Daily GK Update: 5th August 2020

“Lord Ram’s images to be displayed in Times Square to celebrate August 5 Ayodhya Temple groundbreaking ceremony

  • Images of Lord Ram and 3D portraits of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be beamed across the giant billboards in the iconic Times Square here on August 5 to celebrate the temple’s groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Prominent community leader and President of the American India Public Affairs Committee Jagdish Sewhani on Wednesday said that arrangements are being made to celebrate the historic moment in New York on August 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • Sewhani told that among the prominent billboards that are being leased for the occasion are the giant Nasdaq screen and the 17,000-square-foot wrap-around LED display screen, considered among the largest continuous exterior displays in the world and the highest-resolution exterior LED screen in Times Square.
  • Beginning from 8 AM on August 5 till 10 PM, images of the words ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Hindi and English, Lord Ram’s portraits and videos, 3D portraits of the temple’s design and architecture as well as pictures of the laying of the foundation stone.

Source: Live Mint

“Business Live: Stocks pare gains; gold tops $2,000 for the first time ever”

  • On account of one sided physical gold buying in the US and other parts of the world, weak US economic outlook and rising US-China tension, gold price has been skyrocketing and peaking at new highs on a daily basis.
  • Today, the yellow metal hit yet another high of Rs 55,220 per 10 gm at the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) while in the international markets, it breached $2,000 per ounce.
  • Silver price too is oscillating around Rs 70,000 per kg while in the international markets, the yellow metal has broken $25 per ounce mark.
  • In India, they said that gold price is expected to showcase Rs 60,000 per 10 gm while silver is poised to hit Rs 80,000 per kg mark by the end of August.

Source: Zee Biz

“A first: Army deploys women soldiers near LoC”

  • For the first time, the Indian Army has deployed ‘rifle women’ along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir on national security duty.
  • This is probably for the first time in the history of the Indian Army that women have been deployed on regular security duty along with their male counterparts in the areas adjacent to the LoC.
  • Deployed at an altitude of ten thousand feet, at the top of the Sadhana Top of the LoC, nearly half a dozen ‘rifle women’, led by a woman officer of the Indian Army, have been have been tasked to guard the road going towards the LoC.
  • According to reports, these women soldiers are from the Assam Rifles and have entered the Indian Army on deputation.

Source: Zee News

“PM Modi likely to attend ‘bhumi pujan’ for Ram Temple in Ayodhya on Aug 5”

  • On August 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to become a part of perhaps the most momentous event in the history of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) or the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP).
  • Sources in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) told that the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ (Hindu ceremony before the beginning of any construction) for the sanctum sanctorum of the proposed Ram Janmabhoomi temple at Ayodhya is likely to be held on August 5.
  • The PM may attend the ceremony after which work on the foundation for the temple will commence.
  • Members of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust and the Ram Mandir Nirman Samiti met on Sunday to finalise a date for the ‘Bhumi Pujan’.
  • It was decided that the most auspicious dates for commencement of construction fell between August 3 and 5.

Source: India Today

“Massive blast in Beirut kills over 70, and more”

  • A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.
  • More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble.
  • The blast struck with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences center GFZ, and it was heard and felt as far away as Cyprus more than 200 kilometers (180 miles) across the Mediterranean.
  • The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis.
  • The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but initial reports suggested a fire had detonated a warehouse at the port.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Three-day online festival on International Youth Day from August 7 in Vijayawada”

  • A three-day youth festival marking the International Youth Day will be celebrated by the district administration online from August 7 to 10.
  • A poster in this regard was unveiled by District Collector A Md Imtiaz at his camp office here on Tuesday.
  • Speaking on the occasion, he said that district level competitions such as essay writing, elocution, quiz, painting and poster presentation will be conducted for the youth between 15 and 29 years of age during the three-day youth festival.
  • Interested students from various colleges, youth organisations and voluntary organisations can participate in the competitions through digital platform- Zoom.

Source: The New Indian Express

“Farmer’s son from Sonepat tops civil services exams”

  • IRS officer Pradeep Singh (29) from Sonepat in Haryana has topped the Civil Services exam 2019.
  • Singh topped the list of 829 successful candidates for various services, including the IAS, IPS, IFS among others.
  • and Central Excise) officer, is a probationer at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) in Faridabad.
  • This was Singh’s fourth attempt in the civil service exam — twice he could not clear, last time he got into IRS.

Source: The New Indian Express

“Indian coal mining out of bounds for Chinese firms”

  • A month after banning 59 Chinese apps and restricting Chinese firms from participating in bids for Indian government procurement, the Centre on Tuesday sought to stop the neighbouring country from participating in the ongoing auction of coal mines for commercial extraction by the private sector.
  • According to the new guidelines, from now on, foreign direct investment in commercial coal mining from a country sharing land border with India will be allowed only after government approval.
  • While the Centre did not take any names, the move is clearly aimed at stopping Chinese mining firms such as China Shenhua Energy and China Coal Energy, which are among the largest coal firms in the world, from taking part in coal mining operations in India.
  • On Tuesday, the coal ministry issued a corrigendum to the tender document clarifying that although 100% FDI is permitted in coal mining under the automatic route, investments or bids from countries sharing a land border with India will now require government clearance.

Source:  The New Indian Express

“No ‘space’: ISRO puts off projects, 100 staff on contract lose jobs”

  • With the ISRO going into ‘hibernation’ due to the pandemic, and all major missions being delayed, hundreds of contract engineers and technicians working with the space agency are staring at a grim future.
  • Over a 100 engineers and technicians working on contract with the Hyderabad-based Premier Explosives Limited (PEL) — which handles operations and maintenance of the Solid Propellant Plant at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC-Shar) — have reportedly been laid off in the last couple of days.
  • These employees were not paid salary since May.
  • In a communication sent to the employees, accessed by Express, PB Sudhir Singh, general manager at PEL, attributes the decision to a recommendation made by the Shar Central Level Review Committee.

Source:  Indian Defence News

“NRAI postpones national camp in Delhi with athletes’ safety in mind”

  • The national shooting federation (NRAI) on Tuesday deferred the “compulsory” national camp for its Olympic core group for an indefinite period on health safety grounds.
  • Reviewing the decision taken during the emerging meeting of its governing council on July 14, the NRAI said the “health and safety of its shooters and coaches was of paramount importance” in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The NRAI had decided to conduct a national camp in the first week of August.
  • The training was postponed last Thursday after a shooting coach at the camp’s venue Dr. Karni Singh Range tested positive for COVID-19.

Source:  NDTV Sports