Daily Current Affairs – 26 August, 2020

Daily Current Affairs - 26 August 2020
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Daily Current Affairs – 26 August, 2020 – Highlights

1. NITI Aayog released Export Preparedness Index(EPI) 2020


NITI Aayog released the Export Preparedness Index(EPI) on 26 August, 2020.

Key Points

The Structure of the EPI includes four pillars – Policy, Business Ecosystem, Export Ecosystem and Export Performance. It also consist of 11 sub-pillars – Export Promotion Policy, Institutional Framework, Business Environment, Infrastructure, Transport Connectivity, Access to Finance, Export Infrastructure, Trade support, R&D Infrastructure, Export Diversification and Growth Orientation.

India has scored an average of 39 on the index. This shows that India holds tremendous potential towards transforming into an export-based super economy. Policy and Business Ecosystem are the two highest scoring pillars while Export Ecosystem is the least scoring pillar.

State level analysis in the EPI shows that Gujrat has topped the list with a strong display in various sub-pillars such as Export promotion Policy, Business Environment and Infrastructure. Other coastal states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu occupied the second the third positions in the index. All the three states have performed consistently across all the pillars.

From the landlocked states, Rajasthan emerged as a top performer. The state has performed tremendously in all the pillars and sub-pillars except growth and orientation. Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir are some of the weaker states in this category

Uttarakhand and Delhi are the top-performing states amongst the Himalayan states and Union Territories respectively.

Analysing pillar wise, EPI reported that Maharashtra is the top performer in Policy Pillar while West Bengal is the least performer. In the Business Economy Pillar, Gujrat topped the list and Laskshadeep is the lowest scorer. Maharashtra again topped in the Export Ecosystem pillar and Lakshadeep was placed in the last spot. In Export Performance Pillar Mizoram topped the list and Chandigarh is the weakest state in this pillar.

2. AFSPA extended for six months in Assam

The Government of Assam has extended the Armed Forces(Special Powers) Act, 1958(AFSPA) in the state for six months with effect from August 28.

The AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice if they suspect anybody of indulging in unlawful or insurgent activity. The law has been imposed in Assam since November 1990. It is renewed every six months after assessing the situation of the state.

3. World Health Organisation declares Africa Polio Free


The World Health Organisation declared Africa polio-free on August 25, 2020.

Nigeria is the final country in Africa to eradicate Polio. No African children were claimed by polio this year or last year or the year before. The last case of wild polio was reported in 2016 from Nigeria.

Now the diseease remains only in two countries of the world – Pakistan and Afganishtan.

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