Daily GK Update: 13th September 2020

“Ayushmann Khurrana becomes UNICEF’s celebrity advocate for children’s rights campaign”.

  • UNICEF India announced Ayushmann Khurrana as its celebrity advocate for children’s rights campaign – ‘For Every Child’. Khurrana will support UNICEF towards ending violence against children.
  • He will work towards this initiative in India and joins the likes of former football star David Beckham, who works on this campaign globally.
  • Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF representative in India said they are delighted to have Khurrana as a UNICEF celebrity advocate as they believe that his support will help in creating awareness about the issue.
  • “He will bring sensitivity, passion and a powerful voice for every child, with a specific focus towards ending violence against children.
  • “Ayushmann’s support will help increase awareness about this important issue, especially now with COVID-19 heightening the risk of violence and abuse against children due to the extended lockdown and the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic,” Haque said in a statement.

Source: The Economic Times

“MoHUA launches Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF 2.0)”.

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0.
  • Objective: To provide a clear roadmap for cities towards combating Climate Change while planning and implementing their actions, including investments.
  • The initiative was launched by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs on 11 September in a virtual event organised by the Smart Cities Mission.
  • The framework comprise of 28 indicators across five categories. They are:
    • Energy and Green Buildings,
    • Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity,
    • Mobility and Air Quality,
    • Water Management and
    • Waste Management.
  • The CSCAF 2.0 initiative will be implemented by the MoHUA, with support from the Climate Centre for Cities under National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).
  • CSCAF initiative will inculcate a climate-sensitive approach to urban planning and development in India.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

 “J&K gets first-ever integrated grievance redressal system”.

  • Jammu and Kashmir has got its first-ever J&K Integrated Grievance Redressal System for the redressal of complaints. The system was unveiled by Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha.
  • This a unique integrated system that connects almost all the departments of the government and will provide a timely redressal of all issues raised.
  • The system will have dedicated call centres and the complaints and their status can be monitored online. The maximum time for compliant redressal has been set at 15 days.
  • “There will be a minute by minute status update of the grievances on the portal. And if any laxity will be found, we can talk to the concerned officers. Action will follow if any delay or callouses is found while addressing the people’s grievances”.
  • The decision is aimed at providing an accountability administration to all the citizens of J&K.

Source: India Today

 “Odisha: Naveen Patnaik launches scheme to ensure safety and dignity of the core sanitation workers”.

  • Chief minister Naveen Patnaik launched the GARIMA scheme that aims to ensure safety and dignity of the core sanitation workersin the state, who deal with faecal matter in toilets, septic tank, sewer and treatment facilities.
  • The scheme aims to benefit around 20,000 core sanitation workers and their family members comprising total around one lakh population residing across 114 urban local bodies in the state.
  • Under the scheme, the state government proposes to setup a state commission for core sanitation workers and to create an initial corpus fund of Rs 50 crore for providing benefits to the sanitation workers.

Source:The Times of India

“Citigroup names Jane Fraser as first woman CEO”.

  • Citigroup named Jane Fraser as its next chief executive, tapping a woman to lead a giant Wall Street bank for the first time.
  • She will take over the top job in February, replacing Michael Corbat who will retire.
  • Fraser, who has served as president and CEO of global consumer banking since 2019, will join the board of directors immediately, the bank said.
  • She has held prior roles for Citi in Latin America and in investment banking.

Source: The Times of India

“FCRA registration for Golden Temple is a path-breaking move by Modi govt: Amit Shah”.

  • The central government has granted permission to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to receive foreign funding.
  • Describing this as a “path-breaking move”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said it will once again showcase the outstanding spirit of service of the Sikh community.
  • The Union Home Ministry approved registration of Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. This will now allow it to receive foreign funding.
  • “The decision on FCRA at the Sri Harmandir Sahib is a path-breaking one which will once again showcase the outstanding spirit of service of our Sikh sisters and brothers,” Amit Shah tweeted.

Source: India Today

“RBI issues new rules for appointment, functioning of bank CCO”.

  • The Reserve Bank of India issued new rules for the appointment and function of Chief Compliance Officer at banks.
  • In a release, the central bank said banks are required to have an effective compliance culture, independent corporate compliance function and a strong compliance risk management programme at bank and group level.
  • RBI further added that it has observed that the banks follow diverse practices in this regard.
  • The guidelines will bring uniformity in approach followed by banks and also align the supervisory expectations on CCOs with best practices.

Source: The Economic Times

“Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh dies at 74”.

  • Raghuvansh Prasad was often called the architect of the MNREGA scheme, which was floated when he was the Union minister for rural development.
  • Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died on Sunday due to post-Covid complications. He was 74.

Source: India Today

“CARE Ratings projects sharper GDP contraction of 8-8.2 pc for FY21”.

  • Domestic rating agency CARE Ratings said the country’s economy is likely to see a sharper contraction of 8-8.2 per cent in the current financial year compared to a decline of 6.4 per cent it had projected earlier.
  • “We have further revised downwards our GDP forecast for the year to a range of (-) 8-8.2 per cent under the assumption of there being no fiscal stimulus from the government,” the rating agency’s Chief Economist Madan Sabnavis said.
  • This would imply that there would be no increase in capital expenditure (capex) during the year beyond what is provided in the Budget, he said.
  • The decline in GDP growth by around 8 per cent would also be associated with a decline in the gross fixed capital formation, the agency said.

Source: The Economic Times 

“Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray launches ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign to tackle Covid-19: All you need to know”.

  • Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday launched a state-wide campaign, ‘My Family, My Responsibility’, to tackle the coronavirus pandemic amid further relaxation of lockdown curbs.
  • ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ campaign will aim to achieve effective health care education for the control of Covid-19 outbreak, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner IS Chahal.
  • The campaign that begins on September 15 will be conducted in two phases.

Source: The Hindustan Times