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Current Affairs Of 21 November 2020

 


Current Affairs Of 21 November 2020

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India Ranked 77 in 2020 Global Bribery Risk Matrix by TRACE; Denmark Topped with Lowest Risk

A global list of measuring business bribery risks “The 2020 TRACE Bribery Risk Matrix” was released by an anti-bribery standard setting organisation TRACE International, featuring 194 countries, territories, and autonomous and semi-autonomous regions.

On the other hand the North Korea ranked last i.e. at 194th position with a total highest risk score of 93.

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Modi, Bhutan PM Tshering e-launched RuPay card Phase-II;MoU signed for cooperation in space sector

Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering jointly e-launched RuPay card Phase-IIwhich will allow Bhutanese card holders to access RuPay network in India.

About Bhutan:
Capital – Thimphu
Currency – Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN)

OshoCorp Global becomes 1st Private firm to Receive Indian Army’s Approval for Manufacturing Specialised Tank Ammunition

For the First Time, Indian Army has given Project sanction order to Private Firm OshoCorp Global for development and supply of Specialised ammunition for its Main Battle Tanks T-72 and T-90.
The Project’s cost is over INR 2, 300 Crores and it has a potential for future domestic and export orders.

NASSCOM Launched FutureSkills PRIME Beta Platform to Enhance India’s Digital Talent

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), and Debjani Ghosh, President of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) unveiled the FutureSkills PRIME Beta Platform, a digital learning platform to enhance India’s digital talents.

About NASSCOM:
NASSCOM – National Association of Software and Services Companies
Chairman– UB Pravin Rao
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh

ISB Signed MoU with ICWA for Collaborative Research in the Areas of International Relation

Indian School of Business (ISB), premier Business school in India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) to enable collaborative research in the areas of international relations and to promote cooperation between India and global partners on various issues.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad releases “My Stamp on Chhath Puja” virtually

Union Minister of Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad released a “My Stamp on Chhath Puja”. He also released a Special cover on the theme ‘Chhath – A symbol of Simplicity and Cleanliness’.

Govt Provide 50% Subsidy for Air Transportation of Fruits, Vegetables from NE, Himalayan states

As a part of “Operation Green Scheme TOP to TOTAL”, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has announced a 50% air transportation subsidy for 41 notified fruits and vegetables from North East and Himalayan states to any place in the country.

About Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI):
Union Minister– Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State (MoS)– Rameswar Teli

BANKING & FINANCE

GoI, NCRTC & NDB sign Agreement for USD 500 Million for Delhi-Meerut RRTS Project

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt of India, National Capital Region Transport Corporation Limited (NCRTC) and New Development Bank (NDB) of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) signed a loan agreement for lending USD 500 Million (~ INR 3708 Crores) for the ‘Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System Project (RRTS)’ in the National Capital Region (NCR).

ICICI Bank in Partnership with Pine Labs Launches ‘ICICI Bank Cardless EMI’, a 1st of its kind fully digital, cardless EMI facility at retail stores 

ICICI Bank Ltd  in partnership with Pine Labs launched ‘ICICI Bank Cardless EMI’(Equated Monthly Instalments).

ICICI Bank becomes India’s first bank and first in industry to launch a fully digital payment mode, a cardless EMI facility at retail stores.

Govt of India, Govt of Meghalaya and World Bank Signs a $120 Million  Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project to Improve Connectivity in Meghalaya

 The Government of India, the Government of Meghalaya and the World Bank(WB)  signed a $120-million (~INR 890 Crore)Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project(MITP) to improve and modernize the transport sector of Meghalaya.

About World Bank:
HeadQuarters– Washington, DC, New York
President – David Malpass
Founded– 1944
Member Countries– 189(including India)

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Dr. Adam Yao Liu Won the Exim Bank’s BRICS Economic Research Award 2020 for his PhD Dissertation

 Dr. Adam Yao Liu, a political scientist trained at Stanford University, won the Export-Import Bank of India’s (India Exim Bank’s) BRICS Economic Research Award 2020 for his for his Ph.D. dissertation, “Building Markets within Authoritarian Institutions: The Political Economy of Banking Development in China.”

Scottish Writer Douglas Stuart Won Booker Prize 2020 for his debut Novel “Shuggie Bain”

New York based Scottish writer Douglas Stuart (44 years) won the Booker Prize 2020 for his debut novel “Shuggie Bain”

Dr. Bish Agrawal, Chairman of Accord Group India Won AESC Lifetime Achievement Award 2020; Becomes 1st Asian to Receive 

Dr. Bish AgrawalChairman of Accord India and Founding Partner of AltoPartners won 2020 AESC (Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the first Asianto receive this recognition. 

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day 2020 – November 18

The theme of 2020 World COPD day is “Living Well with COPD – Everybody, Everywhere”

World Children’s Day 2020: November 20

United Nations(UN) World Children’s Day is observed annually on November 20 to promote international togetherness and awareness among children globally.

World Philosophy Day 2020 – November 19

The theme of World Philosophy Day 2020 is  “The importance of philosophy in times of crisis”.

STATE NEWS

Delhi Govt, CEGIS sign MoU to carry out Detailed Study of measures for State Revenue

Delhi Government and the Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for carrying out detailed study of measures for state revenue.

Delhi, UNICEF’s “YuWaah” sign MoU to empower youth with Skills & Job Opportunities 

Delhi Government’s Dialogue and Development Commission and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) initiated multi-stakeholder global platform – YuWaah(Generation Unlimited India) signed an Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) to empower youth with Skills and Job Opportunities.

MP CM launches 3-year roadmap for Aatmanirbhar MP;Becomes first state to release roadmap for Self-Reliance

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (MP), Shivraj Singh Chouhan virtually launched a Three-year roadmap “Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh 2023” to make MP self-reliant.  MP became the first state to release a roadmap for self-reliance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat.