Daily GK Update: 2nd January 2020

Niti Aayog favours PPP model to link private medical colleges with district hospital

  • To address shortage of qualifies doctors and bridge gap in medical education, the Niti Aayog has come out with the public-private partnership model to link new or existing private medical colleges with functional district hospital to augment medical seats.
  • In its draft ‘Model Concession Agreement for Setting Up Medical Colleges Under the Public Private Partnership’ guideline document, the government think-tank said a concession agreement has been developed based on international best practices and similar PPP arrangements that are operative in Gujarat and Karnataka.

Source: Business Today

PM Modi to address 107th Indian Science Congress in Bangalore today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 107th Indian Science Congress at University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru, today. On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi will deliver the inaugural address and also launch I-STEM Portal. Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa and Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will also be present at the event.
  • The Theme of the India Science Congress (ISC) this year is ‘Science and Technology: Rural Development’. Over 15,000 participants, including Nobel Laureates, scientists, intellectuals, academicians, policy makers, researchers, students and delegates from different institutions are expected to participate in the event.

Source: Business Today

Govt exceeds disinvestment target this fiscal, proceeds touch Rs 85,000 crore

  • The Government Friday said it has exceeded its disinvestment target for the current fiscal by Rs 5,000 crore and the proceeds have touched Rs 85,000 crore. “As against a target of Rs 80,000 crore for disinvestment for the current year, the divestment receipts have touched Rs 85,000 crores today,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted.
  • The government has mopped up Rs 9,500 crore from the fifth tranche of CPSE ETF and Rs 14,500 crore from the REC-PFC deal.
  • For next fiscal the disinvestment target has been fixed at Rs 90,000 crore.

Source: The Economic Times

353rd birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh being celebrated

  • The birth anniversary of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji is being celebrated today. Born in 1666, Guru Gobind Singh is considered to be one of the most celebrated of all Sikh gurus.
  • President Ramnath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted fellow countrymen on the occasion. In a tweet, the President said, Guru Gobind Singh ji devoted his life to serving the people and upholding the values of truth, justice and compassion. His life and teachings continue to inspire us.

Source: News Services Division

India, Pakistan exchange lists of civilian prisoners, fishermen

  • India and Pakistan exchanged the lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen of each country lodged in jails through diplomatic channels. India handed over lists of 267 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 99 fishermen to Pakistan who are in India’s custody.
  • Similarly, Pakistan has shared lists of 55 civilian prisoners and 227 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed-to-be Indians. External Affairs Ministry said that this is in keeping with the provisions of the 2008 Agreement under which such lists are exchanged on 1st January and 1st July every year.

Source: News Services Division


First in country – get sand at doorstep in Andhra Pradesh

  • Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy held a review meeting and directed Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation to store about 15 lakh tones of sand every month for the next four months and about 60,000 lakh tones of sand for the upcoming rainy season to aid construction sector and needy customers.
  • “As a pilot project, sand would be door delivered to the consumer house in Krishna district on January 7 to East Godavari, West Godavari, and Kadapa districts. By January 20, sand would be door delivered to the consumer house in every district of the state. ” said Panchayati Raj Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy.
  • The daily sand consumption in the state is 80,000 tonnes and government has created a 9,63,000 tonnes of sand storage.

Source: India Today

RBI launches ‘MANI’ app to help visually challenged to identify denomination of notes

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das here on Wednesday launched a mobile application called ‘Mobile Aided Note Identifier’ (MANI) to aid visually challenged persons in identifying the denomination of currency notes.
The application is free and can be downloaded from the Android Play Store and iOS App Store without any charges or payment. This mobile application does not authenticate a note as being either genuine or counterfeit.
Source: Hindustan Times

EC launches online system to let new parties track status of registration applications

  • The Election Commission has launched an online system to allow political parties track their applications for the registration with the poll panel on a real-time basis.
  • The Commission had amended the guidelines for registration last month.
  • The new norms have come into force from Wednesday, a statement by the poll panel said.

Source: The Economic Times

PM Modi to dedicate Five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the nation

  • The event shall be organised at the Aeronautical Development Establishment, DRDO at Bengaluru. Prime Minister shall unveil a plaque to mark the dedication, and address the Scientists.
  • DRDO will also showcase some of its innovative products to the Prime Minister at an Exhibition on the occasion.Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa and DRDO Chairman Dr. G Satheesh Reddy will be present on the occasion.
  • It may be recalled that in 2014, addressing a distinguished gathering of senior and eminent defence scientists, and senior officers of the armed forces, after giving away the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) awards, the Prime Minister had suggested that at least five DRDO labs should be identified exclusively for innovation from young scientists upto the age of 35 years.

Source: DD News