Daily GK Updates: 2nd November 2020

“Women’s T20 Challenge: BCCI announce Jio as Title Sponsor for 2020 edition of the tournament”.


  • As a first, a title sponsor signed with the Indian cricket board exclusively for women’s cricket and BCCI has called it a ‘historic partnership’ in its media release.
  • BCCI revealed that Indian telecommunications company Jio, which falls under Reliance, would be the title sponsor of the Women’s T20 Challenge. The 6-day T20 tournament will be played between 3 teams in the UAE from November 4- November 9.
  • A group of 30 India women’s cricketers arrived in the UAE, on October 23,ahead of the 3rd edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge, the finals of which will be held on November 9 in Sharjah.

Source: India Today

“NMC notifies Minimum Requirements for Annual MBBS Admissions Regulations”.

  • In a significant step towards affordable medical education, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has notified the Minimum Requirements for Annual MBBS Admissions Regulations (2020).
  • The notification replaces the “Minimum Standard Requirements for Medical Colleges, 1999 of the erstwhile Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the new Regulation will be applicable to all new medical colleges proposed to be established, and to the established medical colleges proposing to increase their annual MBBS intake from the academic year 2021-22.
  • During the transitory period, the established medical colleges will be governed by the relevant regulations existing prior to the current notification.
  • The new standards allow optimization and flexibility in utilizing available resources, and harnessing modern educational technology tools to facilitate moving towards quality education, even when resources are relatively scarce.

Source: News on Air

“Centre to set up strategic policy unit to make Ayush sector future-ready”.

  • To facilitate planned and systematic growth of the Ayush sector, ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy)  to set up a strategic policy unit that will help it reach its full potential.
  • The ministry has collaborated with Invest India, which is a National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency that helps investors looking for investment opportunities and options in India, to create the unit called ‘Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau (SPFB)’.
  • As a partner in the project, Invest India would collaborate extensively with Ayush ministry to frame the work plan of the bureau and define its short- and long-term targets. Invest India is expected to deploy highly trained and expert resources to implement and execute the ministry’s plans.
  • The initiative is the latest in a series of steps taken by Ayush ministry that aim to promote the sector such as setting up the comprehensive information technology backbone called Ayush grid for the entire sector, streamlining of Ayush education along modern lines, evolving global standards for Ayush systems for diagnostics and setting up a vertical for Ayush drugs control, to enable Ayush systems to move to the centre stage of health care activities.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority inaugurated”.

  • The Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA), the first authority of its kind in India to integrate, plan and regulate different commuting modes, took effect on Sunday, over a year after the State Legislative Assembly approved the Act on the basis of which it would function.
  • The authority, chaired by the Transport Minister and having the Transport Secretary as its vice chairman, would bring under one umbrella agencies like the MVD, the Kochi Corporation, and town and urban transport planners.
  • The KMRL had readied draft rules of the KMTA, which was vetted and improved upon by a select committee that was constituted for the purpose.
  • The architect of National Urban Development Policy, O.P. Agarwal, who as an urban transport expert is member of KMTA, spoke of how Kochi’s journey in constituting an MTA had been unique, since most global cities are struggling to formulate one.

Source: The Hindu  

“Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurates Mansar Lake Development Plan in Jammu”.


  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh said that today is the historic day for the people of Mansar Region, as the Mansar Lake Development Plan is getting fulfilled after a long wait of 70 years.
  • The Minister said that after its implementation, the number of Tourists/pilgrims will increase from current 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs per year in Mansar region. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Mansar Rejuvenation Plan will lead to employment generation of about 1.15 crore man-days and will generate more than Rs 800 crore of income per year.
  • Udhampur possibly the only District in the country which has on the lines of Namami Ganga and Ganga cleaning project, received two similar rejuvenation and renovation projects for River Devika and Mansar Lake respectively.

Source: Country and Politics

“Super typhoon Goni slams into Philippines”.

  • Super typhoon Goni brought intense rains and caused heavy flooding in several provinces in the southern part of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon.
  • Goni is the world’s strongest storm so far this year with winds reaching up to 225kph (140 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 310kph (190mph) as it continues to cross the main island.
  • Between 19 million and 31 million people could be affected according to the disaster management agency.
  • Goni is among the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines since Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people in 2013.
  • It follows Typhoon Molave, which hit the Philippines last month killing 22 people, mostly through drowning in provinces south of Manila.

Source: DD News

“India’s first ‘Tyre Park’ to come up in West Bengal”.

  • West Bengal will soon feature “India’s first” ‘Tyre Park’, where artworks made from scrap and defective parts will be on display.
  • Asserting that it is a unique concept, and not found anywhere in the country, the official said the idea behind the park is waste can be converted into art.
  • The Tyre Park, which will come up at Esplanade area, would have a small cafe where people can sit, relax and enjoy the craftsmanship made from tyres.
  • “It will be an island of peace in an otherwise very crowded area,” the official said.
  • The date of launch of the Tyre Park will be announced shortly.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Writer Paul Zacharia Selected For Ezhuthachan Puraskaram”.

  • Noted Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia has been selected for this year’s Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the Kerala government’s highest literary honour. The award, named after Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language, carries a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation.
  • Zacharia was chosen for his contribution to Malayalam literature during the past five decades.
  • A five-member jury, headed by Kerala Sahitya Akademi President Vyshakhan, selected him for the award. The award will be presented to the writer at a function in the Secretariat here at a later date.
  • ‘Salam America’, ‘Oridath, ‘Aarkkariyam’, ‘Bhaskara patelarum ente jeevithavum’ are among his various literary works.
  • Zacharia won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 and the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 2004.

Source: Republic World

“Panghal, Sanjeet, Ashish win gold at Alexis Vastine international boxing”.

  • World silver-medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) and Sanjeet (91kg) struck gold on Friday in their first competition after the coronavirus-forced break, at the Alexis Vastine international boxing tournament in Nantes.
  • Panghal defeated American Rene Abraham 3-0. Sanjeet beat Frenchman Soheb Bouafia.
  • In the 75kg category, Ashish Kumar also claimed gold after his opponent, American Joseph Gerome Hiks, pulled out due to injury.
  • Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) won silver after losing to Samuel Kistohurry in a split 2-1 verdict.

Source: The Hindu

“Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister Doraikkannu no more”.

  • Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R. Doraikkannu died at a private hospital in Chennai late on October 31 after battling COVID-19-related complications. He was 72.
  • Doraikannu, a native of Rajagiri near Papanasam in Thanjavur district, was the secretary of the AIADMK’s Thanjavur (North) district unit.
  • He also functioned as the secretary of the party’s Papanasam Union for 25 years besides serving as the president of the District Agriculture Marketing Committee.
  • He was first elected to Tamil Nadu Assembly from the Papanasam Assembly constituency in 2006. He retained the constituency in 2011 and 2016 Assembly elections.
  • He was inducted into the State Cabinet led by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in 2016 and continued in the post in the regime of O. Panneerselvam and later in the government of Edappadi K. Palaniswami.

Source: The Hindu