20th October 2020 Current Affairs

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20th October 2020 Current Affairs


National Affairs

Country’s First Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Centre to be launched by NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog which is a policy think tank of the Government of India announced the initiation of the Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC). The main aim of this initiative is to address societal challenges through digital innovation.

  • NITI Aayog is partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This also align with the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and NOTI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission.
  • The NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center is the first AWS CIC in India, and the first such centre that has been set up at a national level.

About NITI Aayog:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Narendra Modi

India’s first multi-modal logistics park in Assam by Ministry of Road Transport

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways launched India’s first multi-modal logistics park in Assam. This multi-modal logistic park will be developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojna of the Government of India.

  • The project was launched in order to improve connectivity in the country by 2022. This multi-modal logistics park has an estimated budget of Euro 694 crore.
  • The project would provide direct connectivity through air, road, rail and waterways to the people.

About Assam:

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal

International Affairs

Singapore emerged as the First Country to attach Facial Verification in National Identification Database

Singapore included facial verification to a national identification database. so that the country become the first country to include the technology in its national database.

  • The system introduced is called “SingPass Face Verification”. Though this, a number of government services can be accessed online. It provides 400 online services including public housing applications and tax declarations.

About Singapore:

  • Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD)

State Affairs

Assam Celebrated Kati Bihu Festival

People celebrated Kati Bihu festival in Assam’s Bongaigaon. The Kati Bihu is also closely related to agriculture. Kati Bihu is celebrated on the first day of ‘Kati’ month in Assamese calendar.

  • This Kati Bihu is also known as Kangali Bihu, is celebrated when the crops are growing stage and the graneries of the farmers are depleting.

About Assam:

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren initiates website for Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs 

Hemant Soren, Chief Minister of Jharkhand initiated website for Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and Jharkhand Sportspersons Registration portal.

  • Through this portal, sportsmen will get the benefit of direct recruitment in state
  • In the first phase of direct recruitment, 32 players will be given recruitment letters in the first month.

About Jharkhand:

  • Capital: Ranchi
  • Chief Minister: Hemant Soren

Central Government signs dollar 177 million loan agreement with ADB for Maharashtra Road Improvements

Government of India (GoI) signed loan agreement worth dollar 177 million with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for improve Maharashtra Roads. The loan has been approved to upgrade 450 kilometers of state highways and major district roads in Maharashtra.

  • The project will update road maintenance system on the basis of 5-year performance-based maintenance contracts.

About Maharashtra:

  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief minister: Uddhav Thackeray
  • Capital: Mumbai

Stellapps unveils “mooPay” for Dairy Farmers in Rajasthan

IIT Madras’s dairy-tech startup Stellapps and WEF’s technology pioneer launched mooPay, which is a first-of-its-kind, fully-automated direct cost platform for dairy farmers in Rajasthan.

  • mooPay allows dairy officers to switch milk funds digitally to member farmers from the dairies’ current checking account to farmers’ financial savings checking account.

About Stellaps:

  • CEO: Ranjith Mukundan
  • Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka

OPD of India’s biggest cancer institute to be launched by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister  Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate OPD (Outpatient Department) service at the Super Specialty Cancer Institute (SSCI) in Lucknow. The SSCI will be the largest cancer centre in the country.

  • According to the reports In 2016, Uttar Pradesh reported 6.7 lakh of 39 lakh cancer cases. The others were north-eastern states, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Haryana, Assam, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

UP Governor Anandiben Patel initiated “Safe City Project” for Women Safety

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anadiben Patel initiated “Safe City Project” for women’s safety in the state capital, Lucknow. Under this project police and other governments departments will work towards strengthening the security of women in public places.

  • This is 180 day long campaign to involve police personnel to improve safety of women in Lucknow

About Uttar Pradesh:

  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adithyanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel

Rankings & Reports

Indian Tourist Statistics 2020 Released – Uttar Pradesh top destination for domestic tourists

Ministry of Tourism released the Indian Tourist Statistics. As per the report, Uttar Pradesh emerged as the top tourist destination by attracting the highest number of domestic tourists in the country. According to the report, As many as 53.6 crore domestic tourists visited Uttar Pradesh in 2019.

  • The total number of foreign exchange value due to tourism in 2019 was 29 billion USD.
  • The peak tourism seasons of India are the first and fourth quarters of a calendar.
  • Gender wise distribution: of the foreign tourists arriving India, 58.6% males and 41.4 percent were females.
  • The state bagged the third spot in terms of the arrival of foreign tourists.

