Top Current Affairs – September 17, 2020 (Evening Digest)

GKToday presents daily digest of Top Current Affairs covering major news updates of the day. Here are the evening updates for Current Affairs of 17 September 2020:

PM Modi to inaugurate historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu in Bihar

Tomorrow, PM Modi will be inaugurating Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega-bridge) along with 12 other rail projects in Bihar. The government sanctioned the Kosi Mega Bridge line project on 2003-04. It is of strategic significance along the India-Nepal border.

Environment Ministerial Meeting of G20 countries held virtually

The video conference was under the Presidency of Saudi Arabia. Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar, while representing India, commended the group’s launch of Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradation and Coral Reef Programme and two climate change-related documents this year.

World Bank’s Human Capital Index released

Among the 174 countries, India holds 116th position in the 2020 Human Capital Index, with its score increasing to 0.49 from 0.44 in 2018. The updated index includes latest data of health and education of all 174 countries, encompassing 98% of the global population.

Indian Army hunts for water at DBO, hopes to revive paleo lake in Eastern Ladakh

At the altitude of 17,000 feet in eastern Ladakh, the Indian army is exploring and drilling for water at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), one of the strategic outposts along the LAC. There is also the hope for the possibility of reconstructing a paleo lake that existed at DBO 10,000 years ago.

Centre to increase Janaushadi kendras to 10,5000 by March 2024

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers announced the government’s intension to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10,500 by the end of March 2024. The PMBJKs are being established by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India under Pharmaceuticals department.

UNICEF: 1.2 billion children living in multidimensional poverty due to COVID-19 pandemic

This is a 15% increase in the number of children living in deprivation in low and middle income countries or an additional 150 million children since the pandemic outbreak earlier this year. UNIFEF expects the situation to worsen.

NASA considers sending probe to Venus

After an international research team discovered evidence of potential microbes residing in the harshly acidic Venusian clouds, a NASA panel is reviewing missions to send robotic probes to Venus. The approval is expected to be given by next April.





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