Daily GK Update: 18th July 2020

“Gabon appoints first woman prime minister Ossouka Raponda”

  • The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, has appointed the country’s first female prime minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda.
  • She is an economist by training who graduated from the Gabonese Institute of Economy and Finance, specialising in public finance.
  • In 2012, she first became budget minister and then the first female mayor of the capital Libreville in 2014, as a candidate for Bongo’s Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG).
  • In a statement, the president’s office said her mission will include “ensuring Gabon’s economic relaunch and necessary social support in the light of the world crisis linked to COVID-19”.

Source: Aljazeera

“Uttarakhand Govt To Generate Upto 5 Megawatt Electricity From Waste”

  • The Uttarakhand government has decided to convert waste generated in the state to electricity under an initiative ‘Waste to Energy’.
  • The electricity will be generated from the waste coming out in the municipal corporation and municipality area.
  • Urban Development Minister of the state Madan Kaushik informed that the initiative was taken into consideration keeping in view the present issues faced by most municipalities and corporations of land scarcity in depositing solid waste at one place, Doon Live reported.
  • Uttarakhand produces almost 900 tons of waste everyday, out of which 50% is organic waste, 17% is recycled waste.

Source: The Logical Indian

“IBM Collaborates With CBSE To Integrate AI Curriculum In 200 Schools”

  • Information technology major IBM said on Thursday it is collaborating with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) in the high school curriculum (grade 11 and 12) for the current academic year (2020-21).
  • The curriculum is part of CBSE’s Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action (SEWA) programme and will be introduced in about 200 schools across 13 states.
  • The IBM AI curriculum is structured around a course framework for students consisting of base strands of knowledge, skills and values in AI.
  • It is further made robust with problem-based learning outcomes and assessment methods for teachers to build foundational skills of AI in students making them not just consumers of AI but creators as well.

Source: Business World

“Roshni Nadar becomes HCL Tech Chairperson; first woman to chair listed Indian IT firm”

  • The country’s richest woman Roshni Nadar Malhotra on Friday became the first woman to head a listed Indian IT company as she took over as the Chairperson of USD 8.9 billion HCL Technologies from her father and billionaire Shiv Nadar.
  • Roshni, also a trained classical musician, came on the board of HCL Technologies in 2013 and was Vice Chairperson. She will continue as CEO of HCL Corporation, the holding company for all the group entities.
  • On Friday, HCL Technologies announced that its founder and chairman Shiv Nadar stepped down from the role and the company’s Board of Directors has appointed his daughter, Roshni, as the new chairperson with immediate effect.
  • Shiv Nadar, however, would continue to be the Managing Director of the company with designation as Chief Strategy Officer, the company said in a statement.

Source: The Indian Express

“Shahidul Alam Among CPJ’s 2020 International Press Freedom Awardees”

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists has announced that the recipients of the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards include Shahidul Alam from Bangladesh, Mohammad Mosaed from Iran, Dapo Olorunyomi from Nigeria and Svetlana Prokopyeva from Russia.
  • All four journalists have faced arrests or criminal prosecution in reprisal for their reporting.
  • “Like brave and committed journalists everywhere, CPJ’s honorees set out to report the news without fear or favor for the benefit of their communities, their country, and the world,” Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director, said.
  • Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will also be honoured by the Ney York-based watchdog with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.

Source: The Wire Staff

“India Ranks Third In Global Manufacturing Risk Index: Cushman & Wakefield Report”

  • India ranks third in the list of most-suitable locations for global manufacturing among 48 countries in terms of cost competitiveness and operating conditions, according to property consultant Cushman & Wakefield.
  • China and the U.S. retain the top two positions, while India has moved one place higher to rank third, the consultant said in its Global Manufacturing Risk Index report.
  • In its annual ranking of the most suitable locations for global manufacturing among 48 countries in Europe, Americas and the Asia-Pacific, the consultant said India is in top-3 countries this year and an upcoming manufacturing hub globally from an operating conditions and cost-competitiveness perspective.
  • In cost scenario, India is at 3rd position after China and Vietnam.

Source: Bloomberg

“Real Madrid clinch record 34th La Liga title with 2-1 win over Villarreal”

  • Real Madrid have sealed their 34th La Liga title with a tenth consecutive victory in the competition, a 2-1 win over Villarreal, at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid on Friday.
  • Forward Karim Benzema netted a goal in the 29th minute of the match to put Madrid ahead during the clash before he doubled his side’s lead in the 77th minute.
  • Though Villarreal managed to reduce the deficit by adding a goal in their account through Vicente Iborra in the 83rd minute, Madrid held their oppositions for another seven minutes to emerge victorious.
  • With the win, French coach Zinedine Zidane had guided Real Madrid to an unassailable seven-point lead at the top of the La Liga standings.

Source: Zee News

“Nelson Mandela Day: Images And Quotes Remembering ‘Madiba”

  • South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and anti-Apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela’s birth anniversary, on 18 July, is observed as Nelson Mandela International Day across the world.
  • Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) had dedicated his life fighting for human rights and he believed that everyone has the potential to make a difference in their communities for the world to be a better place.
  • Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.
  • “Even before the (coronavirus) pandemic, inequality was a global plague. Today, this injustice is clear to all,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Nelson Mandela Day

Source: NDTV

“Ace Para-Athlete Ramesh Tikaram Succumbs to COVID-19, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Pays Tribute”

  • Ramesh Tikaram – a star para-badminton player and an Arjuna awardee died of coronavirus in a hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday, Para-Badminton India president N C Sudhir said.
  • “We are sorry to inform you that Ramesh Tikaram passed away this afternoon…” Sudhir said in a statement.
  • Talking to PTI, he said the 51-year-old player, who had fever and cough, was admitted to a private hospital on June 29.
  • The player is survived by wife and two children, said Sudhir.

Source: India News

“Priyanka Chopra Jonas appointed as ambassador for Toronto International Film Festival”

  • Adding another feather to her cap, actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Wednesday announced that she has been chosen as the ambassador of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2020.
  • Priyanka has joined the list of 50 celebrated filmmakers and actors who are invited as the ambassadors of the TIFF.
  • The 37-year-old star put out a post on Instagram and shared a montage featuring snippets of her empowering addresses at the TIFF.
  • Along with the video, Priyanka noted that the TIFF has been a second home for her.

Source: The New Indian Express