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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Delhi-Mumbai e-way to have India’s 1st 5 “Animal Bridges”Delhi-Mumbai e-way to have India’s 1st 5 ‘animal bridges’

As a part of improving road infrastructure, there are many ongoing expressway (e-way) projects in the country including the longest Delhi-Mumbai Greenfield expressway which is to be completed by 2024.  Among one of the features, Delhi-Mumbai expressway will have India’s first five animal overpass or “animal bridges” with a combined length of over 2.5 km for safe passage of wildlife.  These bridges are inspired from the Wildlife crossings in the Netherlands.

  • These will ensure no disturbance and no chance of any conflict to the Ranthambore Wildlife Corridor connecting Ranthambhore and Mukundra (Darrah) wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan as the wild animals will get such passage at every 500 metres interval.
  • This practice of habitat conservation will allow connections or reconnections between habitats and also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals.

The proposal for the same was forwarded by the Rajasthan government to the central wildlife board and the work will start from November/December 2020.
About Delhi-Mumbai Greenfield expressway:
A 1,320 km Greenfield project with an estimated cost of around Rs 890 crore will cut the travel time from Mumbai to Delhi from 24 hours to 13 hours.

  • It will pass through the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.  

MoHUA Partnered with Swiggy to Take Street Food Business Online under PM SVANIDHI MoHUA Joins Hands with Swiggy to Take Street Food Vendors Online Under PM SVANIDHI Scheme

i.For the further empowerment of street vendors under Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), on October 5, 2020, MoHUA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Swiggy, a food ordering and delivery platform in India, to onboard street food vendors on its ecommerce platform, a first of its kind initiative. This will provide online access to thousands of consumers and help these vendors grow their businesses across cities. 
ii.The MoU for the same was inked through webinar by Joint Secretary (MoHUA) Sanjay Kumar and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Swiggy Rahul Bothra, in the presence of Secretary, MoHUA, Durga Shanker Mishra, among others. 
iii.On pilot basis, this program will be initiated by taking 250 street vendors from five cities viz, Ahmadabad (Gujarat), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Delhi, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). Upon the successful completion of the pilot, it will be expanded pan-India in phases.
About Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA):
Minister of State (MoS) – Hardeep Singh Puri
List of Schemes under Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs – Smart Cities Mission, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Urban Transport, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
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Piyush Goyal Virtually Inaugurates Renaming of Naugarh Railway Station to Siddharthnagar Railway Station Piyush Goyal inaugurates renaming of Naugarh railway station to Siddharthnagar

i.On October 6, 2020  Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways inaugurated the renaming of 115 year old Naugarh railway station to Siddharthnagar railway station, located at Siddharthnagar district in Uttar Pradesh(UP), through a video link. 
ii.During the event, MP Jagadambika Pal and railway officials were also present.
About Uttar Pradesh(UP):
Tiger Reserve– Etawah Lion Safari, Chuka Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
Stadium– Eklavya Sports Stadium, Late Mohan Choubey Pahalvan Sports Stadium, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Sports stadium , Buddh International Circuit.
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2nd Edition of Bilateral Naval Ex-Bongosagar held between India-Bangladesh along with 3rd Edition of CORPATIndia and Bangladesh hold 2nd edition of the bilateral naval

i.On October 3, 2020, the 2nd edition of Indian Navy (IN) – Bangladesh Navy (BN) Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar was held in Northern Bay of Bengal which was followed by 3rd edition of IN – BN Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) from 4 to 5 October 2020 at the same venue.
ii.Notably, this edition of Exercise Bongosagar has greater significance as it is conducted during Mujib Barsho, the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
iii. Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kiltan, and INS Khukri, participated along with Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Abu Bakr, a Guided-Missile Frigate and BNS Prottoy, a Guided-Missile Corvette.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD-Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi
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NMCG, WII and the Forest Department launched 1st of its kind “My Ganga My Dolphin” campaign My-Ganga-My-Dolphin-campaign-on-the-occasion-of-Ganga-River-Dolphin-Day

On the occasion of Ganga River Dolphin Day i.e. on October 5, 2020, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the Forest Department launched a Dolphin-based ecotourism programme namely “My Ganga My Dolphin campaign”.This first-of-its-kind initiative, dolphin safaris will begin in Kahalgaon (Bihar), Bijnor, Brijghat, Prayagraj and Varanasi (all in Uttar Pradesh), and Bandel (West Bengal).

