  11. The Delhi government’s 10-week anti-dengue campaign started from 6th
  12. Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, which houses a large number of small and medium enterprises, especially in the fire crackers and allied sectors, has been selected by the Central Government as the state’s first Fully Digital Economy district.
  13. The 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35), was held from 01 – 04 September 2020, in virtual format due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the Special Key Note Address at the USISPF 3rd Annual Leadership Summit at 9 PM on 3 September 2020, through video conference.
  15. Andhra Pradesh has topped the 4th edition of the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states for 2018-19.
  16. The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has entered into a partnership with the cyber security think tank CyberPeace Foundation to create awareness on cyber safety among students.
  17. The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee for collaboration in areas of universal design principles and inclusive development in the backdrop of ‘Building Accessible Safe Inclusive Indian Cities’ (BASIIC) program.
  18. Andhra Pradesh Govt signed MoUs with eight companies including the Netherlands government in the food processing sector.
  19. IndiGrid has completed the acquisition of Gurgaon Palwal Transmission Limited (GPTL) from Sterlite Power for ₹1,080 crore.
  20. Maruti Suzuki MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa has been elected as the new President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
  21. Rajiv B. Lall has resigned from his post of Part-Time Non-Executive Chairman of IDFC First Bank.
  22. Private life insurer Bajaj Allianz Life has appointed Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana as its brand ambassador.
  23. BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Anil Jain is set to be elected as the new president of All India Tennis Association (AITA) while Anil Dhupar will take over as the secretary-general at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the national federation
  24. The Bharat Electronics Ltd’s (BEL) Board of Directors has approved the appointment of M V Rajasekhar as Additional Director – Director (R&D).
  25. IPS officer Charu Sinha has become the first woman commander to head the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) formation in the Kashmir Valley.
  26. Pierre Gasly (Scuderia AlphaTauri, France) has won the Formula One Italian Grand Prix 2020 held on September 06, 2020.
  27. Cricketer Ian Bell from England has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the 2020 domestic season.
  28. The Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov have reached the quarterfinals of the ongoing US Open tennis.
  29. BCCI has announced the schedule for IPL 2020 to be held in UAE.
  30. Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo in presence of District Youth Services and Sports Officer inaugurated T20 cricket tournament at Kungamdora Pattan with strict adherence of SOPs and guidelines.
  31. World Cup host Qatar is set to play in the Gold Cup next year in the United States after accepting an invitation from soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
  32. Scientists have developed a portable sterilisation unit using a new technology called the hybrid sterilization system.
  33. Recently researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) have developed a theranostics (diagnostic therapy) drug candidate for lung cancer.
  34. India’s leading online Instant Credit app LazyPay has launched a digital credit card facility called LazyUPI to offer easy access to credit across online and offline platforms.
  35. Union Minister of Education has launched a free mobile app named as “EnglishPro “.
  36. 9 years old Ajnaa Dvivedi sat to author her first book. With more than 20000 words in 120 pages, she is probably the youngest female writer of a novella in India! The line illustrations are also done by her.
  37. Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 82.
  38. Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji, the pontiff of Edneer Mutt in Kasaragod district of Kerala, whose property rights case in the Supreme Court in 1973 helped define basic rights under the Constitution, has passed away.

NEWS IN DETAILS

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies observed on 7 September

  • The International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is observed globally on September 7th, 2020.
  • The day aims to raise public awareness at all levels individual, community, corporate and government that clean air is important for health, productivity, the economy and the environment.

