Daily GK Update: 24th September 2020

“World Maritime Day 2020: Theme, history, significance and all you need to know”.


  • World Maritime Day is observed on September 24 to mark the contribution of international maritime industries towards the economy of the world especially shipping.
  • Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual Governments but, it is usually celebrated during the last week in September, generally the last Thursday of the month.
  • World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment.
  • The theme for 2020 World Maritime Day is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet”.
  • This theme is to focus on providing an opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards this sustainable future.

Source: India Today

“17-year-old girl from Surat appointed as Regional Ambassador for UN Environment Programme”.

  • Impassioned about environmental conservation and determined to spread awareness about its safeguard, a 17-year-old girl from Surat has been appointed as Regional Ambassador for India by the United Nations Environment Programme – Tunza Eco-Generation.
  • The newly appointed ambassador, Khushi Chindaliya, says that she started to look for ways to conserve nature after she saw the greenery around her hometown turn into a concrete jungle.
  • The 17-year-old’s interest in nature and conservation of the environment has now made her The Regional Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme – Tunza Eco-Generation.
  • The honourable appointment will give Khushi a platform to spread awareness about the safeguard of environmental treasures and discuss India’s contribution to environmental conservation. She will also have the opportunity to discuss the subject with other ambassadors around the world.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Ishmael Toroama elected as President of newly formed Bougainville”.

  • Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea.
  • This was the first general election, since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua New Guinea in November 2019.
  • Bougainville is a mineral-rich and lush group of islands in the South Pacific.

Source: Byscoop

“Historian Romila Thapar explores history of dissent in new book”.

  • Historian Romila Thapar will come out with a historical essay next month, exploring dissent, including its articulation and public response to its particular forms, with a special focus on recent protests in the country.
  • Penguin Random House India and Seagull Books have come together to publish the book titled “Voices of Dissent”.
  • The book will be available in stores from October 19.
  • According to Nandan Jha, senior vice president (product and sales) at Penguin Random House India, this “collaboration will open a new and enriching way of publishers working together to widen the reach of specially curated books that are vital to the times we live in”.

Source: Indian Express

“RBI appoints AK Dixit as new administrator of PMC Bank”.

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed former Union Bank of India general manager AK Dixit as the new administrator of crisis-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank with effect from September 23. The present administrator Jai Bhagwan Bhoria has stepped down on September 22 due to health reasons.
  • “It has been decided to appoint AK Dixit, ex-General Manager, Union Bank of India as the new Administrator of the bank with effect from September 23, 2020,” RBI said in a notification.
  • Mumbai-based PMC Bank has been placed under directions of the RBI since September 23, 2019 after the central bank superseded the troubled lender’s board and appointed Jai Bhagwan Bhoria as the administrator of the bank. The directive is presently valid till December 22, 2020.
  • The central bank had imposed restrictions on the urban cooperative bank after it discovered that the lender allegedly created fictitious accounts to hide over Rs 6,700 crore in loans extended to the almost-bankrupt Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL).

Source: Business today

“PM Modi in Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people of 2020’ list, but with a caveat”.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the few Indians who have been featured in Time Magazine’s list of ‘100 most influential people of 2020’. Modi is the only politician from India who has made it to the coveted list. However, his addition to the list this year comes with a stinging critique of the BJP’s divisive politics.
  • PM Modi, who has become the epicentre of Indian politics over the past 6 years, has emerged as a polarising figure and the piece written by Time correspondent Karl Vick states that the Modi government functioning has eroded India’s secular nature.
  • Vick argues that the BJP has not only “rejected elitism but also pluralism”.
  • The short piece also criticises the Modi government for using the Covid-19 pandemic as a “pretense to stiffle dissent”.
  • The survey found that 66 per cent of the people believed that Narendra Modi should be the next prime minister of India.

Source: India Today

“Railways MoS Suresh Angadi dies of Covid-19”.

  • Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi passed away Wednesday at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Angadi was undergoing treatment for Covid-19. He was 65.
  • Angadi had tested positive for novel corona virus on September 11 ahead of the commencement of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
  • The BJP leader passed away at around 8 pm at the AIIMS trauma centre which has been converted into a dedicated COVID-19 facility, sources at the hospital told PTI. He is the first Union minister to have died of coronavirus. At least six MLAs and three MPs have earlier succumbed to it.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed that the national flag be flown half mast on Thursday in all Government offices in Delhi.
  • Angadi was a four-time BJP MP from Belagavi elected to Lok Sabha in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. His political journey started with joining Bharatiya Janata Party in  the year 1996 from Belagavi district in North Karnataka.

Source: Indian Express

“Vicky Donor actor Bhupesh Kumar Pandya passes away”.

  • Theatre personality and actor Bhupesh Kumar Pandya, who has starred in films like Vicky Donor and Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi, passed away on Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer.
  • The official Twitter account of the National School of Drama shared the news of Pandya’s demise and paid tribute to the alumnus of the institute.
  • Many celebrities including Manoj Bajpayee, Mukesh Chhabra, Gajraj Rao and Ankur Tewari took to social media to express their condolences.

Source: Indian Express

“Bah Ndaw named Mali’s interim president”.

  • Mali’s former defence minister, Bah Ndaw has been named as Interim President of the country’s new transition government.
  • On 19th August 2020, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation with immediate effect following a military mutiny in the Republic of Mali.
  • Colonel Assimi Goita, the leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was appointed vice president.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Indian and Australian navies to undertake two-day PASSEX exercises in Indian Ocean”.

  • The Indian and the Australian navies will undertake Passage Exercise or PASSEX exercises on September 23-24 in the Indian Ocean.
  • From the Indian side, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Karmuk will be present and Australia will be represented by HMAS Hobart.
  • Australia is the third country, since June, with which India will conduct the exercises. The first was with US Navy’s USS Nimitz and the second was the Russian Navy.

Source: Zee news