GK Update 6th November 2020

1. Centre forms committee to assess existing TRP system of TV channels

  • The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has constituted a four-member committee, to assess the existing Television Rating Points (TRP) of TV channels. The committee will be chaired by Prasar Bharati CEO, Shashi S Vempati.
  • The committee will be responsible to address the ‘needs of the stakeholders’ and make necessary recommendations for a rating system which shall be ‘robust, transparent and accountable’.
  • It will have to submit its report to the Information and Broadcasting minister within two months.
  • The need to form such committee was felt after the alleged TRP scam in which it was alleged that certain TV channels manipulated TRPs in return for payment.
  • TRP is calculated in India by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) using a device called Bar-O-Meter, which is installed in over 45,000 households across the country.
  • The device collects data about a programme or channel watched by members of these households on the basis of which weekly ratings are issued by BARC.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Broadcast Audience Research Council India: Punit Goenka.
  • Broadcast Audience Research Council Founded: 2010.
  • Broadcast Audience Research Council Headquarters: Mumbai.

2. United States Formally Exits Paris Climate Accord

  • The United States has officially withdrawn from the Paris climate accord on 04 November 2020. With this, the US has now become the only country to formally pull out of the deal since it was adopted in 2015.
  • The landmark Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015 to protect the planet from the worsening impacts of the climate crisis.
  • As per the rules of the agreement, a country cannot officially leave before one full year of notifying the UN of its intent to withdraw. The United States notified the United Nations of its withdrawal on November 4, 2019.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Patricia Espinosa.
  • UNFCCC Headquarters: Bonn, Germany.

3. Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli wins 2nd term

  • The President of TanzaniaJohn Pombe Magufuli has been sworn for a second five-year term.
  • He took the oath of the office on 05 November 2020. Magufuli won 84% of the total votes in elections held on October 28.
  • He was elected as the fifth President of Tanzania and is in office since 2015. CHADEMA party candidate Tundu Lissu took the second position.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Tanzania Capital: Dodoma Currency: Tanzanian shilling.

4. DMC launched “Plastic Lao MASK LE JAO” initiative

  • In Uttarakhand, Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has launched an initiative named Plastic Lao MASK LE JAO to fight against the menace of plastic waste and contain the spread of Covid-19.
  • It has distributed Five thousand face masks in exchange for plastic waste.
  • Municipal commissioner of Dehradun, Vinay Shankar Pandey, who was the first to bring plastic waste from his house and get a face mask, and create awareness in the public against plastic waste and also the importance of masks.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Uttarakhand: Baby Rani Maurya.
  • Capitals of Uttarakhand: Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer).
  • Chief Minister of Uttarakhand: Trivendra Singh Rawat.

5. India receives 2nd batch of Three Rafale Aircraft

  • India receives the second batch of three Rafale Aircraft, bringing total Rafale Jets with IAF to eight.
  • The second batch of three Rafale jets landed in Jamnagar, Gujarat on 4th November 2020, after flying non-stop from France.
  • Earlier, the first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 28 and they were officially inducted in the Indian Air Force on 10 September at Ambala Air Base in Haryana.
  • With the arrival of the second batch, the IAF now has a total of eight Rafale fighter aircraft. As per the information by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, the induction of all 36 jets will be completed by 2023.

6. ICICI Bank launches ‘Mine’ a comprehensive banking programme

  • Private lender ICICI Bank has launched a comprehensive banking programme for its millennial customers, (in the age bracket of 18 years to 35 years ), called ‘ICICI Bank Mine’.
  • The ‘ICICI Bank Mine’ is India’s first and unique product launched by the bank to offer a mobile-first, highly personalised and experiential led banking experience to the millennial customers.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • ICICI Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • ICICI Bank MD & CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi.
  • ICICI Bank Tagline: Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka.

7. WhatsApp’s payments service gets NPCI nod

  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has finally allowed Facebook-owned messaging platform “WhatsApp” to roll out its payments service in the country in a “graded” manner.
  • The announcement by NPCI came after the organisation made a crucial change to its regulations concerning the use of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
  • The change puts a limit on single third parties such as WhatsApp or its rivals Google Pay and Walmart’s PhonePe where they can only handle 30 per cent of overall UPI transaction volumes.