BANKING & FINANCE 

RBI Releases Revised Priority Sector Lending Guidelines

  • The Reserve Bank of India has reviewed the priority sector guidelines to align it with emerging national priorities and bring a sharper focus on inclusive development.
  • Some new categories eligible for finance under the priority sector have been added like- Bank finance to start-ups (up to Rs 50 crore); loans to farmers for installation of solar power plants for solarisation of grid-connected agriculture pumps and loans for setting up Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) plants.
  • To address regional disparities in the flow of priority sector credit, higher weightage have been assigned to incremental priority sector credit in ‘identified districts’ where priority sector credit flow is comparatively low.
  • The targets prescribed for “small and marginal farmers” and “weaker sections” are being increased in a phased manner.
  • Higher credit limit has been specified for Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs)/Farmers Producers Companies (FPCs) undertaking farming with assured marketing of their produce at a pre-determined price.
  • Loan limits for renewable energy have been increased (doubled). from Rs 15 lakhs to Rs 30 lakhs
  • For improvement of health infrastructure, credit limit for health infrastructure (including those under ‘Ayushman Bharat’) has been doubled.

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RBI

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: British Raj
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • Subsidiaries: Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation, Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Railway Ministry to run 80 new passengers’ trains from September 12

  • The Chairman of the Railway Board, Vinod Kumar Yadav has informed that Indian Railways will run 80 new special passenger trains from September 12, 2020.
  • The Railway Board also mentioned that the passengers can start booking reservations in the new trains from September 10.
  • These trains will be in addition to 230 trains that are already in operation.

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Indian Railways

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

Centre approved Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission

  • Union Minister for MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari approved Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission.
  • It is a unique employment generation program proposed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
  • It will India Aatmanirbhar in Agarbatti production.
  • Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission
  • It aims at creating employment for unemployed and migrant workers in different parts of the country and increasing domestic Agarbatti production substantially.
  • The scheme designed by KVIC on Public–private partnership (PPP) mode.
  • It requires a very less investment.
  • It will help private Agarbatti manufacturers to scale up Agarbatti production without any capital investment by them.

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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

Govt announces 3rd phase of ‘Back to Village’ programme from October 2 to 12 in J&K

  • In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government announced the third phase of ambitious Back to Village (B2V) programme from October 2 to 12, this year.
  • The announcement was made by Principal Secretary, Power Development and Information Departments, Rohit Kansal.
  • The Phase-I of B2V was an introductory and interactive programme to understand the people’s grievances and demands.
  • While Phase-II focused on the devolution of powers to panchayats and tried to understand how these panchayats are functioning and what are the grievances and demands.

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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

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

First-ever cannabis medicine project to come up in Jammu

  • Union minister Jitendra Singh announced that the first-ever cannabis medicine project will soon be set up in Jammu.
  • The cannabis medicine project will be set up with the collaboration of Canada at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) in Jammu.
  • It is the first major foreign investment in Jammu and Kashmir after it became a Union Territory (UT).

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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

Assam re-launches self-employment scheme SVAYEM worth Rs 1,000 crore

  • The state government of Assam re-launched an old scheme titled ‘Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM)’ on 4 September 2020, which aims to provide self-employment to around 2 lakh youths of the state.
  • The SVAYEM scheme was launched by the government in 2017-18.
  • This is the biggest self-employment programme launched by any government in Assam since Independence.
  • The scheme has been re-launched with a budget of Rs 1000 crore.
  • Under the scheme, the state government would provide Rs 50,000 each as seed money to selected youths to start business ventures.
  • The government will provide this money in the next three months from its own revenue, without any banking linkage.
  • To avail the benefit of the scheme, the 2 lakh beneficiaries would have to be part of self-help groups, joint liability groups, etc. before September 1.

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Assam:

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • National Park: Dibru-Saikhowa NP, Kaziranga NP, Manas NP, Nameri NP, Rajiv Gandhi Orang NP, Dehing Patkai

Karnataka approves Rs. 600-cr watershed project ‘REWARD’ with World Bank assistance

  • The Karnataka Cabinet has approved a project titled ‘Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agriculture Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD)’.
  • The REWARD project is designed to ensure soil and water conservation in 20 taluks with low groundwater levels in Karnataka.
  • The total cost of this project is Rs 600 crore.
  • The World Bank will fund 70% of the project amount, which amounts to Rs 420 crore, whereas, 30% of the expenses (Rs 180 crore) will be borne by the state government of Karnataka.
  • The project will cover 50,000 hectares of parched land with depleted groundwater table for watershed development in each of the 20 taluks to increase the groundwater table.
  • The taluks to be covered under the project are Bagepalli, Challakere, Shikaripur, Gundlupet, Harapanahalli, Sira, Arsikere, Kadur, Bailhongal, Athani, Hirekerur, Hungund, Kundgol, Bagewadi, Ron, Jewargi, Basavakalyan, Manvi, Yelburga, and Shahapur.

