Current Affairs

11 July, 2020

International

WHO sets up Independent Panel for evaluation of global COVID-19 response

World Health Organization (WHO) has formulated an Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mean Average Global Temperature could rise by 1.5° Celsius in 5 years: WMO

The United Nations (UN) weather Agency, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in its “Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update for 2020-2024” has forecasted that the annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) in at least one year. Overall, it is very likely to be within the range 0.91 – 1.59°C.

National

T-Hub Partners with MeitY And Digital India to Lead Scale Up Program for Hardware Startups

T-Hub announced their partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) and Digital India to lead the scale up program of Digital India for hardware and Internet of Things(IoT) startups and to support the startups with investments and market access.

Economy

Mastercard to Invest Rs 250 cr to Support SMEs in India Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Mastercard has announced that it will invest Rs 250 crore(USD 33 million) to support Indian Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs).
ii.To enable the SMEs to restart itself and help them in business recovery.
iii.SMEs have been hit hardest during the lockdown caused by COVID-19 due to their dependence on the cash-economy and disruption of the supply chain.

ADB Renews MoU with IEA to Scale up Collaboration on Energy Sector Sustainability and Resilience

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with International Energy Agency (IEA) during IEA’s Clean Energy Transitions Summit 2020 with the aim to further increase the collaboration on sustainability with a focus on energy sector resilience in Asia and the Pacific.

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Miscellaneous

ISRO to Launch Brazil’s Amazonia-1 Earth Observation Satellite on PSLV

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch the Amazonia – 1 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) as a primary payload by August 2020. Amazonia -1 is Brazil’s first satellite for Earth observation – designed, assembled and tested in Brazil.
ii.Amazonia – 1 will help in observing and monitoring the deforestation in the region of Amazon through the satellite images.

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