Daily GK Update: 22nd January 2020

Startup India tableau in Republic Day Parade

  • The government’s flagship programme Startup India, which aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country, will see its tableau rolling down the Rajpath for the first time in this Republic Day Parade, an official said.
  • The government launched Startup India in January 2016. Under this, a slew of incentives were announced such as tax holidays, inspector raj-free regime and capital gains tax exemption.
  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which deals with the subject, will depict about growing startup culture in the country in its tableau, the official said.

Source: Business Standard

One trillion trees – World Economic Forum launches plan to help nature and the climate

  • Davos initiative aims to unite and promote reforestation efforts worldwide.
  • Forum hopes to mobilize funds and political support.
  • Even climate sceptic Trump has pledged to back its work
  • The World Economic Forum has launched a global initiative to grow, restore and conserve 1 trillion trees around the world – in a bid to restore biodiversity and help fight climate change.
  • The 1t.org project aims to unite governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and individuals in a “mass-scale nature restoration”.

Source: World Economic Forum

World losing trust in climate science, Indians most-trusting: WEF survey

  • The global public overwhelmingly blames global warming on human activities with trust level declining in climate science, but Indians are the most trusting people in this regard, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday.
  • Indians and Bangladeshis have topped the charts when it comes to trust in climate science as also for keeping themselves abreast about news and current affairs, while Russia and Ukraine are among the laggards on both counts.
  • The new public opinion poll published by the World Economic Forum here at its 50th annual meeting called for better climate education and urgent upskilling.

Source: The Economic Times

India joins WEF reskilling initiative as founding member

  • India on Wednesday joined as a founding government member the World Economic Forum’s Reskilling Revolution, an initiative to provide one billion people with better education, skills and jobs by 2030.
  • The scheme aims to future-proof workers from technological change and help economies by providing new skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the WEF said.
  • Founding governments include Brazil, France, India, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, UAE and the US. Business partners include PwC, Salesforce, ManpowerGroup, Infosys NSE 1.38 %, LinkedIn, Coursera Inc. and The Adecco Group.

Source: The Economic Times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews progress of several projects worth about Rs. 24000 crores spread over nine states

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the 32nd PRAGATI interaction and discussed progress of several projects.
  • Out of these, nine were delayed projects worth over Rs.24000 crore spread over nine states including Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka Kerala and Uttar Pradesh.
  • The delayed projects are related to  Railways, Road Transport and Highways and  Petroleum and Natural Gas.  During the meeting, Mr. Modi also reviewed the  progress under insurance schemes of  Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana .

Source: News Services Division

Modi, Oli to jointly inaugurate Jogbani-Biratnagar check post today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli will on Tuesday jointly inaugurate the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar, built with Indian assistance to facilitate trade and people’s movement.
  • The Prime Minister’s Office here had on Monday said that the two Prime Ministers will jointly inaugurate the Integrated Check-Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar border between the two countries on Tuesday.

Source: The Economic Times

Woman CRPF biker squad set to perform at Republic Day parade

  • An all-women bikers contingent of the CRPF will make its debut and showcase daredevil stunts at the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, officials said on Monday.
  • The 65-member team will display its acrobatic skills on motorcycles towards the end of the over 90-minute-long parade. “It will be the first time that our women bikers are going to be a part of the parade. This squad was raised in 2014 as part of our commitment to involving women in all spheres of duties rendered by us,” said Deputy Inspector (DIG) General Moses Dhinakaran.

Source:  The New Indian Express

International tribunal dismisses claims against India in 2G licence case: Govt

  • The government on Monday said an international arbitration tribunal has dismissed all claims by Tenoch Holdings Limited (Cyprus) and two others against India in entirety in relation to cancellation of Letters of Intent for providing 2G telecom services.
  • The arbitration arose out of the cancellation of Letters of Intent for the issuance of telecommunications licences to provide 2G services in five telecommunications circles in India by reason, inter alia, of India’s essential security in interests, it said in a statement.

Source: The Economic Times