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Karnataka:

  • Statehood Day: 1st November 1956
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala
  • National Park: Anshi NP, Bandipur NP, Bannerghatta NP, Kudremukh NP, Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) NP.

Centre approves setting up of Medical college in Mon district of Nagaland

  • The Central government has given approval for setting up a Medical college in Mon district of Nagaland.
  • This will be the second medical college in the state, after the Medical College in Kohima which is now under construction.
  • This landmark decision of the Union Government will boost the State Government’s effort to revolutionise the state health sector.

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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%

Banks Sanctioned Rs 5,350cr to West Bengal As Emergency Loans

  • Banks in West Bengal have sanctioned Rs 5,350 crore of loans till the last week of August to businesses to tide over liquidity woes amid the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Public and private sector lenders have sanctioned the loans under the Centre’s Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS). At the national level, the amount stood at around Rs 1.60 lakh crore

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West Bengal:

  • Established on: 26 January 1950
  • Capital: Kolkata
  • Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee

Delhi govt’s 10-week anti-dengue campaign begins from 6th September

  • The Delhi government’s 10-week anti-dengue campaign started from 6th
  • The ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’ campaign seeks to build awareness about prevention of vector-borne diseases.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that like last time, two crore people of Delhi will join hands and work together to fight against dengue.

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Delhi

  • Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal
  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal

Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu selected as fully Digital Economy district

  • Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, which houses a large number of small and medium enterprises, especially in the fire crackers and allied sectors, has been selected by the Central Government as the state’s first Fully Digital Economy district.
  • All industrial units and commercial establishments in the district are at present implementing various forms of cashless transactions.
  • These include widespread use of ATM debit cards, increased usage of internet banking, widespread use of QR codes etc.

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Tamilnadu

  • Capital: Chennai
  • Chief Minister: Edappadi K.Palanisamy
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
  • Chief Justice of Madras High Court: Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani
  • National Park: Guindy NP,Gulf of Mannar Marine NP, Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) NP, Mudumalai NP, Mukurthi NP.

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES

35th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) held under the Chairmanship of Bhutan

  • The 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35), was held from 01 – 04 September 2020, in virtual format due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Conference was held under the Chair of the Host Country, Bhutan.
  • The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala represented India in the conference.
  • The conference focused on regional priorities and issues such as COVID 19, the state of agriculture, natural resources management, food security and nutrition.
  • Bangladesh will host the 36th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific of the in 2022.
  • It will be the first time that the country will host the event, ever since it joined the organisation in 1973.
  • The Regional Conference is held once every two years. The first regional conference was held in Bangalore, India, in 1953.

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Bhutan (Capital/Currency): Thimphu/ Bhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee

  • Prime Minister: Lotay Tshering

PM’s special keynote at 3rd Annual Leadership Summit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the Special Key Note Address at the USISPF 3rd Annual Leadership Summit at 9 PM on 3 September 2020, through video conference.
  • The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is a non-profit organization that works for the partnership between India and the US.
  • The theme of the 5-day Summit that began on 31 August is “US-India Navigating New Challenges”.

Keynotes

  • India’s potential in becoming a Global Manufacturing Hub
  • Opportunities in India’s Gas Market
  • Ease of Doing Business to attract FDI in India
  • Common Opportunities & Challenges in Tech Space
  • Indo-Pacific Economic issues
  • Innovation in Public Health and others

RANKS AND INDICES

Andhra Pradesh tops Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states 2019

  • Andhra Pradesh has topped the 4th edition of the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states for 2018-19.
  • It is also known as The Ease of Doing Business rankings.
  • The ranking was announced by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
  • Uttar Pradesh is ranked second and Telangana is ranked third in the ranking.
  • The lowest 3 ranks in the list belong to Odisha, Sikkim and Tripura.
  • Till date, State Rankings have been released for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017-18.
  • The latest one is the fourth edition for 2018-19.
  • The ranking is done by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The BRAP represents the Ease of Doing Business in any state.

