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Current Affairs 11 July 2020

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Modi Inaugurates Asia’s Largest Solar Power Project – Rewa Solar Project in Madhya Pradesh

Asia’s Largest Solar Power Project MPAsia’s largest Solar Power project: Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project in Madhya Pradesh is inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, through video conferencing. It reduces emission equivalent to 15 lakh tonne of carbon dioxide per year.
i.The 750 MW ultra-solar power plant spread over 1,590 acres.
ii.It comprises three solar generating units of 250MW each located on 500 hectare land inside the 1500 hectare solar plant.
iii. It is a renewable energy project to supply energy to customers outside the state.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital- Bhopal
Chief Minister- Shivraj Singh Chauhan
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EESL Inked Agreement with NOIDA authority to Install EV Charging Units and Related InfrastructureEESL signs agreement with NOIDA authority

i.Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has inked an agreement with the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) to install public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations & related infrastructure in order to promote the usage of electric vehicles.
ii.The agreement was signed by AK Tyagi, General Manager (GM), NOIDA Authority and Amit Kaushik, Executive Director (Growth), EESL in the presence of Ritu Maheshwari, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NOIDA Authority.
iii.NOIDA is responsible for the provision of space for the charging infrastructure while EESL for deployment of public charging stations in NOIDA City.
About Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL):
It is a joint venture (JV) of Public Sector Undertaking (PSUs) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.
Chairman– Rajeev Sharma
Managing Director– Saurabh Kumar
Headquarter– New Delhi
About New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA)
Chairman– Alok Tandon
Headquarter– Noida, Uttar Pradesh (UP)
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Ministry of Culture Released the First five Re-printed Volumes of Mongolian Kanjur ManuscriptsFirst five re-printed volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts released

Under the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM), The Ministry of Culture has taken up the project of re-printing 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur. A set of First Five manuscripts were presented to Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India on Guru Purnima (Dharma Chakra Day) on 4th July 2020.
i.The Buddhist Canonical text in 108 volumes is the most important religious text in Mongolia.
ii.The present edition is being published by the National Mission for Manuscripts(NMM).
iii.The Mission is carried under the supervision of Prof. Lokesh Chandra, an eminent Scholar.
About Mongolia:
President- Khaltmaagiin Battulga
Capital & Currency- Ulaanbaatar & Mongolian Togrog/Tugrik
About Ministry of Culture and Tourism:
Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Shri Prahlad Singh Patel
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Indian Navy Completes “Operation Samudra Setu” by repatriating 3992 Indian from 3 countriesIndian Navy Completes Operation Samudra Setu

i.Indian Navy has successfully completed its 55 days and 23,000 kilometers long ‘Operation Samudra Setu’, which was launched on May 5, 2020 as a part of the national effort to repatriate (bring back) Indian citizens from 3 countries of Maldives, Iran, and Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
ii.Under this operation 3,992 Indian citizens brought back to India, which was conducted by Indian Naval Ships (INS) Jalashwa (Landing Platform Dock), and Airavat, Shardul and Magar (Landing Ship Tanks).
iii.This operation was undertaken by the Indian Navy in close coordination with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and various other agencies of the Government of India (GoI) and State Governments.
About INS Jalashwa (L41):
Procured in 2005 from the United States (US), it was commissioned in Indian Navy in 2007. Formerly known as USS Trenton, is an amphibious landing dock capable of carrying over 1,000 people.
About INS Magar (L20):
Commissioned in 1987, INS Magar is the lead ship of Magar-class amphibious warfare vessels of the Indian Navy.She was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, West Bengal.INS Magar is capable of carrying around 500 troops.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir SinghIntegrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi
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T-Hub Partners with MeitY And Digital India to Lead Scale Up Program for Hardware StartupsT-Hub partners IT Ministry to mentor hardware startups in India

i.On 10th July 2020, T-Hub announced their partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) and Digital India to lead the scale up program of Digital India for hardware and Internet of Things(IoT) startups and to support the startups with investments and market access.
ii.The programme under the partnership will start in July 2020.
About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY):
Cabinet Minister– Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre
About T-hub:
CEO– Ravi Narayan
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana 
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Mean Average Global Temperature could rise by 1.5° Celsius in 5 years: WMOWorld Could Hit 1point 5-Degree Warming

