05-09-2020 Current Affairs

  1. Defence Minister of India meets his Chinese counterpartMr. Raj Nath Singh, Defence Minister of India met his Chinese counter part in Moscow on 4th September 2020. The Defence Minister is on a three day visit to Russia to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He had earlier the Russian Defence Minister and signed a deal to acquire AK-203 Rifles. Tensions prevail between Indian and Chinese soldiers along Line of Actual Control for more than three and a half months. Since the border row escalated, this is the highest-level face-to-face meeting between the two sides. The meeting was held for two and a half hours. The two Defence Ministers discussed on ways to resolve the prolonged stand off.
  2. BRICS Culture Ministers Meet attended by India The Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Prahlad Singh Patel attended the 5th BRICS Culture Ministers Meet on 4th September 2020. It was held under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation. During the meet, India proposed the following – 1) To explore options of hosting Digital Online Exhibition. 2) To extend full cooperation of content sharing website under BRICS Alliance. 3) India has planned to open libraries during its Presidency in 2021. Thus, opening of BRICS corner in these libraries have been suggested. The corner will provide information about history and culture of BRICS countries. It will also display periodicals, books gifted by BRICS countries. 4) The National Gallery of Modern Arts located in New Delhi is to host an exhibition on “Bonding regions and Imaging Cultural Synergies”. The gallery will provide 100 works of art form in five prestigious institutions.
  3. Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu released report on State of Young Child in India Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu released the “State of Young Child in India” report on 4th September 2020. The report was prepared by the Mobile Creches, a policy advocacy organization. The report measured Health and Nutrition in the country. Under the report – 1) There are 159 million children aged below 6 years in India. Of these, 21% are undernourished, 36% are underweight and 38% do not receive full immunization. 2) The top states that support well being of children are Kerela, Tripura, Goa, Mizoram and Tamil Nadu. 3) The states which are average in child development are Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. 4) Public Spending on children in the country has increased. The expenses are targeted towards healthcare, nutrition, education and protection services.
  4. On 5th September, International Day of Charity is observed The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5th September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. September 5 is chosen in order to commemorate the death anniversary of Mother Teresa, who had always been engaged in charitable work. The main purpose of the day is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic, and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level.
  5. State-wise MSME support program to 11 states extended by SIDBISIDBI in association with the Maharashtra State Government will be setting up a Project Management Unit (PMU), in order to boost the MSME ecosystem in Maharashtra. The role of PMU will be to design schemes and programmes in the areas of equity support, interest subvention, resolution of stressed MSME’s and supporting them. It will also facilitate other-need based interventions based on an evaluation of the existing status of MSMEs. Apart from Maharashtra, the bank has already pointed an agency that would look at setting up PMU’s in 10 other states – Assam, New Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  6. Two Days National Tribal Research Conclave inaugurated by Arjun MundaThe Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda inaugurated Two Day National Tribal Research Conclave virtually which is being held from 3rd to 4th September 2020. The conclave has been organised by the Centre of Excellence for Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Indian Institute of Public Administration. The main objective of the conclave is to review the progress of various project being implemented under different partnerships and the best practices to be show cased to all stakeholders. The conclave was attended by more than 100 participants from all over the country. This is the second workshop of its kind. First such workshop was organised in January 2020.

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