Daily GK Updates: 26th September 2020

Kerala wins UN award for ‘outstanding contribution’ towards prevention, control of non-communicable diseases

  • Kerala won a United Nations award for its “outstanding contribution” towards the non-communicable diseases-related sustainable development goals.
  • Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the award was a recognition of the tireless service of Kerala in the health sector.
  • “The state government has arranged facilities from the basic public health centres to hospitals at all levels to treat the lifestyle diseases,” Shailaja said in a statement. “We were able to control the death rate during the Covid-19 period as we were able to focus on the NCDs.”

Source: India Today

Acer India signs Sonu Sood as brand ambassador

  • Taiwanese electronics major Acer announced Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who helped thousands of people during the Covid-19 pandemic, as its brand ambassador in India.
  • The actor will be seen endorsing the brand’s innovative range of products across media platforms for the campaign to talk about Acer’s commitment to improving people’s lives through technology.
  • “Our association with Sonu Sood will further reinforce this bond and give our consumers a greater sense of objective on trust, strength, and dependability,” Harish Kohli, President, and Managing Director, Acer India, said in a statement.
  • This association will help Acer India drive awareness of leading India’s next-generation digital evolution through its cutting-edge innovation and products.
  • “The company has been committed to improving people’s lives through technology over the last 21 years in India and it’s a proud moment for me to be part of Acer’s journey,” Sood said.
  • According to the company, Acer is aiming to play a key role in the digital transformation in the country.

Source: Times Now News

Ceat Tyres appoints Aamir Khan as brand ambassador

  • Ceat Tyres, the tyre manufacturer, has signed Bollywoodactor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador for two years. As part of an integrated marketing campaign, Aamir Khan will feature in two commercials during the course of the IPL 2020 to promote Ceat’s SecuraDrive range of car tyres.
  • The first ad will be aired at the beginning of IPLand will also be promoted across different media platforms both online and offline.
  • The campaign based on the theme ‘don’t be a dummy’ emphasises on the usage of high quality tyres that provide complete safety in any kind of driving conditions.
  • Created by O&M, the campaign is based on a storyline set in an advanced tyre testing facility, where test dummies are used for testing. Aamir Khan’s character is that of a dummy who comes to life when no one’s watching and manipulates situations to save himself from the perils of tyre testing.
  • The idea is to propagate safety and showcase how the Ceat SecuraDrive car tyres enable a safe drive in different driving situation.

Source: Economic Times

World Environmental Health Day: 26 September

  • World Environmental Health Day is observed globally on 26th September every year. This day is celebrated to shed the light on important work of environmental health around the world.
  • The Theme for the 2020 World Environmental Health Day: Environmental health, a key public health intervention in disease pandemic prevention.
  • In 2011, the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) declared to observe World Environmental Health Day on 26 September.

Source: Dailyhunt

Kerala to have one of the first medical device parks

  • Keralawill soon house one of the first medical device parks in the country, focusing on the high-risk medical device sector to provide a full range of services for the medical devices industry like Research and Development (R and D) support, testing, and evaluation.
  • According to an official release of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lay the foundation stone for Medical Devices
  • MedSpark, the medical devices park envisaged as a joint initiative of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (GOI), and the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), the industrial and investment promotion agency of the Government of Kerala is going to be established in the Life Science Park, Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • “This medical device park will stand out with its emphasis on the high-risk medical device sector involving medical implants and extracorporeal devices, in which SCTIMST scores with its knowledge.
  • The services available in the park can be utilized by the medical device industries located within the MedSpark as well from other parts of India. This will benefit small and medium-sized medical devices industries, which dominate the medical devices sector,” the release said.

Source: Economic Times

UP’s First Conservation Centre For Vultures To Come Up In Gorakhpur Forest Division

  • Uttar Pradesh’s first vulture conservation and breeding centre is set to be established at Bhari Baisi village in Farenda range of Gorakhpur forest division, an official said.
  • According to DFO, Gorakhpur division, Avinash Kumar, the proposal of establishing the centre, which will also be the first in India to be dedicated to red-headed king vulture, was approved on Thursday by the joint secretary of the state’s Environment, Forest and Climate Change department, Deepak Kohli.
  • This vulture breeding and conservation centre will be the first in India which will be dedicated to king vulture and also the first vulture conservation and breeding centre in Uttar Pradesh, Kumar said. He said the centre will be established on the lines of Haryana’s Pinjore vulture conservation and breeding centre.
  • Kumar further said the state government has already allocated Rs 82 lakh for the vulture conservation centre which will come up over 5-hectare area.
  • The project will take 15 years to be fully completed and it will cost around Rs 15 crore but the basic infrastructure of the centre including lab, breeding centre, quarantine centre, residential complex for doctors and staff etc. will be completed in four years and most positively we will start breeding and conservation of red-headed king vulture by next year, Kumar said.
  • The establishment of the centre will be under the control of Gorakhpur forest department and Bombay Natural History Society and the Wildlife Research Institute will provide technical help, the DFO said.

Source: Dailyhunt

EESL appoints Rajat Sud as new managing director

  • Energy Efficiency Services Ltd(EESL) announced the appointment of Rajat Sud as its managing director from immediate effect.
  • Sud takes over from S Gopal, director (commercial), who had taken on the additional charge of interim managing director. With 29 years of industry experience, his repertoire encompasses energy sector restructuring, business strategy, performance improvement and acquisitions, an official statement said.
  • Before joining EESL, he served as executive vice president at Sterlite Power Transmission Ltd, where he was responsible for the growth of the services business, with a focus on providing solutions for enhancing power delivery through transmission lines and corridors. He has also served in leadership positions at Siemens IT Solutionsand PwC.
  • EESL executive vice chairman Saurabh Kumar said, “Rajat Sud has considerable experience in the energy sector and his exhaustive domain knowledge and vision will enable EESL in setting new benchmarks in the energy efficiency space. I look forward to working closely with him to drive transformative energy efficiency programmes.”

Source: Economic Times

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons | 26 September

  • The General Assembly commemorates 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a priority.
  • It provides an opportunity to educate the public – and their leaders – about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them.
  • Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues. It is the right place to address one of humanity’s greatest challenges; achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

Source: UN

National Medical Commission, India’s regulator of medical education, comes into existence

  • The National Medical Commission (NMC), in place of the Medical Council of India (MCI), as the country’s apex regulator of medical education and profession has come into existence on 25th September 2020.
  • With the NMC coming into being, the Board of Governors (BoG) which superseded the MCI on September 26, 2018, to perform its functions, has been dissolved and the nearly 64-year-old Indian Medical Council Act abolished.
  • The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the president on August 8, 2019 and was published the same day.
  • The Act provided for setting up of an NMC in place of the scam-tainted Medical Council of India.
  • The four autonomous boards under the NMC Act — the Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB), Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB), Medical Assessment and Rating Board and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board — have also been constituted and comes into existence from Friday, according to the notifications issued by Nipun Vinayak, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

Source: Indian Express

UP Government Launches ‘U-Rise’ Portal To Guide Students Get Jobs

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has launched U-Rise portal to help students in getting jobs. The U-RISE or the Unified Reimagined Innovation For Students Empowerment portal will provide career counselling assistance to students.
  • The portal has been developed jointly by the Department of Technical Education, Department, Training, Employment and the Skill Development Mission along with the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow.
  • Terming it historic, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it is the biggest reform programme in the education sector after the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020.
  • Mr Adityanath said the UP is the first state to have launched a portal like this and added that it would benefit about 20 lakh students getting vocational and technical education.
  • The portal will have e-content, e-library and online courses.

Source: NDTV