Daily GK Update: 30th July 2020

“HRD Ministry to be renamed as Ministry of Education”

The Union cabinet approved the long-awaited new National Education Policy (NEP), and with this, the human resource development (HRD) ministry will officially be renamed the Ministry of Education.

The idea behind changing the name is to give a clearer definition to the ministry’s work.

The new NEP will replace the existing policy which was first formulated in 1986 and last modified in 1992.

The new policy is based on a draft prepared by a committee led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Kasturirangan.

Source: The Print

“ India’s first solar powered ferry ‘Aditya’ bagged global honour”

Aditya, India’s first solar-powered ferry has won the prestigious Gustave Trouve Award for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating.

The ferry was adjudged the world’s best electric boat in the category of ferries designed for paid passenger service.

It had commenced operations in 2017 in Kerala’s Vembanad backwaters.

Aditya, the only one shortlisted from Asia among 12 ferries in the world after a rigorous audit process.

The ferry belongs to the Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD) and has been plying on the Vaikkom-Thavanakkadavu route in Alappuzha district since January 2017.

Source: The Indian Express

“Central Govt approves National Education Policy (NEP) 2020”

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) with an aim to introduce several changes in the Indian education system – from the school to college level.

A single regulator for higher education institutions, multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, discontinuation of MPhil programmes, low stakes board exams, common entrance exams for universities are among the highlights of the policy.

Report cards will be a comprehensive report on skills and capabilities instead of just marks and statements.

National Assessment Centre- ‘PARAKH’ has been created to assess the students.

NEP 2020 aims to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education including vocational education from 26.3% (2018) to 50% by 2035.

Source: Times of India

“Archana Soreng named for UN Chief’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Changes”

Archana Soreng has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to his new advisory group comprising young leaders.

She is a climate activist from India.

Soreng joins six other young climate leaders, aged between 18 and 28 years, who have been named by Guterres to his new Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

The young activists will advise the UN chief regularly on accelerating global action and ambition to tackle the worsening climate crisis.

Source: The Wire

“Varun Sridhar appointed as the CEO of Paytm Money”

Investment and wealth management subsidiary of Paytm – Paytm Money – has appointed Varun Sridhar as its new CEO.

He will lead the launch & development of the equity brokerage other than growing the already successful mutual funds, NPS and Gold services.

Sridhar would be directly reporting to Amit Nayyar, President at Paytm.

Source: The Economic Times

“PFC signs agreement with IIT Kanpur for Smart Grid Technology ”

Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology- Kanpur for Training, Research, and Entrepreneurship Development in Smart Grid Technology.

The agreement was on a virtual platform.

The objective of the pact is to provide support to IIT-Kanpur in developing infrastructure for research and development on smart grid technology.

Under the agreement, PFC will provide financial assistance of worth Rs 2,38,97000 to IIT-Kanpur.

IIT-K will also provide training on smart grid technology to 90 participants and provide fellowship to 9 selected candidates.

Source: Daily Hunt

“Hichem Mechichi becomes the new Prime Minister of Tunisia ”

Tunisia interior minister Hichem Mechichi was appointed to succeed Elyes Fakhfakh as prime minister.

Fakhfakh resigned as prime minister on 15 July, after less than five months in office.

Mechichi has also been a counsellor to President Kais Saied, handling legal matters.

Tunisia has been praised as a rare success story for democratic transition after the Arab Spring regional uprisings sparked by its 2011 revolution.

Source: News24

“Bollywood Director Parvez Khan passes away in Mumbai”

Bollywood action director Parvez Khan died after a massive heart attack on Monday.

He was 55 years old.

Khan’s death was confirmed by Hansal Mehta’s tweet on the filmmaker’s verified account.

Parvez Khan contributed to stunt work in films such as “Andhadhun”, “Badlapur”, “Bullett Raja”, “Fukrey”, “Ra.One”, “Vishwaroopam”, “Vishwaroopam 2”, “Dev.D”, “Gangster”, “Sehar”, “Ab Tak Chhappan”, “The Legend Of Bhagat Singh”, “Soldier”, and “Mr And Mrs Khiladi”.

The late action director’s upcoming project is “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”, Dibakar Banerjee’s film starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor.

Source: News18

“ MoES National Awards for excellence in Earth Science announced”

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) National Awards for excellence in Earth System Science have been announced.

This year the Life Time Excellence Award is being awarded to Professor Ashok Sahni for his significant contribution in the field of Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology and Biostratigraphy.

The National Award for Ocean Science and technology is being awarded to Dr. V. V. S. S. Sarma, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Vishakapatnam and Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa.

The National Award for Atmospheric Science and technology will be presented to Dr. S. Suresh Babu.

Source:  NewsOnAir

“Child Rights Activist Achyutha Rao passes away in Hyderabad”

Prominent child-rights activist and founder of Balala Hakula Sangam, a child rights organisation, Achyuta Rao succumbed to Covid-19 at a private hospital in the city on Wednesday.

He was the former member of the Andhra Pradesh State Committee for Protection of Child Rights (APSCPCR).

Rao was tested positive for the virus last week and was admitted at a private hospital in Malakpet on July 15.

He is survived by his wife Anuradha Rao and son Aditya Rao, who are also tested Covid-19 positive and are under home isolation.

With 30 years of experience into child rights, Rao had exposed many issues such as child marriages, child labour, corporal punishment, child trafficking across Telangana.

He had rescued hundreds of children in the past few years from child labour.

Source:  Times of India