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National Current Affairs

1. Microsoft vows will be carbon negative by 2030

The US tech giant Microsoft has announced that it would become “carbon negative” by year 2030. Microsoft has also announced its investment of $1 billion in a “climate innovation fund” for technology for carbon capture and removal.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft: Satya Nadella.
  • Founded: April 4, 1975; Headquarters: Washington, United States(US).

Agreements

2. NITI Aayog and UT of Ladakh sign MoU to promote development in Ladakh 

NITI Aayog and Union Territory of Ladakh sign MoU for Development of Infrastructure Projects in Ladakh. Under this agreement, NITI Aayog will be supporting the UT’s administration through its key initiative ‘Development Support Services to States for Infrastructure Projects (D3S-i)’.

Sports

3. ICC U-19 World Cup Cricket begins in South Africa

The ICC Under-19 World Cup Cricket 2020 begins in South Africa.  India is the defending champions in U19 World Cup 2018. Total 16 teams are participating in the tournament, split into four groups of four.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of ICC: Shashank Manohar; Chief Executive: Manu Sahney; Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

4. Sania Mirza wins WTA doubles title in Hobart

Sania Mirza (India) and Nadiia Kichenok (Ukraine) have won the women’s doubles title of the WTA International trophy at Hobart, Australia. They beat Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang from China 6-4,6-4.

Defence

5. Russia to deliver all S-400 air defence systems to India by 2025

Russia has started production of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for India. All five units will be delivered to India by 2025. The S-400 air defence missile systems are among the best in the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Defence Minister: Rajnath Singh.

Summits and Conferences

6. 3rd Edition of North Zone Conference of MIB’s of Media Units held in Jammu

The 3rd edition of North Zone Conference’ of Media Units of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, held in Jammu. The Conference is being organised by the Regional Outreach Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir region.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant (Lt) Governors of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K): Girish Chandra Murmu.

7. Conference on Census 2021 held in New Delhi

A Conference of the Chief Secretaries and Administrator State and Union Territories on Census 2021 and updating of National Population Register, NPR was held in New Delhi. Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also inaugurated the Official Mascot for Census 2021.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India: Dr Vivek Joshi.

Obituaries

8. Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passes away

Former India legendary all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passed away. He played 41 Tests in which he scored 1414 runs and grabbed 88 wickets with 6/43 as his best bowling figures.

9. World’s shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar passes away

World’s shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar passed away. He was born on 14 October 1992, stood at 67.08 cm (2 ft 2.41 in) tall. He made his first appearance in the GWR 2011 book, alongside Jyoti Amge, the shortest teenager (female) living.

Miscellaneous

10. Union Minister of Fertilizers launched the ‘Apna Urea – Sona Ugle‘ brand of HURL

Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda unveiled the logo and brand ‘Apna Urea Sona Ugle‘ of Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Ltd (HURL).

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