Daily GK Update: 14th June 2020

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse.
  • Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
  • WEAAD was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006.

Source: Seniors Rights Victoria

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, found dead at Mumbai home

  • Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his residence in Mumbai’s Bandra, his representative and Mumbai Police said on Sunday. The actor was found dead at his sixth floor apartment in Bandra (West). While the police have confirmed that he has died by suicide, no ‘note’ was found from his residence. “Sushant Singh Rajput has committed suicide, Mumbai Police is investigating,” DCP Pranay Ashok, spokesperson Mumbai Police said.
  • The actor was known for his performances in films such as Chhichhore, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!. He started his career on television and is still remembered for his performance in Pavitra Rishta.

Source: Hindustan Times

World Blood Donor Day 2020

  • On 14 June 2020 WHO and all countries will celebrate World Blood Donor Day
  • The need for safe blood is universal. Safe blood is critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and neonatal care.
  • But access to safe blood is still a privilege of the few. Most low- and middle-income countries struggle to make safe blood available because donations are low and equipment to test blood is scarce. Globally, 42% of blood is collected in high-income countries, which are home to only 16% of the world’s population.

Source: World Health Organization

J&K: Govt launches J&K Poultry Policy 2020

  • The Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has launched J&K Poultry Policy, 2020/Operational Guidelines to promote establishment of poultry units in the region and announced a dedicated UT allocation of Rs. 50 crore as subsidy per annum for establishment of broiler/layer farms and other allied activities.
  • The Policy is expected to create employment avenues for youth and shall be a big step for making the UT self-sufficient in poultry production besides supplementing income of farmers.
  • It will curtail the annual import bill of approximately 900 crore spent on importing poultry and its products from outside the UT. All new farmers, Individual entrepreneurs, NGOs, Companies/Cooperatives, Groups of unorganized and organized sectors which include Self Help Groups (SHGs), Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) etc are eligible to avail benefits under the scheme. Commercial layer/broiler farms with rearing capacity of more than 10000 birds per unit will be provided capital investment incentive for access to credit @ 30% of the investment in plant and machinery (Farm automation/ equipment) with an upper limit of Rs 50.00 lakh.

Source: All India Radio

Amazon deforestation hits highest level in 5 years

  • The Brazilian government said that the Amazon rainforest witnessed deforestation of a record 829 sq km in May, the highest monthly level since 2015.
    The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said that deforestation in the Amazon increased by 91 sq km compared to the same period last year, reports Xinhua news agency.
  • Between January and April, destruction of the forest by illegal loggers and ranchers rose 55 per cent, or a total of 1,202 sq km was wiped out, it said.
  • The Real-time Deforestation Detection system, a federal project created to monitor human activity in the Amazon, alerted authorities to the increase in the rate of destruction of the rainforest.
  • A recent study by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) warned that deforestation in 2020 could reach 11,900 sq km if the pace of May, June, and July follows the historical average.

Source: National Herald

UP CM asks officials to make available Covid-19 testing machines in all districts

  • To ensure quick COVID-19 test results, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday asked officials to make TrueNat machines available in all 75 districts of the state by June 15.
  • As part of its efforts to ramp up the testing capacity, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had approved the use of TrueNat system for conducting coronavirus tests.
  • “TrueNat machines should be made available in all 75 districts by June 15 and made active. The state government has made these machines available and their number is being increased for speedy testing of COVID-19 cases,” the CM said during a review meeting, according to an official statement.
  • At the meeting, the chief minister emphasised on checking the death rate due to COVID-19 in the state and said measures should be taken for timely treatment of patients.

Source: The Print