i.The United Nations (UN) weather Agency, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in its “Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update for 2020-2024” has forecasted that the annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) in at least one year. Overall, it is very likely to be within the range 0.91 – 1.59°C.
ii.The 1.5 C mark is the level to which countries have agreed to try to limit global warming as per 2015 Paris accord. The agreement sets a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5 C.
About World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
Secretary-General (SG)– Petteri Taalas
Headquarter– Geneva, Switzerland 
Members– 187 Member States and 6 Member Territories
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WHO sets up Independent Panel Co-chaired by Helen Elizabeth Clark & Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for evaluation of global COVID-19 response  Independent evaluation of global COVID-19

i.On July 9, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) has formulated an Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
ii.The Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Elizabeth Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
iii.While Helen Clark served as an administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on the other hand, Ellen Sirleaf is a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
About WHO:
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
Director General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 
Chief Scientist– Soumya Swaminathan
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BANKING & FINANCE

ADB Renews MoU with IEA to Scale up Collaboration on Energy Sector Sustainability and Resilience in Asia & Pacific RegionADB has signed MoU with the IEA on energy sector

On July 10, 2020, Asian Development Bank (ADB) has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with International Energy Agency (IEA) during IEA’s Clean Energy Transitions Summit 2020 with the aim to further increase the collaboration on sustainability with a focus on energy sector resilience in Asia and the Pacific.
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Membership– 68 countries
About International Energy Agency (IEA):
Headquarters– Paris, France
Executive Director– Fatih Birol
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ADB & EAA Foundation Collaborated in $100 million Project to Provide Quality Primary Education for out of school childrenADB, EAA Foundation to work for quality primary

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help India and 9 other Asian nations to ensure quality education for the out-of-school and at-risk children in the primary level.
In its preliminary effort, ADB has entered into a 5-year agreement with Qatar-based Education Above All (EAA) Foundation to work jointly for project worth of $100 million to put at least 3.2 lakh out-of-school children, including refugees and internally displaced children into quality primary education.
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Membership– 68 countries
About Education Above All (EAA) Foundation:
Location– Doha, Qatar
Chairperson– Sheikha Moza bint Nasser  
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IRDAI Revised Arogya Sanjeevani Policy limit;Minimum Insurance limit Rs.50000 & Maximum Insurance limit beyond 5 LakhIrdai removes ₹5 lakh cap

i.The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has allowed all general and health insurance companies to increase the sum insured on the Standard Individual Health Insurance Product namely “Arogya Sanjeevani” beyond Rs 5 lakh.
ii.Arogya Sanjeevani, is a product for which all insurers are mandated to offer had a cap of Rs 5 lakh on the sum insured and the minimum cover for it was of Rs 1 lakh. The regulator has now allowed insurers to offer sum insured as low as Rs 50,000 with no upper limit. The sum insured has to be in multiples of Rs 50,000.
About IRDAI:
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
Chairman– Dr. Subhash Chandra Khuntia
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Mastercard to Invest Rs 250 cr to Support SMEs in India Amid COVID-19 CrisisMastercard commits ₹250 crore

i.Mastercard has announced that it will invest Rs 250 crore(USD 33 million) to support Indian Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs).
ii.To enable the SMEs to restart itself and help them in business recovery. 
iii.SMEs have been hit hardest during the lockdown caused by COVID-19 due to their dependence on the cash-economy and disruption of the supply chain.
About MasterCard:
Headquarters– New York, United States
Chief Executive Officer– Ajay Banga ( Michael Miebach will take over as CEO on January 2021)
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS 

Indian Battalion Wins the Annual UNIFIL Environment Award for 2020Indian-Battalion-bags-UNIFIL-environment-award

i.The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col awarded the annual environment awards of UNIFIL to 7 mission entities.
ii.The annual award was launched by UNIFIL on 4th December 2019 to recognise the environmental achievements within the Mission’s area of operations.
iii.An Indian Battalion(INDBATT) stationed with UNIFIL was declared first for their project towards reducing waste generation.
About United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
Mission Leadership– Major General Stefano Del Col
About United Nations Peacekeeping:
Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations– Jean-Pierre Lacroix
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Nadaun Police Station of Himachal Pradesh declared as one of the best in IndiaHimachal-Pradesh-Nadaun-Police-Station-ranked-as-one-of-best-Police-Stations-of-India

On 9th July 2020 Amit Shah, The Union Minister of Home Affairs announced the Annual Ranking of Police Stations for 2019 prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in the Director General of Police’s (DGP’s) conference.  Nadaun Police Station of Hamirpur District in Himachal Pradesh is ranked as one of the best Police Stations of India.
Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs presented the Certification of Excellence to Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh during the ceremony on 9th July 2020 which was handed to Sanjay Kundu, IPS, the Director General of Police (DGP), Himachal Pradesh.
Annual Police station ranking:
i.The ranking system of Police Stations was introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2018.
ii.The ranking is made through data analysis, direct observation and public feedback.
iii. The ranking is a two stage process, 

