Daily GK Update: 27th February 2020

RAISE 2020: An International “Artificial Intelligence” Summit to be organised by GoI

  • The Government of India (GoI) announced the mega event, RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020,’ to be held from April 11-12 in New Delhi. RAISE 2020 is India’s first Artificial Intelligence summit to be organized by the Government in partnership with Industry & Academia.
  • The summit will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and charter a course to use AI for social empowerment, inclusion and transformation in key areas like Healthcare, Agriculture, Education and Smart Mobility amongst other sectors. Ahead of the summit, MeitY organized an Industry Consultation with industry representatives to bring in synergies within India’s Artificial Intelligence landscape.

Source: PIB Delhi

Sri Lanka withdraws from UN resolution on reconciliation and human rights

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  • Sri Lanka has decided to withdraw its support for United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 in retaliation against the United States.
  • Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that this is due to a recent decision by the United States  to bar entry to the United States of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army chief and his immediate family.
  • General Shavendra Silva is accused of human rights violations in the later stages of the country’s civil war (1983-2009).
  • “Even though we are now in the 21st Century, even members of his family who have not been accused of any wrongdoing, have been subjected to a collective punishment reminiscent of the practice in medieval Europe,” the Prime Minister said.

Source: Asia News.it

Offshore patrol vessel “VAJRA” to enhance coastal security launched

  • The sixth offshore patrol vessel ‘Yard 45006 VAJRA’ to enhance coastal security was formally launched in the presence of Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and senior government officials here on Thursday.
  • The vessel, built by Larsen and ToubroNSE -2.21 % under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, would be used for day and night patrolling, Mandaviya said.
  • Geeta Mandaviya, wife of the Union Minister, launched the vessel at L & T Shipbuilding Ltd at the Kattupalli Port here.

Source: The Economic Times

International Conference on Alternate Medicines Concludes at Delhi

  • The two-day International Conference on Standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha Systems of Medicine concluded in New Delhi recently with adopting the “New Delhi Declaration on Collection and Classification of Traditional Medicine (TM) Diagnostic Data”.
  • The sixteen countries which came together for the cause of Traditional Medicine at this conference are Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Serbia, Curacao, Cuba, Myanmar, Equatorial Guinea, Qatar, Ghana, Bhutan, Uzbekistan, India, Switzerland, Iran, Jamaica and Japan.
  • ICoSDiTAUS-2020 is the biggest ever international event dedicated to standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies of Traditional Medicine in terms of the broad level of participation covering virtually all the continents.

Source: Medicircle

Harsimrat Kaur Badal launches a portal to monitor prices of tomato, onion and potato

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  • To curb price surge of certain farm produces and to bridge their demand-supply gaps, the government has come up with a portal to monitor prices, area under cultivation, yields, production, imports and exports and other relevant information such as crop calendars, crop agronomy in an easy to use visual format for agro processors, traders and policy makers.
  • To begin with, Market Intelligence and Early Warning System (MIEWS) will monitor prices of tomato, onion and potato- key ingredients in an Indian kitchen for generating alerts for government intervention.

Source: The Economic Times

Cabinet approves amendments to give occupancy rights to scheduled tribes in Lakshadweep

  • The union cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment of the Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands Land Revenue and Tenancy Regulation, 1965 to confer occupancy rights to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) population in the union territory.
  • Briefing reporters about the decisions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Lakshadweep island mostly comprises ST population and they did not have occupancy rights.

Source: NewKerala

FM pulls up banks for ‘blindly’ following rating agencies; says they have lost local touch

  • Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has told banks they shouldn’t blindly believe in “credit scores” of those seeking loans as branch-level connect with customers was more important.
  • The FM rapped state-owned banks for being out of touch with customers at the ground level, saying they often failed to communicate government schemes to customers due to their inability to communicate in the local language.

Source: Business Today

Union Cabinet okays Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill

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  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill after incorporating recommendations of a Rajya Sabha Select Committee.
  • “Surrogacy Regulation Bill incorporating recommendations of RS Select Committee has been approved by the Cabinet,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a press conference.
  • A parliamentary panel had recommended that not only close relatives but any woman who is “willing” should be allowed to act as a surrogate.

Source: The Economic Times

CCEA approves Creation of National Technical Textiles Mission

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  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to set up a National Technical Textiles Mission with a total outlay of Rs 1480 Crore, with a view to position the country as a global leader in Technical Textiles.The Mission would have a four year implementation period from FY 2020-21 to 2023-24.
  • Technical Textiles are futuristic and nice segment of textiles, which are used for various applications ranging from agriculture, roads, railway tracks, sportswear, health on one end to bullet proof jacket, fire proof jackets, high altitude combat gear and space applications on other end of spectrum.

Source: PIB Delhi