11-09-2020 Current Affairs

  1. India’s first integrated air ambulance services launched by KarnatakaChief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yediyurappa inaugurated India’s first state-of-the-art integrated air ambulance service, exclusively to transport critical COVID-19 patients on 8th September 2020. The Air Ambulance firm International Critical Air Transfer Team will run the services in collaboration with aviation Technology firm Kyathi from the HAL airport in Bengaluru. This will also be the first air ambulance based in South India, to provide services for medical emergencies. The ambulance is fitted with German isolation pod to fly the patient and includes a jet, a small plane and helicopter in its fleet.
  2. To resolve border tensions, India-China agreed on five point planIndia and China agreed on five point action plan for quick disengagement of troops and avoid action plan that will escalate tension. The External Affairs Minister of India S Jaisankar is on a visit to Russia to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers meet in Moscow. He met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the meet. Five point Action Plan – 1) India and China agreed at both sides should take guidance from consensus of the leaders to develop India-China relations. 2) Both India and China agreed to continue their dialogue in the border to disengage, ease tension and maintain proper distance. 3) India and China should abide all existing agreements, protocols and maintain peace and tranquility in the border. The countries should continue their communication through Special Representatives mechanism for consultation and coordination on border affairs. The countries should expedite work to conclude on confidence building measures.
  3. Five Star Villages scheme launched by Department of PostThe Department of Posts launched a scheme called the ‘Five Star Villages’ on 10 September 2020. The scheme ensures universal coverage of flagship postal schemes in rural areas of India. It seeks to bridge the gap in public awareness and reach postal services and products in the interior of villages. The scheme that are to be covered under Five Star Villages scheme are – 1) Savings Bank Account, NSC or KVP certificates, Recurrent Deposit Accounts. 2) Sukanya Samridhi Account. 3) Funded Post Office Savings Account that are linked to India Post Payments Bank Accounts. 4) Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana account. 5) Postal Life Insurance Policy or Rural Postal Life Insurance Policy Insurance Policy.
  4. Shipping Ministry launched SAROD portsThe Union Ministry of shipping Manusukh Mandaviya launched the dispute redressal mechanism called SAROD Ports on 10th September 2020. SAROD is Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes. Earlier, the SAROD Saroj port was in place where the dispute between port and the concessionaire working with the port was arbitrated. However, decisions were not made in timely manner and thereby affecting the ongoing projects. Thus, this is being replaced by SAROD ports.
  5. 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Minister meet attended by IndiaThe Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan represented India at the 10th East Asia Summit held Virtually on International and Regional developments including COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting discuss ways and means to strengthen the East Asia Summit platform. It aims to make it more responsive to the emerging challenges in its 15th anniversary. The Ministers during the meet exchanged their views on speedy and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. 10th East Asia Summit also reviewed the status of commitments made under East Asia Summit Framework. It also reviewed the progress in the Manila Plan of Action.
  6. For Nobel Peace Prize 2021, Trump was nominatedA week after his mediation between Israel and UAE (United Arab Emirates) US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021. The nomination was submitted by a right-wing Norwegian politician and parliamentarian Christian Tybring Gjedde. Christian Tybring Gjedde is a 57 year old politician for the right-wing progress party. He has been a member of parliament since 2005. He is the second vice-chancellor of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. He also wrote a book on immigration politics back in 2004.
  7. Thousand Chinese student’s Visa cancelled by USRecently, United States revoke the visa of more than a thousand students who were coming to the US from China on a student visa. The move was issued by President Donald Trump in May end this year and got implemented from June first. It says that China is involved in wide-ranging and heavily resourced campaign to acquire sensitive United States technologies and intellectual property to boost and modernize its own military capabilities. United States Secretary of States Mike Pompeo flagged moves on a student visa.
  8. In Beirut, Fire eruptedA huge fire at the port of Beirut triggered big chaos among the people residing at the port area. The fire erupted a month after the massive explosion. Already traumatized residents couldn’t figure out how to deal with it in real-time. Last Thursday residents staying around the port area saw huge Sky-reaching flames erupted from the port after inquiring the port officials told them that the duty-free area of the warehouse where the oil and tires are kept is on fire. The officials were also found saying, the blaze fighting work is in progress and there is nothing to worry. The resident already traumatized from from the last month explosion opened their window and called on each other for help. The cause of fire is still unknown.
  9. Poverty and Starvation could be triggered by COVID-19The COVID-19 Global pandemic has blanketed the whole world. Recently, United Nations warned about the major consequences of COVID-19 if not dealt properly. The UN officials were found stating, that the world may witness more conflict, poverty and starvation and how deeply it may impact the fragile nations of the world. UN political Chief Rosemary DiCarlo and UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock while discussing the event stated the major consequences which the world may have to face. In the recent wake of the time when the whole world is facing problems like unemployment, closure of schools and colleges, star fall in the economy, declining remittance and disruption to trade it has caused us to ponder on the outcome it may generate.
  10. Agreements signed between India and JapanIndia and Japan signed Logistics agreement on “Reciprocal Provision Supplies and Services” to allow the armed forces of India and Japan to co-ordinate closely in supplies and services on 10th September 2020. The agreement will increase the interoperability between armed forces of India and Japan. It will establish closer ties between India and Japan in reciprocal provision of supplies and services. The agreement will help India and Japan to co-ordinate medical supplies, airlifting and communication. It will provide greater Maritime cooperation and upgrade India-Japan Naval exercises for natural benefit.

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