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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Vice-President releases ‘The State of Young Child in India’ reportVice President released ‘The State of Young Child in India’ report - Start

On September 04, 2020, Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu released the inaugural issue of the report ‘The State of Young Child in India’. The report provides an account of challenges related to early child development (0-6 years) in India. 
i.The report has been prepared by Mobile Creches, a policy advocacy organisation which works with underprivileged children across India.The report introduced two indexes: Young Child Outcomes Index (YCOI) and Young Child Environment Index (YCEI).
ii.The report has also released the list of Best-performing states & worst-performing states based on the Young Child Outcomes Index.
Best-Performing State:

State  Index score (2015-16)
Kerala  0.858
Goa 0.817
Tripura 0.761
Tamil Nadu  0.731
Mizoram 0.719

Worst-Performing State:

State Index score (2015-16)
Bihar 0.452
Uttar Pradesh 0.46
Jharkhand 0.5
Madhya Pradesh 0.526
Chhattisgarh 0.555

About Mobile Creches:-
The first ‘mobile creche’ was set up in 1969, at a construction site near Rajghat, in Delhi.
Chair Person – Ms. Amrita Jain
Motto – Nurturing childhood sowing change

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Union Minister Arjun Munda Inaugurates Two-days Virtual National Tribal Research Conclave Shri-Arjun-Munda-inaugurates--‘2-Days’-National-Tribal-Research

i.On September 3, 2020 Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda virtually inaugurated the two-days National Tribal Research Conclave to be held from September 3-4, 2020 in New Delhi. The conclave will be chaired by Union Minister Arjun Munda, it will review progress on the outcome of various projects being implemented under different partnerships, and the best practices will be showcased to all participants. 
ii.The Conclave has been organized by the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Tribal Affairs, Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) and Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA). 
iii.Tribal Research helps not only to make a effort on the anthropological aspects of tribal life and culture but also help to achieve the goal “Mera Van Mera Dhan, Mera Udhyam” since forests are not only important for environment but play a major role in tribal livelihoods.
MoU signed between MoTA and IIPA:
During the Conclave, an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) to set up the National Institute of Tribal Research at IIPA Campus, New Delhi. 
About Ministry of Tribal Affairs:
Union Minister – Arjun Munda
Minister of State (MoS) – Renuka Singh Saruta
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IIT Roorkee Signs MoU with NIUA for Collaboration in BASIIC ProgrammeIIT-Roorkee-inks-MoU-with-NIUA-for-collaboration-in-building-accessible,-safe-and-inclusive-Indian-cities

i.On 4th September 2020, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) to collaborate in the areas like universal design principles and inclusive development of the Building Accessible Safe Inclusive Indian Cities (BASIIC) programme of NIUA.
ii.Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director of IIT-R and Hitesh Vaidya, Director of NIUA signed and exchanged the MoU.
iii.This eases the collaboration of IIT-R and NIUA in field policy research, technical support, knowledge creation and dissemination and in initiatives like research, capacity development and others.
About NIUA:
Vice President – Mr.Kunal Kumar
Director– Hitesh Vaidya
Headquarters– New Delhi
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60th Annual Convention of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers 2020 held Virtually; Kenichi Ayukawa Appointed as President60th-annual-convention-of-Society-of-Indian-Automobile-Manufacturers-held-Virtually

i.On September 4, 2020 Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers(SIAM) organised and hosted its 60th SIAM Annual Convention 2020 virtually, titled “Re-Building the Nation, Responsibly”.
ii.SIAM appointed Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd as its new President. He succeeds Rajan Wadhera, Senior Advisor, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. 
iii.Nitin Jairam Gadkari stated that currently India has the 2nd largest road network in the world, which is being fueled by the tremendous growth in construction of expressways and highways.
About SIAMS
Head Office– New Delhi, India
President–  Kenichi Ayukawa (MD and Chief Executive OfficerCEO of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd )
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

FAO’s 35th Asia-Pacific regional Conference (APRC) meeting held virtually; Parshottam Rupala represented IndiaFAO’s-35th-Asia-Pacific-regional-Conference-(APRC)-meeting-held--virtually

i.The Thirty-fifth Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) hosted by Bhutan at Thimphu which was held from 1-4 September 2020 through Zoom video conferencing platform amid COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health concerns. 
ii.It was held to plan responses and recovery work to address the twin pandemic viz. COVID-19 and hunger. Discussions were also held regarding the state of agriculture, natural resources management, food security and nutrition.
iii.From Indian side the meeting was addressed by Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala.
About Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Director-General (DG)– QU Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
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Prahlad Singh Patel Represented India in 5th BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meeting Held VirtuallyUnion-Minister-of-State-for-Culture-and-Tourism-Shri-Prahlad-Singh-Patel-virtually-attends-5th-BRICS-Culture-Ministers’-Meet

