Daily GK Update: 14th August 2020

“Union Sports Ministry to organise Fit India Freedom Run”

  • The Sports Ministry is set to organize the largest country-wide run, the Fit India Freedom Run from August 15 to October 2.
  • In keeping with the current pandemic situation and social distancing norms, the government has decided to encourage participants of the event to run at their own pace — anywhere and at any time of their convenience.
  • Additionally, they can break up their runs over several days in this period. The total kilometers clocked can be tracked using a Global Positioning System (GPS) watch or manually.
  • The mega event will be launched by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on August 14.
  • The event is being organised to mark the 74th Independence Day on August 15 to the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.

Source: SocialNews.xyz

“Price Monitoring & Resource Unit established in Karnataka”

  • Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers ShriDV Sadananda Gowda has announced the establishment of a Price Monitoring and Resource Unit (PMRU) in
  • The PMRU has been established by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority(NPPA), Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, in association with Karnataka State Drug Control Department.
  • PMRU will assist NPPA in monitoring the prices of drugs, ensuring availability of drugs as well as raising consumer awareness.

Source: DailyHunt

“SS Mundra becomes new non-executive Chairman of IBH”

  • Mortgage player Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBH) on Wednesday said former RBI deputy governor S S Mundra has been appointed as its non-executive chairman with immediate effect.
  • Mundra had joined the board of IBH in 2018 as an independent director.
  • The company said its executive chairman Sameer Gehlaut has taken up the position of chief executive officer of another listed firm promoted by him — Indiabulls Ventures Ltd.
  • Going forward, Gehlaut will focus full time on the chief executive’s role at Indiabulls Ventures for growing its consumer business in finance and healthcare on App Dhani.
  • Gehlaut will also serve as non-executive, non-independent director of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd.

Source: Live Mint

“Israel & US successfully tested Arrow 2 defence missile system”

  • Israel’s Defense Ministry said Thursday it conducted a successful test of the country’s advanced missile defense system against long-range ballistic attacks.
  • Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the successful flight test of the Arrow-2 interceptor was part of Israel’s technological effort that “ensures that we will always be one step ahead of our enemies.”
  • The test was conducted overnight in central Israel, jointly with the US Missile Defense Agency.
  • Arrow-2 is part of the multi-layered system Israel has developed to defend against both short- and mid-range rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran’s long-range missiles.

Source: Financial Express

“Dalai Lama to release ‘Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World”

  • The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, will release a new book on climate change with German environmental journalist Franz Alt in November
  • The book has been titled “Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World”.
  • The Dalai Lama in the book calls on political decision makers to fight against deadlock and ignorance on the issue of climate change and to stand up for a different, more climate-friendly world and for the younger generation to assert their right to regain its future.
  • It follows his 2019 publication dedicated to children, “The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, his autobiography and a book on philosophy.

Source: Outlook India

“LIC Launches special campaign for revival of lapsed life policies”

  • Life Insurance Corporation has launched a two-month campaign to encourage people to continue revival of their lapsed policies.
  • The campaign will start on August 10 and run till October 9.
  • Policies of specific eligible plans can be revived within five years from date of the first unpaid premium subject to certain terms and conditions.
  • The policyholders will get 20 per cent late fee concession for revival while 25 per cent concession between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh.

Source: The Statesman

“Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi passes away in Ghaziabad”

  • Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi passed away on Wednesday evening after suffering from a heart attack.
  • He was rushed to Ghaziabad’s Yashoda Hospital after he suddenly felt unwell and fell unconscious at his residence.
  • Doctors declared him brought dead.
  • Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, party general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and party leader Rahul Gandhi spoke to Rajiv Tyagi’s wife over phone and extended their condolences.
  • Expressing grief, they told her that the Congress lost a leader who was dedicated towards the nation and the society.

Source: India Today

“Defence Minister unveils Naval Innovation and Indigenization Organization”

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenization Organization (NIIO) through an online webinar.
  • The NIIO puts in place dedicated structures for the end users to interact with academia and industry towards fostering innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence.
  • Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM has become the Director General Naval Operations (DGNO).
  • The Draft Defence Acquisition Policy 2020 (DAP 20) rolled out by the Defence Ministry last month envisaged establishment of Innovation and Indigenization Organisation by the Service Headquarters.
  • Indian Navy already has a functional Directorate of Indigenization and the new structures created will build upon the ongoing indigenization initiatives, as well as focus on innovation.

Source:  NewsOnAir

“Indian Coast Guard launches Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sarthak’”

  • An Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard was launched today and re-christened as Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarthak’.
  • The launching ceremony held at Goa Shipyard Limited was conducted through video conferencing from Coast Guard headquarters at New Delhi.
  • Sarthak is the 4th in the series of five OPVs deployed by the Coast Guard to enhance maritime security.
  • It has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’.
  • The Ship is fitted with state-of-the-art Navigation and Communication equipment, sensor and machinery.
  • Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar; Director General Indian Coast Guard, K Natarajan, Chairman of GSL and senior officials of Defence Ministry were also present on the occasion.

Source:  NewsOnAir

“‘Khaje’, ‘Harmal Chilli’ and ‘Moira Banana’ of Goa gets GI tag”

  • Goa’s traditional festive sweet dish ‘Khaje’, spicy Harmal Chilli and Myndoli Banana (Moira Banana) has obtained Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indications Registry.
  • A GI tag protects the produce from being illegally used, and ensures benefits to the local growers’ community.

Source:  ByScoop