Current Affairs – 21 September 2020

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International Day of Peace (United Nations) – On this day, sometimes officially known as World Peace Day, is a UNs-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September.

World Peace Day – Every year, the World Peace Day is celebrated on September 21. The day is also called International Day of Peace. It is celebrated by the United Nations and also by the other world organisations.

NATIONAL CHAI DAY – On this day, the aroma filling the room comes from ancient spices, perfectly steeped into a cup of delicious tea. National Chai Day celebrates the strong, satisfying tea that is ordered at cafes across the country.

Top One-Line Headlines

INDIA

  • Oppn parties hit out at govt over suspension of 8 MPs, hold protest on Parliament premises
  • SC stays Allahabad HC order granting bail to ex-UP minister in gang rape case
  • PM Modi likely to inaugurate Atal tunnel in HP’s Rohtang on Oct 3: CM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid uproar over suspension of members

WORLD

  • Taiwan military says it has right to counter attack amid Chinese harassment and threats

ECONOMY

  • Rs 44,054.72 crore has been withdrawn from the EPFO till date: Govt in Rajya Sabha
  • 3557 workers affected by lay-offs across India between January and June: Labour ministry data
  • Pre-filled GST return form soon: GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar
  • 80,000 new additions take PM-SYM’s total subscriber count to over 44 lakh
  • Imports will now get benefits on the basis of their value addition, here’s all you need to know

INDUSTRY

  • Marriott Bonvoy and Mumbai Indians announce sponsorship agreement for three years
  • GOCL Corp’s UK subsidiary to sell partial stake in Quaker Chemical for $35 mn
  • Indian telcos should look to bring in partners to develop tech, solutions: Japanese, German majors
  • Nokia, Ericsson promise to make 5G gear here: Airtel

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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MoU signed between AYUSH & WCD Ministry to control Malnutrition as part of POSHAN ABHIYAN

  • On Sep 20, 2020 the Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Women and Child Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding to control malnutrition in the country. The agreement was signed as a part of Poshan Abhiyaan.
  • According to the Memorandum of understanding, the Women and Child Development Ministry will undertake scientifically proven and user based solutions to control malnutrition in the country. Also, medicinal Gardens and nutri Gardens are to be established in every Anganwadi In the near future.
Ministry of AYUSHGovernment Ministry
OfficeholderShripad Naik (MOS independent charge)
Founded9 November 2014, India
HeadquartersNew Delhi

Ministry launched Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan in 272 districts

  • The minister of state for Social justice and Empowerment Shri Ratan Lal Kataria said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha that the Ministry has launched Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan in more than 272 districts so far.
  • The National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction has been formulated and is being implemented by the Ministry Of Social justice and empowerment under the programme. The scheme is being implemented between 2018 and 2025.
Ministry of Social Justice and EmpowermentGovernment Ministry
JurisdictionIndia
Annual budget₹6,908 crore (US$970 million) (2017-18 est.)
HeadquartersShastri Bhawan, C-Wing, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi – 110 011

Sero Survey results communicated to the states

  • The Indian Council of Medical Research recently announced that the results of sero survey conducted in ten cities have been communicated with the states. The survey that was conducted earlier this month indicated that around 0.73% of adults have been affected with the virus.
  • The 2nd sero survey says that 15 to 48 percentage of the population in the containment zones in 10 hotspot cities were exposed to COVID-19 infection.

Government of India to amend FCRA: Bill Introduced in Lok Sabha

  • A bill was recently introduced in Lok Sabha to amend the FCRA act, 2010. FCRA act is Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
  • The bill proposed to include public corporations owned and controlled by the GoI under the list of entities that are not eligible to receive foreign funding. The bill also proposed to include public servants under the list.
FCRAForeign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010
Bill published on18 December 2006

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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Chingari Homegrown social app crosses 30 million downloads

  • Made-in-India short-video sharing platform, Chingari, has crossed more than 30 million downloads. The social app said in a statement it achieved the feat in a matter of three months, with content creators making a beeline to join it.
  • Chingari said it has also added AR (augmented reality) filters on its platform to give content creators more advanced front and rear camera tools to work with.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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India  has built World Largest Telescope to have IT controls

  • The square kilometre array also called the SKA, an international initiative building the world’s largest radio telescope is to have control systems designed and built by Tata Consultancy Services, an IT company based in India.
  • Several other multiple leading Indian scientific Institutions are also contributing to the project under the leadership of TCS.
  • The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) operating under Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is the leading manager of the project. The other institutes that are contributing towards the project are Raman Research Institute, Inter University Centre for astronomy and Astrophysics, Indian Institute of Astrophysics Bengaluru and several other IITs. The radio telescope project is funded by 15 member countries. This includes India and China as well.

FELUDA: First Gene based COVID-19 test approved in India

  • The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has recently approved the gene-based COVID-19 test called Feluda. The test was indigenously developed and uses cutting edge CRISPR gene editing technology to detect the COVID-19 virus.
  • FELUDA is the acronym of FNCAS9 editor linked uniform detection. It is a paper strip test
Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) Headquarters locationNew Delhi