Daily Current Affairs and GK | 23 July 2020
- 1. The operating routes of merchant and fishing vessels were separated in the South West Indian sea route.
- 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Manipur Water Supply Project.
- 3. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the statue of Dr. Ambedkar at the CAG office in New Delhi.
- 4. India and Maldives signed a contract to set up fish processing plants in two islands.
- 5. India Ideas Summit organized by USIBC concluded on 22 July.
- 6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandrashekhar Azad on their birth anniversary on 23 July.
- 7. India received first batch of 4,475 oxygen concentrators from the Temasek Foundation, Singapore.
- 8. SNBNCBS, Kolkata has developed a mask with active respirator valve and filter for protection from suspended-particles.
- 9. AIIMS Nagpur has developed smart wristbands to track Covid-19 positive patients.
- 10. Britain will open a new special route for Hong Kong residents to gain British citizenship from January 2021.
- 11. US President Donald Trump started ‘Operation Legend’.
- 12. CCI approved the acquisition of Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited.
- 13. Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah launched VRIKSHAROPAN ABHIYAN in New Delhi.
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1. The operating routes of merchant and fishing vessels were separated in the South West Indian sea route.
- Recently the Ministry of Shipping has separated the operating routes of merchant and fishing vessels in the South West Indian waters.
- Operations on these new routes will come into effect from 1 August.
- Many trade ships pass through the Arabian Sea on the southwest coast of the country.
- The area is one of the busiest routes, causing accidents between maritime vessels.
- This decision has been taken to make shipping in Indian seas easier.
- This decision will benefit the following:
- Incidents of ships colliding will decrease.
- Protection of marine environment.
- Sea traffic will be more accessible.
- Loss of property will prevent loss of life.
(Source: News on AIR)
2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Manipur Water Supply Project.
- Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Manipur Water Supply Project through video conferencing.
- The project has been started under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
- Jal Jeevan Mission:
- In August 2019, the Center launched the Jal Jeevan Mission to provide safe and adequate drinking water supply to every rural household in the country by 2024.
- The mission is based on a community approach to water and the key components of the mission are information, education and communication.
- This creates a mass movement for water, making it a priority for everyone.
(Source: News on AIR)
3. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the statue of Dr. Ambedkar at the CAG office in New Delhi.
- Recently, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the statue of Dr. Ambedkar at the CAG office in New Delhi.
- Dr. Ambedkar was a multidisciplinary genius and the creator of modern India.
- He had drafted the Constitution of India and guided the country to a turning point.
- Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG):
- It is an authority of India.
- It is established by Article 148 of the Constitution of India.
- It records all receipts and expenses of the Government of India and the State Governments.
(Source: News on AIR)
4. India and Maldives signed a contract to set up fish processing plants in two islands.
- Recently India and Maldives have signed a contract to set up fish processing plants in two islands of Maldives.
- A Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of fish processing plants was signed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Solih in December 2020.
- These fish-processing plants are the first in series of High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP).
- India and Maldives are committed to execute HICDP projects under grants totaling US $ 5.5 million.
- These projects selected by the Maldives government include high levels of community influence and participation in the areas of livelihood and income generation, health, education, gender and child empowerment, etc.
- HICDP is an important dimension of the dynamic development partnership between India and Maldives. These projects are inspired by the needs of communities on the islands.
- It is a small island nation in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea.
- It is located about 700 km from the mainland of the Asian continent to the south-west of Sri Lanka and India.
- Its capital is Male and the currency is Maldivian rufiya.
5. India Ideas Summit organized by USIBC concluded on 22 July.
- India Ideas Summit organized by USIBC concluded on 22 July.
- Speaking on the occasion, Nisha Biswal, Chairperson of US-India Business Council (USIBC), said that USIBC is playing a big role in strengthening not only the trade contacts between India and the US but also the basic relations between the two countries.
- Also, for inclusive growth, the Council is ready to help in increasing investment, setting up industrial units and creating business opportunities.
- The US India Business Council's India Ideas Summit is an annual event.
- This year was the 45th edition of this conference.
- US-India Business Council:
- It was established in 1975 as a professional advocacy organization.
- It aims to encourage private sectors of India and the United States to increase investment flows.
- It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States.
(Source: News on AIR)
6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandrashekhar Azad on their birth anniversary on 23 July.
- Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has paid tribute to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandrashekhar Azad on their birth anniversary on 23 July.
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak:
- Bal Gangadhar Tilak, one of the trio of Lal Bal Pal, was born on 23 July 1856 in Chikhali village of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.
- Tilak was an Indian nationalist and an independence activist.
- He was the first leader of the Indian independence movement. British officer Valentine Chirol called him the father of Indian unrest.
- He founded two newspapers named Kesari and Maratha. Also in 1916, the Home Rule League was established in Maharashtra by him.
- He died on 1 August 1920, the day the non-cooperation movement started in Mumbai.
- Chandra Shekhar Azad:
- He was an Indian revolutionary who reorganized the Hindustan Republican Association in 1928.
- Chandrasekhar Azad was born on 23 July 1906 in Bhabra in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
- He died on February 27, 1931, in Chandrasekhar Azad Park, Prayagraj, after being shot.
