GK Update 9 Sept’2020

1. Organic Food Processing Unit inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

  • Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, inaugurated Organic Food Processing Unit in Uttar Pradesh.
  • With the inauguration of this food processing unit, 5000 farmers will be benefitted and it is expected to leverage an investment of Rs 50.33 crores.
  • The unit namely M/s Organic India Pvt. Ltd is likely to generate direct employment of 100 and indirect employment of 250 persons. M/s Organic India Pvt. Ltd is set up with total cost of Rs. 55.13 crores.
  • A processing capacity of 3 MT per day has been created and the unit will process agro produce worth Rs 350 crores.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Aditya Nath; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

2. Haryana CM launches “Apka Mitra” chatbot for UG courses

  • Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar has launched Educational WhatsApp Chatbot “Apka Mitra” & Online Admission Platform for UnderGraduate (UG) courses in government-aided and self-financed colleges for the new academic session 2020-21.
  • ‘Apka Mitra’ is the first-of-its-kind educational WhatsApp Chatbot to resolve admission related queries of the students.
  • Students can send a message on Whatsapp chatbot number 7419444449 to get information regarding admission & scholarship.
  • Using the new platform, the students will be able to complete the entire admission process in the convenience of home.
  • Chief Minister also launched online international journals, namely the Journal of Humanities and Social Science, prepared by the Higher Education Department to promote research.
  • The online system is expected to strengthen the admission process and also make it transparent.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Haryana: Satyadeo Narayan Arya.
  • Chief Minister of Haryana: Manohar Lal Khattar.

3. Karnataka CM inaugurates flyover named after Veer Savarkar

  • Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa inaugurated the ‘Veer Savarkar’ flyover in Bengaluru.
  • The inauguration of the 400-metre long flyover built on Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road in the city.
  • The Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) built the flyover at the cost of Rs 34 crore. The project of constructing the flyover began in September 2017.

4. RBI ceased Banking operations of Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank

  • Reserve Bank of India has ceased the Banking operations by the Aditya Birla Idea Payments (ABIP) Bank under Banking Regulations Act 1949 with effect from July 28, 2020.
  • Now the bank company could not able to work successfully and applied for voluntary winding up by the Vodafone Idea Limited which holds 51% in ABIP bank and the remaining 49% by Grasim Industries Limited.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Founded: 2016.
  • Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Parent organization: Aditya Birla Nuvo.

5. BoI launched “Signature Visa Debit Card” on his 115th Foundation Day

  • On the occasion of Bank of India (BoI)’s 115th Foundation Day, BoI has launched an international contactless debit card, “Signature Visa Debit Card” for high net worth individuals who are maintaining an average quarterly balance of Rs 10 lakhs and above.
  • This card will have a spending limit of up to ₹5 lakhs on POS & e-commerce and ₹1 lakh on ATM.
  • Other features include complimentary lounge access (2 per quarter) and offer on travel, retail, dining, lifestyle, entertainment, luxury hotels, reward points for online usage etc.
  • It will also provide Insurance against fraudulent transactions.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Bank of India MD & CEO: Atanu Kumar Das.
  • Bank of India Tagline: Relationship Beyond Banking.
  • Bank of India Founded: 7 September 1906.

6. Indira Gandhi Peace Prize awarded to Sir David Attenborough

  • Sir David Attenborough was conferred with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2019.
  • He is an English broadcaster and a historian. He is popular for writing and presenting the BBC Natural History Unit.
  • He worked to make aware to preserve and protect the biodiversity of the planet.
  • The Indira Gandhi Peace Prize award is for peace, disarmament and development. It has been named after the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It Is being conferred every year since 1986 by Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. It consists of a monetary award of Rs 25 lakhs.
  • The award recognizes efforts of organizations and individuals working to create international economic order, ensure that scientific discoveries are used for lager goof to humanity and also to those who ensure scientific discoveries are used to enlarge the scope of freedom.

