Current Affairs

30 September, 2020


Data of COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker by UNDP & UN Women Released

In accordance with the data released from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker,
which is co-created by United Nations (UN) Women and United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), only 1 in 8 countries have measures in place to shield women and
girls from COVID-19 pandemic effects. The Global Gender Response Tracker analyzes
more than 2,500 measures across 206 countries and territories under the three categories
of addressing gender-based violence, supporting unpaid care, and strengthening
women’s economic security.One-fifth of the countries analyzed (42 countries) don’t have
“gender-aware” COVID-19 responses. Only 12% of the world (25 countries) has introduced
measures that covered all three areas of the tracker.
About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarter– New York, United States (US)
About United Nations Women:
Executive Director -Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Headquarter– New York, United States (US)

India Hosted Virtual Bilateral Summit between PM Narendra Modi & his Danish Counterpart Mette Frederiksen

A Virtual Bilateral Summit was held between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen which was hosted by India to strengthen the
bilateral relations between the two countries. The summit saw the conversations of the
same opinions and a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of
intellectual property (IP) cooperation.It should be noted that PM Modi proposed the creation
of India-Denmark Green Energy Park to help Danish companies active in India along
with India-Denmark Skill Institute to help Danish companies operating in India to select
the people they require from the local skilled population.
About Denmark:
Capital– Copenhagen
Currency– Danish krone


Government constitutes Five Ministerial Task Forces to make Indian MSMEs future-ready

Government constituted Five Ministerial Task Forces to make India’s Micro, Small, and
Medium Enterprises better equipped for future and formulating strategies to make India a
leading exporter.
A K Sharma, Secretary of Ministry of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises announced it during
a virtual session organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The main objective is to make India a global manufacturing hub and a leading exporter in
the world.
About Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME):
Union Minister – Nitin Gadkari
Minister of State (MoS) – Pratap Chandra Sarangi

India, Japan hold Joint Maritime Exercise JIMEX-2020 in North Arabian Sea

The Fourth Edition of the Biennial Japan-India Maritime Exercise JIMEX-2020 took place
between Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in the North
Arabian Sea from 26th September-28th September, 2020.
Due to Pandemic, JIMEX-2020 is conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’.
About Japan:
Prime Minister – Yoshihide Suga
Capital – Tokyo
Currency – Japanese Yen

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Six Major Projects in Uttarakhand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated Six Development Projects in
Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission. “Ganga Avalokan” Museum:PM Modi
inaugurated the first-of-its-kind “Ganga Avalokan” Museum on River Ganga at Chandi
Ghat, Haridwar. It has been established by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG),
which is the nodal body to implement the ‘Namami Gange’ Programme along with Wildlife
Institute of India (WII).
‘Rowing down the Ganges’
PM Modi released a book ‘Rowing down the Ganges’, it is co-published by NMCG & WII.
About Uttarakhand:
National Park (NP)– Corbett NP, Gangotri NP, Govind NP, Nanda Devi NP, Rajaji NP,
Valley of Flowers NP.
Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) – Askot Musk Deer WLS, Binsar WLS, Govind Pashu Vihar
WLS, Kedarnath WLS, Mussoorie WLS,

Rajnath Singh Unveiled DAP 2020 Final Document; Approved Capital Acquisition for Arms & Equipment worth Rs 2,290cr

i.After the release of New Draft Defence Procurement Procedure 2020 in March 2020
(Read Here), the final form of DAP 2020, a renamed version of Defence Procurement
Procedure (DPP), was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh which has been
prepared on the lines of Atmanirbhar Bharat to empower domestic industry with the ultimate
aim of turning India into a global manufacturing hub. It will be applicable with effect
from October 1, 2020 for a period of five years i.e. till 2025


SIDBI Partnered with CRIF High Mark to Launch SectorBased Insight Reports, ‘Industry Spotlight’

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) partnered with CRIF High Mark Credit
Information Services(CRIF High Mark), a leading Indian credit bureau owned by CRIF to
launch ‘Industry Spotlight’, a quarterly report based on Industry sectors/ clusters, with
focus on MSMEs(Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises). It provides data and trends on key
industry sectors in each edition.The 1st edition of the report presents an analysis into the
Indian Drugs & Pharmaceutical Industry.