  • During the campaign, Dolphin census will be conducted in the 250 km stretch from Bijnor (UP) to Narora (UP), many community awareness campaigns will be carried out and young volunteers will be encouraged to enrol as Ganga Mitras.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Dr Harsh Vardhan Chaired 5th Special Session of the WHO Executive BoardDr Harsh Vardhan chairs 5th Special Session

On October 5, 2020, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) virtually chaired the 5th Special Session of Bureau of the Executive Board as Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO). The objective behind this session was to ensure the full and effective implementation of the terms of resolution WHA (World Health Assembly) 73.1 on COVID-19 response.

  • It should be noted that Harsh Vardhan is the chair of the WHO Executive Board.

What is WHA 73.1?
It was co-sponsored by more than 130 countries for the intensification of efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic and for equitable access to and fair distribution of all essential health technologies and products to combat the virus.

COAS MM Naravane & FS Harsh Vardhan Shringla Conclude 2 Day visit to Myanmar;Agree to operationalize Sittwe port by Q1 of 2021COAS-General-MM-Naravane-&-FS-Harsh--Shringla-Conclude-Two-Day-State-visit-to-Myanmar

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General MM Naravane and Foreign Secretary (FS) Harsh Vardhan Shringla concluded the two-day visit to Myanmar on October 4-5, 2020. India and Myanmar reviewed the progress made in bilateral relations in recent years by regular high-level visits and interactions. 
i.Both sides agreed to work on operationalization of Sittwe Port by the first quarter of 2021.
ii.India announced a Grant of USD 2 million (approximately INR 15 Crores) for construction of Border Haat Bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Chin State to improve economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar. 
iii.India presented 3000 vials of Remdesivir to Myanmar.
About Myanmar:
President – Win Myint
Capital – Naypyitaw
Currency – Myanmar Kyat 
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BANKING & FINANCE

ADB to Invest 15 Million USD in Avaada Energy to Expand Renewable Energy Capacity in IndiaADB-to-Invest-$15-Million-in-Avaada-Energy-to-Expand-Renewable-Energy-Capacity-in-India

i.On 28th September 2020, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement to invest 15 million USD (Rs.109.9 crore) in Avaada Energy Private Limited(AEPL) to support the company to scale the photovoltaic solar energy generation capacity in India.
ii.Shantanu Chakraborty, Director of Infrastructure Finance, South Asia, Central Asia, and West Asia at ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department and Vineet Mittal, Chairman of AEPL have signed the investment agreement.
iii.This 15 million USD investment of ADB will be provided as 7.5 Million USD each from both ADBs Ordinary Capital Resources and Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund(LEAP).
About Avaada Energy Private Limited(AEPL):
AEPL, a leading solar energy projects developer in India through utility scale, rooftop and offgrid solar facilities.
Chairman – Vineet Mittal
Headquarters– New Delhi & Mumbai, Maharashtra 
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Headquarters– Metro Manila, Philippines
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ICICI Bank in partnership with Visa Launched the 1st of its kind Debit Card Facility for Availing LASICICI-Bank-is-the-first-bank-in-the-country-to-offers-debit-card-for-customers

i.On October 6, 2020 ICICI Bank in partnership with Visa introduced a debit card facility for customers who avail Loan Against Securities (LAS) from the bank. The card is available on the Visa platform. 
ii.With this introduction, ICICI bank becomes the 1st bank in India to launch this facility after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed banks to issue electronic(e) cards to customers availing an Overdraft (OD) facility, that are only in the nature of personal loan with no specific end-use restriction.
About ICICI Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Sandeep Bakhshi
Tagline– Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Google India Launches ‘‘Make Small Strong’’ Campaign for Small Businesses; Partners with Zoho, Instamojo, Dunzo and SwiggyGoogle India launches campaign to drive demand for small businesses