About Tourism Ministry:

  • Union Minister: Prahalad Singh Patel

Banking Affairs

Fino Payments Bank plans to introduce additional 300 points at BPCL Outlet in Tamil Nadu

Fino Payments Bank planned to add another 300 points at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) outlets to its present 1,075 in Tamil Nadu. The aim of this initiative is to help truck drivers to get fleet cards recharged by paying equivalent cash, without any hassles.

  • In addition to BPCL outlets, a network of around 5,000 small business owners in the area, such as kirana, mobile phone repair and dairy outlets, is part of Fino’s banking network spread across Tamil Nadu.

About Fino Payments Bank:

  • Headquarters location: Mumbai
  • CEO: Rishi Gupta
  • Founded: 13 July 2006

Summits & Conference

First Ever Virtual Youth-20 Summit held through Video Conferencing

G20 Youth 20 Summit held virtually through video conferencing. The Summit was conducted from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. India was represented by Union Minister of Youth and Sports Kiren Rijiju. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Y20 as the official G20 group.

  • The theme of the Summit is ‘Government – Youth dialogue on post-COVID-19 opportunities’.
  • The Y20 Youth Summit is a youth-led event bringing young leaders from across G20 countries to discuss and debate the G20 Leaders’ agenda.
  • The Summit concludes with the drafting of the Y20 statement.

9th Session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting held to improve Trade & Investment

India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting conducted through online mode to boost bilateral Trade & Investment. It was attended by representatives of various government departments/ministries from both sides.

  • Indian side appreciated Oman for signing and ratification of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Agreement
  • For Oman, India was the 3rd largest source for its imports and 3rd largest market for its non-oil exports.
  • Bilateral trade between India and Oman grew at 8.5% in 2019-20 over the previous year to reach USD 5.93 billion.

About Oman:

  • Capital: Muscat
  • Currency: Omani rial

Defence News

Malabar Exercise 2020 – First Time all the four Quad countries to be participated

According to the Ministry of Defence, Australia will participate in the Malabar naval exercise, in involving the United States, Japan and India. For the First time all the four Quad Countries will participate in this event. The exercise will be scheduled on November 2020.

  • This Exercise will be the first exercise to include all four Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad,” nations since 2017.
  • After 2007, Australia is participating in the exercise in 2020.
  • Australia, in 2017, requested for a observer status but it was denied as inclusion of Australia would give message that QUAD grouping is aimed at China.

About Australia:

  • Prime minister: Scott Morrison
  • Currency: Australian dollar
  • Capital: Canberra

India successfully test-fired SANT Missile – Developed by DRDO

India India successfully test-fired Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile named SANT. This missile was developed by The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which is an agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development in Ministry of Defence of the Government of India.

  • This missile has Lock-on After Launch and Lock-on Before Launch capabilities.
  • The missile has a range of 15 to 20 km.
  • This is the twelfth missile test India has conducted in the last 45 days.

About DRDO:

  • Founded: 1958
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy

Sports Affairs

International Air Rifle Championship 2020 – Indian Shooter Elavenil wins gold

In International Air Rifle Championship, World number one Indian Elavenil Valarivan won a gold medal and Shahu Tushar Mane bagged silver. The championship was organized by Bangladesh Shooting Sport Federation (BSSF).

Winners List:

Men’s Event:

Winners Medal
Naoya Okada (Japan) Gold Medal
Shahu Tushar Mane (India) Silver Medal
Baki Abdullah Hel (Bangladesh) Bronze Medal

Women’s Event:

Winners Medal
Elavenil Valarivan (India) Gold Medal
Shiori Hirata (Japan) Silver Medal
Vidya Toyyiba (Indonesia) Bronze Medal

Important Days

National Solidarity Day – October 20

The National Solidarity Day observed every year on October 20, 2020. This day is observed to honour the Armed Forces, who product our extensive borders and also to remember the national integrity shown by Indian on the occasion in defeat at Sino- Indo war against China.

  • 20th October 1962 the war began when people liberation army of China attacked India at the Himalayan borders in Ladakh and Arunachal simultaneously.

About Indian Army:

  • Chief of Defence Staff (CDS): General Bipin Rawat
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

World Osteoporosis Day is observed on 20 October

Every year World Osteoporosis Day is observed on October 20. This day is observed to raise awareness about osteoporosis, a debilitating condition that causes the bones to become weak and breakable.

  • In 2020 the Global World Osteoporosis Day Campaign theme is “THAT’S OSTEOPOROSIS”.
  • World Osteoporosis Day was launched on October 20th 1996 by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and supported by the European Commission.

World Statistics Day is celebrated on 20 October

World Statistics Day is observed on 20 October. This day is proclaimed by United Nations Statistical Commission. This is the third edition of World Statistics Day.

  • The theme for 2020 World Statistics Day is “Connecting the world with data we can trust”.
  • This day was first celebrated on 20 October 2010.

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