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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India Joined Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment as Observer

On the lines of the high level meeting of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment (DCOC/JA) held virtually on 26 August 2020, India has joined the DCOC/JA Amendment, as Observer in order to collaborate with DCOC/JA member states towards for enhancing maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). 

About Djibouti:
Capital– Djibouti
Currency– ‎Djiboutian franc‎ (‎DJF‎)
President– Ismail Omar Guelleh

India Ranked 116th in World Bank’s Human Capital Index 2020

Human Capital Index (HCI) is a collaboration between the Human Development Practice Group and the Development Economics Group of the World Bank.World Bank released the report titled “The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19”

The country of Singapore topped the score with 0.88 followed by Hong Kong at 0.81 and Japan at 0.80.
About World Bank:
President David Robert Malpass
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States

Mexico Became the First Country to Issue 7-year Sovereign SDG Bond worth $890m

Mexico became the first country in the world to inaugurate sustainable financing program for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by issuing a seven-year Sovereign SDGs Bond worth USD 890 million under its new “SDG Sovereign Bond Framework” developed with investment bank Natixis, located in Paris, France.

About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarter– New York, United States (US)
About Mexico:
Capital– Mexico City
Currency– Mexican peso
President– Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

BANKING & FINANCE

DBS Bank India Unveiled Online Credit Solutions Platform, ‘DBS Digital Business Loans for SMEs’

DBS Bank India Ltd(in short- DBS Bank India) launched an online credit solutions platform, ‘DBS Digital Business Loans for SMEs’ to provide loans for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  businesses in a convenient manner with credit facility up to Rs 20 crore. 

About DBS Bank India Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Surojit Shome 

ICICI Home Finance Launched “Apna Ghar Dreamz” Home Loan Scheme for Skilled Labours in Delhi

The ICICI Home Finance launched “Apna Ghar Dreamz”, its new home loan scheme for skilled laborers like electricians, mechanics, painters, grocery store owners etc in the informal sector of Delhi.

The credit amount of this loan ranges from Rs 2.lakh to 50 lakhs.

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s GDP to Contract by 10.2% in FY20-21: OECD



WhatsApp Partnered with Common Services Centers for Digital Literacy Service Chatbot

WhatsApp has partnered with Common Services Centers (CSC) for a WhatsApp chatbot to empower rural communities by providing digital skills at their doorstep, and to create livelihood through promotion of rural entrepreneurship. 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna Honoured with 2020 Asia Game Changer Award for Feeding Millions Amid COVID-19

The Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna received the 2020 Asia Game Changer Award from Asia Society, a United States based non-profit organisation for feeding millions of people across India amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, by coordinating a food distribution drive from Manhattan.

OBITUARY

Chanesh Ram Rathiya, Veteran Congress Leader and Former Chhattisgarh Minister Passed Away of COVID-19 



Padma Shri P R Krishnakumar, Expert in Ayurveda Passed Away at 69 due to COVID-19



Ashok Gasti, Rajya Sabha MP Passed Away of COVID-19


BOOKS & AUTHORS

Penguin Books Published Arundhati Roy’s Book titled “Azadi”

Arundhati Roy’s new book titled “Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction” is published by Penguin Books Limited. The nonfiction book is a collection of essays that shows the meaning of Freedom in the world of increasing authoritarianism.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Patient Safety Day 2020 – September 17

The theme of World Patient Safety Day 2020 is “Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety”

About World Health Organization(WHO):
Director General– Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland

STATE NEWS

Maharashtra Cabinet Approved Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme for Accident Victims

Maharashtra Cabinet approved the implementation of Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme with an annual outlay of Rs 125 crore to provide timely medical and financial aid to the road accident victims during the golden hour i.e. initial 72 hours. 

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa Launched ‘Arthika Spandana’ Loan Disbursal Scheme 

Bookanakere Siddalingappa(B.S.) Yediyurappa, Chief Minister(CM) of Karnataka has launched ‘Arthika Spandana’ programme to disburse loans of Rs 39,300 crore through various cooperative institutions.