GK Update 23rd September’2020

1. Dr. Harsh Vardhan chairs ‘Aarogya Manthan’ 2.0

  • Dr Harsh VardhanUnion Minister for Health and Family Welfare chaired ‘Aarogya Manthan’ 2.0 celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
  • During the event, he also presented awards to the winners of the Ayushman Bharat PMJAY Start-up Grand Challenge to support the implementation of PM-JAY.
  • The Union Health Minister launched the AB PMJAY Joint Certification Programme.
  • This programme will develop the skills and knowledge of relevant stakeholders in medical audit and health insurance for accurate and efficient processing of claims and prevention and detection of fraud and abuse.
  • The “AB PMJAY Anti-Fraud Framework: Practitioners’ Guidebook” was also released and will serve as a useful tool for the States as it is a repository of the anti-fraud guidelines, techniques, advisories along with legal remedies/course of action presently available under applicable Indian laws.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • CEO of National Health Authority (NHA): Dr. Indu Bhushan.

2. Bah Ndaw named Mali’s interim president

  • Mali’s former defence minister, Bah Ndaw has been named as Interim President of the country’s new transition government.
  • On 19th August 2020, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation with immediate effect following a military mutiny in the Republic of Mali.
  • Colonel Assimi Goita, the leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was appointed vice president.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Republic of Mali Capital: Bamako; Currency: West African CFA franc.

3. CCI approves acquisition of 100% equity shares of Medlife by API Holdings

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of 100% equity shares of Medlife International Private Limited (“Medlife”) by API Holdings Private Limited (“API Holdings”).
  • It also approved the acquisition of up to 19.59% equity share capital of API Holdings by Medlife’s shareholders under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.
  • API is a private company, incorporated in 2019. API directly or through its subsidiaries carries out various business activities including wholesale sale and distribution of drugs; transportation and delivery services primarily focused on pharmaceutical sector; owning technology and intellectual property for developing e- commerce platforms.
  • Medlife is primarily a healthcare company engaged in the wholesale sale and distribution of drugs.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairperson of Competition Commission of India: Ashok Kumar Gupta.

4. HDFC Life & YES Bank enters into partnership to sell insurance policies

  • HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Life and Yes Bank entered into a Corporate Agency Arrangement (CA).
  • As part of the arrangement, HDFC Life will provide a diverse range of insurance products to customers of Yes Bank.
  • HDFC Life’s wide range of life insurance products includes solutions for protection, saving and investment, retirement and critical illness.
  • It will be available to customers of Yes Bank through the Bank’s branches which are spread throughout the country.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • HDFC Life MD & CEO: Vibha Padalkar.
  • HDFC Life Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • YES Bank MD & CEO: Prashant Kumar.
  • YES Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

5. Google Pay, Visa partner for card-based payments with tokenisation

  • Google Pay has partnered with VISA for the rollout of tokenization across its platform that will enable users to safely transact with their debit or credit cards.
  • Through tokenization, Google Pay users can make payment by using the debit or credit card without physically sharing their credit or debit card details through a secure digital token attached to their phone.
  • The feature will also facilitate the use of the tap-to-pay feature on near-field communications (NFC)-enabled point of sale (PoS) terminals and online merchants.
  • The feature also works with online merchants, delivering more native and seamless OTP experiences without any redirects to 3D secure sites.
  • This feature is now available to all users of Axis, SBI Card and Kotak.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of Google: Sundar Pichai; Headquarters: California, United States.
  • India & South Asia Group Country Manager of Visa: TR Ramachandran.

6. ITBP ties up with Uttarakhand govt to promote adventure tourism

  • The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote adventure sports activities at Tehri Lake in the state.
  • ITBP along with the department will now work on the building of adventure sports activities like land base adventure centre, water base adventure centre, aero base adventure centre at Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Sports Academy situated at Tehri Lake.
  • It will train over 200 candidates selected by the state government or tourism department every year free of cost. All arrangements and expenses for the operation of and training in the academy will be borne by the ITBP.
  • The ITBP has prepared the road map for development and taking over of the water adventure facility near Tehri Lake and submitted to the state government for finalising a tie-up for the project to bolster tourism in Uttarakhand.
  • It would use the training infrastructure built by the state government for training and sporting purpose for all types in areas surrounding Tehri Lake, following security and other norms stipulated by the state.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttarakhand: Trivendra Singh Rawat; Governor: Baby Rani Maurya.
  • Director-General of ITBP: Surjeet Singh Deswal.