7. Anil Jain becomes new President of All India Tennis Association

  • The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has elected Anil Jain as its new president, while Anil Dhupar was chosen as its secretary-general.
  • India’s Davis Cup captain Rohit Rajpal was elected as the treasurer for a four-year term till 2024.
  • All the office-bearers, as well as the new executive committee members, were elected unopposed. Anil Jain will replace Praveen Mahajan as AITA president. Dhupar will replace Hironmoy Chatterjee.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • All India Tennis Association Founded: March 1920.
  • All India Tennis Association Headquarters: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, Delhi.

8. International Day to Protect Education from Attack

  • International Day to Protect Education from Attack is observed globally on 9th September.
  • In proclaiming the International Day to Protect Education from Attack to be celebrated for the first time in 2020.
  • The Day draws attention to the plight of more than 75 million 3-to-18-year-olds living in 35 crisis-affected countries and to their urgent need of educational support.
  • It expresses concern over the effects of continued violence on these children and their ability to access education, whose consequences require special attention beyond the needs of learners whose establishments were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.
  • UNICEF Executive Director: Henrietta H. Fore.
  • UNICEF Founded: 11 December 1946.
  • UNICEF Headquarters: New York, United States.

9. Father of Indian Radio Astronomy Govind Swarup passes away

  • Father of India’s Radio Astronomy, Prof Govind Swarup passed away. He was born on March 23rd, 1929 in Thakurdwara, United Provinces, British India( Now in Uttar Pradesh).
  • He was the founding director of National Centre for Radio Astrophysics of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
  • Govind Swarup was the key person behind the concept, design and installation of the Ooty Radio Telescope (India) and the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), which established India as one of the leading countries for radio astronomy research.
  • He is well known for his many important research contributions in several areas of astronomy and astrophysics.

Achievements of Govind Swarup:

  • He was the recipient of Padma Shri (1973).
  • He served as president of the Astronomical Society of India during 1975-77.
  • A strong group in radio astrophysics was formed under his leadership at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, which is comparable to the best in the world.
  • He has received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSB)(1972); TWAS Prize in Physics (1988); H. K. Firodia Award (2001)and the Grote Reber Medal (2007) among others.
  • He was the fellow of many institutions including as a Fellow of The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge(Royal Society).

10. Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passes away

  • Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away.
  • He was working as a sub-inspector of police when he got an opportunity to act in Venkatesh’s 1988 film Brahma Puthrudu.
  • He was last seen in Mahesh Babu starrer Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020).
  • Reddy was popular for his role in films like Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru, Kabaddi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi and Kithakithalu.

11. National Jal Jeevan Mission conducts webinar

  • National Jal Jeevan Mission, Ministry of Jal Shakti conducted a webinar on the planning, implementation, and monitoring of outputs & outcomes of the flagship programme, Jal Jevan Mission.
  • The webinar was attended by about 2,500 State, district and block officials of Public Health Engineering Departments/ Rural Water Supply Departments of various States/ UTs.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission is under implementation in partnership with States. It aims to ensure every rural household of the country gets assured drinking water supply in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis at affordable service delivery charges leading to improvement in their living standard.

The major objectives of the mission are:

  • to ensure water supply to every home
  • focus on functionality of water supply systems on long-term basis
  • decentralized operation & management arrangements
  • water quality surveillance by the local community

12. PM Modi inaugurates Patrika Gate in Jaipur

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Patrika Gate in Jaipur, Rajasthan through video conference.
  • The Patrika Gate was built by the Patrika group of Newspapers on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg in Jaipur.
  • PM Modi also launched 2 books Samvad Upanishad and Akshar Yatra, authored by Gulab Kothari, Editor in Chief of Rajasthan Patrika Group and Chairman of Patrika Group of Newspaper.
  • The Patrika Gate is a memorial that reflects the cultural heritage and architectural style of Rajasthan. This memorial is an attempt to integrate the art, craft and cultural heritage of Rajasthan in one structure.
  • The design of the Patrika gate incorporates the culture lifestyle and architecture of all the parts of Rajasthan from Sriganganagar to Banswara and from Jaisalmer to Bharatpur. It is the southern gate of Jaipur.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot; Governor: Kalraj Mishra.
  • UNESCO sites of Rajasthan: The Jantar Mantar, Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

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