Daily GK Updates: 13th October 2020

“International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020: 13 October.”

  • The day is observed on 13 October as to how people and communities across the world are reducing their exposure to disasters.
  • It spread awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
  • Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) like every year will be celebrating International  Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October.
  • According to HPSDMA spokesperson “the authority will carry out the 10th edition of its an annual mass awareness campaign on disaster risk reduction ‘Samarth’. It was started in 2011.
  • The theme of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020 is “Disaster risk governance”.

Source: Jagran Josh

“India Ranks 129 in CRI Index released by Oxfam.”

  • India has been ranked 129 among 158 countries in the 2020 Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index.
  • The third edition of the index focuses on Fighting Inequality in the time of COVID-19. The 2020 CRI index has been topped by Norway. South Sudan is the lowest ranking country in the index at 158th position.
  • The index is released by the international charitable organization ‘Oxfam International’ in partnership with Development Finance International and with inputs from independent experts.
  • It monitors what governments are doing through their policy commitments to reduce inequality and tackle the gap between rich and poor. The index is based upon three basic pillars: Public Services Pillar, Progressive Tax Pillar and Workers Rights Pillar.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Arunachal Pradesh To Have Greenfield Airport At Hollongi.”

  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the work of constructing a Greenfield Airport at Hollongi, 15 kms from Itanagar while considering the importance of air connectivity to the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh to have Greenfield Airport at Hollongi.
  • According to an official release, with an estimated cost of Rs.650 crore, the project includes the development work that is construction of airport pavements, airside work, terminal building and city side works.
  • With an area of 4,100 sqm, the new domestic terminal building of the Hollongi Airport will be able to handle 200 passengers during peak hours.
  • The building`s envelope is influenced by the surrounding landscapes, according to AAI.

Source: Business World

“PM Narendra Modi releases autobiography of Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, says ‘his work will inspire generations.”

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the autobiography of late multiple term Lok Sabha MP Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil.
  • The autobiography is titled ‘Deh Vechava Karani’ or dedicating one’s life for a noble cause.
  • “Balasaheb’s work for the progress of poor, efforts towards education and success of cooperative in Maharashtra will inspire generations to come,” the PM said.
  • The PM also credited the Padma Bhushan awardee with bringing farmers together. This, he said, was because Dr Balasaheb had seen the pain of poor and farmers closely.

Source: Hindustan Times

 “Union Education Minister virtually inaugurates the New Campus & Newly Constructed Buildings of Central University of Punjab.”

  • Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually inaugurated the ultramodern New University Campus & Newly Constructed Buildings of the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) situated at Village Ghudda, Dist. Bathinda, in the illustrious presence of Harsdimrat Kaur Badal, Member of Parliament, Bathinda Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency today.
  • A total of 10 Buildings and University Insignia Monument (dedicated to ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan’) at CUPB New Campus, built at the cost of Rs 203.78 Crore was inaugurated by Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal.
  • These construction works comes under ‘Phase-1A’ of the development plan of CUPB New Campus, the foundation stone of which was laid on 7th September 2015 by the then Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal.

Source: DD News

“16-year-old Aava Murto assumes Finland’s PM post for a day in ‘Girls Takeover.”

  • A 16-year-old girl ceremoniously assumed the post of Finnish prime minister for one day for the “Girls Takeover” program — part of the U.N. International Day of the Girl to raise more awareness of gender equality.
  • Aava Murto from the small village of Vaaksy in southern Finland stepped into the shoes of Prime Minister Sanna Marin to highlight the impact of technology on gender equality, this year’s theme for the annual event, the Finnish government said.
  • “Girls’ access to technology is a significant, global equality issue that needs to be taken seriously,” said Murto, who during her day met with Cabinet members and lawmakers, among others.

Source: Indian Express

“RBI’s decision to discontinue automatic caution-listing a big relief: Exporters.”

  • The Reserve Bank’s decision to discontinue the system-based automatic caution-listing of exporters is a big relief to the industry at a time when the trading community is battling the hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic, say exporters.
  • Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Chairman A Sakthivel said the caution-listing of exporters had become a threat since the outbreak of coronavirus.
  • RBI introduced Export Data Processing and Monitoring System (EDPMS) in 2014 for all banks to bring their transactions with the exporters online.
  • In 2016, it launched the system-based automatic caution-listing wherein exporters were put on RBI’s caution list if any shipping bill against them remained open for more than two years in EDPMS and there was no extension granted by the bank or RBI.

Source: Hindustan Time

 “NIT-T signs agreement with C-DAC.”

  • National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, for establishment of a 650 Tera Flops Supercomputer on the campus under the National Computing Mission.
  • NIT-T is among 10 Centrally-funded institutions to be inducted into NSM along with Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, seven IITs, and National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute.
  • The objective of the NSM is to empower technology institutions with high-performance computing capabilities that can be used for solving computationally intensive problems.
  • Based on the proposal submitted by NIT-T, the NSM infrastructure team cleared sanction of super computer worth ₹17.11 crore by the Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • The 650 TF supercomputer involving Central Processing Unit and Graphics Processing Unit at a ratio of 70:30 will be installed at the institute by CDAC, Pune, shortly, with an additional installation cost of about ₹2 crore.

Source: The Hindu

“Nagaland Environment Minister C M Chang passes away.”

  • Nagaland Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Justice and Law C.M. Chang passed away today at Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima. He was 77.
  • He is the first MLA in the state, which has reported 7,240 Covid-19 cases so far, to succumb to the infection.
  • MLA from Noksen(Tuensang) constituency in Nagaland, CM Chang was a retired IAS officer and former Member of Parliament from the state.
  • He had been in charge of the Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Justice & Law portfolios in the NDPP government in Nagaland since 2018.

Source: India Today

“Rs 73,000-Cr Measures To Boost Consumer Spending, Sentiment: PM Modi.”

  • After Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced measures of Rs 73,000 crore to stimulate consumer spending, Prime Minister Narendra Modion Monday said that today’s announcements are timely moves which will boost consumer spending and sentiment as well as push capital expenditure.
  • “Today’s announcements by FM Nirmala Sitharaman Ji are timely moves which will boost consumer spending and sentiment as well as push capital expenditure. These steps will also boost demand in our economy,” Modi tweeted.
  • Earlier in the day, Sitharaman announced measures of Rs 73,000 crore to stimulate consumer spending in the economy in an effort to fight the slowdown due to COVID-19 pandemic following lockdown.
  • She said that a special interest-free 50-year loan will be issued to states by the Centre for Rs 12,000 crore capital expenditure.
  • The Finance Minister said that additional budget of Rs 25,000 crore, in addition to Rs 4.13 lakh crore given in Union Budget 2020, is being provided for Capital Expenditure on roads, defence, water supply, urban development and domestically produced capital equipment.

Source: Business World