Daily GK Update: 12th August 2020

“Noted Urdu Poet Rahat Indori passes away”

  • Noted Urdu poet and lyricist Rahat Indori passed away on Tuesday afternoon at Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
  • He was 70 years old.
  • After testing positive for COVID-19, Indori had been admitted to Indore’s Sri Aurobindo Hospital.
  • Indori was a celebrated poet and had authored more than half a dozen collections of poetry.
  • His fan base extends not just across India but beyond, among Urdu-Hindi poetry lovers as well.
  • In recent times, his couplet,“Sabhi ka khoon shamil hai yahan ki mitti mein /kisi ke baap ka Hindustan thodi hai” had become the go-to slogan for protesters agitating against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.

Source: The wire

“Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare launches “Krishi Megh””

  • Krishi Megh(National Agricultural Research & Education System -Cloud Infrastructure and Services) has been launched virtually by the Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • The minister also launched the KVC ALUNET(Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Chhatr Alumni Network) and Online Accreditation System for Higher Agricultural Educational Institutions (HEI).
  • Krishi Megh will help in meeting the services and infrastructure requirements of Digital Agriculture of National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES).
  • The National Agricultural Higher Education Project has been funded by the Government of India and the World Bank.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Lebanese Govt resigns over deadly Beirut port blast”

  • Lebanon’s prime minister Hassan Diab announced his government’s resignation Monday amid popular outrage over the deadly Beirut port explosion that has reignited angry street protests.
  • The collapse of his government had looked inevitable after a string of resignations and a cabinet meeting during which several cabinet members made it clear they would also quit.
  • Diab’s announcement came even as security forces in central Beirut clashed again with protesters demanding an end to an entrenched political system widely seen as inept, corrupt and dominated by sectarian interests and family dynasties.
  • According to the health ministry, at least 160 people were killed in Lebanon’s worst peacetime disaster, 6,000 were wounded and about 20 remained missing after the disaster blamed on official negligence.

Source: NDTV

“Gujarat government announces Mukhya Mantri Kisan Sahay Yojana”

  • The Gujarat government on Monday launched a new scheme under which farmers facing crop losses due to drought, excess rain or unseasonal rain will get compensation without collection of any premium from them.
  • The new scheme – Mukhya Mantri Kisan Sahay Yojana – will replace the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for this year only, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced.
  • Unlike the Centre’s crop insurance scheme, farmers are not required to pay any premium under this new state government’s scheme to get protection against natural risks like drought, excess or unseasonal rain this kharif season
  • The amount sought by insurance firms this year is much higher than the average yearly premium of around ₹ 1,800 crore

Source: NDTV

“BSE partners with Akola-based bullion associations”

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)has been signed by the Bombay Stock Exchange with Akola, Maharashtra-based bullion trade and industry associations namely Akola Sarafa Association and Akola Sarafa Va Suvarnakar Yuva Sangh.
  • The partnership will seek to enhance cooperationbetween the BSE and physical markets represented by the two trade bodies in various areas like knowledge sharing, education and training, events as well as explore areas of mutual interests.
  • The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) will conduct various activities such as seminars and awareness programmes on price-risk management for bullion traders and jewellers.
  • These programmes will help them in shifting to more organised forms of trading.
  • Ashishkumar Chauhan is the present MD&CEO of BSE.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Paytm launched India’s 1st pocket android POS device”

  • In the wake of COVID-19 crisis, Paytm has launched the first pocket Android POS device for contactless ordering and payments in India, a move that will make this technology more affordable for SMEs.
  • The company has introduced ‘Paytm All-in-One Portable Android Smart POS’ at an introductory price of Rs 499 per month rental.
  • Styled like a mobile phone for accepting orders and payments on the go, this is the first such Android-based device to be introduced in India and is much more powerful than the portable Linux based POS devices presently available in the country.
  • It also comes bundled with Paytm’s ‘Scan to Order’ service that is being adopted by thousands of restaurants and takeaway joints in the country.
  • This device enables delivery personnel logistic players, Kirana stores, and small shopkeepers to accept digital payments on the go.

Source: Zee Business

“ACJ Journalism Awards 2019 announced”

  • Journalists Nitin Sethi and Shiv Sahay Singh were declared winners of the Asian College of Journalism’s (ACJ) Award 2019 for Investigative Journalism and the K. P. Narayana Kumar Memorial Award for Social Impact Journalism, respectively.
  • The awards ceremony was conducted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sethi won in the investigative journalism category for his six-part series titled “Paisa Politics” published by The Huffington Post India.
  • Singh won the inaugural social impact journalism award for his story titled “Death by digital exclusion: On faculty public distribution system in Jharkhand” published in The Hindu.
  • The awards were presented by Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organisation, at the inauguration of the Class of 2021.

Source: Outlook India

“A book titled ‘Connecting, Communicating, Changing’ released”

  • The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar unveiled an e-version of the book titled ‘Connecting, Communicating, Changing’.
  • Apart from this, the print coffee table version of the book was also released by Union Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh.
  • The book chronicles Shri M Venkaiah Naidu’s three years in office as the Vice President of India.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has completed three years in office on 11 August 2020.
  • The over 250 pages book is the third series of the book and has been published by Publications Division.

Source:  ByScoop

“International Youth Day: 12th August”

  • International Youth Day (IYD) is observed globally on 12th August every year.
  • International Youth Day recognizes the efforts put in by the youth for the betterment of society. It aims to promote the ways to engage the youth and make them more actively involved in their communities through positive contributions.
  • The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.
  • The concept of International Youth Day was suggested in 1991 by the youngsters from Vienna and Austria, for the first conference of the UN’s World Youth Council.
  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) first designated 12th August as International Youth Day in 1999 and it was observed for the first time in 2000.

Source:  The Guardian

“ Mumbai becomes 1st city in India to have female icons on traffic signals”

  • Mumbai has become the first city in India to have women symbols on traffic signals and signage. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed traffic signals that display female icons sporting triangular frock, a shift from the default representation of men.
  • Maharashtra Minister for Tourism and Environment Aditya Thackery, who heads the project took to Twitter and said that the signage is “ensuring gender equality with a simple idea.”
  • However, netizens are divided on this initiative.

Source:  ANI News