Daily GK Update: 17th September 2020

“Engineers Day 2020: Education Minister Felicitates 12 With AICTE Visvesvaraya Best Teachers Award 2020”.


  • The AICTE Visvesvaraya Best Teachers Award 2020 was conferred upon 12 faculty members of AICTE approved institutes today in a virtual ceremony.
  • The awards, introduced this year, were presented as part of the Engineers Day celebrations by the Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. Mr Pokhriyal also launched SPICES (Scheme for Promoting Interests, Creativity and Ethics among Students) to promote healthy co-curricular activity amongst the students for their all-round development during the virtual event.
  • Apart from the education minister, several others were also present at the virtual AICTE Visvesvaraya Best Teachers Award 2020.

Source: NDTV

“World Patient Safety Day: Making patient safety a global health priority”.

  • The purpose of World Patient Safety Day is to promote patient safety by increasing public awareness and engagement, enhancing global understanding and working towards global solidarity and action.
  • According to World Health Organization (WHO), up to four out of 10 patients are harmed in primary and ambulatory care settings.
  • Data also suggests that 134 million adverse events occur each year in hospitals in low middle income countries (LMICs) contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually.
  • To mark the importance of patient safety, the first-ever World Patient Safety Day is being observed on September 17, 2019.
  • Launched by WHO as a global campaign ‘Medication without Harm’, the day aims to create awareness around patient safety and urge people to show commitment to making healthcare safer.
  • The theme for this year is ‘Patient Safety: a global health priority’ and the slogan is ‘Speak up for patient safety’.

Source: Indian Express

“SBI and Titan launch India’s first contactless payment watch: Here’s how to use it”.


  • The State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest public sector lender, and Titan Company have partnered to launch contactless payment services through watches, called Titan Pay.
  • Titan and SBI have launched a range of new watches with contactless payment functionality.
  • According to the press release issued by the bank, SBI account holders can tap their Titan Pay watch on contactless payment POS machines without the need of swiping or inserting their SBI bank card.
  • The payment feature on these watches will be accessible on over 2 million contactless MasterCard-enabled POS machines in the country, stated the release.

Source: Economic Times

“Cabinet Approves establishment of new AIIMS at Bihar’s Darbhanga”.

  • According to media reports, the Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a new All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Darbhanga Bihar.
  • The institution will be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in a period of 48 months from the date of approval by the Centre at a total cost of Rs. 1,264 Crore.
  • The Institute will include 100 undergraduate seats, 60 B.Sc Nursing Seats and 15-20 Super Speciality Departments along with 750 hospital beds.
  • The aim is to establish the new AIIMS as an Institution of National Importance in order to provide quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
  • The new institutions will also serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality healthcare to the population while also helping to create a large number of doctors and other health workers in the region which will be available for primary and secondary level institutions or fasciitis being created under the National Health Mission.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Indian and U.S. Defense Delegations Conduct Virtual Discussion of Defense Cooperation”.

  • The 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held virtually on Sept. 15, 2020.
  • The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Raj Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, from the Indian Ministry of Defence, and Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, from the U.S. Department of Defense. DTTI Group Meetings are normally held twice a year, alternating between India and the United States.
  • The aim of the DTTI Group is to bring sustained leadership focus to the bilateral defense trade relationship and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment.

Source: Defense govt.

“Anti-Satellite Missile: Govt launches Postage Stamp commemorating Mission Shakti’s success”.

  • A customized My Stamp on India’s First Anti Satellite Missile (A-SAT) was launched on the occasion of Engineers Day on September 15 in the presence of Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor (NSA). The stamp was released by Department of Posts.
  • On the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on 27th March 2019.
  • DRDO developed A-SAT Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters.

Source: DD news

“PM Modi to Inaugurate Historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu in Bihar on Friday”.

  • The Prime Minister’s Office said that the “Kosi Rail Mahasetu” (mega bridge) is a watershed moment in the history of Bihar as it will connect the region to the northeast.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the “historic” Kosi rail mega bridge through video-conference on Friday and also inaugurate 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities in Bihar, his office said.
  • PM Modi has inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects in the poll-bound state in the last few days with sources pegging the total cost of these infrastructure and other programmes at about ₹ 16,000 crore.
  • The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Wednesday that the “Kosi Rail Mahasetu” (mega bridge) is a watershed moment in the history of Bihar as it will connect the region to the northeast.
  • The mega bridge project was sanctioned by the Union government during 2003-04.

Source: NDTV

“P R Krishnakumar, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy MD, dies of Covid-19 in Coimbatore”.

  • Founder and managing director of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy(AVP) and chancellor of Avinashilingam University Dr P R Krishnakumar, 68, died of due to Covid-19 on Wednesday night.The ayurvedic physician was admitted to KMCH on August 29 with Covid-19. He also had co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension and heart problems.
  • The infection finally led to sepsis, multiorgan failure and inflammation of the heart muscles.
  • He was known nationally and internationally for his efforts to promote research in ayurveda and to standardize ayurvedic medicines and their formulations.
  • He managed to create awareness on the system at the World Health Organization.

Source: Times of India

“This airport got a 5-star rating for its COVID response”.

  • The current standards for airports being rated as topnotch is a lot different than the pre-COVID era. Skytrax, the organisation that rates world’s best airports has now declared the very first airport in the worldwith a COVID-19 5-star airport rating.
  • Rome’s Fiumicino Airport has won the crown, and is currently the best airport in the world in terms of hygiene.
  • Also known as the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, it is considered to be one of the busiest airports in Italy.
  • The airport has recently opened a COVID testing centre, all of 7000 sq ft, is being co-operated by the Italian Red Cross.
  • Skytrax has released a statement, saying that the airport has received the high rating due a “combination of procedural efficiency checks, visual observation analysis, and ATP sampling tests.”

Source: Times of India

“Padma Vibhushan art scholar Kapila Vatsyayan passes away at 92”.

  • Kapila Vatsyayan, Member of Parliament, a major scholar of art, architecture, Indian classical dance and Founding Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, passed away at the age of 92 at her home in New Delhi on Wednesday.
  • Recipient of the Padma Vibhushan honour (2011), the scholar, who authored around 20 books on various art forms and their histories including ‘The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts’ (1997), ‘Bharata: The Natya Sastra’ (1996) and ‘Traditions in India Folk Dance’ (1987)was also the Chairperson of the Asian Arts Project at the India International Centre. Trained in Kathak and Manipuri, she earned her PhD from the Banaras Hindu University after completing her MA English from Delhi University and MA in Education from the University of Michigan in the US.

Source: Times Now