Current Affairs

20 November, 2020

International

Ministerial Meeting of GPC for HIV Prevention 2020 hosted Virtually by UNAIDA & UNFPA; Dr. Harsh Vardhan Participated

Ministerial meeting of the Global Prevention Coalition (GPC) for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Prevention 2020 was virtually hosted by UNAIDS (United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) and UNFPA(United Nations Population Fund) on behalf of the HIV GPC. From India, Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Ministry for Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) addressed the meeting.
About United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS):
Executive Director– Winnie Byanyima
Secretariat– Geneva, Switzerland
About United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Executive Director– Dr. Natalia Kanem
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)

India Among 6 Countries with Highest Tally of Infants who Didn’t get Measles Vaccine: WHO Report

In accordance with the new report by World Health Organisation (WHO) and United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) titled “Progress Towards Regional Measles Elimination Worldwide 2000-2019”, India is among six countries with the highest number of infants who had not received the vaccine against measles.
About World Health Organisation (WHO):
Director General– Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland

UN ESCAP Report cites the role of ISRO’s ‘BHUVAN’ in assisting Indian Government to contain COVID-19

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) report ‘Geospatial Practices for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific 2020: A Compendium’ has cited the role of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s ‘BHUVAN’ Geo-Portal in combating COVID-19 in India.
It has also cited the efforts of ISRO for supporting sustainable development projects in the country.
BHUVAN-Geoportal:
BHUVAN is a national geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO, it contains geo spatial data, services and tools for analysis for combating COVID-19.
About UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP):
Executive Secretary – Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Headquarters – Bangkok, Thailand
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP) report ‘Geospatial Practices for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific 2020: A Compendium’ has cited the role of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s ‘BHUVAN’ Geo-Portal in combating COVID-19 in India.
It has also cited the efforts of ISRO for supporting sustainable development projects in the country.
BHUVAN-Geoportal:
BHUVAN is a national geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO, it contains geo spatial data, services and tools for analysis for combating COVID-19.
About UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ESCAP):
Executive Secretary – Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Headquarters – Bangkok, Thailand

National

Narendra Singh Tomar Virtually Inaugurated Capacity Building Component of PM-FME & launched GIS ODOP Digital Map of India

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) virtually inaugurated the capacity building component of the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises scheme (PM-FME Scheme). He also launched the Geographic Information System (GIS) One District One Product (ODOP) or GIS ODOP Digital Map of India.
About National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM):
Vice Chancellor– Dr. Chindi Vasudevappa
Location– Sonepat, Haryana
About Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT):
Director– Dr. Anandharamakrishnan Chinnaswamy
Location– Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Indian Navy receives 9th P-8I Surveillance Plane from US at INS Hansa, Goa Naval Airbase

Indian Navy received the 9th Poseidon 8I maritime surveillance aircraftfrom the United States (US) at the INS Hansa, Goa Naval Airbase.
i.The P-8I Aircraft received on November 18, 2020 is the first of the Four Additional planes ordered by India after completion of the Initial order for eight aircrafts.
ii.In 2016, India signed a deal of USD 1.1 Billion with the US for Four Additional P-8I Aircrafts.
iii.The P-8I is developed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security (US-based).
iv.It is capable of long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and surveillance in support of broad area, maritime and littoral operations.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD (Navy)– New Delhi

Bhubaneswar Becomes 1st City in India to get ISO Certification for FSSM services

Bhubaneswar, Capital of Odisha became the First City in the Country to get ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) services. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) was the first civic body to implement FSSM regulations in Odisha.
National Policy on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM):
The National Policy on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) was launched by the Ministry of Urban Development in 2017.
Objective of FSSM:
To ensure that all Indian cities and towns become totally sanitized, health and liveable and ensure sustenance of good sanitation practices.
About Odisha:
Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik
Governor – Ganeshi Lal

Digital Media Outlets must bring down FDI to 26 % by Oct 2021; I&B Ministry asked Details by Dec 16, 2020

Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has issued a notice asking all eligible news websites, portals, aggregators and agencies which are uploading or streaming news and current affairs through digital media to comply with the 26% foreign direct investment (FDI) policy for digital news media. They need to share suitable details within one month i.e. by December 16, 2020.
About Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B):
Union Minister– Prakash Keshav Javadekar (Constituency- Maharashtra)
Secretary– Amit Khare

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Miscellaneous

S N Rajeswari appointed as Whole-time Member of IRDAI

SN Rajeswari, Chairman and Managing Director of Oriental Insurance was appointed as a Whole-time member (distribution) of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI). She is appointed for a period of 3 years or till attaining the age of 62.
About SN Rajeswari:
i.The centre appointed her as the CMD of Oriental Insurance in August 2020, she will hold the position as CMD till the end of May 2022.
ii.She served as the General Manager of New India Assurance Company limited.
About Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI):
Chairman-Subhash C. Khuntia
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana

Francisco Sagasti Sworn-in as The Interim President of Peru until 2021 General Election

Francisco Sagasti, a legislator from the centrist Purple Party, sworn-in as the interim President of Peru. Sagasti will lead the country as the interim president until the 2021 General election. The Congress of the Republic of Peru voted Francisco Sagasti as the interim president to stabilise the protests in the country following the departure of 2 presidents in a week.

Delhi Airport Became the 1st Airport in Asia Pacific Region to Get Level 4+ Transition Carbon Accreditation

Indira Gandhi International Airport(IGIA), Delhi, implemented by Delhi International Airport Limited(DIAL) became the first airport in Asia Pacific Region to get the highest level – Level 4+ Transition – carbon accreditation. The airport was accredited under ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program for its works in aligning its carbon management with global climate goals to reach net zero emission reduction
The Airport is owned and operated by GMR Group.
The announcement was made by the Airports Council International(ACI) during the ACI Europe Annual Assembly and congress on 17th November 2020.

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