Current Affairs

4 July, 2020


77.9% Russians Grant Putin Right to Extend His Rule Until 2036

The 78% Russian electorate have voted in favour of constitutional amendments that will allow 67 years old President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 i.e. until the age of 83.
ii.His current term of 6 years will end in 2024. Means now, he will be re-elected twice under the constitutional amendments.
iii.He is already the longest-serving leader in modern Russian history.


NHAI to set up India’s 1st govt sponsored InvIT, Forms Committee to Appoint Senior Management for its Investment Manager Board

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is undertaking the establishment of India’s first government or semi government promoted Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) under the Indian Trust Act, 1882 and Securities and Exchange Board of India (Infrastructure Investment Trusts) Regulations, 2014 to facilitate investment in the highway sector.

Union HRD Minister and Union Health Minister Launched Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020 (DDH2020)

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Union Minister of HRD(Human Resource Development) and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and minister of Science and Technology launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon (DDH2020) through an online platform in the presence of Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State(HRD).
Objective: ‘To identify drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2 by in-silico drug discovery through the hackathon and follow up by chemical synthesis and biological testing’.
Key Points:-
i) It is a first of its kind national initiative supporting the Drug Discovery Process.
ii) It helps India in establishing a new model to accelerate the drug discovery process.

DAC approves Rs 38,900 cr capital acquisition of equipment for armed forces; 33 fighter jets to be procured

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has given its consent for the capital acquisition of various platforms and equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces, Army, Navy and the Air Force, worth Rs 38,900 crore.


ADB Joins Network For Greening the Financial System as Observer

sian Development Bank (ADB) has joined the Paris (France)-based Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer.

The NGFS is a global forum that brings together central banks and supervisors committed to understanding and managing the financial risks and opportunities associated with climate change.


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Kritika Pandey, became overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The commonwealth writers announced Kritika Pandey, the winner of asian region prize as the overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story, “The Great Indian Tee and Snakes”.

Hardeep Singh Puri Launches Toolkit for 6th Edition of Annual Cleanliness Survey of Urban India ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA),has launched the toolkit for sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India ‘Swachh Survekshan (SS) 2021’conducted by MoHUA.

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