AspirantWorld One liners : 20th September

• The United Nations has named Udit Singhal, an 18-year-old youngster from India has been named to the 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders for the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). It is the highest-profile recognition opportunity for youngsters in the UN. Udit Singhal: Udit Singhal is the founder of Glass2Sand, a zero-waste ecosystem that addresses the growing menace of glass waste in Delhi.

• Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, passed the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill, 2020 on 19 September 2020. The Bill aims to punish the individuals who attack health workers or doctors who are fighting the covid-19 outbreak or during any situation similar to the current pandemic.

• Niti Aayog has partnered with the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) for mentoring, training, and capacity building of government officials and public policy scholars. A statement of intent (SOI) was signed between the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) of the NITI Aayog and the ISPP regarding this. The partnership aims to build collaboration for faster intermediation of knowledge and use within the public system.

• Retd. Colonel Dr. Girija Shanker Mungali has been appointed a member of the Asian Football Confederation’s task force. Teh task force consists of 7 members. The force aims to regulate football clubs in Asia and Australia.

• Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has set up eight advanced technology centres to carry out research on futuristic military applications. The centres will provide support to academia to undertake research on new technologies in niche areas for military use. DRDO aims to create an enabling infrastructure for developing futuristic military weapons.

• Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. P. K. Mishra chaired the meeting of the High Level Taskforce constituted to improve the air quality in National Capital Region of Delhi. A review of the main sources of air pollution, measures taken and the progress made by the State Governments and various Ministries was carried out. It was noted that the incidence of stubble burning has reduced by more than 50% in last two years and the number of Good AQI days have gone up.

• Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited (HOCL), a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has been granted Bureau of Indian Standards – BIS certification for all its products. HOCL, a leader in chemical industry has manufacturing unit at Kochi in Kerala. It provides basic organic chemicals essential for vital industries like Drugs and pharmaceuticals, resins and laminates, dyes and dyes intermediates, rubber chemicals, paints, pesticides and Textile industry etc.

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