Current Affairs

28 September, 2020


IATA Inked MoU with UNOCT as 1st private partner to Cooperate on India-funded CT Travel Programme

Around the world, there are many counter-terrorism operations going on to provide security
and to proliferate peace. Some of these operations are not only limited to governments but
include representatives of the private sector.Among one of these, there is International Air
Transport Association (IATA) which has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) on September 24, 2020 as
the first non-government partner to strengthen the cooperation with the United Nations
(UN) Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CT Travel Programme).
About International Air Transport Association (IATA):
It is a trade association of the world’s airlines representing some 290 airlines or 82% of total
air traffic.
Headquarter– Montreal, Canada
Headquarter (India)– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About United Nations (UN):
Secretary General– Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
Headquarter– New York, United States

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addresses Ministerial Roundtable Dialogue on Biodiversity Beyond 2020

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Prakash Javadekar
represented India at the virtual Ministerial Roundtable Dialogue on Biodiversity Beyond
2020. The meeting was held to exchange views Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable
Development. The meeting was hosted by China.The Dialogue was conducted on the
topic of Biodiversity Beyond 2020: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.
About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
Executive Director – Inger Andersen
Headquarters – Nairobi, Kenya


India, Denmark Sign MoU to Increase Cooperation in Intellectual Property Rights

India and Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation
in the area of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) through exchange of best practices and
collaborating in training programmes. The MoU will also include ways to protect traditional
Signing of MoU:
The MoU was signed between the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade
(DPIIT) and Danish Patent and Trademark Office, Ministry of Industry, Business and
Financial Affairs, Kingdom of Denmark.
About Denmark:
Prime Minister – Mette Frederiksen
Capital – Copenhagen
Currency – Krone
About Ministry of Commerce and Industry:
Union Minister – Piyush Goyal
Minister of State (MoS) – Hardeep Singh Puri, Som Parkash

India’s First RRTS train with Design Speed of 180 kmph Unveiled

The first look of India’s first RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) train unveiled by
DurgaShanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and
Chairman, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) during an event. This
first RRTS train will provide its services to 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS in
2022 after trials.t should be noted that NCRTC is the nodal agency for executing this first
RRTS project of India while the train sets are being manufactured by Bombardier
Transportation India Private Limited at their Savli plant in Gujarat under the
government’s Make in India policy and AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
About NCRTC:
NCRTC is a joint venture of the Government of India (50%) and State Governments of
Haryana (12.5%), NCT Delhi (12.5%), Uttar Pradesh (12.5%) and Rajasthan (12.5%).
Managing Director– Vinay Kumar Singh
About Indian Railways:
Union Minister for Railways – Piyush Vedprakash Goyal
Railway Board Chairman – Vinod Kumar Yadav

NMC Officially Replaced MCI as Top Medical Education Regulator w.e.f. Sept 25, 2020; IMC Act, 1956 Repealed

The Central government is trying hard to detach corruption from all sections of our society
including health sector, the statutory body of which i.e. Medical Council of India (MCI) had
faced corruption charges and was dissolved by the Government of India in 2018 with the
Board of Governors (BoG)-MCI chaired by Dr Vinod Kumar Paul, member (health), Niti
(National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog.Now in a further move, on September 25,
2020, BoG-MCI dissolved by Centre and was replaced by National Medical Commission
(NMC) as India’s top regulator of medical education. The notification in this regard was
issued by. Along with the above, in pursuance of the provisions of sub-section (1) of the
section 60 of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019 (30 of 2019), nearly 64-yearold IMC Act, 1956 (102 of 1956) has repealed w.e.f. About Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister– Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State (MoS)– Ashwini Kumar Choubey

IEA and NITI Aayog Virtually Launched ‘Special Report on Sustainable Recovery’ Post COVID-19

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a ‘Special Report on Sustainable
Recovery’ was virtually launched by Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of International
Energy Agency (IEA) and Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog, in
the presence of Piyush Goyal Union Minister of Railways and, Commerce and Industry. The
report is part of IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook series. The report was prepared in
cooperation with the International Monetary Fund(IMF).Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief
Economic Adviser was also participated the event.
About International Energy Agency (IEA):
Executive Director– Dr Fatih Birol
HeadQuarters– Paris, France
Members– 30 member countries, 8 association countries(including India), and 2 accession

KRITAGYA (Krishi-Taknik-Gyan) Hackathon of NAHEP under ICAR to Promote Farm Mechanization

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)announced a hackathon
named “KRITAGYA”(Krishi-Taknik-Gyan) under its National Agricultural Higher Education
Project (NAHEP). The national level AgTech Hackathon aims to develop and
promote women friendly equipmentthrough potential innovative technological solutions
and collaboration with stakeholders to improve the farm mechanization, productivity and
profitability in India.
KRITAGYA Hackathon:
KRITAGAYA Hackathon, an initiative taken by the NAHEP in partnership with the
Agricultural Engineering Division of ICAR to support the learning capabilities, innovations,
employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the Farm mechanization sector.
The cash award of Rs. 5 lakhs, Rs. 3 lakhs and Rs.1 lakh will be given to the winners of 1st,
2nd and 3rd prize