i.On September 3, 2020, Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge-I/C) for Culture and Tourism represented India and addressed in 5th BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Culture Ministers’ Meeting  held through video conference under the Chairpersonship of Russian Federation
ii.Discussion: About the impact of the epidemiological situation on the cultural sphere in the BRICS countries and reviewed the possible implementation of joint cultural online-projects within BRICS.
About BRICS:
Members–  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Chairmanship– Russia (India will assume the Chairmanship of BRICS in 2021)
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5 day USISPF 3rd Annual Leadership Summit 2020 heldUSISPF-Announces-India-Executive-Leadership-Board

i.The 5 days long US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) 3rd Annual Leadership Summit was held from August 31-September 3, 2020 on the theme “US-India Navigating New Challenges”
The aim of the summit was to discuss enhancing strategic and economic collaboration between the US and India with focus on  trade and investment, healthcare, collaboration in fintech, technology and India’s position in global supply chains. 
ii.USISPF, formed in 2017 is the only independent bi-lateral organization that is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. 
iii.Small Businesses made India the second largest PPE (personal protective equipment) kits manufacturer in the World, after China.
iv.FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) into India rose by 20% in 2019, when the global FDI inflows fell by 1%.
About United States (US):
Capital– Washington, D.C.
Currency– United States Dollar
President– Donald John Trump
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EAM Jaishankar participated in Virtual Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/ International RelationsMeeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs

i.On 4th September 2020, Russia, the current chair of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) chaired the stand alone meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/ International Relations over a virtual platform through video conferencing.
ii.The Ministers discussed the major regional and international issues in politics, security, economic, trade, financial and sustainable developments 
iii.Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Union Minister of External affairs stressed the reforms needed to reflect the global realities and the opinion of the people.
About Ministry of External Affairs(MEA):
Union Minister– Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of State– V. Muraleedharan
About BRICS:
Presidency– Russia (India will assume Presidency in 2021)
Members– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
Theme– “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

WhatsApp Partnered with CyberPeace Foundation for Cyber Safety Among StudentsWhatsApp,-CyberPeace-Foundation-jointly-unveil-online-safety-programme-for-children,-educators

i.In order to create awareness on cyber safety among students, WhatsApp Inc.(WhatsApp) and CyberPeace Foundation have entered into a partnership
ii.The partnership targets to reach about 15,000 students in 5 Indian states namely, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra by the end of 2020 under the first phase of a pan-India programme.
iii.This initiative is built on a previous partnership under the ‘e-Raksha’ programme, which has reached many students.
About WhatsApp Inc.
WhatsApp joined Facebook in 2014
HeadQuarters– California, United States of America
Founder–  Jan Koum and Brian Acton
CEO– Will Cathart 
About CyberPeace Foundation
HeadQuarters- New Delhi, India
President– Capt. Vineet Kumar 
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KfW IPEX-Bank Financed €10-million Loan to Srei Equipment Finance to facilitate German Exports to IndiaSrei Equipment Finance bags €10-m loan from KfW IPEX-Bank(Write Static GK)

To facilitate German exports to India, KfW IPEX-Bank has financed(Euro)10-million (about Rs 87 crore) loan to Srei Equipment Finance Limited (SEFL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Srei InfrastructureFinance Limited (Srei). The financing is backed by cover from Euler Hermes.
About the Commitment:
i.KfW IPEX-Bank will provide modern and energy-efficient construction machinery for use in Indian infrastructure projects through this commitment.
ii.The financed machinery includes asphalt machines, road pavers and rollers.
Additional Info
KfW IPEX-Bank, with this financing has marked its pledge to support the German and
European export industry.
About KfW IPEX-Bank:
HeadQuarters– Frankfurt, Germany
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Klaus R. Michalak 
About Srei Equipment Finance Limited:
HeadQuarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
Managing Director(MD)– Devendra Kumar Vyas

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX Launched 60 Starlink Satellites to Provide Faster InternetSpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites, inches closer to faster internet

i.On 3rd September 2020, Falcon 9 of SpaceX, a two stage rocket launched the 12th batch of starlink mission with 60 starlink satellites into orbit. Falcon 9 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center of National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), Florida. 
ii.This launch is the first mission of SpaceX in September and 16th Mission in 2020.
iii.The satellites launched in the lower orbit will enhance the high speed broadband internet on Earth and increase the internet access in the low coverage area where setting up of on ground towers are difficult.
About SpaceX:
Founder & CEO– Elon Musk
President & COO– Gwynne Shotwell
Founded– 2002
Headquarters– Hawthorne, California, United States of America
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China Launched Reusable Experimental Spacecraft on a Long March-2F Carrier RocketChina successfully launches reusable spacecraft, keeps mission details secret(Write Static GK)