7. Simanchala Dash appointed as advisor to IMF Executive Director

  • The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the proposal to appoint Simanchala Dash as an advisor to Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington.
  • He has been appointed for a period of three years.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of IMF: Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Managing Director of IMF: Kristalina Georgieva.

8. Colonel Dr Girija Mungali named in AFC task-force

  • Retired Colonel Dr Girija Shanker Mungali has been appointed as one of the seven members of the Asian Football Confederation’task force.
  • The taskforce will regulate the football clubs in Asia and Australia. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Club Licensing Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
  • The appointment of Dr Girija Shanker Mungali to AFC was made by Dato’ Windsor John, the General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation. The retired Colonel will be on the panel till 2023.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Asian Football Confederation is the nodal governing body of football in Asia and Australia.
  • Headquarters of Asian Football Confederation: Malaysia.

9. Former cricketer Ash Barty wins Golf Club Championship

  • The top-ranked Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) player in the world and a former professional cricket player, Ashleigh Barty has now added another feat in her sporting list by winning Brookwater Golf Club women’s championship.
  • The 24-year-old Australian, who famously played professional cricket during a year out from tennis, decided not to leave home for the U.S. Open or her title defence at Roland Garros because of the pandemic.

10. Indian Navy conducts Passage Exercise with Royal Australian Navy

  • The Indian Navy (IN) has commenced a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the East Indian Ocean Region.
  • The exercise would involve participation of HMAS Hobart from the Australian side and Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri and Karmuk.
  • The Passage Exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability, improving understanding and imbibing best practices from each other.
  • The exercise will also involve advanced surface and anti-air exercises including weapon firings, seamanship exercises, naval manoeuvres and Cross Deck Flying Operations. PASSEXs are regularly conducted by IN with units of friendly foreign navies, whilst visiting each other’s ports or during a rendezvous at sea.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

11. A book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude” authored by Chef Vikas Khanna

  • Star chef Vikas Khanna has authored a book titled “Kitchens of Gratitude” in which he has written about his Feed India initiative.
  • Feed India initiative is one of the largest food drives in the world, serving meals to the underprivileged. The book will be released in 2021.
  • He will also be honoured with the 2020 Asia Game Changer Award in October.

12. A book titled “Voices of Dissent” authored by Romila Thapar

  • A new book titled “Voices of Dissent” authored by Historian Romila Thapar will be jointly published by Penguin Random House India and Seagull Books.
  • The book is set to publish in October 2020. The book is a historical essay that explores dissent, including its articulation and public response to its forms, with a focus on the recent protest in India against the citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens.

13. World Rhino Day: 22 September

  • World Rhino Day is observed globally on 22 September every year.
  • This special day provides the opportunity for cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public to celebrate rhinos in their own unique ways.

This day is celebrated to raise awareness of the need to protect all the five existing species of Rhinoceros , which are:

  • Black Rhino
  • White Rhino
  • Greater one-horned Rhino
  • Sumatran Rhino
  • Javan Rhinos

14. International Day of Sign Languages: 23 September

  • The International Day of Sign Languages is observed globally on 23 September every year.
  • This day is celebrated to raise awareness on sign languages and strengthen the status of sign languages. Also, the last full week of September is observed as International Week of the Deaf.
  • The theme for the 2020 International Day of Sign Languages is “Sign Languages are for Everyone!”

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • World Federation of the Deaf President: Joseph J. Murray.
  • World Federation of the Deaf Founded: 23 September 1951, Rome, Italy.
  • World Federation of the Deaf Headquarters location: Helsinki, Finland.

15. Veteran Marathi actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passes away

  • Renowned Marathi, Hindi films and stage actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away.
  • She acted in several Marathi films and plays. In Bollywood, she starred in films such as ‘Apne Paraye’, ‘Woh Saat Din’, ‘Namak Halaal’, ‘Zanjeer’ and others. 

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