Current Affairs – 2020

State Disaster Relief Fund eased by Prime Minister to help States

PM Modi in the recent meet with chief ministers have eased the norms for State Disaster relief Fund. The meeting was with the chief ministers of seven states including Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, that have been severely affected from the covid-19 virus. More than 63% of active cases Read More…

Why Over 380 Whales Died of Mass Stranding?

Around 380 whales have died in a mass stranding in southern Australia on September 23, 2020. The entire pod of 460 long whales got stuck in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania Island, Australia. It is the largest mass stranding recorded in Australia and in the world. The whales have been found stranded over an area of 10 kilometres. The causes of mass stranding is unknown even to scientists. However, Such Mass Stranding of whales is a natural in Australia and New Zealand. Mass stranding is also common in North Sea. ContentsMass StrandingReasons Read More…

Indian Railways: CAG Report

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India submitted its report titled “Assessment and Utilisation of Locomotives and Production and Maintenance of LHB coaches in Indian Railways” on Indian Railways in the Parliament on September 23, 2020. Findings of the Report As per the report, the number of diesel locos has been increased by 20% between Read More…

CAG report – Gaps in toilet constructions by CPECs.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report titled “Construction of Toilets in Schools by CPSEs” was presented in the Parliament on Wednesday. The report has pointed out that toilet construction in schools by central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) has several gaps that were constructed under the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan. The report highlighted that the objectives Read More…

Provisions of the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020

The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020 was passed in Lok Sabha on September 23, 2020. The bill replaces the Major Ports Act, 1963. It aims to regulate, operate and plan major ports in India. The bill will provide a greater autonomy to ports in the country. ContentsKey provisionsPort Authority BoardOther functions Key provisions The bill Read More…

What is Kritagya Hackathon?

Kritagya (Krishi-Raknik-Gyan) Hackathon was launched by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICMR) on September 23, 2020 under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project. It was launched with an objective to promote Farm Mechanisation specially women friendly equipment’s. ContentsKey FactsNational Agricultural Higher Education Project Key Facts Students from any university and college can apply and participate Read More…

World Maritime Day is Being observed on September 24.

The World Maritime Day is observed on September 24 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other international organizations . The day is celebrated on the last Thursday of the September every year. Theme for this year is Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet. ContentsKey FactsSignificanceInternational Maritime Organization (IMO)National Maritime DayMaritime Initiatives involving India Key Read More…

Tuberculosis in India- Challenges and Elimination

Dr Harsh Vardhan, while addressing Ministers of Member Nations of WHO, Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies on September 23, 2020 said that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025. India would achieve this target five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals. ContentsAbout TuberculosisKey FactsHow does it spread?Who are vulnerable to Read More…