Daily GK Update: 18th September 2020
“World Water Monitoring Day: Some facts on why we need to conserve water”.
- Every year, the World Water Monitoring Day is celebrated on September 18.
- The day was first instituted in the year 2003 to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world.
- The day aims to empower the citizens to conduct basic checking of their local water bodies.
- There are over 30 countries that have been facing a shortage of water. Singapore has the highest water stress ranking.
- The country is densely populated and its demand exceeds the natural supply.
Source: India Today
“Vistara becomes 1st Indian Carrier to offer In-Flight Wi-Fi Connectivity”.
- Vistara is the first Indian airline to offer in-flight wifi services.
- Over three years after it was first envisaged, an Indian airline will start offering in-flight WiFi internet connectivity Friday onwards.
- Full-service carrier Vistara said it will begin offering the service onboard its international flights between Delhi and London operated by its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
- “As an introductory offer, the service will be available free of cost to all Vistara customers for a limited period.
- During the limited period of the free offering, Vistara will gather information on system functionality and feedback on the overall customer experience to further fine-tune the service.
Source: Indian Express
“11th Edition of World Bamboo Day for 2020 observed on September 18”.
- World Bamboo Day is observed on September 18 every year to increase the awareness of bamboo globally.
- The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure, to protect natural resources and the environment.
- The theme for 11th edition of WBD 2020 is ‘BAMBOO NOW.’
- Its aim is to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.
- About World Bamboo Organization:
- Headquarters: Antwerp, Belgium
- Executive Director: Susanne Lucas
Source: Exams daily
“Amitabha Ghosh, who served as RBI governor for 21 days, passes away at 90”.
- Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Governor for 21 days, Amitabha Ghosh, passed away at the age of 90.
- Ghosh had the shortest stint as RBI governor, from January 15, 1985 to February 4, 1985, which was a stop-gap arrangement while Ghosh was serving as a deputy governor and waiting to hand over charge to the 17th RBI Governor R N Malhotra.
- After handing over the charge, Ghosh returned to his position as deputy governor.
- Ghosh was the deputy governor between January 21, 1982 to January 20, 1987, and again got an extension till January 20, 1992.
- Prior to joining the RBI, Ghosh was the chairman chairman of Allahabad Bank.
Source: Business Standard
“M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 4th Global Ayurveda Summit virtually”.
- The 4th edition of Global Ayurveda Summitwas virtually inaugurated by Vice-President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu on the theme “Emerging Opportunities for Ayurveda during Pandemic”.
- The objective of the summit is to showcase the Ayurveda immunity model to the global level as a solution named ‘Health as One’ and ‘Immunity through Ayurveda’.
- Global Ayurveda Summit is being organized by the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)- Kerala in partnership with Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), and with the support of Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI), Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers Organisation in India (AMMOI) and Ayurveda Hospital Management Association (AHMA).
- It is also supported by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) in the United States (US), Association of Swiss Ayurveda Doctors and Therapists in Switzerland, Association for Ayurvedic Medicine in the Netherlands.
“Delhi’s IGI airport gets private jet terminal”.
- Indira Gandhi International airport is the first in the country to have a private jet terminal. Launched on Thursday by Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, the general aviation terminal can cater to up to 150 private jet movements a day.
- It will be operational from Sunday.
- “The newly developed apron is spread over an 8 lakh square feet area with 57 parking bays.
- The general aviation terminal has been built to support movement and processing of passengers flying through chartered flights from IGI airport,” said a spokesperson of the Delhi International Airport Limited. The project was planned in 2009.
Source: Indian Express
“India, Brazil, South Africa Stress ‘urgent’ Need for Reforms in UN Security Council”.
- India, Brazil, and South Africa reaffirmed and recalled the need for tangible reforms in the United Nations Security Council which includes expansion of both permanent and non-permanent seats.
- IBSA Foreign Ministers’ Virtual Meeting, chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, issued a joint statement where it emphasized the need for the international community to redouble efforts and bolster commitment to achieve tangible progress to an accelerated and comprehensive reform of the UNSC as the world body commemorates its 75th anniversary.
- India is one of the aspiring candidates for a permanent, veto-wielding, seat at the top UN body, alongside Brazil, Germany, and Japan (the G4). New Delhi has so far received public support from all current permanent members — United States, Russia, Britain, France — barring China.
- The countries observed that the existing international governance structure is obsolete and cannot be fit-for-purpose to effectively address current peace and security challenges and the failure to reform the UNSC has serious implications for global peace and security.
Source: Republic World
“Environment Ministerial Meeting of G20 held virtually”.
- The Environment Ministerial Meeting(EMM) of the G20 countries was held through video conferencing under the Presidency of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Union Environment, Climate Change and Forest Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar represented India in the meeting.
- Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradationand Coral Reef program was launched at G20 Environment Ministers Meet.
- It aims to strengthen the implementation of existing frameworks to prevent, halt, and reverse land degradation within G20 member states and globally.
“India Happiness Report 2020 Released: Mizoram Top List; Maharashtra & Delhi at Bottom”.
- India Happiness Report 2020 Released: Mizoram Top List; Maharashtra & Delhi at Bottom. Mizoram topped the India Happiness Report 2020 which is India’s first Happiness Report covering all states and Union Territories measuring happiness across the country. Punjab State ranked at second meanwhile Andaman & Nicobar secured the third position.
- The report has been compiled by Professor Rajesh K Pillania based on a nationwide survey covering 16,950 people between March and July of 2020.
- In the happiness rankings of states and union territories, Mizoram, Punjab, Andaman & Nicobar secured the top three spots.
- Among the big states, Punjab, Gujarat and Telangana are among top three states.
- Among smaller states, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are the top three states in happiness rankings.
- Among Union Territories, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and Lakshadweep are the top three union territories in happiness rankings.
Source: Exams daily
“Karnataka: Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti passes away”.
- First-time Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti, who was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after testing positive for Covid-19, passed. He was 55.
- In a statement, Manipal Hospital stated:” Ashok Gasti, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, who was admitted Manipal Hospital, Old Airport Road on September 2, diagnosed with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, passed away at 10.31 pm.”
Source: Indian Express