Daily GK Update: 10th August 2020

Delhi Airport Develops Online “AIR SUVIDHA” Portal For International Passengers”

  • The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said the portal will make passengers’ journey contactless as they won’t have to fill physical copies of a self declaration form and a quarantine exemption form at the time of arrival in India.
  • The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said the portal will make passengers’ journey contactless as they won’t have to fill physical copies of a self declaration form and a quarantine exemption form at the time of arrival in India.
  • A total of five categories of passengers can get exemption from the mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine — pregnant women; those who have suffered death in the family; those suffering from a serious illness; parents accompanying children below 10 years of age; those who have COVID-negative certificate from a test done 96 hours prior to the journey.
  • Passengers who are allowed the exemption would have to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

Source: Live Mint

No sale of junk food within 50 metres of schools: FSSAI

  • With the aim to ensure safe and wholesome food for schoolchildren, Arun Singhal, CEO of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s top food regulator, has restricted the sale of junk and unhealthy food in canteens of schools and other educational institutions.
  • The food regulator has prohibited the sale and advertisement of unhealthy food within 50 metres of the school premises.
  • In a first of its kind, the FSSAI is bringing the new principle regulation– under the Food Safety and Standard Act which aims to provide a safe, nutritious and healthy diet for schoolchildren.

Source: Business World

Union Environment Minister launched National Portal on Human Elephant conflict called “SURAKHSYA

  • The Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar today released document on Best Practices and launched a portal on Human Elephant Conflict on the eve of World Elephant Day, 2020.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said, efforts are in full swing to provide food and water to the animals in the forests itself to deal with the growing human-animal conflict cases.
  • The Minister also stressed on the need of capacity building and training of forest staff.
  • Government has taken initiative of fodder and water augmentation in forest areas so that animals will get food and water in forest area and will not come outside.
  • The World Elephant Day is observed every year on 12th August to spread awareness about the animal.

Source: News On Air

Flipkart partners with the U.P. Government’s ODOP scheme

  • India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, Flipkarthas signed an MoU with One District, One Product (ODOP) scheme of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The MoU will bring theartisans, weavers and craftsmen under the ODOP scheme into the scope of the “Flipkart Samarth” initiative.
  • This will provide artisans, weavers and craftsmen under the ODOP scheme a momentum to expand their business online as they face social and economic challenges.
  • The Flipkart Samarth initiative will offer various services to artisans, weavers and craftsmen such as training, dedicated space in Flipkart’s fulfilment centres, constant seller support along with cataloguing guidance and visibility on the platform.
  • With help of this, these under-served communities from UP will get a push to showcase their specialized products and crafts to millions of customers across the country.

Source: Daily Hunt

KVIC to set up Silk Training cum Production Center in A.P.”

  • The far-flung tribal village of Chullyu in Arunachal Pradesh will soon be bustling with spinning and weaving activities with Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) set to open the first of its kind Training cum Production Center of Silk in the state.
  • Conceived just six months ago, the center will be launched in the first week of September.
  • The KVIC has refurbished and converted a dilapidated school building into the training cum production center.
  • The school building has been provided to KVIC by the education department of Arunachal Pradesh Government.
  • The project was conceived in February this year during the visit of KVIC Chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena to this tribal village Chullyu.

Source: India Education Diary

World Biofuel Day celebrated on 10th August

  • The International Biofuel Day (World Biofuel Day)is observed every year on August 10 to raise awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector.
  • The Day is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas since 2015.
  • The theme for 2020 World Biofuel Day in India is ‘Biofuels Towards Atmanirbhar Bharat’

Source: ByScoop

Submarine Cable connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands launched

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched and dedicated to the nation, the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the mainland through video conferencing.
  • The foundation stone for this project was laid by the PM on 30th December 2018 at Port Blair.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the connectivity would now enable endless opportunities in the islands. He said the laying of the 2300 Kms submarine cable and completing it before the set target is very praise worthy.
  • The Prime Minister said that the service had begun today on a major chunk of the islands  from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Island.

Source: DD News

Former WWE wrestler James ‘Kamala’ Harris passes away

  • Tributes have been paid to US wrestler James “Kamala” Harris, who has died at the age of 70.
  • The 6ft 7in star was best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) era, in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.
  • He fought Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre the Giant among others.
  • Kamala’s character, the “Ugandan Giant”, appeared in war paint and a mask and carried a spear; a depiction which was criticisedby some fans as racially insensitive.

Source:  BBC

Former MP Nandi Yellaiah passes away

  • Senior Congress leader and eight-time MP Nandi Yellaiah died of a brief illness after being detected positive for Covid-19 in Hyderabad
  • He was 78.
  • He is survived by his two sons and two daughters.
  • A prominent Dalit leader of the Congress party, Yellaiah was vice-president of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee. (TPCC).
  • Born on July 1, 1942 at Bholakpur in Hyderabad, Yellaiah began his political career as a follower of the former chief minister Marri Channa Reddy and took part in the 1969 Telangana movement.

Source:  Deccan Chronicle

Bangladesh to construct War Memorial for Indian soldiers

  • The government of Bangladesh has decided to construct a standalone war memorial for the Indian soldiers who were killed by Pakistan during the country’s struggle for Independence in 1971.
  • Mozammel Haque, Bangladesh War Liberation Minister made the announcement on August 7, 2020, and mentioned that the construction of the monument will be coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence.
  • Bangladesh has a National Memorial on the outskirts of Dhaka for all the martyrs of 1971 but the proposed one is meant for the Indian soldiers only, as the spirit of 1971 and camaraderie between freedom fighters and the Indian Army has always been cherished.
  • The Hasina government in Bangladesh has selected 3.5 acres in Ashuganj of Brahmanbaria district, bordering Tripura, because of its significance in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
  • The construction of the monument is expected to start this year and will be completed in the next two years.

Source:  Jagran Josh