Important Current Affair 7th Oct 2020

 

Important Current Affair 7th Oct 2020

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World Habitat Day 2020: 5 October

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day.

  • In 2020, the World Habitat Day is being celebrated on 5th October.
  • The day is commemorated every year worldwide to throw light on the condition of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
  • 2020 theme: “Housing For All — A Better Urban Future” as a proper place to live has become important more than ever.

Cargo spacecraft SS Kalpana Chawla arrives at ISS

A commercial cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS), carrying the name of deceased NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, arrived at the International Space Station.

  • Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman to enter space, has had the spacecraft named after her for her key contributions to human spaceflight.
  • The SS Kalpana Chawla, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus, was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
  • On the NG-14 mission, the SS Kalpana Chawla will deliver approximately 3,630 kilograms of cargo to the station.

Important Current Affair 7th Oct 2020

12th BRICS Summit to be held virtually on November 17

The 12th BRICS Summit will be held on 17th November 2020 via video conference.

  • The theme of the Meeting of the Leaders of BRICS countries which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
  • The Summit this year is being held under the Chairmanship of Russia and aims at a multifaceted cooperation between the member countries.
  • The five member countries have continued close strategic partnership on all the three major pillars of peace and security, economy and finance, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

Centre to urgently release Rs. 20,000 crore as compensation to States for revenue losses

The Centre will urgently disburse nearly 20 thousand crore rupees among the states from the amount collected as compensation cess this year.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement after the 42nd GST Council meet.
  • The Centre will also disburse Rs. 25 thousand crore towards Integrated GST for 2017-18 to those states that received less amount due to the anomalies.
  • Also, the revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey informed that starting from 1st January next year, taxpayers with less than Rs. 5 crore annual turnover will not be required to file monthly GSTR-1 and GSTR-3B returns.

India successfully tests Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo

Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo, SMART was successfully flight tested from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.

  • All the mission objectives including missile flight upto the range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of Torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism (VRM) have been met perfectly.
  • SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for Anti-Submarine Warfare or ASW operations far beyond Torpedo range.
  • A number of DRDO laboratories including DRDL, RCI Hyderabad, ADRDE Agra, NSTL Visakhapatnam have developed the technologies required for SMART.

India, Myanmar agree to operationalise Sittwe port in first quarter of 2021

Important Current Affair 7th Oct 2020

India and Myanmar have agreed to work towards the operationalisation of the Sittwe port in the Rakhine state in the first quarter of 2021.

  • The announcement came after the conclusion of the two day long visit of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General M M Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar on 4-5 October.
  • Both sides agreed to further strengthen their partnership in connectivity projects, capacity building, power and energy.
  • India announced a grant of USD 2 million for the construction of the border haat bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Chin State that will provide increased economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launches ‘Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh’ campaign against air pollution ahead of winter

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a mega anti-air pollution campaign, saying polluted air can be life threatening in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Under the campaign “Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh”, separate plans have been prepared for each of the 13 pollution hotspots in the city.
  • An anti-dust campaign is being initiated by the Delhi government to settle the dust.
  • As part of the campaign, a technology developed by Pusa Agriculture Institute would be used to curb the menace of stubble burning.
  • The government will launch a photo-based app ‘Green Delhi’ for complaints related to pollution. This App will be launched for citizens before the end of this month.

Puducherry airport becomes AAI’s first 100% solar-powered airport

The Puducherry airport has become the first airport of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) which is entirely solar-powered.

  • The 500KWp ground-mounted solar power plant was commissioned on 2nd October 2020.
  • The approx cost of the plant is Rs 2.8 crore. With becoming absolutely power-neutral, the Puducherry airport will be able to meet its entire power requirement through the solar power plant.

MoHUA enters into MoU with Swiggy to take street food vendors online under PM SVANIDHI scheme

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has entered into an MoU with Swiggy, one of the leading food delivery platforms, to onboard street food vendors on its e-commerce platform.

  • The MoU aims at giving the street food vendors online access to thousands of consumers and help them grow their businesses.
  • The arrangement has been facilitated under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme.
  • The Ministry and Swiggy will run a pilot programme by on-boarding 250 vendors across five cities namely – Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi.
  • The street vendors will be helped with PAN and FSSAI registration, training on technology, menu digitization and pricing along with hygiene and packaging best practices.

 

Important Current Affair 7th Oct 2020

 

Justice AS Dave, former Judge and acting CJ of the Gujarat HC passes away

Former Acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court Justice Anantkumar Surendraray Dave passed away at the age of 62

  • Justice Dave was appointed as a Gujarat High Court Judge in 2004 and was made permanent in 2006.
  • He was appointed as an Acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court on November 14, 2018 and served until the present Chief Justice Vikram Nath took over the helm in September 2019.

QUESTION TIME

1.World Habitat Day 2020 was observed on ___________.

A 2 October
B 3 October
C 4 October
D 5 October
E 6 October

2.On the NG-14 mission, A commercial cargo spacecraft reached the International Space Station (ISS) carrying approximately 3,630 kilograms of cargo to the station. The aircraft has been named after the astronaut ________.

A Rakesh Sharma
B Sunita Williams
C Kalpana Chawla
D Laurel Clark
E none of these

3.The 12th BRICS Summit will be held on 17th November 2020 via video conference under the chairmanship of ________.

A Brazil
B India
C China
D Russia
E South Africa

4.On the conclusion of the 42nd GST Council meet, the Centre has decided to disburse nearly___________ among the states from the amount collected as compensation cess this year.

A 5 thousand crore rupees
B 10 thousand crore rupees
C 15 thousand crore rupees
D 20 thousand crore rupees
E 30 thousand crore rupees

 

Important Current Affair 7th Oct 2020

5.Recently, India successfully tested the ‘SMART’ Torpedo release from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. S in SMART stands for _________.

A Sided
B Supersonic
C Secondary
D Screen
E Satellite

6.India has recently agreed to operationalisation of the Sittwe port based in _________.

A Bangladesh
B Sri Lanka
C Myanmar
D Indonesia
E Vietnam

7.Which of the following state/UT has launched the ‘Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh’ campaign against air pollution ahead of winter?

A Haryana
B Uttar Pradesh
C New Delhi
D Punjab
E Bihar

8.Which of the following airport has become the first airport of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) which is entirely solar-powered?

A Puducherry airport
B Hyderabad airport
C Pune airport
D Guwahati airport
E None of these

9.The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has entered into an MoU with___________ to onboard street food vendors on its e-commerce platform.

A Zomato
B Uber Eats
C Swiggy
D Ola
E Phone Pe

10.Recetly, Anantkumar Surendraray Dave passed away. Dave served as the Chief Justice of the ________ High Court.

A Assam
B Bihar
C Uttar Pradesh
D Gujarat
E None of these

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