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.

8. NDDB Chairman Dilip Rath elected to IDF

  • National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Chairman, Dilip Rath has been unanimously elected to the board of global dairy body International Dairy Federation (IDF).
  • He has been associated with IDF for the last 10 years as Member Secretary of Indian National Committee and as a member of the Standing Committee on Dairy Policy and Economics.
  • Rath has played a key role in signing the Dairy Declaration at the IDF World Dairy Summit in Rotterdam in October 2016 between IDF and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  • India ranks first among the world’s milk-producing nations and has the largest bovine population in the world.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Dairy Federation Established: 1903.
  • International Dairy Federation President: Piercristiano Brazzale.
  • International Dairy Federation Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.

9. Hariharan wins JC Daniel award for lifetime contributions in Malayalam cinema

  • Noted filmmaker Hariharan has been selected for the JC Daniel Award, the state government’s highest honour for lifetime contributions to Malayalam cinema.
  • The award carries a purse of Rs 5 lakh, a citation, and a sculpture. Hariharan was chosen for the prestigious award by a jury chaired by MT Vasudevan Nair with director Harikumar, actor Vidhubala, State Chalachitra Academy chairman Kamal and Cultural Department Secretary Rani George as members.
  • Hariharan, who initially skilled with cinematographer U Rajagopal in Madras, later assisted administrators M Krishnan Nair, AB Raj, and JD Thottanm for seven years. In 1972 he directed the film ‘Girls Hostel’. Later he got here up with a few of the evergreen films in Malayalam.

10. Shaktikanta Das Chairs 40th SAARC Central Bank Governors Meet

  • The 40th Meeting of the SAARCFINANCE Governors’ Group was held virtually, under the Chairmanship of Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI.
  • The meeting was attended by the Governors from SAARC central banks. During the meeting, Mr Das also inaugurated the SAARCFINANCE Sync, a closed user group secure communication network.
  • In his opening remarks, Governor Shri Das highlighted the close partnership and co-operation among the member countries in jointly fighting the pandemic.
  • The group took stock of the macroeconomic situation in the SAARC region; discussed the current SAARCFINANCE initiatives; and the way ahead.
  • The Governors reaffirmed their commitment to continued co-operation and sharing of central bank experiences.
  • SAARCFINANCE is a network of central bank governors and finance secretaries of the SAARC region.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the current chair of SAARCFINANCE.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • SAARCFINANCE Established– September 9, 1998.
  • SAARCFINANCE Current Chair– RBI(Reserve Bank of India).
  • Central Banks in SAARCFINANCE– Bangladesh Bank, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Da Afghanistan Bank, Maldives Monetary Authority, Nepal Rastra Bank, Reserve Bank of India, Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan, State Bank of Pakistan.

11. International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

  • The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict is an international day observed annually on November 6.
  • On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
  • At the time of war, it affects the ecosystem such as water supply is poisoned, the forest is burnt, animals killed, etc.
  • Though humanity has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.
  • Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.

12. Chacha Chaudhary becomes the Brand Ambassador for NamamiGange Project

  • The iconic Indian superhero, Chacha Chaudhary, whose brain works faster than a computer has now come forward to join hands with the NamamiGangeProgramme.
  • Diamond Toons will conceptualize and publish this new ‘Talking Comics’ with Chacha Chaudhary spreading awareness on the cultural and spiritual significance of River Ganga and deploy best available knowledge across the masses for Ganga rejuvenation. The teaser was released during Ganga Utsav 2020.

13. Syska Group announces Rajkummar Rao as its new brand ambassador

  • Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) company Syska Group, has roped in actor Rajkummar Rao as the new face of the brand.
  • Rao will work closely with the company to promote the Syska products across LED and fan segments.
  • The partnership will also see Syska Group launch a new ad campaign with Rajkummar focusing on LED and fans.
  • The company aims to leverage the actors strong connect with urban audiences, as well as with those from Tier 2 and 3 markets, which make up the large segment of its target groups.

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