Daily GK Updates: 15th October 2020

“India Gets Re-elected As President Of International Solar Alliance, France As Co-President”.

  • During a virtual meeting of the International Solar Alliance, India was re-elected as the President of the organisation for a term of two years with France as the Co-President.
  • Four new Vice-Presidents were also voted in to represent the four regions of the ISA at its third assembly that attended by 34 members.
  • In addition to this, the assembly has also approved the initiatives of the Alliance’s Secretariat in institutionalising ISA’s engagement with other private and public corporate sector through the Coalition for Sustainable Climate Action.
  • In his inaugural speech at the First World Solar Technology Summit organised by ISA, Pradhan informed that Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and GAIL (India) Limited will be contributing to ISA’s Corpus Fund.

Source:Republic World

“World Students’ Day 2020: Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s birthday”.

  • It is celebrated on 15 October to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India (2002-2007). Being a politician, he was a scientist and a teacher.
  • He played a crucial role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998 and so, he earned the title ‘Missile Man of India’. On 27 July 2015, he suffered a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to the students of IIM Shillong.

Source: Jagran Josh

“New project in Odisha to provide tap water fit for consumption in urban areas”.

  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik virtually launched the ‘Sujal- Drink from Tap Mission’ here, making Odisha “the first State in the country to provide quality drinking water, fit for direct consumption, in urban areas”.
  • The initiative aims to benefit more than 15 lakh people in the cities, state Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena said.
  • The project, in its first phase, will supply drinking water to Bhubaneswar and Puri.
  • “Odisha is the first state in India, where people in urban areas will be able to drink water directly from taps, under the government’s new initiative,” Mr. Jena stated.

Source: The Hindu

“Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched second phase of ‘Thalassemia BalSewaYojana’”.

  • The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the second phase of “Thalassemia BalSewa Yojana”. The scheme has been launched  for the underprivileged Thalassemic patients.
  • This scheme was launched in 2017. It is a Coal India CSR funded Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) program.
  • The programme is aimed at providing a one-time cure opportunity for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease for patients who have a matched family donor.
  • This initiative of CSR has targeted to provide financial assistance to 200 patients by providing a package cost of Rs. 10 lakhs per HSCT.

Source:GK Today

“Padma ShriSobha Naidu, renowned Kuchipudi dancer, dies in Hyderabad”.

  • Renowned Kuchipudi dancer Sobha Naidu, a recipient of Padma Shri and numerous other awards, passed away in Hyderabad.
  • According to PTI, Naidu, who was in her sixties, was undergoing a treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad.
  • Sobha Naidu’s major achievements include choreography and presentation of Ballets Vipranarayana, KalyanaSrinivasam and many others, in which she was the main protagonist and donned various roles like Satyabhama, Devadevaki, Padmavathi, Mohini, Sai Baba and Goddess Parvati which won her great appreciation.
  • She had presented a series of performances at different venues in the US and also performed in countries, including the UK.

Source:India Today

“Microsoft, AICTE to skill students in next gen technologies”.

  • The All India Council For Technical Education(AICTE) announced that it has partnered with Microsoft to empower students and educators with future-ready skills.
  • As part of this partnership, over 1500 course modules from Microsoft will be made available to students and educators free of cost through AICTE’s e-learning portal, ELIS.
  • Microsoft’s learning resource centre, Microsoft Learn, has been integrated with the ELIS platform to provide access to personalized learning paths and resources for students, covering a broad range of technologies including AI, IOT, data science and cloud computing among others.
    The collaboration also gives educators access to best-in-class online learning paths and instructor-led training material through the Microsoft Learn for educators platform.
  • Eligible educators and faculty members can access Microsoft’s ready-to-teach curriculum and teaching materials aligned with industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.

Source: Economic Times

“Olympic 400 hurdles champion, Charlie Moore passes away”.

  • The 400-meter hurdles champion at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Charlie Moore passed away.
  • He won the 400 hurdles in the rain in 1952 in 50.8 seconds to tie the Olympic record he set in the quarterfinals.
  • He also earned a silver medal in Helsinki on the United States’ 1,600-meter relay team.
  • After the Olympics, he set a world record of 51.6 in the 440 hurdles at the British Empire Games in London.

Source: Dailyhunt


  • Seema Gupta, Director (Operations), Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, a PSU under Ministry of Power, has been named the winner of GOLD Stevie Award in the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT- BUSINESS category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
  • The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.
  • For this year, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 180 business professionals around the world, working on seven juries.
  • The Award would be presented to Mrs.Seema Gupta during a virtual awards ceremony scheduled on December 9, 2020.
  • She has been earlier conferred with Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Women Manager in Public Sector Enterprises by the Honourable President of India in 2017 and was adjudged as the Best Contributor at the ITOMS 2018 Conference in Malaysia.

Source: India Education Diary

“NZ’s oldest surviving Test cricketer John Reid dies at 92”.

  • New Zealand’s oldest surviving Test cricketer and former captain John Reid has died here at the age of 92, the country’s cricket board
  • Reid, regarded as one of the world’s best all-rounders during his heyday in the fifties and early sixties, captained New Zealand in 34 Tests including, most notably, the country’s first three victories.
  • “He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a statement offering his tributes.
  • He retired in 1965 and later became a New Zealand selector, manager, and an ICC match referee.

Source: The Hindu

“Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, Malayalam Poet And Gandhian, Dies”.

  • Renowned Malayalam poet and Jnanpith award winner Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, who is said to have heralded modernism in Malayalam poetry, died at a private hospital.
  • Popularly known as Akkitham, his ”Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam” (Epic of the 20th Century) is considered as one of the first truly modernist poems in Malayalam literature.
  • A popular verse – ”Velichamdukhamanunni, thamasallosukhapradam”, which is roughly translated as “light brings sorrow, my child, darkness is bliss” is like a proverb for Keralites. It is also interpreted as “worldly knowledge is pain my child, ignorance is bliss.”
  • Akkitham had bagged the Jnanpith award, the highest literary award, and is the sixth writer to bring the honour for Malayalam literature. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award was presented to him last month at a function at his home in Kumaranalloor in Palakkad district.

Source: NDTV