Current Affairs – 03 October 2020

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INDIA

  • PM Modi inaugurates Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit, a global virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian Researchers and Academicians
  • Good response to farm laws, protests only in Punjab, says Prakash Javadekar
  • Prof. Sugata Bose of Harvard University delivers inaugural Mushirul Hasan Memorial Lecture of Jamia Milia Islamia
  • India maintains top global ranking with maximum Covid-19 recoveries, lowest mortality rate
  • Hathras case: Top UP officials to meet victim’s family, submit report to CM Adityanath
  • Ram temple foundation laid, but jungle raj reigns in Uttar Pradesh: Shiv Sena

STATE

  • Bihar’s Grand Alliance clinches seat-sharing deal for assembly polls; announcement likely in evening

WORLD

  • Minister for Women & Child Development Smriti Irani addresses high-level meeting on 25th anniversary of Fourth World Conference on Women
  • 50 cities in 25 countries witness protests on China Day

ECONOMY

  • Foreign exchange reserves at $542.021 billion in the week ended September 25
  • ASCON (Army Static Switched Communication Network), secure communication network for the Army, to be implemented by PSU ITI Limited
  • NSE successfully completes live trading and other operations from its disaster recovery site
  • India’s trade deficit in April-September at 23.63 $ billion
  • RBI approves appointment of CoD (committee of directors) to run Dhanlaxmi Bank till appointment of CEO

INDUSTRY

  • Grocery ecommerce picking up for FMCG companies
  • Confident of getting money back from Lakshmi Vilas Bank, officials won’t be pardoned: Religare
  • Ex-WestJet CEO appointed non-executive director on IndiGo board

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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NCRB states Crime against SC, ST saw a rise of 7 % & 26 % in 2019 year

  • National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) launched the annual Crime in India 2019 report on 30 September. The report stated that the Crime against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) has increased to over 7% and 26% respectively in 2019 when compared to 2018.
  • As per the report, a total of 45,935 cases were registered for committing a crime against SCs against 42,793 cases were recorded in 2018, which shows an increase of 7.3% in 2019.
National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB)Government Agency
Founded11 March 1986
Agency executiveRamphal Pawar, IPS, Director;
Parent departmentMinistry of Home Affairs

AYUSH Grid to integrate with National digital Health Mission

  • The AYUSH Grid emerging as the IT backbone of AYUSH Sector is to be integrated with National Digital Health Mission. This will help the public in availing varied options for their health needs. Also, it will accelerate the mainstreaming of AYUSH disciplines of health care.
Ministry of AYUSHGovernment Ministry
OfficeholderShripad Naik (MOS independent charge)
Founded9 November 2014, India
HeadquartersNew Delhi

Jal Jeevan Mission: 100-days of campaign launched

  • On October 2, 2020, the Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh launched 100-days of campaign to provide piped water supply to schools and Anganwadi centres. The mission was launched as a part of celebrations of 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
    Ministry of Jal Shakti FoundedMay 2019
    PredecessorMinistry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
    SubsidiaryWAPCOS Limited

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENSE

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Bongosagar: India-Bangladesh to hold three-day Mega Military Exercise

  • On October 3, 2020, India and Bangladesh are to hold a mega military exercise in Bay of Bengal. The exercise is to be followed by a two-day patrolling called CORPAT.
  • The annual maritime exercise, called “Bongosagar” that is to be held in Bay of Bengal was begun in 2019. The Indian Navy is to deploy guided missile corvette Khukri and anti-submarine warfare corvette Kiltan. The Bangladeshi Navy is to be represented by guided missile corvette Prottoy and guided missile frigate Abu Bakr.
  • Apart from these, a number of helicopters from both Indian and Bangladesh Navy will also participate in the exercise.

US Military Aircraft refuels in India for the first time

  • For the first time in Indian history, the United States long range maritime patrol aircraft refuelled at India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The P-8 Poseidon aircraft landed in Port Blair for refuelling support.
  • The LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) allows both the countries to access their bases. For instance, India now has access to US bases in Guam in the Pacific and Djibouti in Africa. The countries have been providing refuelling support to their naval vessels since the signing of the agreement. The agreement was signed in 2016. The LEMOA is one of the four foundational agreements that the US enters with its defence partners.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ECONOMY

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Atal Tunnel: 9,000 tonnes of steel supplied by SAIL

  • On October 3, 2020, PM Modi is to inaugurate the Atal Tunnel, the world longest high-altitude tunnel. It is the world’s longest tunnel to be located above the altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 feet).
  • The tunnel is 9.02 km long. The tunnel reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km. The tunnel is located beneath Pir Pinjal range. The journey between Manali valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley that is usually takes five hours will now take 10 minutes. The tunnel is highly beneficial for the defence troops stationed in Ladakh. Also, the tunnel is beneficial to the residents of Lahaul and Spiti Valley who remain cut off from the rest of the country during winters.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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IIT Kharagpur launches telemedicine software

  • KOLKATA: With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, IIT Kharagpur on Friday launched a telemedicine software which facilitates critical health care support to patients at their doorsteps through remote consultation by a physician.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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NASA launches SS Kalpana Chawla Cargo Spacecraft

  • On October 2, 2020, NASA launched a commercial spacecraft named after Indian Origin deceased NASA Astronaut “Kalpana Chawla”. The spacecraft carried 4 tonnes of cargo including refined radishes for the International Space Station.
  • The spacecraft was built by a Virginia based company Northrop Grunman. It currently holds space station resupply contract with NASA. It is an aerospace and defence technology company. The company has named the space craft after Indian born astronaut Kalpana Chawla who died along with six other astronauts in 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ENVIRONMENT

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Aerial Seeding by Indian Navy Helicopters in Vishakhapatnam

  • On October 2, 2020, the Indian Navy along with Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation had undertaken Aerial Seeding in Vishakhapatnam. The initiative is aimed to increase green cover in and around Vishakhapatnam.
  • The event was flagged off by MPs of Rajya Sabha and Commanding-in-Chief of the East Naval Command (ENC) of Vishakhapatnam. Around 6.25 tonnes of seed balls were air dropped in five locations. The Naval helicopters air dropped a total of 50,000 seed balls. The areas where the afforestation has been planned is inaccessible by road and thus aerial seeding is undertaken with the assistance of ENC. Earlier Aerial Seeding was done in the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan.