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Current Affairs of 14 December 2020

 



Current Affairs of  14 December 2020


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

DCGI Gives Approval for HGCO19, India’s 1st Indigenous mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate to Initiate Human Clinical Trials

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) gave approval for India’s 1st indigenous messenger Ribonucleic acid(mRNA) vaccine candidateHGCO19 to initiate Phase I/II human clinical trials.

It was developed by Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd in collaboration with HDT Biotech Corporation, Seattle, USA.

PM Narendra Modi Addresses International Bharathi Festival 2020; Seeni Viswanathan Wins Bharathi Award 2020

Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi addressed the International Bharathi Festival 2020 through video conferencing. The festival was organised by the Vanavil Cultural Centre to celebrate the 138th birth anniversary of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi, a Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer.

During the event, Seeni Viswanathan was named as the winner of Bharathi  Award 2020.The award is presented since 1994.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

1st India-Uzbekistan virtual summit Held; Co-chaired by Narendra Modi & Shavkat Mirziyoyev; 9 Agreements Inked

the first bilateral virtual summit between India and Uzbekistan was co-chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relationship, including strengthening India-Uzbekistan cooperation in the post-COVID-19 world between both nations.

About Uzbekistan:
Capital– Tashkent
Currency– Uzbekistani soʻm


India Contributed US$ 2 mn to UNRWA to Support Programmes for Palestine refugees

the Representative of India to the State of Palestine, Sunil Kumar, presented a contribution of US$ 2 million on the behalf of Government of India (GoI) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).


Ischaemic Heart Disease is the Top Cause of Death at the Global level from 2000-19: WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO2019 Global Health Estimates, Ischaemic Heart Disease remained the Top Cause of deathat the Global level over the period 2000-19, it is responsible for 16% of World’s total deaths. The study has also stated that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) constitute 7 of the World’s Top 10 causes of death.


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Singapore to host Special Annual Meeting of WEF in May 2021

The Organisers of the World Economic Forum (WEF) have announced that Singapore will host the Special Annual Meeting 2021 of WEFfrom May 13-16, 2021. This will be the first timethat the WEF Special Annual meeting is taking place in Asia and the second time that meeting is being held outside Davos, Switzerland.


WHO, IFRC sign MoU for implementation of Emergency Medical Team (EMT) initiative

The World Health Organization (WHO) & International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) known as ‘Red Channel Agreement’ for the implementation of Emergency Medical Team (EMT) initiative.


BANKING & FINANCE

DBS Bank India Partners with Haqdarshak to Help Indian MSME to Recover from COVID-19 Pandemic

DBS Bank India Ltd. (DBIL) partnered with Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Private Limited to help Indian MSMEs(Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) to recover from COVID-19 pandemic.


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Dr. Carolina Araujo of Brazil Becomes 1st Non-Indian to Win Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians 2020 from Developing Countries

Dr. Carolina Araujo,Brazilian Mathematician from the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was named as the winner of Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians 2020from developing countries in a virtual ceremony.  She is the 1st non-Indian women mathematicianto receive this prize. The Prize carries a cash award of USD 15,000.


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

BSE Launches ‘BSE E-Agricultural Markets Ltd.(BEAM)’, an Electronic Spot Platform for Agricultural Commodities 

BSE(formerly known as Bombay Stock Exchange), through its subsidiary BSE Investments Ltd., launched ‘BSE E-Agricultural Markets Ltd.(BEAM), an electronic spot platform for agricultural commodities.


China becomes 2nd country to Plant its National Flag on Moon   

China’s Chang’e-5 probe planted the Chinese National Flag on the Moon’s Surface. The United States was the first country to plant its National Flag on the Lunar surface during the manned Apollo 11 mission in 1969.  


OBITUARY

Paolo Rossi, Italian Footballer and Star of 1982 World Cup Star Passed Away at 64


IMPORTANT DAYS

International Universal Health Coverage Day 2020 – December 12

The theme of International UHCDAY 2020 is Health for All: Protect Everyone.


International Day of Neutrality 2020 – December 12

STATE NEWS

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates 3 lane 1.5 Km long Koilwar bridge over Sone river in Bihar

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Rs.266 crore 3 lane 1.5 km long Koilwar Bridge over Sone river in Bihar through video conferencing. Construction of the 6 lane Bridge to connect Bihar and Uttar Pradesh through road.