Current Affairs – 2020

GoI: Left Wing Extremism has declined by 38% in last five years

On March 18, 2020, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs replied in Rajya Sabha about the decline in Left Wing Extremism in the last five years. This has been possible mainly due to the implementation of “National Policy and Action Plan-2015”. ContentsHighlightsNational Policy and Action PlanUnlawful Activities (Prevention) act of IndiaRed CorridorLWE affected Read More…

Agricultural & Processed food products Export Development Authority signs MoU with SFAC

On March 18, 2020, the Agricultural and Processed food product Export Development Authority (APEDA) signed Memorandum of Understanding with Small Farmers Agriculture-Business Consortium. The agreement aims to link the Farmer Producer Organization and farmer cooperatives with the export value chain. ContentsHighlightsAPEDA and SFAC Highlights The SFAC will share the clusters of farmers and grouping distributed Read More…

Saudi Arabia to hold virtual G20 Summit as that of India’s SAARC

On March 17, 2020, PM Modi interacted with the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Prime Minister shared about India’s preparedness to fight against Corona Virus. He also mooted the idea of SAARC like virtual conference among G20 nations. ContentsSAARC ConferenceSAARC after long timeG20 SAARC Conference Recently, with India’s initiation, a virtual conference of Read More…

CSIR develops new Hand Sanitizer without using chemicals

The Scientists at the CSIR-IHBT (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology) has developed a new sanitizer without using chemicals. ContentsHighlightsWhy Hand Sanitizers in preventing Corona Virus? Highlights The scientists have used active tea constituents, alcohol and have developed the sanitizer according to the guidelines of World Health Organization. Usually chemicals such Read More…

Government of India allows private sector to diagnose Corona Virus

The Government of India has opened testing of Corona Virus to private sector. The price of testing is to range between Rs 9,000 and Rs 12,000. ContentsHighlightsNational Institute of VirologyTests Highlights The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is to establish 51 testing centres apart from the private sector operated ones. These centres are to Read More…

European Project linking Black sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea criticized by Environmental Organization

The Danube-Oder-Elbe canal intends to connect the three rivers Danube, Oder and Elbe. This is to provide an alternate route of navigation from Black sea to Baltic and North seas. However, several concerns are being raised by the environmental organizations against the construction of the canal. ContentsHighlightsWhat are the concerns? Highlights According to the activists, Read More…

Swachh Bharat Mission: Gram Panchayats get more funds under 15th finance commission

The GoI approved the implementation of second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission in February 2020. The Mission is to focus two crore projects during its second phase. It includes Open Defecation Free Plus and solid and liquid waste management. During this phase, the primary focus is to be provided on gram panchayats ContentsFund AllocationSwachh Bharat Read More…

Corona Virus: GoI halts three crucial policies as revenues shrink

As the outbreak of corona virus has hit revenue collection, the Government of India has dropped three crucial policies. ContentsHighlightsPolicies Halted Highlights The revenue collection for the fiscal year 2019-20 has contracted by 3.5% in the first 11 months. With the increasing threat of Corona Virus, it is expected that the revenue collection is to Read More…