Daily GK Update: 13th August 2020

“Mukesh Ambani, 4th richest person in the world: Bloomberg Billionaires Index”

  • Business magnate Mukesh Ambani is the fourth richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $80.6 billion in 2020, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of wealthiest individuals.
  • Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd, has surpassed Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
  • Jeff Bezos, Bil Gates and Mark Zuckerberg rounded out the top three spots.
  • As per Bloomberg Billionaire Index data, Ambani jumped ten places on the index since January and is ahead of Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Bernard Arnault Elon Musk, Sergey Brin and Larry Page in terms of net worth.

Source: CNBC TV18

Assam Govt Announces Arunodoi Scheme, Boost to Women Empowerment

  • Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said Arunodoi is a unique scheme for women that will empower them and will contribute to the economic development.
  • Addressing the media, Sarma said the finance department will implement the scheme and Rs 2, 80,000 crore has been earmarked for the Arunodoi scheme.
  • A woman member of each family will be made the beneficiary of the scheme.

Source: Pratidin Time

“CM Amarinder Singh launches ‘Punjab Smart Connect Scheme’”

  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday (August 12, 2020) launched a state-wide Rs 92 crore `Punjab Smart Connect Scheme’ that aims at providing more than 1.74 lakh class XII students with smartphones by November 2020.
  • CM Amarinder personally handed over smartphones to six Class XII students in a symbolic gesture.
  • He said that people believe in the promises listed in the election manifesto and it was his duty to ensure the implementation of each one of them.
  • The scheme will benefit a total of 1,74,015 Class XII students of government schools in the first phase.
  • Of these, 87,395 are boys and 86,620 girls, with the majority in the OBC and SC/ST categories.

Source: Zee News

India extends assistance of USD 1 million to Antigua and Barbuda to combat COVID-19 pandemic

  • The Indian government has extended an assistance of USD 1 million to Antigua and Barbuda to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The provided assistance is aimed at improving health capacities and infrastructure in the Caribbean country.
  • As per the Indian High Commission to Guyana, the assistance from India will be used for improving health infrastructure and for the procurement of life-saving medical supplies and equipment such as ventilators.
  • The same kind of assistance, i.e. USD 1 million, has also been offered to each Caribbean (CARICOM) country.
  • CARICOM is a group of twenty developing countries in the Caribbean region.

Source: Jagran Josh

Forbes releases “The Highest-Paid Actors Of 2020” list

  • Forbes magazinehas released “The Highest-Paid Actors Of 2020”
  • Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumaris the only Indian star to be listed among the top 10 world’s highest-paid actors of 2020. With total earnings of $48.5 million.
  • Akshay is placed at sixth placein the list.
  • Most of his income came from product endorsements.
  • The list takes into account the earnings between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020.
  • The list has been topped by Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne Johnson, for a second straight year, with the total earning of $87.5 million.
  • Johnson is also known by his ring name The Rock.

Source: Dailyhunt

Reliance Foundation partners with USAID to bridge gender digital divide in India

  • Reliance Foundation has partnered US Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch the W-GDP Women Connect Challenge across India this year with an aim to bridge the gender digital divide in India.
  • The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) challenge supports private sector-led approaches that close the gender digital divide, expand business opportunities, and empower women.
  • As part of programme, W-GDP will partner Reliance Foundation to create an India-specific expression of the WCC and incorporate the lessons of previous W-GDP WCC Rounds.

Source: Live Mint

RBI governor announces ‘positive pay’ feature to help avert cheque frauds

  • RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the banking system will move to a positive pay practice in cheque transactions to curb frauds.
  • Under the ‘positive pay’ system, a customer who issues the cheque clicks a picture of the cheque before handing it over to the beneficiary and uploads the same on the bank’s mobile application.
  • The limit of Rs 50,000 will cover approximately 20 per cent of transactions by volume and 80 per cent by value, he said, adding operational guidelines in this regard will be issued soon.
  • Since 2016, the second largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has such a facility for all cheques irrespective of the amount.

Source: New On News

Pramod Bhasin becomes new Chairman of ICRIER

  • Pramod Bhasin, vice-chair of the board of governors at ICRIER, has been appointed as a new Chairman of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
  • Bhasin will replace Isher Judge Ahluwalia, who has stepped down due to health reasons.
  • Isher had been in this position for 15 years.
  • She will continue as chairperson emeritus, a position specially created to honor her exceptional contributions to the Council.

Source:  Indian Mandarins

PESB selected Soma Mondal as the next chairman of Steel Authority of India

  • Soma Mondal has been selected by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) as the next chairman of public sector steel major Steel Authority of India Limited
  • She is currently Director (Commercial) of SAIL.
  • Her appointment is subject to approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
  • If the ACC gives its approval, she will make history with the rare distinction of being the first-ever woman chairperson of the country’s largest steel company. SAIL’s current chairman Anil Chaudhary took charge in September 2018 and is due to retire at the end of this year.

Source:  Economic Times

Skyroot India’s first private company to test upper-stage rocket engine

  • Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace successfully tested an upper-stage rocket engine becoming the first Indian private company to build a homegrown rocket engine.
  • The engine Raman, named after Nobel laureate CV Raman has fewer parts and weighs lesser than a conventional rocket engine.
  • In a tweet they announced, “No better day than Dr Vikram Sarabhai’s birthday to announce successful test firing our Vikram-1 launch vehicle upper state engine Raman. Four engines with multi-start capability produce a thrust of 3.4kN and insert multiple satellites into orbit.”
  • The start-up founded by Pawan Kumar Chandana and Naga Bharath Daka, both former ISRO scientists, manufactures three types of launch vehicles, Vikram-1, Vikram-2 and Vikram 3.

Source:  The New Indian Express