GK Update 22nd December 2020

1. PM Modi to launch ‘SEHAT’, Health Insurance Scheme for J&K

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘SEHAT’ – Health Insurance Scheme for the entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on 26th December.
  • This scheme will cover the remaining One crore population which was not covered under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Under Ayushman Bharat PM Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), eligible beneficiaries were covered under Health Cover of Rs 5 Lakh.
  • Under PMJAY scheme, 30 lakh people are being covered in J&K. With the launch of ‘SEHAT’ Scheme by the Prime Minister on December 26, J&K will be among the first in the country to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
  • Programmes will be organized across the UT and the distribution of Golden cards will be started on the same day. Around 16 Lakh registrations have been done as on date and the registrations for the rest of the beneficiaries is underway.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor: Manoj Sinha.

2. GoI notifies new “Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020”

  • The Union Power Ministry, R. K. Singh has framed the new ‘Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020.
  • These rules shall empower the consumers of electricity and added that these Rules emanate from the conviction that the power systems exist to serve the consumers and the consumers have rights to get the reliable services and quality electricity.
  • These rules provide for Rights of consumers and Obligations of Distribution licensees.
  • The distribution licensee shall supply 24×7 power to all consumers.
  • However, the commission may specify lower hours of supply for some categories of consumers like agriculture.

3. India-Vietnam Leaders’ Virtual Summit 2020

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, jointly addressed the India-Vietnam Virtual Summit, via video conferencing.
  • During the Summit, a ‘Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People’ document was adopted to guide the future development of the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
  • Both leaders agreed to support each other’s national development priorities and work together towards the shared objective of a peaceful, stable, secure, free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.
  • India and Vietnam signed seven agreements during the virtual summit in areas such as defence, scientific research, renewable energy, nuclear energy, petro-chemicals, and cancer treatment.

4. PM Narendra Modi addresses 6th Indo-Japan SAMVAD Conference

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the sixth edition of the India-Japan SAMVAD conference 2020, via virtual conferencing.
  • The purpose of this Samvad Conference is to discuss the need to build the future of Asia on the positive influence of traditions of non-violence and democracy in Asia.
  • During the conference, the PM proposed to create a library of traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures in India. This library will collect digital copies of Buddhist literature from across different parts of the world. The library will then translate these works and make them available for all scholars and monks of Buddhism.

5. Central Bank of India ties up with NPCI to launch ‘RuPay Select’

  • The Central Bank of India has launched a unique variant of a contactless debit card under the name ‘RuPay Select’, in association with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • Central Bank RuPay Select Debit cardholders will be able to avail complimentary membership and concessional access to golf courses, gyms, spas and restaurants.
  • Apart from this, the cardholders would also be entitled to discounted health check-ups with this National Common Mobility Debit Card (NCMC).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • National Payments Corporation of India MD & CEO: Dilip Asbe.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Founded: 2008.
  • Central Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Central Bank of India CEO: Pallav Mohapatra.
  • Central Bank of India Founded: 21 December 1911.

6. Prakash Javadekar releases ‘Status of Leopards in India 2018’ report

  • The Union environment minister, Prakash Javadekar has released a report titled the ‘Status of Leopard in India 2018’.
  • As per the report, the population of leopard in India has increased by 60 per cent in four years since 2014. India now has 12,852 leopards as per 2018 estimate, compared to the previous estimate of 7910 conducted in 2014.
  • The States of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra recorded the highest leopard estimates at 3,421, 1,783, and 1,690 respectively.

7. Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020

  • Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020.
  • This is the second time that the 35-year-old Hamilton has been crowned Sports Personality of the Year. Prior to this, he won the award in 2014.

Other award winners at Sports Personality 2020

  • Helen Rollason Award: Captain Sir Tom Moore
  • Expert Special Panel Award: Marcus Rashford
  • Coach of the Year: Jurgen Klopp (Football)
  • Team of the Year: Liverpool FC
  • Unsung Hero: Sgt Matt Ratana
  • Captain Tom Young Unsung Hero: Tobias Weller
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year: Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (British diver)

8. Sports Ministry permits 4 indigenous sports in Khelo India Youth Games 2021

  • The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous Games to be a part of Khelo India Youth Games 2021, which is scheduled to be held in Haryana.
  • The four new games are, Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba.
  • The four selected games represent different parts of the country and will get national recognition with the help of the Khelo India Youth Games 2021.

9. Indian Boxers bag 3 Gold at Cologne Boxing World Cup

  • Indian boxers have bagged 9 medals including three gold, two silver and four bronze at the Cologne Boxing World Cup 2020, held in Cologne, Germany.
  • India finished 2nd in the overall Medals List, Germany topped the list with 16 medals. The Cologne Boxing World 2020 was hosted by the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC).
  • Gold: The three gold medals for India were bagged by Amit Panghal (52kg), Manisha Moun (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg) in their respective categories.
  • Silver: Silver medals were claimed by Sakshi Choudhary (57kg) and Satish Kumar (91kg).
  • Bronze: Sonia Lather (57kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) Gaurav Solanki (57kg) and Mohamed Hussamudin (57kg) claimed the bronze medal in their respective categories.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • European Boxing Confederation Founded: 2009.
  • European Boxing Confederation President: Franco Falcinelli.
  • European Boxing Confederation Headquarters: Assisi, Italy.

10. National Mathematics Day observed on 22 December

  • India observes the National Mathematics Day every year on 22 December since 2012.
  • The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. This year nation celebrates his 133rd birth anniversary of Ramanujan.
  • Ramanujan had a wealth of ideas that have transformed and reshaped 20th-century mathematics. These ideas continue to shape mathematics of the 21st century. The main objective behind the celebration of National Mathematics Day is to make people aware of the development of mathematics and its importance in the growth of humanity.

11. Senior-most Congress veteran Motilal Vora passes away

  • Veteran Congress leader, Motilal Vora has passed away following post-COVID-19 complications.
  • He was born at Jodhpur in Rajasthan and began his career as a journalist. The late Congress leader served as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh twice, once from 1985 to 1988 and then again in 1989 for 11 months.
  • He also held the office of Governor of Uttar Pradesh between 1993 and 1996. He had served as a Rajya Sabha member four times and as a Lok Sabha member once from Chhattisgarh.

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