Current Affairs : 24-09-2020

Important Day

  • World Rhino Day - 22 September.
  • Theme of World Maritime Day on 24 September 2020 (last Thursday of September) - “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”.

Defence

  • The successful flight test of ‘_____’, a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), was conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Odisha - ABHYAS.
  • A Passage Exercise (PASSEX) was organised in the East Indian Ocean Region from 23 to 24 September 2020 between the Indian Navy and - Royal Australian Navy.

Economy

  • The National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced the signing of an agreement to cement key terms for operationalising the - “NSE IFSC-SGX Connect”.
  • Country’s largest commodity exchange that plans to launch futures trading in ‘___ iComdex Base Metals index’ from October 19 - MCX.

Environment

  • Approximately 75% of the entire population of Greater One-horned Rhinoceros now occurs in India in the three States viz, - Assam, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

International

  • On 22 September 2020, India and this country signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate a bilateral program in a bid to accelerate innovation and technology cooperation between start-ups and corporates from both countries - Israel.

National

  • India’s second rocket launch port is proposed to be constructed in - Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district.
  • Parliament has passed the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill 2020 to establishes the Rashtriya Raksha University in - Gujarat.

State Current Affairs

  • This state government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to work on a broad objective of economic recovery and growth monitoring - Tamil Nadu.
  • The Tamil Nadu government will set up a nutrition park in - Chandrasekharapuram, Namakkal (near Trichy).
  • Mobile App for crop survey that developed by Maharashtra government – “e- Peek Pahani”.
  • In this state, Mukhymantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana is being started, under which additional financial assistance of Rs. 4,000 will be given to the eligible beneficiaries of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi - Madhya Pradesh.

Science and Technology

  • Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered an Earth-sized planet that rotates around its star every 3.14 days and named it - pi Earth (K2-315b).

General Knowledge

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – Founded: 1958; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Australia - Capital: Canberra; Currencies: Australian dollar, Australian pound.
  • National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) - Founded: 27 November 1992; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) - Founded: 10 November 2003; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Israel - Capital: Jerusalem; Currency: New Israeli Sheqel.
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