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Daily Current Affairs – 21 July 2020 : Today Gk Updates
1. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 postponed due to COVID pandemic
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 20th July officially confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that was scheduled to be held in Australia has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The ICC also decided to postpone two other ICC Men’s events to support the current rescheduling, including Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and World Cup 2023.
The T20 World Cup is now likely to be held between October-November 2021 whereas ODI World Cup will now be moved to October-November 2023.
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The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 is currently scheduled to take place as planned in February 2021 in New Zealand.
ICC Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2. Consumer Protection Act, 2019 comes into force from July 20: Centre
The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 has come into force from July 20, 2020. The new law will protect the rights of the consumers through its notified rules and provisions like consumer disputes redressal commissions, consumer protection councils, product liability, mediation, and punishment for the manufacture or sale of products that contain adulterant goods.
The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 also includes the establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) in order to protect, promote, and enforce the rights of the consumers.
The rules for the prevention of unfair trade practices by the e-commerce platforms will be covered under the Act.
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Consumer Protection Act, 2019 repeals and replaces the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
There will also be no fee for filing cases up to Rs. 5 lakhs as per the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Rules.
3. UAE launches its first space mission to Mars from Japan
UAE’s historic journey to Mars has been successfully started when the spacecraft Hope Probe took off in an early morning launch.
H2A, the rocket carrying the Hope Probe to space, was launched from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. It is the Arab world’s first interplanetary landmark mission, putting UAE firmly ahead of all the countries in the Middle East in the area of space and technology.
Hope Probe Spacecraft is expected to reach the Red Planet by February 2021, to coincide with UAE’s 50th anniversary of its formation. The orbiter Hope is expected to take images and send back data of the distant Red Planet.
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UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi; President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
4. Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine early trial shows positive result
– The early-stage human trial data of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University reveals that it is safe and induces immune response, with mild side effects in some participants.
– The preliminary results of the phase I/II trial, published in The Lancet journal, involving 1107 people show that the injection led to them making antibodies and T-cells that can fight coronavirus.
– The study showed 90 percent of involved people developed neutralising antibodies after one dose. Only ten people were given two doses and all of them produced neutralising antibodies.
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The vaccine is made from a genetically engineered virus that causes the common cold in chimpanzees.
5. Indian spices’ exports up by 23 percent
According to Assocham, India’s spices exports rose by 23% to $359 million in June 2020 from $292 million in the same month last year.
The study also revealed how the rising demand for spices in the domestic market led to a sharp increase in their prices by almost 12 percent in June.
Pepper, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, celery, fennel, fenugreek, nutmeg, spice oils and mint products are the major spices shipped abroad.
Indian spices reach almost the entire world while the main importers include the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, UAE, Iran, Singapore, China and Bangladesh.
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The country’s exports in June 2020 stood at $21.91 billion, as compared to $25.01 billion in June 2019, exhibiting a contraction of 12.41 per cent.
6. RK Singh inaugurates India’s first public EV charging plaza in New Delhi
Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy, RK Singh inaugurated India’s first public EV (Electric Vehicle) charging plaza at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said, the EV charging plaza is a new avenue for making e-mobility ubiquitous and convenient in India. He said such innovative initiatives are imperative for the creation of a robust e-mobility ecosystem in the country.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is spearheading the EV ecosystem development in India by undertaking demand aggregation for procuring EVs and identifying innovative business models for implementation of Public Charging Station.
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EESL in collaboration with NDMC has established the public EV Charging Plaza in Central Delhi. It is the first of its kind in India.