Daily GK Update: 19th March 2020

7 Years On, 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Convicts Hanged at Tihar Jail

  • The four men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case were hanged to death at 5.30am on Friday, bringing to end a protracted legal battle of over seven years.
  • All legal routes to escape the noose closed on Thursday for the four men who brutalised a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a Delhi bus with a barbarity that shook the nation.
  • Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh, were held guilty of gang-raping the young woman on the night of December 16, 2012, so brutally that she died of her injuries a fortnight later.

Source: News 18

India to offer unemployment benefits to workers affected by coronavirus

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  • The Union government is planning to give unemployment benefits to a section of organised workers who may lose their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be along the lines of measures taken by some countries such as the United States to combat the impact of the pandemic, also known as COVID-19, on the working population.
  • The government’s ‘Atal Beema Vyakti Kalyan Yojana’, which provides unemployment insurance to workers who have subscribed to the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) scheme, will cover such workers during the pandemic.

Source: Business Standard

PM’s address to the nation on comabting COVID-19

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  • The whole world is currently passing through a period of very serious crisis. Normally, when a natural crisis strikes, it is limited to a few countries or states. However, this time the calamity is such that it has it has put all of mankind in crisis. World Wars 1 and 2 did not impact as many countries, as have been affected by Corona today.
  • Over the last two months, we are continuously observing and hearing of grave Corona virus related news. In these two months, the 130 crore citizens of India have ably dealt with the global Corona pandemic and have exercised due caution.

Source: PM India Gov.in

Ministry of Defence signs Rs 880 crore contract for Light Machine Guns with Israeli firm

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  • The Indian Armed Forces’ long-standing requirement of a modern state-of-the-art Light Machine Gun (LMG) has finally fructified.
  • The Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence has signed the capital acquisition contract with Israel Weapons Industries for procurement of 16,479 LMGs at a cost of Rs 880 crore with the approval of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Source: India Strategic

Coronavirus : As far as possible, work from home, says PM Modi

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  • India’s death toll rose to 4 on Thursday after a 72-year-old man died of novel coronavirus infection in Punjab. The man had recently returned from Germany via Italy. He died at a hospital in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district after complaining of severe chest pain. His samples also tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Central government has asked 50 per cent of its staff to work from home, while other 50 per cent will attend office.
  • The government has also urged the government employees to resort to staggered working hours. Earlier, the famous Mumbai Dabbawallas have suspended tiffin delivery services till March 31 in the wake of novel coronavirus scare.

Source: Business Today

Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi takes oath amid protests, walkout in Rajya Sabha

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  • Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday amid unprecedented scenes of slogan shouting and walkout by several opposition parties, including Congress.
  • Gogoi, 65, took oath in the name of God. As he walked to the well of the House to do so, Congress and CPM members shouted “shame on you”. Congress, CPM, DMK, MDMK, Muslim League staged a walkout in protest. Members from SP and BSP, among others, did not react.

Source: The Economic Times

Odisha presents a Rs 1.5 lakh crore budget, betting on a 7.5 per cent growth

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  • Naveen Patnaik’s government presented a Rs 1.50 lakh crore state budget for the financial year 2020-21 to the state assembly on Tuesday.
  • Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said Odisha’s economy was expected to grow at 7-7.5 per cent with the state expecting revenues of Rs 1,24,300 crore in FY20-21.

Source: The Economic Times

BJP Rajya Sabha member to move resolution for removal of ‘socialism’ from Constitution

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  • A BJP member of the Rajya Sabha is set to move a resolution in the House on Friday, seeking the removal of the phrase “socialism” from the preamble of the Constitution, arguing that the word is “redundant” in the current scenario, and that the word should be dropped to create space for “economic thinking without a particular thought”.
  • The preamble of Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic.
Source: The Indian Express

Supreme Court Invoked Special Powers to Remove a Minister

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  • The Supreme Court removed Thounaojam Shyamkumar Singh, from the state cabinet and restrained him “from entering the Legislative Assembly till further orders”.
  • A disqualification petition against the minister was pending before the Speaker since 2017 but the Speaker failed to take the decision within a reasonable time period.
  • The Speaker also failed to take any decision within the stipulated time period of 4 weeks as provided by the Supreme Court in the 21st January, 2020 order.

Source: Others

Innovate for Accessible India launched to harness the power of technology to empower people with disabilities

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  • Microsoft India and NASSCOM Foundation launch the program in partnership with the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment; Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology and ERNET.
  • The nation-wide innovation challenge to serve as an aggregator of technology-led solutions for empowering people with disabilities.

Source: News Microsoft

Lok Sabha passes Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 through voice vote

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  • Lok Sabha today passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 through voice vote. Earlier, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri moved the bill to amend the Aircraft Act, 1934 in the house for consideration.
  • While introducing the bill, the Minister said that the amendments would fulfill the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This will enable the three regulatory bodies in the Civil Aviation sector in India, namely Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau to become more effective, which will lead to enhancement in the level of safety and security of aircraft operations in the country.

Source: News on Air