Daily GK Update: 13th December 2019

India Design Council launches initiatives to support design

  • The India Design Council on Thursday launched two initiative, Design Education Quality Mark (DEQM) and Chartered Designs of India (CDI), to support and set standards for the design profession.
  • The DEQM will benchmark design education programmes on predetermined standards and will accord a quality mark to institutions that meet the standards.
  • The mark will be granted to institutions that undergo a review proces and meet or exceed the expectations for quality and standards as prescribed in the Quality Code. It will communicate that an institution has a guaranteed minimum level of quality and andards and has undergone a third-party and neutral review process.
  • The mark, which includes a trademark-protected logo, will help students choose the right design programme and aid prospective employers to understand the standing of the design institute.
  • In 2007, India became one of the few countries to adopt a National Design Policy (NDP) and the government in March 2009 announced establishment of the India Design Council.

Source : The Times of India

Lok Sabha passes International Financial Services Bill

  • The Lok Sabha passed the International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 on December 11, 2019. The bill proposes setting of an authority to develop and regulate the financial services market in the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) in India.
  • The bill will be applicable to all the International Financial Services Centres in India, which were set up under the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005.

Source : Jagran Josh

Andhra Pradesh Cabinet clears Disha Bill

  • The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has approved the draft Disha Act that provides for harsher punishments, including death sentence, to those guilty of heinous crimes against women.
  • The Cabinet, which met here on Wednesday, accepted the draft, which calls for completion of trial in 21 days and awarding death sentence in rape cases. The Act would cover sexual offences against women and children, acid attacks and harassment of women.
  • Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced in the Assembly on Monday that the State government would make amendments to the AP Criminal Law Act to hand out harsh punishments after a swift process.
  • The government will set up special courts in districts to try the cases related to attacks, sexual offences on children and women.
  • Sexual abuse and attacks on children would attract 354(F), with punishments ranging from 14 years in jail to life term.

Source : The Hindu Business Line

MEA to host 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue XI tomorrow

  • External Affairs Ministry will host the 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue XI at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi tomorrow.
  • For the first time, these two dialogues will be held consecutively and on similar Indo-Pacific themes. The theme for Indian Ocean Dialogue is “Indo-Pacific: Re-imagining the Indian Ocean through an Expanded Geography”.
  • Delhi Dialogue XI will start tomorrow evening and will run through the next day. The theme for this year’s Delhi Dialogue is “Advancing Partnership in Indo-Pacific”, and is being organized with the assistance of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries.
  • Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid is on an official visit to India. He will co-chair the 6th India-Maldives Joint Commission Meeting, JCM along with External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar in New Delhi tomorrow.

Source : News Services Division

Rani Rampal, Saurabh Chaudhary Win Top Honours at FICCI India Sports Awards

  • Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal and ace pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won the Sports Person of the Year awards at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2019 on Wednesday.
  • Rani played a crucial role in India’s qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, scoring the winning goal in the two-legged qualifier against the US in November.
  • Saurabh, on the other hand, is touted as India’s biggest hope for a medal in shooting in Tokyo. He won gold at the 2018 Asian Games and has since won a number of individual and team honours at shooting World Cups.
  • The FICCI India Sports Awards are an attempt by FICCI to acknowledge and recognise the contribution of sportspersons and various stakeholders who deliver excellent results through out the year.
  • Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera and the state’s Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Department of Sports & Youth Services, Vishal Kumar Dev, presented the awards to the winners.]

Source : News 18

Lok Sabha passes bill to upgrade three Sanskrit universities in India

  • The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill to upgrade three deemed Sanskrit universities into Central universities with Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank saying that government was committed to development and promotion of all Indian languages.
  • Replying to the debate on Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019, Nishank said India’s ancient texts had guided India to become a world leader and it was “painful” to see dispute being created about a language.
  • In a veiled reference to DMK members, who had asked how he was describing Sanskrit as the greatest language, Nishank said: “we cannot indulge small talk”

Source : India Today

Largest countries silent as world seeks action on climate

  • As diplomats scramble to finalise the rules of the Paris Agreement at the UN climate talks, the world awaits a concrete sign of countries’ readiness to boost climate action.
  • If that arrives, it will be in the form of a legalistic ‘decision’ on ‘ambition’ approved by all nations as the Cop25 talks close in Madrid.
    The Chilean Cop presidency had sought to convene a group of nations at into a vanguard for climate action.
  • On Wednesday, Cop25 president Carolina Schmidt announced that 73 small and developing countries had signalled their intention to enhance their climate plans and 72 countries working to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 joined a high ambition coalition launched in New York in September.


Rajya Sabha passes bill to include certain communities from Karnataka in ST list

  • A bill to include certain tribal communities in Karnataka into Scheduled Tribe category was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Upper House with voice vote. The bill seeks to include Parivara and Talawara tribal communities in ST category to ensure they get the reservation and other benefits provided by the government.
  • The amendments have been made in the list of STs in Karnataka.
    Siddi tribes of Belagavi, Dharwad would also be included in the ST category apart from those living in Uttar Kannada districts.

Source : Business Standard

National Financial Reporting Authority submits first report since constitution

The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) issued its first audit report of IL&FS Financial Services Limited for the year 2017-18. It is the first report submitted by the authority since its constitution in October 2018. The audit was conducted abiding Section 13(2) of the companies act, 2013 and NFRA rules, 2018.

Warship builder GRSE hands over Landing Craft Utility amphibious ship to Indian Navy

  • Adding to the country’s maritime security prowess, warship builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has delivered a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to the Indian Navy, GRSE said here on Thursday.
  • The amphibious ship, that can transport and deploy main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to the shore, is seventh of eight such vessels being built for the Navy by GRSE, it said in a statement.

Source : The Economic Times

Poland left out of EU’s 2050 climate neutrality targets

  • The European Union has left Poland out of a 2050 climate neutrality agreement after hours of summit haggling with three Eastern European member states that demanded more funds for economic transition and support for nuclear power.
  • The Czech Republic and Hungary eventually dropped their resistance after winning a guarantee on Friday that nuclear energy would be recognised as a way for EU states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Poland remained against.


FSSAI, Nasscom Foundation partners to develop app to prevent food wastage

Food regulator FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and Nasscom Foundation, a trade association of Indian IT and Business Process Outsourcing industry, have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly build a technology platform to prevent food wastage and encouraging food donation by developing an app for the purpose. The collaboration is a significant step in the direction of leveraging technology for solutions of social problems.

Jitendra Singh chairs meeting of Central Ministries for North East development projects

  • The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Jitendra Singh, chaired a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), in New Delhi yesterday to discuss issues related to the development of North Eastern (NE) region. The issue of utilisation of 10% GBS in NER by non-exempt Central Ministries and Departments was discussed in detail.
  • Addressing the meeting, Jitendra Singh said the Ministry of DoNER should play the role of facilitator and guide for other ministries, adding that the ministries can approach DoNER Ministry for identifying projects.