Day: 11 October 2020

Current Affairs one Liners 2020



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30th October 2020

According to the list ‘World’s 50 Safest Banks 2020’, given by Global Finance, New York DBS Bank (Singapore) is the safest Bank in Asia

The virtual festival of “Parampara Series 2020-National Festival of Music and Dance” organised by Natya Tarangini in partnership with the United Nations was launched by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

The Principal Scientist, Division of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, (CSIR-CDRI)-Lucknow, Dr Satish Mishra has seen selected for “Dr.Tulsi Das Chugh Award 2020” by the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India)

Telangana launched ‘Dharani’ Portal for Land & Property Registrations

Arunachal Pradesh State Sports Department has signed a MoU with Sports Authority of India (SAI) for development of Infrastructure at the National Centre of Excellence (NCoE)

NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has launched the ‘National Program and Project Management Policy Framework (NPMPF)’ to transform the infrastructure sector in India in association with Quality Council of India (QCI)

The Chief of Army Staff Manoj Mukund Narvane launched the software named ‘Infrastructure Management System (IMS)’ for automation of functions related to infrastructure development and management

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has partnered with IBM Tech Giant for digital services

The Labour and Employment Ministry has revised the base year of the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) from 2001 to 2016

The 4th India Energy Forum by CERAWeek organised by HIS Markit was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Om Puri has been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 3rd India International Film Festival of Boston (IIFFB) 2020

Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu virtually launched a coffee table book and Rating systems on Healthcare, Logistics and Net Zero Water

Nirmala Sitharaman represented India at 10th round of Ministerial the United Kingdom (UK)-India Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) which was held virtually

India hosted the 19th Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministers of Foreign Economy and Foreign Trade

A contactless multi-purpose card that can function as a credit card and as a metro smart card was launched by SBI Card in association with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

IndusInd bank is the 1st bank in India to become a Financial Information Provider (FIP) under the new Account Aggregator (AA) Framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

RBI has given approval to RBL Bank Maple II B.V. to acquire over 5% but up to 9.99% of the paid-up share capital 

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company has partnered with Free Paycard Retail to launch Group Safeguard Insurance

Punjab Bank has launched the Tracking & Monitoring Staff Accountability Cases (TMSAC) portal and a Vigilance Manual as a part of Vigilance Awareness Week – 27th October 2020 to 2nd November 2020

India has extended USD 1 Billion amount of Line of Credit for development projects in Central Asian Countries

JPY 50 Billion worth foreign currency loan agreement was signed by NTPC Limited with Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) under its GREEN initiative

European Commission signed a new implementing arrangement with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) to enhance scientific cooperation

3rd India International Film Festival of Boston (IIFFB) 2020 based in Boston, United States of America (USA) awarded Kaanthi as Best Feature Film

29th October 2020

Tamil Nadu is going to implement Smart Black Board scheme for a better teaching environment

Kerala is the first state to Minimum Support Price (MSP)/Base Price for 16 Agricultural items which include Vegetables, Fruits and Tubers

The theme of 6th BRICS Parliamentary Forum is ‘BRICS partnership in the interest of global stability, general safety and innovative growth: Parliamentary dimension’

Rohit Sharma has been roped in as a brand ambassador of Dr Trust, healthcare firm

HDFC Bank has appointed Sashidhar Jagdishan as its new chief executive and managing director 

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has signed a MOU with the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) to establish the first of its kind multilevel bus depots

Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated 24X7 Director Port Entry (DPE) facility for containers at the V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust (Formerly Tuticorin Port Trust), Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu)

The Conservation Centers to protect vultures are to be set up under the Action Plan for Vulture Conservation 2020-2025 in 5 States

Anti-human trafficking Police Stations in each and every district are to be established in Uttar Pradesh

The 6th BRICS Parliamentary Forum was organized virtually under the chairmanship of Vyachaslav Volodin, the Chairman of Russian Parliament.

Shri Arjun Munda, the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs launched two Centers of Excellence (CoE) for Tribal Welfare in a collaboration between Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) and Art of Living (AoL)

To commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur the Centre has set up a high-level committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India hosted 3rd India-United States (US) 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi.

