Presdient Ram Nath Kovind Current Affairs - 2020

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President Kovind on a seven day visit to Philippines, Japan

President Ram Nath Kovind will begin his seven-day visit to Philippines and Japan on 17th October, 2019. The President’s first visit will be Philippines. He will hold delegation level restricted talks with his Filipino counter part Rodrigo Roa Duterte. He leaves for Japan on October 21, 2019. President is visiting Japan to attend the Enthronement ceremony of the Japanese emperor Naruhito.


The bilateral trade between India and Japan is around 15.71 billion USD. India has been the most attractive destination of Japanese manufacturing countries. The FDI to India from Japan has been electrical equipment, automobile, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

There are around 34,348 Indians living in Japan.


The trade between India and Philippines is around 1.6 billion USD (2016-17). Around 1,20,000 Indians are living in Philippines as of December 2018.

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6th India water week inaugurated

On September 24, 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 6th India water week at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The Theme of the week: “Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges”. The event is organized by Ministry of Jal Shakti.

About India Water Week

India Water Week (IWW) 2019 will focus on future challenges. This is based on the hypothetical prediction that the likelihood of conflicts due to water related issues might increase as population in the 21st century continues to grow. Hence water cooperation becomes vital. The event will also focus on issues like water scarcity, water for food security, development of inland water ways, cleaning river Ganga, etc.

During the week international conferences are to be held on international and regional cooperation in water management. The event will also exhibit technologies and latest solutions supporting the theme.

The event is being organized since 2012. It had been organized 5 times since then in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2017, India partnered with the European Union as international partner.

Need for the event 

  • According to WHO 785 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in the world.
  • According to NITI Aayog, in India around 2 lakh people die every year due to inadequate access to safe water.

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