Daily GK Update: 29th July 2020

“HRD Ministry launches ‘India report on digital education, 2020”

  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development on Tuesday launched Indian Report on Digital Education, 2020.
  • The report elaborates on the innovative methods adopted by Education Departments of States and Union Territories for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps
  • The HRD Ministry has initiated projects to assist teachers, scholars and students in their pursuit of learning like DIKSHA platform, Swayam Prabha TV Channel, On Air – Shiksha Vani, DAISY by NIOS for differently-abled to name a few.
  • To ensure inclusive learning in remote areas where internet connectivity and electricity is poor and sporadic, States and UTs have also distributed textbooks at children’s doorsteps.

Source: The Hindu

“Viral Acharya releases ‘Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India”

  • The book titled“Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India” is authored by former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor Viral V.Acharya.
  • Acharya, in his book, “Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India, argues that numerous policies “regressed” the economic climate in the country while he was deputy governor between early January 2017 and mid-July 2019
  • The book is a collection of his comments, speeches, and research as a member of the RBI’sMonetary Policy Committee (MPC).
  • Acharya, in his book, “Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India’, also gives out new details on why he quit his job abruptly when six months were still left in his tenure.

Source: Business Today

“International Tiger Day being observed today ”

  • International Tiger Day is celebrated on 29th of July every year across the globe to create awareness about tiger conservation.
  • Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar saluted the front line forest personnel whose efforts he said have taken the tiger on the assured path of recovery in the country
  • He released All India Tiger Estimation Report-2018 on Tuesday.
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu congratulated the Government for successful implementation of Project Tiger in the country.

Source: NewsOnAir

“Govt notifies FDI norms changes in civil aviation”

  • The government has notified changes in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms on civil aviation.
  • It will permit non-resident Indian nationals to own 100 per cent stake of Air India.
  • According to the amendment, foreign investments in Air India shall not exceed 49 per cent either directly or indirectly except in case of NRIs.
  • These rules may be called the Foreign Exchange Management (Non-debt Instruments) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2020

Source: The Indian Express

“PM of India & Mauritius to inaugurate Supreme Court Building of Mauritius”

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth will on Thursday jointly inaugurate the new Supreme Court built in Port Louis.
  • The Supreme Court building is one of five projects implemented under a $353-million special economic package extended by India in 2016.
  • The structure is the first India-assisted infrastructure project in the capital of Mauritius.
  • The building, spread over more than 4700 sq m with 10 floors and a built-up area of 25,000 sq m, has green features and high energy efficiency.
  • The inauguration of the new Supreme Court building in Port Louis will be done via video conference in the presence of senior members of the judiciary of Mauritius and other dignitaries.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Bangalore based start-up introduces ‘Lyfas COVID score’ app”

  • A government supported IT company in Bengaluru has developed an application capable of capturing an individual’s vital health statistics through mobile phone.
  • It Will determine one’s propensity to Covid 19 infection and can potentially play a big role in early detection of disease and risk assessment of infected population.
  • The technology uses the power of smartphone processor and sensors to capture a bunch of body signals to which are then analysed to detect propensity to Covid 19.
  • The application, being developed by Bangalore based startup Acculi Labs.

Source: Hindustan Times

“India and Indonesia held Defence Minister’s Dialogue in New Delhi”

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the Indian delegation while the Indonesian delegation was led by their Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto.
  • The dignitary is in India for strengthening the ties between the two maritime neighbours.
  • Both the Ministers agreed to further enhance the bilateral defence cooperation in mutually agreed areas.
  • Potential areas of cooperation in the field of defence industries and defence technology were also identified by the two countries.

Source: DD News

“Karnataka CM lays foundation stone for Bangalore Life Sciences Park”

  • Karnataka Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the Bangalore Life Sciences Park at the Electronics City.
  • Karnataka CM assured that the state government would extend all the support required to the Biotechnology sector.
  • The government has released a grant of Rs 150 crore towards this project.
  • The park will house more than 150 companies and more than 100 start-ups will be established.
  • This will generate employment for more than 50,000 people and will make a significant contribution to the State’s economy.

Source: Business World

“Former Puducherry MLA V Balan passes away”

  • Former Puducherry nominated legislator and general secretary of All India N. R Congress, V. Balan, died on Monday, days after he tested for COVID-19.
  • He was admitted to the hospital last week with symptoms of novel coronavirus.
  • He started his political career with Congress.
  • Balan was nominated to the Legislative Assembly during the fag-end of the previous N. R Congress government.
  • He quit Congress when former Chief Minister N. Rangasamy floated the AINRC in 2011.
  • He was considered second in-command of the party and the political conscience-keeper of Mr. Rangasamy.

Source:  The Hindu

“S Jaishankar to release ‘The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World”

  • The former diplomat, and current Minister of External Affairs in the Government of India, S Jaishankar, is releasing his new book “The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World”.
  • The book was published under theHarperCollins India publications.
  • Elaborating further upon the burdens, Jaishankar says – “One is the 1947 Partition, which reduced the nation both demographically and politically.
  • Another is the delayed economic reforms that were undertaken a decade and a half after those of China the 15-year gap continues to put India at a great disadvantage.
  • He also argued that prolonged exercise of the nuclear option is another burden.

Source:  Times Now News