Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 22 2020
1. South Korea launched its first-ever military communications satellite
South Korea launched its first-ever military communications satellite “ANASIS-II” by private operator SpaceX on 21 July 2020. The information was passed by Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The move by the country aims to build up its defence capabilities.
2. “Manodarpan” initiative to be launched by Ministry of HRD
Ministry of Human Resources and Development will launch “Manodarpan” initiative under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The initiative is being launched to provide psychosocial support to the students for their mental well being.
3. India-US conduct PASSEX Exercise
The US Navy carrier USS Nimitz conducted maritime drills with Indian warships in the Middle East. The PASSEX exercise comes during a period when India and China are locked in tensed border.
The USS Nimitz (world’s largest aircraft carrier) was on its way from South China Sea. The naval carrier recently participated in the military exercise conducted in the South China sea along with USS Ronald Reagan.
4. Indian Army gets ‘Bharat’ drones for accurate surveillance
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided drones named ‘Bharat’ to the Indian Army. The indigenously developed drones are sent in order to provide accurate surveillance along the Line of Actual Control in high altitude and mountainous terrains of Eastern Ladakh.
5. Arnab Chaudhuri to receive Toonz Media Award
The ‘Legend of Animation’ award instituted by the Toonz Media Group (TMG) as part of the Animation Masters Summit (AMS) 2020 – Digital Edition will be posthumously conferred to the legendary animation director Arnab Chaudhuri.
The award is being presented for his invaluable contribution to the animation and entertainment industry of India.
6. India-Maldives sign agreement to establish “Emergency Medical Services”
India and Maldives have signed an agreement for the establishment of ‘Emergency Medical Services’ in Male, Maldives. The Emergency Medical Service is financed by India under grant assistance of 20 million USD for neighbouring countries.
This will help to increase the collaboration between the countries, especially in the areas of health care facilities, disaster responses during critical times, etc.
7. Ramesh Boddu appointed as MD & CEO of Karur Vysya Bank
Board of Directors of the Karur Vysya Bank has appointed Ramesh Babu Boddu as a Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the bank. He has also been co-opted as an Additional Director. The appointment of Ramesh Babu Boddu has been made for a period of three years from the date of taking charge.
8. SAP appoints Kulmeet Bawa as new India MD
Systems, Applications & Products in Data Processing (SAP) has announced the appointment of Kulmeet Bawa as President and Managing Director for SAP Indian Subcontinent. He will replace the incumbent Deb Deep Sengupta.
Kulmeet will be responsible for driving and delivering an exceptional SAP experience for employees and customers across our ecosystem, as well as guide businesses in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to adopt a digital-first mindset.
9. Consumer Protection Act, 2019 comes into force in India
The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 has been implemented in India since 20th July 2020. It has replaced Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
The new act has been introduced to offer protection to buyers from traditional sellers as well as from the new e-commerce retailers/platforms. It will protect the consumer rights through its various notified Rules and provisions and will empower consumers and hence help them in protecting their rights.
10. Amudha appointed Joint Secretary in PMO
P. Amudha, a 1994 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, has been brought to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Joint Secretary in a reshuffle involving 16 officials of elite services from different categories.
She has been brought from the Lal Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration, where she is serving as a professor.