Daily GK Update: 8th December 2019

Human Library event in Mysuru on December 8

  • A human library, a concept which seeks to replace books with humans, will be organised in Mysuru on December 8.
  • The first event of Human Library, Mysuru Chapter 2, will be held at Mysore Institute of Commerce and Arts (MICA), 123-127, near GRS Fantasy Park at Metagalli in Mysuru from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on December 8, said a note from Pavithra K., founder of Human Library, Mysuru Chapter.

Source : The Hindu

Haryana CM inaugurates integrated Command Centre at Gurugram

  • In a bid to make Gurugram a super smart city of Haryana and to provide public facilities available through technology, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today inaugurated Integrated command and Control Centre (ICCC) at Gurugram. The Center has been built a cost of Rs 38 crore.
  • Gurugram has become the first such city in the state with such facility. Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Mr Rao Inderjit Singh was also present on the occasion.
Source : The Economic Times

GST Stakeholder Feedback Diwas for new return filing system on Dec 8

  • These feedback sessions would be attended by all prominent chambers of commerce and industry and other organisations representing taxpayers and tax practitioners.
  • Central and state authorities will organise a nationwide GST Stakeholder Feedback Diwas on Saturday to gather feedback on the new system for filing returns.
  • The system will be introduced from April 1, 2020.
  • The focus will be on assessing the ease of compliance and uploading of the new returns so that traders do not face any difficulty when the returns are made legally mandatory, according to an official statement.

Source : Business Standard

December 7: Army Forces Flag Day

  • The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on December 7 since 1949. It is a day to  honour the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India who fought on the borders to safeguard the country. On Indian Armed Forces Flag Day, funds are collected for the welfare of war-widows, children of martyrs, war-disabled soldiers, and ex-servicemen.
  • The Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF) is used for the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel.
  • The fund collected on the Flag Day is also used for the welfare of serving personnel and ex-servicemen and also to rehabilitate battle causalities.
  • Small flags are also distributed on this day in return for donations. A variety of programmes are organised by the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy to showcase their efforts towards national security.

Source : NDTV

India attended the Madrid Climate Conference

  • The Minister of Environment Shri Prakash Javadekar represented India at the Madrid Climate Conference. The United Nations Climate Change Conference is being held in Madrid between 2nd December, 2019 and 13th December 2019.
  • The COP25 (25th Conference of Parties) was to be held in Chile. However, Chile government cancelled COP25 due to the protests that are plaguing the country. Following its cancellation, Spain offered to organize the event.

Law Ministry to set up fast track courts after data on POCSO from HCs

The data from the High Courts across the country say that more than 96% of 1,66,882 rape trials registered under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) are pending. After receiving the data, law ministry has drawn comprehensive plans to fast track disposal of pending rape cases within a year. The plan is to set up fast track courts to hasten the process.

Santhali language makes debut in Rajya Sabha

  • Santhali language on Friday made its debut in Rajya Sabha when a lawmaker from Odisha used it to raise a matter of urgent public importance during the Zero Hour.
  • Sarojni Hembram of the Biju Janata Dal spoke in Santhali, an Austroasiatic-Munda language spoken mostly by tribals in Odisha.
  • She also demanded Bharat Ratna for Raghunath Murmu, who in 1925 created the Ol Chiki script for the Santhali language.

Source : Business Standard

NMCG organizes the ‘4th India Water Impact Summit 2019’ in New Delhi

  • Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) led by IIT Kanpur organized the 4th India Water Impact Summit from 5-7 December 2019 at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • Day two of the summit was inaugurated by the Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
  • Reports on ‘Ambassadors’ Meet’, ‘River Restoration and Conservation – A Concise Manual and Guide’, as well as documents on ‘Ganga Hubs’ developed so far, in the summit were released by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
  • The summit focused on integrated management of water resources in rural and urban areas, and experts from various fields discussed various water-related issues. An important objective of the summit was bringing together global financial investors and institutions to focus on water impact in smart cities.
  • As water security is a global issue, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has been taking a global call to action to invite nations from around the world to save the most precious resource on the planet.

Source : The Economic Times

South Asian Games 2019: India tops medals tally; Nepal second

  • India breached the 200-mark in the medals tally, backed by a century of gold, as the swimmers and wrestlers produced strong performances on Day 6 of the South Asian Games here on Saturday.
  • India tops the table with 214 (110 gold, 69 silver, 35 bronze) medals; Nepal’s second with 142 (43 gold, 34 silver, 65 bronze).
  • The swimmers led India’s charge on Saturday by winning 7 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Srihari Nataraj (100m backstroke), Richa Mishra (800m freestyle), Siva S (400 individual medley), Maana Patel (100m backstroke), Chahat Arora (50m backstroke), Likith SP (50m breaststroke) and Rujuta Bhatt (50m freestyle) grabbed the top honours.

Source : The Hindu