ACKO General Insurance partnered with FinServ MARKETS, a subsidiary of Bajaj Finserv to offer two and four-wheeler insurance policies

Government of India (India Post) has inked a MoU with United States for Electronic Exchange of Customs data related to postal shipments

Cochin Shipyard Limited has signed a MoU with Fincantieri S.P.A. of Italy for cooperation in the areas of Design, Ship Building, Ship Repair, Marine Equipment Manufacturing and also for Training & Skill Development

India released commemorative postage stamp in New Delhi on 75th anniversary of United Nations (UN)

28th October 2020

IIT Kanpur and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have inked MoU with Italy’s two universities for restoration and protection of historical monuments

NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has organized ‘India–Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)’ in association with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Uttar Pradesh has secured 1st Rank in Disbursing Loans under PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme

CSB Bank has partnered with IIFL Finance, a NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company) to source and manages retail gold loan assets

The prestigious UN Global Climate Action Award 2020 was awarded to The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE)

The United Arab Emirates has decided to open a consulate in Western Sahara

Delhi Government’s Green Delhi application at 12 pm on October 29, 2020 will be launched by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal 

To share expertise for the betterment of highway infrastructure Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance, plans to build a headquarters for space operations at its airbase in Ramstein in Germany

Bimal Julka has been appointed chairman of Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) 

To help couples in inter-caste marriages to access the incentives easily Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Sumangal Portal 

Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister has launched the ‘e-Dharti Geo Portal’ to integrate legacy drawings such as maps and lease plans in the management information system and make its geographic information system (GIS)-enabled

The list of ‘World’s Best Employer 2020 published by Forbes has been topped by South Korea based electronics conglomerate Samsung Electronics

The Suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India has been extended till 30th November 202

The theme for World Day 2020 for Audiovisual Heritage is annually celebrated by The United Nations (UN) is your window to the world

The 2020 theme for The ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ observed in India from October 27 to November 2 by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat

Australia will take part in 24th edition of Malabar exercise along with India, United States (US) and Japan

SOFIA the NASA observatory has detected water molecules in one of the craters in the Moon

The team of researchers discovered a new species of flowering plant named “Echinops sahyadricus” in Rajgad Fort located in Sahyadri hills, Westenern Ghats, Maharashtra.

Sarbpreet Singh authored the book titled “Night of the Restless Spirits: Stories from 1984”

27th October 2020

Alpha Condé has won the 3rd term as the President of Guinea by winning the presidential elections

BSE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Inventivepreneur Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ICCI) to support start-ups and SMEs and their listing on the exchange

Arunachal Pradesh state government has built war memorial as a tribute to Joginder Singh of 1st Battalion, Sikh Regiment during 1962 Sino-India war

Luis Arce has been appointed as the president of Bolivia

The Kisan Suryodaya Yojna been inaugurated by Prime Minster Narendar Modi in Gujarat

IIT Jodhpur signed a MoU with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the advancement of highway infrastructure

The new Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga announced that the country will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

2030 is target year for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 with agenda reduction in illicit arms flows is necessary for peaceful, just and inclusive societies

ICICI bank has shut down his operations in Sri Lanka after getting approval from the Sri Lankan monetary authority

PM Modi has inaugurated the Paediatric Heart Hospital at Ahemadab which is India’s biggest hospital for cardiology.

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C), Prahlad Singh Patel virtually launched the “Life in Miniature” project, a collaboration between the National Museum, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, and Google Arts & culture

Department of Posts (DOP), Ministry of Communications released a commemorative postage stamp on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organisations.

Punjab state government has launched the phase-II of Rs 11,000 crore Urban Environment Improvement Programme (UEIP)

During the third round of 2+2 Ministerial dialogue India and the United States signed the BECA Agreement (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation)

SVC Co-operative Bank partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a rewards programme

Central government has set up a high-level 70 member committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Wavel Ramkalawan as been elected as the President of Seychelles.

Bhutan has received the UK’s 2020 Brunel Medal for India-assisted Mangdechhu hydroelectric project for excellence in civil engineering

NTPC PSU has won the first place among Indian PSUs in the 4th annual “World’s Best Employer 2020” list published by Forbes

British Driver Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix.

