Daily GK Update: 11th September 2020

“Integrated air ambulance service launched”.

  • Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa launched an integrated air ambulance service equipped with a state-of-the-art German Isolation Pod that will enable safe transport of critical COVID-19 patients.
  • The service has been developed by ICATT (International Critical Air Transfer Team), an air ambulance company, in collaboration with Kyathi, an aviation technology firm.
  • The fixed wing air ambulance, to be stationed at HAL airport in Bengaluru, will also be the first air ambulance based out of South India, enabling quick services during medical emergencies in the region, overcoming the challenge of heavy road traffic.

Source: The Hindu

“Crisil projects 9% GDP contraction in FY21, says govt not providing adequate direct fiscal support”.

  • The Indian economy will contract by 9 per cent in 2020-21 as the coronavirus infections are yet to peak and the government is not providing adequate direct fiscal support, ratings agency Crisil.
  • In May, Crisil had estimated the economy to contract by 5 per cent.
  • The latest projection comes days after official data for the June quarter showed a contraction of 23.9 per cent in the economy.
  • Crisil said the 9 per cent contraction will be the highest since the 1950s.
  • The government had announced a Rs 20 lakh crore relief package but the actual new spending was less than 2 per cent of GDP.

Source: The Hindustan Times

“Paresh Rawal appointed chairperson of National School of Drama”.

  • Paresh Rawal has been appointed Chairperson of the National School of Drama (NSD), the country’s premier institute for theatre students, in Delhi.
  • Rawal is one of the few actors who have stayed active in theatre even after becoming a prominent name in films.
  • Rawal won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 and was honoured with a Padma Shri in 2014.
  • Rawal started his showbiz career in 1982 with the Gujarati movie Naseeb Ni Balihari.

Source: The Indian Express   

“Five Rafale jets formally inducted into Indian Air Force in boost to India’s air power”.

  • Five Rafale fighter jets were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force on Thursday at a glittering ceremony in the Ambala air base, in a major boost to India’s air power capability at a time the country is engaged in a tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
  • A traditional ‘sarva dharma puja’, a ceremonial ‘water cannon salute’ to the Rafale jets and an aerial display featuring various breathtaking manoeuvres by the aircraft marked their induction into the 17 Squadron of the IAF.
  • The multi-role Rafale jets, built by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for air-superiority and precision strikes.
  • The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore.

Source:The Economic Times

“India, Japan ink pact to bolster defence forces”.

  • India and Japan have signed a key agreement for reciprocal provision of supplies and services between their defence forces, which is expected to drive closer military cooperation and contribute to security in the Indo-Pacific.
  • The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and India’s armed forces was signed by defence secretary Ajay Kumar and Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki in New Delhi.
  • The agreement establishes a framework such as the settlement procedures for the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Self-Defense Forces of Japan and the Indian armed forces.
  • The agreement is expected to facilitate “smooth and prompt provision of supplies and services” between the two sides, promote closer cooperation between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and India’s armed forces, and enable them to actively contribute to international peace and security.

Source: The Hindustan Times

 “Defence Research Body Develops Fully Indigenous P7 Heavy Drop System”.

  • DRDO has developed P7 Heavy Drop System which is capable of para dropping military stores up to 7-ton weight class from IL 76 aircraft.
  • This system is fully indigenous and being manufactured by L&T who makes the platform system, parachutes manufactured by Ordnance Factory, DRDO said.
  • This system has been made under the Make in India programme.
  • “As part of mandatory requirement prior to accord Bulk Production Clearance (BPC), joint team of Indian Army, IAF and ADRDE conducted validation Trials at Agra today, on two systems, which were dropped from IL76 ac from an altitude of 600 mtrs at 280 kmph speed. The store landed safely with the help of cluster of five large size parachutes (750 sqm each),” according to a release by DRDO.

Source: NDTV news

“NSDC ties up with LinkedIn for digital skills courses”.

  • National Skill Development Corp (NSDC) and LinkedIn have tied up to provide access to free LinkedIn Learning resources for digital skills that are in demand.
  • Under the partnership, 10 free LinkedIn Learning paths (consisting of 140 courses)for a range of in-demand tech jobs, will be made available free on eSkill India digital platform until March 31.
  • According to LinkedIn data, Indian professionals with digital skills are 20% more in demand than professionals without digital skills.
  • This will include in-demand skills, emerging jobs, and global hiring rates for NSDC to better understand the skilling ecosystem.

Source: The Times of India

“Health Minister Harsh Vardhan attends 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region through VC”.

  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, digitally attended the 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region, on Wednesday in the presence of Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Director WHO SEARO was also present at the event.
  • This is the first time the two-day event is being held entirely through virtual platforms owing to the COVID pandemic.
  • The 73rd session is being hosted by the Government of Thailand (from  Bangkok) while the previous session was held in New Delhi. Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressed the gathering first as the Chair of the 72nd session before handing over the charge to the new Chair Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Thailand and then addressed the dignitaries present on behalf of India.
  • Harsh Vardhan highlighted the importance of such Regional Committee platforms as being “very useful not only for highlighting the advancements made as a result of all our collective efforts but also in discussing some of most pressing regional and global public health issues and the way forward.”

Source: DD News

“AIM launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-ANIC Initiative”.

  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, has launched the Aatmanirbhar Bharat ARISE-Atal New India Challenges.
  • The programme will spur applied research and innovation in Indian MSMEs and startups.
  • The initiative will help identify and promote innovations necessary for boosting the MSME sector.
  • The programme will be driven by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), four ministries including Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Food Processing Industries ; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ; and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs along with associated industries to facilitate innovative solutions to sectoral problems.
  • The programme will support deserving applied research-based innovations by providing funding support of up to Rs 50 lakh for speedy development of the proposed technology solution and/or product.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Shipping Minister launches ‘SAROD-Ports’ for disputes of maritime sector”.

  • Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has launched a dispute redressal mechanism named “SAROD-Ports” (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes-Ports) to facilitate affordable and timely resolution of disputes for the maritime sector.
  • The mechanism – SAROD-Ports (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes – Ports) – for all disputes in ports and shipping sector was launched by the minister in a virtual ceremony, Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.
  • Terming SAROD-Ports as a game-changer, the shipping minister said it will become an important mechanism for delivering justice in the sector in terms of disputes.
  • “SAROD-Ports will resolve the disputes in fair and just manner while saving huge amount of legal expenditure and time,” Union Minister of State for Shipping Mandaviya said.
  • “It will promote ease of doing business in the maritime sector because of the fast, timely, cost-effective and robust dispute resolution mechanism,” he said.

Source: The Economic Times