Daily GK Update: 9th March 2020

MoST launches helpline for women scientists, students, researchers

  • On International Women’s Day, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday launched a helpline number for women students, researchers, entrepreneurs and scientists to get their queries related to the ministry’s programmes answered.
  • The helpline number is 011-26565285 and it will be open during office hours — 9:30am to 5:30 pm — on working days.
  • They will also get information about qualifications or other requirements to avail benefits of schemes under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Vardhan said.

Australia wins India by 85 runs at Women’s Twenty20 World Cup

  • Australia bowled India out for 99 runs to clinch the final by 85 runs for a record-extending fifth Women’s T20 World Cup title at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
  • Chasing a huge total of 185, India got off to a poor start and lost four wickets inside the powerplay overs. India could never recover from the early blows and were bowled out for 99 runs in 19.1 overs.

Source: Sports NDTV

Opec deal falls apart as Russia resists; crude oil prices plunge 7%

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  • OPEC’s plans for deep and prolonged oil cuts were derailed on Friday as non-OPEC Russia refused to support the move arguing that it was too early to predict the impact of a coronavirus outbreak on global energy demand, sources told Reuters.
  • Failure to secure a deal between OPEC, Russia and other members of an alliance known as OPEC+, which has propped up oil prices since 2016, sent the price of benchmark crude into a tailspin.

Source: Economic Times

TIFAC under Ministry of Science and Technology launches Vigyan Jyoti

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  • On March 8, 2020, TIFAC operating under Ministry of Science and Technology launched Vigyan Jyoti. The scheme was announced to celebrate International Women’s Day.
  • The Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) launched Vigyan Jyoti in order to encourage women to take science as their career. Under the scheme, selected qualified women from more than 500 women are to be provided opportunities to attend science camps at NITs, IITS and other leading institutions in the country.

Source: Others

Coronavirus: Arunachal Pradesh stops entry of foreign nationals

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  • As more Covid-19 infections surface in India, nervousness is rising along the borders.
  • Arunachal Pradesh has decided to temporarily stop issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners in an attempt to prevent the epidemic from reaching its borders. PAPs are issued to foreigners to enter the state that borders China.
  • A government order issued on Saturday said, “It is learnt that Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in India and the numbers have been increasing. It is also learnt that the spread of the coronavirus in India is primarily from visitors, who had history of travelling abroad recently, or through tourists, who have visited India.

Source: Live Mint

Over 40% govt. schools don’t have power, playgrounds: parliamentary panel

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  • Almost half of government schools in the country don’t have any electricity or playgrounds, according to a parliamentary panel on education. It identified shortfalls in both budgetary funding and utilisation, resulting in critical infrastructure gaps.
  • In its report on the 2020-2021 demand for grants for school education submitted to the Rajya Sabha last week, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) expressed concern that budgetary allocations saw a 27% cut from proposals made by the School Education department.

Source: The Hindu

Govt proposes to create 75 lakh Self Help Groups (#SHGs) in two years to support women to earn livelihood

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  • The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has said India cannot emerge as a developed economy in the comity of nations without participation of women.
  • Addressing a live TV programme on DD Kisan on Women’s Empowerment to mark the International Women’s Day here today, he said the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s mission of a New India can become a reality only with the active participation of women, who constitute half of the population, in the economy.

Source: India Education Diary