7. India received first batch of 4,475 oxygen concentrators from the Temasek Foundation, Singapore.
- Recently India's Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey received the first batch of 4,475 oxygen concentrators from the Temasek Foundation, Singapore.
- A total of 20,000 oxygen concentrators will be provided to India by the Foundation.
- The remaining oxygen concentrators will be received next month.
- These devices will prove to be of great help in managing the moderate cases of Covid-19.
- These machines can be used in Covid-19 care centers and railway coaches that have been renovated as Covid care centers.
- It is also particularly useful in remote areas where logistic constraints become a hindrance to the continuous supply of oxygen cylinders.
(Source: News on AIR)
8. SNBNCBS, Kolkata has developed a mask with active respirator valve and filter for protection from suspended-particles.
- Recently SN Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, Kolkata has developed a breathable comfortable and hygienically active respirator mask with valve and filter for suspended-particulate protection.
- The active respirator is an innovative solution to the problem of recurrence of carbon dioxide and emitted moisture inside the mask.
- A nano-sanitizer with anti-microbial dispensing layer has also been developed by the center. This innovative sanitizer relieves the skin dehydration problem due to frequent use.
- Both products have been transferred by the National Research Development Corporation to a Kolkata-based company for manufacturing.
- These will be launched on the 15th August.
- S. N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences:
- It is an autonomous research institute dedicated to basic research in Mathematics under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
- It is located in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- This institute was established in 1986.
(Source: News on AIR)
9. AIIMS Nagpur has developed smart wristbands to track Covid-19 positive patients.
- Recently, a model for effective tracking and monitoring of Covid-19 positive and suspected patients has been developed by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur in collaboration with IIT Jodhpur and Indian Institute of Information Technology Nagpur.
- The device is in the form of smart wristbands.
- It has been conceptualized by Dr. Prathamesh Kamble, Assistant Professor, Physiology, AIIMS Nagpur.
- This wristband can provide mobile free operation, using Geo Fencing technology which will warn on any violation in the Quarantine area on real-time basis.
- In addition, this wristband will also provide warnings such as the wearer's temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and oxygen saturation.
10. Britain will open a new special route for Hong Kong residents to gain British citizenship from January 2021.
- The UK government has recently announced that it will open a new special route for eligible Hong Kong residents from January 2021 to gain British citizenship.
- This change in immigration rules has been brought after China imposed a new comprehensive national security law on Hong Kong.
- These eligible Hong Kong residents can reach any position in the UK at any skill level and without salary limits.
- These people they can apply for settling in the UK permanently, after five years. After the next 12 months, they can apply for British citizenship.
- The UK handed its former colony Hong Kong to China in 1997, under a One Country, Two Systems Framework.
(Source: The Hindu)
11. US President Donald Trump started ‘Operation Legend’.
- Recently US President Donald Trump has started Operation Legend.
- This operation is meant to maintain law and order during the upcoming presidential election on 3 November 2020.
- It plans to send federal agents to more and more American cities to crack down on violent crime.
- It has expanded the Operation Legends program to include cities such as Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- The operation was named after Legend Taliferro, a four-year-old child shot and killed in Kansas City, Missouri.
- The operation has been implemented by President Trump as an increase in law enforcement and military efforts, so as to destroy the criminal riot trend as a result of the recent George Floyd assassination protest.
(Source: The Hindu)
12. CCI approved the acquisition of Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited.
- Recently CCI has approved the acquisition of Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited.
- The acquisition of equity shareholding along with management control of the company has been proposed by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited.
- Adani Ports is a customer-facing integrated port infrastructure service provider currently present in ten domestic ports in six maritime states of Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.
- It manages the logistics chain i.e. ships management to anchorage, pilotage, tug pulling, berthing, goods handling, internal transport, storage, handling and processing, etc.
- Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited is engaged as a developer and operator of deep water port in Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
- Competition Commission of India (CCI):
- It is a statutory body of the Government of India.
- It is responsible for implementing the Competition Act, 2002 and preventing activities which have an adverse effect on competition in India.
- It was established on 14 October 2003.
13. Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah launched VRIKSHAROPAN ABHIYAN in New Delhi.
- Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah launched VRIKSHAROPAN ABHIYAN in New Delhi.
- Along with this, Shri Amit Shah also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of six eco-parks/ tourist places.
- The event was conducted through video conferencing at more than 130 locations spread across 38 districts in 10 states with coal / lignite reserves.
- During this period, large scale plantations will be done in coal/ lignite PSU mines, colonies and other suitable areas and plants will be distributed in the surrounding areas to promote tree plantation by the society.
- Eco-parks, tourist spots will provide options for entertainment, adventure, water sports, bird watching etc. for the people living in the surrounding areas.
- The work is being undertaken through the active participation of coal / lignite PSUs and private miners under the Ministry Going Green initiative.
- Going Green involves maximization of green cover through ecological reclamation of mined out areas and overburden dumps, plantation in and around mines and avenue plantation at suitable places.
- Also, these sites have been planned to generate revenue for self-sufficiency and to create employment opportunities for the local people.
- This year three coal / lignite PSUs - Coal India Limited, NLC India Limited and Singareni Collieries Company Limited have set an ambitious target of covering 1789 hectares in and around the coal fields.