The longest temple ropeway project of the world has been inaugurated at Girnar in Junagadh

The 5th edition Ayurveda Day 2020 Theme is Ayurveda for Covid-19 Pandemic

25 & 26th October 2020

Netherlands has discovered a new pair of Salivary glands also called as ’Tubarial gland’ that is hidden between the nasal cavity and throat

After agap of 35 years India has taken over the Chairmanship of Governing Body of International Labour Organisation 

Bangladesh has launched a ‘no mask, no service’ policy in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the country

Priyanka Chopra and Jr. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the Parle Agro

The World Junior Badminton Champions 2020 which was planned to be held in New Zealand from January 11-24, 2021 has been cancelled

Tamil Nadu Tops the Foreign Tourist Visits list 2019 as per publication titled ‘India Tourism Statistics (ITS) at a Glance – 2020’ released by Ministry of Tourism

“The Fixer: Winning Has a Price. How Much Will You Pay?”, a book portraying the thrilling tale of Neil Upadhyay, an ex-cricketer-turned-fixer was authored by Suman Dubey

India’s first real-time Base Metals Index METLDEX was launched by Multi-Commodity Exchange of India.

Uttar Pradesh has got the first place under PM-SVANidhi Scheme by approving the highest number of loans in the country

Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria launched a mobile application for Geo Tagging of components of projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana-Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (PMKSY-AIBP)

The theme of 2020 World Polio Day is A win against polio is a win for global health

Jammu and Kashmir has become the first Union Territory in the country to operationalize Public Financial Management System (PFMS) at the district level

IIT Kharagpur in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) developed a ‘novel Industry 4.0 Technology’ for remotely controlled factory operations and real time quality correction during industrial production

Pakistan will continue to remain on the grey list of global terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) till February 2021,

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has dedicated first of its kind “Flash Flood Guidance services (FFGS)” to South Asian countries

The Ministry of Labour and Employment announced the extension of Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) scheme for the first time to Arunachal Pradesh with effect from 1st November 2020

PM Narendra Modi launched Kisan Suryodaya yojna in Gujarat

Goa is going to develop India’s first sand dune park with the assistance of World Bank

In Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) 2020-2021 meeting, RBI announced banks can deploy money drawn from targeted long-term repo operations (TLTRO) in six sectors

SBI Card in association with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has launched a multipurpose credit card for Delhi metro commuters

24th October 2020

Rajiv Kumar heads the 14-member advisory committee constituted by NITI Aayog to evaluate the reforms in the urban planning education system

Ministry of Culture launched “Life in Miniature” project in collaboration with National Museum and Google Arts & Culture

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh is top district in India for implementing the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) programme

Haryana State has topped Anemia Mukt Bharat Index released by Union Ministry of Health and Welfare

Tarang Suposhit Maharashtracha is the digital platform launched by Maharashtra government to fulfill the nutritional needs of the lactating mothers and children of the state.

Jitendra Singh represented India at the 1st ever Ministerial meeting of G-20 Anti-Corruption working group virtually

INS Prabal an Anti-Ship Missile (AShM) on its target in Arabian Sea in a practice drill was launched by Indian Navy Missile Corvette

Saad El-Din Hariri has been elected as the Prime minister of Lebanon

Sushil Kumar Singhal, a 2000-batch IFS officer, has been concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to the Solomon Islands.

Defence Ministers of NATO Member States are planning to set up a New Space Center in Ramstein, Germany

Indian diplomat Dr. Neena Malhotra, 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, has been appointed as next Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino

Tamil Nadu State Government has launched the Smart Black Board scheme in 80,000 government schools of the state

United Nations released the Report titled “The World’s Women 2020: Trends and Statistics”

The first ever virtual “CII Agro & Food Tech: India -International Food & Agri Week” was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) between October 16-22, 2020 in association with Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoAFW), Ministry of Fisheries Animal Husbandry & Dairying (FAHD) and Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report titled “Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities”

In a regulatory framework for housing finance companies (HFCs), RBI fixed the minimum Net Owned Funds (NOF) size for HFCs at 25 Crore

MasterCard has entered into partnership with Atlantis to expand the Digital First Program in India

Andhra Pradesh launched the ‘YSR Bima’, to provide financial assistance to the BPL families in case of death or permanent disability of family members

A non-profit NGO has named UK-based Indian-origin plastic surgeon, Dr Jajini Varghese as  an ‘Outstanding Young Person of the World 2020’ for her “incredible” scientific contributions to diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

Third generation, anti-tank guided missile NAG of DRDO, final user trial was successfully conducted recently from the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan.

