Current Affairs Shortly : 20th October 2020


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approves New Procurement Manual for DRDO

• The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on October 20, 2020, authorized the brand new DRDO Procurement Manual- 2020.

• As per the Office of Defence Ministry, the handbook will probably be encouraging extra participation of the Indian trade which can embody start-ups and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises within the exercise of Research and Development.

• The handbook will even assist the indigenous Defence trade by simplifying the processes. It will guarantee their participation in design and improvement actions.


• The handbook will assist in attaining the purpose of self-reliance in Defence and realizing PM Modi’s dream of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.

Early voting begins within the state of Florida for US Presidential elections

• Early voting has begun within the battleground state of Florida for the US Presidential elections on November 3, 2020.

• 28 million Americans have already solid ballots with solely two weeks remaining within the marketing campaign.

• Florida is seen as a must-win for US President Donald Trump, whose probability of victory will grow to be extraordinarily skinny if he loses the Southern State.


• Donald Trump and his opponent Joe Biden will probably be debating for a closing time on October 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.

COVAX facility now joined by 184 nations

• The Director of the World Health Organization General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has knowledgeable that 184 nations all around the world have joined the COVAX facility.

• While addressing the media, the WHO Chief acknowledged that this goals at financing COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed pretty to each the poor and wealthy nations.

• While speaking concerning the accelerating instances in Europe and North America, he suggested that every one the governments should concentrate on breaking the chains of transmission and save lives and livelihoods.


• He added that governments should concentrate on discovering energetic instances, isolating all of the instances, making certain good medical care, defending weak and well being staff.

Shipping Minister e-launches improvement of indigenous software program answer for VTMS and VTS

• Mansukh Mandaviya, the Shipping Minister on October 20, 2020, e-launched the event of an indigenous software program answer for the Vessel Traffic Monitoring System- VTMS and Vessel Traffic Services- VTS.

• The Minister emphasised on the event of the indigenous system as per the nation’s requirement as a substitute of relying on the foreign-made software program options for the Traffic Management of Indian Ports.


• Made in India VTMS and VTS will probably be paving the best way for the ‘Make for the World’ vessel visitors administration system whereas aligning with the imaginative and prescient of PM Modi’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.

Israel, Bahrain set up diplomatic ties formally following a US-brokered deal

• Israel and Bahrain have established diplomatic relations between each the nations formally after signing the US-brokered deal in Manama.

• The officers of Bahrain and Israel signed eight bilateral agreements. It additionally features a joint communique on the institution of peaceable, diplomatic, and pleasant relations.

• The Foreign Minister of Bahrain, after the signing, acknowledged that it's certainly a historic go to with a purpose to begin opening relations between the 2 nations.

• Bahrain has now grow to be the fourth Arab nation within the Middle East to acknowledge Israel. The different nations are Egypt, UAE, and Jordan.