Daily GK Update: 29th August 2020

“Union Minister launches “Chunauti” Next Generation Start-up Challenge”

  • The Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched “Chunauti”- Next Generation Startup Challenge Contest on August 28, 2020 to boost startups and software products with special focus on Tier-II towns of India.
  • The programme aims to identify around 300 startups working in identified areas and provide them seed fund of upto Rs. 25 Lakh and other facilities.
  • The government has earmarked an amount worth Rs 95.03 crore over a period of 3 years for the programme.
  • The 300 startups selected through the Chunauti contest will then be provided various support from the Government through Software Technology Parks of India centers across India.

Source: JagranJosh

“Kerala Govt commissioned 1st Marine Ambulance ‘PRATHEEKSHA’”

  • The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayancommissioned the first-ever marine ambulance named ‘PRATHEEKSHA’ at Vizhinjam village of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala.
  • The other marine ambulances that are to be deployed are Pratyashaand
  • Pratheeksha is first in the series of 3 fully equipped marine ambulance boat built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), for the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala.
  • They have been built at a cost of  6.08 crore,to save the lives of fishermen during accidents at sea.
  • The boat has been designed by theCentral Institute of Fisheries Technology as per the specifications of Indian Registry of Shipping.

Source: Daily Hunt

“Japan’s longest-serving PM Shinzo Abe resigns”

  • Shinzo Abe has smashed records as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, championing ambitious economic reform while weathering scandals.
  • But he has once again been undone by his health.
  • After more than seven years in the job, Abe, 65, said he would be stepping down because of a recurrence of the ulcerative colitis that forced him from office during his first stint as premier.
  • He had been due to stay on until September 2021, when his party presidency terms ends, giving him an opportunity to see out one final event in his historic tenure — the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.
  • A sprightly 52 years old when he first became prime minister in 2006, Abe was the youngest person ever to occupy the job, and was seen as a symbol of change and youth.

Source: First Post

“14th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue”

  • India and Singapore on Friday discussed a number of issues of bilateral defence engagements and committed to further enhance the security partnership between the two countries.
  • The discussions were held via video conference at the 14th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue (DPD).
  • It was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Permanent Secretary (Defence), Singapore Chan Heng Kee.
  • After the discussion the Implementing Arrangement on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) between India and Singapore was also signed.

Source: Business World

“Dwayne Bravo becomes 1st bowler to scalp 500 wickets in T20 cricket”

  • West Indies All-Rounder, Dwayne John Bravobecame the first bowler in cricket to scalp 500 wickets in Twenty20
  • He achieved the feat in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020match between his team Trinbago Knight Riders and St Lucia Zouks.
  • Bravo took the wicket of Rahkeem Cornwall (18) to register his 500th wicket.
  • Dwayne Bravo achieved the feat in his 459th matchin the shortest format.
  • Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is the second-highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket with 389 scalps from 339 matches followed by Sunil Narine (383), Imran Tahir (374), and Sohail Tanvir (356).

Source: DailyHunt

“Sri Lankan cricketer Tharanga Paranavitana retires”

  • Sri Lankan batsman Tharanga Paranavitana has bid adieu to international cricket, thus bringing an end to his career with the national team which began in 2009.
  • The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued an official statement, saying that the 38-year-old batsman has conveyed his decision to the board.
  • Paranavitana made his debut for Sri Lanka against Pakistan at National Stadium in February 21 in 2009.
  • He appeared in a total of 32 matches for the national side in the longest format of the game, amassing 1,793 runs at an average of 41.94.
  • The Sri Lankan all-rounder made his last international appearance against New Zealand in Colombo in November 2012.

Source: Zee News

“National Sports Day: 29th August”

  • National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August to commemorate the birthday of Indian hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
  • Sports are considered very important for the physical and mental development of humans.
  • The person who plays any sport remains always healthy.
  • There are many sporting legends have been in India like; PT Usha, who is known as Udanpari, Sachin Tendulkar, known as Master Blaster, and Major Dhyan Chand, known as ‘Hockey Wizards’.

Source: Jagaran Josh

“‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman passes away”

  • Chadwick Boseman, the regal actor who embodied a long-held dream of African-American moviegoers as the star of the groundbreaking superhero film “Black Panther,” died at his home in Los Angeles.
  • He was 43.
  • His publicist confirmed the death, saying Mr. Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and family were by his side at the time.
  • A private figure by Hollywood standards, Mr. Boseman rarely publicized details about his personal life.

Source:  The New York Times

“Former Supreme Court Judge Justice A.R. Lakshmanan passes away”

  • Former judge of the Supreme Court Justice AR Lakshmanan passed away at a private hospital in Tiruchy.
  • He was 78.
  • Doctors who were treating him for age-related ailments said that a sudden cardiac arrest caused his death.
  • Justice Lakshmanan is survived by two sons ARL Arunachalam and ARL Sundaresan and two daughters Umayal and Saravanavalli.
  • Justice Lakshmanan served at the Supreme Court from December 20, 2002 to March 21, 2007.

Source:  The New Indian Express

“51st IFFI to be held in Goa from Nov 20”

  • Fifty first International Film Festival of India IFFI will be held in Goa, from November 20th to 28th.
  • This film festival being a hybrid film festival due to Covid 19, would screen films on official digital platform along with the theatrical screenings.
  • Vice-chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa, Subhash Faldesai informed that in a virtual meeting held last week, the IFFI steering committee decided to hold the festival in compliance with the Central government’s SOP.
  • In the meanwhile, the invitations for the screening of international films for the fifty first edition of IFFI are already open.

Source:  News On Air