Daily GK Update: 17th July 2020

“International Justice Day History, Meaning And Significance Explained”

  • World Day for International Justice is observed on July 17 every year.
  • This day is also known as International Criminal Justice Day or International Justice Day.
  • This day is observed to give recognition to the emerging system of international criminal justice.
  • The day also aims to promote international criminal justice.

Source: Republic World

“Maharashtra’s first woman SEC Neela Satyanarayanan dies of Covid-19, Governor Koshyari extends condolences”

  • Former Maharashtra Election Commissioner and acclaimed Marathi author, Neela Satyanarayan, died of Covid-19 on Thursday.
  • Satyanarayana was the first woman commissioner of the Election Commission.
  • She was detected positive with COVID-19 a few days back and was undergoing treatment at Seven Hills Hospital at Marol in Andheri (East), where she breathed her last.
  • Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari expressed condolences on the demise of former State Election Commissioner, stating that “we have lost a dedicated officer and socially responsive thinker.”

Source: Times Now News

“NABARD launches development projects in Andaman & Nicobar Islands worth Rs. 44 lakhs”

  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched development projects in Andaman & Nicobar Islands worth Rs. 44 lakhs.
  • These projects aim at strengthening the concept of Atmanirbhar Bharat through rural entrepreneurship.
  • The projects by NABARD will include the formation and development of Self-Help Groups, SHG.
  • In order to make Atmanirbhar Bharat a reality, the development bank has also been providing a platform for the sales of local products by financing the Rural Haats in Gram Panchayat.

Source: Jagran Josh

“DCGI nod to first indigenous pneumonia vaccine: ‘Serum to fulfil global demand of 100 million doses in next two to three years”

  • Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd — the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold globally (more than 1.5 billion doses)– has got the go-ahead from Drug Controller and General of India to manufacture its own indigenously developed pneumococcal vaccine.
  • The vaccine maker has also partnered with AstraZeneca to support efforts to make a vaccine against Covid-19.
  • Adar Poonawalla, CEO of SII, tells Anuradha Mascarenhas that they will be able to fulfil a global demand of 100 million doses in the next two to three years.
  • This is a pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine that took five years to develop and conduct multicentric global trials before it was licensed.

Source: The Indian Express

“Telangana DGP launches CybHer campaign for women safety”

  • Telangana DGP along with the women safety wing of Telangana police today launched the CybHer campaign which aims at providing safe cyberspace for women and children.
  • He was joined by Additional DGP of Telangana, ace badminton player PV Sindhu, psychologists, women IAS and IPS officers, representatives of NGOs, experts dealing with cybercrimes, students and counsellors.
  • The month-long campaign will focus on cases of paedophile activity, sexual harassment of minors and young adults under the guise of education activity online, malware and data theft of personal information.
  • The interactive and informative campaign by the women’s safety cell and Telangana Police is to tackle cyberattacks amid social isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic by offering proactive measures to stay safe in the digital world.

Source: Times Now News

“UNICEF ties up with SAP India to provide career counselling to young people”

  • New Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) On World Youth Skills Day, UNICEF India partnered with a computer software company SAP India on Wednesday to provide career counselling to young people in order to improve their employability skills in the present and post-COVID-19 era.
  • Under the partnership with SAP India, UNICEF will also collaborate with ”YuWaah” – (Generation Unlimited), an initiative supported by the UN body, to provide digital education and occupational skill-set to the under-served young people of the country.
  • Under the collaboration, they will aim to improve digital and life skills of young people and provide them career options, the statement said.
  • COVID-19 has led to disruptions in educational, economic and social spheres of life, throwing up many challenges for young people.

Source: Outlook

“Arunachal CM launches book on Tangams”

  • Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Monday launched a book titled “The Tangams: An Ethnolinguistic Study of the Critically Endangered Group of Arunachal Pradesh” in Itanagar.
  • Based on the Tangams, a critically endangered speech community of Kugging village in the state’s Upper Siang district, the book is published by the Centre for Endangered Languages (CFEL), Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) and Himalayan Publishers, New Delhi.
  • Tangams are one of the lesser-known ethnolinguistic groups within the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • According to the CFEL field survey 2016, the total population of the Tangam community is only 253 and resides only in one village.

Source: Northeast Now

“Marcus Rashford gets honorary doctorate for work against child poverty”

  • Marcus Rashford will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his “remarkable campaign against child poverty” which caused a government U-turn and the granting of free food vouchers for the poorest families over the summer.
  • Boris Johnson had initially rejected the Manchester United striker’s calls before the prime minister reversed his decision last month.
  • Rashford grew up in Wythenshawe, south Manchester, and will become the university’s youngest recipient of the award.
  • It also recognises his “outstanding sporting achievements”.

Source: The Guardian

“Poba Reserve Forest in Assam”s Dhemaji to be upgraded to wildlife sanctuary”

  • Guwahati, Jul 14 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced on Tuesday that Poba Reserve Forest in Dhemaji district would be upgraded to a wildlife sanctuary.
  • The chief minister made the announcement during a review meeting of the flood scenario at Jonai in the district.
  • Poba Reserve Forest, declared in 1924 with an area of 10,522 hectares, is home to large number of flora and fauna, an official statement said.
  • Sonowal also visited the Outer Jonai and Bera Sapori areas in the district antd took stock of the devastation caused by the flood, besides interacting with the inmates of a relief camp there, it added. PTI ESB SOM SOM.

Source: Outlook

“Tata’s Chandrasekaran, Lockheed’s Taiclet to receive USIBC Global Leadership Award”

  • Tata group Chairman N Chandrasekaran and Lockheed Martin CEO Jim Taiclet will receive the USIBC Global Leadership Award this year, business advocacy group USIBC said on Tuesday.
  • “Every year, the USIBC Global Leadership Awards are conferred upon executives in recognition of outstanding leadership and for promoting Indo-US trade and business,” Washington-based US-India Business Council (USIBC) said.
  • It added that this year, the prestigious annual award would be presented to Jim Taiclet, chief executive of Lockheed Martin and co-chair of the US-India CEO Forum, and Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of the Tata group and co-chair of the US-India CEO Forum.
  • The earlier receivers of this award include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google CEO Adena Friedman, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Sun Pharmaceuticals Founder and Managing Director Dilip Shanghvi.

Source: The Economic Times