Daily GK Update: 27th May 2020
Chardham project: Nitin Gadkari lauds BRO for achieving Chamba tunnel breakthrough
- Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday lauded the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for achieving breakthrough in the 440-metre long tunnel below the busy Chamba town and termed it as an ‘extraordinary feat’ in nation-building during the pandemic.
- The BRO achieved the major milestone by successfully digging up the 440-metre long tunnel below the busy Chamba town on Rishikesh-Dharasu road, National Highway no 94, which will facilitate all-weather connectivity to Chardham — Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Badrinath — a Rs 12,000 crore ambitious project.
Source: The Economic Times
JK Rowling announces new children’s book, The Ickabog, to be published free online
- JK Rowling is to publish a new children’s book, a fairy tale “about truth and the abuse of power” that she has kept in her attic for years, for free online for children in lockdown.
- The Ickabog, which is set in an imaginary land unrelated to any of Rowling’s other works, will be serialised online from Tuesday afternoon, in 34 daily, free instalments. It will then be published as a book, ebook and audiobook in November, with Rowling’s royalties to go to projects assisting groups impacted by the pandemic.
- Rowling described The Ickabog as “a story about truth and the abuse of power”. It came to her “well over a decade ago”, so she stressed that it “isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now”.
- “The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country,” stressed Rowling, who has been critical in recent days of the UK government’s response to the Dominic Cummings crisis. On Monday, she wrote of Cummings’ reasoning for his contentious trip to Durham: “Your wife was ill, you thought you were infectious and you’ve got a kid. Those circumstances are not exceptional. They’re commonplace.”
Source: The Guardian
SC finally takes suo motu cognisance of migrant workers’
- After months of misery and uncertainty faced by migrant workers in the wake of the sudden lockdown, the Supreme Court has finally taken suo motu cognisance of the matter and issued notices to the Centre and all state governments.
- A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah noted in their notice to the governments of India and all states and UTs that despite several steps taken to ensure the well-being of migrant, lapses on the administrations’ part cannot be ruled out.
“Although the Government of India and state governments have taken measures, yet there have been inadequacies and certain lapses,” the notice read.
- The apex court asked the Centre, states and Union Territories to file a reply by 28 May, and listed the matter for further hearing on the same day. The top court also asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to appear before the court and list out the steps taken to redeem the situation.
Source: First Post
Women fighter pilots could get longer stints: IAF chief
- What began as a five-year experiment to allow women to fly fighter jets in the Indian Air Force could now see them serve longer in the demanding role, with the IAF set to review the previous decision, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Wednesday.
- The IAF chief, in an interview, spoke in detail about the ongoing reforms in the defence sector, budget cuts likely to be triggered by the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic on the economy , the role of the locally-made light combat aircraft (LCA) in the air force’s modernisation and the theaterisation of the Indian military.
Source: Hindustan Times
Piyush Goyal asks industry to start working for post-Covid period, says worst for economy is over
- Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday asked the industry to start working for the post-Covid period with good ideas and firm implementation plans as worst for the economy is over and revival is in the air.
- He said this while meeting industry and trade association through video conference. It was the fifth such meeting since the lockdown to assess the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and take note of their suggestions to put the economy back on track.
- “…it would be better to be ready and start working for the post-Covid period, with good ideas, firm implementation plans, and to make India a world power,” he said.
- The minister said that “worst for the economy is over. Things are looking up, and revival is in the air”.
Source: Hindustan Times