The top ten states under State Reform Action Plan 2019 are

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Uttar Pradesh
  3. Telangana
  4. Madhya Pradesh
  5. Jharkhand
  6. Chhattisgarh
  7. Himachal Pradesh
  8. Rajasthan
  9. West Bengal
  10. Gujarat

AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

WhatsApp Partners with CyberPeace Foundation to create awareness on cyber safety among students

  • The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has entered into a partnership with the cyber security think tank CyberPeace Foundation to create awareness on cyber safety among students.
  • The awareness campaign has been launched under the “e-Raksha” programme and will be implemented in phases.
  • In the first phase 15,000 students will be covered in five regions by the end of 2020. They include Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
  • The need for this awareness campaign was felt as students spend more time online and so they become more vulnerable to cyber threats such as cyberbullying, stumbling across child abuse material, cybercriminals disrupting online classes, the spread of misinformation, privacy issues etc.

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CyberPeace Foundation

  • Headquarter: Delhi
  • President: Vineet Kumar

WhatsApp

  • Founded: 2009
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States
  • Acquisition date: 19 February 2014
  • Founders: Jan Koum, Brian Acton
  • Parent organization: Facebook

IIT Roorkee signs MoU with NIUA for building accessible, safe Indian cities

  • The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee for collaboration in areas of universal design principles and inclusive development in the backdrop of ‘Building Accessible Safe Inclusive Indian Cities’ (BASIIC) program.
  • The association will aim to leverage the technical capacities of both institutions, which will lead to creation and sharing of knowledge and resources for devising strategies in making Indian cities more accessible, safe, and inclusive for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), elderly, women, and children among others.

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NIUA

  • Headquarters: Delhi
  • Director: Hitesh Vaidya
  • Vice President: Kunal Kumar

AP signs MoUs with Dutch govt, 8 others in food processing companies

  • Andhra Pradesh Govt signed MoUs with eight companies including the Netherlands government in the food processing sector.
  • These MoUs will help the food processing sector of various agricultural products, including bananas, tomatoes, mangoes, sugar, chillies, vegetables, and aqua products.

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Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capital: Amravati
  • Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Literacy rate: 67.4%
  • National Park: Sri Venkateswara National Park, Sri Venkateswara National Park, Papikonda National Park

ACQUISITION & MERGER

IndiGrid completes acquisition of GPTL from Sterlite Power

  • IndiGrid has completed the acquisition of Gurgaon Palwal Transmission Limited (GPTL) from Sterlite Power for ₹1,080 crore.
  • IndiGrid, India’s first power sector InvIT, is managed by Sterlite Investment Managers Limited, wherein KKR and GIC jointly own 57 per cent in the InvIT.
  • With this acquisition, IndiGrid’s AUM has increased by 9% to INR 133 Bn (USD 1.80 Bn)dxz

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GPTL

  • Founded: 2015
  • Parent organization: Sterlite Power

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

Maruti CEO Kenichi Ayukawa elected president of SIAM

  • Maruti Suzuki MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa has been elected as the new President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
  • SIAM is the apex body of the Indian automotive industry.
  • He will replace Rajan Wadhera and has been appointed for a term of two years.
  • Vipin Sondhi, MD and CEO, Ashok Leyland, has been elected as the new vice president of SIAM.

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SIAM

  • Founded: July 2012
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • President: Kenichi Ayukawa

Rajiv Lall resigns as chairman of IDFC First Bank

  • Rajiv B. Lall has resigned from his post of Part-Time Non-Executive Chairman of IDFC First Bank.
  • He has cited prolonged personal health issues as the reason for resignation.
  • Lall was the founder MD of the erstwhile IDFC Bank.

