Daily GK Updates: 1st October 2020

“International Day For Older Persons 2020: ‘Leave No One Behind”.

  • International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 every year. It is a United Nations designated day to focus on the well-being and special needs of the elderly people.
  • The UN General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons on December 14, 1990. Prior to that there were two key developments – the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing and the World Assembly on Ageing. The two initiatives led to the dedicated day for the elderly people.
  • The theme for the day is “Leave No One Behind”.

Source: NDTV

“Indian Bank unveils IB-eNote facility”.


  • Public sector Indian Bank has unveiled its IB-eNote facility, aimed at providing a paperless working environment and to improve the turnaround time considerably.
  • The initiative is expected to save costs on paper, printing and other administrative expenses. The bank has customised SharePoint, one of the features provided by Microsoft Office.
  • The city-based Bank’s endeavour is to achieve greater efficiencies by empowering its human resources, a press release said, adding the launch of IB-eNote was in that direction
  • Indian Bank also unveiled ‘Ind Guru’, an e-learning platform for its employees that offers technology-enabled solutions aimed at capacity building.
  • Commenting on the launch of IB-eNote, Microsoft India MD Sashi Sridharan said “process automation and this digital workflow tool will be one among the many other initiatives of the bank to drive digital transformation.”

Source: India TV

“Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launches Sports Authority of India’s new logo”.

  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju launched the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) new logo at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium .
  • SAI has been the pivot of the sports ecosystem in the country since the time it was established in the year 1982 and has been instrumental in identifying and developing grassroots talents across the country.
  • The new logo signifies SAI’s journey of metamorphosis from identifying and nurturing grassroot level sporting talent to creating sporting excellence in the country.
  • Speaking about the significance of the new SAI logo, Rijiju said, “SAI has been the leader in the sports ecosystem and the primary agent of promoting sporting excellence. It has given athletes necessary support so that they have their sporting careers can take-off smoothly and they can fly towards a life of achievements and sporting glory – that is what the flying figure indicates – the freedom an athlete gets to leapfrog his/her career in SAI. The word SAI itself gives the identity to the organisation among various stakeholders being the acronym of Sports Authority of India. The Indian Tricolour and blue colour of chakra adds the national fervor as SAI has nurtured some of the biggest names in the sports fraternity, who represent India at the world stage.”

Source: DD News

“Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot e-launches ‘Ambedkar Social Innovation & Incubation Mission under Venture Capital fund for SCs(ASIIM)”.

  • Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawar chand Gehlote-launched the “Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission (ASIIM) under Venture Capital Fund for SCs”through Video Conferencing here today with a view to promoting innovation and enterprise among SC students studying in higher educational institutions.
  • He said that the Ministry has decided to launch ASIIM through the Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes (VCFSC).
  • It’s objectives include: To promote entrepreneurship among the SC Youth with special preference to Divyangs; To support (1,000) innovative ideas till 2024 through a synergetic work with the Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) set up by Department of Science and Technology;  To support, promote, hand-hold the start-up ideas till they reach commercial stage by providing liberal equity support; and To incentivise students with innovative mind-set to take to entrepreneurship with confidence.
  • The Minister said that this initiative under VCF-SC will promote innovation in the SC youth and would help them to become job-givers from job-seekers; and would further give fillip to the ‘Stand Up India’ initiative of the Prime Minister PM Shri Narendra Modi.
  • The ASIIM initiative will be implemented by the Venture Capital Fund for SCs (VCF-SCs) which was set up in 2016 with the Fund size of Rs. 500 Cr.

Source: PIB

“Operation My Saheli: South Eastern Railway launches project to enhance security of women passengers”.


  • The South Eastern Railway has launched Operation My Saheli to boost the security of women passengers in trains, an official said.
  • ‘Operation My Saheli (friend) gives security to women passengers during their journey on train, the SER spokesman said.
  • It has been introduced as a pilo project in three trains Howrah-Yeshvantpur Duronto Special, Howrah-Ahmedabad Special and Howrah-Mumbai Special since September 18.
  • The sub-inspector teams collect the seat numbers and contacts of a specified number of women passengers and remain in touch with them throughout their journey. The information is also passed to all scheduled stoppage stations and destination stations, it said.
  • “This is an effort to provide women passengers an environment in which they feel safe, secure and comfortable during their journey,” Kasar said.
  • The project has been executed under the framework of the ‘Nirbhaya Fund’, and it does not involve any additional expenditure under the head of Railways, the statement added

Source: India Toda    

“Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches CSIR technologies for rural development”.

  • The Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan on September 30, 2020, launched the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) technologies for rural development.
  • The launched technologies are under a joint initiative of Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan (UNA), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D).
  • The three parties had signed an MoU on July 28 to work jointly for the post-COVID-19 fast track action plan to create livelihood opportunities in the rural areas, particularly for those who returned to their native villages amid the lockdown.
  • The event was organised through an online platform on the occasion of the 40th Foundation Day of CSIR-NISTADS (National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies) in Delhi on September 30.

Source: Jagran Josh

“India extends ban on international flights till October 31”.

  • The suspension on commercial international passenger flight services to or from India has been extended till October 31, according to an official statement.
  • The government, however, said that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.
  • “In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st October, 2020,” the Centre said in a notification.
  • These restrictions will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • However, air passengers can still travel abroad or can come to India via air bubble arrangement.

Source: Business Today

“Amnesty International says work in India halted after govt freezes bank accounts”.

  • Human rights watchdog Amnesty International on Tuesday said that its work in India has been halted after the government froze several of the organisation’s bank accounts.
  • “The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt,” the organisation said in a statement on its website.
  • Amnesty further claimed that it has been compelled to let go of staff in India and pause all ongoing campaign and research work.
  • Its offices in Bengaluru were raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in November last year in connection with accusations that the non-profit had received foreign funds in violation of the law.

Source: Hindustan Times

 “ITBP chief S S Deswal given additional charge of National Security Guard DG”.


  • ITBP Director General S S Deswal has been given the additional charge of counter-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG) as its incumbent chief A K Singh is going to retire on September 30, according to a government order on Monday .
  • Anup Kumar Singh, a 1985-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed the NSG Director General in October last year.
  • The order by the Union Home Ministry said Deswal “would hold additional charge of the post of DG NSG till the joining of regular DG or until further orders, whichever is earlier”.
  • This is the second time that Deswal, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer, has been directed to lead the NSG in an additional capacity.
  • He headed the National Security Guard in July last year when its then chief Sudeep Lakhtakia retired and Singh had not been appointed.

Source: Economic Tim

“Hudali village in Karnataka follows Gandhian way of life”.

  • Hudali village near Belagavi district in Karnataka is a living monument of Gandhian way of life.
  • It has imbibed Gandhian Philosophy and continues to live in the Gandhian way, even today.
  • Mahatma Gandhi had spent a few days in the village in 1937 and introduced charkha and Khadi.
  • The President of Karnataka Sarvodaya Mandali L.Narasimhaiah spoke to AIR News on how even today Hudali village follows Gandhi and his ideals and has become a proponent of village industry.

Source: Ind News