Daily GK Updates: 23rd September 2020

“Chef Vikas Khanna’s next book to give insights into his ‘Feed India’ initiative”.


  • Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna will write about his Feed India initiative, one of the world’s largest food drives serving meals to the underprivileged amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in his upcoming book, announced publishing house Penguin Random House India.
  • The book, “Kitchens of Gratitude”, will be released in 2021 under the ‘Ebury Press’ imprint, they added.
  • ‘Feed India’, or ‘barkat’, as Khanna calls it, was launched in March with a single tweet by the chef, and has grown to become one of the world’s largest food drives by an individual. In just 175 days, the initiative crossed 40 million meals in more than 135 cities across the country.
  • Khanna, 48, in his book will write about his experiences in serving the greater good with the goodness of food during the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • He will recount his personal experiences in building Feed India, his efforts to supply rations and essentials, set up makeshift kitchens and ensure millions are fed daily. All this and more while living in the US, changing his sleep patterns to suit India time, working with a small team in India and making the campaign grow by leaps and bounds.

Source: Republic World

“Professional tennis player, former cricketer Ashleigh Barty wins golf tournament in COVID-19 break”.

  • Multi-talented Ashleigh Barty has conquered tennis, been a professional cricketer and has now added another string to her sporting bow by winning a golf tournament.
  • The world number one Australian would ordinarily be in Europe preparing to defend her French Open crown on the Roland Garros clay.
  • But she pulled out over coronavirus fears, having also missed the US Open, and instead of swinging a racquet picked up her golf clubs.
  • The 24-year-old proved she has what it takes on a course designed by Greg Norman, claiming the Brook water Golf Club women’s title near Brisbane with a commanding 7 and 5 triumph in the match play final.

Source: First post

 “India Conducts Successful Flight Test Of ABHYAS From Odisha Test Range”.

  • India on Tuesday successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS – High-Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) vehicles from a test range in Odisha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.
  • Congratulating DRDO on its achievement, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said ABHYAS can be used as a target for evaluation of missile systems.
  • “The DRDO achieved a milestone today with the successful flight test of ABHYAS – High Speed Expandable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore. This can be used as a target for evaluation of various Missile systems.
  • ABHYAS has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the DRDO.
  • During the test campaign, the user requirement of 5 km flying altitude, vehicle speed of 0.5 mach, endurance of 30 minutes and 2g turn capability of the test vehicle were successfully achieved, it said.
  • “It proved its performance in a fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode,” a DRDO source added.

Source: NDTV

“Sebi constitutes technical committee on social stock exchange”.

  • Sebi has set-up a technical committee on the social stock exchange, which will develop a framework for onboarding profit and non-profit organizations on such bourses and prescribe disclosure requirements relating to financials and governance.
  • The committee will also prescribe disclosure requirements relating to performance and dwell upon aspects related to social impact and social audit, Sebi said in a statement on Monday.
  • The decision of setting-up of the technical group has been taken following the recommendation of the working group (WG) on the social stock exchange (SSE).
  • The technical group would be chaired by Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, former chairman of NABARD.

Source: Economic Times

“Google Pay partners with Visa to allow card-based payments through tokenisation”.

  • Google Pay  on Monday announced the rollout of tokenisation across its platform that will enable users to safely transact with their debit or credit cards.
  • Through tokenisation, Google Pay Androidusers can use their debit or credit card to make payments through a secure digital token attached to their phone without having to physically share their credit or debit card details.
  • The feature will also facilitate use of tap-to-pay feature on near-field communications (NFC)-enabled point of sale (PoS) terminals and online merchants, a statement said.
  • The feature also works with online merchants, delivering more native and seamless OTP experiences without any redirects to 3D secure sites, the statement said.
  • To enable the tap and pay feature using the smartphone phone, users will have to do a one-time set up by entering their card details and follow it by entering the OTP they get from the bank to add their card to the Google Pay app.

Source: Indian Express   

“International Day of Sign Languages 2020: Significance and history”.


  • International Day of Sign Languages is observed annually on September 23, along with the celebrations of International Week of the Deaf.
  • It was first celebrated in 1958 and has since evolved into a global movement for deaf unity, one that focuses on raising awareness about the importance of sign language as a means of communication and in ‘full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf,’ according to the United Nations.
  • The World Federation of the Deaf first made the proposal for this day on December 19, 2017. September 23 is in itself a significant date as it marks the day the World Federation of the Deaf was first established in 1951.
  • This day is particularly significant as it presents the opportunity to ‘support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.’
  • According to data collected by the World Federation of the Deaf, there are around 72 million deaf people in the world, and over 300 different sign languages are used by them.

Source: Hindustan Times

“In Focus: The 75th session of the UN General Assembly”.

  • The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on 15 September, with the High-level General Debate taking place from 22 to 26 September and concluding on 29 September 2020.
  • Under the theme, “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action”, the General Assembly will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations through a High-level meeting on 21 September.
  • This month, there will be no bumping into presidents or the occasional global celebrity in hectic and sometimes crushed corridors at UN Headquarters in New York.
  • Here are five things to look out for at UNGA 75.
    • Presidents and Heads of State calling in speeches.
    • Celebrating 75 years.
    • ‘Transforming the world’ through Sustainable Development.
    • Facing up to ‘unprecedented loss’ of global biodiversity.
    • Gender: 25 years after Beijing

Source: UN

“John Turner: Former Canadian prime minister dies at 91”.

  • Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has died aged 91.
  • A lawyer by training, he served as justice and then finance minister from 1968-1975. He resigned after arguments with party leader Pierre Trudeau.
  • Turner resumed his legal work and nine years later won the party leadership.
  • He resigned as a Liberal leader in 1990.
  • As justice minister, he defended reforms to Canada’s Criminal Code that paved the way for LGBTQ rights and legal abortions. But in the finance ministry he faced economic pressures due to the global oil crisis.
  • His 79-day tenure as prime minister is the second shortest in the country’s history.

Source: BBC

“Veteran actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar dies of coronavirus at 79”.

  • Renowned Marathi actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar died at a hospital in Satara on Tuesday after battling coronavirus. She was 79.
  • News agency IANS reported that she was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition last weekend following her COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Popularly known as Ashalata, the Goa-born actress, had reportedly contracted the infection during the shootings of a teleserial.

Source: Zee News

“Former Rajasthan Minister Zakia Inam Dies Due To COVID-19”.

  • Veteran Congress leader and former Rajasthan minister Zakia Inam has died at a hospital here due to COVID-19. She was 71.
  • She died hours after she was admitted to Rajasthan University of Health Sciences Hospital (RUHS) Monday evening as she complained of breathing issues.
  • “She was admitted with symptoms of classic COVID pneumonia. Her lungs were badly affected, a senior doctor said. Another doctor at the RUHS informed that her COVID-19 test report came positive on Tuesday.
  • Inam was a three-time MLA from Tonk and served as the state minister twice.
  • Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC president Govind Dotasra, former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and other leaders condoled the death of Inam. Gehlot prayed for peace to the departed soul and courage for the bereaved family members.

Source: News18