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India - Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 begins in Andaman Sea

Indian Navy hosted 27th India-Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 in Andaman Sea to enhance mutual inter-operability & imbibing best practices from each other. SIMBEX series of exercises b/w India & Singapore being conducted annually since 1994

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Currency: Singapore dollar;
Capital: Singapore.

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Netflix's 'Delhi Crime' bags top prize at International Emmy Awards 2020

Netflix's India Original series "Delhi Crime", helmed by Indian-Canadian director Richie Mehta, has bagged the best drama series honour at the 48th International Emmy Awards. "Responsible Child" bagged the best TV Movie / Mini-Series award.

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"For Sama" won the best documentary award.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad launches an international version of UMANG App

Ravi Shankar Prasad launched UMANG’s international version in coordination with Ministry of External Affairs for select countries. It will help Indian international students, NRIs and Indian tourists abroad, to avail Government of India services, anytime.

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UMANG- Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance.

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IIT-Madras made an unmanned self-driving survey craft for ports

IIT-Madras researchers have made a Solar-Powered Unmanned Autonomous Survey Craft for Indian ports and inland waterways. It can undertake autonomous hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, providing real-time data transmission over long distances.

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It can be equipped with a 360° camera and LiDAR.

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Andhra Pradesh launched 'Abhayam' app to enable safe travel of women in autos, taxis

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy launched the 'Abhayam' app designed for safe and secure travel for women commuting by autos and taxis. The app aims at providing emergency help to those in distress and instills confidence among women.

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Blackbuck is State Animal of Andhra Pradesh.

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Amit Shah inaugurates mobile COVID-19 RT-PCR Lab at ICMR in New Delhi

Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated a mobile COVID-19 RT-PCR Lab at Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. It has been jointly developed by Spice Health & ICMR. Tests will be free of cost for the people & report would be available within 6 to 8hrs.

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RT-PCR: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

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Odisha Assembly passes ‘Odisha Essential Services (Maintenance) Amendment Bill-2020’

Odisha Essential Services (Maintenance) Amendment Bill-2020 was passed by state assembly to amend existing Act of 1988 to prohibit strikes by employees of essential services in state & includes services like fire service, excise, forest, prison reforms,etc

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Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar;
CM: Naveen Patnaik.

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23 medicinal plants of Karnataka on IUCN endangered list

23 rare medicinal plants of Karnataka are listed as endangered on International Union for Conservation of Nature list. The red-listed rare medicinal plants include sandalwood, wild clove, red sanders, wild jamun & other species endemic to Western Ghats.

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Karnataka Governor: Vajubhai Vala;
CM: B. S. Yediyurappa.

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Elon Musk Overtakes Bill Gates to Grab World’s Second-Richest Ranking

Tesla CEO Elon Musk passed Bill Gates to become world's 2nd richest person after his net worth soared $7.2bn to $127.9 bn, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of world’s 500 richest people. He has added $100.3bn to his fortune in 2020.

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In January 2020 Elon Musk ranked 35th

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IIT Guwahati develops free-space optical communication system

IIT Guwahati has developed a novel free-space optical communication system for information transfer. In free-space communication, data in the form of voice, text or image is transmitted using light wirelessly rather than through optical fibres.

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IITs are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961

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Home Ministry relaxes account norms for NGOs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

Union Home Ministry relaxed norms for NGOs mandated to maintain FCRA account with SBI. Ministry has set deadline of 31.03.2021 for NGOs registered under FCRA to open account at SBI. It allowed NGOs to maintain existing FCRA Account for utilization purposes

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FCRA, 2010 come into force on 1st May, 2011

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Muthoot Finance, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance tie up to provide insurance on gold jewellery

Muthoot Finance has tied up with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance to provide insurance on gold jewellery as part of their new initiative. Scheme named as "Muthoot Gold Shield" is backed by Group Affinity All Risk policy of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.

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Muthoot Finance is the largest gold loan NBFC in the country.

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India’s 1st moss garden has been developed at Khurpatal, Uttarakhand

India’s 1st moss garden has been developed at Khurpatal, Nainital to conserve various species of moss & bryophytes & to make people aware of its significance. 2 moss species found here Cement Moss & Brachythecium Buchanani – figure in IUCN’s red list.

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Moss are the first plants to grow on rocky land.

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Malaysia Hosts 2020 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit

APEC Leaders’ Meeting 2020 was held under Chairmanship of Malaysian PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Theme of APEC Malaysia 2020: "Optimising Human Potential Towards a Resilient Future of Shared Prosperity: Pivot. Prioritise. Progress".

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APEC Summit 2021 to be hosted by New Zealand;
APEC HQs:Singapore

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Jal Shakti Ministry's multi-disciplinary Technical Committee recommends technologies in drinking water, sanitation

Multi-disciplinary Technical Committee in Dept of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has recommended 5 technologies in Drinking Water & Sanitation to States including Grundfos AQpure, Janajal Water on Wheel, Presto Online Chlorinator, etc.

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JJM Aim: To provide Tap Connection to every rural home by 2024.

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OneWeb emerges from bankruptcy, names Sunil Mittal as Executive Chairman

Bharti Enterprises Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal has been appointed as executive chairman of OneWeb, a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company which has now emerged from bankruptcy and will start commercial connectivity services in late 2021

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OneWeb announced appointment of Neil Masterson as the CEO.

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China to overtake the US as the world's biggest oil refiner by 2021: IEA

China will overtake US as world's biggest oil refiner by 2021, according to International Energy Agency. China's infrastructure & quick economic rebound from pandemic coupled with US economic crisis & transition away from oil-based fuels have led to this.

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IEA HQs: Paris, France
Founded: November 1974

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Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi passes away

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi passed away at the age of 86. The veteran leader was a three-term Assam chief minister from 2001 to 2016, six-time parliamentarian and Union minister twice. He was MLA from Titabor assembly constituency since 2001.

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Assam CM: Sarbananda Sonowal;
Capital: Dispur.