1-15 September 2020 Current Affairs

Jammu-Kashmir | Language Bill | Global Innovation Index | $200 billion m-cap | UNICEF | US Open 2020|

Posted on Sep 17, 2020 03:02 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 September 2020 approved the Jammu and Kashmir Language Bill, 2020 to make five languages namely Urdu, Hindi, Dogri, English and Kashmiri as the official language of the Union Territory. Which were the two official languages of the state till now? – Urdu and English (Before the abrogation of Article 370, Urdu and English were the official language of the erstwhile state. Now Hindi, Dogri and Kashmiri have been added. Till the approval, Dogri and Kashmiri were not official language in any of the states in India though they were included in 8th Schedule)

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2) What is India’s rank in the Global Innovation Index (GII) that was released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 2 September 2020? – 48th (For the first time, India has ranked among top 50 countries in the Global Innovation Index (GII), the index released annually by the WIPO. India’s position in the GII 2020 is 48th and it is at the top position among central and southern Asian countries. Switzerland acquired the first position followed by Sweden, USA, UK and Netherlands. The top ten positions of the Global Innovation Index were dominated by the high-income countries)

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3) During September 2020 which company became the first listed Indian company to cross $200 billion in market capitalization? – Reliance Industries Limited (Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on 10 September 2020 became the first-ever Indian corporate company to cross $200 billion in market capitalization (m-cap). Shares of RIL, the oil-to-telecom conglomerate surged over 8% to a record high after media reports that it's offering to sell a $20 billion stake in Reliance Retail to Amazon)

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4) What is the name of the flagship scheme for focused and sustainable development of the fisheries sector that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 September 2020? - Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) is the name of the flagship scheme for focused and sustainable development of the fisheries sector launched on 10 September 202 by the Union Government. With an estimated investment of Rs. 20,050 crore, the investment under PMMSY is the highest ever in the fisheries sector)

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5) The Union Government on 11 September 2020 formed a panel to study the impact of waiver of interest, and moratorium on loan repayments. Who is heading this panel? - Rajiv Mehrishi (Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Rajiv Mehrishi is heading the committee constituted by the Union Government to study the impact of waiver of interest, and interest on loan repayments deferred during the six-month moratorium. Former IIM Ahmedabad professor Ravindra Dholakia and former SBI MD B Sriram are the two other members of this committee)

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6) During September 2020 which actor was appointed by the UNICEF as its celebrity advocate for promoting and supporting its work around ending violence against children? - Ayushmann Khurrana (Popular Hindi film actor Ayushmann Khurrana was appointed by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) as its celebrity advocate for promoting and supporting its work around ending violence against children. Under this he will work towards ending violence against children especially in the current scenario of worldwide Covid-19 scenario. The actor will spread awareness and bring the child issue in light for public debates)

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7) Naomi Osaka of Japan won her second US Open women’s singles title on 12 September 2020. She defeated which player in the final? - Victoria Azarenka (Naomi Osaka defeated Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, to win her second US Open title in three years, and the third major of her career. She had also won the title in 2018 and the Australian Open of 2019 is her other Grand Slam title)

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8) Which state and Union Territory have been named best performers in the startup ranking of states by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, as was announced on 11 September 2020? – Gujarat and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Gujarat and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have topped the rankings of states and Union Territories that have been able to foster a strong startup ecosystem, showed the second edition of the State’s Startup Ranking report released by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on 11 September 2020)

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9) Who won his maiden US Open singles tennis title on 13 September 2020? - Dominic Thiem (World number three Dominic Thiem of Austria defeated world number seven Alexander Zverev of Germany in US Open 2020 final on 13 September 2020 to win his first-ever Grand Slam title. Thiem became the first player in Open Era to come back from two sets down and win US Open final. Thiem won the match with the scoreline of 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(8-6))

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10) Which entity officially acquired British computer chip designer Arm Holdings from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank in a deal worth $40 billion? – NVIDIA (US-based graphics card maker NVIDIA on 13 September 2020 officially announced that it has acquired British chip designer Arm Holdings from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank in a deal worth $40 billion. Arm was established as Advanced RISC Machine in 1985 as computer chip manufacturing entity)

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11) Who was elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan by the ruling party to replace outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? - Yoshihide Suga (Yoshihide Suga was on 16 September 2020 elected as the country's new Prime Minister in a parliamentary vote conducted in the ruling party. He became the country's first Prime Minister in nearly eight years. The 71-year-old was the chief cabinet secretary under Abe, who had earlier announced his resignation due to medical reasons. Abe has been Japan's longest-serving PM)

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