Daily GK Update: 6th September 2020

“IPS Charu Sinha to become first woman head of CRPF’s Srinagar sector”.

  • For the first time, a female IPS officer has been appointed as Inspector General (IG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Srinagar sector, one of the terrorist-affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Charu Sinha, IPS officer of the 1996-batch Telangana cadre, will now be heading the Srinagar sector for CRPF as the Inspector General.
  • Earlier, she had worked as IG,  the Bihar sector in CRPF and has dealt with Naxals.
  • This sector is involved in anti-terror operations and closely work with the Indian Army along with Jammu and Kashmir police.
  • “Srinagar sector is located at Brein Nishat, Srinagar (J-K). It started functioning in 2005. Srinagar Sector has operational jurisdiction over three districts of J-K- Budgam, Ganderbal, and Srinagar and Union Territory of Ladakh,” the CRPF said.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi added to Jammu and Kashmir official languages list”.

  • Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Cabinet had approved the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill to be introduced in Parliament to make Urdu, Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi and English official languages for the Union Territory.
  • Only English and Urdu were official languages in the former State.
  • As addressed by Mr. Javadekar, “This has been done on the demand of the people.”

Source: The Hindu

“India now got world’s 2nd largest road network: Nitin Gadkari”

  • India has now the second largest road network in the world being fuelled by the tremendous growth in construction of expressways and highways.
  • Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said this while addressing the 60th annual convention of SIAM through video conference.
  • Mr Gadkari expressed confidence over achieving Road safety targets in near future. He said, the automobile industry has progressed a lot in that direction.

Source: IND News

“Union Cabinet approves “Mission Karmayogi” NPCSCB”

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a “Mission Karmayogi”National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB).
  • Mission Karmayogihas been launched to prepare the Indian Civil Servant for the future by making him more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent and technology-enabled.
  • A sum of Rs. 510.86 crore will be spent over a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 in order to cover around 46 lakh Central employees.
  • The National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) will be launched with the institutional framework.
  • It will lay the foundations for capacity building for Civil Servants. An Integrated Government Online Training “iGOTKarmayogiPlatform” would be set up to deliver the programme. The platform will brings the scale as well as state-of-the-art infrastructure to enhance the capacities of over two crore officials in India.

Source: Daily Hunt

“India now in top 50 on Global Innovation List”.

  • India has been ranked 48th on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020.
  • Among 131 economies, India breaks into the top 50 countries for the first time.
  • Moving up four positions from last year, three ‘clusters’ – Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai- feature in the top 100 science and technology hotspots, further endorsing India’s presence in the global innovation economy.
  • The rover will land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.
  • NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance is part of America’s larger Moon to Mars exploration approach that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

Source: Times of India

“M V Raja Sekhar takes charge as Director (R&D) of BEL”

  • M V Raja Sekhar took charge as Director (R&D) of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).
  • He was working as Chief Scientist of BELs Central Research Laboratory-Bangalore, and Officer on Special Duty at BELs corporate office, before his elevation, the Bengaluru- headquartered company said in a statement.
  • Raja Sekhar joined BELs Ghaziabad Unit in 1985.
  • In a career spanning over the last 35 years, he has worked in various capacities and gained rich experience in diverse technologiesof BEL.
  • As Chief Scientist, he had led a team of around 260 scientists working on such diverse technologies as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Drones, Cyber Security, Cloud & Data Analytics, Tactical Communications, Radar Signal & Data Processing.

Source: Economic Times

“Maruti Suzuki MD & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa appointed as SIAM’s new President”

  • The Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has announced the appointment of Kenichi Ayukawa as its new President.
  • Ayukawa is the MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki IndiaLtd since the year 2013.
  • Ayukawa, who was the Vice President of SIAM succeeds Rajan Wadhera, Senior Advisor, Mahindra& Mahindra Ltd.
  • The election for new office bearers was conducted during the Executive Committee Meeting, which was held after SIAM’s Annual General Meeting today.

Source: Financial Express

“Anil Jain set to be elected new AITA president, Anil Dhupar secretary general”.

  • BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Anil Jain is set to be elected as the new president of All India Tennis Association (AITA) while Anil Dhupar will take over as the secretary-general at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the national federation.
  • Jain, who is also the ruling party’s national general secretary, will replace Praveen Mahajan as AITA president. Dhupar, who is secretary of Madhya Pradesh Tennis Association (MPTA), will replace Hironmoy Chatterjee.

Source: Indian Express

“Bureaucrat Kshatrapati Shivaji takes up India’s top statistical post”.

  • The Government of India has appointed Kshatrapati Shivaji, a 1986-batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer, as secretary in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
  • The secretary at this ministry is, by design, known as the chief statistician of India.
  • But he has only been given additional charge to head India’s statistical system, and the government has not appointed a full-time chief statistician yet.
  • Shivaji will continue to lead the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions as his main charge until his superannuation at the end of March 2021.
  • Kshatrapati Shivaji was executive director at the Asian Development Bank for three years till January 2020.

Source:  Business Standard

“Andhra Pradesh again tops ‘ ease of doing business’ ranking of States, UTs”.

  • Andhra Pradesh for the third time in a row has topped in the ease of doing annual business ranking of states and Union Territories (UTs) by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
  • Uttar Pradesh and Telangana were placed at second and third position respectively.
  • The ranking is based on the implementation of the business reform action plan 2019 by States and UTs, according to a report released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
  • The exercise is aimed at promoting competition among States with a view to improving the business climate to attract domestic as well as foreign investments.

Source: The Hindu