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EAM Jaishankar participated in SCO Foreign Ministers video conference on COVID-19

External Affairs Minister(EAM) S.Jaishankar participated in a virtual conference of foreign ministers hosted by Russia from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) member states to discuss on the ongoing COVID-19 situation and insisted on the collective action against the terrorism and the security challenges.

About SCO:
Secretary General- Vladimir Norov
Headquarters- Beijing,China
Founded in- 15th June 2001

PM CARES Fund trust allocates Rs 3,100 crore: COVID-19

PM CARES(Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund Trust has allocated  Rs 3100 crores(Rs 2000 crores- purchase of ventilators, Rs 1000 crores- care migrant labourers and Rs 100 crores-  support vaccine development) to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
It was established on 27th March 2020 & is headed by Prime Minister (ex-Officio) and other ex-officio Members of the trust are Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.

ICMR fast-tracks roll out of ‘Solidarity’ trial to find treatment: COVID-19

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has fast-tracked the roll out of the global ‘Solidarity’ trial launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19. The ICMR-National AIDS Research Institute(NARI) is the national coordination site for the trial in India.
About NARI:
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra
Director– Samiran Panda

Centre sets up “Rice Export Promotion Forum” to promote rice export

Centre set up a new body Rice Export Promotion Forum to give impetus to rice exports under the aegis of Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Promotion Development Authority(Apeda).
About Apeda:
Chairman- Paban K.Borthakur
Director- Tarun Bajaj
Established- December 1985
Head Office- New Delhi

Jal Jeevan Mission: Haryana and J&K to provide tap water to every household by Dec 2022

The Union Territory (UT) Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and the state Government of Haryana have planned to provide tap connection to supply water to all rural families by December 2022 under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).While the national target has been set for the year 2024-25.

About Ministry of Jal Shakti:Union Minister– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Minister of State (MoS)- Rattan Lal Kataria.

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan Part-1: MSME focused package detailed by Nirmala Sitharaman; EPF contribution reduced

Measures taken in the package are focused on “Getting back to work” which enables employees, employers, and businesses to get back to production and workers back to gainful employment.


International tourism to decline 60-80% in 2020: UNWTO report

According to the latest data of the United Nations World Tourism Organization(UNWTO) the international tourism could decline by 60-80% in 2020 when compared with 2019 figures, due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
About UNWTO:
Headquarters– Madrid, Spain
Secretary General– Zurab Pololikashvili

Forest loss rate globally declined from 2015 to 2020: FRA 2020

According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment(FRA) 2020 released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), the forest loss rate in 2015-2020 has declined to an estimated 10 million hectares(mha), down from 12 mha in 2010-2015.
About FAO:
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
Director General– QU Dongyu


Reserve Bank extends interest subsidy scheme for exporters till 31 March 2021

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the interest subsidy period by one year to 31 March 2021 on export credit received before and after shipment of goods to exporters. Exporters get the subsidy under the ‘Interest Equalisation Scheme for pre and post shipment Rupee Export Credit’, which was ended on March 31, 2020.

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).

Federal bank, MoneyGram tie up for direct-to-bank deposits in India

MoneyGram Payment System, a subsidiary of MoneyGram International, global leader in P2P payments tied up with Federal Bank Limited, a private bank in India to provide the customers a cost-effective way to receive deposits directly in their bank accounts in India.

About Federal Bank:

Chairperson- Grace Elizabeth Koshie
MD & CEO- Shyam Srinivasan
Headquarters- Aluva, Kerala


UN forecasts India to grow at 1.2% in CY20 and global economy to shrink by 3.2%

About UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA):
Under Secretary General(USG)- Liu Zhenmin
Assistant Secretary General (ASG)- Elliott Harris and Maria-Francesca Spatolisano
Headquarters- New York


Lieutenant Commander Akshay Kumar was awarded Vice Admiral G.M. Hiranandani Memorial Rolling Trophy 2020

The award ceremony was held at the Maritime Warfare Centre, Kochi, Kerala.

About Indian Navy:
Commander-in-Chief– President Ram Nath Kovind.
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNC)– Admiral Karambir Singh.


Former JDS MP Raja Rangappa Nayak passes away at 61

Former JDS (Janata Dal [Secular]) MP (Member of Parliament), Raja Rangappa Nayak, passed away at the age of 61 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He had represented the Raichur constituency, Karnataka, & was elected in the Lok Sabha elections held in 1996.


West Bengal govt launches ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000-acre barren land in 6 districts

The West Bengal (WB) Government (govt) launched ‘Matir Smristi’ scheme to utilise 50,000 acres of barren land in 6 districts for income-generating activities like horticulture and pisciculture involving the locals. Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee also added that the scheme will benefit around 2.5 lakh people in rural Bengal.
About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata.
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar.