Daily GK Update: 9th August 2020

Over 160 million watched live telecast of Ram temple event”

  • Over 160 million people tuned in to watch the live telecast of the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, resulting in viewership of more than 7 billion viewing minutes across the TV universe in India, according to preliminary estimates by Prasar Bharati.
  • Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said the viewership was of Doordarshan’s live coverage was carried by nearly 200 TV channels during the main events between 10.45 am and 2 pm
  • In a highly-anticipated event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Source: News18

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

  • The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius declared a state of environmental emergency on late Friday (August 7, 2020) after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.
  • Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the government called ‘very sensitive’.
  • Mauritius said the ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel and cracks have appeared in its hull.

Source: Zee News

Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as prime minister for fourth time

  • In Sri Lanka,  Mahinda Rajapaksa took oath as the Prime Minister for the fourth time.
  • He was administered the oath by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a ceremony held at Kelaniya Mahaviharaya near Colombo.
  • Other cabinet members will be sworn in next week at a ceremony in Kandy.
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa has served as country’s President from 2006 to 2015 and his party has got landslide victory at general elections held on Wednesday. Mr. Rajapaksa is credited with ending the decades long LTTE war in 2009 during his Presidency.

Source: News On Air

P S Ranipse appointed as new IG of CRPF

  • Odisha cadre IPS officer,P S Ranipse has been appointed as Inspector General (IG), in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He will hold the post on Central deputation for a period of five years from the date of joining.
  • IPS officer P S Ranipse belongs to the 1995 batch and was serving as Additional Director General (Vigilance) in Odisha.
  • He held the position of Inspector General of Police (Odisha) in 2013.

Source: Daily Hunt

Prof Pradeep Kumar Joshi appointed as UPSC chairman

  • Educationist Professor Pradeep Kumar Joshi was on Friday appointed as the chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), that conducts the civil services examination to select India’s bureaucrats and diplomats among others
  • Joshi is currently a member in the Commission.
  • He will succeed Arvind Saxena who completes his term as UPSC chairman
  • Joshi, who was the chairman of both Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commissions, joined the UPSC as member in May 2015.
  • His tenure as the chairman of the UPSC will be till May 12, 2021

Source: Hindustan Times

PNB Housing Finance appoints Hardayal Prasad as MD & CEO

  • PNB Housing Finance Limited announces that following an extensive executive search that considered internal and external candidates, its Board of Directors has appointed Hardayal Prasad as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PNB Housing Finance Ltd.
  • Hardayal Prasad will assume the position on Aug 10, 2020.
  • Neeraj Vyas, the current Interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, will step down from the position on Aug 10, 2020.
  • Hardayal Prasad is a seasoned banker with experience in banking, international operations, and the credit card industry.
  • Prasad has been part of State Bank of India, India`s oldest and largest banking group, for over three decades and has handled several assignments for the bank in various locations in India and abroad.

Source: BWPeople.in

LIC acquires 5% stake in YES Bank

  • Yes Bank on Thursday said LIC has acquired close to 5 per cent shareholding in the bank by purchasing shares from the open market.
  • With the fresh acquisition, the hold of LIC has increased from 0.75 per cent to 4.98 per cent
  • LIC purchased 105.98 crore shares, reflecting 4.23 per cent stake, of the bank from the open market
  • Prior to this, LIC had 0.75 per cent stake in Yes Bank though 19 crore shares held.
  • The period of acquisition is between September 21, 2017, and July 31, 2020

Source: Financial Express

India to Participate in Kavkaz Exercise 2020 in Russia

  • Indiawill take part in the multilateral military “Russian Kavkaz 2020” strategic command-post exercise to be held in Astrakhan, Russia.
  • The Indian contingent includes 150 Army personnel and a smaller number of personnel from the Navy and Air Force.
  • The invitation for participation to Kavkaz 2020, also referred to as Caucasus-2020, has been extended to at least 18 countries including China, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey apart from other Central Asian Republics part of the SCO.

Source:  Dailyhunt

‘Amazing Ayodhya’, a new book by author Neena Rai

  • The publishing house Bloomsbury has announced their latest book which sheds light on the history of Ayodhya.
  • The book titled “Amazing Ayodhya”, has been written Neena Rai.
  • It will hit stands in November 2020.
  • The book presents an authentic information about the city Ayodhya, to help better understand the life and times of ancient Hindus, including history, scriptures and Hindu civilisation and even the revered figures of  Rama and Sita.

Source:  ByScoop

India bans import of 101 defence items to boost self reliance

  • In a push for indigenous defence production, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a list of 101 defence items, including arms and missiles, that India will stop importing in a phased manner.
  • The list, prepared in consultation with all stakeholders, is expected to pump up domestic defence hardware industry with contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore over the next five to seven years.
  • Spokesperson for MoD Bharat Bhushan Babu said, “The list of 101 embargoed items also includes high technology weapon systems and is prepared after several rounds of consultations with all stakeholders, including Army, Air Force, Navy, DRDO, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and private industry to assess current and future capabilities of the Indian industry for manufacturing various ammunition/weapons/platforms/equipment within India.”
  • The ban on imports is planned to be implemented over a four-year period from 2020.

Source:  the New Indian Express