IDBI Bank Became the first Bank to Enable Document Embedding Feature on SFMS Managed by IFTAS

Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) become the first to implement the new feature
of document embedding facility with Letter of Credit (LC) / Bank Guarantee (BG) messages
over SFMS (Structured Financial Messaging System) platform of Indian Financial
Technology and Allied Services (IFTAS) through its middleware application i@Connect-
SFMS(CSFMS) developed by IDBI Intech Limited.This new feature of “document
embedding” provides banks with the functionality of transmitting a “pdf” document up to
1MB size along with the LC / BG messages.
About Indian Financial Technology and Allied Services (IFTAS):
It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Chairman– Tavarna Rabi Sankar
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Dr N. Rajendran
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI):
Chairman– MR Kumar
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Rakesh Sharma
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– Banking for All, Aao sochein Bada

BSE Signed MoU with YES BANK to Empower SMEs

BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) had signed an Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with Yes Bank in order to empower the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that
are listed on the BSE through awareness and knowledge-sharing programmes.BSE and
YES bank through this partnership aims to make SMEs more competitive and to fast-track
their growth through solutions that address their business challenges.
About BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange):
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Ashishkumar Chauhan
Head Office– Mumbai, Maharashtra.

LIC, GIC & New India Assurance Identified as Domestic Systemically Important Insurers for 2020-21: IRDAI

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI) has identified Life
Insurance Corporation of India(LIC), General Insurance Corporation of India(GIC) and
The New India Assurance Co. Ltd.(New India Assurance) as Domestic Systemically
Important Insurers (D-SIIs) for 2020-21. IRDAI annually identifies D-SIIs and publishes the
names of these insurers for public information.
About Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI):
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
Chairman– Dr. Subhash C. Khuntia
About Life Insurance Corporation of India(LIC):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– M R Kumar


Mercedes Driver Valtteri Bottas wins Russian Grand Prix 2020

Mercedes Driver Valtteri Viktor Bottas (Finland) won the Russian Grand Prix 2020 held at
Sochi Autodrom, Russia. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (Netherlands) finished Second, while
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton (Britain) finished Third in the Russian Grand Prix 2020.
About Russia:
President – Vladimir Putin
Capital – Moscow
Currency – Russian Ruble


P D Vaghela Appointed as Chairman of TRAI; Succeeds RS Sharma

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed P.D. Vaghela, currently the
secretary of the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP) under the Ministry of Chemicals and
Fertilizers as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for a period
of three years or until he attains the age of 65, whichever is earlier. He will succeed Ram
Sewak(RS) Sharma, who will retire on September 30, 2020, after a five-year tenure.
About Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI):
It was established by an Act of Parliament, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act,
1997, to regulate telecom services with effect from 20th February 1997.
HeadOffice– New Delhi, India

Vedantu, Online tutoring platform Ropes in Aamir Khan as Brand Ambassador

Vedantu, Online live tutoring company roped in Indian Actor Aamir Khan(Mohammed
Aamir Hussain Khan) as its Brand Ambassador. He will feature in the new ad-campaigns
of the company. The 6 ad film series are conceptualized by The Script Room with the
tagline “Samaj Aayega toh Maza Ayega, Maza Ayega toh Samajh Ayega”.
About Aamir Khan
i.Apart from being an actor he is a director, filmmaker and television talk-show host.
ii.He appeared on screen as a child actor in the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973).
iii.He is the recipient of many awards including Padma Shri(2003) and Padma

Kerala Tourism bags PATA Grand Award 2020

Kerala Tourism’s ‘Human by Nature Print Campaign’ campaign bagged the Prestigious
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Title Winner 2020 for Marketing. The awards
were announced during a presentation ceremony of Virtual PATA Travel Mart 2020 in
Beijing, which took place from September 23-27, 2020.The PATA Awards are supported
and sponsored by Macao Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the last 25 years.
Karnataka Tourism Bags PATA Gold Award 2020:
Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka won the PATA Gold Award 2020 for its
Marketing Campaign – ‘Script your Adventure 2019’. It was one of the 21 Gold Award
winners from across the globe.
PATA Grand Title Winners 2020:
PATA Grand Title
PATA Grand Title
Winner 2020 for
‘Human by Nature
Print Campaign’ by
Kerala Tourism,
PATA Grand Title
Winner 2020 for
‘Anurak Community
Lodge’ by YAANA
Ventures, Thailand
PATA Grand Title
Winner 2020 in
Human Capital
Greatness’ by MGM
China, Macao,

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