Current affairs 18 September 2020

NATIONAL

Environment Ministerial Meeting of G20 held

  • The Environment Ministerial Meeting (EMM) of the G20 countries was held through video conferencing under the Presidency of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Union Environment, Climate Change and Forest Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar represented India in the meeting.

M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 4th Global Ayurveda Summit

  • The 4th edition of Global Ayurveda Summit was virtually inaugurated by Vice-President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu on the theme “Emerging Opportunities for Ayurveda during Pandemic”. The objective of the summit is to showcase the Ayurveda immunity model to the global level as a solution named ‘Health as One’ and ‘Immunity through Ayurveda’

Vijay Rupani announces subsidy schemes for e-scooters, rickshaws

  • Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the subsidy as a “Panchsheel gift” of five development schemes in Gujarat to celebrate the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval attends BRICS meet on security

  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday attended a virtual meeting of top security officials of five-nation grouping BRICS.The 10th meeting of the NSAs of the grouping was attended by China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi and senior security officials from Russia, Brazil and South Africa,

Singapore tops smart city index for second straight year

  • For the second straight year, Singapore has topped a smart city ranking based on residents’ perceptions of their own cities.The 2020 Smart City Index, devised by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in collaboration with Singapore University for Technology and Design, was released on Thursday.

BANKING

ICICI Home Finance launched “Apna Ghar Dreamz” Home Loan Scheme

  • The ICICI Home Finance launched “Apna Ghar Dreamz”, its new home loan scheme for skilled laborers like electricians, mechanics, painters, grocery store owners etc in the informal sector of Delh

BOOKS

A new book titled “Azadi” authored by Arundhati Roy

  • Arundhati Roy’s new book titled “Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction” is published by Penguin Books Limited.

OBITUARY

Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti passes away

  • Ashok Gasti passed away due to COVID-19. He was born in 1965 and belonged to Raichur district, Karnataka. The first-time he took oath as Rajya Sabha MP on July, 2020. He is credited for organising the BJP in Raichur district.

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.

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