Current Affairs

22 July, 2020

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Consumer Protection Act, 2019 comes into force; Replaces Consumer Protection Act 1986

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 2019, which has replaced old Consumer Protection Act 1986 has came into force w.e.f. July 20, 2020 aiming to enforce and protect the rights of consumers, and provide an effective mechanism to address consumer grievances. The act was briefed by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan through video conference with media.

Union HRD Minister Launched MANODARPAN initiative to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched MANODARPAN initiative of HRD Ministry virtually in New Delhi. The initiative provides psycho-social support to students, teachers and parents and addresses their issues related to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Indian Navy hold PASSEX with World’s largest aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in Indian Ocean Region

Indian Navy undertook a short joint naval Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with the United States (US) Navy near the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to conduct maritime drills, against the backdrop of the India-China border standoff in Ladakh.

Power Minister RK Singh launched India’s 1st public EV Charging Plaza in New Delhi & RAISE initiative

Minister of State (MoS) for Power, and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar (RK) Singh inaugurated two initiatives by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) focusing on energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality and promoting e-mobility.

Economy

Ramesh Babu Boddu Appointed as MD and CEO of Karur Vysya Bank

Karur Vysya Bank (KVB)’s Board of Directors has co-opted Ramesh Babu Boddu as an Additional Director and appointed him as the Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO) for three years tenure. He replaces P R Seshadri, who resigned in January 2020 citing personal reasons.

Harsh Vardhan Launched PNB’s Nationwide CSR Campaign to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan launched Punjab National Bank(PNB)’s nationwide Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) campaign to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by distributing face masks and sanitizers.

The bank will be providing COVID-19 related prevention materials to 662 districts throughout the country.

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Miscellaneous

South Korea Launched 1st Military communications Satellite, ANASIS-II by Falcon 9 Rocket

South Korea launched its first military communications satellite, Army/Navy/Air Force Satellite Information System 2(ANASIS-II).
ii.The satellite was deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) by a Falcon 9 rocket developed by US space firm SpaceX.

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