Daily GK Update: 10th July 2020

“Odisha uses satellite technology to prevent encroachment of govt land”

  • Encroachment of government land in capital city of Bhubaneswar will no more be easy for land grabbers as the Bhubaneswar Land Use Intelligence System (BLUIS), a web and mobile-based solution, launched by Odisha government would raise alarm over attempts to change the land use.
  • According to government, BLUIS is a geo-tagged repository of all the government lands in Bhubaneswar, created through high resolution satellite imagery to detect all changes taking place on government lands.
  • A mobile application would alert the enforcement authorities of any new construction on government lands.
  • The GPS on the application guides the enforcement staff to the exact location.

Source: The Hindu

“Asia’s Largest Data Centre Opens In Navi Mumbai, Spread Across 600-Acres”

  • Navi Mumbai has got a brand new data centre at Yotta Infrastructure which is also the largest data centre building in the whole nation and the largest Tier IV Data Centre certified by Uptime Institute in Asia and second-largest in the world.
  • The data centre is called Yotta NM1 and this state of the art centre is located in the 600-acre property of Hiranandani Fortune City in Panvel.
  • Yotta NM1 is the first of a five-data-centre complex that is being set up in the Integrated Yotta Data Centre Park.
  • The whole complex, when fully built, has a capacity of a whopping 30,000 racks with a power capacity of 250MW.

Source: The Times of India

“Jagdeep, Bollywood’s ‘Soorma Bhopali’, passes away at 81”

  • Veteran actor Jagdeep, best known for his comic roles in iconic Hindi films like Sholay, passed away on Wednesday from age-related issues.
  • The actor is survived by his two sons, actors Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved.
  • Born Syed Ishtiaq Jafri, the actor took on the stage name Jagdeep and began his film career as a child artist in BR Chopra’s Afsana.
  • As a child artist, he also appeared in Amar Kumar’s Ab Dilli Door Nahin, Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar and Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zamin among other films.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Mahaveer Book on 1962 Indo-China War becomes a Bestseller”

  • In the midst of the rising tensions between India and China, a novel that tells the tale of the Indo-Chinese battle of Nuranang in 1962 has been making headlines in the Indian publishing industry.
  • Authored by award winning A.K. Srikumar along with his wife, Rupa Srikumar, the novel tells the tale of one of – Jaswant Singh Rawat, one of India’s greatest soldiers from the war.
  • The book, titled ‘Mahaveer: The Soldier who never died’ is a patriotic story of indomitable courage and selfless love of the legendary Garhwali soldier.
  • Published by highly noted Indian publishing house – Rupa Publications, and represented by one of India’s biggest literary agencies – The Book Bakers, the book has been climbing the bestseller lists rapidly with over half of its print run being sold out in record time.

Source: The Week

“Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies”

  • Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the governing party’s candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France.
  • The 61-year-old, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting and was taken to a hospital where he passed away, according to a spokesman for President Alassane Ouattara.
  • Ouattara issued a statement calling Coulibaly “my youngest brother, my son” and his closest political ally for 30 years.
  • Ouattara had designated Coulibaly as the RHDP candidate in March after announcing that he himself would not seek a third term.

Source: Al Jazeera

“Govt approves ₹1 trillion for agriculture infrastructure fund”

  • The government on Wednesday approved setting up an agriculture infrastructure fund with a corpus of ₹1 trillion to provide financial support to entrepreneurs, start-ups, agri-tech players and farmer groups for infrastructure and logistics facilities.
  • A decision in this regard was taken in the cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Agri-Infra Fund was part of the ₹20 lakh crore stimulus package announced in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
  • Briefing the media about the cabinet decisions, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “It is a historical decision. This will further the agriculture sector.”

Source: Livemint

“World Bank boost to Namami Gange”

  • India and the World Bank Tuesday signed a loan agreement worth $400 million to enhance support for the Namami Gange programme, which seeks to rejuvenate the Ganga.
  • The project is aimed at stemming river pollution and strengthening management of the river basin, which is home to more than 50 crore people.
  • The $400 million funding support comprises a loan of $381 million and a proposed guarantee of up to $19 million, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • The $381 million loan has a maturity of 18.5 years, including a grace period of five years.

Source: The Indian Express

“Modi, EU leaders to discuss multilateralism, strategic partnerships at India-EU Summit”

  • India and the EU will focus on strengthening their strategic partnership, promotion of a rule-based multilateral system and global cooperation to fight the Covid-19 pandemic at the 15th India-EU Summit on July 15.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will represent India while the EU will be represented by European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
  • The summit to be held via video conference, according to an official release circulated by the European Council on Thursday.
  • The India-EU Summit, earlier scheduled for March 13 in Brussels, had to be postponed because of the pandemicWith the virus still spreading across the world, the two sides decided on a virtual conference.

Source: The Hindu

“IITH, NVIDIA to establish joint AI research centre”

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is collaborating with NVIDIA, a multinational technology company, to establish India’s first ‘NVIDIA AI Technology Centre’ (NVAITC) to accelerate research on Artificial Intelligence and its commercial adoption.
  • An event was held on Thursday to mark the commencement of operations of this centre.
  • IITH already houses two NVIDIA DGX-1TM systems and an NVIDIA DGX-2TM system dedicated to research being undertaken at the institute.
  • The NVAITC will accelerate research for the 220 faculty at IITH, which is already among India’s foremost research institutions.

Source: The Hindu

“COVID-19 impact for insurers may pave way for Pandemic Risk Pool”

  • With COVID-19 resulting in a significant disruption in economic activity, insurance regulator IRDAI has formed a working group to study and make recommendations on formation of an Indian Pandemic Risk Pool.
  • Comprising senior executives of public and private insurers, reinsurers and officials of IRDAI, the working group has been asked to study the need for setting up such a Pandemic Risk Pool as well as recommend the structure and operating model, within two months.
  • The move by the regulator comes even as reports estimate claims, towards the treatment, received by the insurers to run into a few hundred crore rupees.
  • It is only expected to increase as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 rises.

Source: The Hindu