Daily GK Updates: 4th November 2020

“Shane Watson formally announces retirement from all forms of cricket”.

  • Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener, formally announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Watson had informed about his decision after CSK’s final IPL 2020 match against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, which the Yellow Army won by nine wickets.
  • Watson, who was bought by CSK two years ago, had already retired from international cricket in 2015. He played a vital role in the Chennai-based franchise’s third IPL title win in 2018 with a century in the final.
  • Watson, who has played 59 Tests, 190 ODIs, and 58 T20s at the international level, has won the ICC World Cup with Australia twice, in 2007 and in 2015.
  • In Tests, Watson scored 3731 runs and picked up 75 wickets, and scored 5757 runs and scalped 168 wickets in ODIs to finish his career as one of the leading all-rounders of his era.

Source: Indian Express

“Duarte Pacheco, Portugal MP, elected as new President of Inter Parliamentary Union.”

  • Duarte Pacheco, Portugal Member of Parliament, has been elected as a new President of IPU- Inter Parliamentary Union from 2020-2023.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla extended his wishes to Duarte Pacheco for his election as a President of Inter Parliamentary Union and added that his beliefs in ideals of democracy, consensus building, rule of law, and multilateralism will help in building a more focused and stronger IPU with the changing times.
  • The election process for the selection of IPU President took place through remote electronic secret ballot, with a window of 24 hours for casting votes. During the election, Uruguay’s Beatriz Argimon and Laurence Fehlmann Rielle from Switzerland have also been unanimously elected to the Executive committee of IPU.
  • The 206th session of Inter Parliamentary Union’s governing council has been held virtually from November 1 to November 4, 2020, for the election of IPU President as well as to take decisions and further discuss pressing issues related to the functioning of the organization. It includes the adoption of the IPU budget and programme of work for 2021.

Source: Jagran Josh

“CSIR-CDRI Scientist, Dr Susanta Kar, honoured with ‘Prof. A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award-2020.”

  • To recognize the significant contributions towards defining the survival tactics of Leishmania donovani, Society of Biological Chemists (India) has chosen Dr Susanta Kar, Senior Scientist, Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow for this year’s Prof. A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award.
  • Leishmania donovani is a protozoan parasite that infects macrophages and is a causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (Kala Azar), a lethal infectious disease affecting millions worldwide.
  • His research group study the interaction of Leishmania with immune cells like macrophages, dendritic cells and T cells and the fate of these interactions on modulation of various intracellular signaling cascades that ultimately affect immune response/infection progression.
  • Society of Biological Chemists (India) has instituted many awards, in order to recognize the meritorious and significant contributions made by the researchers/scientists on the development of biological sciences in the country, The Society of Biological Chemists (India) or SBC(I) was founded in 1930, with its Head Quarters at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. This prestigious society was registered under the Societies Act in the then Princely State of Mysore.
  • The award is conferred in every two years. Recipient of the award should be below 50 years of age. Award is given for Biological Chemistry and Allied sciences, preferably related to parasitic infections. Awardee has to deliver an award oration at the Annual Meeting of SBC(I).

Source: DD News

“MoHUA to conference on urban mobility next week.”

  • The Union housing and urban affairs ministry will organise a one-day Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference next week.
  • The ministry said the main theme of this year”s event is “Emerging Trends in Urban Mobility”. The theme focuses on innovative measures taken at the national and international levels to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to provide accessible and convenient transport to people.
  • Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the ”13th Urban Mobility India Conference 2020” on November 9.
  • The day-long event will be held online, it said and added that Jan Gehl, who is a renowned Danish architect, an urbanist, a professor and founder of Modern Urban Planning, will deliver the key note address.
  • Twelve events have so far been organised on urban mobility, and state governments, city authorities and other stakeholders have gained substantially through participation in these conferences, according to the ministry.

Source: Outlook India

“First phase of Malabar Exercise to begin in Bay of Bengal on Nov 3”.

  • Malabar Naval Exercise, which will for the first time in over ten years, see participation of India, United States, Japan and Australia will take place in two phases this year.
  • The first phase will be held in the first week of November in the Bay of Bengal, and the second phase will be held in the Arabian Sea in mid-November.
  • Navy said in a statement that the 24th edition of Malabar Naval exercise is “scheduled in two phases in November 2020” and Phase 1 “involving participation by Indian Navy (IN), United States Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is set to commence off Visakhapatnam in Bay of Bengal” from November 3 to November 6.
  • Australia joining the exercise gains significance as all the four countries are members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or the Quad, and it will send a strong message to China, with which India has been involved in a nearly six-month old military standoff in eastern Ladakh.
  • The first phase of the exercise, it mentioned, “would witness complex and advanced naval exercises including surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare operations, cross deck flying, seamanship evolutions and weapon firing exercises”. Phase 2 of Malabar 20 is scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea in mid-November 2020, the Navy said.

Source: Indian Express

“Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister”.

  • Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted five new ministers into her executive.
  • She was elected first as a Member of Parliament belonging to the Labour Party in September 2017. In 2019, she was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities.
  • Her work in that area has helped her build the base for her new role of Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities.
  • In addition to this, she has become the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment.
  • She has become New Zealand’s first-ever Kiwi Indian Minister, the New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted Indian Weekender as saying.

Source: Indian Express

“Rajiv Jalota Appointed As Chairman Of Mumbai Port Trust”.

  • Rajiv Jalota has been appointed as chairperson of Mumbai Port Trust by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on the proposal of the Shipping Ministry.
  • Jalota is a 1988 batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer. He is currently serving as the additional chief secretary in the higher and technical education department of the state government.
  • The outgoing Mumbai Port Trust chairman Sanjay Bhatia retired on July 31 earlier this year.

Source: Business World

“IBM, Indian Oil Corporation collaborate for digital services”.

  • Tech giant IBM stated it has collaborated with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) to transform the latter’s customer experience using digital tools.
  • Around 12,400 IOCL distributors covering about 130 million consumers can now use the IndianOil One mobile app and portal, developed by IBM Services. The IndianOil One mobile app and portal are part of Indian Oil’s Project ePIC, an integrated platform for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Distribution Management System (DMS).
  • This platform ensures real-time updates to inventory, orders, and invoices, thereby reducing the time to order fulfilment. Indian Oil can respond more quickly to customer service requests, including grievances using the platform.
  • The platform also presents a unified customer experience across various access devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and desktops.

Source: Dailyhunt

“Legendary violinist T N Krishnan passes away at 92”.

  • The legendary violinist T.N. Krishnan passed away in Chennai. He was 92. The eminent violinist is a recipient of several coveted awards and titles including Padma Vibushan.
  • The renowned violinist Tiruppunithura Narayanaiyer Krishnan started his famous journey into the musical world as a child prodigy and went on to perform with great legends of his times.
  • Born in Kerala in 1928, the world of music brought him to Chennai at an early age in 1942 and started performing with great musical luminaries like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyenkar, Alathur Brothers, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer.
  • He used to greet the music lovers on every Christmas Day and play Jingle Bells before his packed audience at Music Academy in Chennai.
  • He also served as the Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi. His shishyas and rasikas, both remember him as a great mentor. The legend T.N . Krishnan will be remembered with great reverence for his gracious musical performances and also as an inspiring personality for long.

Source: DD News

“Actor Faraaz Khan passes away at 46”.

  • Actor Faraaz Khan, best-known for his role in Rani Mukerji’s ‘Mehndi’, died after a prolonged illness. He was 46.
  • Faraaz Khan was battling for life at a hospital in Bengaluru. He had suffered a brain infection.
  • On the work front, apart from 1998’s ‘Mehndi’, Faraaz Khan is also known for Vikram Bhatt’s 1996 thriller ‘Fareb’.

Source: Zee News