Daily GK Update: 23rd June 2020

Harsimrat Kaur Badal launches Food Processing Edition of Exclusive Investment Forum

  • Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said that new opportunities are opening up in Food processing sector.
  • She was launching the Food Processing Edition of the Exclusive Investment Forum. Invest India has designed this forum of unique sectoral series to conduct detailed conversations between global industry leaders and key decision makers from the highest levels of the Central and State Governments.
  • The Minister said that due to the COVID pandemic, the sector has seen unique challenges and has been playing a very important role in ensuring that the lockdown remained successful.

Source: All India Radio

CBIC Enables End to End Paperless Exports under Turant Customs

  • Shri Ajit Kumar, Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) here yesterday unveiled a Secure QR coded Shipping Bill that would be electronically sent to exporters after the Customs allows export. This eliminates in one stroke the requirement of the exporters having to approach the Customs officers for proof of export. This also makes the end to end Customs export process fully electronic, from the filing of the Shipping Bill to the final order to allow export.
  • Today’s initiative in yet another step taken by CBIC for fulfilling its commitment to a Faceless, Paperless, and Contactless Customs under the umbrella of its “Turant Customs” programme. These reforms are based on enhanced use of digital technology to reduce the time and costs for the importers, exporters and other stakeholders, thereby improving India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Trading Across Borders parameter of its Doing Business Report.
  • The launch of paperless documentation on exports is a sequel to a similar initiative that was begun for imports w.e.f. 15th April 2020. The electronic transmission of the Shipping Bill would do away with the present requirement to take paper printout of these documents thereby promoting Green Customs. Equally importantly exporters would not have to visit the Customs Houses for this purpose and can better utilize their time in promoting their business.

Source: Ministry of Finance

Golden Globe awards postponed to February 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • The annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony for film and television has been postponed to February next year, organizers said yesterday.
  • The Golden Globes ceremony, which kicks off Hollywood’s awards season, will now take place on 28th of February instead of its usual slot on the first Sunday in January.
  • The decision follows the postponement by two months of the Oscars to 25th of April because of Coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will take place on the originally scheduled date of the Oscars, which has been pushed back two months. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the awards, will provide details about eligibility, voting period and nominations timing in the weeks ahead.

Source: All India Radio

Mumbai’s civic body launches ‘Mission Zero’ rapid action plan to contain spread of novel coronavirus

  • Mumbai’s civic body today launched ‘Mission Zero’, a rapid action plan to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the city. Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal and Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide inaugurated 50 mobile dispensary vans, which will visit the city’s hotspot areas in the coming weeks to identify and conduct preliminary examination of patients.
  • This initiative is a public-private partnership wherein Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai will be supported by Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana, Desh Apnayen, CREDAI-MCHI and Bill Gates Foundation.
  • AIR correspondent reports, under the ‘Mission Zero’ Rapid Action Plan, 50 mobile dispensary vans will visit Mulund, Bhandup, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar and Kandivali areas to conduct screening of patients. All COVID suspects will be immediately isolated and their swab samples will be sent for testing.

Source: All India Radio

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Virtual India Pavilion at Cannes Film Market 2020

  • The virtual edition of Cannes Film Market exemplifies, what our Prime Minister has said, “togetherness and resilience” when the humanity is facing a common challenge.
  • Addressing the film fraternity and film lovers across the Globe, the Hon’ble Minister said “virtual inaugurations are the new normal and these virtual spaces are the new places for real partnerships”. He added that films are India’s soft power and the film facilitation office would be made a single window for all Center and State government permissions. The Minister invited international film fraternity to come shoot in India and sell in the world market. The Minister express hope that the two films sent to Cannes from India would be appreciated world over.

Source: DD News


  • During this unprecedented time, the world has been inspired by Olympians around the globe with their energy and positivity. Athletes have been helping fans get through this crisis by sharing their daily workouts as well as tips for staying healthy in body and mind during lockdown. Building on this extraordinary momentum, the Olympic Movement will celebrate Olympic Day 2020 by creating the world’s largest 24 hour digital-first Olympic workout.
  • Join us on 23 June 2020 for a day full of live athlete-led home workouts from around the globe on @Olympics Instagram!
    In the lead-up to Olympic Day, the Olympic Channel is preparing a brand new home workout video made by Olympic athletes. Take part alongside Olympic stars like USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez, brilliant biathlete Martin Fourcade, taekwondo supremo Lutalo Muhammad, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and Tongan Pita Taufatofua to name just a few!

