Daily GK Update: 24th January 2020

National Girl Child Day 2020: Know why our daughters hold the key to a better future

  • Every year, National Girl Child Day is celebrated on January 24 across the country.
  • This day was first celebrated in 2008- after the Ministry of Women and Children Development and the government took the decision of increasing awareness regarding the struggles faced by women.
  • In 2019, the theme of the event was ‘Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow’. The event focuses on the atrocities faced by women in society due to orthodox and patriarchal beliefs. It intends to create an environment of equality in society and a layout where no gender or race sits on a pedestal and enjoys privilege over others.
  • This event is crucial for changing the flawed fabric of society and crafting an approach that creates opportunities for women.

Source: Times Now News

Niti Aayog to develop National Data Platform

  • Government think-tank Niti Aayog will develop a national data and analytics platform to make all government data accessible to stakeholders in a user-friendly manner.
  • Releasing the Vision Document for the National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP), Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said that the NDAP will strive to ensure that the data is assured, consistent, coherent and credible.

Source: The Economic Times

Meet Vyommitra, the humanoid India is sending to space under Gaganyaan mission

  • ISRO chairman Dr. K Sivan on Wednesday announced that two unmanned missions will be sent up and recovered before it and thus testing and proving India’s technologies to do the same — before the actual manned mission is taken up.
  • These two unmanned missions will carry with them a half-humanoid, along with some other experiments on microgravity and its effects on humans, said Dr. Sivan. In an International ISRO is a  session, bringing in space scientists and astronauts from across the world to hold consultations on technologies and challenges for human spaceflights.
  • “The first unmanned mission will be in the month of December 2020, and it may spill over into 2021. The second unmanned mission will be after six months, by June 2021. The aim is to conduct a manned mission before August 2022,” said Dr. Sivan.

Source: HW News

India completes phase-out of ozone depleting chemical HCFC-141b: Environment Ministry

  • India has successfully completed the phasing out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b, used by foam manufacturing companies and one of the most potent ozone-depleting chemicals, the Union Environment Ministry said on Wednesday.
    Ozone occurs naturally in small amounts in the upper atmosphere of earth. It protects life on earth from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • “HCFC-141b is not produced in the country and all the domestic requirements are met through imports. With the notification (of December 31, 2019) prohibiting the import of HCFC-141b (from January 1 this year), the country has completely phased out the important ozone depleting chemical,” said the statement.
Source: Business Standard