On September 4, 2020 China launched a reusable experimental spacecraft on a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern Chinese region Inner Mongolia. The spacecraft is similar to the X-37B launched by the US. This launch was the 14th mission of the Long March-2F carrier rocket.
Note– The details of the  mission have been kept secret
Key Info
i.The spacecraft will return to a predetermined landing site in China after a period of in-orbit operation. 
ii.The spacecraft will test reusable technologies during its flight, which will provide 
technological support for the peaceful use of space.
Additional Info
China recently launched  Tianwen-1, the country’s first Mars mission, from Hainan.
About China:
Capital– Beijing
Currency– Chinese Yuan Renminbi(CNY)
President– Xi Jinping

ENVIRONMENT

Researchers of ZSI Discovers Two New Species of Cockroach Wasps in Western GhatsZSI have discovered two new species of cockroach wasps in Western Ghats(Write Static GK)

Researchers of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kozhikode discovered 2 new species of Cockroach Wasps in Western Ghats. These new species were named Dolichurus sahyadriensis after Sahyadri or Western Ghat mountain ranges and Dolichurus chareshi after C.Charesh, the laboratory assistant, ZSI who contributed in the collection of the species.
Dr. P. M. Sureshan, Dr. P. Girish Kumar and Junior Research Fellow, S. Anagha were the members of the team that discovered the 2 species.
Note:
The findings will be published in the Zootaxa, an internationally peer reviewed journal of animal taxonomy.
About the species:
i.These 2 species were discovered in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu and Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala.
ii.They belong to the family Ampulicidae.
iii.They help to control the cockroach population by hunting them to feed their larvae.
iv.Dolichurus chareshi is also found in the Aravalli range of Rajasthan.
Key Point:
i.The genus Dolichurus are commonly found in the Nearctic, the Neotropical, the Palearctic, the Ethiopian, the Oriental and the Australian regions.
ii.Globally around 51 species were discovered and only 5 were from India, they are, Dolichurus amamiensis, Dolichurus albifacies, Dolichurus gilberti, Dolichurus taprobanae and Dolichurus venkataramani.
About Zoological Survey of India(ZSI):
Director– Dr.Kailash Chandra
Headquarters– New Alipore, Kolkata
Established in– 1st July 1916

IMPORTANT DAYS

National Teachers Day 2020 – 5th SeptemberNational-Teachers-Day---September-5-2020

i.India celebrates 5th September of every year as the National Teachers day to honour the roles of teachers in shaping the future of the nation. The day is marked on the birth anniversary of India’s former President Bharat Ratna Awardee, renowned teacher and philosopher Dr. Sarvaepalli Radhakrishnan who was born on 5th September 1888. 
ii.The first National Teacher’s Day was celebrated in 1962.
iii.In the first ever virtual award ceremony, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India awarded the National Award to Teachers 2020, the highest teachers award in India, to the 47 teachers who were shortlisted by the Ministry of Education.
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International Day of Charity 2020:  September 5 International Day of Charity - September 5 2020

i.The United Nations'(UN) International Day of Charity is observed annually on September 5, to raise awareness about the role of charity to ease poverty and hunger. ii.September 5 was chosen to commemorate the death anniversary of  Mother Teresa of Calcutta(Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu), who was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
iii.The day promotes and recognizes charity, charitable organizations & individuals around the world(including the work of Mother Teresa) whose role have eased humanitarian crises and suffering in the world and have contributed to create more inclusive and resilient societies. 
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STATE NEWS

Karnataka Cabinet Cleared Rs 600 cr watershed project with WB Assistance; Pre-Primary Courses initiated in public schoolsKarnataka-cabinet-clears-₹600-cr

i.In order to increase the groundwater table in parched land of 20 taluks, the state cabinet of Karnataka approved Rs 600 cr project titled Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agriculture Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD) with World Bank (WB) assistance.
ii.Notably, the state government would provide Rs 180 crore while the World Bank would extend an assistance of Rs 420 crore for the period of next six years.
iii.The 276 public schools in Karnataka will offer pre-primary courses from this academic year itself.
iv.The state cabinet also approved building of new medical colleges in Haveri and Yadgir at a cost of Rs 327.46 crore and Rs 309 crore, respectively, and building a fishing harbour at a cost of Rs 85 crore at Maravante of Udupi.
About Karnataka:
Chief Minister (CM)– Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa
Governor– Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala
Capital– Bengaluru
About World Bank (WB):
President– David Robert Malpass
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Motto– Working for a World Free of Poverty
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Andhra Pradesh Govt Signed 8 MoUs with Food Processing companies & Netherlands Andhra-Pradesh-govt-signs-8-MoUs-with-Food-Processing-companies

