Current Affairs

1 July, 2020

International

45.8 million Women Missing in India Over the Past 50 Years: UNFPA Report

According to the report, “State of World Population 2020: Against my will – Defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality”, which focuses on gender biased sex selection (GBSS) and female genital mutilation (FGM), released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s 142.6 million “missing females” over the past 50 years & it has the highest number of missing women after China (72.3 million).

National

Nitin Gadkari publicized consolidated notification for classification and registration of MSME; MSME named as Udyam

Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Jairam Gadkari released the consolidated notification in the form of guidelines for classification and registration of MSMEs, which are facing several challenges due to the COVID-19 impact. The steps and strategies involved in this notification are extremely simple resulting in Ease of Doing Business.

Government bans 59 Chinese mobile apps prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 has decided to ban 59 apps due to their activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Asia’s First Continuous Rebar Production Facility in Punjab

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Steel & Petroleum and Natural Gas virtually inaugurated Asia’s first Continuous Rebar Production Facility near Gobindgarh, Punjab launched by Madhav KRD Group in association with International Zinc Association with the support of Hindustan Zinc Limited.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal virtually launched Rs 10,000 cr PM-FME Scheme; Operation Greens scheme extended to 18 more fruits, vegetables

As a part of Rs 20 Lakh crore “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” to tackle the COVID-19 impact, Minister for Food Processing Industries (FPI) Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched Centrally Sponsored Prime Minister Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme named “Sapno ki Udaan” to be implemented over a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25.

Economy

GoI and World Bank Sign Agreement to Increase Access to Affordable Housing in Tamil Nadu

The World Bank and the government of India signed an agreement along with the Government of Tamil Nadu to help the low-income groups in the state of Tamil Nadu to get access to affordable housing.
Agreements signed:-
Legal agreements of two projects were signed to strengthen the state’s housing sector policies, institutions, and regulations.

Sports

Liverpool wins the top-flight title in 2020 Premier League Championship

Liverpool won its 19th top-flight title of the 2020 Premier League Championship football tournament after Manchester City lost to Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Nitin Menon Becomes the 3rd Indian & Youngest Umpire to Enter ICC Elite Panel

i.Nitin Menon(36 years old) from India became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council’s(ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires.
ii.He replaces Nigel Llong(England) for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
iii.He becomes the 3rd Indian umpire to be included in the ICC’s after former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi.

Miscellaneous

Rijiju Launches NADA App to Help Athletes Stay Updated on Banned Substances

the first mobile app for the National Anti-Doping Agency was released by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The initiative is an important step towards dope free sports, providing updates about the banned substances and their use.

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launches NOC issuance portal for power, oil and gas projects

efence minister Rajnath Singh launches a online Portal for issue of No Objection Certificate(NOC) for power projects and research, survey, exploration and Exploitation(RSEE) and activities in the Indian Territorial Waters (TW) and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in the presence of Minister of state for Defence Shri Shripad Y Naik.

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