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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Israeli Embassy to have first ‘Water Attache’ in India from January, 2021

India and Israel share a strategic partnership in water management. In order to boost it further, Israel will have a first separate ‘Water Attache’ in India from January 2021 which will share the former’s best practices and technologies for advancements in India’s water management and agriculture sectors. Notably, water is one of the biggest challenges in India post-COVID.

About Israel:
Capital– Jerusalem
Currency– Israeli New Shekel
Prime Minister– Benjamin Netanyahu

India Ranked world No. 2 in Migrations to OECD nations; China tops: 44th International Migration Outlook 2020

secretary-general at OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Jose Angel Gurria Trevino unveiled the 44th edition of “International Migration Outlook 2020” in which India emerged as the second largest source country both in terms of the “total” inflow of new migrants to OECD countries during 2018 and also as regards the number of Indians acquiring citizenship of these countries.

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

NITI Aayog, AWS launch 1st of its Kind Frontier Technology Cloud Innovation Centre in India

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog launched First of its Kind, Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) with Amazon Web Services (AWS). CIC will help in addressing societal challenges through digital innovation with focus on agriculture, healthcare and skill development.

About National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Amitabh Kant
Headquarters– New Delhi

MoS Mansukh Mandaviya e-launches Development of Indigenous Software Solution for VTS, VTMS

Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya e-launched the development of Indigenous Software solution for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems (VTMS) in New Delhi. The launch of indigenous software is in line with Prime Minister’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Mission. 

Nitin Gadkari Laid Foundation Stone for India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park in Assam Virtually

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs(Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) virtually laid the foundation stone for India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park(MMLP) at Jogighopain AssamRs 693.97 crore park will provide direct air, road, rail and waterways connectivity to the people. 

BANKING & FINANCE

Paytm in Partnership with Various Credit Card Issuers to Introduce 2 Million Co-branded Credit Cards for Indian Consumers

Paytm in partnership with various credit card issuers will introduce  2 million co-branded credit cards for consumers in India in the next 12–18 months.

About Paytm:
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh
President– Amit Nayyar

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Bond trade platform ‘BondEvalue’ set for New Year launch in India

Singapore-based bond exchange, BondEvalue, co-founded by India-origin entrepreneurs Rajaram Kannan and Rahul Banerjee, is all set to launch a blockchain-platform in 2021 to facilitate investment in bonds by individuals.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

SC Appointed One-Man Panel to Monitor Stubble Burning under its Former Judge Madan Bhimarao Lokur

the Supreme Court (SC) bench headed by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and comprising of Justices Ajjikuttira Somaiah Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian has directed to formulate a one-man committee under former SC judge Madan Bhimarao Lokur to monitor and prevent stubble-burning by farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (UP) this winter, which worsens the air quality in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).

SEBI Constitutes a Market Data Advisory Committee Headed by Madhabi Puri Buch, for Market data 

The committee is headed by Madhabi Puri Buch, Whole Time Member, SEBI  and has CEOs of stock exchanges and depositories, representatives of various stakeholders and senior officials of SEBI as members.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Nokia selected by NASA to build first ever cellular network on the Moon

Finland based Nokia has been selected by the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) to build the first ever 4G cellular network on the Moon. NASA has awarded USD 14.1 Million to Nokia for the project.

Scientists Found India’s First Dragonfly Fossil of 2.5mn Years Old in Jharkhand

A team of scientists from West Bengal headed by Mahasin Ali Khan, assistant professor of Botany at Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University found India’s first Dragonfly fossil in Latehar, Jharkhand.


Leather Sector Skill Council launches SCALE India Mobile App for Enhanced Quality Assurance

Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC), a non-profit organization (NGO) launched “Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees India (SCALE India)” Android app for enhancing the quality assurance of the leather industry. Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mahendra Nath Pandey unveiled the SCALE India app during a virtual event. 

India successfully Test-fired SANT Missile with ‘Lock-on After Launch’ & ‘Lock-on Before Launch’ capabilities

India successfully Test-fired Standoff Anti-Tank Guided Missile (SANT Missile)from a roof-top launcher at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. 

SANT Missile is an air-to-surface missile being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Indian Air Force (IAF).

OBITUARY

Kishore Bhimani, Veteran Sports Journalist & Cricket Commentator Passed Away 


BOOKS & AUTHORS

“Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside” Autobiography of N K Singh: Traces the Origin & Growth of the PMO

Veteran Economist and bureaucrat N K (Nand Kishore) Singh released his autobiography titled “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside”. The book portrays the life of NK Singh who played an active role in the development of the Indian economy. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Chefs Day 2020: October 20

2020 International Chefs Day campaign theme– ‘Healthy Food for the Future!’

World Osteoporosis Day 2020 – October 20



Third World Statistics Day Observed on 20th October, 2020

The theme of Third World Statistics Day is – “Connecting the world with Data we can trust”.

STATE NEWS

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Launched Electricity Consumer Service Portal “Mo Bidyut” & Mobile App

The electricity services provided by the Mo Bidyut will be governed and monitored under the “Mo Sarkar” (My Government).

BSE Signed a MoU Govt of Telangana to Support MSMEs to Raise Equity Funds

BSE (formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Telangana along with GlobalLinker to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the state to raise equity funds.

About BSE:
MD & CEO- Ashishkumar Chauhan
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra