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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India Provided 1.54 billion NR as Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance in Nepal

The Nepal earthquake of 2015 also known as “Gorkha earthquake” had severely affected thousands of lives as well as the economy. At that time, India being the Nepal’s immediate neighbour, was the first to respond with Operation Maitri which provided rescue and relief by its armed forces and also announced a post-earthquake reconstruction package of US$ 1 billion (which comprises US$ 250 million grant and US$ 750 million concessional Line of Credit). 

About Nepal:

Capital– Kathmandu

Prime Minister– Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli

President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari


India ranked 89th among 181 countries in World Risk Report 2020

Countries with Lowest Risk Index: 

According to the Index, Qatar (0.31) had the lowest risk, followed by Malta (0.66) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (0.81).


EAM S Jaishankar participates in Annual Informal Meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers

The Annual Meeting was chaired by Nepal and was held in virtual mode.

About South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC):

Secretary General – Esala Ruwan Weerakoon

Headquarters – Kathmandu, Nepal


EAM S Jaishankar participates in Special Ministerial Meeting of CICA

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar participated in the Special Virtual Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Conference on Interaction & Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

The Meeting saw the transfer of Chairmanship of CICA from Tajikistan to Kazakhstan, and the appointment of new executive director and exchange of views on future endeavours.


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

AYUSH Ministry Signed MoU with Herbal Industry Bodies to promote Medicinal Plants cultivation

 The theme of the e-marathon is “Recharge Mental Health: During and beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic”.

About Ministry of AYUSH:

Founded– 2014

Minister of State (MoS)– Shripad Yesso Naik


India, Australia conducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the East Indian Ocean region

Indian Navy conducted a two-day long Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the East Indian Ocean Region (IOR) where Indian side was represented by stealth frigate INS (Indian Naval Ship) Sahyadri and missile corvette INS Karmuk Australian side included HMAS Hobart along with Indian Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), and helicopters from both the nations. 

About Australia:

Capital– Canberra

Currency– Australian dollar

Prime Minister– Scott John Morrison


Indian Railways Extended its MoU with IIT Kanpur for Modernisation of its Infrastructure

Indian Railways extended the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur for modernisation of railway infrastructure.


One of the First Medical Devices Park to be Set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 

Central government approved the setting up four medical device parks in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the lines of “Make in India” initiative and to provide world-class products at affordable prices for treatment. 

About Kerala:

Chief Minister– Pinarayi Vijayan

Capital– Thiruvananthapuram

Governor– Arif Mohammad Khan


BANKING & FINANCE

Fino Payments Bank with Fintech Partners Introduced NFC-based Contactless Payments Solution for Mass Transport

Fino Payments Bank Limited(Fino Payments Bank) in association with fintech partners has introduced Near Field Communication(NFC)-based contactless payments solution for mass transit systems, particularly for state bus transport services in India. 

About Fino Payments Bank Limited:

HeadOffice– Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Rishi Gupta


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS    

 Fed Cup, Women’s World Cup of Tennis, Renamed as the Billie Jean King Cup: ITF

International Tennis Federation(ITF) announced that Fed Cup, the women’s world cup of tennis, has been renamed as the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas, a French international banking group. 

Kerala Bags UNIATF Award 2020 for its Contribution Towards SDGs Related to Non-Communicable Diseases

Kerala won the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF)UNIATF Award 2020 for its contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) related to the non-communicable diseases. 


Shivangi Singh to become India’s first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

About Indian Air Force(IAF):

Chief of the Air Staff (CAS)– Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria,

Motto– Touch the sky with Glory


APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Aakash Educational Service Ltd Appointed Yuvraj Singh as its Brand Ambassador


Actor Aamir Khan becomes Brand Ambassador of CEAT


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MIT Professor Won the Inaugural AI Award for Cancer Research & Discovery of New Drugs

Regina Barzilay, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory won the inaugural winner of the annual award instituted by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and funded by Chinese online education company Squirrel AI. She was awarded the top award (1 million USD) for using computer science to detect cancer and discover new drugs.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches “Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal”

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar launched “Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal” (https://www.agrimachinery.nic.in/FMTTI/Management) in public domain. The Portal has been developed by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), Ministry of Agriculture. 

About Ministry of Agriculture:

Union Minister – Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of State (MoS) – Parshottam Rupala, Kailash Choudhary


IIT Madras Developed an Indigenous Microprocessor “MOUSHIK” For IoT Devices

Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras developed the indigenously made microprocessor “MOUSHIK”, a processor cum “system-on-chip” (SoC)for Internet of Things(IoT) devices. MOUSHIK will support the developing IoT devices which are the integral part of the Smart Cities of Digital India.

This project was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.


OBITUARY

Former Australian Cricketer & Commentator Dean Mervyn Jones Passed Away at 59



Sekhar Basu, PadmaShri Awardee, Veteran Atomic Scientist and Former Chairman of AEC Passed Away of COVID-19

Sekhar BasuVeteran Atomic Scientist and Former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission(AEC) passed away at the age of 68 at a private hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal of COVID-19. 


Renowned Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam dies aged 74


IMPORTANT DAYS

World Pharmacists Day observed on September 25, 2020

The theme of the 10th World Pharmacists Day is “Transforming Global Health”. 


Antyodaya Diwas 2020 – September 25


STATE NEWS

UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Launched U-Rise Portal for Students 

The portal guides the students in learning, career counselling, and getting employment in the state. 

It was developed by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow.