Daily GK Updates: 31th October 2020

National Unity Day: 31st October.”

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary is observed as National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on October 31 every year.
  • This year marks the 145th birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India.
  • Patel is credited for playing a crucial role in the integration of India from 560 princely states.
  • He served as the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel quotes “Work is undoubtedly worship but laughter is life. Anyone who takes life too seriously must prepare himself for a miserable existence. Anyone who greets joys and sorrows with equal facility can really get the best of life”.

Source: Times Now News

“PM Inaugurates Dynamic Lighting For Sardar Sarovar Dam.”

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated dynamic lighting for the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
  • He also unveiled the website of Statue of Unity in all the UN official languages and launched the Kevadia App, at the Unity Glow Garden.Meanwhile, he inaugurated and visited the Cactus Garden.
  • It is a unique theme park spread over an area of 3.61 acre. It has a glimmering array of installations, figures, and optical illusions PM to welcome all tourists to experience the joy of night tourism.
  • It is a grand architectural greenhouse with 450 national and international species from 17 countries. It has around 6 lakh plants including 1.9 lakh cactus plants in an area spread over 25acre.

Source: Business World

“Spelity Lyngdoh Langrin passes away.”

  • On Thursday, Meghalaya woke up to the news of loss. Spelity Lyngdoh Langrin the face of the decades-long anti-uranium mining movement in Meghalaya
  • Had passed away at her home in Domiasiat area of South West Khasi Hills district the night before. She was 95.
  • While not many know of Langrin in the rest of India, she was considered an icon in Meghalaya for turning down a multi-crore offer from the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL)
  • A Public Sector enterprise that wanted to mine her land. “Money cannot buy me freedom,” Langrin had famously said, rejecting the offer.

Source: The Indian Express

“October 31: World Cities Day.”

  • Every year, October 31 is celebrated as the World Cities Day by the United Nations.
  • The day promotes global urbanization, addresses challenges of urbanization, pushes for cooperation among countries for sustainable urban development.
  • This year, the World Cities Day is celebrated under the following theme Valuing Our Communities and Cities

Source: Gk Today

“India Test-Fires Air-Launched Version of BrahMos Missile.”

  • In a display of its growing combat prowess, the Indian Air Force on Friday successfully test-fired an air launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal, official sources said.
  • The missile hit a sinking ship with deadly accuracy and the test-firing produced desired results, they said.
  • The aircraft, belonging to Thanjavur-based Tigersharks squadron, took off from a frontline airbase in Punjab and it was refuelled mid-air before the missile was released, they said.
  • The test firing of the missile came in the midst of India’s bitter border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

Source: NDTV 

“Migration and Development Brief Report of World Bank.”

  • On October 30, 2020, the World Bank released the migration and development brief report.
  • According to the report the remittances of India will fall by 9% by the end of 2020.
  • India’s remittances will drop down to 76 billion USD due to covid-19 crisis and the Global economic recession.
  • According to the World bank report, in 2019 India received 83.1 billion USD remittances.
  • The report says that the top five countries that will receive lowest foreign remittances will be India, China, Mexico, Philippines and Egypt.The amount of money the migrant workers sending home is expected to reduce by 14% in 2021 as compared to that of 2019.

Source: GK Today

“Kerala, Goa & Chandigarh best governed states.”

  • According to the report, the states were ranked in the context of sustainable development. The Governance of the states was analysed based on three pillars namely growth, equity and sustainability.
  • Kerala was awarded with the top most ranking and Uttar Pradesh with the bottom most ranking.
  • In large state category, Kerala topped the listing with an index of 1.388 followed by Tamil Nadu with 0.91, Andhra Pradesh with 0.5 31 and Karnataka with 0.468. The bottom most ranking was occupied by Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar in the same category
  • In the small state category Goa topped the list followed by Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh. The bottom most states in this category were Manipur, Delhi and Uttarakhand.
  • In the category of Union Territories Chandigarh was the top performing region followed by Puducherry and Lakshadweep. Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir were the least performing Union Territories.

Source: GK Today

“Niti Aayog releases draft model Act on land titles.”

  • The Niti Aayog has released a draft model Act and rules for states on conclusive land titling with an aim to reduce litigations and ease the land acquisition process for infrastructure projects.
  • The model Act and rules will provide state governments power to order for establishment, administration and management of a system of title registration of immovable properties.
  • The aim of the draft model Act is to reduce a large number of land related litigations and also improve land acquisitions for the infrastructure projects.
  • Under the model Act, the land dispute resolution officer and land title appellate tribunal are one-shot institutions which will fade away as the work reduces.

Source: The Economics Times

“Electronics Sector Skill Council of India appoints PVG Menon as CEO.”

  • The Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) on Friday announced appointment of PVG Menon as its chief executive officer.
  • Menon willbe responsible for overseeing the operations of ESSCI and work closely with its governing Council on strategic issues related to the growth of the electronic systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry in India.
  • “Over the years, we have successfully skilled over a million professionals for the ESDM industry and have a wide footprint across India. We are also looking at raising the bar for skill development for this sector, so as to achieve global quality training, and make it available in India. We welcome PVG Menon on board and wish him the best,” Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman, ESSCI and Founder HCL said in a statement.

Source: Business Standard  

“UP Governor releases ‘sciencetoon’ book on COVID-19 pandemic.”


  • The book, named ‘Bye Bye Corona’, published by Vigyan Prasar of the Department of Science and Technology, makes people aware of COVID-19 in an engaging way.
  • Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Thursday released a ‘sciencetoon’ book with comprehensive information on the COVID-19 pandemic, its symptoms and prevention through precautions.
  • The book, named ‘Bye Bye Corona’, published by Vigyan Prasar of the Department of Science and Technology, makes people aware of COVID-19 in an engaging way.
  • “The 220-page book contains comprehensive information on the novel coronavirus pandemic, its symptoms and prevention through precautions.

Source: India Tv