Daily Current Affairs and GK | 10 June 2020
- 1. Signing of MoU between NCERT and Rotary India
- 2. 16th meeting of cabinet ministers for review of COVID-19
- 3. Signing of an MoU between JNCASR and Breath Applied Sciences
- 4. Central government increased the customs duty on bamboo from 10% to 25%
- 5. Global leaders will not go to New York to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- 6. Environmental Performance Index 2020 released
- 7. Gairsain declared summer capital of Uttarakhand
- 8. Naimisha 2020, summer art program being organized online
- 9. India's first online waste exchange platform launched in Andhra Pradesh
- 10. June 9: Coral Triangle Day
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1. Signing of MoU between NCERT and Rotary India
- Recently a memorandum of understanding was signed between the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Rotary India.
- This MoU has been made for providing e-learning telecast content on all NCERT TV channels from class one to 12th.
- Under Vidya Daan 2.0, Rotary International will provide e-content in Hindi language to NCERT for all subjects from class one to 12th.
- This high-grade study material will be very beneficial for all school children.
- In addition, Rotary International will also contribute to the adult literacy mission by providing materials for children with special needs.
- It will also provide teacher training material.
- Education has been severely affected due to novel coronavirus infection. Hence, this decision was taken.
- The National Council of Educational Research and Training is an autonomous institute of government of India which was established in 1961.
(Source: News on AIR)
2. 16th meeting of cabinet ministers for review of COVID-19
- Recently, the 16th meeting of cabinet ministers was held to review COVID-19.
- The meeting was chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
- It was informed in the meeting that in the case of COVID-19, India's position is much better than other countries of the world, but in this case, no caution can be reduced.
- At present, there are 958 specialized hospitals for treatment of COVID in the country, with 1,67,000 separate beds and 21,000 ICU beds, and 21,000 ventilators available in the country.
- Currently, 1,29,000 people in the country are infected with corona.
- The rate of corona recovery in the country has exceeded 48%.
(Source: News on AIR)
3. Signing of an MoU between JNCASR and Breath Applied Sciences
- Recently Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Higher Scientific Research has signed an MoU with Breath Applied Sciences.
- The MoU was for large-scale production of clean fuels and other useful chemicals such as methanol from carbon dioxide.
- Also, under the agreement, 300 kg of carbon dioxide will be converted into useful chemicals daily. After one year, this quantity will be increased to five hundred tons.
- Breath Applied Sciences is a private limited. It was established in March 2016 and is headquartered in Bangalore.
4. Central government increased the customs duty on bamboo from 10% to 25%
- Recently, the central government has increased the customs duty on bamboo imported by Agarbatti manufacturers from 10% to 25%.
- Now all importers of bamboo will have to pay 25% customs duties.
- This decision has been taken with the aim of promoting the use of bamboo grown in the country under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Scheme.
- Abuse of rules relating to bamboo imports at a uniform rate will be prohibited.
- Also, it will benefit farmers and small agarbatti manufacturers.
- Earlier, only big agarbatti manufacturers were able to take advantage of this, as they used to import bamboo at low rates.
- Scientifically, bamboo is not a tree but a grass. But the Indian Forest Act, 1927, considers it a tree.
- After the amendment of the Indian Forest Act, 1927, bamboo has been removed from the category of a tree. Now, there is no restriction on growing or cutting bamboo trees outside the forests.
(Source: News on AIR)
5. Global leaders will not go to New York to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- For the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations, global leaders will not go to New York to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
- The conference was to be held in New York from 22 September this year.
- United Nations General Assembly:
- It is one of the six major organs of the United Nations.
- It is headquartered in New York, United States.
- It was founded in 1945.
- The President of the United Nations General Assembly is Tijjani Muhammad Bande.
(Source: News on AIR)
6. Environmental Performance Index 2020 released
- Recently Environmental Performance Index 2020 has been released, this is the 12th edition of this index.
- It is produced on a biennial basis by Yale University and Columbia University.
- The index ranks 180 countries based on 32 performance indicators in 11 categories covering environmental health and ecosystem strength.
- This index was first published in 2002.
- It aims to meet the environmental goals set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
- Denmark was ranked first in this index, followed by Luxembourg and Switzerland, while the United Kingdom was ranked 4th.
- India has ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the Environmental Performance Index 2020. All South Asian countries, except Afghanistan, are ahead of India in the rankings.
- Earlier in 2018, India's rank was 177th.
7. Gairsain declared summer capital of Uttarakhand
- Recently, Gairsain has been formally declared the summer capital of Uttarakhand.
- It is located in Chamoli district.
- It will be developed as an ideal seat of administration.
- The Legislative Assembly of the state is located in the winter capital, Dehradun.
- Uttarakhand was carved out of northern Uttar Pradesh on 9 November 2000 as the 27th state of India.
- The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand is Trivendra Singh Rawat and Governor is Baby Rani Maurya.
8. Naimisha 2020, summer art program being organized online
- Naimisha 2020, a summer art program, is being organized by the National Gallery of Modern Art.
- The event will be held from 8 June to 3 July 2020.
- Four workshops will be organized under the online Naimisha 2020 program.
- It is an initiative to provide participants and art enthusiasts a chance to practice and others to learn from artists.
- The program includes online workshop sessions on painting, sculpture, printmaking and Indrajal - The Magic of Art.
9. India's first online waste exchange platform launched in Andhra Pradesh
- Andhra Pradesh government launched the country's first online waste exchange platform.
- Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Government Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy launched this platform on 5 June 2020 on the eve of World Environment Day 2020.
- This will help the authorities to monitor the real-time movement of hazardous waste using the equipment included in the platform.
- The platform will be operated by AP Environmental Management Corporation.
- This corporation will streamline the collection of waste from industries, separating and streamlining waste as hazardous, non-hazardous and e-waste by category.
- It will then scientifically dispose of this waste at various waste disposal centers.
10. June 9: Coral Triangle Day
- Every year Coral Triangle Day is celebrated on 9 June.
- The purpose of celebrating this day is to conserve and raise awareness about the sea, especially about the Coral Triangle which is the world's marine biodiversity epicenter.
- The center consists of 6 countries in the Asia-Pacific region of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste Seas.
- The Coral Triangle is the epicenter of the world's marine biodiversity. It is one of the 3 mega ecological complexes on Earth. The other two mega ecological complexes are the Congo Basin and the Amazon Rainforest.