ADB Approved USD 570 mn Loans for Urban Projects in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

ADB approved two loans worth USD 570 million (about Rs 4,200 crore) for urban sector
projects in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.ADB has approved a USD 300 million loan to
develop Rajasthan’s secondary towns by financing inclusive water supply and sanitation
infrastructure and services. This project will benefit 5,70,000 people with improved water
supply services 7,20,000 people enhanced sanitation services in at least 14 secondary
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Members– 68 Nations
Headquarters– Mandaluyong in Manila, Philippines

Vakrangee Ltd gets RBI nod to setup Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted in-principle approval for Vakrangee Ltd to set up
Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) to handle payment services related to bills.
It has received the authorisation under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.
Vakrangee Limited:
i.Vakrangee Limited established in 1990 offers banking, insurance, money transfer services,
e-commerce, e-governance and other digital services on behalf of its partner’s banks,
insurers, government agencies through its branches in rural and semi-urban areas.
About Vakrangee Limited:
Managing Director, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Dinesh Nandwana
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

Axis Bank Partners with Bayer’s Better Life Farming Initiative in India

In order to provide enhanced and comprehensive financial solutions to smallholder farmers
and rural farming communities, Axis Bank Ltd, India’s third largest private sector
bank, partnered with Bayer’s Better Life Farming(BLF) initiative in India.This partnership
will offer a variety of end-to-end financial solutions and services like loans, deposits,
withdrawals, payments etc., at affordable prices.Bayer’s Best Livelihood Agricultural
Centers will provide the solution, which are owned and operated by a Farmer Producer
Organization(FPO), Federation, agri-graduate or a local farmer / entrepreneur.
About Bayer AG:
Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO)– Werner Baumann
Headquarters– Leverkusen, Germany
About Axis Bank Ltd:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) – Amitabh Chaudhry


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Israel Defence Force successfully tests Sea-To-Sea Missile System

Israel’s Navy and Defense Ministry’s Weapons Development and Technology Infrastructure Administration (MAFAT) successfully test fired a new Sea-ToSea Missile System. The Missile is yet to be named and has been designed to ensure Israel’s continued Naval Superiority. i.The New Missile system has been developed by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI). ii.The Missiles will be integrated into Israel Navy’s Sa’ar 5 and Sa’ar 6 Corvette Missile Ships. About Israel: Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu Capital – Jerusalem Currency – Israeli Shekel

India and Israel to Co-Develop Hi-Tech Weapon Systems

The strategic partnership of India-Israel is expanding in various sectors whether it’s
innovation or defence. Earlier Israeli companies like Rafael Advanced Defense Systems,
Elbit and Elta Systems have also formed seven joint ventures with Indian companies. Now
this defence partnership is taking further steps for co-developing and co-production projects
of high-tech weapon systems and exporting them to other friendly countries.In this regard,
on September 26, 2020, a new sub working group (SWG) to promote such joint projects,
under the overarching joint working group on defence cooperation headed by Indian
defence secretary Ajay Kumar and his Israeli counterpart, was set up.
About Israel:
Prime Minister– Benjamin Netanyahu
President– Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin
Capital– Jerusalem
Currency– Israeli Shekel

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Sanju Yadav Won the AIFF Player of the Year Award 2019-2020

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, (28 years) from Chandigarh, goalkeeper of Indian National Men’s
Football team and Sanju Yadav (22 years) from Haryana, Midfielder of India’s National
Women’s Football team were declared as the winners of the annual All India Football
Federation (AIFF) Men’s Footballer of the Year Award 2019-2020 and AIFF Women’s
Footballer of the Year Award 2019-2020 respectively.
Other 2019-2020 AIFF Awards:
Award Winner
AIFF Men’s
Emerging Footballer
of the Year
Anirudh Thapa
AIFF Emerging
Women’s Footballer
of the Year
Ratanbala Devi
AIFF Award for the
Best Assistant
P. Vaira Muthu
(from Tamil Nadu).
AIFF Award for the
Best Referee
L. Ajit Kumar Meetei
(from Manipur).
AIFF Award for the
Best Grassroots
West Bengal (based
on E-licence
courses and Golden
Baby Leagues).

President Ram Nath Kovind Virtually Presented the NSS Award for 2018-2019

Ram Nath Kovind. President of India conferred the National Service Scheme(NSS) Awards
also known as Rashtriya Seva Yojana Award for the year 2018-2019 over a virtual from
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. He presented the awards to 42 awardees under 3
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports attended the virtual event from
Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
NSS Awards 2018-2019:
Category No. of
Value of award
University/ +2
2 1st prize – Rs.5
lakh along with
trophy, certificate
and a silver medal
to Programme
2nd Prize – Rs.3
lakh along with
trophy, certificate
and a silver medal
to Programme
NSS Units
and their
10 &
For NSS units –
Rs.2 lakh each
along with
For Programme
officer – Rs.1.5
Lakh each along
with Silver medal.
30 Rs.1 lakh each
along with
certificate and
silver medal.

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