09-09-2020 Current Affairs

  1. Patrika Gate in Jaipur inaugurated virtually by PM ModiOn 8th September 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Patrika Gate in Jaipur, Rajasthan through video conference. The Iconic Gate is built by the Rajasthan-based Patrika Group of Newspapers on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg in Jaipur, to bring together the air, craft and cultural heritage of all the regions of Rajasthan at one place. Similar to Mumbai’s Gateway of India and Delhi’s India Gate, the Jaipur’s Patrika Gate will enhance the pride of the state and will also be a Gateway of Rajasthan, besides marking the beginning of a new tourist destination. During the launch ceremony, Prime Minister Shri Modi also released two books written by the Patrika Group Chairman, Shri Gulab Kothari, which included ‘Sanvad Upanishad’ and ‘Akshar Yatra’.
  2. “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality” report released by United NationsThe United Nations released “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality” report On 9th September 2020. The report says that child mortality rate in India has declined between 1990 and 2019. It was 126 in 1990 and has now declined to 34 in 2019. Though, there is reduction in child mortality, India along with Nigeria accounts to almost one-third of under five deaths in 2019. India registered 4.5% annual rate of reduction between 1990 and 2019. The number of annual under-five deaths in India was 3.4 million in 1990 and it has now been dropped to 824,000 in 2019. According to the report, globally the child mortality deaths under five has dropped from 12.5 million in 1990 to 5.2 million in 2019.
  3. In Nine States, 22 Bamboo Clusters adopted The Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched 22 Bamboo clusters in nine states on 8th September 2020. They are Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Assam, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Tripura and Karnataka. Six of 22 clusters are located in Maharashtra, five in in Tripura, two each in Madhya Pradesh and Nagaland, three in Odisha and one each in Karnataka, Assam, Gujarat and Uttarakhand. It is to be noted that in 2017, the Central Government amended Indian Forest Act, 1927 to remove bamboo from the category of trees. This made it possible to do business in bamboo products. Also, this now made anyone undertake cultivation in bamboo products. The restructured National Bamboo Mission was adopted in 2018-19.
  4. For Sustainable Climate Action, Five PSUs to join International Solar Alliance On 8th September 2020, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dhamendra Pradhan announced that five Public Sector Undertakings will join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Coalition for Sustainable Climate Action. The Five PSUs to join the ISA are Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and GAIL India Limited. These 5 PSUs are to focus on clean energy transition. The companies will deploy solar panels. Currently, the installed solar capacity is 270 MW. An additional 60 MW is to be added in the coming years. The Government of India has also set targets to solarize 50% of fuel stations that are owned by PSUs in the next five years. In 2019 alone, alone 5000 fuel stations owned by Indian Oil were solarized.
  5. Amendment to Three Labour Codes approved by Union Cabinet The Union Cabinet approved amendments to Labour Codes on 8th September 2020. These three Labour codes were proposed in Industrial Relations Code, 2019. The three codes include Occupational Safety and Health, Social security and Industrial Relations. The Industrial Codes will define areas and conditions under which fixed-term employment shall be allowed. It recognizes trade unions. The Industrial Relations Code, 2019 also seeks to provide pension and medical benefit to gig workers. The Code will mainly replace three existing laws. They are 1) Trade Unions Act, 1926. 2) Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. 3) Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946.
  6. First Joint Commission Meet between India-Angola On 8th September 2020, India and Angola held their fist joint commission meeting during which the countries decided to expand their trade and discuss cooperation in health, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and defence. The countries during the joint commission meet held discussions on food processing, agriculture, defence, pharmaceuticals, health, digitization and telecom. Angola is not a member of India Africa Forum Summit. It is held once in three years.
  7. For Safety reasons, Oxford led COVID-19 vaccine trial put on hold When the whole world is eyeing the successful launch of COVID-19 vaccine, there is bad news for folks out there. Oxford which is one of the biggest contenders for the production of vaccine has gotten into a serious problem. The Vaccine trial has been put onto hold giving reasons to safety concerns. Oxford has been world’s leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates since the time it first released the news of finding the vaccine for Corona Virus. The vaccine was jointly developed by pharmaceutical company AstrZeneca and scientists at the University of Oxford. The joint development was considered as the front runner in the global race to find a safe and effective vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  8. Ban proposed by Sri Lanka on Cow Slaughter Sri Lanka; a Buddhists majority country where nearly 99% people are meat eaters but most of the Hindus and Buddhists do not eat Beef. The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which won a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary elections last month under the leadership of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has decided to ban slaughtering of cows across the island nation. However, there is no restriction on import of Beef in the country yet.
  9. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yoajan to be launched on PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to launch Pradhan Mantri Matsya Smapada Yojana on 10th September 2020. Along with the scheme, the Prime Minister will also launch e-Gopala Application. The Scheme focuses on sustainable development of fisheries in India. It is to be implemented between 2020-2021 and 2024-2025. The funds allocated to fisheries under the scheme is Rupees 20,050 crores. This is the highest ever allocated to that of the fisheries sector. The scheme aims to enhance fish production to 70 lakh tonnes by 2024-2025. It also aims to double income of fish farmers. The scheme will reduce the post harvest losses of fisheries sector from 20% to 25% to 10%. It will generate 55 lakhs of direct and indirect employment in the fisheries sector. The scheme will also aims at establishing finfish hatcheries, construction of biofloc ponds, ornamental fish culture units, ice plants, installation of cages, fish feed plants, etc.
  10. In Singapore, Apple’s First ‘Floating’ Store to be launchedApple Inc. has announced that it is going to open its first ever “floating” stone in Singapore on 10th September 2020. The floating Apple Store, will be located at Singapore’s posh Marine Bay Sands resort. It will be the third retail store of Apple in Singapore. The first-of-its kind store has a sphere-shaped all-glass dome structure that is fully self-supported, and made up of 114 pieces of glass, held together by only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection.

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