Current Affairs – 5 September 2020

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TEACHER’S DAY – On this day, 2nd President of India, Sarvepalli Radha krishnan, 5 September 1888, has been celebrated as Teacher’s Day since 1962. ..National Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, but it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity in recognition of certain teachers, headmasters and other school staff.

Top One-Line Headlines

INDIA

  • PM Modi dispensation’s thinking – min govt, maximum privatisation: Rahul Gandhi
  • No need to panic, COVID-19 situation is completely under control in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Probe on after families allege 5 men kidnapped by China’s PLA from Arunachal Pradesh
  • Connectivity projects, border haats can transform Indo-Myanmar partnership
  • Forcing one to clean sewer may soon attract 7-yrs of imprisonment & a fine of Rs 10 lakh

STATE

  • Telangana reports 2,500 fresh Covid-19 cases, death toll reaches 877
  • Uttar Pradesh: Purvanchal Expressway will be open to public from January 26

WORLD

  • President Bill Lincoln: America needs to look at two giants of the 19th century for a comeback
  • My daughter, son think a lot of India and so do I, says Donald Trump

ECONOMY

  • Review panel to also study the latest ban on 118 Chinese apps

INDUSTRY

  • Karnataka under pressure to follow Maharashtra in stamp duty cuts
  • Drug regulators crack down on illegal trade in medical oxygen
  • Retailers plan to set up their own online stores and logistics: Study

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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Govt of India Currently working on rejuvenation of 13 rivers

  • The Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the centre is working rejuvenation of 13 rivers. The minister announced this on the occasion of celebration of “Cauvery Calling” movement.
  • The 13 rivers that are under rejuvenation are Beas, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Yamuna, Luni, Narmada, Godavari, Cauvery, Krishna, Mahanadi, & Brahmaputra. Apart from these, a special programme is being implemented to rejuvenate River Ganga under National Mission for Clean Ganga.

SC: Held HC order against Andhra Government English Medium Move

  • The Supreme Court refused to stay AP High court Order to strike down the decision of making English the medium of education in Government Schools. The court quoted Section 29 of the Right to Education Act, 2009. According to the section, the medium of instruction should be in the child’s mother tongue.
  • The New Education Policy that was recently launched states that the students till Class V should be taught in their mother tongue or regional language or local language. Also, the policy introduces three language formula as per the recommendation made by the Kothari Commission in 1968.
Andhra PradeshState of India
GovernorBiswabhusan Harichandan
Chief ministerY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

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World Health Organization recommends use of Steroids in critical COVID-19 patients

  • WHO recently recommended the use of steroid drugs to treat COVID-19. The WHO trials say that the Corticosteroid drugs reduce the risk of death in critical COVID-19 patients by 20%.
  • An analysis of seven international trials found that the Corticosteroid drugs reduced the risk of death in critical COVID-19 patients. The trials also found that low dose hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone and dexamethasone improved the survival rates of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

United Nations Environment Programme report: Changes in food systems mandatory to boost Climate Action & achieve NDCs

  • UNEP recently released a report, “Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions for Food Systems”. According to the report, adding diet and food loss to climate change shall improve mitigation and adaptation contributions towards food systems by 25%.
  • The report says that food loss has been ignored widely. The Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved by 2030 if food loss and waste are added to climate action plans. According to the 2015 Paris Agreement, the member countries of the United Nations are required to revise and submit their Nationally Determined Contributions every five years

Germany launches Indo-Pacific Strategy – launched with India

  • The current European Union President and the largest economy of Europe, Germany launched Indo-Pacific strategy. It was launched with India.
  • The strategy has several indirect references to Chinese behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region. Germany has also suggested to play a key role in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation and Indian Ocean Rim Association. It will work on maritime safety and disaster risk management.
  • Germany has also exhibited its willingness to cooperate with India and Japan in United Nations Security Reforms.
GermanyCountry in Europe
CapitalBerlin
CurrencyEuro

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENSE

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Palau invites US to set up military bases

  • Amid China’s growing influence in the region, the tiny Pacific nation of Palau called on the US to build military bases in its territory. The archipelago of about 1,500 km is located at the east of the Philippines.

11th edition of INDRA NAVY to begin on 5th September

  • INDRA NAVY is a biennial bilateral maritime exercise between Indian & Russian Navy that is to be held in the Bay of Bengal. It was initiated in 2003 to ensure long-time strategic relationship between the two countries. The last edition of this exercise was conducted off Visakhapatnam in December 2018.
Russia PresidentVladimir Putin
Currency Russian Rouble
Prime ministerMikhail Mishustin
CapitalMoscow

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ECONOMY

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RBI expands scope of priority sector lending

  • The central bank has expanded the scope of priority sector lending to include startups funding up to Rs.50 crore and loans to farmers for installation of solar panels and compressed biogas plants.
RBI GovernorShaktikanta Das
HeadquartersMumbai
FounderBritish Raj
FoundedApril 1, 1935, Kolkata

FM bans creation of new posts in central ministries

  • In a significant step, Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance has issued an order that banned creation of new posts in central ministries so as to curtail additional spending by the government amid the COVID-19 led economic crisis.
Ministry of Finance responsibleNirmala Sitharaman, Cabinet Minister;
Founded29 October 1946
OfficeholdersP. Radhakrishnan (Minister of State), Shiv Pratap Shukla (Minister of State), Nirmala Sitharaman (Minister)
JurisdictionIndia

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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Karnataka approves New Information Technology Policy

  • Karnataka cabinet approved a new Information Technology Policy, 2020. The policy will help the state to increase its contribution in achieving its goal of 1 trillion USD. Also, the policy will help the state to create six million jobs. The policy is to be executed between 2020 and 2025.
  • The main goal of the policy is to enable IT industry to contribute 30% to India’s goal of becoming a trillion-dollar economy. The new policy aims to boost IT penetration and innovation, distributed labour force and evolve a Cyber security policy.
KarnatakaState of India
Chief ministerB. S. Yediyurappa
CapitalBengaluru (Executive Branch)