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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

Bajaj Allianz Life ropes in Ayushmann Khurrana as its brand ambassador

  • Private life insurer Bajaj Allianz Life has appointed Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana as its brand ambassador.
  • Khurrana will promote the company’s products and digital services across offline and online mediums.
  • He will feature in the life insurer’s next campaign ‘Smart Living’ that encompasses its term plan Smart Protect Goal and the new digital service – Smart Assist.

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Bajaj Allianz Life

  • CEO: Tarun Chugh
  • Headquarters: Pune
  • Founded: 2001
  • Parent organizations: Bajaj Finserv Ltd., Allianz SE

Anil Jain Set to be Elected New AITA President, Anil Dhupar Secretary General

  • BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Anil Jain is set to be elected as the new president of All India Tennis Association (AITA) while Anil Dhupar will take over as the secretary-general at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the national federation.
  • Jain, who is also the ruling party’s national general secretary, will replace Praveen Mahajan as AITA president.
  • The AITA will also elect four joint secretaries and three of them would be Sunder Iyer (Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association), Prem Kumar Karra (Tamil Nadu Tennis Association) and Suman Kapur (Haryana Lawn Tennis Association).

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All India Tennis Association (AITA)

  • President: Praveen Mahajan
  • Founded: March 1920
  • Affiliation: International Tennis Federation
  • Sport: Tennis
  • Headquarters: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, Delhi
  • Location: African Avenue, Delhi

MV Raja Sekhar takes charge as director (R&D), BEL

  • The Bharat Electronics Ltd’s (BEL) Board of Directors has approved the appointment of M V Rajasekhar as Additional Director – Director (R&D).
  • This comes after the Ministry of Defence on July 6 appointed Rajasekhar as Director – R&D vice Mahesh V, who has retired from services on August 31 on attaining superannuation.

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BEL

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Owner: Government of India (63.17%)
  • Founded: 1954, Bengaluru
  • Subsidiaries: BEL Optronic Devices Limited, BEL-THALES Systems Limited

Charu Sinha becomes first woman IG to lead CRPF in Kashmir

  • IPS officer Charu Sinha has become the first woman commander to head the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) formation in the Kashmir Valley.
  • Sinha, a 1996-batch officer of the Telangana cadre, has been appointed as the Inspector General (IG) of CRPF’s Srinagar sector that oversees the deployment of the paramilitary forces’ battalions in Srinagar city of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The officer was till now serving as the CRPF IG in Jammu.
  • She earlier headed the CRPF formation in Bihar that includes the deployment of the force in anti-Naxal operations in that state.

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CRPF

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs
  • Preceding agency: Ministry of Home Affairs (INDIA)
  • Subsidiaries: Commando Battalion for Resolute Action, Rapid Action Force

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Pierre Gasly wins F1 Italian Grand Prix 2020

  • Pierre Gasly (Scuderia AlphaTauri, France) has won the Formula One Italian Grand Prix 2020 held on September 06, 2020.
  • This is his first Grand Prix win.
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren, Spain) came second followed by Lance Stroll (Racing Point, Canada) in third place.
  • Lewis Hamilton ended at 7th place after he earned a 10-second stop and go penalty. Apart from this, Charles Leclerc crashed out on the exit of Parabolica.

England cricketer Ian Bell announces retirement from professional cricket

  • Cricketer Ian Bell from England has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the 2020 domestic season.
  • Ian Bell, 38, retired from ODIs in 2015 to focus on Test cricket.
  • He is a five-time Ashes winner and has spent his entire career with Warwickshire.

US Open 2020: Indo-Canadian pair of Bopanna-Shapovalov enter men’s doubles quarterfinals

  • The Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov have reached the quarterfinals of the ongoing US Open tennis.
  • They defeated the German pair Kevin Krawietz and Andrea Mies in the second-round clash that had lasted for an hour and 47 minutes.

