Current Affairs

2 December, 2020

International

India Recorded Largest Reductions in Malaria cases in South-East Asia between 2000-2019: WHO

i.In accordance with the “World Malaria Report 2020” released by World Health Organisation (WHO), India recorded the largest reduction of malaria cases in South-East Asia from 20 million in 2000 to about 5.6 million in 2019.
ii.On the global front, there were about 229 million malaria cases in 2019 and claimed about 409,000 lives, compared to 411,000 in 2018.
iii.The 11 highest burden countries account for 70% of the global estimated case burden and 71% of global estimated deaths from malaria. These are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
About World Health Organization (WHO):
Director General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarter– Geneva, Switzerland
i.In accordance with the “World Malaria Report 2020” released by World Health Organisation (WHO), India recorded the largest reduction of malaria cases in South-East Asia from 20 million in 2000 to about 5.6 million in 2019.
ii.On the global front, there were about 229 million malaria cases in 2019 and claimed about 409,000 lives, compared to 411,000 in 2018.
iii.The 11 highest burden countries account for 70% of the global estimated case burden and 71% of global estimated deaths from malaria. These are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.
About World Health Organization (WHO):
Director General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarter– Geneva, Switzerland

India Tops Asia in Bribery, Use of Personal Connections to Access Public Services: 10th GCB Asia 2020

i.In accordance with the 10th edition of the report titled “Global Corruption Barometer (GCB)-Asia 2020” by corruption watchdog Transparency International, India has the highest bribery rate of 39% in Asia and the highest rate of people (46%) who use personal connections to access public services.
ii.Nearly 50% people who paid bribes were asked to while 32% of those who used personal connections said they would not receive the service otherwise.
iii.This report is based upon the fieldwork conducted in 17 countries covering nearly 20,000 citizens in June-September 2020 seeking their perception of and experiences with corruption in the past twelve months.
iv.It covered 6 key public services viz: police, courts, public hospitals, procurement of identity documents and utilities.
About Transparency International
Interim Managing Director (MD)– Daniel Eriksson
Headquarter– Berlin, Germany

National

19th session of the SCO CHG hosted by India; 1st SCO Online International Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage Held

i.India virtually hosted the 19th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government (SCO CHG) which was chaired by Vice President of India Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu from New Delhi.
ii.This was the first Summit-level Meeting held under India’s Chairmanship, since it gained full -membership of the organization in 2017. This is an annual summit at the level of Prime Ministers of SCO and deals primarily with the trade and economic agenda of the organization.
iii.It should be noted that India assumed the Chairmanship of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on 2 November 2019 as per rotation from the previous Chair Uzbekistan. Now with this meeting it completed its year long tenure.
iv.On the lines of the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Bishkek Summit at the SCO Heads of State in 2019, Venkaiah Naidu launched the first ever SCO Online 3D Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage, during the meeting.
About Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):
The SCO is a regional grouping of eight member states, India, Russia, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It also has four observer States — Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia
Secretary General – Vladimir Norov
Headquarters – Beijing, China

21st edition of Hornbill festival 2020 celebrated virtually First time in Nagaland

Nagaland started celebrating the 21st edition of Hornbill festival 2020 from 1st-5th of December organised virtually for the first time due to the pandemic.
Hornbill festival known as “Festival of Festivals”is organised by the state tourism of arts and culture department of Nagaland at the Naga Heritage Village of Kisama, Kohima.It is a 10-day event.
Aim- To revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravagant traditions to promote tourism
Events- Mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies
Started in 2000, the festival is conducted every year from December 1-10 in line with the Nagaland State Foundation day on 1st December.
About Nagaland:
Capital– Kohima
Nagaland state was formed as the 16th state of India on 1st December, 1963
Prominent Tribes- Angami, Liangami, Rongmei, Phom, Konyak, Lotha
Folk Dances:
Modse, Butterfly dance, Aalyuattu, Changai Dance, Khamba Lim, Kukui Kucho, Zeliang Dance
Important Festivals:
Hornbill Festival, Aoleng Festival, Sekrenyi Festival, Maotsii Mong, Min kutt festival, Bushu Dima

