Current Affairs : 14-09-2020 in English

Important Day

  • World First Aid Day (second Saturday of September) - 12 September 2020.
  • Hindi Day - 14 September.

Environment

  • A new species of gecko has been discovered from the Western Ghats in Kerala - Palakkad Dwarf Gecko or Cnemaspis Palakkadensis (named after Palakkad, a place).

International

  • On 12 September, a virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture and Water Ministers held under the current Presidency of - Saudi Arabia.
  • On 9 & 10 September 2020, ‘Climate:Red’, a fully virtual and truly global climate change summit, was organised by - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva.

National

  • NSRCEL, a startup at this institute, has launched the third cohort of the Women Startup Program - Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
  • India's first coronavirus airport testing facility - Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to implement the Integrated Road Accident Database Project (iRAD) in - Six states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu).

Sports

  • Winner of the Women’s singles event at US Open 2020 - Naomi Osaka (Japan).
  • Winner of the Men's Singles event at US Open 2020 - Dominic Thiem (Austria).
  • Winner of the Men's Doubles event at US Open 2020 - Mate Pavić (Croatia) & Bruno Soares (Brazil).

State Current Affairs

  • This state government on 12 September launched the Smart Ration Card Scheme to cover 1.41 crore beneficiaries across the state - Punjab.
  • This state government will launch the ‘Poshan Sarkar’ programme to eliminate the malnutrition - Madhya Pradesh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 September inaugurated the 193-km pipeline of Durgapur-Banka section in - Bihar.
  • This state government has announced ‘Mukhyamantri Mahila Kalyan Yojana’, under which more than 10 lakh women will be given loan at zero percent interest rate from 17 September - Gujarat.

General Knowledge

  • Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) - Founded: 6 June 1997; Secretariat: Dhaka, Bangladesh; Members: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
  • Mekong-Ganga Cooperation - Founded: 10 November 2000; Members: India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  • Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) - Founded: 1994; Headquarters: Quezon City, Philippines.
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) - Founded: 8 December 1985; Secretariat: Kathmandu, Nepal; Members: 17
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