GK Update 3 Sept’2020

1. Union Cabinet approves “Mission Karmayogi” NPCSCB

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the launch of a “Mission Karmayogi” National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB).
  • A sum of Rs. 510.86 crore will be spent over a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 in order to cover around 46 lakh Central employees.
  • Mission Karmayogi has been launched to prepare the Indian Civil Servant for the future by making him more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent and technology-enabled.
  • Through this, the civil servant will be empowered with specific role-competencies, and will also be able to ensure efficient service delivery of the highest quality standards.

2. Government of India Blocks 118 Mobile Apps

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India has decided to block 118 mobile apps in view of the emergent nature of threats.
  • These applications have been blocked as there was information that these apps are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state as well as public order.
  • The step is expected to safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users and will also ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

3. Ladakh, Lakshadweep joins ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme

  • The Union Territories(UTs) Ladakh & Lakshadweep have been included in the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme on ‘Integrated Management of Public Distribution System’(IM-PDS).
  • After the integration of these two UTs, a total of 26 States /UTs Connected with the Scheme and will benefit about 65 crore people.
  • Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan has recently approved the integration of Ladakh and Lakshadweep with the scheme in a review meeting chaired by him.
  • Ladakh and Lakshadweep have completed the trial and testing of national portability transactions with other states/UTs in the national cluster. The remaining states will be integrated into the scheme by March 2021.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor: Radha Krishna Mathur.
  • Ladakh Capital: Leh & Kargil.
  • Lakshadweep Capital: Kavaratti.
  • Lakshadweep Administrator: Dineshwar Sharma.

4. Union Power Minister RK Singh launches “Green Term Ahead Market”

  • Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh launched the Pan-India Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) in New Delhi virtually, for electricity.
  • GTAM is the World’s First Exclusive Product Market for the renewable energy sector.
  • GTAM will lead to an increase in the number of participants in the Renewable Energy Sector.
  • It will benefit buyers of Renewable Energy (RE) by providing them competitive prices, and transparent, flexible procurement.

5. National Nutrition Week 2020

National Nutrition Week is observed every year from 1st September to 7th September since 1982 and can be considered a significant period to raise awareness on the therapeutic effects of foods. The events of NNW are organised by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Ministry of Women and Child Development(WCD), Government of India to educate the importance and role of nutrition in the human body.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Women and Child Development: Smriti Zubin Irani.

6. Madhya Pradesh govt launches ‘Gandagi Bharat Chhodo’ campaign

  • Madhya Pradesh government has launched a 15-day campaign named ‘Gandagi Bharat Chhodo’.
  • Under the campaign awareness programmes were organized in seven thousand 178 settlements.
  • About 35 lakh people from 378 urban bodies in Madhya Pradesh took part in the campaign.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

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

7. Usha Padhee becomes 1st woman DG of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

  • Joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee has been given additional charge as Director-General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
  • She is the first woman and third IAS officer to have been appointed to the post.
  • The central deputation tenure of Usha is scheduled to end on 16th July 2022.
  • She succeeds Rakesh Asthana (IPS) who was appointed as the Director-General of Border Security Force(BSF) on 17th August 2020.

8. ACC approves appointment of V K Yadav as CEO of Railway Board

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of the current chairman of the Railway Board VK Yadav as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • The chairman and CEO will be the cadre controlling officer responsible for human resources (HR) with assistance from a DG (HR).
  • The Cabinet had earlier approved the restructuring of the Railway Board, whose strength has been cut from eight to five, as part of large scale reforms initiated by the national transporter.
  • The process to merge eight railway-related wings into a single central service called the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) is underway.
  • These reforms, the Railways will end “departmentalism”, promote the smooth working of railways, expedite decision making, create a coherent vision for the organisation and promote rational decision making.
  • The Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) will be renamed the Indian Railway Health Service (IRHS).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.

9. Hyderabad International Airport wins CII-GBC ‘National Energy Leader’ award

  • The Hyderabad International Airport or GMR led Rajiv Gandhi International Airport won the ‘National Energy Leader’ and ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ awards at the 21st National Awards for ‘Excellence in Energy Management’.
  • Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited-Vizag Steel Plant (RINL-VSP) has also been awarded ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ award by CII-GBC in national award competition for excellence in energy management.

10. India ranks 48th in Global Innovation Index 2020

  • India has joined the group of top 50 countries in the global innovation index for the first time, moving up four places to the 48th rank and keeping the top position among the nations in central and southern Asia.
  • India ranks in the top 15 in indicators such as ICT (Information and Communication Technology) services exports, government online services, graduates in science and engineering, and R&D-intensive global companies.
  • Switzerland, Sweden, the US, the UK and the Netherlands lead the innovation ranking, and the top 5 positions are dominated by high-income countries.
  • The 13th edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 has jointly released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD Business School.

11. Union Cabinet approves J&K official languages Bill 2020

  • The Union Cabinet has approved J&K official languages Bill 2020.
  • According to the J&K official languages Bill 2020, Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi along with Urdu and English, will be the official languages in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The J&K official languages Bill 2020 will be introduced in Parliament in the upcoming Monsoon Session.
  • This bill will include Dogri, Hindi and Kashmiri as officials languages of the Union Territory.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir: Manoj Sinha.
  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar.

12. Jal Shakti Ministry launched ‘Water Heroes’ Contest

  • The Jal Shakti ministry has launched a ”Water Heroes – Share Your Stories” contest with an aim to reach out to people with the important message of water conservation and management.
  • The primary objectives of the Ministry of Jal Shakti are to make water conservation a people”s movement and strengthen the water consciousness in the country.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti: Rattan Lal Kataria.

13. Tamil Nadu appoints India’s 1st-ever woman ambulance driver

  • Tamil Nadu has appointed India’s first-ever woman ambulance driver, M Veeralakshmi under a new initiative by CM Palaniswami.
  • M Veeralakshmi was appointed as the driver of one of the newly launched ‘108’ ambulances.
  • As per the Tamil Nadu government, this is the first such instance in the country. Palaniswami on March 24, had announced that to strengthen the 108 ambulance emergency services, ‘500 new ambulances would be dedicated to the state at a cost of about Rs 125 crore’.

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