Daily Current Affairs 30 September 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Nagaland launches livelihood generation portal for returned migrant workers
The Nagaland government launched a programme to provide skill development training to migrant workers who have returned to the state from other parts of the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The state government, with support from the North East Council, will initially train around 100 such returnees under the ”Livelihood Generation Programme for Returned Migrant Workers”.
CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches YSR Jala Kala scheme
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the YSR Jala Kala Scheme under which free borewells will be drilled for the needy farmers in the state.
- The government said that about three lakh farmers will be profited from the scheme and will cover five lakh acres of land under cultivation with an estimated cost of Rs 2,340 crore in four years.
- The eligible farmers can apply either online or through the village secretariats. The applications will be approved after hydrogeological and geophysical surveys.
Rs 15,000 Cr Loan Sanctioned For Projects: Urban Affairs Ministry.
Planning Board has sanctioned over Rs 15,000 crore loan for projects worth Rs 31,000 crore, a top official of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said
- 265 projects worth over Rs 18,500 crore are complete and the rest are under construction.
- The Ministry also launched a portal – Project-Management Information System (P-MIS) of the National Capital Regional Planning Board and said this a major step in using digital technology to improve transparency and accountability in monitoring progress of projects and administering loan.
Gujarat govt signs MoU with Denmark in water sector
Gujarat Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding -MoU with Denmark in the water sector.
- MoU has been signed for a five-year period in order to set up Indo-Danish Water Technology Alliance in Gujarat and contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal -6.
Maharashtra bans sale of loose cigarettes, beedis
The Maharashtra government has banned the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis,making it the first Indian state to so.
- The ban has been imposed to reduce the consumption of tobacco and to comply with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003.
BANKING & FINANCE
NABARD embarking on Sanitation Literacy Campaign in Karnataka
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, NABARD is embarking on a Sanitation Literacy Campaign in Karnataka to create awareness on good hygiene and sanitation practices among rural masses.
- The campaign will commence on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2nd and continue until January 26th next year.
- Under Swachh Bharat Mission they supported the construction of 3.29 crore household toilets disbursing 27,298 crore rupees across the country.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Flipkart partners with Bajaj Allianz to offer cyber fraud insurance
Keeping the upcoming festive season and growing online frauds in mind, Flipkart announced a partnership with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company to offer ‘Digital Suraksha Group Insurance for customers in the country.
- The “Digital Suraksha Group Insurance” policy will cover financial losses caused by various kinds of online frauds and cyber attacks that might occur during digital transactions.
- The customers can choose for a one-year cover at premiums as low as Rs 183 for a cover of Rs 50,000, Rs 312 for Rs 1 lakh, and Rs 561 for Rs 2 lakh for a 12-months tenure, with covers also extending up to Rs 10 lakh.
BSE joins hands with Yes Bank to empower SMEs
Leading stock exchange BSE said it has signed a pact with private sector lender Yes Bank to empower the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) listed on the platform.
- The pact aims at empowering the SME segment through awareness and knowledge-sharing programmes.
- As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), BSE and Yes Bank will conduct knowledge events for SMEs, export promotion of SMEs, in addition to providing banking and financial solutions.
IDBI Bank becomes first bank to enable document embedding feature on Structured Financial Messaging System(SFMS)
IDBI Bank has become the first bank in India to have implemented the new feature of document embedding facility with ‘Letter of Credit’ (LC) or ‘Bank Guarantee’ (BG) messages over the Structured Financial Messaging System(SFMS) platform of IFTAS which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India.
- The process would be conducted via a middleware application “i@Connect-SFMS (CSFMS) developed by IDBI Intech.
- This new feature of document embedding provides banks with the functionality of transmitting a PDF document of up to 1 MB along with the LC or BG messages.
Amnesty International suspends India operations after accounts are frozen
Human rights organisation Amnesty International announced that it has decided to halt its operations in India after a successful eight-year run alleging that its bank accounts were frozen as part of government’s “witch-hunt”.
- The decision which came after the recent move by the Enforcement Directorate to freeze the organisation’s accounts will impact about 150 employees.
ITBP chief S S Deswal given additional charge of National Security Guard DG
ITBP Director General S S Deswal has been given the additional charge of counter-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG) as its incumbent chief A K Singh is going to retire on September 30.
- Anup Kumar Singh, a 1985-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed the NSG Director General in October last year.
- This is the second time that Deswal, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer, has been directed to lead the NSG in an additional capacity.
Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur appointed president of FTII Society & chairman of FTII Governing Council
Noted Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been named as the President of Film and Television Institute of India, FTII Society and Chairman of Governing Council of FTII.
- Mr Kapur has directed several films, many of which are critically acclaimed. The Movies include Masoom, Mr. India, Bandit Queen and Elizabeth.
Aamir Khan roped in as brand ambassador for tutoring company Vedantu
Online live tutoring company Vedantu said it has onboarded Bollywood actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador.
- Vedantu with its new ad campaign aims to make quality LIVE online learning accessible to every child, every home with India’s best curated teachers.
Sonu Sood receives SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by UNDP
Hailed as a real-life superhero for his humanitarian work amid coronavirus crisis, actor Sonu Sood has been awarded the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP).
- The UN has recognised the actor’s efforts in helping poor migrants who were stuck in big cities like Mumbai during lockdown by arranging buses, food, trains and even chartered flights to ferry them to their native places from cities.
Assam’s only woman CM Syeda Anwara Taimur passes away
Syeda Anwara Taimur, the first and only woman Chief Minister of Assam, passed away in Australia because of cardiac arrest. She was 84-year-old.
- Taimur became an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) in 1972 and then again in 1978, 1983, and 1991. She was a minister in Assam twice. Taimur became chief minister for a brief period from December 6, 1980, to June 30, 1981.
- In 1988, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. In 1991, she was appointed to the post of Minister for Agriculture in Assam. In 2011, she left the Congress and joined the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).
‘I Am Woman’ Singer Helen Reddy passes away
Singer Helen Reddy, whose 1972 song ‘I Am Woman’ became a global feminist anthem, died in Los Angeles aged 78.
- Helen Reddy’s 1971 version of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” launched a decade-long string of Top 40 hits, three of which reached No. 1.
- In 1973, she won the best female vocal pop performance Grammy Award for “I Am Woman,” quickly thanking her then-husband and others in her acceptance speech.
Veteran lyricist songwriter Abhilash passes away
Veteran songwriter Abhilash, who is best known for the song ‘Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata’ from the 1986 film Ankush, has passed away. He was 74.
- His real name was Om Prakash.His song ‘Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata’ has been translated into eight languages and is played as a prayer song across schools and other institutions even today.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Author Dr Krishna Saksena’s book titled ‘A bouquet of flowers’ launched
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a book written by Dr Krishna Saksena- the first lady to get PhD, way back in 1955 from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
- “A bouquet of flowers”, the ninth book authored by the senior English Professor, was launched in New Delhi.
- Through this book, Dr Saksena, presents a series of anecdotes that allow the reader to extract the moral of the stories, rather than a didactic imposition of her views
World Rivers Day
World Rivers Day is a global celebration of rivers that occurs annually on the fourth Sunday of September. This year the day falls on 27th September 2020.
- It is celebrated to raise public awareness about the rivers and the importance of all of the waterways around the globe.
- The theme for this year was “Day of action for rivers” .
International Translation Day
International Translation Day is celebrated on 30th of September every year on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is known as the patron saint of the translators.
- The day aims to celebrate the work of language translation professionals which facilitates dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to the development and strengthening world peace and security.
- The theme of International Translation Day, 2020 is “Finding the words for a world in crisis”.