Current Affairs Daily Digest – September 17 2020
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1. Lok Sabha passes bill to bring Cooperative Banks under RBI
The Lok Sabha on September 16, 2020 passed an amendment bill to the Banking Regulation Act to bring cooperative banks under the supervision of the RBI. The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 replaces an ordinance that was issued on June 26, 2020.
2. Mali’s former president Moussa Traore passes away
Former President of Republic of Mali, who was in power from 1968 to 1991, General Moussa Traore passed away. He was born in 1936 in Kayes, Mali. He was a former military leader, forcibly took over the reign from Modibo Keita (known as the ‘father of independence’), after participating in a military coup. However, in March 1991, he himself was overthrown by popular protests and a military takeover.
Republic of Mali Capital: Bamako; Currency: West African CFA franc.
3. Fiumicino Airport awarded world’s 1st 5-star Anti-Covid award
The Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) in Rome, Italy, has become the first airport in the world to be certified with “COVID-19 5-star airport rating” from Skytrax, a U.K.-based airport and airline review firm. FCO, also known as the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, is the busiest airport in Italy.
4. S Jaishankar chairs IBSA Foreign Ministers’ Virtual Meeting
External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India, Shri S. Jaishankar, chaired the customary meeting of IBSA Foreign Ministers through video conferencing. During the meet, India, Brazil and South Africa emphasized the need for the international community to redouble efforts to achieve tangible progress for accelerated and comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council.
5. Veteran scholar of Indian classical dance Kapila Vatsyayan passes away
Veteran scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture and art history, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan passed away. She was the founding Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. She was the former Member of Parliament and had served as Education Secretary.
6. SBI, Titan launch contactless payment watches “Titan Pay”
Titan Company has partnered with the State Bank of India (SBI) to launch India’s first contactless payment watches named “Titan Pay”. Using these watches, the account holders of SBI can tap their Titan Pay watch on the contactless payment POS machines for making payments. It is powered by YONO SBI.
About “Titan Pay”
- Under this mechanism, payments of up to Rs. 2,000 can be made without entering a PIN, as per the RBI guidelines.
- A secure certified near-field communication (NFC) chip developed by Tappy Technologies has been embedded in the watch strap that will enable the tap and pay feature in the watch.
- Chairman of Titan Company: N Muruganandam.
- Titan Company Founded: 1984.
- Titan Company Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
- Chairman of SBI: Rajnish Kumar.
- SBI Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
7. World Patient Safety Day: 17 September
The World Patient Safety Day is observed globally on 17th September to create a global awareness for patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer. The theme for World Patient Safety Day 2020: Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety.
- Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
- Director-general of WHO: Tedros Adhanom.
8. ONGC exits from Sudan
India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) recently exited from Sudan oilfields. This step was taken by ONGC after the African nation refused to pay for oil it lifted from the fields.
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation is an Indian public sector multinational company that works in crude oil and gas sectors. Its head office is in New Delhi.
9. TATA group to construct New Parliament Building
The TATA Group of Companies have won the bid to construct a new Parliament building. Total cost for the project is Rs 861.90 crores. It is expected to be completed in 21 months.
The Current Parliament was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1912-1913.
10. 10th virtual meeting of BRICS NSAs
10th Meeting of the BRICS High Representatives on National Security will be held today, September 17, 2020. The virtual meeting would be chaired by Russia.
BRICS is an association of five economies including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This was formed in 2009.
11. What is Djibouti Code of Conduct?
India joined Djibouti Code of Conduct on September, 16 2020 as an Observer State.The member countries include- Eritrea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Oman, Comoros, Jordan, Djibouti, Maldives, Kenya, Somalia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Seychelles, Yemen, UAE (United Arab Emirates), and United Republic of Tanzania.
The observers include- Norway, Japan, UK, US. India also became an observer state under the grouping recently.
Objectives of the Grouping
Under the Djibouti Code of Conduct, the countries work with following objectives:
- To investigate, arrest and prosecute persons who are suspected to commit the piracy acts in the region.
- To intercept and seize suspected ships and property.
- To rescue the persons, property and ships that are subjected to piracy and armed robbery.
- To provide proper care and treatment of seafarers, fishermen and passengers.
- To hire authorised officials to keep a check on patrol ships.