Current Affairs

8 September, 2020


Overview of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visit to Russia from September 3-5, 2020; SCO Defence Ministers Meet Held

The Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Ministry of Defence (MoD) paid a 3 days visit to Moscow,
Russia from September 3-5, 2020 to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation (SCO) defence ministers and to hold talks with his Russian counterpart
Sergey Shoigu on further boosting bilateral defence cooperation.It was his second visit to
Moscow since June, 2020. He had represented India at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow
on June 24 that commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi
Germany in the Second World War.Rajnath holds talks with Russian counterpart; AK-47
203 rifles deal finalized between both nations.

Saudi Arabia Hosted Virtual G20 Education Ministers Meet from Riyadh; Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal represented India

As a part of Sherpa Track for the G20 (group of twenty) Leaders Summit 2020, which will be
held at the end of 2020, the current chair of G20 i.e. Saudi Arabia hosted the virtual G20
Education Ministers Meeting from Riyadh (Capital of Saudi Arabia) to discuss and share
experiences of member countries in the three identified areas viz. Education Continuity in
Times of Crises, Early Childhood Education and Internationalization in Education.
About G-20 or Group of Twenty:
Composition– 19 countries and the European Union (EU)
The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India,
Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South
Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.
2020 Presidency– Saudi Arabia
2020 theme– Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All
Chairman– Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)


India’s agriculture technology can grow to $24.1 billion in 5 years: Ernst & Young Report

According to a report by Ernst & Young, India’s agriculture technology has the potential to
grow at $24.1 billion in 5 years. The report also stated that with a turnover of $204 million,
India’s agri-tech sector is at under 1% of its market potential.
About Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare:
Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State (MoS) – Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala, Kailash Choudhary

INDRA NAVY-20- Maritime Exercise between India and Russia kicks off at Bay of Bengal

The 11th Edition of bi-annual, bilateral Maritime Exercise INDRA NAVY – 20 between
Indian Navy and Russian Navy was conducted successfully from September 4 to 5. The
Exercise was conducted in Bay of Bengal, close to the Strategic point of Strait of Malacca.
Due to the Pandemic, INDRA NAVY-20 was undertaken in a ‘non-contact, at sea only’
About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD (Navy)– New Delhi
About Russia:
Capital – Moscow
President – Vladimir Putin
Currency – Russian Rouble

Andhra Pradesh Retains Top Spot in EODB 2019 During BRAP 2018-19 Ranking

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman has virtually
announced the 4thedition of State Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) Ranking for 2018-
19 which was released by Department of Industrial Promotion and Internal Trade (DPIIT),
Ministry of commerce and industry. In accordance with that, Andhra Pradesh (AP) topped
the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) ranking 2019, followed by Uttar Pradesh (UP) and
Telangana at 2nd & 3rd place respectively.
About Minister of Commerce and Industry:
Union Minister– Piyush Vedprakash Goyal (Constituency- Maharashtra)
Minister of State– Hardeep Singh Puri, Som Prakash


TPT South Africa Partners with TCS for Logistics Supply Chain Transformation

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in South Africa, a part of Transnet SOC Ltd, a state owned
freight transport and handling company, partners with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to
develop an integrated online logistics marketplace platform “Cargo Connect”. This first of
its kind portal in Africa will bring together all the cargo owners, shipping lines, clearing and
forwarding agents and road or rail haulers.
About TCS:
CEO & MD– Rajesh Gopinathan
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About TPT:
CEO– Velile Dube
Headquarters– Durban, South Africa


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

New research paper titled “Widespread hematite at high latitudes of the Moon” published on
Science Advances reviewed the data from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper Instrument(M3) of
Chandrayan-1 orbiter of Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO).
About NASA:
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States of America

Thaawarchand Gehlot launched ‘24×7 toll-free Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline ‘KIRAN’

In order to provide relief and support to persons with Mental Illness, Shri Thaawarchand
Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the 24×7 TollFree Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline “KIRAN”(1800-500-0019).

DRDO successfully tests Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle using Scramjet Propulsion System

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested Hypersonic
Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) using the Indigenously developed Scramjet
Propulsion System in its second attempt. The Technology will be very critical as it will play
an important part in developing hypersonic cruise missile systems being developed by
About DRDO:
Chairman – Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi

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