Current Affairs

16 July, 2020

International

India joins Chile and FAO Co-Hosted the 2020 High-Level Political Forum Side Event – official launch of 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

India and Chile joins the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) of the United Nations(UN) and co-hosted the official launch of 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, the side event of 2020 High-level Political forum – “On the road to the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021: Highlighting health and nutritional benefits through sustainable production and consumption of fruits and vegetables”.
About Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO):
Director-General– QU Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy

National

CoalMin to link mining plan portal with PARIVESH website

The ministry of coal is planning to link the mining plan portal with PARIVESH website, a single-window hub for online submission, monitoring, and management of proposals submitted to the Environment Ministry by project proponents to seek various types of environment clearances (EC).

Poba Reserve Forest in Assam”s Dhemaji to be upgraded to wildlife sanctuary

The chief minister (CM) of Assam has announced the upgradation of Poba Reserve Forest, a vital biodiversity hotspot in Dhemaji district of Assam, as a wildlife sanctuary. The announcement was made during a meeting with senior officials of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Majuli districts at Jonai.

Economy

AAI Signs MoU with BEL for Co-operation in Civil Aviation industry

Airports Authority of India(AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) through video conferencing.

CBDT launched tool for banks, co-operative societies & post offices to ascertain TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawals

A new functionality of Income Tax Department namely “Verification of applicability u/s 194N” which is available on www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in since July 1, 2020 has now made accessible for banks, co-operative societies, and post offices through web-services by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

NABARD disbursed Rs 2.51 cr grant assistance to SHGs & Rs 221.89 cr to support 298 watershed project in Karnataka

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has disbursed Rs 2.51 crore of grant assistance to Self Help Groups (SHGs) for promotion, skill development and digitisation of records in Karnataka. This funding is a part of EShakti or Digitisation of SHGs an initiative of Micro Credit and Innovations Department (mCID) of NABARD.
ii.In Karnataka, NABARD has extended a grant assistance of Rs 221.89 crore to support 298 watershed projects in over three lakh hectares benefitting 66,500 families. The State has about 75% of rainfed area.

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Miscellaneous

Google to Buy 7.73% Stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 33,737 Crores

Jio Platforms steps in its 14th deal with Google. Alphabet Inc’s Google to buy 7.73% stake in Reliance Industries Limited(RIL)’s Jio Platforms for Rs 33,737 crores.

SportsAdda signs former Australian cricketer Brett Lee as Brand Ambassador

SportsAdda, news and information website for Cricket, Football and Kabaddi announced that they signed Former australian cricketer Brett Lee as its Brand ambassador.

Tata’s N Chandrasekaran and Lockheed Martin’s Jim Taiclet Receives USIBC Global Leadership Award 2020

Tata group chairman, Natarajan(N) Chandrasekaran and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and president of Lockheed Martin Jim Taiclet to receive the US-India Business Council(USIBC) Global Leadership Award 2020.

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