Daily GK Update: 21st February 2020
3 species from India among 10 to be on global endangered list
- Ten endangered species of migratory animals/birds from across the globe, including three from India (Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican), will be included in a special global list for protection under the ‘Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species’ (CMS) — an international treaty to protect such species throughout their range countries.
- Different countries have submitted their proposals to a UN body which will decide on a range of issues affecting migratory species at a conference in Gandhinagar from February 15 to 22.
Source: The Economic Times
WCD & FPI Ministers Irani, Badal inaugurate Delhi Organic Food Fest
The Organic Food Festival would provide an opportunity to women entrepreneurs for capacity building and economic empowerment, said Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Inaugurating the 3-day long festival in New Delhi today, the Union Minister highlighted the need for providing such platforms on regular basis for financial inclusion and empowerment of women and said that the Government is planning to hold organic food festivals more frequently and in different parts of the country depending on unique organic products of a particular region.
Source: Indus Dictum
Inaugural Khelo India University Games to feature 176 institutes and 4000 athletes
- The inaugural Khelo India University Games, which will be held here from February 22 to March 1, will see more than 4000 athletes from 176 institutes vying for top honours in 17 sports.
- Some of the top universities of the country, including Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University, University of Delhi, University of Calicut, University of Calcutta, University of Mumbai, University of Kerala, LNIPE University, Gwalior, University of Madras, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Himachal Pradesh University, University of Jammu, will send their athletes for the Games.
Maharashtra Government orders to destroy “Thai Mangur” fish breeding centres
- The Maharashtra government has launched a special drive to destroy the cultivation centres of the exotic Thai Mangur fish.
- The decision is outcome of a meeting held last week between fish traders and officials of the Maharashtra fisheries department headed by Minister Aslam Shaikh.
- After a detailed review of the situation, Shaikh has ordered a ban on sale of Thai Mangur fish and asked officials to destroy its breeding centres, officials said. “The fish is popularly known as Thai Mangur or African Mangur or foreign Mangur, as appearances is somewhat like fresh water Mangur.
Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban Mission completes four years
- The fourth Anniversary of the launch of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) was observed today. On 21st February 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Mission with the vision to deliver catalytic interventions to rural areas on the threshold of growth.
- On 21st February 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Mission with the vision to deliver catalytic interventions to rural areas on the threshold of growth.
- This will lead to the holistic development of the region and encourage integrated and inclusive rural development.
Source: DD News
Interest subvention for dairy farmers raised to 2.5 pc
- The government on Wednesday increased the interest subvention or subsidy on loans given to the dairy sector from 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent, a move aimed at taking the white revolution to the next level.
- Giving details about the decision taken at the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said upward revision in the interest subvention would benefit 95 lakh farmers spread over 50,000 villages.
- The increased interest subsidy under the scheme Dairy processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) with the revised outlay of Rs 11,184 crore will take the “the white revolution (associated with milk production) to the next level, the minister said.
PM-led panel names President’s secy Sanjay Kothari as next CVC, ex-IAS officer Bimal Julka to be CIC
- Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Central Vigilance Commissioner by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official said on Wednesday.
- The committee has also chosen former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, currently serving as an Information Commissioner, as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.
Sweden creates USD 1 mn prizes for sustainable food solutions
- Stockholm, Feb 20 (AFP) Sweden has created two USD 1 million prizes for solutions to feed billions of people, as climate change threatens the world’s food supply and a growing population requires sustainable food systems, organisers said Thursday. “We need a food system revolution or risk destabilising our planet.
- The new Food Planet Prize is designed to contribute to this goal,” Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research in Germany who will co-chair the prize jury, said in a statement.
International Mother Language Day
- International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year on 21st February. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1999. Since then it is being celebrated every year.
- The date represents the day 21st February 1952 when four young students were killed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, because of Bengali and Urdu language controversy. Languages are the most powerful way to preserve and develop culture and to promote it all across the world. Because of this unfortunate incident, International Mother Language Day is celebrated in all over the world, while it is a public holiday in Bangladesh.