Current Affairs

4 September, 2020


UN Women Report From Insights to Actions: COVID-19 Crisis Will Increase the Poverty Rate of Women

The United Nations(UN) Women and United Nations Development
Programme(UNDP) released new data which states that the COVID-19 pandemic will have
negative impacts on the women and will increase the poverty rate of women and widen the
gap between men and women in poverty.

UNEP released “Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Food Systems” about Climate Change amid crisis

A a report “Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Food Systems”
published by World Wide Fund (WWF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
non-profit organization EAT & think tank Climate Focus based on strengthening food
systems in the age of climate crisis,.
The report stated that Policymakers can improve the chances of achieving climate goals
and limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius by making more specific commitments to
transforming national food systems.
About United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) :
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Headquarter– Nairobi, Kenya
About World Wide Fund (WWF):
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Carter Roberts
Headquarter– Gland, Switzerland

IISc Bengaluru tops among 63 Indian Institutes: THE World University Ranking 2021

Times Higher Education(THE), based in the United Kingdom(UK) released the World
University Rankings 2021. Placed under the group of 301-350 rankings, Indian Institute of
Science(IISc)Bengaluru tops among the 63 institutions that qualified for the
rankings.University of Oxford of UK was spotted tops in the list
IIT, Ropar which is under the 351-400 group rankings and IISc Bengaluru are the only
Indian institutes in the world top 400 Universities.
Top 7 IITs of India boycotted the 2021 rankings of THE due to their concern about the
transparency of the process.

India ranks 48th in the 13th Edition of Global Innovation Index 2020 released by WIPO

For the First time, India joined the group of Top 50 Countries in the 13th Edition of Global
Innovation Index (GII) 2020, as it took the 48th rank with a score of 35.59 in the Annual
report jointly released by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell
University and INSEAD Business School.


Sikkim Celebrated Pang Lhabsol: A Festival of Cultural Heritage and Historical Importance

Pang Lhabsol, a festival of cultural heritage and historical importance is one of the most
historically and culturally significant festivals celebrated annually by Sikkim people. This
festival is celebrated only in this state. It commemorates the blessing of Mount
Khangchendzonga as the guardian deity of Sikkim.Also observed for the swearing treaty of
blood brotherhood between the Lepchas and Bhutias at Kabi Longchok, Sikkim under the
witness of Mount Khangchendzonga.

Ministry of Electronics and Information & Technology Bans 118 Chinese Mobile Apps

Ministry of Electronics and Information & Technology banned 118 Chinese Mobile
Applications. The mobile applications have been banned as they were found to be harmful
to the Sovereignty, Integrity, Defence of India and Public Order. The Government has
banned them amidst the border tensions with China.
The apps have been banned under section 69Aof the Information Technology Act read
with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for
Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.
Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, under the Ministry of Home Affairs had sent a
recommendation to the Ministry of Electronics and Information & Technology for concerns
of Data Security.
The list of 118 apps includes popular mobile gaming app PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
(PUBG), and also apps from Baidu, Tencent and Xiomi.

Cabinet Approval with Foreign countries on September 02 2020

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the following proposals
with foreign countries:
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between the Textiles Committee, India and Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre, Japan
for improving quality and testing of Indian textiles and Clothing for the Japanese market.
The Central Government has approved MoU for cooperation in the field of geology and
mineral resources between Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines, and
Geological Survey of Finland (Geologiantutkimuskeskus), Ministry of Employment and the
Economy, Finland.

Cabinet Approvals on 2nd September 2020

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the following proposals:
The Union Cabinet has approved the launching of a National Programme for Civil Services
Capacity Building (NPCSCB) or “Mission Karmayogi” to enable government officers and
employees get the opportunity to improve their performance iGOTKarmayogiPlatform. In
this regard a sum of Rs.510.86 crore will be spent over a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to
2024-25 to cover around 46 lakh Central employees.
The Cabinet has also approved the introduction in Parliament of the Jammu and Kashmir
Official Languages Bill 2020 under which Kashmiri, Dogriand Hindi, apart from the existing
Urdu and English, will be the official languages in the union territory (UT) of Jammu and


RBI Approved the Appointment of Murali Ramakrishnan as MD & CEO of South Indian Bank

The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) approved the appointment of Murali Ramakrishnan as the
New Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The South Indian Bank,
Kerala for a period of 3 years with effect from 1st October 2020. He succeeds V. G.
Mathew whose tenure will be completed on 30th September 2020.


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Researchers from Kerala and West Bengal have identified ‘Systomus Gracilus’, a New Species of Freshwater Fish from Ganga

The researchers from Kerala and West Bengal have identified Systomus gracilus,a
new cyprinid(family of freshwater fish) fish from Ganges River at Naihati of West
Bengal.The discovery was published as an article in the ‘Journal of Experimental
Zoology’.The Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB), statutory body under the
Department of Science and Technology(DST) has funded this project.

Adani Group to Acquire 74% Stake in Mumbai International Airport Limited

Adani Airport Holdings Limited(AAHL), holding company of Adani Group for its airports
business has entered into an agreement to acquire 74% in Mumbai International Airport
Limited(MIAL) or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
Through the agreement, AAHL will acquire the debt of current promoter GVK group and buy
out minority shareholders.
AAHL will acquire 50.50% stake of GVK Airport Developers Ltd(GVKADL) and 23.5% of
minority partners ACSA and Bidvest in MIAL – for which it has obtained Competition
Commission of India approval. Remaining 26% stake of MIAL will be with acquired by AAI.

Mustapha Adib Appointed as the New Prime Minister of Lebanon

Presidency of Lebanon appointed the Lebanon ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib as
the New Prime Minister.He succeeds Hassan Diab, who resigned amid the economic crisis
due to the aftermath of the blast in the Beirut port on 4th August 2020.

Eklavya Model Residential School Teacher selected for National Award to Teachers 2020: Ministry of Education

For the first Time, Sudha Painuli, a vice-principal of Eklavya Model Residential Schools
(EMRS), established under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been selected for National
Award to Teachers (NAT) 2020.
Sudha Painuli is the vice-principal of EMRS-Kalsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand since its
establishment. Sudha Painuli made it to the list of 47 outstanding teachers after a 3-stage
rigorous online transparent process.

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