GK Update 13th November 2020

1. MP govt launches ‘Roadmap to Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh’

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched a roadmap to “Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh 2023” through a virtual event.
  • Under the roadmap, a special focus will be on health and education in the state.
  • Four seminars were conducted on physical infrastructure, good governance, health and education to prepare the roadmap of the state.
  • On the basis of the inputs received by the experts in the seminar, the roadmap of Aatma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh has been prepared.
  • Economy and employment will also be major focus areas and small and cottage industries will be motivated.
  • A network of hospitals will be established in the state focusing on the health sector.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

2. Haryana CM Launches ‘Project Air Care’ in Gurgaon

  • Haryana Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar has virtually unveiled ‘Project Air Care’ to combat rising Air Pollution in Gurgaon.
  • 65 Wing Augmentation Air Purifying Units (WAYU) would be set up at areas with high Air Quality Indices (AQI) in Gurgaon to improve the air quality.
  • The Air Purifiers have been developed by CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay.
  • The project is a result of a public-private partnership between Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Consumer Healthcare.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Haryana Capital: Chandigarh.
  • Haryana Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya.
  • Haryana Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar.
  • Haryana Festivals/Fair: Surajkund International Fair, Pinjore Heritage Festival, Gopal-Mochan Fair, Masani Fair, Gugga Naumi Festival.
  • Haryana Dances: Dhamaal, Ghoomar, Gugga, Khoria, Loor, Phaag.

3. Karnataka’s Mysuru to Get India’s First Sandalwood Museum

  • India’s first Sandalwood Museum is being established in Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram, Mysuru, Karnataka.
  • The museum is set up by the Regional Forest Department to educate farmers about the significance of cultivation of sandalwood.
  • This will also provide technical support, information on the availability of saplings, marketing facilities, pest control measures, incentives and schemes provided for sandalwood growers by the government.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Karnataka: B.S. Yediyurappa; Governor: Vajubhai Vala.

4. Moody’s projects India GDP for 2020 at -8.9%

  • Rating Agency Moody’s has projected the GDP of India at -8.9% for the calendar year 2020.
  • Earlier this was projected at -9.6%. Apart from this, India’s GDP growth for Calendar year 2021 is projected at 8.6% by Moody’s from 8.1% earlier.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Moody’s: NewYork, United States.
  • President & CEO of Moody’s: Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr.

5. Sonu Sood’s autobiography to be titled ‘I Am No Messiah’

  • An actor, producer and humanitarian, Sonu Sood is set to pen his autobiography titled “I Am No Messiah”.
  • The book will be co-authored by Meena Iyer. The book will account the experience of Sonu Sood during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The book is set to be published by Penguin Random House India and released in December 2020.
  • The book will feature the stories he heard and his interactions with the migrants and others. Sonu Sood will share the experiences which impacted his life and changed his outlook and his purpose of life.
  • Sonu Sood narrates his emotional experiences and the challenges he faced along with the people he rescued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. A New Book on Gulzar “Boskiyana” by Radhakrishna Prakashan

  • ‘Boskiyana’, a new Hindi book on Gulzar, veteran Indian poet-lyricist has been published by Radhakrishna Prakashan.
  • The book portrays the life of Gulzar through his films, poetry, philosophies, lifestyle, likes and dislikes.
  • The 228- page book is edited and compiled by Yashwant Vyas. ‘Boskiyana’ is the name of the house of Gulzar in Mumbai.

7. World Kindness Day: 13 November

  • World Kindness Day is observed globally on 13th November every year.
  • The day is celebrated to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.
  • World Kindness Day was first celebrated in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement. The theme for the 2020 World Kindness day is Kindness: The World We Make – Inspire Kindness.

8. National Ayurveda Day 2020

  • National Ayurveda Day is being observed every year from 2016, on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti.
  • This year the 5th Ayurveda Day falls on November 13, 2020.
  • The Potential role of Ayurveda in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the focus of this year’s ‘Ayurveda Day’ observation.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two future-ready Ayurveda institutions in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar in Gujarat and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) at Jaipur in Rajasthan on November 13.
  • These institutions are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st century.

9. Bollywood actor Asif Basra passes away

  • Bollywood actor Asif Basra, who was known for his role in the recent thriller series Paatal Lok, has passed away.
  • Apart from this, Basra had appeared in a number of Bollywood films, including a movie on the 1993 Mumbai blasts Black Friday, the 2002 Gujarat riots Parzania and Kai Po Che.
  • He had also starred in several plays in India and abroad, performing in English, Hindi and Urdu theatre productions.

10. Former CM Of Sikkim Sanchaman Limboo passes away

  • Former Sikkim chief minister Sanchaman Limboo passed away. He was 73.
  • He was the fourth Chief Minister of Sikkim from 17 June 1994 – 12 December 1994 from Sikkim Sangram Parishad Party.
  • He became the CM for nearly six months after toppling down the Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari’s Government of Sikkim Sangram Parishad while he was in the cabinet minister in the same government in the year 1994.

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