16-20 September 2020 Current Affairs

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Posted on Sep 21, 2020 14:01 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) What is the name of the ambitious agriculture reform bill that was passed by the Indian Parliament on 20 September 2020 as the bill was approved in the Rajya Sabha amidst unprecedented protests by the opposition parties? - The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 (The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 is the name of the agriculture reform bill that was presented in the Parliament during the Monsoon Session in September 2020. The bill was first passed by the lower house Lok Sabha on 17 September and then by the upper house, the Rajya Sabha on 20 September 2020. The passing of the bill in the Rajya Sabha was marked by unprecedented pandemonium and protests by opposition parties. The ambitious bill permits intra-state and inter-state trade of farmers’ produce beyond the physical premises of (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) APMC and other markets notified under the state APMC Acts. It also allows trading in an ‘outside trade area’ like farm gates, factory premises, warehouses, silos, and cold storages)

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2) India was elected a member of which UN body on 14 September 2020 which China failed to secure? - UN ECOSOC's Commission on the Status of Women (India on 14 September 2020 secured the membership to United Nations’ (UN) Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Commission on the Status of Women. India, China and Afghanistan had contested the elections, and India and Afghanistan were successful in securing seats while China failed to do so as it got just 27 votes while to win the membership the required majority was 28. Afghanistan secured the highest 39 votes, followed by India with 38 votes. India will be a member of United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women for four years, from 2021 to 2025)

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3) During September 2020 India joined which maritime group as observer? - Djibouti Code of Conduct (India joined the Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment as Observer, as was announced by the External Affairs Ministry during September 2020. DCOC is a grouping on maritime matters comprising 18 member states adjoining the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the East coast of Africa and Island countries in the Indian Ocean Region. It aims at repression of piracy and armed robbery against ships)

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4) Which Union Minister resigned from the Union Cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17 September 2020? – Harsimrat Kaur Badal (The Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) resigned from her post on 17 September 2020 to showcase her protest against the three farm sector bills that was introduced to reform the agriculture sector)

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5) Which two US companies confirmed a deal with popular Chinese video app TikTok for its US business as was announced on 19 September 2020? – Oracle and Wal-Mart (Popular video app TikTok announced on 19 September 2020 it has proposed an agreement with Oracle as its US technology provider and Wal-Mart as a commercial partner. The deal was later agreed upon by US President Donald Trump on 20 September 2020. Under the deal, Oracle would become TikTok’s “secure cloud provider” and hold on to American data, while Wal-Mart would wield its e-commerce and advertising technology. The deal has thus averted an apparent ban of TikTok in the US)

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6) Which international airport became the first airport in the world to earn the 'COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating' by Skytrax? - Fiumicino Airport, Rome (Rome’s Fiumicino Airport became the first airport in the world to earn the 'COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating' by Skytrax, an international air transport rating agency. The assessment was based on a combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis and several sampling tests)

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