Weekly Current Affairs, September 01 – September 07, 2020

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Current Affairs is an important section to cover if one wish to appear in any kind of competitive exams like APSC, UPSC, all state civil service exams, Railway exams, SSC, RRBs, IAS, ACS, all Government job exams, TET, CTET and different banking exams like IBPS, SBI PO, SBI Clerk , RBI etc. We have covered the latest Weekly Current Affairs, September 01 – September 07, 2020. Visit our page regularly to get the latest informations and get updated and prepared for your exams.

Top Current Affairs of the Week

1. India develops the World’s Largest Solar Tree

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The CSIR’s Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute(CMERI) has developed the world’s largest ‘solar tree’. The solar tree is installed at CSIR-CMERI Residential Colony, Durgapur.

Weekly Current Affairs September 01 - September 07 2020
Solar Tree (Source – Wikimedia)

Key Points

  • The installed capacity of the Solar Tree is above 11.5 kWp. It can generate 12,000 – 14,000 units of Clean and Green Power.
  • There are a total of 35 solar PV panels in each tree and each panel has a capacity of 330 wp.
  • The solar Tree has been designed in a way to ensure maximum exposure of the solar PV panels to sunlight and minimum shadow area.
  • The Solar Tree has the potential to save 10-12 tons of carbon di oxide released as green house gases when compared with fossil fuel fired energy grid.
  • The excess power generated can be directed into an energy grid.
  • Each solar tree cost about Rs 7.2 lakhs.

2. Chunauti : The next Generation start up challenge contest

The Central Government of India launched “Chunauti”, the next generation startup challenge contest on 28th August 2020. The Chunauti contest aims to further boost startups and software products by giving special attention on Tier-II towns of India.

Key Points

  • The Government has earmarked a budget of Rs 95.03 for over a period of three years.
  • The Contest will identify about 300 startups who are engaged in identified areas and offer them seed fund of upto Rs 25 lakh along with other facilities.
  • Under this programme the startups will be invited from the followig areas of work-
    • Edu-Tech, Agri-Tech and Fin-Tech solution for masses
    • Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Management.
    • Infrastructure andc Remote Monitoring.
    • Medical Healthcare, Diagnostic, Preventive and Psychologiocal Care.
    • Linguistic tools and Technologies, Jobs and Skilling.

3. Central Government approves Mission Karmayogi

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The Union Cabinet approved “Mission Karmayogi”, a unique skill building programme for civil servants across the country on September 2, 2020. The programme is officially called as “National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building“.

Aim of the Programme

The programme aims to lay foundations for capacity building of civil servants. It will help the officers to learn about the best practices performed by civil servants all over the world.

Six Pillars of the Programme

  • Policy Framework
  • Institutional Framework
  • Competency Framework
  • Digital Learning Framework iGOT-Karmayogi
  • The Electronic Human Resource Management System
  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Key Points

  • The programme will build future-ready civil services with the right attitude, skills & knowledge, aligned to the vision of New India.
  • Ministries will invest directly and co-create a common learning system.
  • The Union Government will set up Capacity Building Commission to harmonise traning standards.
  • The programme will be accessible for all, from section officers to secretaries of the office.
  • More focus will be on ‘on-site learning‘ in complementing ‘off-site learning’.
  • E-learning will have more focus.
  • A platform iGOT will be launched by the Government to give access to content from across the world.
  • Mission Karmayogi will have an annual subscription fee of Rs 413 that will be charged per civil servants.
  • A Special Purpose Vehicle(SPV) will be set up to manage digital resources and create a market place for content.
  • The SPV will be registered as a company with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

4. India-Finland Cooperation approved by Union Government

The Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines and Geological Survey of Finland and Ministry of Employment and Economy, Finland signed an MoU on September 2, 2020 for the cooperation in the field of geology and mineral resources between India and Finland.

The MoU facilitates cooperation in the field of geology, training, mineral prognostication and suitability analysis,3/4D modeling, Seismic and other Geophysical surveys etc. It aims to provide with a framework and a platform to promote and foster cooperation in the fields of geology and mineral resources. Both the participants will be mutually benefited economically, socially and environmentally.

5. Sati Radhika Award 2020 Presented

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented the Sati Radhika Award 2020 to noted social worker of Dima Hasao district Evelyntice Sajem on September 2, 2020.

Evelyntice Sajem is the first recipient of Sati Radhika Award which has been introduced by Government of Assam from this year(2020). The award carries a citation, angabashtra, sarai and a cheque of Rs 2 lakh.

About Evelyntice Sajem

Evelyntice Sajem, born in 1947 has been a social worker for many years and contributed immensely to women empowerment.

She founded the Halflong Girls’ High School in 1966 and later took the charge of principal in 2003.

Sajem is the first Scheduled Tribe(ST) woman to be graduated from the Dima Hasao district. She worked for women empowerment, health and child welfare in her are and her hard work led to 100 per cent literacy rate among the women of Jatinga.