PM Modi addressed the 8th Convocation of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the students through video conference on the occasion of 8th Convocation day of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.PM laid foundation stone 45 MW Production Plant of Monocrystalline Solar PhotoVoltaic Panel’ and ‘Centre of Excellence on Water Technology’
Other Inaugurations by PM:
1.Innovation and Incubation Centre – Technology Business Incubation
2.Translational Research Centre
3.Sports Complex at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Rajasthan CM inaugurates India’s first “Organ donor Memorial”

On the occasion of 11th National Organ Donation Day celebration in Jaipur, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot inaugurated virtually the first of its kind “Organ Donor Memorial” in the country.
About Rajasthan:
Wildlife Sanctuaries- Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary,National Chambal Sanctuary,Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary,Phulwari Ki Nal wildlife Sanctuary,Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary,Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Union Minister– Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State– Faggan Singh Kulaste

Economy

SIDBI in Partnership with ISARC Launches ARM-MSME, an Asset Restructuring Web Module for MSMEs; Indian Bank Signs MoU with SIDBI for this Module

i.Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in partnership with India SME Asset Reconstruction Company (ISARC) has launched Asset Restructuring Module for MSMEs-Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(ARM-MSMEs) in other words Do-It-Yourself (DIY) web module.
ii.This web portal helps MSMSEs to get benefit of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI)’s one-time debt restructuring.
iii.Indian bank has signed a MoU with SIDBI to enable MSME borrowers of the Bank to use the product.
About India SME Asset Reconstruction Company (ISARC):
Established under– The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act, 2002 (also known as the SARFAESI Act, 2002)
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Rishi Dwivedi
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Indian Bank:
On April 1, 2020, Allahabad Bank amalgamated with Indian Bank.
Incorporated– March 5, 1907
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Padmaja Chunduru
Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Tagline– Your Own Bank

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Miscellaneous

HAL delivers Biggest Ever Cryogenic Propellant Tank ‘C32-LH2’ to ISRO

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered ‘C32-LH2’ Cryogenic Propellant Tank to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It is Biggest ever cryogenic propellant tank fabricated by HAL.
C32-LH2 is made of aluminium alloy and has been designed to improve the payload capability of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) MK-III launching vehicle.
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):
Chairman & Managing Director – R. Madhavan
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman – Kailasavadivoo (K) Sivan

India’s GMRT accorded ‘Milestone’ facility status by IEEE ; becomes India’s 3rd IEEE Milestone Facility

The Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) Observatory situated at Khodad, Pune, Maharashtra has been accorded ‘Milestone’ facility status by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The status recognizes GMRT’s contributions for exploring the Universe through the field of RadioAstronomy. It is the 3rd Indian Project in 125 years to get such a recognition.

Varsha Joshi Appointed as Interim Chairperson of NDDB

The Government of India appointed Varsha Joshi, the Joint Secretary(CDD), Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, as the new interim Chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
Varsha Joshi succeeds Dilip Rath on the completion of his tenure as the chairman of NDDB on 30th November 2020. Joshi’s appointment is effective from 1st December 2020 until further orders.
About Varsha Joshi:
i.Varsha Joshi, Senior AGMUT cadre IAS Officer of 1995 Batch, served as the Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
ii.She has also served as the Secretary Power and Commissioner Transport, Government of NCT Delhi.
iii.She served as the Secretary Power and Chairman and Managing Director of Delhi Transco Ltd (DTL) and Delhi’s Genco.
iv.She has also served as the Secretary-cum-Commissioner Transport, Government of NCT Delhi.
v.She has also been the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
vi.She served as the Director with the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
About National Dairy Development Board (NDDB):
Chairman– Varsha Joshi
Headquarters– Anand, Gujarat

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