Current Affairs : 13-12-2020 in English

Economy

  • Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and ____ jointly plan to set up an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) to provide equity and loan advance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which could arise as a rising star in the export firmament - Small industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
  • The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) launched an electronic spot platform for agricultural commodities, - 'BSE E- Agricultural Markets Limited' or BEAM.

Environment

  • According to data, Largest CO2 emitter - United States of America.
  • India’s CO2 emission - 3 percent of emission.
  • India's contribution to GreenHouse gas (GHG) emissions - 6.8 percent of global emissions.
  • India has only 2.4 percent of the world's land area and 17 percent population, and preserved 8 percent of world's biodiversity and ____ of forest cover - 24.56 percent.

International

  • On 12 December 2020, the virtual Global Climate Summit was organised on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement by - the United Kingdom.
  • The Indian side confirmed the approval of a 448 million US dollar Line of Credit to be extended by India for four developmental projects in _____ in the fields of road construction, sewerage treatment and information technology - Uzbekistan.
  • India and ____  signed a Memorandum of Understandings on High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) - Uzbekistan.
  • Five ‘Most Dangerous Countries for Practice of Journalism in the World’, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) - Iraq (topped), Mexico, the Philippines, Pakistan.
  • Recipient of the UN Population Award 2020, a first time for an institution in India - HelpAge India.

National

  • Exempted items from Quality Control Order, under Toys (Quality Control) Second Amendment Order, 2020 - Handicraft and GI Toys.
  • Under the theme of ‘Emerging Pathways for Building a Resilient Post COVID-19 Mountain Economy, Adaptation, Innovation and Acceleration’, the ninth edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) on 11 December has begun in - Dehradun.
  • Winner of the CII Industrial Innovation Award, 2020 - Matrix Comsec.

Persons in News

  • Winner of the Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians 2020 for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry, given by the Government of India in collaboration with ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics), and the International Mathematical Union (IMU) - Dr. Carolina Araujo from Brazil (first non-Indian to receive this prize).
  • Author of the book ‘Parva’, which has been translated into Chinese and Russian languages - Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa (Kannada writer).

State Current Affairs

  • Maharashtra government announced that 25 crore rupees will be provided in the first phase for the development of Dajipur Sanctuary, which is part of the - Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolhapur district.
  • Maharashtra’s Department of Social Justice launched an ambitious scheme for distribution of assistive devices to lakhs of persons with disabilities through - “Maharashtra System for Health and Rehabilitation Assistance” or MahaSharad Digital Platform.
  • This state government issued a resolution putting in place a strict dress code, as no jeans, T-shirts and slippers and Khadi clothes once a week, for all its employees and officials - Maharashtra.

Science & Technology

  • India’s first indigenous mRNA vaccine candidate for Covid-19 - HGCO19 (developed by Gennova, Pune).
  • World’s first light-based quantum computer which is created by Chinese scientists - ‘Jiuzhang’.
  • India's 42nd Communication Satellite, which is scheduled to launch on 17 December 2020 - CMS-01.

General Knowledge

  • Product of the share price and number of the company’s outstanding ordinary shares - Market Capitalization.
  • A kind of security which one offers for taking an advance or loan from someone - Mortgage.
  • An Investment scheme, which pools money from various investors in order to purchase securities - Mutual Fund.
  • Loans given by a bank on which repayments or interest payments are not being made on time - Non-performing Asset (NPA).
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