AspirantWorld One liners : 16th September

• International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is observed on 16 September every year. The day is observed to spread awareness among people about the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for possible solutions to preserve it. Theme: The theme of 2020 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is “Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection”.

• Japanese ruling party leader Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the Mew Prime Minister of Japan after the resignation of Shinzo Abe, due to poor health. Yoshihide Suga won the leadership contest of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party by 377 votes out of 534 votes. He is to expected to launch his own Cabinet on 16 September.

• The new Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, is tabled on the first day of the Parliament’s Monsoon Session. The Bill was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ans was withdrawn in March 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic. Teh amendment comes as the 277 urban cooperative banks have reported losses during the COvid-19 pandemic.

• The 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held on 15 September 2020. The virtual meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Raj Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence (MoD) from Indian Side, and Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, U.S. Department of Defense from the US Side.

• India is elected as the Member of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The 54-member the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall. The principal global body held elections for two seats in the Asia-Pacific States category. Three countries namely Afghanistan, India, and China competed.

• India is elected as the Member of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The 54-member the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the General Assembly Hall. The principal global body held elections for two seats in the Asia-Pacific States category. Three countries namely Afghanistan, India, and China competed.

• The 56th ITEC day was observed online by the High Commission of India in Dhaka on September 15, 2020. The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted by a decision of the Indian Cabinet in 1964 as a flagship programme of the Government of India to provide development assistance to developing countries across the globe. ITEC is administered by the Ministry of External Affairs, India and is fully funded by the Government of India.

• The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has invited proposals for the National Highways Excellence Awards for the year 2020. The awards are given every year in seven categories, Excellence in Project Management, Excellence in Operation and Maintenance, Green Highway, Innovation, Excellence in Highway Safety, Excellence in Toll Management and Outstanding Work in Challenging Conditions. The awards were instituted in the year 2018.

• The first ever AICTE Visvesvarya Best Teacher Awards 2020 were presented by Union Minister of Education to 12 faculty members of AICTE approved institutes on the occasion of Engineers Day. The Awards has been introduced for the first time to identify extraordinary teachers and recognize their excellence, best practice and innovativeness in field of higher technical education at national level for Degree and Diploma institutions.

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