Current Affairs – 2020

Ministry of External Affairs creates “NEST” to increase investment coordination

The Ministry of External Affairs is to set up a new division called NEST-New and Emerging Strategic Technologies. The division will work to increase investment coordination among the states of the country and also with the foreign countries. ContentsHighlightsThe Emerging Technologies Highlights The NEST will act as a nodal point to exchange views with foreign Read More…

Farmer Suicide: Steep rise in Maharashtra; highest in 4 years

In November 2019, the number of farmer suicides increased to 300 cases in Maharashtra. The steep increase in farmer suicides though has crossed 300 several times, this is the highest since 2015. ContentsHighlightsThe NCRB issueFarmer Suicide report Highlights The farmer suicides in the state have increased by 61% in 2019 as compared to 2018. This Read More…

PM Modi pays tribute to Savitribai Phule on her birthday

On January 3, 2020, PM Narendra Modi paid his tribute to the Indian Social Reformer Savitribai Phule. She was born on January 3, 1831. ContentsSavitribai PhuleEstablishmentsLegacies Savitribai Phule Savitribai is considered as the first female teacher of India. She played vital role in improving women rights in the country. She is also regarded as “Mother Read More…

Khelo India Youth Games to be held in Guwahati

The Khelo India Youth Game is to be held between February 10, 2020 and February 22, 2020 in Guwahati, Assam. The Games are conducted annually. ContentsHighlightsTraining of Trainers Programme (TOT) Highlights Every year national level multidisciplinary grass root level games are conducted under Khelo India Youth Games event. The games include two categories namely under-17-year Read More…

World Book Fair, 2020 at New Delhi

The New Delhi World Book Fair organized by the National Book Trust is being held for 42 years now. The trust is an apex body of Government of India functioning under Ministry of Human Resource Development. ContentsHighlightsSignificanceNational Book Trust Highlights The World Book Fair is to be held between January 4, 2020 and January 12, Read More…

Palau first country to ban sunscreen to protect Coral Reefs

The Pacific Island, Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream that is harmful to corals. The country has banned common ingredients used in cosmetics including oxybenzone. ContentsHighlightsHow are sun creams harmful to corals?Why Palau? Highlights The order of the ban was passed in 2018. However, it comes into effect from January 1, Read More…

India to set strict restrictions on non-essential imports from China

Ministry of Commerce and industry has announced that 371 items from China will get strict restriction from March 2020. The move aims at curbing imports of non-essential items such as plastic goods, toys, furniture, sports. ContentsHighlightsSignificance Highlights The rules are to be framed by the Ministry in coordination with BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards). Though Read More…

2020 Designated as “Year of Nurse and Midwife”

In the honor of 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization designated the year 2020 as the “Year of Nurse and Midwife”. ContentsHighlightsFlorence Nightingale Highlights This year, WHO is to focus on nursing and midwifery in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage. The organization is leading the development of “World Nursing Report” Read More…