07-09-2020 Current Affairs

  1. Government of Delhi launched “10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Mint” an anti dengue campaignOn 6th September 2020, Delhi government launched a mass campaign against dengue and other vector borne diseases. The campaign the residents of Delhi to pick up their phone and call 10 of their relatives and friends and advise them on practices to prevent dengue. The campaign also urges the citizens to spend 10 minutes to inspect their own residence for clean stagnant water in order to avoid breeding of mosquitoes and prevent the spread of Malaria, dengue and Chikungunya.
  2. 5th BRICS Culture Ministers meeting attended by Union Minister Prahlad PatelUnion Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism Shri Prahlad Singh Patel attended the 5th BRICS Culture Minister Meeting to present India’s perspective to strengthen the cultural cooperation within BRICS. The meeting took place virtually under the Chairmanship of Russian Federation on 3rd September 2020. Delegates from the Culture Ministries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) participated in the meeting.
  3. 7th September to be the International Day of Clean Air for blue skiesThe very first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is to be held on 7 September 2020. The day aims at the following – 1) It will raise public awareness at all levels. This includes community, individual, Government and corporate. 2) It will demonstrate the link of air quality to development challenges such as climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. 3) The day is celebrated to promote solutions that will improve air quality to share their best practices, success stories and innovations. 4) It will bring together International actors who are working to form strategic alliance and gain momentum towards regional and international approaches of effective air quality management.
  4. Keshvananda Bharti passed away on 6 September 2020Keshavananda Bharti, the head seer of Edneer Mutt in Kerala since 1961 passed away. He was famous for initiating the historic of judgement of Supreme Court that “Basic Structure of Constitution” cannot be amended by the Parliament. The Kerala Government had passed a land law with and objective to distribute land to the landless farmers. Keshavanand Bharti challenged to the Kerala government in 1970 on this Kerala Land Reforms legislation. He contended that the land reforms passed by the Kerala government will impose restrictions on management of the mutt property that was the only source of income.
  5. Ministry of MSME approved Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar MissionOn 6th September 2020, the ministry of MSME approved the Khadi Agarbatti Aatma Nirbhar Mission. It aims to create employment for migrant workers in different parts of the country, support the local Agarbatti Industry and handholding artisans. The current Agarbatti consumption in India is 1490 metric tons per day. However, the production of Agarbatti per day is 760 metric tonnes. The deficit in the country is sufficed through imports from Vietnam and China. The mission will help reduce imports in the country.
  6. In Hanoi, Indo-Pacific Business Forum to be heldThe third annual Indo Pacific Business Forum is to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam capital between 28-29 October 2020. The forum is to be sponsored by US-ASEAN Business Council, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, US Chamber of Commerce and Government of Vietnam. The forum aims to provide a free and open Indo-Pacific region with countries that are independent, prosperous and strong. During the forum, the business leader will discuss infrastructure, energy, market connectivity, digital economy and health.
  7. First Foreign investment in Jammu and KashmirThe first-ever Cannabis Medicine project that is to be set up in Jammu and Kashmir in collaboration with Canada is to be the first foreign investment in the union territory. The project is to be set up at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine in Jammu and Kashmir. The project was recently reviewed by the Union Minister Jitendra Singh. Along with this, the Minister also reviewed progress of the construction of new Biotech industrial park in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is to be the first in the country to develop medicines from the Cannabis plant.
  8. At the first World Solar Technology Summit, eight initiatives to be launchedOn 7th September 2020, the International Solar Alliance released the agenda of the first World Solar Technology Summit. The Summit is to be held on 8th September 2020. Around eight initiatives are to be launched at the Summit. The World Solar Technology Summit is to be held between 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Summit will have five sessions focusing on the following – 1) Global CEO Session. 2) Vision 2030 and beyond. 3) Towards a  decarbonized Grid. 4) Disruptive Solar Technologies. 5) Solar beyond power sector. The summit is to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  9. Self-Employment scheme ‘SVAYEM’ re-launched by Assam governmentThe state government of Assam re-launched an old scheme titled Swami Vivekananda Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM) on 4th September 2020, which aims to provide self-employment to around 2 lakhs youths of the state. SVAYEM scheme was launched by the government in 2017-18. This is the biggest self-employment programme launched by any government in Assam since Independence. The scheme has been re-launched with a budget of rupees 1000 crore. Under the scheme, the state government would provide rupees 50000 each as seed money to selected youths to start business ventures. The government will provide this money in the next three months from its own revenue, without any banking linkage. To avail the benefit of the scheme, the 2 lakh beneficiaries would have to part of self help groups, joint liability groups, etc. before 1st September.
  10. Draft Guidelines released for advertisement by Government of IndiaOn 6th September 2020, The Ministry of Consumer Affairs issued Draft Guidelines on advertisement. The guidelines have been prepared by the Central Consumer Protection Authority under Consumer Protection Act, 2019. Highlights of guidelines are – 1) The endorsement of celebrities through blogs, posts and Tweet should be based on adequate information or experience with the product. 2) The disclaimers in the advertisements in small font size will be treated as misleading ads and shall be penalized. They should be easily noticeable to the consumers and should be in the same font and language as that of the claim of the advertisement. 3) If the disclaimer of the ad is being presented through voice over, then the disclaimer should be displayed in sync with it. 4) An advertisement should declare a product or a services as “free” or “without charges” and similar other terms.

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