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Daily Current Affairs for 30th Sep 2020

30th Sep Most Important Quiz: Video Dicussion

Important Days

World Heart Day

World Heart Day is observed on 29th September annually to draw people’s attention to heart illness and the range of associated health issues.

The day which is celebrated annually creates awareness of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including heart disease & stroke and highlights the preventive and control measures. The theme for World Heart Day 2020: “Use Heart To Beat Cardiovascular Disease”.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • World Heart Federation Founded: 2000.
  • World Heart Federation Headquarters location: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • World Heart Federation Chairman: Rajeev Gupta.

National Headlines

Dr Harsh Vardhan launches ICMR’s vaccine web portal

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan have launched the ICMR’s vaccine web portal and National Clinical Registry for Covid-19.

This vaccine web portal will provide information related to the COVID-19 vaccine development in India and abroad. Through this, all the information about vaccine development would be provided in a simple and transparent manner.

The National COVID-19 Clinical Registry will collect data regarding clinical and laboratory investigations, treatments, management protocols and outcomes of hospitalized COVID patients in India.

ICMR’s Mobile Stroke Unit was also launched. The Mobile Stroke Unit will ensure the timely and appropriate treatment to people suffering from heart disease and hypertension.


International Headlines

Moctar Ouane appointed as new Prime Minister of Mali

The interim President of Mali, Bah Ndaw, has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as the new prime minister of Mali. Moctar Ouane has served as Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1995-2002, and as foreign minister from 2004-2009 during Amadou Toumani Toure’s presidency.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Republic of Mali Capital: Bamako; Currency: West African CFA franc.

Banking & Economy News

SBI Card starts new brand campaign ‘Contactless Connections’

SBI Card has launched its new brand campaign titled ‘Contactless Connections’, which aims to spreads the message that love and care can be shared even during this difficult period where social distancing is the norm.

The campaign endeavours to bring a fresh breath of positivity by demonstrating that people can connect emotionally and spread joy despite the social distancing practices by which we are bound.

Contactless payments, enabled by SBI Card, allow consumers to simply wave their card or phone or scan a QR code to make safe, secure payments, without handing over their card or punching in the PIN.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of SBI Card: Ashwini Kumar Tewari; Founded: October 1998.
  • SBI Card Headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana.

ICRA projects India’s GDP for FY21 to contact by 11%

Rating agency ICRA has revised its forecast for the contraction in India’s FY21 GDP to 11 per cent from its earlier assessment of 9.5 per cent.

The reason behind contraction is an increase in a growing number of COVID-19 cases in India.


Agreements & MoUs

PFC signs MoU with Govt. of India detailing targets for FY 2020-21

Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) has signed a performance-based Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Power, Government of India detailing various targets to be achieved by PFC during Fiscal Year 2020-21. Government of India has set an ambitious revenue target of Rs. 36,000 Crores.

This target has been set along with various performance-related parameters such as Operating Profit as percentage of Revenue from Operation, PAT as a percentage of Average Net-worth and Non-financial parameters viz., IPDS-related parameters.

PFC has been delivering exemplary performance from the past years and the ratings from the Government of India stands testimony to the performance.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Power Finance Corporation Ltd: Shri Ravinder Singh Dhillon.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Power: Raj Kumar Singh.

Appointments

KVIC appoints Sunil Sethi as its Advisor

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has appointed Sunil Sethi as its Advisor. Sunil Sethi is the Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India. He has been appointed for a period of one year. He will succeed fashion designer Ritu Beri.

Sunil Sethi will advise the Commission on latest design interventions in the readymade garments segment as well as the promotion of Khadi in India and abroad. Sustainable growth of Khadi in the fashion industry, both locally and internationally, is the key idea behind the appointment.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission: Vinai Kumar Saxena.

Government appoints P.D. Vaghela as new chairman of TRAI

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed P.D. Vaghela as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI). He will succeed RS Sharma, who was at the helm of the sector regulator for five years.

He is currently in the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP) under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, where he was appointed as the secretary for a year till 30 September.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Telecom Regulatory of India Founded: 20 February 1997
  • Telecom Regulatory of India Headquarters: New Delhi.

Awards News

All India Football Federation awards 2019-20 announced

All India Football Federation (AIFF) awards 2019-20 has announced. Indian men’s team Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has won the 2019-’20 AIFF Player of the year awards in men’s category.

The women’s squad’s midfielder Sanju Yadav from Haryana has won the 2019-’20 AIFF Player of the year awards in women’s category.

Here is the complete list of 2019-20 AIFF AWARDS:

  • 2019-20 AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Women’s Player of the Year: Sanju Yadav.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year: Anirudh Thapa.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year:  Ratanbala Devi.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Assistant Referee: P. Vaira-Muthu (from Tamil Nadu).
  • 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Referee: L. Ajit Kumar Meetei (from Manipur).
  • 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Grassroots Development Programme: West Bengal (based on E-licence courses and Golden Baby Leagues).

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of AIFF: Praful Patel.
  • AIFF founded: 23 June 1937.
  • FIFA affiliation of AIFF: 1948.
  • Headquarters of AIFF: Dwarka, Delhi.

Science & Technology

IIT Madras develops “MOUSHIK” microprocessor

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has successfully developed ‘MOUSHIK’, an indigenously-made microprocessor for the Internet of things (IoT) devices.

‘MOUSHIK’ is a processor cum a system-on-chip that can cater to the rapidly-growing IoT devices, an integral part of smart cities of a digital India. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology funded the MOUSHIK project of IIT Madras.

“MOUSHIK” microprocessor was conceptualised, designed and developed at the Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre for Digital Intelligence and Secure Hardware Architecture (PS-CDISHA) of the RISE Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras.

The field applications of ‘MOUSHIK’ include smart cards including credit cards, ID cards, debit cards, travel cards for metros and driving licenses, electronic voting machines (EVMs) and office management systems including attendance, surveillance cameras and safe locks. It also includes personalised health management systems.

Defence News

ITBP chief S S Deswal 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) as its incumbent chief A K Singh is going to retire on September 30.

This is the second time that Deswal, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer, has been directed to lead the NSG in an additional capacity. The NSG was raised as the federal contingency force in 1984 to undertake specific counter-terrorism operations and hijack-like incidents.

The ”black cat” commandos of the force are based in five hubs across the country, apart from their main garrison in Gurgaon”s Manesar. They also render personal security to some high-risk VVIPs like Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and some chief ministers.

Obituary

Assam’s only woman CM Syeda Anwara Taimur passes away

Assam’s first and only woman chief minister, Syeda Anwara Taimur passed away.

A four-time Congress MLA beginning with her first election in 1972, Taimur held portfolios like education before becoming chief minister for a brief period from December 6, 1980, to June 30, 1981.

She was nominated for a Rajya Sabha term in 1988. She joined the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in 2011.


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