Daily GK Update: 13th July 2020

“Lewis Hamilton takes dominant Styrian Grand Prix win after Ferraris collide”

  • The world champion’s first victory of the year was founded on a stupendous performance in wet qualifying, in which he took pole by more than 1.2 seconds.
  • Hamilton led from pole position, headed only at the pit-stops, as team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtook Red Bull’s Max Verstappen late on for second.
  • The Ferraris retired early after colliding with each other on lap one.
  • It was another dark day for the Italian team, after an uncompetitive showing in qualifying, as Charles Leclerc apologised for a rash move on the first lap that took out both cars.

Source: BBC

“Kezang D Thongdok bags Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2020”

  • Arunachal Pradesh filmmaker Kezang D Thongdok has bagged the Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2020 for a short documentary “Chi Lupo”.
  • Chi Lupo, documented by Kezang D Thongdok is a short documentary on honey hunting.
  • Chi Lupo sketches the tradition of honey hunting practised in the Shertukpen community in which “Chi” means honey while “Lipo” means hunters.
  • This age-old tradition of honey hunting is slowly slithering away with each passing day.

Source: Daily Hunt

“NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission launches app development module for school students”

  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission has launched the ATL App Development Module for school children across the country.
  • The ATL App is an online course, which is completely Free.
  • Through six project-based learning modules and online mentoring sessions, young innovators can learn to build mobile apps in various Indian languages and showcase their talent.
  • Additionally, to build capacities and acumen for app development within school teachers, periodic Teacher Training sessions will be conducted on the AIM App Development course.

Source: News On Air

“NTPC Limited wins prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019”

  • The company has also received Commendation for Significant Achievement in the category of CSR.
  • Power Ministry said, NTPC always strives for sustainable development of its communities around the power stations.
  • CII-ITC Sustainability Awards recognize and reward excellence in sustainability practices.
  • It is considered to be the most credible platform for sustainability recognition in the country.

Source: DD News

“CBDT launches tool for banks to ascertain TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawals”

  • Now, the bank/post office has to only enter the PAN of the person who is withdrawing cash for ascertaining the applicable rate of TDS.
  • The Income Tax Department has facilitated a new functionality for banks and post offices for them to calculate the TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawal of above ₹20 lakh in case of a non-filer of the income-tax return and that of above ₹1 Crore in case of a filer of the income-tax return.
  • So far, more than 53,000 verification requests have been executed successfully on this facility, said Central Board of Direct Taxes.
  • Explaining the details of this facility, CBDT said that now the bank/post office has to only enter the PAN of the person who is withdrawing cash for ascertaining the applicable rate of TDS.

Source: Live Mint

“India moves up a rank to become second-largest source of FDI for UK”

  • India invested in 120 projects and created 5,429 new jobs in the UK to become the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) after the US in 2019, according to new UK government figures released on Friday.
  • The Department for International Trade (DIT) inward investment statistics for 2019-2020 found India moving up from its previous third-largest spot, representing an overall 4 per cent FDI increase for the UK on 2018-2019 with 1,852 new inward investment projects in the 2019/2020 financial year.
  • The US remains the number one source of FDI for the UK, delivering 462 projects and 20,131 jobs, followed by India, Germany, France and China and Hong Kong.
  • Australia and New Zealand were responsible for 72 projects and the Nordic and Baltic region 134, an increase for both regions.

Source: The Indian Express

“Cartoonist Avad Bin Hassan Jami passes away in Jamnagar”

  • Renowned cartoonist Avad Bin Hassan Jami, popularly known as “Jami” passed away in Jamnagar yesterday. He was 77.
  • His cartoons regularly published in leading Gujarati daily newspapers and news magazines for more than two decades.
  • Jami was a drawing teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jamnagar.
  • He became a full time cartoonist after retirement.

Source: News On Air

“TV and Film Actor Ranjan Sehgal Passes Away At 36 In Chandigarh”

  • Bollywood and TV actor Ranjan Sehgal passed away on July 11 at a hospital in Chandigarh, Punjab. He was 36.
  • The actor had reportedly been unwell for quite some time due to an unknown long-term ailment.
  • Ranjan lost his life due to multiple organ failure.
  • The late actor played pivotal roles in shows like Rishon Se Badi Pratha, Tum Dena Saath Mera, Gustakh Dil, Bhawar and Jaane Kya Hoga Ram and a few more.

Source: News 18

“NITI Aayog Presents India’s 2nd Voluntary National Review At UN’s High-Level Political Forum”

  • NITI Aayog presented India’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020.
  • The HLPF is the foremost international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, presented the VNR. The India VNR 2020 report titled ‘Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local’ was released by NITI Aayog officials — Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Dr VK Paul, Member, Amitabh Kant, CEO, and Sanyukta Samaddar, Adviser (SDGs).
  • At the HLPF this year, which is being hosted virtually in the aftermath of the COVID-19, 47 Member States are set to present their VNRs between July 10-16, 2020.

Source: Business World

“Indian Railways on mission mode of becoming ‘Green Railway’ by 2030”

  • The Ministry of Railways is on a mission mode with the goal of transforming Indian Railways into Green Railways by 2030 and has taken a number of major initiatives towards mitigation of global warming and combating climate change.
  • Railway Electrification, improving the energy efficiency of locomotives and trains and fixed installations, green certification for installations/stations, fitting bio-toilets in coaches and switching to renewable sources of energy are parts of its strategy of achieving net-zero carbon emission.
  • Indian Railways has completed electrification of more than 40,000 Route km (RKM) (63 per cent of Broad Gauge routes) in which 18,605 km electrification work has been done during 2014-20.
  • Previously, only 3,835 km electrification work was completed during the period 2009-14. Indian Railways has fixed a target of electrification of 7000 RKM for the year 2020-21.

Source: Zee News