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Daily Current Affairs 26th and 27th Sep 2020

26th and 27th Sep 2020 Current Affairs Quiz: Video Discussion

Important Days

World Pharmacist Day

World Pharmacist Day is celebrated globally on 25th September every year. This day is observed to create awareness about the role of a pharmacist in improving health.

The day was an initiative of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) along with the council of this organization. This year’s theme is “Transforming global health“.

The organization states a different theme every year so that associations and individuals in the pharmaceutical industry can organize national campaigns or local projects to showcase their outstanding work in helping improve the health of people around the world.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • International Pharmaceutical Federation Headquarters location: The Hague, Netherlands.
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation Founded: 25 September 1912.
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation President: Dominique Jordan.

World Environmental Health Day: 26 September

World Environmental Health Day is celebrated across the world on 26th September. This day is observed to shed the light on important work of environmental health around the world.

The Theme for the 2020 World Environmental Health Day: Environmental health, a key public health intervention in disease pandemic prevention.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • The International Federation of Environmental Health was established in 1986 and is based in London, England.

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations observes 26 September every year as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a priority.

It provides an opportunity to educate the public and their leaders about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Headquarters of United Nations: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

Nation observes Antyodaya Divas on 25 September

India observes Antyodaya Diwas on 25th September every year. This day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

The day was declared by the Modi Government on September 25, 2014. Antyodaya means uplifting the poorest of the poor.

National Headlines

India helds Webinar with Israel on Defence Industry Global Outreach

webinar was held between with India and Israel, under the aegis of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence through SIDM. The Theme of the webinar was “Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnership: Webinar and Expo”.

During the webinar, a Sub Working Group (SWG) was created on Defence Industrial Cooperation between India and Israel with the main objective of Transfer of Technology, Co-development & Co-production, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Joint Export to friendly foreign countries.

Defence Secretaries and other senior MoD officials from both the countries participated in the webinar and deliberated about enhancing the defence cooperation between both the nations.

National webinar on “Curriculum Reforms & NCF and Pedagogy”

A National webinar on “Curriculum Reforms & National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and Pedagogy” was organized under the Shikshak Parv initiative. The webinar was organized to highlight the salient features of the New Education Policy (NEP 2020).

The targeted beneficiary group for this session were: Pre-school & Lower Primary Teachers, Heads of Schools, Parents, All States/UTs Education Department.

Shikshak Parv is being celebrated from 8th September- 25th September 2020 to felicitate the Teachers and to take New Education Policy 2020 forward.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Union Minister for Education: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

PM Modi launched ‘Fit India Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the ‘Fit India Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols’ at Fit India Dialogue.

These fitness protocols have been prepared with the help of fitness enthusiasts for fitness and good health. It has been prepared for three age categories which include:

  • 5-18 years category
  • 18-65 years category
  • 65 plus age category

The Fit India Movement was envisioned and launched by PM Modi on August 29, 2019. The Fit India Dialogue is another effort to involve citizens of the country to draw out a plan to make India a Fit Nation.

State News

Assam Govt launched “Mukhyamantrir Grammya Paribahan Achoni Yojana”

The Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal has launched the “Mukhyamantrir Grammya Paribahan Achoni Yojana” of the state transport department.

Under the scheme, Light Motor Vehicle Service would be launched in all the villages of the state to improve rural connectivity and generate employment in the villages.

One vehicle would be provided to one beneficiary per village. In the first phase of the scheme, 10,000 villages would be covered with a financial outlay of Rs 100 crore.

The state government shall financially assist the eligible entrepreneurs with 25 per cent of the cost of the vehicle or Rs 1 lakh, whichever is less.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Chief Minister of Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal; Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.

Rajasthan CM approves ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot has approved the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation’s scheme called ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’.

This Moksha Kalash Yojana aims to allow free bus travel to two members of the family of the deceased to immerse ashes of their loved ones in the Ganga in Haridwar.

The state road transport corporation would be the nodal agency to run the scheme and the expenses would be borne by the Devasthan Department. Passengers will be required to register for availing the facility by providing details including about the dead person.

A copy of related documents will have to be kept with those carrying the ashes. RSRTC will provide an interface for online registration, make arrangements for transport to the destination, and other facilities during the journey.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Rajasthan Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot.
  • Rajasthan Governor: Kalraj Mishra.
  • Rajasthan Capital: Jaipur.

Uttar Pradesh Govt launches unified portal ‘U-Rise’

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has launched a unified portal called ‘U-Rise’. Uttar Pradesh is the first state to launch such a unified portal along with the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020.

The U-Rise portal would empower the students by providing them with practical and technical knowledge ranging from online exams, digital content, digital assessment, digital examination papers, webinars, internship, e-library, recorded video content to employment.

The U-Rise portal will guide around 20 lakh students, in learning, career counselling, and getting employment in the state. The e-content, e-library, and online courses available on this portal will be accessible by students even in the most interior areas of the state.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Aditya Nath; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

International News

Mohamed Hussein Roble appointed as new Prime Minister of Somalia

President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new Prime Minister of Somalia.

