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26 November, 2020


Afghanistan Conference 2020 held Virtually; India Announced over 100 High-Impact Projects worth USD 80 mn for Afghanistan

i.Ministerial pledging conference namely “2020 Afghanistan Conference” was co-hosted by the United Nations (UN), the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the Government of Finland.
ii.It was held over Video teleconferencing (VTC) amid COVID-19 while the technical arrangements and translation were observed from Palace of Nations (Palais des Nations), home of the UN headquarter office at Geneva, Switzerland.
iii.The conference was co-chaired by Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Janez Lenarcic, European Commissioner for Crisis Management.
About Afghanistan:
The UN Mission in Afghanistan is known as United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Capital– Kabul
Currency– Afghan afghani
President– Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
About United Nations (UN):
Secretary General– Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States (US)


MEITY issues order for blocking 43 Mobile apps under Section 69A of Information Technology Act

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), Government of India issued orders to block 43 mobile apps from accessing by users in India, under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. These apps have been blocked for engaging in activities prejudicial to India’s Sovereignty, Integrity, Defence, Security and Public Order.
i.The apps have been blocked based on reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs.
ii.This is the Third time that India has blocked apps for carrying activities prejudicial to India’s Sovereignty, Integrity, Defence, Security and Public Order.
iii.On 29th June, 2020, The Government of India had blocked 59 Mobile apps and on September 2, 2020 it had blocked 118 more apps.
About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY):
Union Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of State (MoS) – Sanjay Dhotre

India, US Extended Nuclear Energy Partnership “GCNEP” by 10 more years

i. India and the United States of America (USA) extended the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning cooperation with the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) India, for 10 more years.
ii.This MoU, inked on November 7, 2010 in New Delhi also marked the 10 years of partnership on nuclear energy cooperation.
iii.The extension of this MoU recognized cooperation on initiatives aimed at accelerating nuclear safety and security, research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and technology under GCNEP.
About United States (US):
Capital– Washington, D.C.
Currency– United States Dollar
President-elect– Joseph Robinette Biden Jr

ESIC Extended ABVKY scheme by one year i.e. up to June 2021

i.The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has extended the “Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana (ABVKY)” by another one year i.e. from 1st July, 2020 to 30th June, 2021 amid COVID-19. It has also relaxed the eligibility conditions for the period between March 24, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
ii.The rate of unemployment relief under the scheme has also been enhanced to 50% of wages from earlier rate of 25%.
iii.ABVKY is a welfare measure for employees covered under Section 2(9) of ESI Act, 1948, in the form of relief payment upto 90 days, once in a lifetime.
About Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC):
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Labour & Employment
Director General– Anuradha Prasad
Headquarter– New Delhi


HDFC Life, HDFC Ergo Launched Combi Health Insurance Policy “Click 2 Protect Corona Kavach”

i.HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Life and HDFC Ergo joined hands to launch a combi insurance product ‘Click 2 Protect Corona Kavach’ which offers a complete financial protection package in the current pandemic environment.
ii.This policy will provide all the benefits and features of HDFC Life’s Click 2 Protect 3D Plus and HDFC Ergo’s Corona Kavach policies.
iii.The policy term and Sum Assured of C2P 3D plus & Corona Kavach are independent of each other.
About HDFC Life:
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Vibha Padalkar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About HDFC Ergo:
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ritesh Kumar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra

HDFC Bank and ICCI Signs MoU to Empower SMEs and Start-ups

i. In its effort to support SMEs(Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and Start-ups ICCI (Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce and Industries) has signed MoU(Memorandum of Understanding) with HDFC Bank
ii.Aim of the MoU– To empower SMEs and Startups
iii.Through this association ICCI engages, enrols and supports various Startups /SMEs /MSMEs(Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) to facilitate financial and other facilities to/from HDFC Bank.
About ICCI (Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce and Industries):
HeadQuarters– New Delhi, India
President– Ritika Yadav
About HDFC Bank:
Incorporated– August 1994
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sashidhar Jagdishan(Succeeds Aditya Puri)
Tagline– We understand your world


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India successfully Test-Fires Land-attack version of BrahMos Missile from A & N Island Territory

Indian Army successfully test-fired the land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise Missile from the Andaman and Nicobar (A & N) Island Territory. The range of the land-attack version of Brahmos supersonic cruise Missile has been extended to 400 Kms from the original 290 kms.It is a surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile.
The missile hit the target in the Bay of Bengal accuracy.
Key Points:
i.The Supersonic Missile has a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach (around 3, 450 Kmph).
ii.The Missile has been indigenised to a large extent by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under its Project PJ 10.
About Indian Army:
Chiefs of Army Staff –General Major Manoj Mukund Naravane
Headquarters – New Delhi

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Received TX2 Award 2020 for Doubling Tiger Population; TraMCA Conferred with Conservation Excellence

A virtual TX2 Tiger Conservation Awards 2020 ceremony was held to confer the relevant site among 13 tiger range countries under two categories viz. TX2 Award and Conservation Excellence Award.In this regard, the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) of Uttar Pradesh (UP) under the UP Forest department has bagged the first-ever international award, TX2, for doubling the number of tigers in four years against a target of 10 years. The PTR had 25 tigers in 2014 which went up to 65 in 2018.
About World Wildlife Fund (WWF):
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Carter Roberts
Headquarters– Gland, Switzerland

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