Current Affairs

28 November, 2020


Piyush Goyal & Dr. Than Myint Co-Chaired the 7th Meeting of the Joint Trade Committee between India and Myanmar Virtually

i. Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry along with Dr. Than Myint, Union Minister for Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar co-chaired the 7th Meeting of the Joint Trade Committee between India and Myanmar Virtually.
ii.Both the country examined multiple sector ranging from trade, investment, banking, connectivity, oil, gas, capacity building and upgradation of border infrastructure during the meeting.
iii.They enhanced their co-operation in Pharma, health and Traditional Medicine sector and also discussed about their readiness to meet the Covid-19 challenge & also discussed in the field of petroleum products and refining.
About Myanmar:
Capital – Naypyidaw
Currency – Kyat
President – Win Myint


Thaawarchand Gehlot E-Launches ‘National Portal for Transgender Persons’ and E-Inaugurated Garima Greh in Vadodara, Gujarat

i. Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSJE) has e-launched a “National Portal for Transgender Persons” and e-inaugurated a “Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Persons” in Vadodara, Gujarat.
ii.The portal has been launched on the lines of Notification of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 released on September, 29 2020 to provide pan India online applying facility of a Certificate and Identity card (I-Card) to transgender persons without visiting office or any physical interface.
iii.Garima Greh is launched by MoSJE and will be run in association with Lakshya Trust, a Community based organisation entirely run by the Transgenders to provide shelter to Transgender persons, with basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and recreational facilities.

27th edition of India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise (SIMBEX-20) Held in Andaman Sea

i.Indian Navy (IN) hosted the 27th edition of India – Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 from 23 to 25 November 2020 in Andaman Sea in a “non-contact, at sea only” format amid COVID-19. It is an annual exercise between IN and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
ii.The Indian Navy was represented by INS (Indian Naval Ship) Rana with its integral Chetak helicopter in addition to INS Kamorta, INS Karmuk, Submarine INS Sindhuraj and P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
iii.The RSN was represented by Formidable-class stealth frigates RSS Intrepid and RSS Steadfast along with integral S70B helicopter as well as Endurance-class landing platform dock ship RSS Endeavour.
About Singapore:
Prime Minister (PM) – Lee Hsien Loong
Currency – Singapore Dollar (SGD)

India and Finland sign MOU for developing cooperation in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation

India and Finland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation and strengthening of technological, scientific and management capabilities in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation. It was virtually signed by Union Minister Prakash Keshav Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Government of Finland.
About Finland
Capital– Helsinki
Currency– Euro
Prime Minister (PM)– Sanna Mirella Marin


Razorpay in Partnership with Visa Launches 1st of its kind card, ‘RazorpayX Corporate Cards’

i. Razorpay in partnership with Visa launched the 1st of its kind card,‘RazorpayX Corporate Cards’ for Indian entrepreneurs.
ii.The card provides business owners with access to secure payments and financing and improved cash flows.
iii.The bank-issued cards help to provide relief and stabilize the financial operations of the business owners of startups and SMEs(Small and Medium sized Eneterprises) who are severely affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
About Razorpay:
Chief Executive Officer(CEO) & Co-Founder– Harshil Mathur
HeadQuarters– Bengaluru( Bangalore), Karnataka
About Visa:
Headquarters– California, United States
Chairman and CEO– Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.

YES Bank in Partnership with Worldline Launches SMS Pay Functionality on PoS Terminals for Merchants to accept Remote Payments

i. YES Bank in partnership with Worldline launched SMS Pay functionality onPoS(Point of Sale) Terminals.
ii.This allows merchants to accept contactless and remote payments from their customers and also enables customers to transact safely.
iii.SMS Pay provides an alternative channel of payment acceptance for the merchants at zero incremental cost.
About YES Bank:
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Prashant Kumar
Incepted– 2004
Tagline– Experience our expertise
About Worldline:
HeadQuarters– Bezons, France
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Gilles Grapinet
Managing Director, Worldline South Asia and Middle East– Deepak Chandnani


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Russia Successfully Test-Fired Tsirkon hypersonic Cruise Missile in White Sea

i. Russia successfully test-fired Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile fromfrigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Soviet Union from the White Sea.
ii.It successfully hit a sea target at a distance of 450 km(Kilometres) in the Barents Sea, at a speed of over Mach 8.
iii.The striking range of the missile can also exceed 1,000 km-2,000 km.Tsirkon hypersonic Cruise Missile is developed & manufactured by NPO Mashinostroyeniya..
About Russia:
Capital– Moscow
Currency– Russian Ruble

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré Wins 2nd Term as The President of Burkina Faso

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (63 years old) of People’s Movement for Progress(MPP) party, won the 2nd term as the President of Burkina Faso by winning the 2020 presidential elections. He won the election with around 58% of the vote which is 1.6 million votes of 3 million cast, with turnout at 50%.
He will serve another 5 years as the President of Burkina Faso.
About Roch Marc Christian Kaboré:
i.Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a former banker, became the president of Burkina Faso in 2015.
ii.He served as the Chairman of the Congress for Democracy and Progress party (CDP) before quitting the party in 2014.
About Burkina Faso:
Capital– Ouagadougou
Currency– West African CFA franc

Malayalam Film ‘Jallikattu’ Selected as India’s official entry for Oscars 2021

A Malayalam film “Jallikattu” directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has been selected as India’s official entry for the International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards or 2021 Oscars. It was unanimously chosen from 27 entries across Hindi, Marathi and other languages by the 14-member jury headed by Rahul Rawail, Chairman, Jury Board, Film Federation of India (FFI).

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