Daily GK Update: 18th June 2020

Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches first mobile lab for COVID-19 testing to promote last mile testing access in rural India

  • Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today launched India’s first mobile lab for COVID-19 testing to promote last mile testing access in rural India.
  • The Infectious Disease Diag Lab (I-LAB) is supported by Department of Biotechnology under the Covid command strategy. This mobile lab will be deployed in the interior, inaccessible parts of the country. I-LAB has the capability to perform 25 RT-PCR and 300 ELISA test per day.

Source: All India Radio

RBI proposes to increase minimum Net Owned Fund size of HFCs

  • The proposal comes as part of a draft regulatory framework which will be applicable to HFCs.
  • “The Bank proposes to increase the minimum NOF for HFCs from the current requirement of Rs 10 crore to Rs 20 crore,” the draft regulatory framework said.
  • “For existing HFCs the glide path would be to reach Rs 15 crore within 1 year and Rs 20 crore within 2 years. This step is aimed at strengthening the capital base, especially of smaller HFCs and companies proposing to seek registration under NHB Act.”
  • The draft guidelines also proposed to have an inclusive definition of the terms ‘providing finance for housing’ or ‘housing finance’ as per provisions of the RBI’s master circular on housing finance addressed to banks and NHB’s illustrative list of housing loans.

Source: DD News

DK Jain gets one year extension as BCCI ethics officer and ombudsman

  • Former Supreme Court judge D K Jain will continue as BCCI’s ethics officer and ombudsman after getting a one-year extension from the cricket Board.
  • Jain was appointed by the Supreme Court in February 2019 as BCCI’s first ever ombudsman. He was later given the additional role of ethics officer. His term had ended on February 29 this year but his contract was renewed only last week.
  • “I resumed office last week and it is another one-year term as ethics officer and ombudsman. Considering the COVID-19 situation, I will be conducting hearings virtually,” Jain told PTI.

Source: Business Standard

PM Modi to launch ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India

  • PM Modi will launch this Abhiyaan on June 20 at 11 am through video-conference in the presence of the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.
  • The Abhiyaan will be launched from Village – Telihar, Block- Beldaur of Khagaria District of Bihar. Further, the Chief Ministers of other five States and Union Ministers of concerned Ministries will also participate in the virtual launch.
  • The villages across 116 districts in the six States will join this programme through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras, maintaining the norms of social distancing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: DD News

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and Shri Arjun Munda inaugurate ‘Composite Regional Centre for Persons with Disabilities’ in Ranchi

  • The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda inaugurated the “Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), located inside Namkum Block Office, Khijri, Ranchi today. While Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated the centre through video conferencing , the Shri Arjun Munda was present at the venue in Ranchi. Member of Parliament, Ranchi Shri Sanjay Seth; and MLA, Khijri, Ranchi, Shri Rajesh Kachhap were among those present at the inaugural function at CRC, Ranchi. Secretary DEPwD Smt. Shakuntala D. Gamlin; and Joint SecretaryDEPwD Dr.Prabodh Seth attended the function through video conferencing.
  • Delivering the inaugural address, Shri Gehlot said that he is very happy to inaugurate the 21st CRC in Ranchi which will serve to fulfil the needs of Persons with Disabilities in Jharkhand. Prior to CRC, Ranchi, CRCs have been established in many other States and they all are working for skill development, rehabilitation and providing employment to the Persons with Disabilities.

Source: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Maruti Suzuki offers 100% finance for on-road price, 84 months EMI: Ties up with Induslnd & Karur Vysya Bank

  • Maruti Suzuki has announced partnerships with IndusInd Bank and Karur Vysya Bank to offer consumers more flexible financing schemes to own a new car. Under its partnership with Karur Vysya Bank, Maruti Suzuki customers can avail multiple finance schemes and longer repayment loan terms to own a new car, and access the schemes at Maruti Suzuki’s network of 3,086 retail outlets across 1,964 cities and towns along with 780 branches of Karur Vysya Bank across 22 states.
  • Maruti Suzuki has also collaborated with IndusInd Bank to arrange finance schemes to help customers buy a new Maruti car. MSIL has been arranging consumer finance with partners to support the restart of business activities in the automobile industry.

Source: Express Drives

World 100m champion Coleman faces suspension after new missed test

  • The US sprint star — who only narrowly avoided being banned last year after three violations of anti-doping “whereabouts” rules across 2018 and 2019 — revealed details of his latest missed test in a statement on Twitter.
  • Coleman said he had unsuccessfully challenged an Athletics Integrity Unit finding that he missed a test on December 9, 2019. “And now this might result in me being suspended from other filing failures that occurred well over a year ago at this point,” Coleman said.
  • Coleman’s impassioned statement on Twitter was accompanied by what appeared to be a copy of his formal notification from the AIU of a missed test. If the missed case is confirmed, Coleman could face a suspension of up to two years, ruling him out of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Source: DD News

Mamedyarov wins Sharjah Online Chess C’ship

  • Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov bagged top honours at the World Stars Sharjah Online International Chess Championship which concluded on Saturday.
  • Grandmaster Mamedyarov won the coveted title and pocketed $3000 with 7.5 points from 10 rounds Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna finished second with 6.5 points after losing his 10th and final round game to Radoslaw Wojtszek.
  • Both Mamedyarov and Harikrishna had chances to win the title as at the start of the final round they were on 6.5 points each. Luck eluded the Indian as he lost his 10th and final round game to Poland’s Radoslaw Wojtszek. Harikrishan finished second with 6.5 points.

Source: Gulf Today

India elected as Non-Permanent Member of UNSC for a two-year term

  • Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections.
  • India was a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory was certain as it was the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping. New Delhi’s candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping in June last year.
  • India’s two year term will begin on January 1, 2021. This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table, which comprises five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.
  • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti said, India received overwhelming support in its election to the UN Security Council and it will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system.

Source: DD News

J&K administration wins 3 awards for development of Panchayats

  • The awards conferred by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj were given to three different panchayats of the Rajouri and Pulwama districts, , a spokesperson said.
  • Rathal and Badakana in Rajouri and Meej in Pulwama district were adjudged the best performing panchayats in recognition of their work in improving the delivery of services to the public like sanitation, natural resource management, maintaining record, construction of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Gramin) houses, data management, implementation of agriculture-related schemes and electricity coverage, he said.
  • Jammu and Kashmir administration was earlier awarded three different national awards by the Union Ministry under Nanaji Deshmukhh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP), Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) Award, Child-friendly Gram Panchayat Award appreciating the good work done at different levels in the union territory, the spokesperson said.

Source: DD News

World Economic Forum Announces 100 New Technology Pioneers In 2020 Cohort

  • The World Economic Forum announced today its 2020 Technology Pioneers, future headline-makers addressing global issues with cutting-edge technology. From artificial intelligence (AI) to carbon capture, this year’s cohort is using innovations to protect the climate, improve healthcare and much more, helping us to reset society and build towards a better future.
  • “This year’s class of Technology Pioneers are improving society and advancing their industries around the world,” said Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “These are the companies that think differently and stand out as potential game-changers. We’re looking forward to the role they’ll play in shaping the future of their industries.”
  • Of the 100 firms selected, over one-quarter are female-led, more than double the industry average. These firms also come from diverse regions that stretch beyond traditional tech hubs, with companies using innovative technology in novel ways all around the world.

Source: World Economic Forum