Current Affairs – August, 2020

Export Preparedness Index, 2020 released by NITI Aayog

On August 26, 2020, the NITI Aayog released the Export Preparedness Index (EPI). The think tank was partnered by Institute of Competitiveness. Highlights Gujarat has topped the index followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. This is mainly because of their location near the coast. The other three coastal states that featured in the top ten Read More…

KIRAN: Mental Rehabilitation Health line to be launched by Social Justice Ministry

On August 27, 2020, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will launch mental health rehabilitation centre through video conference. The helpline number “1800-599-0019” will help in providing psychological support, psychological crisis management, early screening, mental wellbeing, first-aid, and will also help to prevent deviant behaviour. Highlights The initiative targets people experiencing depression, anxiety, traumatic Read More…

India-Bangladesh to open inland waterways

India and Bangladesh will open new inland waterway from September 3, 2020. This is based on the agreement signed by the countries in May 2020 on Inland Water Transit and Trade. The number of IBP (Indo-Bangladesh Protocol) routes were increased from eight to ten. Highlights India’s North East is a prisoner of Geography. Being landlocked Read More…

WHO declares Africa free of Wild Polio

On August 25, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared Africa polio-free. The disease is now found only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Highlights Nigeria is the last African country to be declared free from wild polio. More than 95% of Africa population have now been immunised. This was the major condition set by the Regional Certification Read More…

E-Auction Portal launched for Kashmir Saffron

In order to promote the trading of GI-tagged Kashmir Saffron, the Department of Agriculture operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare has created an e-auction portal in collaboration with NSE-IT. The Department has created the portal under the aegis of India International Kashmir Saffron Trading Centre. Highlights The main aim of the portal Read More…