Daily GK Updates: 5th November 2020

“ISRO to launch Earth Observation Satellite EOS01 on Nov 7.”

  • The Indian Space Research organisation ISRO has scheduled the launch of the Earth Observation Satellite EOS01 Saturday afternoon. Nine other customer satellites will also be carried into space by the workhorse launch vehicle PSLV-C49.
  • This would be the first launch by the ISRO after the Covid-triggered lockdown. The mission will be performed from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in southern Andhra Pradesh, close to Chennai.
  • The ISRO says the earth observation satellite EOS-01 is intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.
  • The launch operation will be livestreamed, though the media will not be permitted this time and the public viewers gallery will also be closed due to the prevailing pandemic situation.

Source: News on Air

“Hardeep Singh Puri launches ‘Nurturing Neighborhood Challenge.”

  • Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge focusing on shaping cities for young children and their families.
  • The challenge is conducted with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Netherlands with technical support from WRI lndia.
  • Through the challenge, selected cities will receive technical assistance and capacity-building to reimagine parks and open spaces, improve access to early childhood facilities, adapt public spaces with early childhood-oriented amenities and create accessible, safe, walkable streets for young children and families.
  • The challenge will be open to all Smart Cities, other cities with more than five lakh population, and capitals of States and Union Territories.

Source: News on Air

“India test-fires long range Pinaka rocket system, will be deployed to counter China.”

  • India successfully flight-tested the enhanced version of Pinaka multi-barrel rocket system (MRLS). Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the enhanced Pinaka along with guidance Pinaka will cover the range between 60 to 90 kilometres and will be deployed by the Indian Army.
  • The test-flight was carried out from Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
  • The DRDO said that this new rocket system has a longer range with reduced length compared to the earlier variant (Mk-1), which will now be phased out. The design and development has been carried out by Pune-based laboratories of DRDO, Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
  • The enhanced version of the Pinaka rocket would replace the existing Pinaka Mk-1 rockets. While Mk-1 had a range of 36 km, this enhanced variant can hit a target 45 to 60 km away and has been developed as per requirements of the Indian Army.

Source: Hindustan Times

“Prasar Bharati to soon launch 51 education TV channels.”

  • Prasar Bharati has recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to launch 51 direct-to-home (DTH) education TV channels.
  • As per reports, the MoU has been signed between Prasar Bharati and Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Further, the MoU aims to bring quality educational programmes to every household, including those in rural and remote areas, the government said in a statement.
  • This move aims to bring quality educational programmes to every household, including those in rural and remote areas.

Source: India Today 

“UN General Assembly Adopts India-Sponsored Resolutions On Nuclear Disarmament.”

  • The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two resolutions sponsored by India which call for the prohibition of nuclear weapons and reduce the risks of accidental use of nuclear weapons in the world.
  • The two resolutions were named ”Convention on the Prohibition of the use of Nuclear Weapons” and ”Reducing Nuclear Danger”, under the ”Nuclear Weapons” cluster.
  • These resolutions manifest India’s commitment towards the goal of nuclear disarmament.
  • The “Convention on the Prohibition of the use of Nuclear Weapons” was tabled by India since 1982 in the General Assembly, which requests the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva to commence negotiations on an international convention prohibiting the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

Source: NDTV

“Bangladesh, United States jointly launch naval exercise ‘CARAT Bangladesh 2020.”

  • The navies of the United States and Bangladesh have jointly launched on November 4, 2020, the ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2020’ in order to broaden relationships and expand maritime awareness between the two nations.
  • As per the press release by the US Embassy in Dhaka, the exercise will demonstrate the United States continuing commitment to working with the Bangladesh military in order to address the shared maritime security concerns. It will also strengthen partnerships to ensure an open and free Indo-pacific region.
  • The CARAT exercise involves a variety of professional exchanges as well as people to people interactions.
  • The sea phase of the CARAT naval exercise will take place in the Bay of Bengal with ships from both Bangladesh and the United States.
  • The events of CARAT 2020 have been designed to enhance interoperability between the navies of Bangladesh and the US.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Marlon Samuels announces retirement from all forms of cricket.”

  • Marlon Samuels, the West Indies batsman who top-scored in both of their T20 World Cup final victories, announced his retirement from professional cricket.
  • Samuels, who was recently embroiled in a controversy with Ben Stokes, came into the limelight after his match-winning knock in the 2012 World T20 final in Colombo. His quickfire 78-run knock off 56 balls against Sri Lanka and his 1/15 with the ball helped the Windies seal a comfortable win.
  • In the 2016 World T20 final in Kolkata, Samuels became the only man to be named as the player of the match in two ICC finals after hitting an unbeaten 85 off 66 balls to seal a four-wicket win against England .
  • Samuels, who began his international career way back in 2000, also represented several T20 franchises around the world later in his career, including Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors, Melbourne Renegades, and Peshawar Zalmi.
  • Samuels, who has played 71 Tests, 207 ODIs, and 67 T20s at the international level, has scored 11,134 international runs including 17 centuries across all formats. He also has 152 international wickets to his name.

Source: Indian Express 

“6 startups led by women win COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge.”

  • Six startups under the leadership of women have won the COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge. It was organized by MyGov in collaboration with UN Women and was launched in April 2020.
  • COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge was hosted on the platform of MyGov. It called for the applications from the startups that are led by women as well as those startups who provide solutions to issues faced by a large number of women.
  • COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge was implemented in two stages- Proof of Concept Stage and Ideation Stage. It also received an overwhelming response with a total of 1265 entries from all over the nation.
  • COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge was organized by MyGov in collaboration with UN women to involve and encourage women-led startups to come up with innovative ideas and solutions that will be able to help in the fight against COVID-19 or assist in solving problems that impact a large number of women.

Source: Jagran Josh

“Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurates Tourist Facilitation Centre facility in Kerala.”

  • Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel irtually inaugurated Tourist Facilitation Centre at Guruvayur, Kerala under PRASHAD Scheme.
  • Mr Patel praised the state government for the optimum use of the funds released by the Government for creating the facilities of international standards. He further assured the state government for every cooperation and support required from the Ministry of Tourism.
  • The PRASHAD scheme was launched by the Ministry of Tourism in 2014-15 with the objective of integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations.
  • The scheme is aimed at infrastructure development such as entry points, last mile connectivity, basic facilities like information centers, eco-friendly modes of transport, area lighting and illumination with renewable sources of energy, drinking water, toilets, cloak room and waiting rooms.

Source: News on Air

“Actor HG Somashekar Rao passes away.”

  • Theatre and film actor HG Somashekar Rao passed away in Bengaluru following a heart attack. He was 86.
  • HG Somashekar Rao discovered his passion for acting and theatre in the 1960s during his days as an employee of Canara Bank in Mysore. And he continued to pursue his passion even after moving to Bengaluru. He acted in over 300 plays.
  • Somashekar made his big screen debut with 1975 Kannada film Geejagana Goodu. Following which he appeared in more than 60 movies during his career spanning about five decades.
  • He shared screen space with some of the biggest superstars of the Kannada film industry, including Rajkumar, Anant Nag and Vishnuvardhan. The actor was known for films like Kaamana Billu (1983), 27 Mavalli Circle (1986), Harakeya Kuri (1992), Mithileya Seeteyaru (1988), Minchina Ota (1981) and Accident (1984).
  • HG Somashekar Rao was also a published author. He wrote 25 books, including an autobiography.

Source: Indian Express