Daily GK Update: 2nd September 2020

“Mustapha Adib becomes new Prime Minister of Lebanon

  • Lebanon designated its ambassador to Germany as the country’s new prime minister, as the nation still reels from a devastating economic crisis and the aftermath of a deadly explosion earlier this month that destroyed several neighborhoods in the capital.
  • Mustapha Adib, 48, has served as Lebanese ambassador in Berlin since 2013.
  • He emerged as the front-runner for the prime minister role, after four former Lebanese prime ministers threw their support behind him ahead of formal consultations Monday between lawmakers and President Michel Aoun.

Source: Washington Post

“ICICI Prudential Life launched voice chatbot “LiGo” on Google Assistant”

  • ICICI PrudentialLife Insurance on Monday launched an AI-powered voice chatbot, LiGo, on Google Assistant as part of its customer service initiative.
  • This new option will enable the policyholders to have their queries addressed by simple voice commands.
  • Customers can use commands such as “Ok Google, I want to speak to ICICI Prudential Life LiGo” or “May I talk to ICICI Prudential Life LiGo.
  • The customers can instantly access information on their policies by activating ‘Google Assistant’ on their Android smartphones and speaking out their policy number or registered phone number.

Source: Live Mint

“Aveek Sarkar becomes new Chairman of Press Trust of India”

  • The Editor Emeritus and Vice Chairman of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications, Aveek Sarkarhas been elected as the chairman of Press Trust of India.
  • He succeeds Vijay Kumar Chopra,Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers.
  • Aveek Sarkar was the founding Managing Director of Penguin India,the Indian counterpart of Penguin Books, the founding Editor of Business Standard and also the pivotal figure behind the acquisition of STAR News by the ABP Group in

Source: Daily Hunt

“Pramod Chandra Mody gets 6-month extension as CBDT Chairman”

  • Pramod Chandra Mody was given a six-month extension till February next year as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • PC Mody, a 1982 batch Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre) officer, was appointed the CBDT chief in February 2019.
  • He was in August last year re-appointed on the post for one year, till August 31, 2020, beyond the date of his superannuation on August 31, 2019.
  • The CBDT is headed by a chairman and can have a maximum of six members. It frames policy for the Income-Tax Department.

Source: NDTV

“Hemant Khatri becomes new CMD of Hindustan Shipyard Limited”

  • Commodore,Hemant Khatri (Retd) has assumed charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of state-owned defence shipbuilder, Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • He will replace Rear Admiral L V Sarat Babu (Retd).
  • Previously, Hemant Khatri was serving as the Director of Strategic Projects HSL.
  • Hemant Khatri was appointed as the CMD of HSL was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC) on 27th May 2020 with effective from 1st September 2020 till 31st July 2025 the date of his superannuation or until further orders.

Source: Daily Hunt

“MoD signs contracts worth Rs 2580 Cr with BEML, TPCL & L&T”

  • The government has signed contracts worth Rs 2,580 crore to supply six Army regiments with Pinaka missiles.
  • The Defence Ministry announced that the deal has been signed with Tata Power Company Limited (TPCL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), with Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) also part of the project.
  • The ministry said that it will be done under the Buy-Indian category with 70 per cent indigenous content, and the project was approved by Defence Minister Rajnath Singhand Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
  • The induction of these six regiments is planned by 2024.
  • The Tata Group and L&T had bagged the first order to produce the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher back in 2006.

Source: The Indian Express

“IIT-Bombay students launch AI-based scanning app “AIR Scanner””

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, students have launched a free-of-cost mobile scanner application “AIR Scanner”.
  • The app saves the scanned document in PDF format and stores directly in the device.
  • The AI (Artificial Intelligence) based Reading Assistant and Document Scanner app is developed by Rohit Kumar Chaudhary and Kavin Agrawal.
  • AIR Scanner app does not collect any information about the user and all the documents are stored in the phone’s local storage.
  • The document scanned using a mobile camera will be saved in PDF format and will be stored in the device only.

Source: Daily Hunt

“CFI to host first-ever Cycling Summit in 2021”

  • The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is all set to host the first-ever Cycling Summit in 2021, with an aim to promote the culture of cycling in the country.
  • In a statement on Tuesday, the CFI said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a marketing exploration firm, Contarctica, for the summit.
  • The Cycling Summit 2021 will be hosted in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore and is expected to be a unique confluence of cycling enthusiasts, renowned athletes, and businesses from all over the country.
  • The event will open with a cycle ride from the heart of the city to the event venue followed by a series of specially curated workshops, masterclasses, and open interactions with eminent athletes.
  • It will also feature the cycle tech-show, city tours, demos, and product launches.
  • This one-day summit is designed to promote the culture of cycling and exchange knowledge with budding and professional cyclists.

Source:  Big News Network

“A book title “The Big Thoughts of Little Luv” authored by Karan Johar”

  • Filmmaker and producer Karan Johar announced his first-ever authored children’s book titled ‘The Big Thoughts of Little Luv’.
  • The book is inspired from his own experiences as a parent.
  • In the book, Johar, who became a single father to twins, Yash and Roohi through surrogacy in 2017, explores the challenges every parent faces as well as the differences imposed between boys and girls while raising them.
  • The picture book will be published by Juggernaut Books

Source:  Zoom News

“India’s 1st female cardiologist Dr S. Padmavati passes away”

  • Noted cardiologist Dr S Padmavati has died at 103 due to COVID-19, the National Heart Institute
  • She was undergoing treatment at NHI for past 11 days
  • Founder of NHI, she was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1917, a year before the world was hit by the Spanish Flu pandemic.
  • Dr Padmavati was cremated at the designated COVID-19 crematorium at Punjabi Bagh.
  • For her achievements and contributions to development of cardiology in India, she was awarded Fellowship of the American College of Cardiology and FAMS, and Padma Bhushan in 1967 and Padma Vibhushan in 1992 by the Government of India.

Source:  Live Mint