Daily GK Updates: 4th October 2020

“PM Modi to inaugurate Summit RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020’ on October 5.”



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate mega virtual summit on Artificial Intelligence RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020’ on October 5, 2020.
  • According to an official release from PMO, the mega virtual summit will be organised by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog on October 5-9, 2020.
  • The release also informed that PM Narendra Modi plans on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for inclusive development, representing India’s ‘AI for ALL’ strategy in the spirit for Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas.

Source: Jagran Josh

“World Animal Day 2020: Date, history, and significance.”

  • World Animal Welfare Day is observed on October 4th across the world every year.
  • The international day is very significant in terms of caring, protecting, and spreading awareness through the support and involvement of individuals, groups and organisations that care for and love animals. This is the reason it is also known as “Animal Lovers Day”.
  • Heinrich Zimmermann organized the first celebration in 1925 in Berlin, Germany. He launched the event to raise awareness and improve the welfare of animals.
  • World Animal Day 2020 holds a great significance and is a wonderful reminder of different ways in which animals enhance our lives. The day is celebrated in different ways in different countries. Every year various activities are performed such as the launching of animal welfare campaigns, opening of rescue shelters for the animals, and organisation of fundraising events.

Source: India Today

“World Space Week: 4-10 October.”


  • The General Assembly declared 4 to 10 October World Space Week in order to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.
  • 4 October 1957 was the date of the launch into outer space of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration, and the 10th of October 1967 was the date of the entry into force of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
  • Space science and technology and their applications are increasingly being used to support a wide range of United Nations activities. At least 25 United Nations entities and the World Bank Group routinely use space applications. They make important and sometimes essential contributions to the work of the United Nations, including in the implementation of recommendations of major world conferences and those of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), and in efforts towards sustainable development.

Source: UN

“ RBI approves appointment of CoD to run Dhanlaxmi Bank till appointment of CEO.”

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved a three-member interim committee of directors (CoD), to run the private sector lender, Dhanlaxmi Bank, in the capacity of the Managing Director & CEO till a new MD & CEO takes charge
  • This decision was taken after the shareholders voted out the bank’s MD and CEO Sunil Gurbaxani on 30 September 2020.
  • The committee of directors (CoD) has G Subramonia Iyer as its Chairman, while G Rajagopalan Nair and P K Vijayakumar are its other two members.
  • However, RBI has approved this interim arrangement for only four months, within which the bank will have to complete the process of identification and appointment of a new Managing Director & CEO.

Source: Byscoop

“Honda to bid adieu F1 to concentrate on greener pastures.”

  • Japan’s Honda Motor will end its participation as an engine supplier in the FIA Formula One World Championship at the end of the 2021 season to focus on zero-emission technology, it said on Friday.
  • The decision was made at the end of September and the company does not intend to return to F1, Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo said in an online news conference.
  • “This is not a result of the coronavirus pandemic but because of our longer-term carbon-free goal,” he said.
  • Honda, which returned to F1 in 2015 and last year began in supplying engines to the Red Bull Racing team, said it will divert the resources it used to build F1 engines towards efforts to accelerate development of zero-emission technologies such as fuel cells and batteries.

Source: Times Now

“India’s Laws “Strong Enablers” Of Women Empowerment: Smriti Irani at UN.”

  • India recognises the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all aspects of our developmental agenda, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said at the United Nations.
  • Speaking on the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, she said: “Women numerically constitute half of humanity but their influence transfuses all dimensions of society, polity, and economy. In India, we recognize the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all aspects of our developmental journey.”
  • The Union Minister said that India is now focused on inclusive growth and deep reforms that together are bringing about transformational changes.

Source: NDTV

“Alyssa Healy breaks MS Dhoni’s wicket keeping record in T20Is.”

  • Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy has broken MS Dhoni’s record for the most number of dismissals by a wicketkeeper in T20 internationals.
  • She went past Dhoni’s tally of 91 during the 2nd T20I between Australia women and New Zealand women at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Sunday.
  • MS Dhoni had held the record with 57 catches and 34 stumpings in 98 matches.
  • Healy, who was involved in a stumping and a catch during the 2nd T20I, now has 92 dismissals in 114 matches. The top 10 list is dominated by women’s stars with India’s Tania Bhatia catching up with at a quick pace.

Source: India Today

“Ex-WestJet CEO appointed non-executive director on IndiGo board.”

  • The Inter Globe Aviation has appointed Albert Saretsky, who was the former CEO of a Canadian airline, as a non-executive non-independent director on the board of IndiGo, according to a statement.
  • Saretsky is a nominee of Rahul Bhatia‘s Inter Globe Enterprises (IGE) group, which holds around 38-per-cent share in the budget carrier. He has been the president and CEO of the West Jet airline  for eight years from 2010-2018, IndiGo said on Friday.
  • “In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic direction to the organisation, as well as for financial management of the company,” it said.
  • Prior to WestJet, Saretsky was associated with Alaska Airlines from 1998-2008. Currently, he is associated with the Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation as the director and chairman of its board.

Source: Economic Times

 “Pentagon okays $90 million sale of spares, support for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to India.”


  • The Pentagon has approved India’s request to buy $90 million worth of equipment, spare parts and logistical support for its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft.
  • In its notification to the Congress, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-India strategic relationship and improve the security of a major defence partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region.
  • The items ordered by India are aircraft consumable spares and repair/return parts; ground support and equipment; Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) fire extinguisher cartridges; flare cartridges; BBU-35/B cartridge impulse squibs.
  • India has also ordered for one spare AN/ALR-56M Advanced Radar Warning Receiver shipset; spare AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser System shipset; ten Lightweight Night Vision Binocular (F5032); ten AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggle (NVG)(F4949); GPS and Electronic Warfare.

Source: Hindustan Times

“NASA launches SS Kalpana Chawla Cygnus spacecraft to International Space station.”

  • The International Space Station (ISS) is gearing up to receive the flight which will supply thousands of kilograms essential space supplies and related-equipments to the astronauts.
  • Northrop Grumman launched another flight to the International Space Station, this time named after late astronaut ‘Kalpana Chawla’. The Cygnus vehicle S.S Kalpana Chawla along with Antares rocket for NG-14 mission was launched on October 2nd, at 21.16 EDT (6.46 am IST).
  • Northrop Grumman further affirmed that they wanted to name their next Cygnus vehicle after someone who has played an instrumental role in space exploration and then decided to name it after Kalpana Chawla on her family’s permission.
  • The US vehicle is expected to reach the International Space Station after a 2 days journey and will deliver a cargo of 1,217 kg of science experiments, personal items and 850 kg of crew equipment.
  • As per the information cited on the NASA Spaceflight website, the Cygnus vehicle will make an approach towards the space station from 10 meters below. Thereafter, the astronauts will connect the Cygnus to International Space Station through its robotic arm of Candarm2.

Source: Indian Express