On September 4, 2020, the state government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) inked 8 pacts with 8 major domestic and global companies including Netherlands to boost the food processing sector of various agricultural products, including bananas, tomatoes, mangoes, sugar, chillies, vegetables, and aqua products in the state.
The Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was inked in the presence of Chief Minister Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy. The MoU also aims to empower the women and the socially backward communities economically.
The Netherlands government will help the state government and its farmers for interior architecture, design, packaging and containers for the food processing.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Governor– Biswa Bhusan Harichandan
Capital– Amaravati
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Assam Relaunched SVAYEM Scheme Worth Rs.1000 Crore to Provide Self Employment to Youths of the StateAssam-govt-re-launches-SVAYEM-scheme-to-provide-self-employment-to-around-2-lakh-youths

i.On 4th September 2020, The Government of Assam relaunched its old scheme Swami Vivekananda Assam Youth Empowerment (SVAYEM) worth Rs.1000 crore. The scheme is aimed to provide self-employment opportunities to more than 2 lakh youths of the state.
ii.Redesigned SVAYEM will provide around Rs.50000 as a seed money to start a business venture to the qualified beneficiaries.
iii.A new portal will be launched on 16th September 2020 to enable self-registration of the groups who seek to utilise the benefits of the scheme.
About Assam:
Chief Minister– Sarbananda Sonowal(14th chief Minister of Assam)
Governor– Jagadish Mukhi(30th Governor of Assam)
National Parks– Kaziranga National Park (UNESCO Natural sites), Manas National Park(UNESCO Natural sites), Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Nameri National Park, Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park
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 J&K Lt Governor launches ‘SPARROW’ – A Online Performance Appraisal System for JKAS officersGovernor Manoj Sinha launched the SPARROW system for J&K Administrative Service officers(write Static GK)

On September 4, 2020, Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched the online portal, Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) for Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Service Officers (JKAS).
i.The SPARROW system will benefit around 1289 officers and is aimed at bringing more transparency, avoiding loss of Appraisal Reports (APR) during transition, ensuring better monitoring and timely completion of performance appraisals of JKAS officers. 
ii.The project will be implemented by J&K e-Governance Agency, Information Technology Department in collaboration with National Informatics Centre and General Administration Department. 
iii.Using the Sparrow System, an applicant can file APR from anywhere and anytime. It is expected to make the process seamless, quick and convenient due to in-built alert mechanisms and providing online status checks. 
About Jammu & Kashmir:
Festivals – Lohri, Baisakhi, Bahu mela, Chaitre Chaudash, Purmandal Mela, 
Jhiri Mela.
Airport – Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar (Srinagar International Airport)

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S.no  Current Affairs 6 & 7 September 2020
1 Vice-President releases ‘The State of Young Child in India’ report
2 Union Minister Arjun Munda Inaugurates Two-days Virtual National Tribal Research Conclave
3 IIT Roorkee Signs MoU with NIUA for Collaboration in BASIIC Programme
4 60th Annual Convention of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers 2020 held Virtually; Kenichi Ayukawa Appointed as President
5 FAO’s 35th Asia-Pacific regional Conference (APRC) meeting held virtually; Parshottam Rupala represented India
6 Prahlad Singh Patel Represented India in 5th BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meeting Held Virtually
7 5 day USISPF 3rd Annual Leadership Summit 2020 held
8 EAM Jaishankar participated in Virtual Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/ International Relations
9 WhatsApp Partnered with CyberPeace Foundation for Cyber Safety Among Students
10 KfW IPEX-Bank Financed €10-million Loan to Srei Equipment Finance to facilitate German Exports to India
11 SpaceX Launched 60 Startlink Satellites to Provide Faster Internet
12 China Launched Reusable Experimental Spacecraft on a Long March-2F Carrier Rocket
13 Researchers of ZSI Discovers Two New Species of Cockroach Wasps in Western Ghats
14 National Teachers Day 2020 – 5th September
15 International Day of Charity 2020:  September 5
16 Karnataka Cabinet Cleared Rs 600 cr watershed project with WB Assistance; Pre-Primary Courses initiated in public schools
17 Andhra Pradesh Govt Signed 8 MoUs with Food Processing companies & Netherlands
18 Assam Relaunched SVAYEM Scheme Worth Rs.1000 Crore to Provide Self Employment to Youths of the State
19  J&K Lt Governor launches ‘SPARROW’ – A Online Performance Appraisal System for JKAS officers

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