Daily GK Update: 6th July 2020

1. “Delhi govt launches e-learning portal ‘LEAD’”

  • Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday launched an e-learning portal — LEAD (Learning through E-Resources Made Accessible for Delhi) — developed by the Delhi government that contains 10,000 instructional materials and course content for Classes I to XII.
  • The portals, the government said, will give students access to textbooks, study material and course content as per the syllabus of the CBSE, NCERT and Delhi government’s curriculum online.
  • It will include digital QR coded textbooks, explanatory videos, practice questions and evaluation.
  • Inaugurating the e-resource, the Minister said that in addition to regularly upgrading textbooks, the teachers of government schools are also preparing fresh support material every year.

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2. “CBSE, Facebook offer free training courses on digital safety and augmented reality for students, teachers”

  • CBSE in association with Facebook will train students and teachers on digital safety and augmented reality, respectively.
  • The registration process begins from July 6 and the course will begin in the month of August.
  • All participants will get a joint e- certificate from CBSE and Facebook.
  • Moreover, CBSE will introduce the training program on digital safety and augmented reality for 30,000 students in each category.
  • Schools have to online nominate their teachers and students for the training programs separately at www.cbseacademic.nic.in/fb/facebookforeducation.html.

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3. “World’s largest Covid Care facility with 10,000 beds inaugurated in Delhi”

  • Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal inaugurated the 10,000-bedded Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH) at Radha Soami Satsang Beas on Sunday.
  • The facility is created on an emergent basis by the South Delhi District Administration with full support of the ministry of home affairs in record time of 10 days.
  • This is the world’s largest Covid care facility which will function as an isolation centre for mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 positive patients.
  • At least 10% of the beds have oxygen facility in case the patient develops severe breathlessness and requires tertiary hospital care.

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4. “Former RBI governor Patel pens book on dealing with NPA issue”

  • Titled ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’, the book focuses on the non-performing assets (NPAs) issue that has afflicted Indian banking in recent years, its causes and Mr. Patel’s efforts as the RBI Governor in dealing with it.
  • Mr. Patel’s book description says that sovereigns do not need to earn or save before spending money. They can either print or borrow.
  • The RBI had begun a thorough asset quality review (AQR) to find out the hidden stress on banks’ books when Patel was a deputy governor and he carried forward the same work.
  • Patel’s book will be released by the end of July, as per a book selling website.

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5. “Akash becomes India’s 66th Grandmaster”

  • Akash has become the country’s 66th Grandmaster.
  • Akash got his third GM norm in the National senior chess championship in Majhitar (Sikkim) last year, but his rating fell short of the required Elo mark of 2500.
  • He played another five tournaments across the world to reach that rating.
  • For three months from January, he played in Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Prague and Liberec (Czech Republic).
  • He attained his final norm in Bad Worishofen (Germany) in March.
  • As for future plans, Akash, an engineering graduate from Anna University who is coached by K. Visweswaran, said he had plans for higher studies, but at the moment he wanted to focus on chess.

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6. “Quinton de Kock named men’s Cricketer of the Year in CSA’s virtual awards”

  • White-ball skipper Quinton de Kock was named the men’s ‘cricketer of the year’ at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) annual awards ceremony, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The 27-year-old also bagged the Test cricketer of the year while young opener Laura Wolvaardt took home the women’s cricketer of the year and ODI cricketer of the year awards.
  • Pacer Lungi Ngidi was named ODI and T20 player of the year while David Miller was voted the fans’ favourite player.
  • Anrich Nortje, who made his Test debut in India and took a five-for in the Test series against England, was adjudged the International men’s ‘newcomer’ of the year.
  • This is the second time de Kock has won the men’s Cricketer of the Year, having claimed the accolade in 2017.

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7. “France’s new prime minister keeps key figures in reshuffled cabinet”

  • France’s new Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has made few major changes to the cabinet after President Emmanuel Macron gambled on a reshuffleto reboot his presidency and tighten his grip on government before seeking re-election in 2022.
  • The Élysée Palace had promised “new faces and talents”, but key ministers from the outgoing government stayed, including the centre-right Bruno Le Maire at economic affairs and finance and Jean-Yves Le Drian, a former Socialist, at foreign affairs.
  • Health minister Olivier Véran, who helped lead France’s response to the pandemic, also kept his job, as did Florence Parly at defence.
  • But the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, widely criticised for his handling of the anti-government gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) protest and protests over police brutality,was replaced by accounts minister Gérald Darmanin.

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8. “Elyments: This ‘Made in India’ super app to rival Facebook, WhatsApp”

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched Elyments app on Sunday, a new social media platform under Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign.
  • The new Made in India app is available for download worldwide both on iOS and Android platforms amidst growing anti-China sentiment after the ban on 59 Chinese apps.
  • The homegrown app has been made keeping in mind Indian audiences as it is available in eight different regional languages.
  • The app is free for download and lets the users make audio and video calls including conference calls.

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9. “More Than 25 Cr Saplings To Be Planted In UP Under ‘Mission Vriksharopan-2020’”

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday inaugurated ‘Mission Vriksharopan-2020’ in Kukarel forest in capital city Lucknow.
  • Under this programme, more than 25 crore saplings will be planted across the state.
  • Notably, medicinal, fruit yielding, environmental, shady, fodder and other important plants of more than 201 species were planted in a day through extensive public participation and interdepartmental coordination.
  • Notably, geo-tagging of all plantation sites will also be done. The plantation drive also focusses upon prevention of malnutrition, biodiversity conservation and plantation along the banks of Ganga and tributaries.

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10. “MP: ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ campaign started in order to attract tourists”

  • In Madhya Pradesh, in order to attract tourists to the tourist places of the state; ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ means waiting for you campaign has started on social media platforms.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has been inviting tourists by describing the characteristics of each tourist destination in an attractive way with that tagline on social media platforms.
  • Madhya Pradesh Tourism board is inviting tourists for safe outing during the monsoon season at various religious, natural and archaeological tourist places of the state like Mahakaleshwar, Pachmarhi, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Amarkantak and other tourist places.
  • Different tour packages have also been prepared according to the time and convenience of the tourists which include safe travel, stay and excursions. All preparations have been made by the Board keeping in mind all the safety standards in the prevention of Corona infection.

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