Daily GK Update: 12th February 2020

Gulmarag to host National Winter Games from March 7th under Khelo India

  • The world-famous ski destination Gulmarg is all set to host a five-day national winter games event from 7th March under Khelo India – a national programme for the development of sports.
  • Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez Monday reviewed arrangements for the mega event with concerned departments and stakeholders.
    The meeting was attended by Secretary Sports Council Dr. Naseem Choudhary, General Manager JKTDC Tabassum Kamli, ADC Srinagar Hanief Balki, Deputy Director Tourism Ideel Saleem, Deputy Director Information (PR) Shakeela Shawl, Divisional Sports Officer, Nusrat Gazala, ARTO Srinagar, Manzoor Ahmed and other senior officers.

Source: India Today

Cabinet approves amendments to DTAA with Sri Lanka

  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the existing double tax avoidance agreement with Sri Lanka, a move aimed at curbing tax evasion.
  • The existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Sri Lanka was signed in January 2013 and entered into force in October the same year.
  • The Cabinet approved the signing and ratification of the protocol amending the agreement between India and Sri Lanka for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press briefing.

Source: Outlook India

UN will not be able to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

  • The United Nations will miss its target of achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, a senior UN representative has said in Rome.
  • “We are not going to achieve the goals by the next decade. We are all lagging far behind,” said Hans Hoogeveen, permanent representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • Hoogeveen was delivering the welcome address at the 43rd session of the governing council, the decision-making body of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Hoogeveen is the outgoing chair of the council.

Source: Livemint

World Unani Day observed every year on Feb 11

  • World Unani Day has observed every year on 11th February. This day is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of great Unani scholar and social reformer Hakim Ajmal Khan.
  • He was an eminent Indian Unani physician who was a versatile genius, a great scholar, a social reformer, a noted freedom fighter, a Unani medical educationist and founder of scientific research in Unani System of Medicine. He was one of the founders of the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.

Source: New Services Division

Corona Virus Vaccine: UK starts testing on Mice; WHO says vaccine to be ready in 18 months

  • The worldwide spread of the coronavirus has killed over 1,018 people, eclipsing the death toll from the global outbreak of SARS that started in China almost two decades ago.
  • China’s daily death toll from topped 100 for the first time. There were 42,638 new confirmed cases today, bringing the total number so far to 43,112.
  • Britain declares the coronavirus a ‘serious and imminent threat to public health’, infected people to be detained, forcibly quarantined.

Source: Livemint

Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS

  • The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) together with the associated meetings of the Standing Committee will be held in Gandhinagar, at the kind invitation of the Government of India from 15 to 22 February 2020.
  • Further information about the Conference including documents and logistical information will be made available on this page in the course of the coming weeks and months.

Source: CMS

UP Cabinet approves Ground Water Act-2020 to improve ground water levels

  • The Ground Water Act-2020 is aimed at improving the quality of the groundwater level.
  • Under the act, farmers as well as domestic users will not be required to pay any amount to use the pumps.
  • The act also provides for strict punishment and penalty against those who pollute the groundwater through boring pipes.
  • Under the act, all boring companies will need to get their registration done. They will also have to update all the information in every three months.
  • Further, the map of government and private buildings will be cleared when they have a provision to install rainwater harvesting system.

Source: Others

BARC’s Bhabha Kavach will now protect the CISF

  • Bhabha Kavach developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is the lightest level III plus bullet proof jacket (6.8 kgs nominal weight) available in India. The jacket is based on indigenous hot pressed boron carbide and carbon nanotube technologies.
  • Bhabha Kavach is an import substitute and truly a ‘Make in India’ product. Bhabha Kavach has qualified all the ballistic tests required as per the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
  • The level III plus Bhabha Kavach bullet proof jacket can stop 7.62 x 39 mm hard steel core bullets fired from AK 47 rifles, 5.56 x 45mm Ball MK M bullets of Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles and Self Load Rifles (SLR)/Bolt action rifles with a back face signature of less than 15 mm.

Source: Department of Atomic Energy

Industry braces for Licence Raj, disruption as govt notifies medical devices as drugs

  • Indian medical device sector is in for a major disruption after the central government has notified all medical devices — syringes to PET scanners to dialysis machines — as drugs for quality certification and monitoring purposes on February 11.
  • The new rule will result in a shakeup in the low value, low risk, high-volume medical device category as local micro and small scale device manufacturers will have to comply with standards and procedures considered too costly for them. While global med-tech firms appreciate the move, domestic medical device makers have sought more clarity over the government plans.
Source: Business Today

‘A bit chaotic.’ Christening of new coronavirus and its disease name create confusion

“COVID-19. I’ll spell it: C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine. COVID-19.”
That’s how Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), introduced the agency’s official name for the new disease that’s paralyzing China and threatening the rest of the world. The christening yesterday, at one of WHO’s now daily outbreak press conferences in Geneva, ended 6 weeks of uncertainty about what the disease would be called—but it also created some new confusion.

Source: Science Mag