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Current Affairs 1st October 2020

1. ISRO to launch its Venus mission in 2025

ISRO is scheduled to launch its Venus mission in 2025 and France will participate in it.

The VIRAL (Venus Infrared Atmospheric Gases Linker) instrument co-developed with the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos and the LATMOS atmospheres, environments and space observations laboratory attached to the French national scientific research centre has been selected by the ISRO.

2. TCLL and Sports Authority Gujarat in pact

Times Centre for Learning Limited (TCLL) has signed an MOU with the Sports Authority Gujarat.

It will impart training for personality and skill development for aspiring athletes across Gujarat.

It will begin by training over 2000 young and aspiring athletes across Gujarat in areas such as Nadiad, Anand, Tapi, Porbandar, Surat and Himmat Nagar.

3. Adani Green Energy completes an acquisition

Adani Green Energy has completed the acquisition of 205 megawatts (MW) operating solar energy assets from Essel Green Energy and Essel Infraprojects.

The assets are located in Punjab, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

All the assets have long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with various state electricity distribution companies.

4. ilantus Technologies appoints new CEO

ilantus Technologies has announced the appointment of Arun Singh as the new Chief Executive Officer effective October 1st, 2020. He will also join the company’s board.

Arun is joining llantus from his successful endeavour at Ernst & Young LLP where he was the Principal and Americas Advisory Risk Leader for Cybersecurity.

5. International Day of Older Persons: 1 October

International Day of Older Persons is observed on 1 October every year.

The UN General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons on December 14, 1990.

The day focuses on the well-being and special needs of elderly people.

The theme for the year 2020 is ‘Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?’

6. Indian Bank launches Green-Tech Initiative

Indian Bank has launched another green initiative, IB-eNote that enables a totally paperless working environment.

The IB e-Note is a tool that enables processing and tracking of notes put up by various offices digitally.

This green initiative is expected to improve Turnaround Time considerably, besides saving on the cost of paper, printing and other administrative expenses.

7. Cabinet Sub-Committee in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Govt has decided to establish Cabinet Sub-Committee about the implementation of Central Farm Laws in the state. The decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting in Mumbai.

It was also decided to hold discussions with various farmers’ organisations in the state and draft of the reforms based on the outcome of the discussion will be tabled in front of the Cabinet sub-committee.

8. Mobile COVID Test Centres in Nagpur

In Maharashtra, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has started Mobile COVID Test Centres in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the city.
The fleet of 12 buses in civic bus transport facility has been converted into Swab Collection Centres where a doctor, nursing and sanitary staff will be deployed.

The vehicle will visit each zone of the city for aggressive testing.

9. Birth Anniversary of Jana Neta Hijam Irawat

In Manipur, the 124th Birth Anniversary of Jana Neta Hijam Irawat was celebrated across the State and various parts of North East India by different organizations on 30 Sept 2020.

Hijam Irawat was born on 30th Sept 1896 and was a revolutionary social activist who fought against the social evils of the society.

Manipur CM N. Biren Singh paid floral tributes to the statue in Imphal.

10. Dr Jitendra Singh unveils 23 road projects

Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh on 30 Sept 2020 unveiled 23 road and bridge projects in Kathua, Doda, Udhampur and Reasi districts in the Jammu region.

The projects included 15 roads built under
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana for all-weather connectivity and 8 bridges for better connectivity to the people.

The projects will benefit more than 35,000 people in the region.

12. Gujarat govt announces 25 % cut in school fees

Gujarat Govt has announced 25% cut in school fees for the current academic year.
This decision is termed as a big relief for the parents in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.

25 per cent cut in tuition fees will be effective to all school boards including CBSE.

There will be a 100 per cent fee waiver on all other activities including transportation, sports, library and computer.

13. 48-day long webinar on Gandhi’s thoughts

The National Institute of Naturopathy in association with the Regional Outreach Bureau Maharashtra and Goa of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is organizing a 48 day-long series of Webinars starting 2 Oct’20, Gandhi Jayanti.

It will be held from 11 am to 12 noon daily and can be viewed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/punenin.

It will be on the theme Mahatma Gandhi- The Healer.

14. New logo of Sports Authority of India

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launched the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) new logo at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on 30 September 2020.

Set against a clear white backdrop, the new logo showcases the SAI initials in bold, adorned only with an abstract ‘flying figure’ – dabbed with the colours of the Indian flag. SAI was established in the year 1982.

15. Delhi-Meerut rapid rail

Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor will be e a world-class travel facility for people commuting between the two cities.

Being the first semi-high speed Rapid Rail system, the Centre has unveiled the first look of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train whose design is inspired by Delhi’s iconic Lotus Temple.

It can attain a top speed of 180 km/hr on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor.

16. India successfully test-fires BrahMos missile

India test-fired an extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
The missile, whose test-firing was successful, is capable of hitting targets at more than 400-km range.

The missile was test-fired From a mobile launcher at the integrated test range in Odisha’s Balasore district.

The test was carried out under PJ-10 project of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

17. JSPL Produced Rails approved by Railways

Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) has become India’s first private company to get approval from Indian Railways for regular rail supplier status for its upcoming and ongoing projects.

The Research Designs & Standards Organisation, which works under the ambit of the Railway Board, has approved the field performance of UIC 60 kilogram, 880 Grade prime rails made by JSPL at its Raigarh Plant.

18. ‘Operation My Saheli’ launched

The South Eastern Railway has launched a project to boost the security of women passengers in trains during their entire journey.

Operation My Saheli gives security to women passengers from the originating point to the destination.

Women sub-inspectors interact with lady passengers in the train at the starting station and brief them about precautions and provide emergency contact numbers.

19. Nawaf Al Ahmad becomes new ruling emir

Kuwait Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation’s new ruling emir, reaching the highest post in the country after decades in its security services.

