Current Affairs

7 September, 2020


Prahlad Singh Patel Represented India in 5th BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meeting Held Virtually

Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge-I/C) for Culture and
Tourism represented India and addressed in 5th BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and
South Africa) Culture Ministers’ Meeting held through video conference under the
Chairpersonship of Russian Federation. Discussion: About the impact of the
epidemiological situation on the cultural sphere in the BRICS countries and reviewed the
possible implementation of joint cultural online-projects within BRICS.
About BRICS:
Members– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Chairmanship– Russia (India will assume the Chairmanship of BRICS in 2021)

FAO’s 35th Asia-Pacific regional Conference (APRC) meeting held virtually; Parshottam Rupala represented India

The Thirty-fifth Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional
Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) hosted by Bhutan at Thimphu which was
held from 1-4 September 2020 through Zoom video conferencing platform amid COVID-19
pandemic and associated public health concerns.
It was held to plan responses and recovery work to address the twin pandemic viz. COVID19 and hunger. Discussions were also held regarding the state of agriculture, natural
resources management, food security and nutrition.
About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Director-General (DG)– QU Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy


60th Annual Convention of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers 2020 held Virtually; Kenichi Ayukawa Appointed as President

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers(SIAM) organised and hosted its 60th SIAM
Annual Convention 2020virtually, titled “Re-Building the Nation, Responsibly”. SIAM
appointed Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd as its new President. He succeeds Rajan Wadhera, Senior
Advisor, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Nitin Jairam Gadkari stated that currently India has
the 2nd largest road network in the world, which is being fueled by the tremendous growth
in construction of expressways and highways.
Head Office– New Delhi, India
President– Kenichi Ayukawa (MD and Chief Executive OfficerCEO of Maruti Suzuki India
Ltd )

IIT Roorkee Signs MoU with NIUA for Collaboration in BASIIC Programme

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) and National Institute of Urban
Affairs (NIUA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) to collaborate in the areas
like universal design principles and inclusive development of the Building Accessible Safe
Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC) programme of NIUA. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director of IIT-R
and Hitesh Vaidya, Director of NIUA signed and exchanged the MoU.This eases the
collaboration of IIT-R and NIUA in field policy research, technical support, knowledge
creation and dissemination and in initiatives like research, capacity development and
About NIUA:
Vice President – Mr.Kunal Kumar
Director– Hitesh Vaidya
Headquarters– New Delhi

Moon is Rusting: Orbital Data Reveals Presence of Hematite at High Latitudes on the Moon

Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu released the inaugural issue of the report ‘The
State of Young Child in India’. The report provides an account of challenges related to
early child development (0-6 years) in India.
The report has been prepared by Mobile Creches, a policy advocacy organisation which
works with underprivileged children across India.The report introduced two indexes: Young
Child Outcomes Index (YCOI) and Young Child Environment Index (YCEI).
Best-Performing State:


KfW IPEX-Bank Financed €10-million Loan to Srei Equipment Finance to facilitate German Exports to India

To facilitate German exports to India, KfW IPEX-Bank has financed € (Euro)10-million
(about Rs 87 crore) loan to Srei Equipment Finance Limited (SEFL), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Srei InfrastructureFinance Limited (Srei). The financing is backed by cover
from Euler Hermes.

WhatsApp Partnered with CyberPeace Foundation for Cyber Safety Among Students

In order to create awareness on cyber safety among
students, WhatsApp Inc.(WhatsApp) andCyberPeace Foundation have entered into
a partnership.The partnership targets to reach about 15,000 students in 5 Indian states
namely, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra by the end of 2020
under the first phase of a pan-India programme.This initiative is built on a previous
partnership under the ‘e-Raksha’ programme, which has reached many students.
About WhatsApp Inc.
WhatsApp joined Facebook in 2014
HeadQuarters– California, United States of America
Founder– Jan Koum and Brian Acton
CEO– Will Cathart


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China Launched Reusable Experimental Spacecraft on a Long March-2F Carrier Rocket

China launched a reusable experimental spacecraft on a Long March-2F carrier
rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Chinese region Inner
Mongolia. The spacecraft is similar to the X-37B launched by the US. This launch was the
14th mission of the Long March-2F carrier rocket.
Note– The details of the mission have been kept secret
About China:
Capital– Beijing
Currency– Chinese Yuan Renminbi(CNY)
President– Xi Jinping

SpaceX Launched 60 Starlink Satellites to Provide Faster Internet

Falcon 9 of SpaceX, a two stage rocket launched the 12th batch of starlink mission with 60
starlink satellites into orbit. Falcon 9 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center of
National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), Florida. This launch is the first
mission of SpaceX in September and 16th Mission in 2020.The satellites launched in the
lower orbit will enhance the high speed broadband internet on Earth and increase the
internet access in the low coverage area where setting up of on ground towers are difficult.
About SpaceX:
Founder & CEO– Elon Musk
President & COO– Gwynne Shotwell
Founded– 2002
Headquarters– Hawthorne, California, United States of America

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