Daily GK Updates: 21th October 2020

“India Ranked 2nd in OECD International Migration Outlook Report.”


  • India has acquired the second rank in terms of the number of migrants going to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and acquiring the citizenship of those countries.
  • This is the 44th edition of the annual report. The data was released by the OECD in its 2020 edition of the annual International Migration Outlook report, which analyses the recent developments in migration movements and policies in its countries.
  • From India, 3.3 lakh migrants moved, and this is 10 per cent more than the last edition. Romania emerged as the third-largest exporter of human capital to these countries. Paris-based OECD is an association of 37 developed countries which often attract immigrants for work opportunities, education and asylum.

Source: Dailyhunt

“India’s first multimodal logistics park in Assam to create 20 lakh jobs.”

  • Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of the country’s first multimodal logistics park (MMLP) at Jogighopa in Assam .
  • To be constructed at an estimated cost of R 693 crore, the park which will have connectivity through air, water, road and railways is expected to boost local and regional trade and create more than 20 lakh job opportunities.
  • “This park will be of international quality and will provide nearly 20 lakh direct and indirect jobs and will be the growth engine for Assam. We are planning to set up 35 MMLPs across the country. The one in Assam is the first among them”.
  • The park spread across 317 acres in Bongaigaon district of lower Assam will have direct connectivity with National Highway 17, the proposed Jogighopa waterway terminal on Brahmaputra, the newly constructed Rupsi and Guwahati airports as well as the main railway route.
  • To be completed by 2023, the park will reduce trade cost by 10%, have cargo capacity of 13 million metric tons (MMT) per year and act as a single platform for cargo, warehousing, custom clearance, parking and maintenance services.

Source: Hindustan Times 

“SANT missile successfully test-fired off the coast of Odisha.”

  • Indian successfully test-fired the Stand-off-Anti-tank (SANT) missile off the Odisha coast on October 19, 2020.
  • The recently tested missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Reportedly, the missile will have both Lock-on after launch and Lock-on before launch capability.
  • On the other hand, the Indian Air Force also congratulated DRDO for the successful test-firing of supersonic cruise missile ‘BrahMos’. It was test-fired from indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Chennai and had hit a target in the Arabian Sea.

Source: Jagran Josh   

“Elavenil wins gold, Shahu Mane silver in Sheikh Russel International Air Rifle Championship.”

  • World number one Indian Elavenil Valarivan won a gold medal and Shahu Tushar Mane bagged a silver in the Sheikh Russel International Air Rifle Championship.
  • The championship was organised by Bangladesh Shooting Sport Federation (BSSF).
  • The championship is being held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, the youngest son of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
  • Elavenil is the current world number one in women’s 10m air rifle and was selected for the tournament as she is not attending the national camp in New Delhi due to her exams.
  • Shahu Mane was selected on the basis of his national rankings as of March 18.

Source: Hindustan Times                       

“Dharmendra Pradhan Launches Trial Run Of Delhi’s Buses On Hydrogen-Blended CNG.”

  • Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Indian Oil’s compact reformer plant and launched the much-awaited trial run of Delhi’s buses on Hydrogen-blended CNG (HCNG) at the Rajghat Bus Depot-I of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
  • Mr. Pradhan said that providing clean and reliable energy supplies to 130-crore plus Indians is the top priority of the Government.
  • Elaborating on the importance of Hydrogen in facilitating India’s energy transformation, the Minister said that Hydrogen is the ultimate fuel, which, while giving energy, produces clean water in the emissions.
  • “Apart from this, it has many other virtues as the capacity to get the rural sector involved with the energy sector through biomass. This pilot project will be unique. It will help the county and the world as a whole,” he stated.

Source: NDTV           

“Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches CuRED, COVID-19 clinical trials website.”

  • The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on October 20, 2020, launched CuRED (CSIR Ushered Repurposed Drugs).
  • A website that will provide comprehensive information about the COVID-19 trials that CSIR- Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is engaged in a partnership with ministries, government departments, and industries.
  • CuRED will be providing information about diagnostics, drugs, and devices. It will also include the current stage of the trials, partnering institutions as well as their role in the trials along with other details.

Source: Jagran Josh 

“Govt launches development of indigenous software solution for VTS and VTMS”.

  • Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya e-launched the development of Indigenous Software solution for Vessel traffic services and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems in New Delhi today.
  • In the inaugural address, Mr Mandaviya laid emphasis on the development of indigenous system as per the requirement of the country instead of relying on high costing foreign made software solutions for Traffic Managements of the Indian Ports.
  • He said that aligning with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Made In India VTS and VTMS software will pave the way for ‘Make for the world’ vessel traffic management systems.

Source: News on Air 

“J&K To Have District Development Councils As Centre Amends Panchayat Law.”

  • The government amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act to provide for setting up of District Development Councils in each district which will have directly elected members, marking the implementation of the entire 73rd Amendment Act in the Union Territory (UT).
  • The District Development Councils (DDCs) of each district shall have 14 constituencies after their delimitation by the respective deputy commissioners.
  • The government amended J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, to provide for establishment of elected District Development Councils in Jammu and Kashmir. The move to have elected third tier of Panchayati Raj institution marks the implementation of the entire 73rd Amendment Act in J&K.

Source: NDTV 

“SIFCO starts construction of integrated Food Processing Units at Rangpo, Sikkim.”

  • The construction work at Rangpo, Sikkim was started by IFFCO’s Organic Joint Venture, SIFCO (Sikkim IFFCO Organics Ltd.).
  • The work is said to end next year in the month of October after which production is expected to start. Both the Food Processing Units are being laid with a construction cost of around Rs.50 crores.
  • In 2019, the foundation stone for these plants were laid by CM of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Singh Tamang in the presence of Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • The project will not be only benefiting Sikkim but that of other organic farmers in the North- Eastern States.
  • The project will be helping to double the income of farmers as it will be directly procured from farmers.

Source: Global Tribune           

“TV star Zarina Roshan Khan passes away due to cardiac arrest.”

  • The world of television bid adieu to TV actress, Zarina Roshan Khan, who passed away after an unfortunate cardiac arrest recently.
  • The actress, who was fondly remembered for her role in the show ‘Kumkum Bhagya‘ as Indu Dadi was just 54.
  • While tributes for the actress are pouring in from her fans and celebrities, it has been reported that her health deteriorated quite suddenly, triggering a cardiac arrest which made her lose her life.

Source: Times of India