1.RBI to implement Positive Pay System

The RBI has come up with a positive pay system for cheque payments to prevent cases of banking fraud.

It will be implemented from January 1, 2021.

Customers will now have to furnish details of cheques like name of the beneficiary, payee, amount to the drawee bank and date through available means, SMS, internet banking or ATM and mobile app.

2.NABARD embarking on a Campaign

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, NABARD is embarking on a Sanitation Literacy Campaign in Karnataka.

It will create awareness on good hygiene and sanitation practices among rural masses.
The campaign will commence on 2 Oct 2020 and continue until 26 Jan 2021.

Under Swachh Bharat Mission, it also supported the construction of 3.29 crore household toilets.

3. Moctar Ouane named transitional PM of Mali

Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as the Prime Minister.

A veteran diplomat, Ouane, served as Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1995-2002 and as Foreign Minister from 2004-2009 during Amadou Toumani Toure presidency.

Ndaw himself is a former colonel and defence minister.

4. ICRA revises India’s GDP contraction to 11%

• Ratings agency ICRA has revised its forecast for contraction in India’s GDP for financial year
2020-21 downwards to 11%.

· The revision comes on the back of “unabated rise in COVID-19 infections in India”.

• It had earlier projected GDP contraction of 9.5% for the current financial year.

• ICRA has retained its forecast of 12.4 per cent contraction in GDP for the second quarter of current fiscal.

5. Int. Day of Food Loss and Waste Reduction

29 September 2020 was celebrated as the first-ever observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste,

Globally, around 14 per cent of food produced is lost between harvest and retail.

The theme for International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction 2020 was “Stop food loss and waste. For the people. For the planet”.

6. ITBP chief given additional charge of NSG DG

ITBP Director General S S Deswal has been given the additional charge of counter-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG).

Its incumbent chief Anup Kumar Singh retired on September 30, 2020.

Anup Kumar Singh was appointed the NSG Director-General in October 2019.

This is the 2nd time that Deswal has been directed to lead the NSG in an additional capacity.

7. International Translation Day: 30 September

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators.

St Jerome was the first person to translate the Bible into Latin from the original Hebrew, making it accessible to a far wider audience.

The day was launched in 1953 by the International Federation of Translators.

8. Gujarat govt signs MoU with Denmark

Gujarat Government has signed an MoU with Denmark in the water sector.

Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board has signed the MoU with ‘Danish Water Forum’ through an online interactive platform.

It has has been signed for a five-year period in order to set up the Indo-Danish Water Technology Alliance in Gujarat and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal.

9. UP govt to establish L2 level Covid hospitals

UP govt will establish L2 level COVID hospitals in each and every district of the state for better treatment of COVID patients.

These L2 level COVID hospitals are currently in six districts of the state which includes Bareilly, Sant Kabir Nagar, Shamli, Amethi Mirzapur and Bhadohi.

Dastak campaign will also be launched from 1-15 Oct 2020 which will complete immunization schedule of children.

10. WHO to roll out 120 mn rapid-diagnostic tests

WHO and it’s leading partners have agreed to a plan to roll out 120 million rapid-diagnostic tests for Coronavirus.

The programme aims to help lower and middle-income countries make up ground in a testing gap with richer countries.

The rapid tests look for antigens or proteins found on the surface of the virus.

They are generally considered less accurate but much faster than PCR tests.

11. China gets “confirmed” case of Bubonic plague

China’s Yunnan province has got a “confirmed” case of Bubonic plague after Inner Mongolia recorded two deaths due to deadly disease.
Local Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a case in a 3-year-old child.

The local authority has reminded residents to quickly report if they had any contact with the dead rats and seek medical advice if they show fever-like symptoms.

12. Hospitals to display rates of treatment: MP

Madhya Pradesh government has made it mandatory for all nursing homes and private hospitals to display the prescribed rates of treatment of COVID-19 at their reception counter.

Prescribed rates of treatment will also have to be provided to the patient and the family of the patients.

The rates of Corona treatment should not exceed more than 40% of the rates fixed on February 29, 2020.

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