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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Singapore topped in 2nd Smart City Index 2020; 4 Indian Cities in Top 100 

Institute for Management Development (IMD), in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD), IMD World Competitiveness Center, and 
i.Smart Cities Observatory (SCO) has released the 2nd edition of global listing of smart cities i.e. “Smart City Index (SCI) 2020” in which the ranking of four Indian cities- New Delhi, Mumbai (Maharashtra), Hyderabad (Telangana), and Bengaluru (Karnataka) was declined as the technological advancement in these cities is not up to date to cater the COVID19 Pandemic.


Sanjay Dhotre Attended 6thBRICS Communication Ministers Meeting held virtually

the 6th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Communication Ministers Meeting was hosted by Maxim Parshin, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia in a virtual format where India was represented by Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State (MoS) for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Education.

Ajit Doval Attended 10th BRICS NSAs Meet virtually

the 10th meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) National Security Advisors (NSAs) was hosted by Russia, the current chair of BRICS, where India was represented by Ajit Doval, Adviser to the Prime Minister (PM) of India on National Security. 

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Modi inaugurates Kosi Rail Mega Bridge and 12 other Railway Projects in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega bridge) and other projects including a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines, 5 Electrification projects, Bihar’s first Electric Locomotive Shed at Barauni and 3rd Line Project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur in Bihar through video conference. 

Hardeep Singh Puri Inaugurated India’s first General AviationTerminal at Delhi Airport

Minister of State (MoS) Hardeep Singh Puri, Ministry of Civil Aviation inaugurated India’s first General Aviation Terminal at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi to handle the flight operations and movement and processing of passengers flying through of private jets or chartered flights. 

It was built at a cost of Rs150 crore over one-and-a-half years by Bird ExecuJet Airport Services Private Limited, a joint venture between Bird Group and ExecuJet Aviation Group, an international business aviation company based in Switzerland’s Zurich Airport.

BANKING & FINANCE

Canara Bank Introduced i-Lead 2.0 to Enhance Customer Services

 In order to provide its services regardless of where the customers reside, Canara Bank has launched a Lead Management System (LMS) – i-Lead 2.0(Inspiring Leads System version 2.0). 

About Canara Bank:
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– L.V.Prabhakar
HeadOffice– Bangalore, Karnataka
Tagline– Together We Can

KVGB Launched Vikas Laghu Suvarna, a Special Gold Loan Scheme

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB)launched Vikas Laghu Suvarna, a special gold loan scheme with a reduced interest rate of 7.25%. The bank has slashed the interest rate to provide easy and affordable credit at cheap cost to the customers in need, considering the pandemic situation in the country.

About Vikas Laghu Suvarna:
80% market Value– Under Vikas Laghu Suvarna, the bank offers 80% of the market value of the gold subject to a maximum of Rs 3200 per gram.
Maximum– Loans up to a maximum of Rs 15 lakh will be provided. 

About Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB):
Chairman– P Gopi Krishna
HeadOffice- Dharwad, Karnataka

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS      

United Nations Named Indian Teenager Udit Singhal to the 2020 Cohort of Young Leaders for SDGs

Udit Singhal (18 years), the founder of Glass2S and, a zero waste ecosystem to control the increasing menace of glass waste in Delhi, has been named to the 2020 Cohort of young leadersfor the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by the United Nations(UN)

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Government forms Expert Committee under NCSC Rajesh Pant to probe reports of snooping by Chinese firm

Government of India formed an Expert Committee led by National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) Lt General (retd)Rajesh Pant, India’s Chief Coordinator on Cyber Security to examine the reports of digital surveillance on Prominent Indian Nationals including President, Army Chief by Chinese firm Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Information Technology Company Ltd.

Centre Sets up High-Level Committee Headed by Ajay Tirkey to Prepare Roadmap to Regularise Land Leasing in Agri Sector

In order to prepare a roadmap for regularisation of land leasing in the agriculture sector, the Centre has set up a high-level committee headed by Ajay Tirkey, secretary of the department of land resources under the ministry of rural development. 

OBITUARY

Balli Durga Prasad Rao, Tirupati Lok Sabha MP Passed Away of COVID-19


BOOKS & AUTHORS

“A Promised Land”: First Volume of Former US President Barack Obama’s Memoir 

This book will be released by Crown, a division of Penguin Random House around the world in 25 languages which includes Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Finnish and Vietnamese.

IMPORTANT DAYS

11th edition of  World Bamboo Day observed on September 18, 2020

The Theme for this edition of World Bamboo Day is “BAMBOO NOW”.