Daily Current Affairs - 27th Sep 2020

CEAT Tyres Signs Bollywood Actor Aamir Khan as Brand Ambassador

  • A tyre company of RPG Enterprises (Rama Prasad Goenka Group), CEAT Limited has signed Indian Actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador for 2 years.
  • As part of an integrated marketing campaign, he will feature in 2 commercials during the on-going Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai to promote CEAT’s SecuraDrive, a range of mass premium tyres. CEAT has been associated with cricket since 1995 with CEAT Cricket Ratings.

DRDO completes key process relating to Pinaka rockets, launchers and related equipment

  • The Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) has began the mass production of Pinaka rockets. The Authority Holding Sealed Particulars (AHSP), which is responsible for collecting and analyzing defense items, has handed over the Pinaka weapon system production project to Directorate-General of Quality Assurance.
  • The Pinaka missile system has a range of 37.5 kilometers. These are launched from multi barrel rocket launcher which is capable of launching 12 Rockets in 44 seconds. The system was designed and developed by Armament Research and Development Establishment, a Pune based DRDO lab.

Fourth Edition of India-Japan Maritime Bilateral exercise commences in Arabian Sea

  • The fourth edition of India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) begins in North Arabian Sea. The exercise is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
  • ‘JIMEX’ series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam coast.
  • Indigenously built stealth destroyer Chennai, Teg Class stealth frigate Tarkash and Fleet Tanker Deepak, under the command of Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, will represent the Indian Navy. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will be represented by JMSDF Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Ikazuchi, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral Konno Yasushige, Commander Escort Flotilla - 2 (CCF - 2).

Govt decides to cap prices of medical oxygen to ensure its availability at reasonable rate

  • National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) has decided to cap the ex-factory price of Liquid Medical Oxygen at manufacturers end at 15 rupees 22 paise per cubic meter exclusive of GST.
  • The existing rate contracts of state governments for oxygen purchase, as applicable, will continue, in consumer interest. This will ensure availability of medical oxygen at consumer end at reasonable price both at hospital level and through oxygen cylinders, especially to distant and interior districts.

India ranked 89th in World Risk Report 2020

  • According to the World Risk Index 2020, India has been ranked at the 89th spot among 181 Countries. World Risk Index has been developed in cooperation with the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNUEHS) and calculated by the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV).
  • Vanuatu (South Pacific Ocean) is the country with the highest disaster risk worldwide. It is followed by Tonga (South Pacific Ocean) and Dominica (Caribbean Sea).
  • Among continents, Oceania is at the highest risk, followed by Africa and the Americas.

India, Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation in combating terrorism & drug trafficking

  • India and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance cooperation to combat terrorism and drug trafficking. The Joint Statement on Virtual Bilateral Summit said both countries have decided to continue the fruitful and efficient development partnership in accordance with the priority areas identified by the Government and people of Sri Lanka.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa held a Virtual Summit yesterday in which they discussed bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern.
  • They also agreed to deepen cooperation in renewable energy with particular emphasis on solar projects under the 100 million dollar Line of Credit from India.

Indian-American-led research team wins $100,000 NIH prize for phone-based saliva test

  • A research team led by an Indian-American has won USD 100,000 prize for developing a quick, non-invasive, mobile phone-based system to detect infectious diseases, inflammation and nutritional deficiencies in saliva.
  • The Cornell researchers' team led by Saurabh Mehta was awarded the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Technology Accelerator Challenge prize that encourages the development of new, non-invasive diagnostic technologies important for global health.
  • According to Mehta, technologies using salivary biomarkers could revolutionise how conditions such as malaria and iron deficiency are identified and addressed, especially in settings where access to primary health care and traditional, laboratory-based tests is limited.

IPL Cricket: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

  • In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi. The KKR made 145 runs for three wickets in 18 overs. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Hyderabad made 142 for the loss of four wickets in 20 stipulated overs.

MoRTH notifies amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules facilitating implementation of Electronic enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents through Information Technology portal with effect from 1st of next month.
  • Use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of Traffic Rules in the country and will lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizen.
  • Provisions have been made for the procedure for Production and Obtaining Certificates in physical as well as electronic form, the validity, issuance of such documents and further the date and time stamping of inspection and identity of the Officer to be recorded.

National Daughters’ Day 2020: 27 September

  • September is the month to celebrate daughters, in India, the last Sunday of the month, which falls of September 27 this year, is celebrated as Daughters’ Day, while World Daughters’ Day falls on September 2.
  • In India, Daughters’ Day was first founded to take away the stigma around being a girl in India. Unlike other countries around the world, daughters are not treated as equals in India and are often seen as a burden.

Positive Pay system for high value cheques from January 1, 2021: RBI

  • The Reserve Bank of India has introduce a “Positive Pay System” that will come into effect from January 2021. The system has been launched to make the cheque payment more secure. The system will make mandatory to re-confirm key details of cheques for the payments beyond Rs 50,000.
  • Under this mechanism, cheques will be processed for payment by the drawee bank based on information passed on by its customer at the time of issuance of cheque.
  • NPCI shall develop the facility of Positive Pay in CTS and make it available to participant banks.

Rules relaxed for divorced daughters to receive Family Pension

  • Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh has said that rules have been relaxed for divorced daughters to receive Family Pension. He said, now a daughter will be entitled to receive the Family Pension even if the divorce had not finally taken place, but the divorce petition had been filed by her during the lifetime of her deceased parent employee or pensioner.
  • Dr Singh said, orders have also been issued for grant of Family Pension to a Divyang child or sibling even if the Disability Certificate is produced after the death of the pensioner parent but the disability had occurred before the death of the parents. Similarly, to bring ease of living for the Divyang pensioners, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Attendant Allowance for the helper has been increased from 4,500 rupees per month to 6,700 rupees per month.

Varanasi’s Shivangi Singh set to become India’s first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

  • Flight Lieutenant, Shivangi Singh to become the first woman fighter pilot of India to fly the Rafale combat aircraft.
  • She is one of the 10 Indian women fighter pilots in IAF. Five Rafale Aircraft were formally inducted into the IAF’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on September 10, 2020.
  • Shivangi hails from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. After joining IAF, she has been flying the MiG-21 Bison aircraft. Currently, she is undergoing training and will soon join Golden Arrows.

World Bank approves 200 million dollar loan for safe water & sanitation in Bangladesh

  • The World Bank (WB) has approved a 200 million dollar loan for Bangladesh to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in the rural areas of the country. The Bangladesh Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project will help 6 lakh people to have access to clean water through piped water schemes in rural areas.
  • The 30 year concessional credit has a five year grace period. It comes from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA). Bangladesh currently has the largest ongoing IDA program totaling over USD 13.5 billion.

World Tourism Day: September 27

  • The United Nations World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27. The day aims at creating awareness on social, political, cultural and economic values among international community.
  • The day aims at creating awareness on social, political, cultural and economic values among international community.
  • The UNWTO – United Nations World Tour Organization has been celebrating World Tourism Day since 1980. The day was chosen because on this day, the UNWTO Statues were adopted.