Daily GK Update: 25th February 2020

First anniversary of National War Memorial being observed

  • Earlier in the morning, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and veterans from the three services laid wreath to pay homage to the fallen soldiers. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in a tweet said that, this War Memorial is a tribute to those fallen soldiers who made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty. He affirmed that India will always remain indebted to their service and sacrifice.
  • The memorial is a fitting tribute to those heroes who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during various wars and internal security challenges since Independence.
  • The monument was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th February last year. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi had said, the memorial was built in the memory of those who had laid down their lives for the country.

Source: DD News

Dolphin population in Odisha’s Gahirmatha halves: Annual census

  • An annual census found the number of dolphins at Odisha’s Gahirmatha marine sanctuary has nearly halved over a year, pushing down the state’s overall count.
  • The January 2020 census spotted only 62 of the marine mammals at Gahirmatha — also the world’s largest rookery of sea turtles — down from 126 found last year. Gahiramatha is located within Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.
  • The state’s total dolphin count was pegged at 233, down from 259 in 2019, according to census report released February 24, 2020.

Source: Down to Earth

Delhi govt school’s ‘Happiness Curriculum’ inspires Melania Trump

  • US First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday said that she was inspired by the Delhi government schools’ ‘Happiness Curriculum’ and also noted that the educators have done an exemplary job in imparting knowledge and skills.
  • Melania during her visit to a senior secondary school said, “Want to thank all educators for setting positive example and giving skills, knowledge to students.” Melania was attending Sarvodaya Co-ed Senior Secondary School’s ‘Happiness Curriculum’ implemented by the Delhi government across all schools in the national capital in 2018.

Source: Business Standard

Day 2 of Donald Trump’s India visit sees three pacts, $3 bn defence deal

  • India and the US inked three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on Tuesday in New Delhi on US President Donald Trump’s second day of his maiden visit here.
  • The pacts came on the heels of Prime Minister Modi’s assertion that the two countries have decided to take their ties to a comprehensive global partnership level.
  • The agreements were signed in the health and oil sectors. An MoU was signed on mental health between the health departments of the countries.

Source: Business Standard

Five SC judges affected by Swine Flu, measures being taken by Health Ministry

  • Five judges of Supreme Court of India have been affected by Swine Flu which is caused by the H1N1 virus. In order to curb the situation in the apex court, certain preventive measures were immediately undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • The First Aid Post (FAP) of CGHS was strengthened at the Supreme Court premises.
  • All the judges were provided treatment as per the protocol. Prophylactic treatment was also given to all who have come in contact with them including their family members.

Source: Business Standard

Panel submits report on Clause 6 of Assam Accord to Sonowal

  • A high-level committee (HLC) on implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord formally submitted its report to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here on Tuesday.
  • Clause 6 of the Assam Accord pledges to provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
  • Justice (retd) B K Sharma, the chairman of the MHA- constituted panel, handed over the report to the chief minister, in the presence of the state cabinet.
    Sharma, during the hand-over of the sealed document, said the committee has met people across Assam before preparing the report.

Source: Outlook

India’s shooters allowed more firearms, others to surrender excess guns by Dec 13

  • Shooting is an important Olympic sport in India and Indian shooters have excelled in international competitions. Keeping this in mind, the Ministry of Home Affairs, vide its notification issued under the Arms Act 1959, has made provisions to provide adequate firearms and ammunition to the shooters for their practice.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs vide its notifications dated 12 February has amended the provisions of the Arms Act, 1959 and the Arms Rules, 2016 to increase the number of firearms that can be kept by the shooters and enhanced the quantity of ammunition fixed for their practice for the year. These provisions shall greatly facilitate their shooting practice.

Source: Indus Dictum

HRD Minister Pokhriyal presents Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards to 23 teams

  • Union Minister of Human Resources Development (HRD), Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘‘Nishank’’, presented the Vishwakarma Awards 2019 to the winners in New Delhi yesterday.
  • The valedictory function of the Awards was organised in the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). A total of 23 teams under various subcategories were recipients of the Chatra Vishwakarma Awards (CVA). Six institutes were felicitated by the Union Minister under the Utkrisht Santhan Vishwakarma Award (USVA).

Source: Indus Dictum

Union HRD Minister chairs a high level meeting to review progress of Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired a high level meeting to review the progress of the Public and Private institutions which were considered to be given the status of Institutions of Eminence on the advice of UGC and the Empowered Expert Committee under the leadership of N. Gopalaswamy. Secretary, MHRD Shri Amit Khare and senior officials of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.

Source: Others

SPICe+ Web form, new rules for company incorporation & DIN launched by MCA Secy

  • Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, today inaugurated the ‘SPICe+’ Web Form. As part of the Government of India’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiatives, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified a new web form christened ‘SPICe+’ (pronounced ‘SPICe Plus’) replacing the existing SPICe form.
  • SPICe+ will offer 10 services by 3 Central Govt Ministries & Departments (Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labour, and Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance) and one State Government (Maharashtra).

Source: Indus Dictum

Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysian prime minister in shock resignation

  • Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad has resigned in a surprise move that could unravel the ruling coalition.
  • The resignation of Mr Mahathir, 94, comes amid rumours that he may form a new coalition without his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim.
  • The world’s oldest elected leader returned to power in 2018.
  • In a surprise victory, he ousted then-prime minister Najib Razak, who is on trial charged with taking millions of dollars from a government wealth fund.

Source: BBC News