Daily GK Update: 18th December 2019

International Conference to Commemorate International Migrants Day

  • The International Conference to Commemorate International Migrants Day will be held on 17-18 December 2019 at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The conference is hosted by the Asian Research Center for Migration (ARCM) at the Institute of Asian Studies, Chula Global Network (CGN), Chulalongkorn University, in collaboration with the Representative of Thailand to ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children, the International Labour Organization (ILO) through the TRIANGLE in ASEAN and Safe and Fair programmes, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Women, the Thai Union Group (TUF), and Julie’s Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd.

Source : International Labour Organization

Government testing GIMs, its secure messaging app

GIMS is being packaged for employees of Central and state government departments and organisations for intra and inter organisation communications.
The government is testing a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, for secure internal use. Codenamed GIMS or Government Instant Messaging System, the platform is in the pilot testing stage across some states, including Odisha — and is learnt to have been released to the Indian Navy to be tried out on trial basis.

Source : Indian Express

Sahitya Akademi announces annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages

  • Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages on Wednesday. Seven books of poetry, four of novel, six of short stories, three of essays and one each of non-fiction, autobiography and biography have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2019.​
  • The Awards were recommended by distinguished Jury members representing 23 Indian languages and approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President, SahityaAkademi.

GEM launches National Outreach Programme

Government e-commerce portal GeM on Tuesday launched a national outreach programme, GeM Samvaad, to bring on-board more local sellers.
The programme was launched by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan.
“The outreach programme will take place with stakeholders across the country and with local sellers in order to facilitate on-boarding of local sellers on the marketplace while catering to specific requirements and procurement needs of buyers,” the statement said.
Source : Business Standard

Tripura gets its first-ever SEZ

  • The Centre has given in-principle approval for setting up of Tripura’s first-ever SEZ at Sabroom,. The estimated investment in the project will be around Rs 1550 Crore.
  • In an official communique state government stated, “A proposal for setting up of the Agro Based (Broad Banded) Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Paschim Jalefa, Sabroom was submitted to the Development Commissioner, Falta SEZ in June, 2019. The Developer of the SEZ was decided to be Tripura Industrial Development Corporation (TIDC) Ltd.
  • The proposal involves estimated investment of Rs. 1550 crores and generates estimated employment to the tune of 12000.

Source : The Economic Times

CSIR and CNRS, France inks MoU for Promotion of Scientific and Technological Research

  • Broad research areas of mutual interest include environment and climate change studies; health research; biotechnology (including plant and marine biotechnology); material science and technology; engineering science and technology; and water research.
  • The CSIR labs- CSIR-IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology) and CSIR-NCL (National Chemical Laboratory) are currently implementing joint programmes with CNRS.
  • MoU is expected to boost cooperation even further between CSIR and CNRS and will contribute towards many critical areas like health, water, energy and climate change, etc.

Source : The World News Monitor

Ellyse Perry wins top honours as Australian players scoop ICC awards

  • Ellyse Perry has been crowned the international women’s cricketer of the year, as Australia scooped the pool at the ICC awards. Perry claimed the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint award for the second time in three years, and was also named the ODI player of the year.
  • Alyssa Healy also claimed the Twenty20 award, while Meg Lanning was named captain of both sides.
  • It comes after a stellar year for Perry, where she was Australia’s best player as they retained the Ashes in England. The allrounder scored 783 runs at 97.87 across all formats, while also taking 28 wickets at just 16.5.

Source : The Guardian

International Astronomical Union names minor planet after Indian musician

  • A minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, has been named after ‘Pandit Jasraj,’ the doyen of Indian classical vocal music.
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU) named minor planet 2006 VP32 (number -300128), discovered on November 11, 2006, as ‘Panditjasraj.’
    ‘Panditjasraj’ traverses the cosmos between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Source : India Today

India, ADB sign $250 million loan to expand energy efficiency investments

  • India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a 250 million dollar (about Rs 1,775 crore) loan to Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to expand energy efficiency investments in India that will benefit agricultural, residential and institutional consumers.
  • In addition, 46 million dollar (about Rs 326 crore) financing will be provided from the Clean Technology Fund to be administered by ADB.

Source : Energyworld.com

Niti Aayog mulls PDS supply of eggs, fish & meat

  • Niti Aayog, the government think tank, is working on a proposal aimed at improving India’s low nutrition ranking and centred on the idea that the government subsidises protein-rich food, including eggs, fish, chicken and meat, possibly through its public distribution system. This is likely to be part of Niti Aayog’s 15-year Vision Document.
  • The document is expected to be in place by early next year and will be effective from April 1, 2020. licymakers and individuals.

Source : The Economic Times

Mission on urban renewal extended by 2 yrs to 2022

  • Unable to meet set targets for urban renewal in 500 cities, the Centre has decided to extend the mission period of its flagship initiative Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) by two more years.
  • Launched on June 25, 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, AMRUT completes its mission period in March 2020. The government’s flagship initiative promises 139 lakh water connections by March 2020, 145 lakh sewer connections, storm water drainage projects, parks and green spaces and LED streetlights with a total outlay of Rs 77,640 crore (including central assistance of Rs 35,990).

Source : The Economic Times

CBI officer wins ”India Cyber Cop of the Year” award

  • CBI officer B P Raju has won the ‘India Cyber Cop of the Year 2019’ award by NASSCOM-DSCI for cracking a fraud case in an online entrance exam conducted by an engineering college in Rajasthan, officials said on Tuesday.
  • The award was given to Raju by Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, during the annual Information Security Summit held at Gurgaon, a CBI spokesperson said here.
  • Raju had investigated the case and exposed the fraud in the online entrance examination, he said.
  • “The investigation team headed by B P Raju, arrested nine accused persons and collected incriminating evidence from digital devices, which revealed the modus operandi adapted by the accused. The investigation was also completed within the stipulated time period,” he said.

Source : Business Standard

KVIC ‘khadi rumal’ made by militancy affected women of J&K launched by Nitin Gadkari

  • Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Nitin Gadkari, launched in New Delhi yesterday the sale of Khadi Rumal in the presence of VK Saxena, Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). Struggling to sustain their existence, families of militancy affected areas of Kashmir shifted to Nagrota, a small town near Jammu, a few years ago. In 2016, KVIC started a napkin stitching centre in Nagrota for women impacted by the lack of livelihood opportunities and unemployment to help them become independent and sustain their families.
  • Speaking about the initiative, Nitin Gadkari said, “This initiative of KVIC is the true reflection of Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi’s) vision of empowering the weakest in society, and an appeal to the people to support this unique initiative which is creating jobs for the needy.”

Source : Indus Dictum

UNSC meet on Kashmir cancelled

The United Nations Security Council meet was sought by China on December 17, 2019. The meeting was sought after India decided to end special status of Jammu and Kashmir by abrogating Article 370. However, the meeting was cancelled with the French supporting India. All over the world Pakistan is supported only by China, Turkey and Malaysia over the Kashmir issue.