Apurva Chandra has been appointed as the chairperson of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the period October 2020- June 2021

Rohit Sharma has been signed up by India’s leading beauty accessories brand Vega

Integrated Model Agricultural Village scheme (Ekikrit Adarsh Krishi Gram Yojana) in the state in partnership with NABARD was launched by Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat

23rd October 2020

Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to develop at least 100 Airports, Waterdromes, and Heliports by 2024 under UDAN (“Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik”) – Regional Air Connectivity Scheme

The Third Phase of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) will be commenced from January 2021

INS Kavaratti the Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvette was commissioned recently at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam

India successfully carried out the 10th and final user trial of Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)

Asan Conservation Reserve has become Uttarakhand’s 1st Ramsar site, making it Wetland of International Importance.

Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project, Bhutan Project has won 2020 Brunel Medal for excellence in civil engineering at the Annual Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards 2020

Lewis Hamilton has been appointed as the global ambassador of LG Electronics for its home solutions brand, LG Signature.

Changi Airport, Singapore secured 1st place in the Safest Aerodrome Globally for effective implementation of Coronavirus-related health and safety protocols

14 states have reported a reduction in parasitic intestinal worm infection or Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH) in India as per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare report

Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the top destination for attracting the highest number of domestic tourists visiting the state in 2019 as per the Indian Tourism Statistics (ITS) 2020,

The theme 2020 of International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is “Journey of Words – Resilience and Bouncing Back”

e-Dharti Geo Portal was launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to integrate the legacy drawings like maps and lease plans in Management Information System (MIS)

IIT Kharagpur has developed “COVIRAP”, low cost portable COVID-19 test kit

Agar International Trade Centre, a first-of-its-kind in India was inaugurated at Assam

Chief Minister (CM) of Meghalaya, Cornad Sangma launched “micro automated teller machine (ATM)” 

Election Commission of India (ECI) constituted a committee to examine the issues regarding the limits of expenditure for a candidate

Harsh Vardhan represented India at World Bank (WB) – IMF (International Monetary Fund) annual meeting

The IMF expects Asia’s economy to contract by 2.2% in 2020

Rs 10,000 provided as an immediate financial aid by Andhra Pradesh government under “YSR Bima” scheme for families of accident victims

IOWave20 mock Tsunami Drill which was conducted by Intergovernmental Coordination Group for Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS)

USD 5 Million announced by USAID to support COVID-19 initiatives of India

Uttarakhand launched the Integrated Model Agricultural Village Scheme in partnership with NABARD

India signed a MoU with Nigeria on Cooperation in the Exploration and uses of outer space

22nd October 2020

Surat is the only city in India to have longest Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) network

Pravir Krishna received the CEO of the Year and Visionary Leadership Award at National Awards for Excellence-PSU hosted by the World Human Resource Development (HRD) Congress

Bank of Ghana (BoG) won Central Bank of the Year Award 2020

The 5th joint working group meeting on coal between India and Indonesia will be held on November 5, 2020

P Umesh heads the 9-member panel formulated by IRDAI to examine need for Standard Cyber Liability Insurance

India is in talks with Kazakhstan for co-production and co-development in defence production 

Ministry of Home affairs has amended Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 under the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 & provides way for creation of District Development Councils (DDCs) in each district

The 6th edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 headed by CSIR will be held virtually from 22nd to 25th December, 2020

The foundation stone for the first-ever multi-modal logistic park of India, at Jogighopa, in Bongaigaon district of Assam was laid by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari

 Seema Gupta won GOLD Stevie Award in the Lifetime Achievement-Business category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Railway Protection Force (RPF), Visakhapatnam is implementing ‘Meri Saheli’ initiative in AP Express (Visakhapatnam to New Delhi), in order to provide proactive security to women passengers

