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Saturday, September 19, 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 19 SEPTEMBER 2020

 DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 19 SEPTEMBER 2020

1.  KOSI RAIL MEGA BRIDGE AND 12 OTHER RAILWAY PROJECTS IN BIHAR

·        PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega bridge) and other projects including a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines, 5 Electrification projects, Bihar’s first Electric Locomotive Shed at Barauni and 3rd Line Project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur in Bihar through video conference. 

 

2. INDIA’S FIRST TERMINAL AT DELHI AIRPORT

·        Hardeep Singh Puri, Ministry of Civil Aviation inaugurated India’s first General Aviation Terminal at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi to handle the flight operations and movement and processing of passengers flying through of private jets or chartered flights. 

·        This terminal can handle Code C type aircraft, which are 50-seater charter aircraft and the biggest in their category.

 

3. SMART CITY INDEX 2020

·        Institute for Management Development (IMD), &Smart Cities Observatory (SCO) has released the 2nd edition of global listing of smart cities i.e. “Smart City Index (SCI) 2020” in which the ranking of four Indian cities- New Delhi, Mumbai (Maharashtra), Hyderabad (Telangana),&Bengaluru (Karnataka) was declined as the technological advancement in these cities is not up to date to cater the COVID19 Pandemic.

·        The index was topped by Singapore followed by Helsinki (Finland) and Zurich (Switzerland) in the second and the third place respectively. 

 

4. BRICS NSAS MEET

·        10th meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) National Security Advisors (NSAs) was hosted by Russia, the current chair of BRICS, where India was represented by Ajit Doval, Adviser to the Prime Minister (PM) of India on National Security.

·        The focus of the meet was to exchange views on combating terrorism and extremism.

·        Notably, a draft anti-terrorist strategy of the BRICS nations has been prepared, which will be submitted for approval during the upcoming summit. 

·        Theme for 2020– “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.

 

5. 2020 COHORT OF YOUNG LEADERS FOR SDGS

·        Udit Singhal (18 years), the founder of Glass2S and, a zero waste ecosystem to control the increasing menace of glass waste in Delhi, has been named to the 2020 Cohort of young leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by the United Nations(UN)

·        The Galss2Sand have prevented around 8000 bottles from being dumped into the landfills and have produced 4815 kilograms (Kg) of high grade silica sands with them.

 

6. RAJESH PANT TO PROBE REPORTS OF SNOOPING BY CHINESE FIRM

·        Government of India formed an Expert Committee led by National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) Lt General (retd)Rajesh Pant, India’s Chief Coordinator on Cyber Security to examine the reports of digital surveillance on Prominent Indian Nationals including President, Army Chief by Chinese firm Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Information Technology Company Ltd.

·        The Expert Committee will submit its recommendations in 30 days. 

 

7. BOOK-“A PROMISED LAND”

·        Penguin Random House announced that the first volume of the Former President of United States of America (USA), Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land” is set to hit the stores on 17th November 2020, two weeks after Election day. 
This book will be released by Crown, a division of Penguin Random House around the world in 25 languages which includes Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Finnish and Vietnamese.

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