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24 November, 2020


3 Global Organizations FAO, OIE & WHO launch Global Group to Tackle AMR

3 Global Organizations Namely Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global group called ‘One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance’ to tackle the rising AntiMicrobial resistance (AMR).
The main aim of the Group is to take actions to prevent disastrous consequences of antimicrobial resistance.
i.The Group will have 20 members and will be co-chaired by Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley & Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wazed.
ii.The heads of FAO, OIE and WHO are ex-officio members of the group.
iii.From India, Sunita Narain, the Director-Generalof Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi-based think tank is a member of the Group.
iv.The group will meet twice a year to discuss agendas.
About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Director General – Qu Dongyu
Headquarters – Rome, Italy
About World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE):
President – Mark Schipp
Headquarters – Paris, France
About World Health Organization (WHO):
Director General – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland


23rd Edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 takes place from November 19-21, 2020; BTS 2020 goes Digital due to Pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the 23rd Edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2020 held from November 19-21, 2020. The Summit is being held completely in Virtual Platform due to Pandemic.
i.Theme BTS 2020 – ‘Next is Now’
ii.Organized by – Government of Karnataka, Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), Karnataka Government’s vision Group on Information Technology, Biotechnology & StartUp, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications.
About Karnataka:
Chief Minister – B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor – Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala

UNDP and Invest India Launched the SDG Investor Map Report for India

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Invest India launched the SDG Investor Map Report for India, which presents 18 investment opportunities areas (IOAs) in 6 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) enabling sectors that will support India to advance in sustainable development.The 6 SDG sectors include education, healthcare, agriculture & allied activities, financial services, renewable energy & alternatives and sustainable environment and the IOA’s in these sectors were selected through an analytical process which include consultations with major domestic and international investors, government stakeholders and think-tanks.
About UNDP:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
About Invest India:
Invest India is a non-profit venture under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
MD and CEO– Deepak Bagla
Established– 2009

2nd Edition of ‘SITMEX-20’ Trilateral Naval Exercise between India, Thailand and Singapore held in Andaman Sea ; RSN hosts the exercise

The 2nd Edition of SITMEX-20 – A Trilateral Naval Exercise between Indian Navy, Royal Thai Navy (RTN) & Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) took place from November 21-22, 2020 at the Andaman Sea.1st Edition of SITMEX-19 was hosted by India in Port Blair in 2019.
i.The 2020 Edition was hosted by RSN.
ii.Conducted with an objective to enhance mutual interoperability and to incorporate best practices between Indian Navy, RSN & RTN.
iii.The Indian Navy deployed indigenous Anti-Submarine Warfare corvette INS Kamorta and Missile Corvette INS Karmuk for the exercise.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi
About Singapore:
Prime Minister – Lee Hsien Loong
Currency– Singapore Dollar(SGD)
President– Halimah Yacob
About Thailand:
Prime Minister – Prayuth Chan-ocha
Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
Capital – Bangkok

Govt Approved Subsidized Loans worth Rs 3,971.31 cr for Micro-Irrigation Projects; Tamil Nadu received highest loan approval

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) has approved subsidized loans worth Rs 3,971.31 crore under Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF) for implementing micro-irrigation projects. These funds were earlier approved by the steering committee of MIF.The maximum loan worth Rs 1,357.93 crore has been approved for the state of Tamil Nadu, followed by Rs 790.94 crore for Haryana, Rs 764.13 crore for Gujarat, Rs 616.13 crore for Andhra Pradesh, Rs 276.55 crore for West Bengal, Rs 150 crore for Punjab and Rs 15.63 crore for Uttarakhand.
About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW):
Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State (MoS) – Parshottam Rupala, Kailash Choudhary


RBI restricts withdrawals from Mantha Urban Coop Bank; Cancels CoAs of 5 PSOs & Imposed Rs 1 crore penalty on PNB

In exercise of powers vested in it under sub section (1) of Section 35 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed restrictions on withdrawals from Jalna, Maharashtra-based Mantha Urban Cooperative Bank for six months from November 17, 2020.
ii.The Reserve Bank of India has also cancelled the Certificate of Authorisation (CoA) of the five Payment System Operators (PSOs) in exercise of the powers conferred on it under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.
iii. RBI has imposed Rs 1 crore penalty on Punjab National Bank (PNB) for unauthorised bilateral ATM sharing arrangement with one of the international subsidiaries of the bank namely Druk PNB Bank Ltd., Bhutan since April 2010 without the prior approval from RBI.
About Punjab National Bank (PNB):
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer – CH S.S. Mallikarjuna Rao
Tagline – The Name you can bank upon
Head Quarter – New Delhi

NABARD sanctioned Rs 74.31 cr for Meghalaya roads under RIDF-Tranche-XXVI

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 74.31 crore to the state government of Meghalaya under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF)-Tranche-XXVI. It will be utilized within three years towards construction of 6 new roads and improvement of 24 existing roads viz. 22 village roads and 2 major district roads.
ii.Aim of Funds: To strengthen rural connectivity and rural infrastructure of Meghalaya.
iii.On completion, the roads will benefit 131 villages by providing simple access to nearby health centers, marketing centers and educational institutions.
About National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD):
Establishment– 1982
Chairman– Dr. G.R. Chintala
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Meghalaya:
Capital– Shillong
Chief Minister– Conrad Kongkal Sangma
Governor– Satya Pal Malik


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NASA, ESA launch ‘Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich’ – Ocean Observation Satellite to monitor Rising Global sea levels

‘Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich’ – A Satellite developed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States (US) & European Space Agency (ESA) to monitor rising global sea levels was successfully launched into the orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.It is the first of two satellites jointly developed by NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), ESA, EUMETSAT (Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) and European Commission to provide accurate measurement of rising sea levels.The satellite will ensure the continuity in measures of rising sea levels which began in 1992.
About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Administrator – Jim Bridestine
Headquarters – Washington D.C., US
About European Space Agency (ESA):
Director General – Jan Worner
Headquarters – Paris, France

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Education won the Vatayan Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

i. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister of Education received the Vatayan Lifetime Achievement Award 2020for his contribution to the literary works of India. The award was presented to him at the Vatayan-UK felicitation ceremony organised as a virtual event by the British Institution Group in England.
ii.Along with Minister of Education, Manoj Muntashir, famous poet and lyricist won theInternational Vatayan Literary award 2020 at the Vatayan-UK felicitation ceremony.
iii.Vatayan Awards is presented by the Vatayan-UK organization, London to recognise and honour the contribution of poets, writers and artists for their works in their respective fields.

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