Daily GK Updates: 23th October 2020

“Nokia to build first-ever cellular network on the Moon”.


  • NASA has selected Nokia as a partner to build the first-ever cellular networkon the Moon, helping pave the way towards a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.
  • Nokia announced that it was named partner by NASA to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the Moon thus, deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space.
  • Nokia will be partnering with Texas-based Intuitive Machines to integrate the groundbreaking communication network for this mission into the lunar lander and deliver it to the lunar surface.
  • Nokia’s LTE network is expected to be ideal to provide wireless connectivity on the lunar surface for any activity that astronauts need to carry out.

Source: Jagran Josh           

“Culture & Tourism Minister virtually launches Life in Miniature project”.


  • Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel virtually launched Life in Miniature project today.
  • The project is a collaboration between the National Museum, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, and Google Arts and Culture.
  • Several hundred miniature paintings from the National Museum can be viewed online on Google Arts and Culture by people around the world.
  • The project uses technologies like machine learning, augmented reality and digitization with high-definition robotic cameras, to showcase these special works of art in a magical new way.

Source: News on Air

“YSR Bima launched for BPL families.”


  • Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday launched ‘YSR Bima’ scheme under which 1.41 crore Below Poverty Line (BPL) families possessing white ration-cards will be provided insurance cover for death and permanent disability.
  • The State government will pay ₹510 crore towards premium every year in spite of the Central government backing out of the scheme.
  • The village/ward volunteers would visit the families and enrol the names of the primary householders, and the list would be displayed in the village secretariats.

Source: The Hindu 

“DRDO successfully conducts final trial of Nag anti-tank guided missile in Pokhran range.”

  • India today successfully carried out the final trial of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)-developed Nag anti-tank guided missile with a warhead.
  • The test was carried out at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan. The trial of Nag anti-tank guided missile comes after the DRDO tested the helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile (SANT) with a range beyond 10 km from Balasore testing range in Odisha on 19th October.
  • The Nag anti-tank missile is ready for induction in the Indian Army. It has completed 10 successful user trial as it finds the target and then hit it.

Source: DD News

“Lost’ River That Ran Through Thar Desert in Rajasthan 172,000 Years Ago Found.”


  • Researchers have found the evidence of a “lost” river that ran through the central Thar Desert, near Bikaner, as early as 172 thousand years ago, and may have been a life-line to human populations enabling them to inhabit the region.
  • The findings, published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, represent the oldest directly dated phase of river activity at Nal Quarry in the central Thar Desert.
  • The study by researchers from The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, Anna University in Tamil Nadu, and IISER Kolkata indicates that Stone Age populations lived in a distinctly different Thar Desert landscape.
  • This evidence indicates a river flowed with phases of activity dating to approximately up to 172 thousand years ago, nearby to Bikaner, Rajasthan, which is over 200 kilometres away from the nearest modern river.

Source: India               

“Singapore becomes 1st country to use facial recognition to pay taxes.”

  • Singapore became the World’s First Country to attach Facial verification in the National Identification Database. The function is called “SingPass Face Verification”.
  • This technology is being rolled out to the city-state’s SingPass digital identity scheme, offering access to no less than 400 online services, including tax declarations and public housing applications.
  • According to the Singapore authorities, the technology helps ensure that the right person is genuinely present in front of their screen, rather than a photograph, a video, a replayed recording or a deepfake.

Source: Dailyhunt   

“Ministry of Shipping amends Right of First Refusal licensing conditions to boost shipbuilding in India.”

  • Ministry of Shipping has amended the Right of First Refusal licensing conditions to boost shipbuilding in India.
  • The revised guidelines will give a boost to the domestic shipbuilding and shipping industries.
  • It will also encourage the domestic shipping industry to support the domestic shipping industry.
  • Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, the Ministry is working with a focused approach to promote shipbuilding in India as per AatmaNirbhar Bharat vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • It will promote ‘Make in India’ initiatives through self-reliance and will give a strategic boost to domestic Ship building industries, contributing towards long-term economic growth of India.

Source: News on Air

“Tamil Nadu Government implements Smart Black Board Scheme.”

  • The Tamil Nadu (TN) State government have implemented the smart blackboard scheme in more than 80,000 Government schools to provide a better teaching environment.
  • The scheme is aimed at using the audio visual teaching material in the schools.
  • It can also be integrated with digital classrooms and smart classroom schemes.
  • The smart boards will create materials that can be fed into computer screens using pen drives.

Source: GK Today 

“IAF’s first woman officer Vijayalakshmi Ramanan (retd) dies at 96.”

  • Wing Commander (Retd) Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, the first woman commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force, has died at the age of 96.
  • Ramanan, a recipient of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM), died peacefully due to old age ailments.
  • Born in February 1924, she did her MBBS and later was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on August 22, 1955 and was seconded to the Air Force with effect from the same day.
  • Besides having served as a gynecologist at various Air Force Hospitals, including here, she had also attended to the troops wounded during wars and performed administrative duties.
  • Ramanan was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander in August 1972, and honoured with the Vishist Seva Medal five years later. She had retired in February, 1979.

Source: Indian Express             

“Eminent economist Jayanta Madhab passes away.”

  • Renowned economist of the country Dr. Jayanta Madhab has breathed his last at Apollo Hospital.
  • Madhab, who was a brilliant student, earned his doctorate degree in financial management from London School of Economics.
  • Dr Madhab worked as the financial adviser to the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Corporation. The economist served as a director at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • Dr Madhab was also the founder chairman of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi). He also played a significant role in the field of skill development in Assam.
  • He served as the economic advisor to the Assam government from 2003-2009 during the tenure of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

Source: The Hills Times