Current Affairs Quiz: 13th November 2020

“World Kindness Day 2020.”

  • World Kindness Day is celebrated annually to promote the virtue of kindness. This day is observed every year on November 13th to encourage the values of humanity which can further help in building the world a better place.
  • This day is dedicated to the act of kindness and doing good deeds as an individual or as an organization.
  • World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement. This organization was formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from the world.
  • World Kindness Day can be celebrated by performing different acts of kindness such as helping the elderly or someone who is needy.

Source: India Today

“World Ayurveda Day 2020 observed today.”

  • The Ayurveda Day is observed every year on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti. This year it falls on November 13, the aim of the day is to create a sense of awareness in today’s generation and promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society. Last year Ayurveda Day is was observed on October 25, 2019.
  • This year India will celebrate Ayurveda Day under the theme of ‘Ayurveda for Covid-19’.
  • The practice to observe the Ayurveda Day, which falls on Dhanwantri Jayanti, was started by the Union Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda, and Homoeopathy) in 2016.
  • Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for the celebration of Ayurveda Day to nationalise this system of medicine and to make it global.
  • The Ministry of Ayush has decided to organise various activities marking the fifth ‘Ayurveda Day’, with a special focus on concerns related to the present pandemic. A webinar on the theme of ‘Ayurveda for Covid-19 pandemic will be organised on ‘Ayurveda Day.’

Source: India Today

“Delhi Government launches Jeevan Seva App for transportation of COVID-19 patients.”

  • The Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain launched the Jeevan Seva App for the safe and timely transportation of Corona patients to the healthcare facilities and hospitals. It has been launched in collaboration with EVERA Cab services.
  • While launching the app, the minister informed that the state government has launched the app to facilitate Delhi citizens in home isolation. He added that with this app, ambulance requirements, health check-ups, health amenities and admission to hospitals are now just a click away.
  • Delhi Health Minister informed that the Jeevan Seva app will add efficiency to the emergency commute services of Delhi by enabling more availability of ambulances for catering to serious requests in time.
  • The patients will also be informed about the pick-up time and will be able to contact the driver through the app which will help in reducing the anxiety regarding the availability of the ambulance.

Source: Jagran Josh 

“Haryana CM Launches ‘Project Air Care’ in Gurgaon”.

  • Haryana Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar has virtually unveiled ‘Project Air Care’ to combat rising Air Pollution in Gurgaon. 65 Wing Augmentation Air Purifying Units (WAYU) would be set up at areas with high Air Quality Indices (AQI) in Gurgaon to improve the air quality.
  • The Air Purifiers have been developed by CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay.
  • The project is a result of a public-private partnership between Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Consumer Healthcare.

Source: Dailyhunt         

“India provides 270 MT of food aid to Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea.”

  • The Ministry of External Affairs informed on November 12, 2020, that India has provided 270 metric tonnes of food aid to Eritrea, Sudan, and Djibouti as part of its help to the friendly nations to overcome COVID-19 pandemic and natural calamities.
  • According to the details given by External Affairs Ministry, INS AIRAVAT had left Mumbai on October 24, 2020, on a visit to this region which the mentioned food aid comprising of rice, sugar, and wheat flour.
  • The humanitarian aid has been provided to Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea keeping with India’s tradition of reaching out to the people of Africa in times of crisis.

Source: Jagran Josh                   

“Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party set to win Myanmar General Elections 2020.”

  • Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party is set to return for a second term after it was declared the winner in the Myanmar Elections 2020. The NLD party secured the 322 seats in the bicameral legislature needed to form a government.
  • Suu Kyi’s National League has won 346 seats of the total 412 seats that have been declared. The results of 64 seats are yet to be announced. The main opposition party, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has won 24 seats so far.
  • The Myanmar Election 2020 results show that Aung San Suu Kyi’s government retained its popularity at home even as the Rohingya crisis damaged its international reputation. However, Rohingya were excluded from the poll and the voting was cancelled in some conflict areas, which affected almost 1.5 million people.

Source: Jagran Josh      

“HC allows Delhi government to reserve 80% ICU beds in private hospitals for COVID patients”.

  • The Delhi High Court has allowed the AAP-led Delhi government to reserve 80% of ICU beds in 33 private hospitals for COVID-19 patients. The High Court gave the permit noting that the situation in the national capital is fairly dynamic and cases of coronavirus are spiraling.
  • A division bench of the High Court comprising Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad allowed Delhi Government’s appeal challenging a single judge’s interim order staying the government’s decision to reserve 80 percent ICU beds.
  • The high court vacated the stay order passed by the single judge saying that the ground reality is different from how it was when the stay order was passed and has listed the matter for further hearing on November 26 before the single bench. Till then the reservation of 80 percent of ICU beds will continue in Delhi.
  • The Delhi High Court was hearing a plea by the Delhi government urging it to allow it to reserve 80 percent ICU beds in 33 private hospitals for COVID-19 patients for at least 15 days in view of the stark rise in coronavirus cases.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Sonu Sood’s autobiography I Am No Messiah to release in December.”

  • Sonu Sood had earlier informed that he was writing a book recounting his experience of helping migrant workers during the Covid lockdown.
  • Titled as I Am No Messiah, the book is written in first person, revealing the emotional challenges the actor faced while extending help.
  • Talking about the book, Sonu says, “People have been very kind and have lovingly named me the messiah. But I am no messiah. I simply do what my heart tells me to. It is our responsibility as human beings to be compassionate and help each other.”
  • The book is co-written by Meena Iyer and is expected to be out by mid-December.

Source: Tribune India

“Government commences skill training programme of 3 lakh migrant workers in 116 districts.”

  • The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship commenced the skill training of 3 lakh migrant workers from 116 districts across 6 states that are Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand.
  • The initiative by the government is for empowering migrant workers as well as the rural population in the post-COVID-19 era through orientation and demand-driven skilling under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana’s centrally sponsored and centrally managed component.
  • The ministry in collaboration with the district magistrates will be rolling out the programme across the selected districts for skill training within 125 days. In certain parts of the identified districts, the training has already started and will gradually expand to other areas in the course of the month.

Source: Jagran Josh

“WHO To Set Up Global Centre On Traditional Medicine In India.”

  • The World Health Organisation announced that it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India, with Prime Minister Narendra expressing confidence that just like the country has emerged as the ”pharmacy of the world”, the WHO institution will become the centre for global wellness.
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement in a video message at an event in which PM Modi inaugurated two future-ready Ayurveda institutions in Jaipur and Jamnagar via video conferencing on the occasion of the 5th Ayurveda Day.
  • The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar (Gujarat) and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur (Rajasthan) are both premier institutions of Ayurveda in the country.
  • This new centre will support WHO’s efforts to implement the WHO traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023 which aims to support countries in developing policies and action plans to strengthen the role of traditional medicine as part of their journey to universal health coverage and a healthier, fairer and safer world.

Source: NDTV