Daily GK Update: 3rd January 2020

First Silk Processing plant in Gujarat to boost “PATOLA SAREE” production

  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on Friday inaugurated the first silk processing plant at Surendranagar in Gujarat. This would help cut down the cost of production of silk yarn drastically and increase the sale and availability of raw material for Gujarati ‘Patola’ sarees locally, said Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • The plant has been set up by a khadi institution at a cost of Rs 75 lakh, in which KVIC has contributed Rs 60 lakh.

Source: Business Today

2,636 EV charging stations sanctioned under FAME phase 2

  • In a move expected to give a fillip to environmentally clean road transport, the Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 2,636 charging stations under FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) scheme phase II.
  • The sanctioned charging stations will come up in 62 cities across 24 states and union territories (UTs).
  • The highest number of EV charging stations – 317 – have been allotted in Maharashtra, followed by 266 in Andhra Pradesh, 256 in Tamil Nadu, 228 in Gujarat, and 205 in Rajasthan.

MEA sets up emerging technologies division

  • The external affairs ministry on Wednesday announced the setting up of new, emerging and strategic technologies (NEST) division. The development comes close on the heels of the government allowing all network equipment makers, including Huawei, to participate in 5G trials.
  • NEST will act as the nodal division within the ministry for issues pertaining to new and emerging technologies, officials told ET. It will help in collaboration with foreign partners in the field of 5G and artificial intelligence.

Source: The Economic Times

300 Maharashtra Farmers Committed Suicide In November, Highest Ever In Single Month

  • For the first time in four years, as many as 300 farmers in Maharastra committed suicides in November 2019.
  • The steep rise in suicide cases came after the unseasonal weather conditions that lashed out in Maharashtra in October 2019. The off-season rains in the state destroyed almost 70 percent of the Kharif crops which is the primary reason accounting for the deaths.
  • As per the revenue department’s data, in October, 186 deaths were recorded, which rose by 114 in November. Drought affected Marathwada recorded the highest number of 120 suicides cases in November 2019, while Vidarbha recorded 112 cases.

Source: The Logical Indian

PM Modi pays tribute to Savitribai Phule on her birth anniversary

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday saluted the contribution of Savitribai Phule towards empowerment and education of women on the occasion of her birth anniversary.
  • In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Savitribai Phule’s struggles were an inspiration for all. “I salute Savitribai Phule on her birth anniversary. She dedicated her life to social unity, education and empowerment of women. Her struggle for social consciousness will always inspire the countrymen,” he said.

Source: India Today

Third Khelo India youth games to be held in Guwahati in Jan 2020

  • The third Khelo India youth games will be held in Guwahati between 10th and 22nd of next month. Six thousand five hundred athletes from 37 teams will take part in the event.
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Games Avinash Joshi told All India Radio that the upcoming event is going to be the biggest multidisciplinary games ever held in the country. He said Cycling and lawn ball have been introduced as new disciplines in the games.

Source: News Services Division

New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

  • New Delhi World Book Fair 2020, hosted every year at Pragati Maidanin New Delhi, is India’s oldest-book fair after the Kolkata Book Fair. The first New Delhi World Book Fairwas held from March 18 to April 4, 1972 in roughly 6790 sq. mtr area with 200 participants. It was inaugurated by Shri. V. V. Giri, then President of India.
  • This annual (previously biennial) event takes place in winters, and is organized by the National Book Trust (NBT), India. Since 2013, New Delhi World Book Fair is organised by National Book Trust (NBT) in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) annually at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi under MOU with ITPO.

Source: Book My Show

Pacific nation of Palau bans sunscreen toxic to coral reefs in environmental world first

  • The legislation to ban certain sunscreens and skin-care products came into effect on January 1 and is part of Palau’s new Responsible Tourism Education Act.
  • Stores selling prohibited sunscreen could face fines of up to US$1,000 ($1,387), and bottles will be confiscated from tourists upon entry into the country.
  • The legislation is part of a much wider attempt by the Government to protect its environment, particularly from tourists.

Centre gears up to place restrictions on non-essential imports

  • India is set to finalize stricter quality standards for 371 items by March, a move primarily aimed at curbing imports of non-essential items such as toys, plastic goods, sports items and furniture, especially from China.
  • The proposed rules, to be framed by ministries in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), will also ensure stricter inspection of imports.

2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

  • This New Year is significant for World Health as the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the year 2020 as the ‘Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’ in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) is the collaborating partner in the three-year ’Nursing Now!’ Campaign (2018–2020). This campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing, demonstrating what more can be achieved by a strengthened nursing profession, and enabling nurses to maximise their contribution to achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Source: Health Management Org.