6. Biodiversity Council to be set up in Jammu & Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir Government is going to set up a Biodiversity Council to look after the conservation of biological diversity in the Union Territory and also to focus on sustainable use of the components of the Union Territory.

Key Points

  • The Council will be headed by the Chief Conservator of Forests,
  • There will be 10 members in the council of which five will be non-official.
  • The term of office for the non-official members will be three years.
  • The Biodiversity Council will function under the jurisdiction of the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.
  • It will function in consultation with National Biodiversity Authority.

7. Jammu and Kashmir Language Bill, 2020 approved by Union Cabinet

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The Jammu and Kashmir Language Bill, 2020 got approved by the Union Cabinet on September 2, 2020. This bill is approved to make five languages – Hindi, Urdu, Dogri, Kashmiri and English as the official language of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Urdu and English were the official language of Jammu and Kashmir when it was a state. Three more languages – Hindi, Dogri and Kashmiri have been added now. It can be noted that Dogri and Kashmiri were not official languuages of any state in India inspite of their inclusion in the eight schedule of the Indian Constitution.

8. New Information Technology Policy approved by Karnataka

The Karnataka Government approved a new Information Policy on September 3, 2020. The policy will help the state to retain and leverage its position in technology and innovations.

Aim of the policy

The aim of the IT policy is to enable “the State’s IT industry to contribute 30% to India’s goal of becoming a trillion-dollar digital economy”.

The policy also aims to boost IT penetration & innovation, enable a remote, distributed labour force beyond Bengaluru and evolve a Cyber Security policy.

9. State of Young Child in India Report released

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The Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu released the “State of Young Child in India” report on September 4, 2020.

Key Points

  • The “State of Young Child in India” report is a comprehensive account of the challenges related to early child development in India.
  • The report has been prepared by the Mobile Creches, a policy advocacy organisation.
  • The report mentions that of the 159 million children aged below 6 years in India, 21 per cent are undernourished, 36 per cent are underweight and 38 per cent do not receive full immunization.
  • Based on ranking and values on the Young child outcome index Kerela, Goa, Tripura and Tamil Nadu were named as the top performers.
  • Eight states – Assam, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar scored below the national average.

10. State Reform Action Plan 2019 released

The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the “State Reform Action Plan 2019” ranking on 5th September, 2020.

The ranking shows how India States have fared in enhancing ease of doing Business for an Atmanirbhar Bharat. It is based on the implementation of the business reform action plan 2019 by the States and Union Territories. The exercise is aimed to promote competition among states with a view to improving the business climate to attract domestic and foreign investments.

The parameters for the ranking includes areas such as construction permit, labour regulation, environmental registration, access to information, land availability and single-window system.

Andhra Pradesh has topped the list for the third time in a row followed by Uttar Pradesh. Telangana occupied the third spot in the ranking of best performing states in ease of doing business.

Top 10 States

RankName of States
1Andhra Pradesh
2Uttar Pradesh
3Telangana
4Madhya Pradesh
5Jharkhand
6Chhattisgarh
7Himachal Pradesh
8Rajasthan
9West Bengal
10Gujrat

11. GJEPC Conducts its first ever Buyer-Seller meet

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The Gem and Jeweller Export Promotion Council inaugurated its first buyer-seller meet on September 3, 2020. GJEPC launched the buyer-seller meet with a view to revive the gems and jewellery exports.

Key Points

  • GJEPC launched the buyer-seller meet for every product category, however it began with loose diamonds.
  • The meet is a one to one focussed meet that will be of 40 minutes where 10 visitors and 10 exhibitors will participate.
  • Most of the visitors are from China . It is because market is already open and the Chinese are ordering goods from India.
  • The Gem and Jeweller Export Promotion Council was established in 1966. It’s aim is to promote Indian Gem and Jewellery industry.

12. Anuradha Roy shorlisted for International Dublin Literary Award, 2020

The International Dublin Literary Award has announced it’s shortlist recently. Noted Indian writer Anuradha Roy has been shortlisted for the award for her book “All The Lives We Never Lived“.

Other authors shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, 2020 are Pat Barker for “Silence of the Girls”, Anna Burns for “Milkman”, Negar Djavadi for “Disoreintal” translated by Tina Kover, Esi edugyan for “Washington Black”, Tayari Jones for “An American Marriage”, Edouard Louis for “History of Violence” translated by Lorin Stein, Tommy Orange for “The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, There There and Olga Tokarczuk for “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

International Dublin Literary Award

The International Dublin Literary Award is presented every year for a novel written or translated into English. The award promotes excellence in world literature and is solely sponsored by Dublin City Council, Ireland. The first International Dublin Literary Award was presented to David Malouf for his novel “Remembering Babylon” in 1966. The award money is 100,000 euro making it one of the richest literary prizes.

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