Current Affairs – 2 September 2020

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National Nutrition Week celebrated in India – The week is observed on September 1-7 to spread awareness on the importance of diet and nutrition. It is a government initiative that started in 1982. The Women and Child Development Ministry’s Food & Nutrition Board and state departments of women and child development, health and NGOs collaborate to spearhead activities during this week.

NATIONAL V-J DAY – On this day, (Victory over Japan Day) recognizes Allied Forces’ victory over Japan during World War II.  Officials announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies on August 15, 1945.

Top One-Line Headlines

INDIA

  • 54 pc COVID-19 cases in age group 18-44 years, 51 pc deaths among those aged 60 years and above
  • Covid-19: Domicile certificates to be delivered at doorstep of applicants in Jammu
  • India reeling under ‘Modi-made disasters’: Rahul Gandhi
  • J & K issues 1.25 million domicile certificates, pending cases to be cleared in a week
  • PM Modi likely to address virtual UN General Assembly on Sept 26

STATE

  • Unlocked Bengaluru is at second spot among cities in active cases
  • Telangana reports 2,892 new Covid-19 cases, death toll reaches 846

WORLD

  • China’s foreign ministry rejects US report on doubling nuclear warheads
  • Entire world beginning to unite against China, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

ECONOMY

  • Number of corporate insolvency resolution processes admitted by NCLT down 83% during Apr-June
  • Central staffers have no shield against early retirement, says government
  • India’s exports: New opportunities and newer challenges
  • Q1 GDP impact: FY21 estimates take a knock

INDUSTRY

  • HMSI sales in August drops 2 per cent at 4,43,969 units
  • Vistara, Japan Airlines enter frequent flyer partnership
  • EV Motors India, Hero Electric partner to push e-vehicles for last-mile delivery operations
  • Hyundai Motor India appoints Ganesh Mani and Tarun Garg to its board

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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SC: Ten years time granted to Telecoms to pay their AGR dues

  • The Supreme Court pronounced its judgement on the AGR dues issues. The judgement was announced by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra through video conferencing. The court said that the telecom companies shall pay their AGR dues with in a time frame of 10 years to the central govt.
  • Alongside pronouncing the judgement, the court asked the National Company Law Tribunal to decide on spectrum trading as a part of Insolvency and Bankruptcy code.

Delhi’s 3rd sero survey initiated

  • 3rd sero survey is scheduled to be conducted from 1st till 5th of September in the national capital. Sero surveys are to help identify population that may have contracted the virus and recovered from the disease without realising it.
  • This is to help the government in analysing trends and drafting COVID-19 management strategy.

Government of India to achieve 100 million tonnes coal gasification target by 2030 yr

  • GoI is aiming for 100 MT coal gasification by 2030. The announcement was made by Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Coal and Mines at a webinar organized by the Ministry of Coal (MoC) in New Delhi

Dept of Fertilizers: Observing Swachhta Pakhwada from 1-15th September

  • Union Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, is observing Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st to 15th September 2020. All Public sector undertakings (PSUs) and other Organizations under the  Department are participating in the Swachhta Abhiyan.
  • In the view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Swachhta Pakhwada has become more relevant.
Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Headquarters New Delhi
DepartmentsDepartment of Pharmaceuticals, Department of Fertilizers, Department of Chemicals & Petro-Chemicals
Jurisdiction India
OfficeholdersRao Inderjit Singh (MOS independent charge), Mansukh L. Mandaviya (Minister of State)

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

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Japan provides Rs 3,500 Crs assistance to India to fight COVID-19

  • Japanese Govt announced that it will provide loan assistance of Rs 3,500 crores to India as a response to COVID-19 crisis. This will also include implementation of health and medical policy. The loan is being received by India as an emergency fund.
Japan Capital Tokyo
CurrencyJapanese yen
National language Japanese

Video conference: Australia, Japan and India meet on Supply Chain Resilience

  • Australia, India and Japan held a ministerial video conference. The meeting reaffirmed free, inclusive, transparent, non-discriminatory and stable trade to keep their markets open. India was represented by the Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENSE

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To boost Make in India: Ministry of Defence signs Rs 2,580 Crs of contracts 

  • On August 31, 2020, the Ministry of Defence signed contracts worth Rs 2,580 crores to boost Make in India. The contracts were signed for supply of six Pinaka Regiments to the Indian Army.
  • The contracts were signed with Tata Power Company, Bharat Earth Movers Limited and Larsen and Toubro. The Pinaka Regiments comprised of 114 launchers with Automated Gun Aiming and Positioning System. The six Pinaka regiments are to be operationalised along the Northern and Eastern borders of the country. It will enhance the operation preparedness of Indian Army.
  • The induction of the six Pinaka regiments is to be completed by 2024.
Defence MinisterAgency
Preceding MinistryDepartment of Defence (1938–47)
Founded15 August 1947
OfficeholdersRajnath Singh (Minister), Subhash Bhamre (Minister of State)
HeadquartersNew Delhi

China builds missile site in Kailash-Mansarovar

  • Amidst border tensions between India and China, China has reportedly built a missile launch site in Kailash-Mansarovar.
  • The Kailash-Mansarovar is revered by four religions and is linked to high spiritual scriptures in India. The Hindus in India call the Mountain as the abode of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati.
  • The Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain the abode of Demchong and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. According to the Jains, the mountain is the dwelling place of their first 24 spiritual masters. The Bons call the mountain as the dwelling place of the sky goddess.
ChinaCountry in East Asia
Official languageMandarin
CapitalBeijing