i.On September 30, 2020 In order to support small businesses and drive demand through customer support, Google India has launched a nation-wide campaign, ‘Make Small Strong’. 
ii.It has entered into partnership with Zoho and Instamojo to help SMBs(Small and Medium Businesses) to build a digital presence. 
iii.It has also  partnered with Dunzo and Swiggy to expedite small businesses’ on-boarding process. 
iv.In an effort to increase its outreach program, Google in partnership with Doordarshan will launch Namaste Digital.
About Google:
Headquarters– California, United States
CEO– Sundar Pichai
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RGICL Partnered with SatSure Analytics for Crop Insurance Business OperationsReliance-General-partners-SatSure-Analytics-for-crop-insurance-biz

i.On 5th October 2020, Reliance General Insurance Company Limited (RGICL), a 100% subsidiary of Reliance Capital announced its partnership with Bengaluru based SatSure Analytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of SatSure AG, Switzerland to improve its operations of its crop insurance business and satellite based crop monitoring and predictive analytics support for risk management.
ii.RGICL partners with SatSure with a goal to create a successful crop insurance by investing in technology and innovations.
About SatSure:
CEO & Co-Founder– Prateep Basu
Headquarters– Goldach, Switzerland
About Reliance General Insurance Company Limited(RGICL):
Executive Director & CEO– Rakesh Jain
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez Won 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their Discoveries about Black Holes2020-Nobel-Prize-in-Physics-was-awarded-to-Roger-Penrose-Reinhard-Genzel

i.On October 6, 2020 Goran K. Hansson, secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, announced the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020
ii.One half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to Roger Penrose(United Kingdom-UK)  for his discovery that black hole formation is resilient prediction of the general theory of relativity and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel(German) and Andrea Ghez(America) for their discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy(Milky Way).
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Jordan’s King Abdullah II Accepted the Resignation of Prime Minister Omar al-RazzazJordan's King Abdullah accepts resignation of PM Omar al-Razza

On 3rd October 2020, King of Jordan, Abdullah II accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz. The monarch dissolved the parliament on 2nd October 2020, at the end of its 4-year term. Omar al-Razzaz will stay in caretaker capacity until the appointment of a successor to oversee the parliamentary elections on 10th November 2020 and formation of the new government.
About Omar al-Razzaz:
i.Omar al-Razzaz was appointed as the Prime Minister of Jordan in summer 2018.
ii.He was appointed to control the protest against tax increase by the International Monetary Fund to reduce the public debt.
Additional info:
In the past, with an aim to pass a particular lay or to resolve any domestic or regional issues, the Prime Ministers have been appointed for a minimum period of 1 month to a maximum of 3 years, after their dismissals.
About Jordan:
Capital– Ammān
Currency– Jordanian Dinar

Hudle Appointed Ajinkya Rahane as its Brand Ambassador and AdvisorHudle ropes in Ajinkya Rahane as brand ambassador and advisor

i.On 5th October 2020, Hudle, a sports tech startup, announced the appointment of Indian cricketer, Ajinkya Rahane as its brand ambassador and advisor of the company. Ajinkya Rahane will be the face of the brand and he will also provide the strategic inputs of his experience in professional sports and guide the team.
ii.Ajinkya Rahane’s association with Hudle will expose the idea of playing sports to a larger audience.
About Hudle:
Founder & CEO– Suhail Narain 
Headquarters– Delhi
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India, France to launch Constellation of Maritime Surveillance Satellites for IOR RegionIndo-French satellites to trace illegal spillage of oil by ships

