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Daily Current Affairs – 26 Sep 2020 : GKToday Updates
1. PM Modi to address United Nations General Assembly today
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this evening.
As the UNGA this year is being held in the backdrop of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, it is being conducted mostly virtually.
- The theme of the 75th UNGA is ‘The future we want, the United Nations we need, reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting the COVID-19 through effective multilateral action’.
- PM Modi is likely to highlight India’s contribution to global cooperation during the Covid-19 pandemic and will also push for strengthening of global action on counter-terrorism.
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The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and achieve international cooperation.
Headquarters: New York, United States
2. India-Japan bilateral maritime exercise ‘JIMEX’ to begin today
- The 4th edition of India – Japan bilateral Maritime exercise JIMEX, which is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force is all set to begin from today in North Arabian Sea.
- JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime security cooperation.
- JIMEX 20 will be spread over three days and is being conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’, in view of COVID-19 restrictions.
- JIMEX 20 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long standing bond of friendship between the two countries.
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The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam, India.
3. Kerala wins UN award on prevention, control of non-communicable diseases
- Kerala has won the United Nations award for its excellent contribution towards the non-communicable diseases-related sustainable development goals.
- It was a recognition of the lifestyle disease control mechanism in Kerala and of the free services and treatment received by a large section of the population.
- The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) 2020 award on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
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This is for the first time that Kerala has been recognized for the annual award.
4. Bihar Elections to be held in 3 phases from Oct 28; counting of votes on Nov 10
- The EC has announced the dates for Assembly elections in Bihar. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the elections will take place in three phases on Oct 28th, Nov 3rd and 7th respectively. The counting of votes will take place on the 10th Nov.
- He said the model code of conduct has now come into effect. The number of phases for the 243-member Bihar assembly has been reduced in view of the security arrangements and festive season.
- Voting time has been extended by one hour till 6 PM and COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day.
- The number of polling booths has been increased to ensure social distancing and the norms will have to be followed.
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Each of the polling booths will have 1000 voters, instead of earlier 1500.
Over 7 lakh hand sanitiser units, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields and 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged.
5. Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away
Veteran playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away yesterday at the age of 74.
He had been admitted at the MGM Healthcare since August 5 after tested positive for coronavirus.
In his career spanning five decades, he had recorded over 40,000 songs in several languages.
He was a recipient of six national awards, including the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.
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His name is included in the Guinness World Record book for recording the highest number of songs.
6. Centre sanctions 670 electric buses, 241 charging stations under FAME Scheme
- The Central Government announced it has sanctioned 670 electric buses for Goa, Maharashtra, Chandigarh, and Gujarat and 240 charging stations in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Port Blair under the Phase II of the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) Scheme.
- Prakash Javadekar, Union Heavy Industries Minister informed that the decision reflects the government’s commitment to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel and also address the issues of vehicular emissions.
- At present, phase II of the FAME Scheme is being implemented by the government for a period of three years with effect from April 1, 2019, with total budgetary support of Rs. 10,000 crores.