Source: Olympic Organization

Shri Mandaviya inaugurates India’s one of the largest 1st Virtual Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020

  • The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent charge) and Chemicals & Fertilisers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya today inaugurated India’s one the largest 1st Virtual Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020 . The Expo has been organised by FICCI.
    The event was inaugurated virtually which will be live daily from 22nd to 26th June, 2020. Shri Anurag Sharma, M.P., Jhansi and Chairman, FICCI, AYUSH Committee, Dr. Sangita Reddy, President FICCI, Ms. P.V. Sindhu, eminent sports personality, Shri Badhri Iyengar, Chairman, FICCI Medical Devices Fourm and other representatives from the industries attended the Virtual EXPO.
  • This is the first ever largest virtual exhibition in India making a new beginning. This is the new norm, wherein business will happen virtually as Digital India is now making a way forward.

Source: Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Maj Gen Lachhman Singh Lehl, renowned veteran of 1948, 1971 wars, dies aged 97

  • Major General Lachhman Singh Lehl, one of India’s finest military brains and one of its last surviving officers to have taken part in both the 1948 and 1971 wars, passed away in New Delhi on Saturday. He was 97.
  • Maj Gen Lehl was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery in 1943. He took part in the 1948 war in Jhangar area of Jammu and Kashmir as a captain, and commanded a division in the 1971 war.
  • For his role as a forward observation officer with the 50 Para Brigade, he was decorated India’s third-highest gallantry award, the Vir Chakra.

Source: The Indian Express

Nirakar Pradhan takes over as PRMIA chief

  • The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association has appointed Dr Nirakar Pradhan, CFA, as the Chief Executive Officer of its new India office.
  • Pradhan has led teams at State Bank of India and Generali Group in India and Europe. With 48 Chapters globally, PRMIA is a non-profit led by top professionals dedicated to promoting best practices in risk management.
  • Its focus on training and certification have been recognised by the Government, Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and HSBC, among others.

Source: Business Line

On the frontlines: honouring public servants in the COVID-19 pandemic response

  • The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than 180 countries, infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands of people. In addition to the health implications and loss of life, the pandemic has strained health care systems, disrupted the education system, wreaked havoc on businesses and economies, led to job losses and disrupted social life with lockdowns, curfews and other stringent measures aimed at containing the virus being put in place globally. All this has happened in the context of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, for which public service and public servants are critical.
  • From frontline healthcare workers and public health officials to teachers, sanitation workers, social welfare officers and more, the humble public servant has been thrust into the spotlight, helping elevate awareness and understanding of the critical role public servants play in everyday life, and in particular during times of severe crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: United Nations

Yes Bank Partners Affordplan To Launch A Health Card And Wallet Integration Under ‘swasth Program’

  • YES BANK in partnership with Affordplan, a Delhi-based fintech company specializing in healthcare, announced the launch of ‘Swasth Card’, a co-branded healthcare card, under Swasth program in its endeavor to enable families plan and manage their finances for their healthcare needs.
  • In addition, YES BANK’s wallet has also been integrated on Affordplan Swasth to enable wallet QR scan for making payments to merchant partners empaneled on the Affordplan Swasth app.

Source: Yes Bank

Ministry of Mines Invites Science and Technology Project Proposals

  • Ministry of Mines vide Announcement No. Met4-14/1/2020 invites Science and Technology Project Proposals from Academic Institutions, Universities, National Institutes and R&D Institution recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, for up to 3 years duration in the following thrust areas which have direct bearing on mineral sector, applied and sustainable aspect of mining and industrial applications:
  • THRUST AREAS OF RESEARCH IN MINES The broad thrust areas for supporting Research in Mining are given below:
  1. Prospecting/exploration for strategic rare and rare earth minerals.
  2. Development of new technology for mineral exploration and mining on land and deep sea to locate and exploit new mineral resources.
  3. Research in mining methods. This includes rock mechanics, mine designing, mining equipments, energy conservation, environmental protection and mine safety.
  4. Improve efficiency in process, operations, recovery of by-products and reduction in specification and consumption norms.
  5. Research in metallurgy and mineral beneficiation techniques to utilize lower grade and finer size ores.
  6. Extraction of value added products from mine waste, plant tailings etc.
  7. Development of new alloys and metal related products, etc.
  8. Evolve low capital and energy saving processing systems.
  9. Production of materials of high purity.
  10. Cooperative research among organizations associated with the mineral sector.

Source: Ministry of Mines