Daily GK Update: 15th December 2019

Deepika Padukone to receive Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum

  • Deepika Padukone, China’s popular media personality Jin Xing and two other artists have been selected for Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The award celebrates the achievements of artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change.
  • Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates and Australian artist Lynette Wallworth are the two other recipients selected for the award. Padukone would be given the award for her leadership in raising mental health awareness, the WEF said in a release on Friday.

Source : Hindustan Times

BEE organized International workshop on Energy Efficient Cooling

  • The two-day international workshop was organised as part of ‘Energy Conservation Week’ being celebrated from 9- 14 December 2019.
  • It also provided a platform for global experts, industries, and policy makers to explore opportunities to accelerate deployment of on energy efficient cooling, across different sectors and establishments.
  • NOTE: India has committed to reduce 33-35% of GHG emission by 2030 as part of document submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Source : The World News Monitor

China’s interests in the new country Bougainville

  • Recently, Bougainville, a chain of islands voted for a referendum of independence from Papua Guinea.
  • The referendum saw 85% voter turnout choosing Papua Guinea as second option. The referendum was introduced because the peace agreement signed before 20 years ended.
  • The agreement was signed to end nine year conflict or civil war that killed almost 10% of the country’s population. Employment and land acquisition in the island by copper mines (owned by Papua Guinea, Australia and other foreign countries) were the major reason behind the war.

ICMR sets up a task force on gene therapy research

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is setting up a task force on gene therapy research to encourage research in the emerging field.
  • The research body among other things has proposed forming the task force to explore gene editing based therapeutic approaches to treat illnesses.
  • In a call for research proposals, ICMR has stressed that many inherited disorders are not treated by current available drugs or traditional therapies.

Source : The Business Line

India expands Indo-Pacific policy

  • India expands the area covered by its Indo-Pacific policy to include the western Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. This means that ASEAN is not only the heart of the Indo-Pacific, but includes the Gulf States and Africa.
  • The Indo-Pacific concept also goes beyond economic, cultural and historical ties to include a paramount strategic imperative, which shows that India is gradually evolving this new concept of foreign policy into an attribute of hard power, “an engine of existing mechanisms with a new sense of purpose ”.

Source : EN24 News

WDO to launch World Design Protopolis in Bengaluru

  • The World Design Organization is all set to launch its new global programme World Design Protopolis in Bengaluru, aimed at implementing holistic progress in mega cities across the world and making them sustainable.
  • The announcement was made at the ongoing three-day Kochi Design Week (KDW), Indias largest design conclave that kicked off at Bolgatty Island here on Thursday.

Source :  Business Standard

Regulation for vintage vehicles soon; number plates to display ‘VA’

  • In a respite for enthusiasts and collectors of vintage cars, classic vehicles of more than 50 years of age may flash special number plates and enjoy exemption from scrappage once the regulation for these vehicles are formalised.
  • For facilitating regulation and registration of old vintage vehicles, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has come out with a draft notification that provides for a special number plate with “VA” letters signifying vintage in the registration number.

Source : The Economic Times

India, Maldives sign pact to expand defence cooperation

  • Amid growing Chinese interests in the Indian Ocean Region — often viewed as Delhi’s periphery — India and Maldives on Monday inked a defence pact as PM Narendra Modi pointed out that “India understands its role as a net security provider in the region”.
  • Indo-Maldivian Action Plan for defence that was concluded is in the context of defence cooperation being an important component of the India-Maldives bilateral relationship and the shared strategic and security interests of the two countries in the Indian Ocean region.
  • The Action Plan envisages an institutional mechanism at the level of the Defence Secretaries to further bilateral defence cooperation, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. Development of ports, continuous training, capacity building, supply of equipment and maritime surveillance would be the main elements of the security cooperation.

Source : The Economic Times

PM Modi chairs first meeting of Ganga council, reviews Namami Gange project

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council here on Saturday and said that rejuvenation of the river should be a shining example of cooperative federalism.
  • The prime minister was received by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries at the Chakeri airport.
  • Modi also reviewed the progress of works under the ambitious Namami Gange project in the stretch of the river that is considered the most polluted, and deliberated on various aspects of cleaning the river with focus on ‘swachhta’, ‘aviralta’ and ‘nirmalta’.

Source : The Economic Times