He will replace former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, who was voted out of office by parliament in July for failing to pave the way for fully democratic elections due before February 2021.

All the 215 MP’s who attended the session chaired by President Farmaajo voted in support of the appointment of Hussein Roble as PM.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Somalia Capital: Mogadishu.
  • Somalia Currency: Somali Shilling.


EESL appoints Rajat Sud as its new Managing Director

A Joint Venture(JV) of Public Sector Undertakings, under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has appointed Rajat Sud as its new Managing Director from immediate effect.

He takes charge from S Gopal, director (commercial), who was given the additional charge as interim MD. Prior to joining EESL, he worked as an executive vice president at Sterlite Power Transmission Ltd.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Energy Efficiency Services Ltd HeadQuarters: New Delhi, India
  • Energy Efficiency Services Ltd Chairman: Rajeev Sharma.

Banking Headlines

IDFC First Bank to launch “SafePay” contactless debit card facility

IDFC First Bank will launch “SafePay” a contactless debit card-based payment facility.

This payment facility will allow contactless debit card payments by simply waving one’s smartphone against a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled POS terminal.

SafePay embeds Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the IDFC First Mobile App to enable secure payments using a debit card issued by the Bank.

A social distancing-friendly way to pay, SafePay completely does away with the need to hand over the card to a merchant or even carry it in the wallet. SafePay enables contactless payments of up to Rs 2,000 per transaction and up to a limit of Rs 20,000 per day, making everyday purchases easy.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • MD & CEO of IDFC First Bank: V. Vaidyanathan.
  • Headquarters of IDFC First Bank: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

RBI publishes “’Technology Vision for Cyber Security’ for UCBs

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will implement the “Technology Vision for Cyber Security’ for Urban Co-operative Banks (2020-2023) to enhance the IT security system of Urban Co-operative banking to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyber-attacks.

The Technology Vision Document aims at enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the Urban Co-operative banking sector against evolving IT and cyber threat environment. RBI will achieve this objective using its five-pillared strategic approach ‘GUARD’.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Summits & Conferences

MeitY & NITI Aayog to organize “RAISE 2020” summit

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog will organize a summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020′ from October 5-9, 2020.

RAISE 2020 will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and chart a course for using AI for social transformation, inclusion and empowerment in areas like Healthcare, Agriculture, Education and Smart Mobility, among other sectors.

At the RAISE 2020 Summit, delegates and experts in research, policy and innovation on Artificial Intelligence will join from across the globe.

The RAISE 2020 Summit will also feature some of the most exciting startups working in Artificial Intelligence-related fields. The Summit will explore in-depth, the role of AI in accelerating social empowerment.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • CEO of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.
  • Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

UN and United Kingdom to co-host Global Climate Summit 2020

The United Kingdom and the United Nations are going to co-organise a global climate summit on December 12, 2020, to mark the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will co-host the event.

The summit will increase the momentum ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021. The Summit will invite National governments to present more ambitious and high-quality climate plans.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. It was founded on 24 October 1945.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Prime minister of United Kingdom: Boris Johnson.
  • Capital of the United Kingdom: London.

Defence News

Shivangi Singh set to become India’s 1st woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

Flight Lieutenant, Shivangi Singh to become the first woman fighter pilot of India to fly the Rafale combat aircraft that was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force(IAF) September 10, 2020.  She is one of the 10 Indian women fighter pilots in IAF.

Five Rafale Aircraft were formally inducted into the IAF’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on September 10, 2020, at a function held at Air Force Station, Ambala (Haryana).

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • Indian Air Force Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.
  • The motto of the Indian Air Force:  Touch the sky with Glory.

Ranks and Reports

India ranked 89th in World Risk Report 2020

According to the World Risk Index (WRI) 2020, India has been ranked at the 89th spot among 181 Countries. WRI has been developed in cooperation with the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNUEHS) and calculated by the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV).

India is behind Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives in terms of abilities to cope with extreme disasters, lack of adaptive capacities and the preparedness to deal with extreme events.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security Director: Shen Xiaomeng
  • Headquarters of United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security: Germany.

Awards and Honours

Kerala wins UNIATF award for prevention and control of NCD 2020

Kerala has won the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases Awards 2020 for its “outstanding contribution” towards the non-communicable diseases-related sustainable development goals.

Kerala has been awarded for the tireless service of the state in the health sector. This is the first time for Kerala to be recognised by this annual UN Award and along with Kerala 6 other health ministries across the globe have won the 2020 UNIATF Award.

Useful notes for all competitive exams: 

  • WHO Director-General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
  • WHO Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Chief Minister of Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan; Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan.


Great Singer S. P . Balasubramaniam passes away

Legendary singer S.P. Balasubramaniam has passed away. He made his singing debut in 1966 with Telugu movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna.

He has sung over 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi. S.P. Balasubramaniam bagged his first national award for Sankarabharanam.

The second time he won the National award for his first Hindi song, Tere Mere Beech Mein in the film Ek Duuje Ke Liye.

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