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Daily Current Affairs – 2020
Topic: For Prelims and Mains
7th December 2019
Why in news?
India’s Foreign Exchange (Forex) reserves have crossed the $450-billion mark for the first time ever on the back of strong investment inflows which enabled the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to buy dollars from the market.
India’s forex reserves were at $451.7 billion on 3rd December 2019, an increase of $38.8 billion over end-March 2019.
The rise in forex reserves will give the central bank the leeway to act against any sharp depreciation of the rupee.
At $451.7 billion, the country’s import cover is now over 11 months.
India’s forex reserves fell to $274.8 billion in September of 2013, prompting the Centre and RBI to unleash measures to attract inflows. It has been a steady rise for the reserves since then, with $175 billion added in the last six years.
Foreign Exchange Reserves :
Foreign exchange reserves are assets held on reserve by a central bank in foreign currencies, which can include bonds, treasury bills and other government securities.
It needs to be noted that most foreign exchange reserves are held in U.S. dollars.
These assets serve many purposes but are most significantly held to ensure that the central bank has backup funds if the national currency rapidly devalues or becomes altogether insolvent.
India’s Forex Reserve include:
Foreign Currency Assets (such as dollar)
Special Drawing Rights
Special drawing rights, or SDR, are an artificial currency instrument created by the International Monetary Fund, which uses them for internal accounting purposes.
The value of the SDR is calculated from a weighted basket of major currencies, including the S. dollar, the euro, Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, and British pound.
The SDR interest rate (SDRi) provides the basis for calculating the interest rate charged to member countries when they borrow from the IMF and paid to members for their remunerated creditor positions in the IMF.
Reserve Position in the International Monetary Fund :
A reserve tranche position implies a portion of the required quota of currency each member country must provide to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that can be utilized for its own purposes.
The reserve tranche is basically an emergency account that IMF members can access at any time without agreeing to conditions or paying a service fee.
Why in news?
Recently, Fit India Plogging Run was concluded in Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. It was launched on 2nd October 2019 and covered 50 cities across the country.
Key Points :
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports launched the nation-wide Plogging Ambassador Mission under which, Indians who have been running and cleaning their cities, towns or districts, will be nominated as Plogging Ambassadors of their region.
The ministry felicitated Ripu Daman Bevli, popularly known as the Plogman of India and named him the Plogging Ambassador of India.
Plog Runn :
Plog Run is a unique way of picking up garbage while jogging.
It is a ‘first of its kind’ initiative by United Way India (Community Service Organisation) to highlight the need for reducing plastic consumption and compel a healthier way of managing trash.
It combines the Fit India Movement and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Facts for Prelims
Alternative Nobel Prize :
Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa, the “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest,” has received this year’s Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.
The Right Livelihood Award is an international award to “honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.”
The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, and is presented annually in early December.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell based car
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan experienced the test drive of Hydrogen Fuel Cell based car manufactured by Toyota Kirloskar in Shri Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
More about :
Hydrogen offers an eco-friendly & innovative solution for sustainable & green transport fuel.
Only emission from the hydrogen car is water.
Hydrogen can be produced from various sources including biomass, renewables, LNG etc. and possesses high energy density and long time storage.