Daily GK Updates: 20th October 2020

“World Statistics Day 2020: 20th October”.

  • To combat the issue of misinformation, the United Nations came up with World Statistics Day which is celebrated every 5 years on October 20 by people all across the globe.
  • The day intends to raise awareness on the importance of trustworthy, authentic data. It is an endeavour by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic Affairs.
  • This year, the theme of World Statistics Day is, “Connecting the world with data we can trust”.
  • The theme intends to emphasise on the importance of trust, authoritative data and innovation.
  • A website has also been created to invite suggestions and host events to provide a platform to the global statistical community.

Source: Times Now

“World Osteoporosis Day: Mantra to healthy bones.”

  • Every year on October 20 is observed as World Osteoporosis Day by The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) all around the world.
  • The day is observed by launching a yearlong campaign dedicated to raising global awareness about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and various metabolic bone diseases. It is assessed that an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds worldwide.
  • Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become porous due to the low density of the bone tissue. The condition is associated with an increased risk of fractures.
  • It, in most cases, shows no symptoms until the first fracture occurs and for this reason, the condition is often termed as ‘The Silent Disease’. In India, Osteoporotic fractures are very common in both females as well as males and affect around 10 million people every year.

Source: India Today 

“First-ever SCO Startup Forum to be launched on 27th October, a boost for ‘Startup India.”


  • The first-ever Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Startup Forum will be launched on October 27, 2020, ahead of the SCO trade ministers meeting on October 28, 2020.
  • The forum will lay the foundation for multilateral cooperation and engagement among the SCO Member States to develop and hone their startup ecosystems, collectively.
  • Innovation and Startups are going to be the key focus area of SCO Heads of Government meeting on November 30, 2020, that will be hosted by India.
  • During the meet, the forum is likely to identify areas of cooperation by launching multiple entrepreneurial activities like startup showcases through a dedicated virtual platform, mobilizing capital for startups, sharing of best practices, procuring social innovations, multilateral incubator programs and knowledge exchange workshops among others.
  • India is currently the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world with over 35,000 startups, close to 25 per cent of which are core technology startups operating in areas of AI, Robotics, Cloud Computing, IoT, Digital Health, Financial & Education Technology.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Australia will participate in Malabar naval exercise with India, US and Japan: Govt.”

  • Australia will participate in the Malabar naval exercise next month involving India, the US and Japan that will bring the four key defence partners and democracies in the region together, demonstrating their collective resolve to support an open and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
  • In a significant move that comes amid a Sino-India border row, India Australia’s participation in the upcoming Malabar exercise along with the US and Japan, effectively making it the first military-level engagement between the four-member nation grouping — the Quad.
  • The government said that following an invitation from India, Australia will participate in the Malabar-2020 exercise, which is likely to take place next month in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
  • The exercise will bring together four key regional defence partners India, Japan, the United States and Australia in November.

Source: New Indian Express 

“9th Session Of India-Oman Joint Commission Held.”

  • The ninth session of the India-Oman Joint Commission was held virtually.
    The meet was co-chaired by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Hardeep Singh Puri, and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion of the Sultanate of Oman, Qais bin Mohammed.
  • During the meeting, both sides reviewed the recent developments in trade and investment ties and reaffirmed their commitment to expand the bilateral trade and encourage businesses to invest in each other’s country in order to realize the untapped potential in the commercial and economic relationship.
  • Among other things, both sides agreed to cooperate in areas of Agriculture and Food Security, Standards & Metrology, Tourism, Information Technology, Health and Pharmaceuticals, MSMEs, Space, Civil Aviation, Energy including renewable energy, Culture, Mining, and Higher Education.
  • The two sides also reviewed the progress of prospective Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in the field of mining, standards and metrology, financial intelligence, cultural exchange, and information technology, and agreed to conclude them expeditiously.

Source: Business World

“FSSAI’s new food safety compliance platform to become operational across India from November.”

  • Food regulator FSSAI on Monday said its Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) will become operational in the entire country from November 1.
  • The system is operational in nine States/UTs — Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Odisha, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Puducherry and Ladakh since June.
  • “FSSAI is launching its cloud based, upgraded new food safety compliance online platform called FoSCoS. It will replace the existing FLRS”.
  • FoSCoS is conceptualized to provide one point stop for all engagement of a food business operator (FBO) with the department for any regulatory compliance transaction.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Okuhara ends two-year drought with Denmark Open Crown.”

  • Japan’s former world champion Nozomi Okuhara won her first title since November 2018 on Sunday with victory in the Denmark Open final.
  • The 25-year-old defeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion Carolina Marin 21-19, 21-17.
  • The Denmark Open was the first top-level international badminton tournament in seven months after the calendar was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: The Hindu 

“Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla’s term extended till August 2021.”

  • Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, who was to retire in November this year, has been given an extension till August next year so that he could complete two years in the post.
  • According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension in service of Bhalla as Home Secretary beyond the date of his superannuation on November 30 up to 22 August, 2021.
  • The 1984-batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre was appointed Home Secretary on August 22 last year. The post of Home Secretary has a fixed tenure of two years and the term ends only in August next year.
  • This has necessitated the issuance of an order extending his service.

Source: Dailyhunt 

“India, 4th Most Powerful in Asia, Cedes Strategic Ground To China.”

  • India, the fourth most powerful nation on the index after Japan, lost economic growth potential in the pandemic and is also ceding strategic ground to Beijing.
  • Lowy projects India will reach 40% of China’s economic output by 2030, compared with the 50% estimate last year.

Source: NDTV

“Rupala launches NCDC’s ambitious Ayushman Sahakar scheme.”

  • Launching NCDC’s Ayushman Sahakar, Union Agriculture Minister Purushottam Rupala said NCDC would extend term loans to prospective cooperative societies to help them play an important role in creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country.
  • As per the scheme formulated by NCDC, the amount of Rs 10, 000 crore will be given to cooperative bodies, the minister announced.
  • NCDC’s scheme will be a step towards strengthening farmers welfare activities by the Central Government.
  • Rupala said the AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR scheme would revolutionize the way healthcare delivery takes place in rural areas. He also gave a call to the existing cooperatives to take up healthcare services as an activity for farmers.

Source: Indian Cooperative