Current Affairs

19 September, 2020


India Ranked 116th in World Bank’s Human Capital Index 2020

he 2020 Human Capital Index (HCI) is a collaboration between the Human Development
Practice Group and the Development Economics Group of the World Bank.World Bank
released the report titled “The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the
Time of COVID-19”on September 16, 2020. India has been placed at the 116th position
among 174 countries in the Human Capital Index 2020 with score increase to 0.49 from
0.44 in 2018 in comparison to 115 out of 157 countries.
About World Bank:
President– David Robert Malpass
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States

India Joined Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment as Observer

On the lines of the high level meeting of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment
(DCOC/JA) held virtually on 26 August 2020, India has joined the DCOC/JA Amendment,
as Observer in order to collaborate with DCOC/JA member states towards for enhancing
maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). With this, India joins Japan, Norway,
the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) as Observers to the DCOC/JA.
About Djibouti:
Capital– Djibouti
Currency– Djiboutian franc (DJF)
President– Ismail Omar Guelleh
About International Maritime Organization (IMO):
Secretary-General– Kitack Lim
Headquarter– London, United Kingdom (UK)
Members States– 174 and 3 Associate Members


ARIES, HNBGU hold International Online Conference on Aerosol Air Quality, Climate Change and Impact on Greater Himalayas

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital an autonomous
research institute under Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science
and Technology, and Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (HNBGU), a central
university in Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand jointly organized an International
Conference on ‘Aerosol Air Quality, Climate Change and Impact on Water Resources
and Livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas’ at ARIES, Nainital from September 14-16,
About Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences(ARIES):
Director – Dipankar Banerjee
Location – Manora Peak, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.


WhatsApp Partnered with Common Services Centers for Digital Literacy Service Chatbot

WhatsApp has partnered with Common Services Centers (CSC) for a WhatsApp chatbot to
empower rural communities by providing digital skills at their doorstep, and to create
livelihood through promotion of rural entrepreneurship.This partnership aims to provide
cost-effective video, voice and data content and services, in the areas of e-governance,
education, health, telemedicine, entertainment as well as other private services.
About Whatsapp:
Owner– Facebook
Founders– Jan Koum and Brian Acton

DBS Bank India Unveiled Online Credit Solutions Platform, ‘DBS Digital Business Loans for SMEs’

DBS Bank India Ltd(in short- DBS Bank India) launched an online credit solutions
platform, ‘DBS Digital Business Loans for SMEs’ to provide loans for Small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) businesses in a convenient manner with credit facility up to Rs 20
About DBS Bank India Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Surojit Shome
About DBS Group:
Headquarters– Singapore
CEO and Director– Piyush Gupta


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Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna Honoured with 2020 Asia Game Changer Award for Feeding Millions Amid COVID-19

The Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna received the 2020 Asia Game Changer Award from
Asia Society, a United States based non-profit organisation for feeding millions of people
across India amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, by coordinating a food distribution
drive from Manhattan.He is the only Indian among the six awardees who were recognised
by the Asia Society

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