Daily GK Updates: 27th October 2020

“World Day for Audiovisual Heritage observed today”.

  • The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is celebrated to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents.
  • Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio, and television programmes, are our common heritage and contain the primary records of the history of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Unfortunately, that heritage is now endangered, because sound recordings and moving images can be deliberately destroyed or irretrievably lost as a result of neglect, decay, and technological obsolescence.
  • The General Conference of UNESCO approved the commemoration of a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in 2005 as a mechanism to raise general awareness of the need to preserve and safeguard important audiovisual material for future generations, and for urgent measures to be taken to conserve this heritage and ensure it remains accessible to the public now, and to future generations.
  • Every year, October 27 is celebrated as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage as on this day in 1980, UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images, the first international instrument to declare the cultural and historical importance of film and television recordings.
  • National Film Archive of India(NFAI) is celebrating the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage today by putting up a poster exhibition at its premises. The exhibition titled ‘Mahatma on Celluloid’ will showcase the influence of Gandhian values in films across various languages.

Source: India Today   

“PM Modi Inaugurates 4th India Energy Forum”.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 4th India Energy Forum by CERAWeek.
  • The Prime Minister of India, Hon. Shri Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, to be held virtually October 26-28.
  • The event will convene an international group of speakers and a community of over a thousand delegates from India and over 30 countries.
  • The speakers at the event would include Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Dan Brouillette US Secretary of Energy among others.

Source: Business World  

“Vigilance Awareness Week to be observed from October 27”.

  • The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) and Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) are jointly observing the Vigilance Awareness Week, as per the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), from October 27 to November 2.
  • Both the organisations will be conducting various activities to create awareness among all the stakeholders, employees and other citizens, especially youth, to promote and uphold ethical values, which helps in developing a sustainable culture of honesty and integrity, since corruption is one of the major obstacles for the overall development of the nation.
  • Special focus will be given to internal (housekeeping) activities during the week.
  • They include land management, allotment of quarters, management of assets, clearing of complaints, gender sensitisation, inspections and leveraging technology.

Source: The Hindu    

“ICICI Bank closes its banking business in Sri Lanka”.

  • ICICI Bank announced that the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, having considered the request made by ICICI Bank has granted approval to close down business operations of the Bank in Sri Lanka and cancel the licence issued to it in terms of the provisions of the Banking Act, No. 30 of 1988, subject to certain terms and conditions.
  • The Director of Bank Supervision being satisfied with the Bank complying with the terms and conditions imposed by the Monetary Board, the licence issued to the Bank to carry on banking business in Sri Lanka is cancelled with effect from 23 October 2020.

Source: Business Standard     

“Bangladesh govt orders ‘no mask, no service’ policy”.

  • The Bangladesh government has decided that no service will be provided to people who don’t wear mask.
  • The cabinet meeting Chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided that no one will be allowed to enter offices without the mask.
  • It decided that all offices must install notice boards saying ‘no mask, no service’ in order to control the spread of COVID 19 virus in the country.
  • Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said that people at all public and private offices, social institutions, haat-bazars, shopping malls, other establishments, educational institutions, mosques or other places of worship throughout the country must use mask in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, reports the official news agency BSS.
  • Involving community leaders in the campaign to wear mask, the Cabinet Secretary said that the government has also talked to the Islamic scholars and religious leaders to publicise this at all mosques through the Imams.

Source: DD News  

“India–Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE) launched by AIM”.

  • The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) will organise  a two-day hackathon on circular economy, ‘India–Australia Circular Economy Hackathon (I-ACE)’  in association with CSIRO on 7th and 8th December 2020.
  • The idea of I-ACE was put forward during a virtual summit between the Indian and Australian prime ministers on June 4, 2020. This was decided in order to explore innovative ways to boost circular economy in India and Australia.
  • I-ACE will focus on to identify and to develop innovative technological solutions by bright-minded students, start-ups and MSMEs of India and Australia.
  • The hackathon will be organized under four theme:
    • Innovation in reducing packaging waste.
    • Innovation in food supply chains avoiding waste.
    • Creating opportunities for plastic waste reduction.
    • Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste.
  • The primary purpose of the hackathon to address the circular economy challenge. It will create possible solutions for eliminating waste and reusing waste. This will make the economy less resource intensive and will ensure that the economic growth is ecologically compatible.

Source: GK Today           

“Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda to launch two Centers of Excellence for Tribal Welfare”.

  • Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda launches two Centers of Excellence for Tribal Welfare through video conference.
  • The first initiative strengthening Panchayati Raj institutions will be launched in five districts covering 30 Gram Panchayts and 150 villages of Jharkhand.
  • The model is designed to create the youth volunteers among the tribal youths by giving them personality development training who will work for their community in spreading the awareness.

Source: News on Air  

“Govt Employees Who Are Single-male Parents Entitled To Child Care Leave”.

  • The Centre announced that government employees, who were ‘single-male parents’, would also be entitled to paid Child Care Leave (CCL).
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh announced that the reforms to allow single-male parents to take CCL had been introduced by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and that the provisions would be extended to all single-male parents who were widowers, divorcees or even unmarried.
  • Full leave salary would be granted to the male employee for the first 365 days, followed by 80 per cent of the leave salary for the consecutive 365 days under these provisions.

Source: Republic World                 

“Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches Punjab National Bank’s All India CSR campaign against COVID 19”.

  • Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare launched Punjab National Bank’s (PNB) All India CSR campaign against COVID 19. He also released the digital CSR album & CSR video of Punjab National Bank.
  • Appreciating the efforts of PNB for the works done under CSR activities in the fight against COVID 19, Dr. Harsh Vardhan noted, “PNB has contributed in the movement of the government to combat the pandemic by distributing approximately 10 lakh masks and sanitizers in 662 districts of the country to the needy sections of society through its over 10,000 branches.”
  • He also praised Gram Sampark Yojna which was launched on 2nd October, 2020 by the bank for a period of three months, for providing special facilities to the farmers of 500 districts in rural and semi urban areas.

Source: PIB

“Ministry explores tourism opportunities in Rajasthan’s Bundi”.

  • The Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ webinar series titled “Bundi: Architectural Heritage of a Forgotten Rajput Capital” this Saturday focused on Bundi in Rajasthan and explored how its architectural history can drive tourism in the region.
  • Bundi, the erstwhile capital of Hada Rajput province known as Hadauti located in south-eastern Rajasthan, is one such place. The webinar was presented by Charudatta Deshmukh, an Architect-Urban Planner.
  • Deshmukh presented a comprehensive understanding of architectural heritage of Bundi as primary driver for growth of Tourism in Bundi and in south-eastern Rajasthan among other issues.
  • Bundi is also known as city of stepwalls, blue city and Choti Kashi. In ancient times, the area around Bundi was apparently inhabited by various local tribes, of which the Parihar Tribes, Meena were prominent.

Source: Daji World