Sheikh Nawaf, 83, had served as the crown prince since 2006.

Born on June 25, 1937, Sheikh Nawaf became a governor of Kuwait Hawalli region and later the country’s interior minister.

20. General Atlantic to invest in Reliance

General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm has decided to invest 3,675 crores into Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries.

This investment values Reliance Retail at a pre-money equity value of 74.285 lakh crore.

General Atlantic investment will translate into a 0.84% equity stake in RRVL on a fully diluted basis.

21. Nelco, Telesat sign pact

Tata group company Nelco has entered into a pact with global satellite operator Telesat to bring LEO satellite network to India.

Nelco and Telesat will collaborate on terrestrial facilities, commercial distribution and regulatory frameworks to offer Telesat LEO satellite connectivity in India.

Telesat LEO, a next-generation satellite constellation, will help bridge the digital divide.

22. ‘Chandamama’ Shankar passed away

Karatholuvu Chandrasekaran Shivashankar, a prominent Indian artist, passed away in September 2020.

Sivasankaran was popularly known as ‘Chandamama’ Shankar for his invaluable contributions to the Indian magazine Chandamama.

He was the artist behind the signature painting of Vikram and Betal series that featured in the magazine, among many others that he created.

23. Timothy Ray passes away from Cancer

The first person to be cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown – known as the “Berlin Patient” – has died from cancer, the International AIDS Society announced.

Brown made medical history and became a symbol of hope for the tens of millions of people living with the virus that causes AIDS when he was cured more than a decade ago.

He had been living with a recurrence of leukaemia for several months.

24. Nagaland to provide skill development training

The Nagaland govt has launched a programme to provide skill development training to migrant workers who have returned to the state.

The state govt, with support from the North
East Council, will initially train around 100 such returnees under the ‘Livelihood Generation Programme for Returned Migrant Workers!

Approximately 16,000 migrant workers from Nagaland have returned to the state.

25. NITI Aayog and Netherlands sign Sol.

NITI Aayog and Embassy of the Netherlands have signed a Statement of Intent (Sol).

It has been signed to support the decarbonization and energy transition agenda for accommodating cleaner and more energy.

Through this collaboration, NITI Aayog and the Dutch Embassy seek a strategic partnership to create a platform that enables a comprehensive collaboration among stakeholders and influencers.

26. Housing programme for tea workers announced

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has announced a slew of measures for the people.

The govt will build brick houses for at least 3,694 workers in seven sick tea gardens in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts under the ‘Chai Sundari’ scheme.

Work for building houses will start within two months and the govt will incur an expenditure of Rs 500 cr.
The project will be completed in three years.

27. Vienna wins “Smart City” award from UNESCO

Vienna’s inclusive housing policy has been recognized by UNESCO.

UNESCO and Netexplo, a company in the field of futurology and innovation research, have awarded ten global cities for their top performance in certain areas of society.

Vienna received the award for its “innovative, intelligent, networked and expressly sustainable” housing policy.

28. BSE joins hands with Yes Bank

Leading stock exchange BSE has signed
a pact with Yes Bank to empower the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) listed on the platform

The pact aims at empowering the SME segment through awareness and knowledge-sharing programmes.

As per the MoU, BSE and Yes Bank will conduct knowledge events for SMEs, export promotion of SMEs, in addition to providing banking and financial solutions.

29. IndiGrid approves Esoteric II as a sponsor

Infrastructure investment trust IndiGrid unitholders have approved induction of global investment firm KKR’s associate Esoteric II as a sponsor.

The resolution was passed with a special majority in the 3rd Annual General Meeting of IndiGrid.

KKR is a leading global investment firm with over 43 years of experience and USD 222 billion of assets under management (AUM) as of June 30, 2020.

30. Kashyap appointed on board of Dhanlaxmi Bank

RBI has appointed its General Manager DK Kashyap on the board of Dhanlaxmi Bank.

DK Kashyap, General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru Regional Office has been appointed as the Additional Director on the board of the bank.

The appointment is for a period of two years with effect from September 28, 2020, to September 27, 2022, or till further orders, whichever is earlier.

31. Rs 1033 crores spent on Bathukamma sarees

Telangana govt has distributed four crore sarees under Bathukamma sarees distribution programme, produced 30 lakh metres cloth and spent about Rs 1,033 crore on Bathukamma sarees, till now.

The Bathukamma sarees distribution for 2020 will begin on October 9 under the supervision of District Collectors.

The sarees have been produced with 287 kinds of designs.

32. CSIR technologies for rural development

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has launched CSIR technologies for rural development.

This is a joint initiative of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT Delhi and Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA).

The event was organized through the online platform on the occasion of CSIR-NISTADS 40th Foundation Day in the National Capital on 30 Sept 2020.

33. Ambedkar Social Innovation Mission

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has launched the Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission.

It has been launched under Venture Capital Fund for SCs.

Under this initiative, 1000 SC youth will be identified in the next four years with start-up ideas through the Technology Business Incubators in various higher educational institutions.

34. Government to borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore

The govt will borrow Rs 4,34,000 cr in the 2nd half of the current fiscal, which is 36.16% of total borrowing to meet its expenditure requirement.

Earlier, the govt had announced borrowing of 7.8 lakh crore rupees in the budget.

Due to COVID borrowing target was increased to 12 lakh crore rupees.

Out of the total 12 lakh crore rupees, the govt has already borrowed 7.66 lakh crore rupees.

35. Air Bubble arrangement with Kenya & Bhutan

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has added Bhutan and Kenya, to the list of countries where Indians can fly.

Air bubbles between India and Bhutan and India and Kenya have now become operational.

India has similar air bubble arrangements in place with the US, UK, Germany, France, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, and UAE.

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