Daily GK Updates: 30th September 2020

“Shekhar Kapur Is The New President Of FTII Society And Its Governing Council”.


  • Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur was appointed president of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and chairman of the institute’s governing council, an official said.
  • FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said Shekhar Kapur’s appointment was announced by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • The 74-year-old filmmaker’s tenure will be till March 3, 2023, the official said. Born on December 6, 1945 at Lahore in Pakistan, the critically acclaimed director and actor is known for films like Elizabeth (1998), Bandit Queen (1994) and The Four Feathers (2002).
  • Shekhar Kapur directed the 1983 film Masoom, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Urmila Matondkar.

Source: NDTV

“Sonu Sood Receives Special Humanitarian Action Award”.

Source: NDTV

“Biodiversity map puts spotlight on Mumbai’s rich flora, fauna”.

  • If it’s Maximum City, it’s minimum biodiversity. But that’s not the case, according to a new map made by artist and cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty. ‘The Biodiversity Map of Mumbai’ teems with an abundance of species, right from the humble mangroves to the wondrous Atlas Moth, one of the biggest and most beautiful insects in the world.
  • Chakravarty (33) has presented the map as a vibrant document that is rooted in fact and keeps it fun. Among the 90-plus species, a Greater Flamingo swoops past the Sewri Mudflats, while an Asian palm civet scales a palm tree near Vasai Creek.
  • “The main motive behind creating this map is to make young Mumbaikars pause and think about how they share space with this incredible biodiversity. There is a lot of mis governance in the country, and in Mumbai specially as state projects seem to threaten pockets like Aarey and the city’s coast,” Chakravarty said.
  • The map has been created specially for a campaign called ‘Biodiversity by the Bay’, initiated by Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, a youth collective for climate action. The campaign has a five-point objective, including getting protected status for the Lesser Flamingo and livelihood support for coastal Koli communities.
  • “This map is the first of its kind, and is intended to inspire pride in all of Mumbai’s treasures. It shows our audience how they are connected to Mumbai’s biodiversity,” said Sonali Bhasin, senior strategist at Purpose Climate Lab, the international social impact agency behind the campaign. The map will be part of the campaign’s social media strategy on September 30.

Source: Indian Express

“Usha Mangeshkar honoured with Lata Mangeshkar award 2020-21”.


  • The Maharashtra government has announced the Gan Samragni Lata Mangeshkar award for the year 2020-21 to veteran female playback singer Usha Mangeshkar.
  • The award is given by the cultural department of the state government. The award includes a cash prize of five lakh rupees, a certificate and a memento.
  • The veteran singer has sung songs in Marathi, Hindi and several other Indian language films.
  • Her songs from the film ‘Subah ka Tara’, ‘Jay Santoshi Maa’, ‘Azad’, ‘Chitrlekha’, ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Kala Pathar’, ‘Naseeb’, ‘Khubsurat’, ‘Disco Dancer’, ‘Inkar’ ruled the chartbuster.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Maharashtra Governor issues notification modifying FRA to allow tribals build houses near forest areas”.


  • Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday issued a notification modifying the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, that will enable forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes (STs) and other traditional forest-dwelling families to build houses in the neighborhood of forest areas.
  • The amendment seeks to “prevent the migration of forest-dwelling families outside their native villages and provide them housing areas by extending the village site into forest land in their neighborhood”, and is likely to provide a major relief to STs and other traditional forest-dwelling families living in the scheduled areas of the state.
  • The notification was issued by the Governor using his powers under sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 5 of the Schedule V of the Constitution, an official statement issued by Raj Bhawan said.
  • The notification provides relief to tribal persons whose individual or community forest rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act.

Source: Indian Express

“Veteran songwriter Abhilash passes away”.

  • Veteran songwriter, Abhilash passed away. He was best known for the song ‘Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata’ from the 1986 film  His real name was Om Prakash.
  • His song ‘Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata’ has been translated into eight languages and is played as a prayer song across schools and other institutions even today.
  • In a career spanning five decades, Abhilash wrote songs for films such as Raftaar (1975) and Awara Ladki (1975) and worked for composers such as Usha Khanna and Bappi Lahiri. He also wrote songs for films such as Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Hulchul (1995).

Source: Dailyhunt

“International Translation Day – 30 September”.

  • International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.
  • On 24 May 2017, the General Assembly adopted resolution 71/288 on the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development, and declared 30 September as International Translation Day.
  • 30 September celebrates the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator, who is considered the patron saint of translators.

Source: UN

Rupa Gurunath re-appointed as ICL’s wholetime director”.

  • Rupa Gurunath was re-elected as a wholetime director of The India Cements Ltd. (ICL), at the company’s annual general meeting held on Monday, for a period of five years with effect from March 5.
  • Gurunath has been associated with ICL as a director from 2007 and wholetime director since 2010.
  • Besides assisting the MD in the day-to-day administration of ICL, she has been instrumental in successful and timely completion of various projects, said the company.
  • She also laid down systems and processes resulting in huge cost savings and overall improvement in the company’s performance, said ICL in a shareholders’ note.

Source: The Hindu

“Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad-al Sabah passes away at age 91, PM Modi condoles ruler’s demise”.

  • The ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad-al Sabah passed away on September 29, 2020. He was admitted to the hospital in the United States where he breathed his last.
  • Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad-al Sabah was flown to the US in July 2020 for further treatment after he underwent successful surgery for the unspecified medical issues.
  • In the emir’s absence, his duties were assigned to his half-brother Crown Prince Nawaf al-Ahmad al Sabah in accordance with the constitutional law. With the emir’s death, the 83 years prince has been recognized by the cabinet to take Sabah-al Ahmad’s place as the monarch of the country.
  • From India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, leaders from all over the world mourn the demise of Kuwait’s emir and expressed their condolences through social media.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Assam’s only woman CM Syeda Anwara Taimur passes away”. 

  • Syeda Anwara Taimur, the only woman to have become the Chief Minister of Assam till now, passed away in Australia on Monday. She was 84.
  • Taimur, a Congress politician then, was the CM from December 1980 to June next year. At that time, the anti-foreigner movement in the state (1979-85) was at its peak.
  • Taimur became an MLA in 1972, 1978, 1983 and 1991; was a minister in Assam twice; and a Rajya Sabha MP twice (nominated in 1988 and elected in 2004).
  • In 2011, Taimur joined the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF, reportedly after being denied a ticket from Congress.

Source: Indian Express