BCCI announces schedule for IPL 2020 to be held in UAE

  • BCCI has announced the schedule for IPL 2020 to be held in UAE.
  • The evening matches of the tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates, will start at 7:30 PM Indian time.
  • There will be 10 double-headers, and the afternoon matches will begin at 3:30 PM.
  • Dubai will host 24 games; 20 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi while the remaining 12 matches are scheduled to be played in Sharjah.
  • The final of the tournament will be played on November 10. Venues for the playoff and the final are yet to be announced.

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BCCI

  • President: Sourav Ganguly
  • Secretary: Jay Shah
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: December 1928
  • Sponsors: BYJU’S, Paytm, Nike, Dream11, Hyundai Motor Company, Ambuja Cements

T20 cricket tournament inaugurated at Kungamdora Pattan in J&K

  • Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo in presence of District Youth Services and Sports Officer inaugurated T20 cricket tournament at Kungamdora Pattan with strict adherence of SOPs and guidelines.

World Cup host Qatar set to play in Gold Cup next year in US

  • World Cup host Qatar is set to play in the Gold Cup next year in the United States after accepting an invitation from soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
  • The Asian Cup champion will participate in the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cup tournaments as a guest under a memorandum of understanding signed in Bahrain in 2017.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CURRENT AFFAIRS

Scientists have developed a portable sterilisation unit

  • Scientists have developed a portable sterilisation unit using a new technology called the hybrid sterilization system. It can decontaminate personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for combating COVID 19, easily and rapidly, allowing them to be used multiple times.

Highlights:

  • It can be used by health professionals and other COVID warriors for whom PPEs are essential
  • It can prevent generation of hazardous solid waste from PPEs.
  • It has been developed jointly by IIT Tirupati (IITT) and IISER Tirupati
  • It provides efficient and rapid decontamination of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other household items.
  • It consisting of a UV radiation cavity, cold plasma, and H2O2spray

JNCASR researchers develop diagnostic therapyfor Lung Cancer

  • Recently researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) have developed a theranostics (diagnostic therapy) drug candidate for lung cancer.
  • The research work funded jointly by DST, BRICS Multilateral R&D Projects grant, and SwarnaJayanti Fellowship Grant was published in the journal Theranostics.

WEBPORTALS & APPS IN NEWS

Now-Pay-Later with UPI

  • India’s leading online Instant Credit app LazyPay has launched a digital credit card facility called LazyUPI to offer easy access to credit across online and offline platforms.
  • LazyUPI is a first of its kind digital credit card that combines the power of UPI and the Buy-Now-Pay-Later concept to enable users’ access to real-time credit using Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

Union Minister of Education launches mobile app “EnglishPro”

  • Union Minister of Education has launched a free mobile app named as “EnglishPro“.
  • The mobile application has been developed by the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad under University Social Responsibility (USR).
  • the mobile application “EnglishPro” will help learners in developing Indian English Pronunciation in the unique “Indian” way.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Delhi’s 9 years old Ajnaa Dvivedi launches her book – The Adventures of Anvi

  • 9 years old Ajnaa Dvivedi sat to author her first book. With more than 20000 words in 120 pages, she is probably the youngest female writer of a novella in India! The line illustrations are also done by her.
  • The fiction, ‘The Adventures of Anvi – not an ordinary beginning’ is the story about struggles, love, hope, and friendship.
  • Ajnaa has dedicated this book to animals of the world who are as much as part of this planet as we are.

OBITUARY

Veteran Producer-Director Johnny Bakshi passes away at 82

  • Veteran producer-director Johnny Bakshi has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 82.
  • Johnny Bakshi mostly worked as a producer, in his career spanning over four decades.
  • He was best known for producing films such as Raavan (1984), Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), and Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain, (1974).
  • As a director, his films include Daku Aur Police (1992) and 1994 movie Khudai.

Veteran Seer Kesavananda Bharati passes away at 79

  • Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji, the pontiff of Edneer Mutt in Kasaragod district of Kerala, whose property rights case in the Supreme Court in 1973 helped define basic rights under the Constitution, has passed away.
  • He was 79.
  • Bharati had filed a case challenging the Constitution (29th Amendment) Act, 1972, questioning the Kerala government’s move to take over the mutt property.

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