Daily GK Update: 16th January 2020

India and Brazil should be permanent members of UNSC: Russia at Raisina Dialogue

  • Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday said India and Brazil should become permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) as the needs for developing countries have remained underrepresented.
  • “India and Brazil should absolutely be at the UNSC. Developing countries should be given adequate representation there,” Lavrov said, adding the developed countries have not paid heed to the demands of the developing countries.

Source: The Print

India slips 5 spots on Henley Passport Index; here’s how it affects the economy

  • Travel and trade have been have happened in conjunction since medieval times. The correlation between the two has been strengthened since the advent of globalization, as per a research paper published by N. Kulendran and Kenneth Wilson in the Journal of Applied Economics.
  • The movement of people across international borders has increased over the past few years, but data pertaining to passport approvals and foreign investment show that countries that have stronger passports have a more conducive business environment.

Source: The Economic Times

These will be the biggest risks to the world in 2020, says WEF report

  • Following a year of floods and droughts, when fires ravaged Australia and the Amazon, and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as Time’s Person of the Year, it is perhaps little wonder that environmental issues dominate leaders’ concerns for the future.
  • But the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report shows how loudly they are sounding the alarm. Established leaders and up-and-comers agree: climate change is the stand-out long-term risk the world faces.
  • The report, which identifies the top threats facing our world by likelihood and extent of impact, names failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change as the key concern for the Forum’s network of business leaders, NGOs, academics and others. The group places it as the number one risk by impact and number two by likelihood over the next 10 years.

Source: The Print

Indian Army Day 2020

  • Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year. This year, the Indian Army will celebrate its 72nd Army Day.
  • Army men are the real heroes, as Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC once said, “Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolour, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.” Nothing can ever match with the sacrifice the hero of our country make to keep us happy.
  • When we enjoy our days and holidays with our friends and family, the Indian Army stand tall in the harshest of conditions. Whether it be the disregard freezing cold temperatures or scorching heat, they always remain brave, awake just to keep us secure and safe.

Source: India Today