Daily GK Update: 9th July 2020

“Google+ Rebranded as Google Currents”

  • Google on Monday, 6 July, officially rebranded Google+ as Google Currents.
  • The latest version of the app is now available for Android and iOS customers, and aligns to the Google Material Theme Design.
  • As Google+ officially closed shop in April 2019 for users, the search engine giant has kept the social networking platform only for its enterprise customers.
  • In a blog post, Google stated that all existing Google+ content will automatically be transferred to Currents once the company or the user has enrolled on the app.

Source: The Quint

“Microsoft, NSDC tie up to provide digital skills to Indian youth”

  • Microsoft and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on Wednesday partnered to provide digital skills to more than 1 lakh youth in the country over the next 12 months amid the covid-19 crisis.
  • Microsoft will collaborate with NSDC’s eSkill India portal to provide free access to learning resources and conduct digital skilling awareness drives.
  • The partnership is an extension of Microsoft’s global skilling initiative that seeks to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills.
  • These learning paths will cover a broad range of skills, from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skilling in critical technologies like AI and cloud computing, providing numerous opportunities for people to reskill and upskill.

Source: Livemint

“Mamata Banerjee launches document scanning app, says it reflects patriotism”

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a mobile application, developed by the state’s information technology department, to scan documents and said it reflects patriotism.
  • The state government’s ‘Self Scan’ app came days after the Centre banned 59 Chinese mobile applications and amid a call for boycott of Chinese goods.
  • “I would always want to use an app prepared in my country. It reflects patriotism. What Bengal thinks today, the whole world thinks tomorrow,” Banerjee said after launching the application.
  • The Self Scan West Bengal app is available free of charge to all and will be made available in all app stores.

Source: Hindustan Times

“India placed at 34th rank in JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index”

  • India’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index ranking has improved by one notch to 34 on the back of regulatory reforms, better market data and green initiatives, according to property consultant JLL.
  • India was ranked 35th in the index during 2018 bi-annual survey, while the country was at 36th position in 2016 and 39th in 2014.
  • The country’s real estate market is currently placed in the ‘semi-transparent’ zone.
  • The United Kingdom (UK) ranks first in the list of 99 countries, followed by the United States, Australia, France, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and Germany.

Source: The New Indian Express

“US formally notifies UN of decision to withdraw from WHO”

  • The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization, breaking off ties with the global health body amidst the raging coronavirus pandemic.
  • In April, the US stopped funding to WHO as the Trump administration reviewed the ties.
  • A month later, President Donald Trump announced the US was terminating the relationship.
  • The US is the single largest contributor to the WHO, providing over USD 450 million per annum.

Source: The Economic Times

“MOU Signed By CBDT And SEBI For Data Exchange”

  • A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for data exchange between the two organizations.
  • The MoU will facilitate the sharing of data and information between SEBI and CBDT on an automatic and regular basis.
  • The MoU comes into force from the date it was signed and is an ongoing initiative of CBDT and SEBI, who are already collaborating through various existing mechanisms.
  • The MoU marks the beginning of a new era of cooperation and synergy between SEBI and CBDT.

Source: Business Standard

“IIT Alumni Council and CSIR-IGIB sign MoU for joint research on COVID-19 and patient data analysis”

  • The IIT Alumni Council has signed an agreement with the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) to jointly conduct research on COVID-19 and patient data analysis.
  • It may be noted that the council is setting up the world’s largest molecular diagnostic lab MegaLab Mumbai.
  • According to a statement issued yesterday, the council handed over imaging data of over 8,500 patients, who were admitted at the COVID Care Facility at Worli’s National Sports Club of India.
  • IIT Alumni Council President Ravi Sharma has said that this partnership will not only create a world-leading testing and treatment ecosystem but also establish global data leadership.

Source: News On Air

“India Seeing Green Shoots Of Economic Recovery”: PM Modi’s Top Quotes At India Global Week Event”

  • India remains one of the most open economies in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this afternoon as he delivered the inaugural address at the India Global Week 2020 event.
  • Pitched as one of the biggest international events on India’s globalization, the three-day virtual event — themed “Be The Revival : India and a Better New World” —- is expected to discuss ways to boost the virus-hit economy.
  • It will be attended by 5,000 participants from over 30 nations.
  • PM’s address comes as India’s coronavirus tally surged to 7.67 lakh cases this morning.

Source: NDTV

“USAID, MNRE announce new partnership to expand clean energy development”

  • The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India’s ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) have announced the launch of a new partnership to increase India- US collaboration for clean energy development.
  • Under the partnership, the USAID-supported South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE), a US government consortium, will provide advanced technical knowledge on clean energy development from America’s national laboratories to India’s technical institutions and other public institutes.
  • MNRE secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi and the USAID deputy assistant administrator for Asia, Javier Piedra, launched the partnership on the margins of the US-India Strategic Energy Partnership meetings.
  • It will also contribute to strengthen the broader partnership between the two countries.

Source: Hindustan Times

“UK India Business Council appoints Jayant Krishna as Group CEO”

  • The UK India Business Council has announced that Jayant Krishna will take over as its new Group Chief Executive Officer from August 3.
  • Krishna will be the first Indian CEO of UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and also the first CEO of the Council who will be based in India.
  • He has previously led key initiatives of the Prime Minister’s Skill India mission as CEO, and Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of the National Skill Development Corporation.
  • Prior to that, Jayant was associated with the Tata Group for over two decades.

Source: Business Today