  • shortlisting the police stations – 3 stations are selected from the states having more than 750 police stations, 2 stations from other states and Delhi and 1 station from each Union Territories(UT).
  • The Survey, based on the Note on Performance measurements which includes, Crime prevention and proactive measures, Execution, Disposal of cases, Law and Order etc.

iv.The best performing police station is based on the addressing of Property offence, crime against women and weaker sections.
About Ministry of Home Affairs:
Union Minister– Amit Shah
Ministers of State– G.Kishan Reddy & Nityanand Rai
About Himachal Pradesh:
Chief Minister– Jai Ram Thakur
Governor–  Bandaru Dattatraya
Capital– Shimla (Summer) & Dharamshala (Winter)

       APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS   

SEBI Restructures Advisory Committee on Mutual Funds Under the Chairmanship of Usha ThoratSebi-rejigs-advisory-committee-on-mutual-funds-headed-by-Usha-Thorat

On July 10, 2020, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has reconstituted the committee advising it on matters related to regulation and development of the mutual fund industry by including five new members.
i.The new 20 member committee, will be chaired by Usha Thorat, former deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Ajay Tyagi
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Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam Named as officiating president of Hockey India, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad ResignsGyanendro-Ningombam-named-as-Hockey-India's-officiating-president,Mushtaque-Ahmad-resigns

On July 10, 2020 The Hockey India(HI) in its Executive Board meeting named Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam, who was senior vice-president in the federation, as officiating president till the end of September 2022 after Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad resigned on July 07, 2020 due to personal and family commitments.

  • His resignation comes after the sports ministry’s order to resign from the post as his 2018 election was a violation of the 2011 National Sports Code’s tenure guidelines.

About Gyanendro Ningombam
i.Gyanendro Ningombam has served as the Editor of Meeyam, an evening daily newspaper in Manipur.
ii.He has earlier served Manipur Hockey as its Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2014.
iii.After which he was elected as Vice President of Manipur Hockey from 2014 – 2018.
About Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad
He served as the Secretary General In HI from 2014-2018 and also as a treasurer from 2010-2014.
About Hockey India:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Secretary General– Rajinder Singh

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO to Launch Brazil’s Amazonia-1 Earth Observation Satellite on PSLVISRO-to-launch-Amazonia-1-satellite-of-Brazil-onboard-PSLV

i.Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch the Amazonia – 1 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) as a primary payload by August 2020. Amazonia -1 is Brazil’s first satellite for Earth observation – designed, assembled and tested in Brazil.
ii.Amazonia – 1 will help in observing and monitoring the deforestation in the region of Amazon through the satellite images.
About ISRO:
Chairman– Dr.K. Sivan (Secretary of Department of Space(DoS))
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
About National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE):
Interim Director– Darcton Policarpo Damião
Location– São José dos Campos, Brazil
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BOOKS & AUTHORS

A book titled ‘His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography’ Authored by Tenzin Geyche Tethong to be ReleasedHis-Holiness-the-Fourteenth-Dalai-Lama-An-Illustrated-Biography-by-Tenzin-Geyche-Tethong

A book titled ‘His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography’ is  authored by one of the Dalai Lama’s closest aides and advisor of over 40 year, Tenzin Geyche Tethong. The biography is a memorable portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The book is to be released in October 2020 and is published by Roli Books

  • On the 85th birth anniversary of the Dalai Lama,  the cover of the book was  announced by the publisher.
  • The book’s foreword was written by Tendzin Choegyal, younger brother of him and Ngari Rinpoche

About the Book
i.The book comprises nearly 400 unseen photographs and unpublished documents, archival material and also memories of those close to him so as to portray a composite picture of his exile, his sympathetic mannerism and the present troubled relationship with his homeland, Tibet.
ii.The book gives a glance of an important part of the history  before he was forced to flee to India in March 1959.
Key Info:
It will also be published globally in several other languages including German, Dutch, Russian, Italian, Czech, Estonian, Lithuanian and Slovak
About Dalai Lama
It is the title given by the Tibetan people for the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the classical schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Note– The 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his teachings of peace and non-violence and freedom.

