Current Affairs Quiz: 9th November 2020

“First in NE to provide insurance cover against COVID-19 for it’s ‘Green Soldiers.”

  • Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Arunachal Pradesh has become the first in the Northeast to provide insurance cover against COVID-19 for its ‘Green Soldiers’.
  • PTR’s Divisional Forest Officer T Pali said that 57 frontline staffs of the Park have been insured for nine months against health issues due to infection by the Novel Coronavirus. The ‘Wildlife Trust of India’ (WTI), an NGO, paid the insurance amount with support from ‘Foundation Serge’.
  • “The insurance coverage is of Rs 1 lakh each; but a few who would be retiring soon have been insured for Rs 50,000,” said wildlife veterinarian Panjit Basumatary, who is in charge of the ‘Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation’ adjoining the 861.95 sq. km. of PTR.
  • “India’s frontline Forest staff work in the most challenging conditions with insufficient life or health cover; and for a remote location like Pakke, any illness or hospitalisation can prove ruinous,” said Vivek Menon, wildlife conservationist and chief executive officer of WTI. He said that the NGO has been supporting India’s frontline Forest staff with accident cover for the last 20 years.

Source: Dailyhunt

“First solar-based water supply project of India launched in Arunachal Pradesh.”

  • Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched India’s first solar-based Integrated Multi-Village Water Supply Project (IMVWSP) in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The solar-based lift water supply project for 39 villages in Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal has been commissioned at a cost of Rs 28.50 crore. Shekhawat said that this is ‘first of its kind’ in the entire country.
  • Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu said that the project is designed to provide drinking water to 17,480 people. It has been designed as an integrated project with the elements of drinking water, green energy and tourism component in it.
  • The project uses green energy-solar grid, SCADA automation system, pre-fabricated zinc alum storage tank and HDPE conduit for mains, sub-mains and distribution networking system. The project also includes amusement park including swimming pool, amphitheatre, fountains, and sit-outs.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Vidya Balan’s Short Film Natkhat Becomes Eligible for Oscar Nomination.”

  • Natkhat, starring and co-produced by Vidya Balan, has won top prize at the third edition of Best Of India Short Film Festival 2020, which makes it eligible for Oscar nomination.
  • Vidya, who turned producer with the film, plays a homemaker in a patriarchal setup.
  • The film also won a prize money of $2,500 (approximately Rs 1,85,497) and an opportunity for a television broadcast deal on ShortsTV.
  • “In a year that has been turbulent, it feels great to win the first award for our film that leads the way directly to Oscar qualification. This film is incredibly close to me since it gave me a chance to play the dual roles of actor and producer,” said Vidya.

Source: News 18

“Paris Masters 2020: Daniil Medvedev defeats Alexander Zverev to win his maiden title.”

  • Russian Daniil Medvedev won his maiden Paris Masters title by defeating his long-time friend Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
  • In what has become a thrilling match-up between the two players over the last couple of months, the third-seed secured his second win against Zverev in seven matches. His last victory over the German was in another Masters final in Shanghai last year.
  • It was the first time that the two were in the finals of the Rolex Paris Masters, and it was a tightly contested game with no break points until Zverev broke Medvedev in the 12th game to take the opening set.
  • Medvedev held the second set with his 13th ace, then took control when Zverev padded a weak forehand into the net and was broken to love. After Zverev missed four break-point chances in the next game, he was punished when Medvedev broke him for a 3-0 lead.

Source: India Today          

“Winners of Gov-Tech-Thon 2020.”

  • The FitForFuture team from Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt Ltd secured the first place in the recently concluded Gov-Tech-Thon 2020 for demonstrating an innovative solution prototype for automating vehicle fitness checks, the Ministry of Electronics and IT said.
  • The second prize went to “HackDemons” of Indian Institute of Information Technology Vadodara in Gujarat for providing a secure solution for delivering unsupervised tests remotely.
  • The “Orange” team from PES University Bengaluru secured the third prize for providing a unique solution for seed certification using blockchain technology.
  • The 36-hour, the pan-India virtual hackathon was organised by global technical professional organisation IEEE, National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Cloud major Oracle, under the aegis of the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

Source: India TV           

“West Indies pace legend Michael Holding is MCC Foundation’s new patron.”

  • West Indies pace legend Michael Holding has been appointed patron of the MCC Foundation.
  • The MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of the Marylebone Cricket Club, custodians of the game’s laws, and was created with the aim of enhancing lives through cricket.
  • The 66-year-old Holding is a passionate advocate for equality in cricket and the wider community.
  • Throughout a professional career that spanned 15 years, Holding, nicknamed Whispering Death, carved out a reputation as one of the best fast bowlers of all time.
  • Since retirement, he has worked as a commentator on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage and, more recently, has earned praise as a powerful and eloquent advocate for racial equality “both in the game and further afield”.

Source: New Indian Express                   

“FASTags to be mandatory for all 4- wheelers from 1st January, 2021.”

  • FASTag will be mandatory for four-wheelers or M&N category of vehicles that were sold before 1st December, 2017.
  • Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a notification making FASTags mandatory for all four wheel vehicles from 1st January next year.
  • As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, the FASTag had been made mandatory for all registration of new four wheeled Vehicles since 1st December 2017 and is being supplied by the Vehicle Manufacturer or their dealers.
  • It had further been mandated that the renewal of fitness certificate will be done only after the fitment of FASTag for the Transport Vehicles.
  • A valid FASTag is also mandatory while getting a new third Party Insurance through an amendment in certificate of Insurance, wherein the details of FASTag ID will be captured.

Source: DD News        

“Indian Diplomat Elected To UN Advisory Committee.”

  • In a significant victory for India at the United Nations, Indian diplomat Vidisha Maitra was elected to the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly.
  • In the Group of Asia-Pacific States, Maitra, First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, obtained 126 votes.
  • The 193-member General Assembly appoints members of the Advisory Committee. Members are selected on the basis of broad geographical representation, personal qualifications and experience.
  • Ms Maitra was one of two nominated candidates from the Group of Asia-Pacific States. In the group, Ali Mohammed Faeq Al-Dabag of Iraq drew 64 votes.
  • The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, which deals with administrative and budgetary issues, recommended Ms Maitra to the Assembly for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2021.
  • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said in a video message that Ms Maitra was elected to the UN ACABQ “in a strong display of support by UN member states”.

Source: NDTV  

“Shipping ministry to be renamed as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, announces PM Modi.”

  • The  Ministry of Shipping is being renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced.
  • “Work is being done so that the country’s sea area emerges as an important part of ”Atmanirbhar Bharat”. To boost the government”s effort, one more big step is being taken.
  • “It (the ministry) is being expanded. In developed economies, in most places, the shipping ministry also takes care of ports and waterways. In India, the shipping ministry does a lot of work related to port and waterways. Clarity in name will also bring about clarity in work,” he said.

Source: India Today

“Ex-SPG officer pens novel on transgenders.”

  • A new novel by an SPG officer involved in the prime minister’s security from 2000-07 looks at the lives, customs, rituals and struggle of transgenders.
  • He was with the Central Reserve Police for 23 years and had a seven-year stint with the Special Protection Group (Prime Minister’s Security) as a senior security officer when Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh were in office.
  • The main character in the novel, published by BookMitra, is a transgender named Rasaathi born in a well-to-do family in South India. Rasaathi, meaning princess, is in the late 40s who wants people to treat transgenders like human beings by showering love, affection, sympathy and recognise their pathetic and horrible life.

Source: Indian Express