The Government of Odisha selected Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) as its national industry partner for the 3rd edition of the “Make in Odisha” conclave

The scheme “AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR” is a unique way to assist cooperatives to play an important role in the creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country was launched by Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar

The electricity consumer service portal ”Mo Bidyut” and a mobile app through video conference was launched by Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik 

According to the “The Future of Jobs Report 2020” report released by World Economic Forum (WEF) COVID-19 and Technological Advances will disrupt around 85 million jobs by 2025

According to the report “Trade and Development Report 2020” released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Global Trade is expected to fall by 7 to 9 percent in 2020

Australia has been invited by India to participate in its trilateral naval exercise “Malabar-2020” which is scheduled to be held in November 2020

Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) has developed Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Processing Facility to solve the issue of ‘Sustainable Processing of Municipal Solid Waste’

Alpha Design Technologies Ltd signed a contract to build & run Rs.753 Crore worth MiG-29 Simulator Centre for IAF

Tushar Mehta represented India at the 18th meeting of Prosecutors General of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

Aishwarya Sridhar became 1st Indian women to win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

Indian Bank in collaboration with IIT-Madras Incubation Cell (IITMIC) has launched an exclusive credit facility of up to Rs 50 crore for start-ups namely “IND Spring Board”

Zenpay Solutions partnered YAP and RBL bank to issue salary cards to its customers

According to the 3rd State of Global Air 2020 (SOGA 2020) report India has the highest burden of infant deaths due to air pollution in 2019

India’s ranked 4th in most powerful country in Asia list according to Lowy Institute Asia Power Index 2020 Edition

CuRED (CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs) is the New website launched by CSIR for providing information on repurposed drugs for COVID-19

21st October 2020

BondEvalue will launch a blockchain-platform in India in 2021 to facilitate investment in bonds by individuals

The book titled “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside” is authored by Nand Kishore Singh

India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park (MMLP) will be developed in Assam

Kharif foodgrain production is estimated to  144.52 million tonnes in 2020-2021

Scientists from West Bengal found India’s first Dragonfly fossil of 2.5 million years old in Jharkhand

SCALE India Mobile App launched by Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) for enhanced quality assurance

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik launched the electricity consumer service portal “Mo Bidyut” and mobile application

Defence Research and Development Organisation developed Standoff Anti-Tank Guided Missile (SANT Missile) which has been successfully tested recently at ITR Chandipur, Odisha

BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) has signed a MoU with Telangana  to support MSMEs to raise equity funds

Supreme Court formulated a one-man committee under Madan Bhimarao Lokur to monitor and prevent stubble-burning by farmers

The theme 2020 of International Chefs Day is ‘Healthy Food for the Future!’

Israel to have its first separate ‘Water Attache’ in India from January 2021

Nokia has been selected by the National Aeronautical Space Agency (NASA) to build the first ever 4G cellular networks on the Moon

In the Asia Power Index 2020, released by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute India has been ranked at 4th position

Mansukh Mandaviya launched the development of Indigenous Software solution for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems (VTMS) In New Delhi

Patm planned to introduce 2 million co-branded credit cards, the Next Generation Credit Cards will have on touch diverse services

The 9th India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held virtually, it was chaired by Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Hardeep Singh Puri

The theme 2020 of World Statistics Day is “Connecting the world with data we can trust.”

Market Data Advisory Committee constituted by SEBI is headed by Madhabi Puri Buch

India’s ranked 2nd according to the 44th edition of “International Migration Outlook 2020” that is based on total inflow of migrants to OECD nations

“Safe City Project” – a women’s safety campaign in Lucknow, UP was launched by Uttar Pradesh (UP) Governor, Anandiben Patel

NITI Aayog along with Amazon web services has launched 1st of its kind, Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC)

The 1st ever virtual G20,  Youth 20 (Y20) Global Summit was virtually hosted from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

20th October 2020

Stellapps launched first-of-its-kind fully automated direct payment platform called ‘mooPay’

Rs 10,000 Crores Loan will be provided by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for “Ayushman Sahakar” scheme to set up healthcare facilities

The first plantation of Heeng (commonly known as Asafoetida) cultivation in India has been started in Himachal Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh launched women’s safety campaign named “Safe City Project” and “Mission Shakti”

Indian successfully test-fired the Stand-off-Anti-tank (SANT) missile off the coast of Odisha.

