Daily GK Update: 30th May 2020
Labour ministry to provide free skills training to job seekers registered on National Career Service portal
- Labour ministry will impart free skills training to the job seekers registered on its National Career Service (NCS) portal.
- “The ministry has tied up with TCS ION to offer course on soft skills to assist job seekers enhance personality development,” labour ministry said in a statement on Friday.
- The training will encompass modules on corporate etiquette, improving inter personal skills, making impactful presentation including other necessary soft skills needed by the industry.
The training module is available in two languages, Hindi and English, on the NCS portal.
- Labour ministry has been implementing the NCS project for some years now to provide a variety of employment related services like job search, job matching, career counselling, vocational guidance, information on skill development courses, apprenticeship and internships.
- There are around one crore active job seekers and 54,000 active employers registered on NCS and around 73 lakh vacancies have been mobilized through the portal so far.
Source: The Economic Times
International Everest Day: All you need to know
- International Everest Day is being observed today. Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary had climbed the Mt. Everest on this day in 1953, as the first humans to achieve the feat.
- Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day since 2008, when the legendary climber Hillary passed away.
- Everest Day on May 29 every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the day in 1953.
- The day is celebrated with memorial events, processions, and special events in Kathmandu and the Everest region.
Source: All India Radio
India urges for wider information sharing under tax treaties within BRICS
- India pitched for wider sharing of information exchanged under tax treaties among BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – for countering corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing, at the meeting of tax heads held on Friday.
- India batted for adopting a “whole of government approach” in dealing with crossborder financial crimes, as they have ramifications in respect of various statutes, not only taxation, said finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, who represented India via video conferencing.
- India also asked for sharing of Covid-19 related tax measures taken by respective tax administrations to enhance the country’s understanding of fiscal and economic impact of the pandemic.
Source: The Economic Times
Kerala’s free internet project to be commissioned in December CM
- The Kerala government has announced that its ambitious Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON) project, envisaged to provide free internet access to the poor, would be rolled out by December this year.
- Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday informed the decision after a meeting with the heads of companies of the consortium executing the Rs 1,500 crore K-FON project.
- “Kerala is the first state to declare the internet as a fundamental right of the citizen. As part of this, the K-FON project was launched to provide quality internet free of cost to the poor and at affordable rates to others. No other state in India has implemented such a scheme.
- Despite the delay due to the lockdown, M V Gautam, CMD of consortium leader BEL, has promised to complete the project by December this year,” Vijayan said.
The consortium comprises public sector companies, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Railtel, and private companies such as SRIT and LS Cables.
Source: The Week
Goa celebrates its statehood day
- Goa is celebrating its statehood day today. It was on this day in 1987 Goa became the 25th state of the Indian Union. Before this, Goa, along with Daman and Diu, was a union territory. Statehood helped in shaping Goa’s distinct identity.
- At the Goa statehood day programme in Panaji today, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant, in a video message, said, it’s a day to reflect on people’s achievements and evolve a strategy to achieve the much-desired status of a prosperous and advanced state.
- He appealed to the youth to opt for skill education, encouraged businesses to avail of new policies and central government schemes, and assured that ongoing projects such as Mopa airport will provide significant employment opportunities to Goans.
- Mr Sawant stressed on making Goa garbage-free with the launch of the Green Goa, Clean Goa awareness campaign. Programmes have been organized across the state including Margao in South Goa.
Source: All India Radio
India under worst locust attack in 27 years: Why you should be concerned
- Social media has been abuzz this week with visuals of locust swarms descending upon residential areas in Jaipur. These posts, often shared with doomsday speculations, instil merely a moment’s concern. Sure, the millions of insects flying across the sky is not a pleasant sight, but they don’t bite humans, so why worry. But worry you should.
Locusts are insects that travel in large swarms that can travel up to 150 kilometres in a day depending on the wind speed. Locust swarms devastate crops and cause major agricultural damage, which can lead to famine and starvation.
- Locusts devour leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark and growing points, and also destroy plants by their sheer weight as they descend on them in massive numbers.
- A small swarm of the desert locust eats on an average as much food in one day as about 10 elephants, 25 camels, or 2,500 people.
Source: India Today
World No Tobacco Day – May 31, 2020
- Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) holds World No Tobacco Day on May 31. Their goal is to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and how we can make the world tobacco free. Roughly 6 million people die from tobacco-related ailments every year. And that number is projected to rise to over 8 million by 2030. But this is by no means a guarantee.
- The Sustainable Development Agenda aims to reduce deaths from noninfectious diseases by a third. Diseases linked to tobacco are on the list, so if we hit the target, 2030 will be a year to celebrate (oh yea!)—not only for our health, but the size of our wallets. Your average smoker drops around $4,000 on cigarettes annually.
- Imagine all of the other cool holidays you could enjoy with that money (we have a few suggestions, just saying). So let’s use World No Tobacco Day as a launching pad to a brighter and less smokey future!
Source: National Day
Researchers culture novel coronavirus, may help in drug testing and vaccine development
- The ability to culture the virus in lab enables CCMB to work towards vaccine development and testing of potential drugs to fight COVID-19.
- Novel coronavirus enters human cell by binding with the ACE-2 receptor on the cell surface. Not all cells have ACE-2 receptors.
- Human epithelial cells in the respiratory tract copiously express ACE-2 receptors, causing respiratory disease in the infected patient. However, we cannot grow human epithelial cells in lab. “Currently, primary epithelial cells generated from human origins do not grow for many generations in labs, which is key to culturing viruses continuously. At the same time, the labs that are growing the virus need an ‘immortal’ cell line”, says Dr Krishnan H Harshan, Principal Scientist, CCMB. They use Vero cells (kidney epithelial cell lines from green African monkey), which express ACE-2 proteins and carry a cell division that allows them to proliferate indefinitely.
Source: DD News
Tribal Affairs Ministry announces inclusion of 23 additional Minor Forest produce items in Minimum Support Price List
- Ministry of Tribal Affairs has announced Inclusion of 23 additional Minor Forest Produce (MFP) items and stipulation of their Minimum Support Price (MSP) under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme titled “Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) and development of value chain of MFP”. This decision enhancing the coverage from 50 to 73 items comes in view of the exceptional and very difficult circumstances currently prevailing in the country on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the potential of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs scheme to offer the much needed support to the tribal MFP gatherers.
- This recommendation of additional items on 26 May, 2020 is over and above the previous notification issued on May 1, 2020, in which the MSP revisions for the existing 50 MFPs were announced. The increase across various items of Minor Forest Produce ranged from 16% to 66%. (in some cases such as Giloe, the increase has been up to 190%). The increase is also expected to provide an immediate and much needed momentum to procurement of Minor Tribal Produce across all States.
Source: Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Biannual Army Commanders’ Conference to begin in New Delhi
- The biannual Army Commanders’ Conference will begin in New Delhi on Monday. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will deliver her opening address at the conference.
- During the conference, important issues that are likely to be discussed are the management of the extant security dynamics, mitigation of future security threats and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries.
- Other issues like infrastructure development for capacity enhancement along the Northern borders, review of strategic railway lines, optimization of a limited budget to ensure making up of critical deficiency in ammunition and welfare of troops will be discussed.
- According to an official release, the Conference, chaired by Chief of the Army Staff is held biannually for formulating important policy decisions. It is an important event for the planning and execution process of the Indian Army.
Source: DD News