i.National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will jointly launch Constellation of Maritime Surveillance Satellites for Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The Satellite will trace illegal spillage of oil by ships. 
ii.It will be the first space-based system in the world capable of tracking ships continuously. 
About France:
President –  Emmanuel Macron
Capital – Paris
Currency – Euro,CFP franc
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Chairman – K. Sivan (Kailasavadivoo Sivan)
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
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C-DAC to Commission India’s fastest HPC-AI Supercomputer ‘PARAM Siddhi – AI’ with NVIDIAC-DAC-to-commission-India’s-fastest-HPC-AI-Supercomputer-‘PARAM-Siddhi-–-AI’-with-NVIDIA

i.In order to be at par with internationa standards in AI (Artificial intelligence) supercomputing research and innovation, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will commission India’s largest HPC-AI supercomputer, ‘PARAM Siddhi – AI’.
ii.The initiative was headed by Abhishek Das, Scientist and Program Director (HPC-AI Infrastructure Development) at C-DAC, who conceived the idea and designed the architecture for the largest HPC-AI infrastructure in India.
About NVIDIA:
Founder, President and CEO (Chief Executive Officer)– Jensen Huang
Headquarters– California, United States (US)
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OBITUARY

Najeeb Tarakai, Afghanistan Cricketer Passed Away at 29Afghanistan opener Najeeb Tarakai passes away after road accident

On October 6, 2020 Najeeb Tarakai, Afghanistan cricketer passed away at the age of 29 due to a road accident on October 2, 2020 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The top-order right-handed batsman has played 12 T20Is(Twenty20 Internationals) and 1 ODI(One Day International) for Afghanistan. He was born on February 2, 1991 in Afghanistan.
Note–  He lastly played a T20 for Mis Ainak Knights in the Shpageeza Cricket League in September where he scored 32 runs
About Najeeb Tarakai
Debut
i.Najeeb Tarakai made his international debut at the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
ii.He made his Twenty20 debut for the Afghan Cheetahs in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup against Rawalpindi Rams. 
Scores
i.He has played 24 first-class games, scoring 2030 runs at an average of 47.20, including 6 centuries and 10 fifties.
ii.His highest international score is 90, from T20I series against Ireland in March 2017.
iii.He has played 17 List A matches, where he scored 53 runs at 32.52, including a century and three half-centuries.
iv.In 33 T20s, he has hit 700 runs.

Naseeb Pathan Leader of UP Congress Passed Away at 52 U P Congress leader Naseeb Pathan dies of COVID-19

On 4th October 2020, Naseeb Pathan, the Leader of Uttar Pradesh(UP) Congress passed away at the age of 52 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh due to coronavirus. Pathan Hails from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh
About Naseeb Pathan:
i.He is a former Congress Legislature Party (CLP) President and one of the few Muslim Congress Leaders in Uttar Pradesh.
ii.He held various positions in the Congress including NSUI and Youth Congress.
iii.He served as the Member of Legislative Council(MLC) for two terms.
iv.He also served as the Leader of the Legislative Council Party for two terms.

STATE NEWS

Gujarat to get Country’s First Ever Two Organic Spices Seed Parks at Patan, BanaskanthaGujarat to get country’s first two Organic Spices Seed parks

On October 5, 2020 Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani released Sanction letters to two Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) for the Country’s First Ever Organic Spices Seed Park in Patan & Banaskantha districts for production of Cumin & Fennel Seeds

  1. Fennel seeds (Saunf) – Banaskantha 
  2. Cumin seeds (Jeera) – Patan 

The parks will encourage capacity building and help farmers in adoption of best practices in the production of cumin & fennel seeds.
About Gujarat:
Capital – Gandhinagar
Governor – Acharya Devvrat
About National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD):
Chairman – G.R. Chintala 
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Goa CM Pramod Sawant launches ‘DISHTAVO’ – Online E-Learning PlatformGoa launches online e-learning platform 'Dishtavo'

