Daily GK Update: 14th September 2020

“India’s First Airport Coronavirus Testing Facility Launched In Delhi”.

  • India’s first coronavirus airport testing facility was launched at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  • The facility at the Terminal-3 of the airport, which offers a walk-in option, “ensures a safe journey of all passengers entering the city or scheduled for domestic connecting flights”, airport operator DIAL (Delhi International Airport Limited) said in a statement.
  • International passengers traveling without a valid COVID negative certificate can book a slot in advance, it said. The test results are available within four-six hours.
  • “Until the results are confirmed, passengers will be isolated at the waiting lounge or may opt to stay in a hotel. In case of a positive result, passengers will be processed in line with applicable ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) protocols by the State authorities.

Source: NDTV

“Dominic Thiem wins maiden Grand Slam with US open triumph”.

  • Dominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five-setter and win the US open for his first Grand Slam title.
  • It marked the first time in the US Open’s open era history that a player had recovered from losing the opening two sets to win the title.
  • It was also the first time that the final has been settled by a tie-break.

Source: Times of India

“Tuscan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton claims 90th win after incredible race”.

  • Lewis Hamilton took his 90th career victory by beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a chaotic, incident-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix.
  • The race was punctuated by two red flags, the first caused by a pile-up on the pit straight, the second by a high-speed crash for Lance Stroll.
  • Hamilton’s win was his sixth in nine races this season and, coupled with a fastest lap secured on the penultimate tour, it extended his championship lead to 55 points as the season passes halfway, and puts him just one behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of wins.
  • Lewis Hamilton said, “It was all a bit of daze. It was like three races in one day. Just incredibly tough today. This track is phenomenal and the heat and keeping Valtteri behind was not easy. All those restarts total focus was needed. It was really, really hard. Valtteri appeared out of nowhere when I saw Danny was behind. I didn’t want him to have DRS. My heart is racing. It is crazy to be here and to have 90 grands prix wins.”

Source: BBC News

“Shubhash Kamath elected as chairman of ASCI”.

  • Shubhash Kamath, chief executive officer at BBH & Publicis Worldwide, India, has been unanimously elected as the chairman of the board of governors of the Advertising Standards Council of India(ASCI).
  • The vote was held at the board meeting that followed the 34th annual general meeting .
  • The board of governors includes: Abanti Sankaranarayanan, co-chairman and board member, ISWAI; D Shivakumar, group executive president, Aditya Birla Management Corporation; Girish Agarwal, director, Dainik Bhaskar Group; Harish Bhat, director, Tata Consumer Products; KV Sridhar, chief creative officer (Global), Nihilent; Madhusudan Gopalan, CEO, Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care; Rohit Gupta, president – network sales and international business, Sony Pictures Networks India; Prof SK Palekar, Centre For Developmental Education, IFIM Business School; Priya Nair, executive director- beauty and personal care, Hindustan Unilever; Prasun Basu, president – South Asia, Nielsen (India); Sivakumar Sundaram, president-revenue, Bennett Coleman & Co.; Umesh Shrikhande, CEO, Taproot India Comm.

Source:The Economic Times

“PM Modi inaugurates three petroleum sector projects in poll-bound Bihar”.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated three petroleum sector projects in poll-bound Bihar to the nation.
  • These projects that will help meet the demand for domestic cooking gas in the state include state-run Indian Oil Corporation’s 193-km long Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline that will supply cooking gas for bottling at the new Banka plant in the state.
  • PM Modi said that around ₹21,000 crore have been spent on the 10 large petroleum and gas based projects that are a part of the PM’s package for Bihar.

Source: Livemint

“Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘The Disciple’ wins Best Screenplay award at Venice Film Festival”.

  • The Marathi-language movie, about the personal and professional experiences of a Hindustani classical singer, was among 18 titles in the competition section.
  • The Disciple was in the running for the festival’s highest prize, the Golden Lion. That was won by Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand.
  • The jury was headed by Cate Blanchett and included the directors Joanna Hogg, Christian Petzold and Veronika Franz, novelist Nicola Lagioia and actors Ludivine Sagnier and Matt Dillon.
  • The festival was held this year amidst extraordinary health protocols necessitated by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Fewer films were selected, face masks were mandatory for screenings, and the capacity at theatres was cut down by half.

Source: DD News

“Happy Hindi Diwas 2020: History, significance and all you need to know”.

  • Hindi Diwas is observed on September 14, every year.
  • Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world after English, Spanish and Mandarin.
  • Hindi is one of the most widely spoken languages of India, with most of North India celebrating the language as their mother tongue.
  • Every year on Hindi Diwas, the President of India presents the Rajbhasha awards to people for their contribution towards the language at a ceremony in Delhi.
  • Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language, written in the Devanagari script as one of the official languages of India. Hindi is one of the two official languages of the Union government — the other being English.
  • On September 14, 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted Hindi as the official language of the newly formed nation. The decision was then accepted and it became a part of the Indian constitution on January 26, 1950. The first Hindi Diwas was celebrated in 1953.
  • Also, this day is celebrated; as a patriotic reminder to Indian populations of their common roots and unity.

Source: India Today

 “Living Planet Report 2020”.

  • A 68% average decline of birds, amphibians, mammals, fish, and reptiles since 1970.
  • The findings are clear: Our relationship with nature is broken.
  • Biodiversity – the rich diversity of life on Earth – is being lost at an alarming rate. This loss effects our own health and well-being. Today, catastrophic impacts for people and the planet loom closer than ever.

Source: World Wildlife

“SCTIMST Develops Low-cost Indigenous Device For Preventing Blood Clot In Deep Vein”.

  • The formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), can lead to life-threatening complications.
  • Scientists have come up with a device that can facilitate the flow of blood from the veins in the legs thus preventing DVT.
  • A team from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, has developed a device for the prevention of DVT.
  • The device can bring relief to patients affected by prolonged immobility, bedridden state, post-operative immobilization, paralysis of legs, a large number of whom are affected by DVT causing pain, swelling, redness, warmth, and engorged surface veins. The detachment of the clot and its transport to the arteries carrying impure blood to the lungs can cause ‘pulmonary artery embolism’, a potentially life-threatening complication.
  • Such devices which are so far imported cost between Rs 2 lakh to 5 lakh whereas the device developed by the SCTIMST team can be placed in the market for less than Rs 1 lakh.

Source: Republic World

 “Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd starts its Methanol Plant”.

  • Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd  -RCF a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has started its Methanol Plant at Trombay Unit, Mumbai from 8th September 2020. This is a step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
  • RCF has the capacity to produce 242 MT of Methanol per day. Till now, RCF has been importing Methanol for its internal consumption and also for trading purposes. With Methanol production of its own, RCF shall no longer be dependent on imports for its own requirement and will also be in a position to satisfy the needs of other Methanol dependent industries.
  • With this, RCF has entered the selct list of Methanol producers in the country, providing alternate to import and thus contributing towards Government’s ambitious ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ Abhiyaan.

Source: India ties