Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 27 2020
1. India extended medical assistance worth about USD 1 million to North Korea
Government of India (GoI) has sent $1 million worth of anti-tuberculosis medicine to North Korea per a request from the World Health Organization (WHO).
India has extended medical assistance worth about $1 million to North Korea in response to a request received from WHO. The information was announced by the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
2. COVISHIELD: India to take up clinical trials of OXFORD Vaccine
Central Drugs Standard Control Organization announced that it will take up clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine, COVISHIELD developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The trials are being considered by CDSCO after the request from Serum Institute of India.
3. President Kovind appoints Anandiben Patel as the Governor of MP
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has appointed the Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel to discharge the functions of the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. This development comes after MP Governor Lalji Tandon passed away. The power conferred by Articles 155 and 160 of the Constitution was exercised by the President.
4. Delhi government launches portal “Rozgar Bazar”
Delhi government has launched the portal named as “Rozgar Bazar”, a sort of marketplace for job seekers and the people recruiters.
The portal will proved to be a boon for the employers as well as the job seekers. The recruiters can visit the website and update their requirements, similarly job seekers are also required to visit the portal and update their qualification, experience and requirement.
5. Electric potter wheels distributed under “Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana”
Under the “Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana” of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Union Home Minister Amit Shah distributed 100 electric potter wheels to 100 trained artisans in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The step was an effort to empower and associate the marginalized potters’ community.
6. 82nd Raising Day of Central Reserve Police Force
The 82nd Raising Day of Central Reserve Police Force was observed on 27 July 2020. The CRPF was founded as Crown Representative’s Police on July 27, 1939 and became the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the enactment of the CRPF Act on December 28, 1949. CRPF has the mandate to secure internal security scenario and is at the forefront to keep our nation safe.
7. Kala Narayanasamy honoured with President’s Award in Singapore
Indian-origin nurse, Kala Narayanasamy in Singapore has conferred with the President’s Award for Nurses for serving on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, who was among the five nurses (Tay Yee Kian, Patricia Yong Yueh Li, Alice Chua Foong Sin, Chin Soh Mun).
8. Mukesh Ambani’s RIL overtakes Exxon to become world’s no 2 energy company
Reliance Industries Ltd., controlled by Asia’s richest man, toppled ExxonMobil Corp. to become the world’s largest energy company after Saudi Aramco, as investors piled into the conglomerate lured by the Indian firm’s digital and retail forays.
Reliance, which manages the biggest refinery complex, gained 4.3% in Mumbai adding $8 billion to take its market value to $189 billion, while Exxon Mobil erased about $1 billion. Reliance’s shares have jumped 43% this year compared with a 39% drop in Exxon’s shares as refiners across the globe struggled with a plunge in fuel demand. Aramco with a market capitalization of $1.76 trillion is the world’s biggest energy company.
9. Prof Govindan Rangarajan appointed IISc director, will take charge on July 31
He will be succeeding Prof Anurag Kumar, who will superannuate from his service at IISc. Professor Govindan Rangarajan has been formally appointed by the Governing Council of the Institute as the next Director of IISc with effect from 1 August, after obtaining approval from the Visitor, President of India Ram Nath Kovind, IISc said in a statement.
10. India among top 10 countries gaining forest area in the world: FAO
India has ranked third among the top 10 countries that have gained in forest areas in the last decade, the latest Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) brought out by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has said.
FAO has brought out this comprehensive assessment every five years since 1990. This report assesses the state of forests, their conditions and management for all member countries.