Daily GK Update: 13th February 2020

World Radio Day – February 13, 2020

  • World Radio Day was first proposed by Spain in September 2010. With backing from broadcasting associations around the world, it was unanimously accepted by UNESCO Member States in November 2011.
  • The cool thing about radio is it’s still relevant and important in our daily lives. During those long drives for vacation or maybe to work, radio is still with us, keeping us singing and keeping us informed. It’s like a great friend and neighbor, one who’s always there and never lets you down—except radio will never borrow your weed whacker and forget to return it. Join in the worldwide events for World Radio Day on February 13 and find out how radio is still changing lives across the globe.

Source: National Today

Jamuna Progresses joint Hydrographic Operations off Sri Lanka

  • Indian Navy’s Sandhayak class Hydrographic Survey Ship, INS Jamuna (J16), commanded by Captain HA Hardas, arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 06 Feb 20. The ship has been deployed to Sri Lanka based on a mutual agreement to carry out Joint Hydrographic Survey off the South West Coast of Sri Lanka.
  • The Commanding Officer called on Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody, Chief Hydrographer of Sri Lanka Navy and Rear Admiral SA Weerasinghe, Commander Western Naval Area.

Source: Ministry of Defence

Amit Shah to inaugurate India’s first BIMSTEC conference on drug trafficking

  • India will host the first-ever BIMSTEC nations’ conference on “combating drug trafficking” in the national capital this week and it is expected to be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, officials said Tuesday.
  • The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the federal agency for drug law enforcement, will organise the two-day conference to be held on February 13-14 at the Vigyan Bhawan here.

Source: The Print

Nitin Gadkari Flags off Apiary on Wheels

  • ‘Apiary on Wheels’, a unique concept designed by KVIC for the easy upkeep and migration of Bee Boxes having live Bee colonies, was flagged off today by the Union Minister of MSME Shri Nitin Gadkari in Delhi, in the presence of Shri V.K. Saxena, Chairman KVIC.
Source: Orissadairy

Draft New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Rules issued for public consultation

  • The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC), Act 2019 was enacted with a view to provide for the establishment and incorporation of the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre for the purpose of creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration and to make it a hub for institutional arbitration and to declare the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre to be an institution of national importance.
  • The Act replaced the ordinance on the subject which had come into force on 2nd March, 2019.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Govt launches school health programme under Ayushman Bharat

  • Government on Wednesday launched a School Health Programme under Ayushman Bharat-Health & Wellness Centres that will teach skills ranging from emotional wellbeing, mental health, interpersonal relationships to values and maintaining healthy lifestyle.
  • “The first phase of implementation will be in all the public upper primary, secondary and senior secondary schools of aspirational districts. Subsequently, remaining districts will be taken up in the second year,” said Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of Human Resource Development. The program has been jointly rolled out by Ministries of Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.

Source: Livemint

Cabinet approves changes in ‘Vivad se Vishwas Bill’ to reduce tax litigations

  • The Union Cabinet has given nod to changes in the ‘Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas (No dispute but trust) Bill, 2020’ to increase its scope to cover litigations pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs), Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.
  • The Bill, which was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020, seeks to provide resolution for disputed tax cases involving Rs 9.32 lakh crore. While presenting the Union Budget 2020-21, Sitharaman had said the scheme would resolve 4.83 lakh direct tax disputes pending in various tribunals, such as Commissioner (Appeals), ITATs, High Courts and the Supreme Court.

Source: Business Today

Union Cabinet approves Pesticide Management Bill 2020

  • Union Cabinet has approved the Pesticide Management Bill 2020. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the legislation will promote organic pesticides in the country. Major Ports Authority Bill to enhance overall efficiencies of the ports was cleared by the Cabinet.
  • Cabinet has also approved changes in the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, 2020. The bill seeks to increase its scope to cover litigations pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs).

Source: News Services Division

Govt nod to India-Iceland pact in fisheries sector

  • Targeting sustainable fisheries development, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a pact signed between India and Iceland.
  • “The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Iceland in the field of fisheries,” an official statement said.
  • The pact was signed on 10th September, 2019.
  • “The MoU will strengthen the existing friendly relations between India and Iceland and will enhance consultation and cooperation on Fisheries including consultation on bilateral issues,” it added.

Source: Business Standard

Union Cabinet Gives In Principle Approval For Capital Infusion For Three Public Sector General Insurance Companies

  • The Union Cabinet has given its in principle approval for capital infusion for three Public Sector General Insurance Companies, namely, Oriental Insurance Company (OICL), National Insurance Company (NICL) and United India Insurance Company (UIICL).
  • The Cabinet has allowed immediate release of Rs. 2500 Crore in the light of the critical financial position and breach of regulatory solvency requirements of 3 PSGICs viz. OICL, NICL and UIICL.

Source: Business Standard