Current Affairs

30 August, 2020

International

India co-sponsors UNSC Resolution for Greater Participation of Women in Peacekeeping Forces

India co-sponsored United National Security Council Resolution for Greater Participation of women in peacekeeping forces. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution called on full, effective and meaningful participation of women in peacekeeping operations.
The resolution was tabled by Indonesia has been seconded by India, which is the fifth largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping operati

Union Minister Piyush Goyal Virtually Attended the 8th East Asia Summit Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM)

8th East Asia Summit Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) was held virtually which was attended by Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the United States.

National

India, Singapore commit to further enhance security partnership at 14th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue

India and Singapore carried out a review of their defence ties at the virtual meet of the 14th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue(DPD). The DPD was co-chaired by India’s Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Permanent Secretary (Defence), Singapore Mr Chan Heng Kee.

India granted 4th Tranche of US$5mn to Myanmar for India-Myanmar Border Area Development

India granted 4th tranche of $5 million to Myanmar for the development of the India-Myanmar Border Area. In this regard, the Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar handed over the ceremonial cheque to Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Minister for Border Affairs, Myanmar.
ii.This funding is on the lines of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by ex-Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2012 according to which India would grant a total of $25 million to Myanmar, divided into five tranches of $5 million each annually, starting 2017, for projects on India-Myanmar border.
iii.The Myanmar-India Border Area Development Programmes include providing infrastructure and socio-economic development in Chin State and Naga Self-Administered Region.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched “Chunauti”, Next Generation Start-up Contest; Foundation stone laid for NIELIT at Muzaffarpur, Bihar

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched next-generation startup Challenge contest “Chunauti” to encourage startups and software products with special focus on Tier-II towns.
ii.This contest is a part of Rs 95 crore programme, spanning over 3 years, will hunt for around 300 startups working in identified areas and to provide them seed funds of up to Rs 25 lakh and other support from government through the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).
iii.The minister also laid the foundation stone of the digital training and skilling center of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) at Muzaffarpur in Bihar which will be developed by the Ministry at a cost of Rs 9.17 crore.

Department of Economic Affairs & UNDP India Launched Sustainable Finance Collaborative to Promote Sustainable Finance in India

the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India launched the Sustainable Finance Collaborative (SFC). In this regard, a three days consultation centered on the broad scope of Sustainable Finance architecture in India was held to accelerate green finance by bringing together leading experts and organizations.
ii.The thematic discussions included critical elements such as the barriers to deploying new and innovative financing such as impact investing, role of blended finance instruments, green finance instruments for sustainable development, need for taxonomy of environmentally sustainable activities, among others.

Economy

Noor Inayat Khan, Britain’s World War II Spy Became the 1st Indian-origin woman to honoured with a Memorial Blue Plaque

Noor Inayat Khan(Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan or Nora Baker), Britain’s World War II spy, who served in the Special Operations Executive(SOE) became the 1st Indian-origin woman to be honoured with a memorial Blue Plaque at her former family home in London, United Kingdom(UK).
ii.She is 1st musilm war heroine of Britain and 1st female wireless operator sent from the UK into Nazi-occupied France to aid the French Resistance during World War II.

Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance & Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank Entered into a Strategic Partnership through VC to Offer Life Insurance

Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce(OBC) Life Insurance Company Limited(Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance)and Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank (APGB) have entered into a strategic tie up virtually.
ii.The distribution tie up is to sell life insurance, health and pension products at all the branches of APGB.
iii.It is the 1st virtual launch of Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance tie up with APGB.

Sports

Bryan Brothers, Successful Doubles Pair in Tennis Announced Retirement

The Bryan Brothers, 42-year-old identical twins Robert Charles “Bob” Bryan and Michael Carl “Mike” Bryan, the most successful American doubles tennis players announced their retirement from the professional circuit with immediate effect.

Miscellaneous

ARIES Discovered the Accelerated Formation of the Stars of Dwarf Galaxies

ARIES astronomers Dr Amitesh Omar and Dr Sumit Jaiswal from the Department of Science and Technology of Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital discovered the aberration in the formations of the stars in dwarf galaxies while studying several such galaxies.
ii.This will provide an understanding about the formation of stars and evolution of less massive galaxies in the Universe.
iii.The images of the formation of stars indicates that these galaxies are very disturbed and the hydrogen in these dwarfs are irregular and sometimes do not move in the defined orbit.

China Launches Most Advanced Warship Type-054 class for Pakistan Navy

China launched the first of the four advanced naval warships, Type-054 class frigates for the Pakistan Navy. The Type-054 class frigate is manufactured by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd (CSTC) and was launched in the Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, Shanghai.
i.The Warship is fitted with the latest surface, subsurface, anti-air weapons, combat management system and sensors and will be one of the technologically-advanced surface platforms of the Pakistan Navy Fleet.
ii.In 2017, Pakistan signed a contract with CSTC for the delivery of two Type-054 A/P frigates in 2017.
iii.054A/P frigates is the successor to the F-22P frigate, and the F-22P frigate which is an export model developed by China on the basis of the 053H3 frigate.
iv.The acquisition of the warship is expected to double the combat power of Pakistan’s Navy surface fleet.
v.It is the largest combat ship that China has ever sold to a foreign navy and is an important milestone for China’s military export sector.

CISF launched ‘Pensioners Corner’ Mobile App for its Pensioners

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has created & launched an in-house mobile Application(app), ‘Pensioners Corner’ to get in touch with the pensioners and to bring them to the digital platform as a one stop solution.

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