Daily GK Update: 6th January 2020

NSE launches AI-powered learning platform Knowledge Hub

  • National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday launched an AI-powered learning platform NSE Knowledge Hub in the presence of Union Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
  • The NSE Knowledge Hub will curate the content for learners from many internal, external and premium sources for the personalised learning experience.
  • Spearheaded by NSE Academy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NSE, the platform seeks to collaborate with organisations in the BFSI industry to enhance skills of their employees and academic institutions to prepare future-ready talent for the financial services industry.

Source: Business Today

Fruitfly Drosophilia at the heart of global conference in Pune

  • 5th Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference and Indian Drosophila Research Conference will be held in Pune which will be attended by 100 international and 330 Indian participants.
  • Scientists from across the world who use the common fruitfly Drosophila as a model organism to address basic and applied questions in life sciences, will be participating in the 5th Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) and Indian Drosophila Research Conference here next week.

Source: Hindustan Times

Elderly People and Women In India Have Yen For More Sugar Than Men

  • A new survey on intake of added sugar by age groups has revealed that in general, adults and elderly people were consuming slightly higher sugar than the younger ones. On gender yard-stick women were found to be consuming more added sugar, while among metros Mumbai takes the lead followed by Ahmedabad.
  • Sugar is found naturally in almost any food be it fruits, many vegetable and even milk. Added sugar on the other hand is most often associated with candy, soft drinks, and baked items. It also includes sugar you add to foods at home and cook with to add flavour, for taste, for preserving as in jams and pickles, for adding colour or texture. The findings of the new study released Monday reveals that the average daily intake of added sugar in all metro cities was 19.5 grams/ day, lower than the Indian Council of Medical Ressearch (ICMR) recommended level of 30 grams/ day.

Source: Outlook Poshan

Room ACs to have default temperature setting of 24 degrees celsius from Jan 1

  • The Centre has made mandatory the default temperature settings for room air conditioners, of all makes and types, from January 1, which had been formed after consulting with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
  • “The Centre in consultation with BEE had notified new energy performance standards for Room Air Conditioner (RACs) on October 30, 2019.
  • The 24 degree Celsius default setting has been made mandatory from January 1, 2020 for all room air conditioners covered under the ambit of BEE star-labelling program vide this notification,” according to a press release by PIB on Monday.

Source: Business Standard

Iran announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

  • Iran has announced its partial withdrawal from the nuclear deal signed with world powers in 2015, a year after Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement.
  • President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will stop exporting enriched uranium stocks as stipulated by the 2015 agreement and warned it would resume higher uranium enrichment in 60 days if the remaining signatories did not make good on promises to shield its oil and banking sectors from sanctions.

Source: The Guardian

Govt’s UJALA, SLNP complete five years of illuminating nation

  • UJALA and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of the central government completed five successful years of illuminating the country today. Over 36.13 crore LED bulbs have been distributed across the country through the UJALA initiative. This has resulted in estimated energy savings of 46.92 billion kilowatt-hour per year.
  • Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) project brought the market transformation in the energy efficiency sector. Prices of LED bulbs being distributed under UJALA programme have fallen to one-tenth of their rates, from 310 rupees in 2015  to 38 rupees in 2018. The switch from inefficient incandescent bulbs to LEDs is helping families reduce their electricity bills while also enabling them to access better brightness in homes.

Source: News Services Division

Indian Army to sign MoU for elite AK-203 assault rifles

  • The Indian Army is reportedly planning to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to procure more than 750,000 elite AK-203 assault rifles.
    The Indo-Russian Rifles (IRRPL), an India-Russia joint venture (JV) at Korwa, will manufacture the assault rifles in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
    Of the total order, 100,000 rifles will be manufactured in Russia. The JV based in Amethi will produce the remaining 650,000 units.
  • The Hindu quoted a defence official as saying that the MoU should be signed in a month.
  • Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the rifle-manufacturing facility in Korwa. IRRPL is a JV between Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) on the Indian side, and Rosonboron Exports and Concern Kalashnikov on the Russian side.

Source: Army Technology

Kochi to host global meet on marine ecosystem

  • Eminent marine scientists, oceanographers, fisheries researchers and marine biotechnologists from across the globe are expected to participate in the third international symposium on marine ecosystems – challenges and opportunities (MECOS-3) in Kochi from January 7 to 10.
  • Organised by the Marine Biological Association of India, MECOS-3 will serve as a platform for discussions on a range of topics, including the impact of the climate crisis on marine ecosystems and an unusual warming of the Arabian Sea.
  • Petri Suuronen, Programme Director, Blue Bioeconomy Natural Resources Institute, Finland, will open the symposium on Tuesday.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Javadekar to confer first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ to 30 media houses

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will confer the first ‘Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman’ to 30 media houses in New Delhi on Tuesday. Acknowledging the positive role and responsibility of the media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad, the Ministry had instituted the award in June last year to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga.
  • Eleven awards will be conferred under the category of Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers, Eight under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television while 11 awards to be conferred under the category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio. The award will consist of a special medal, plaque, trophy and a citation.

Source: DD News