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Current Affairs of 6&7 December 2020

 



Current Affairs of 6&7 December 2020


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

India, US signs MoU on Intellectual Property Cooperation

 India’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase cooperation between India and the US on Intellectual Property (IP).

7th edition of WASH Conclave 2020 Organized by UNICEF, NIRD&PR & 3 State Governments held virtually

A 3-Day 7th edition of Virtual Conclave on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 2020 kicked off in Hyderabad from December 2-4, 2020. It was organized by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD & PR) in collaboration with 3 state governments – Telangana, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka.

Theme – “Hygiene Matters”,Target – The Year 2024 is set as target for providing access, and use of safe and adequate drinking water to all households.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

MoS for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai Virtually addressed 4th South Asia Forum on SDGs 2020;Organized by UNESCAP & Govt of Maldives

About Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA):
Union Minister – Amit Anilchandra Shah
Minister of State (MoS) – Gangapuram Kishan Reddy, Nityanand Rai

India, Mongolia hold 7th Meeting of Joint Committee on Cooperation 2020 virtually; acknowledge 65th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

The 7th meeting of the India-Mongolia Joint Committee on Cooperation  2020 was held virtually. It was chaired jointly by Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, India & Mr. L. Oyun-Erdene, Minister and Chief Cabinet Secretary, Government of Mongolia. Both Countries acknowledged the 65th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.

About Mongolia:
President – Khaltmaagiin Battulga
Capital – Ulaanbaatar
Currency – Togrog or Tugrik (MNT)

BANKING & FINANCE

ADB Approves a first of its kind $190 Million Loan for Bengaluru Smart Energy Efficient Power Distribution Project 

The loan amount includes a $100 million sovereign loan(public sector) and a $90 million without sovereign guarantee loan or  non sovereign loan(private sector) to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM), one of five state-owned distribution utilities and the largest in Karnataka.

About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Manila, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Membership– 68 countries(Including India)
Formed– 1966

HDFC Life launches HDFC Life Click 2 Wealth ULIP Digital Campaign

HDFC Life launched HDFC Life Click 2 Wealth ULIP(Unit Linked Insurance Plan) digital campaign.

KVGB Launches ‘Kirishi OD’ Scheme for Farmers

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) launched ‘Kirishi OD(Overdraft) scheme’ for farmers. The OD facility is given to farmers based on the value of the land.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Book Titled,’The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj’ Authored by Anita Anand Wins PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2020

The book titled ‘The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj’ authored by Journalist Anita Anand, a British Indian wins £2,000 annual PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2020.
Note- PEN stands for Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists

Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2020: India’s Shantanu Narayen ranked 8th & Ajay Banga ranked 9th; Elon Musk Tops

 The Fortune rankedShantanu Narayen, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Adobe in 8th position and Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard in 9th position in its list ofBusinessperson of the Year 2020.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Uday Shankar elected as the President of FICCI;Succeeds Sangita Reddy

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) elected Uday Shankar as its President for the year 2020-21.He will succeed Sangita Reddy.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Pixxel signs pact with NSIL to launch India’s 1st Private remote-sensing satellite on PSLV Rocket in 2021

Pixxel, a satellite-imaging startup has signed aone-of-its-kind agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space (DoS) under the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to launch India’s 1st Private remote-sensing satellite on ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organization) PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket in early 2021.

SPORTS

Japan to host 7-team FIFA Club World Cup in 2021

FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) announced that Japan will host the existing Seven-Team format of FIFA Club World Cup in December, 2021. It will be the 18th Edition of FIFA Club World Cup.

OBITUARY

Rafer Johnson, Decathlon Champion of 1960 Rome Olympics Passed Away at 86



Lakshadweep Administrator & Former IB Chief Dineshwar Sharma Passed Away at 66


IMPORTANT DAYS

International Volunteer Day 2020 – December 5

The theme of the International Volunteers Day 2020(IVD2020) is “Together We Can Through Volunteering”.

World Soil Day 2020 – December 5



First Ever “International Day of Banks” observed on 4th December 2020



STATE NEWS

Uttarakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat Inaugurates Suryadhar lake at Doiwala

Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister(CM) of Uttarakhand inaugurated the Suryadhar lake on Jakhan river at Doiwala, Dehradun district, Uttarakhand. The man made lake is built at a cost of around Rs 50.24 crore.