The 8th Edition of India-Sri Lanka Maritime Exercise SLINEX-20 is being held at Trincomalee in Sri Lanka

The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for India’s first-ever multi-modal logistic park in Assam

DANISA Denmark Open 2020 (Badminton tournament) in men’s singles category was won by Anders Antonsen

Aishwarya Sridhar, a 23-year-old, Mumbai based girl, became the first Indian woman to win the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Shashi Tharoor has authored his new book titled “The Battle of Belonging: On Nationalism, Patriotism And What It Means To Be Indian”.

The centre approved 10 percent increase in the election campaign expenditure for all future elections

Elavenil Valarivan won the Gold Medal in the Women’s event (60-point competition) in Sheikh Russel International Air Rifle Championship 2020

Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully Test Fired from INS Chennai 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of the tenure of Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla till 22nd August 2021

Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance launched Individual Life Insurance cum Savings Plan named ‘Invest 4G’

Fino Payments Bank planned to add an additional 300 points at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) outlet in Tamil Nadu

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India o launch Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) in November 2020.

Singapore became the World’s First Country to attach Facial verification in the National Identification Database

Kiren Rijiju represented India at the 1st ever virtual G20 Youth 20 (Y20) Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on theme “Government – Youth dialogue on post-COVID-19 opportunities”

Bank of Baroda signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) for tractor finance business

Jacinda Ardern has been re elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealand 

India’s ranked 28th based on expense of plate of food according to the report titled, “The Cost of a Plate of Food-2020” was released by United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP)

 18th & 19th October 2020

India Chapter of International Advertising Association (IAA India) has partnered with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote Gender Equality in Ads

India has collaborated with Netherlands in e-health sector to provide digital health facilities

Religare Health Insurance has been rebranded as Care Health Insurance

S Jaishankar represented India at 1st edition of India – Chile Joint Commission meeting held virtually

France has been re-elected as co-President of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a term of two years at the 3rd Assembly of ISA held virtually

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by Bangladesh to celebrate the nation’s 50 years of Independence on 26th March 2021

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath launched the ‘Mission Shakti’ programme, it will be implemented for six months till the ‘Basant Navratri’ in April 2021

United Nations (UN)’s International Day for Eradication of Poverty theme2020 was “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”

Rajkiran Rai G has been elected as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for 2020-21

India hosted the 7th meeting of Ministers of (Law and) Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Finance Minister represented India at 102nd meeting of the WB Development Committee Plenary

The Denmark Open women’s singles title was won by Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara by beating three time badminton world champion Carolina Marin

Air India bid deadline extended by the government till 15th December 2020

Nagaland launched a handbook on “TB Harega, Desh Jeetega!” – An elected Representative’s book on Tuberculosis

India ranked 94th in Global Hunger Index 2020 released by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe

The world’s biggest zinc smelter project will be set up in Dosawada in Tapi district of Gujarat.

The 8th edition of the annual Indian Navy (IN) and Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-20 started in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Cricketer Umar Gul announced retirement from all forms of cricket

Padma Bhushan Puliyur Subramaniam Narayanaswamy (P.S. Narayanaswamy) passed away

Astrosat is the India’s first multi-wavelength astronomical observatory which completed its 5 years of imaging celestial objects in space

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Collaborated with IIT Delhi, DRDO and JATC to Augment its R&D Capabilities

TATA Motors has collaborated with HDFC Bank to finance its passenger vehicles through “Gradual Step Up Scheme” and “TML Flexi Drive Scheme”

Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) has partnered with Jammu Kashmir Power Corporation ltd (JKPCL)for liquidity infusion scheme under “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan”

India successfully conducted the night trial of Prithvi – 2 developed Nuclear-capable Missile (surface-to-surface SRBM) recently at Balasore, Odisha

The Book titled “On the Trails of Buddha: A Journey to the East” was penned by Deepankar Aron