Daily GK Update: 15th January 2020

Hallmarking of gold made mandatory

  • All jewellers will need to register themselves with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the government has made hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts mandatory. Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, on Tuesday said jewellers would not be allowed to sell non-hallmarked jewellery after January 2021.
  • The initiative will help reduce corruption in the gold business and ensure consumers are not be cheated while buying gold.
  • As per the minister, the purity of the gold will soon be in only three caratages — 14, 18 and 22. The caratage is marked on jewellery in addition to fineness for convenience of consumers. For example, for 22-carat jewellery, 22K will be marked in addition to 916, and for 18-carat jewellery, 18K will be marked in addition to 750.

Source: Business Today

First digital exhibition on Indian Heritage inaugurated

  • The first-ever International Heritage Symposium and Exhibition (IHSE) was inaugurated by Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel at the National Museum, Janpath on January 15.
  • Jointly sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST), the event was organised by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. It also marked the beginning of the month-long exhibition Indian Heritage In Digital Space, which highlights the work done under DST initiatives for digitising heritage.

Source: The New Indian Express

WHO released 2020 Global Health Challenges report

  • The list of Global Health Challenges highlighted 13 potential threats.
    The top among the listed threats was Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and climate crisis.
  • As per the report, around 7 million people are affected because of climate change.
  • The report said that climate change has increased malnutrition and is fueling the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria.
  • Following these 2, the other threats mentioned in the list include the influenza epidemic and the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis.
  • The report stated that most of the death is due to stroke, chronic respiratory disease, heart attack, and lung cancer. These diseases are increased by raising levels of air pollution.
  • For the first time, Lack of Access has entered the list.
    It highlighted that a lack of access to vaccines, diagnostic tools, medicines, and other essential health products is one of the challenges and threats faced by society.