i.On 5th October, 2020 Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant inaugurated DISHTAVO (Digital Integrated System for Holistic Teaching and Virtual Orientations) Youtube Channel, a unique initiative of the Directorate of Higher Education (DHE), Government of Goa. 
ii.DISHTAVO Program aims to create online E-content in form of video lectures of syllabus for colleges affiliated to Goa University
Goa has become the first and only State to take the entire syllabus of higher education on e-platform. 
About Goa:
National Park (NP) – Mollem NP (Bhagwan Mahavir) 
Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) – Bondla WLS, Chorao Island (Dr. Salim Ali) WLS, Cotigaon WLS, Madei WLS, Mollem WLS, Netravali WLS.
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Gujarat Govt to Launch Digital Seva Setu Programme for Rural AreasGujarat govt announces Digital Seva Setu Programme for rural areas

i.In order to ensure optimum utilisation of technology for public welfare, Gujarat Government has decided to launch Digital Seva Setu Programme for the rural areas. 
ii.The programme is an initiative under the Centre’s BharatNet project that connects the Village Panchayats through fibre network. 
iii.Phase-I of the programme that covers 2000 village panchayats to be launched on October 8, 2020. Another 8,000 village panchayats to be provided this service by december, 2020.
About Gujarat:
Chief Minister– Vijay Rupani 
Wildlife Sanctuary– Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary, Thol Wildlife Sanctuary, Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pania Wildlife Sanctuary
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AC GAZE

IIT Kharagpur Developed iMediX – Telemedicine Homecare Technology for COVID-19

Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) – Kharagapur’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering(CSE) has developed iMediX, a telemedicine technology for homecare amid COVID-19 to provide critical health care support to the patients through remote consultation by a physician. The device highlights the digital healthcare system and promotes social distancing protocol. The system is adopted for public use at the IIT Kharagpur on campus healthcare system.
On a trial basis the base model has been installed at Swasthya Bhawan, West Bengal.

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S.no Current Affairs 7 October 2020
1 Delhi-Mumbai e-way to have India’s 1st 5 “Animal Bridges”
2 MoHUA Partnered with Swiggy to Take Street Food Business Online under PM SVANIDHI
3 Piyush Goyal Virtually Inaugurates Renaming of Naugarh Railway Station to Siddharthnagar Railway Station
4 2nd Edition of Bilateral Naval Ex-Bongosagar held between India-Bangladesh along with 3rd Edition of CORPAT
5 NMCG, WII and the Forest Department launched My Ganga My Dolphin campaign
6 Dr Harsh Vardhan Chaired 5th Special Session of the WHO Executive Board
7 COAS MM Naravane & FS Harsh Vardhan Shringla Conclude 2 Day visit to Myanmar;Agree to operationalize Sittwe port by Q1 of 2021
8 ADB to Invest 15 Million USD in Avaada Energy to Expand Renewable Energy Capacity in India
9 ICICI Bank in partnership with Visa Launched the 1st of its kind Debit Card Facility for Availing LAS
10 Google India Launches ‘‘Make Small Strong’’ Campaign for Small Businesses; Partners with Zoho, Instamojo, Dunzo and Swiggy
11 RGICL Partnered with SatSure Analytics for Crop Insurance Business Operations
12 Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez Won 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their Discoveries about Black Holes
13 Jordan’s King Abudullah Accepted the Resignation of Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz
14 Hudle Appointed Ajinkya Rahane as its Brand Ambassador and Advisor
15 India, France to launch Constellation of Maritime Surveillance Satellites for IOR Region
16 C-DAC to Commission India’s fastest HPC-AI Supercomputer ‘PARAM Siddhi – AI’ with NVIDIA
17 Najeeb Tarakai, Afghanistan Cricketer Passed Away at 29
18 Naseeb Pathan Leader of UP Congress Passed Away at 52
19 Gujarat to get Country’s First Ever Two Organic Spices Seed Parks at Patan, Banaskantha
20 Goa CM Pramod Sawant launches ‘DISHTAVO’ – Online E-Learning Platform
21 Gujarat Govt to Launch Digital Seva Setu Programme for Rural Areas
22 IIT Kharagpur Developed iMediX – Telemedicine Homecare Technology for COVID-19