STATE NEWS

Flipkart Signs MoU with Government of Karnataka to Promote Local Arts, Crafts And HandloomsFlipkart signs MoU with Karnataka govt

On 10th July 2020, Flipkart and the Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Mines of Government of Karnataka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the arts, Crafts and Handloom sector of Karnataka by providing market access through  e-commerce platform and to increase the local business.
About Flipkart:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Kalyan Krishnamurthy 
Chief Operating Officer (COO)– Sriram Venkataraman
Head Office– Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Karnataka:
Chief Minister– B. S. Yediyurappa
Governor– Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala
Capital– Bengaluru
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Maharashtra Govt & SBI to Set up Stress Fund to Revive Slum Rehabilitation Authority projects State govt announces stress fund

i.Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad announced that the state govt and State Bank of India(SBI) will set up a stress fund to revive Slum Rehabilitation Authority(SRA) projects(about 370 projects)  in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and other urban areas of the state. 
ii.For this purpose, the state govt will  inject Rs 700 crore to Rs 1,000 crore in this fund as a financial support. SRA will act as the nodal agency under the Housing Ministry to implement the slum redevelopment schemes.
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief minister– Uddhav Thackeray
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UP Government Approves Uttar Pradesh Startup Policy 2020 UP-govt-approves-start-up-policy-2020

i.On 8th July 2020, the cabinet of Uttar Pradesh Government chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the new startup policy – Uttar Pradesh Startup Policy 2020 to increase the job opportunities and employment in Uttar Pradesh by promoting the developing units in agriculture, health, power, education, tourism and transport sectors.
ii.The validity of this policy is five years from the date of notification.
About Uttar Pradesh:
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
Capital– Lucknow
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Manipur CM N. Biren Singh Virtually Inaugurates 5 Water Supply projects, worth Rs 48.39 crore and Rapid Antigen Detection Testing Centre Manipur-Chief-Minister-inaugurates-five-Water-Supply-projects

i.Manipur Chief Minister(CM) N. Biren Singh inaugurates 5 Water Supply projects worth Rs 48.39 crore, which have a total capacity of more than 26.15 millions of liters per day through video conferencing from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Imphal. 
ii.With addition to the projects one office building of Weight and Measures Department and Rapid Antigen Detection Testing Centre at Jiribam were also inaugurated.
iii.The New Development Bank has sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore to provide drinking water to every household of the state and work orders for the projects have been issued. 
About Manipur:
Capital– Imphal
Governor– Najma Heptulla
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S.no    Current Affairs 11 July 2020
1 PM Modi Inaugurates Asia’s Largest Solar Power Project – Rewa Solar Project in Madhya Pradesh
2 EESL Inked Agreement with NOIDA authority to Install EV Charging Units and Related Infrastructure
3 Ministry of Culture Released the First five Re-printed Volumes of Mongolian Kanjur Manuscripts
4 Indian Navy Completes “Operation Samudra Setu” by repatriating 3992 Indian from 3 countries
5 T-Hub Partners with MeitY And Digital India to Lead Scale Up Program for Hardware Startups
6 Mean Average Global Temperature could rise by 1.5° Celsius in 5 years: WMO
7 WHO sets up Independent Panel for evaluation of global COVID-19 response
8 ADB Renews MoU with IEA to Scale up Collaboration on Energy Sector Sustainability and Resilience
9 ADB & Qatar-based EAA Foundation To Work Jointly For Quality Primary Education Project worth $100 million
10 IRDAI removes Rs 5 lakh cap on sum insured for Arogya Sanjeevani policies amid COVID-19
11 Mastercard to Invest Rs 250 cr to Support SMEs in India Amid COVID-19 Crisis
12 Indian Battalion Wins the Annual UNIFIL Environment Award for 2020
13 Nadaun Police Station of Himachal Pradesh declared as one of the best in India
14 SEBI Restructures Advisory Committee on Mutual Funds Under the Chairmanship of Usha Thorat
15 Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam Named as officiating president of Hockey India, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad Resigns
16 ISRO to Launch Brazil’s Amazonia-1 Earth Observation Satellite on PSLV
17 A book titled ‘His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography’ Authored by Tenzin Geyche Tethong to be Released
18 Flipkart Signs MoU with Government of Karnataka to Promote Local Arts, Crafts And Handlooms
19 Maharashtra Govt & SBI to Set up Stress Fund to Revive Slum Rehabilitation Authority projects
20 UP Government Approves Uttar Pradesh Startup Policy 2020
21 Manipur CM N. Biren Singh Virtually Inaugurates 5 Water Supply projects, worth Rs 48.39 crore and Rapid Antigen Detection Testing Centre

 

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