Current Affairs

15 July, 2020


UNODC’s World Wildlife Crime Report: Pangolin Scale Seizure Jumped 10 times Between 2014 & 2018

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its World Wildlife Crime Report stating that the Seizure of the scales of the Pangolins, the most trafficked wild animal in the world has increased 10 times between the year 2014 and 2018.

8.9% of the world’s population, went hungry in 2019: UN’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020

In accordance with the United Nations'(UN) annual report “The state of food security and nutrition in the world- Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets”, nearly 690 million people, or 8.9% of the world’s population, went hungry in 2019, an increase of 10 million since 2018 and of nearly 60 million since 2014.
ii.The report warned that the COVID-19 pandemic may add an additional 83 to 132 million people to the ranks of the undernourished in 2020.
iii.The report has been prepared by 5 UN agencies, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO).
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Secretary General– Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres


UNICEF India & FICCI’s SEDF joined hands to Initiate “#Reimagine Campaign” to Support Vulnerable Populations and Children in India

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India joined hands with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) Socio Economic Development Foundation (SEDF) to initiate UNICEF’s “#Reimagine Campaign” for the support of most vulnerable populations and children during the ongoing COVID-19 response and its aftermath in India.
ii.In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has launched Reimagine – an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to support UNICEF’s efforts to respond, recover and reimagine a world severely impacted by COVID-19.
iii.Importantly, Ogilvy, a New York (United States) based advertising agency is offering free of charge support in developing the creative narrative for the campaign.

Ministry of Shipping approved Rs 107 Crore for Modern Firefighting Facilities in Haldia Dock, Kolkata

Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping approved Rs.107 Crore to improve the firefighting facilities on five jetties of Haldia Dock Complex of Kolkata Port. The modern firefighting facilities will enable safe and secure handling of the movement of petrochemical goods in the Haldia Dock Complex.


IRDAI mandated insurance companies to launch ‘Corona Kavach’ & ‘Corona Rakshak’ amid increasing COVID-19 cases

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has made it mandatory for 30 general and health insurers to launch short-term standard health policies for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) viz. Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak, due to rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in India. Notably, the premium under both the products shall be the pan-India basis and no geographic location or zone-based pricing will be allowed.

NABARD organised a ‘digital choupal’ to mark its 39th Foundation Day on July 13; 2 schemes each of Rs 5,000 cr announced

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has celebrated its 39th Foundation Day by organizing its first “digital choupal”, a video conference which brought together farmers from across the country who have been associated with NABARD in 7 development projects in rural.
ii.On this occasion, NABARD has announced Rs 5,000 crore of refinance scheme for banks and financial institutions for providing finance to the beneficiaries of its 2,150 watershed development projects and also earmarked another Rs 5,000 crore for turning Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS), into multi service centres.


Former Australian Skipper Mile Jedinak Announces Retirement from Football

Mile Jedinak (35), Former Australian skipper and Crystal Palace midfielder from Sydney announced his retirement on 11 July. He has been the captain for Australia national Team.


IIT Kanpur Develops ‘SHUDH’, UV Sanitizing Device to make Surroundings COVID free

The Imagineering Laboratory department of IIT Kanpur has developed an Ultraviolet (UV) sanitizing product, ’SHUDH’. SHUDH is a smartphone operated Handy UV Disinfection Helper. It helps to make the surroundings COVID free especially the highly prone places such as hospitals, hotels, malls, offices and schools.

ARAD and CARMEL – New Israeli Assault Rifles Are Set to Manufacture in India under Make in India Initiative

The latest Israeli Assault Rifles, Arad and Carmel, will be manufactured under the Make in India initiative in the PLR Systems Private Limited, established by Israel Weapons Industries(IWI) in 2017 as a joint venture with Punj Lloyd in Madhya Pradesh, India.
ii.PLS Systems is the first private sector company that has a license for manufacturing Small Arms and Ammunition.

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