Current Affairs

International:

The Commitment To Reducing Inequality Index-2020

On 7th October, 2020, Oxfam International along with the Development Finance International(DFI) published the third(previous two in 2017 and 2018) edition of The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index(CRI) Index-2020.


Confronting Carbon Inequality

According to a new report titled- Confronting Carbon Inequality, by Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the extreme carbon inequality in recent decades that has driven the world to the climate brink.


‘Serial Interval’in Managing COVID-19

According to a recent research paper published in the journal Science - China, which has now gone over a month without any locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, was able to contain Covid-19 due to its ability to manage the ‘serial interval’.


Saliva Test For Covid-19

  • On 15th August, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new method of testing for Covid-19 — processing saliva samples — and termed it “ground-breaking”.

Vaccine Nationalism

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against “vaccine nationalism”, cautioning richer countries that if they keep treatments to themselves they cannot expect to remain safe if poor nations remain exposed.


World Bank’s STARS Program

  • On 28th June, 2020, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved USD 500 million Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) to improve quality and governance of school education in six Indian states.

 


US Extends Ban On Employment-Based Visas

  • On 23rd June 2020, the US President signed an executive order extending the ban on immigrant and non-immigrant worker visas.

Global Partnership On Artificial Intelligence

  • On 15th June, 2020, India joined the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), as one of the founding members to jointly work towards an ethical, human centric development and use of AI.

ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna

  • In a significant breakthrough, a team of researchers have succeeded in finding "a fountain of high-energy particles erupting from the ice" in Antarctica which according to the researchers could be proof of a parallel universe.

Open Skies Treaty

  • On 21st May, 2020, the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies treaty (OST).

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