Daily Current Affairs - 13th Jun 2020

40th GST Council meet

  • The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman chaired the 40th GST Council Meet.
  • The minister at the meet announced that no late fee will be charged from the taxpayers (small taxpayers) that had filed GST returns between July 2017 and January 2020. This is being done as there is lot of GST return filing that is pending in the period.
  • The Council has capped maximum late fee for those that have tax liability for non-filing of GST-3B returns.

FIFA Ranking: India retains 108th rank

  • The FIFA ranking was released. Indian team retained its 108th position as the international football for the year 2020 has been suspended since March.
  • Belgium remained at the top spot and was ahead of France and Brazil. England and Uruguay continued to remain at fourth and fifth position.
  • FIFA is Federation Internationale de Football Association. It was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in Zurich.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister launched Panchvati Yojana

  • The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched the Panchvati Yojana for senior citizens in the rural areas of the state.
  • Around 100 parks are to be developed in the state under the scheme. The scheme aims to help the senior citizens spend their leisure time in these gardens and parks.
  • The Gardens and parks are to be developed along with Swachh Bharat Mission, MGNREGA. At least 1 bigha of land is to be used to achieve this. Bigha is a traditional unit used to measure land.

Jagananna Chedodu Scheme launched in Andhra Pradesh

  • The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy recently launched “Jagananna Chedodu” scheme. The scheme is to provide financial assistance to barbers, tailors and washer men.
  • The Jagananna Chedodu scheme is to provide Rs 10,000 per person. It is to benefit 2.47 lakhs of barbers, washer men and tailors. The State Government has transferred Rs 247 crores to the bank accounts so far under the scheme.

June 12: World Day against Child Labour

  • The World Day against Child Labour is celebrated on June 12. It was launched by the International Labour Organization, a United Nations body. The World Day against Child Labour was launched in 2002.
  • This year the ILO is conducting the World Day against Child Labour as virtual campaign and is organized by Global March against Child Labour and International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture. This year, the day is celebrated under the Theme: ‘Covid-19: Protect Children from Child Labour, now more than ever!’.

June 13: International Albinism Awareness Day

  • The International Albinism Awareness Day is celebrated on June 13. The day is marked to celebrate the human rights of the persons affected by Albinism world wide. This year the International Albinism Awareness Day is marked under the Theme: Made to Shine.
  • Albinism is genetically inherited, non-contagious and results in lack of pigmentation in skin, eyes and hair. For the disease to be present at birth, both the parents must carry the gene of Albinism.

Nature Index

  • The Nature Research, a division of the popular Springer Nature recently released Nature Index. India secured 12th rank in the index.
  • The countries that secured top 5 places in the index includes USA, China, Germany, UK and Japan. The top Indian Institutes that were rated high by the index include CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and IISc Bangalore.
  • The Nature Index is created based on the author affiliation database collected from research articles that are published in around 82 high-quality science journals.

NHAI: First Construction Sector to become digital completely

  • The National Highway Authority of India became the first construction sector to become digital completely.
  • The project management workflow of NHAI has been transformed from manual to online portal. The platform Artificial Intelligence and cloud-based big data analytics have been used to bring in the transform.
  • The project management details are to be stored in digital format in the cloud based “Data Lake” which is linked to GIS tagging.

Police Use of Facial Recognition banned by Amazon

  • The E-Commerce giant Amazon banned the use of its software “Rekognition” by the police. The software used to quickly compare a picture with the police data bases that holds hundreds of 1000s of photos.
  • The facial recognition technology has been criticized over some time. This is mainly because, most of the algorithms of the Rekognition software are more likely to wrongly identify the faces of black people than those of white people.
  • The Amazon Rekognition software was launched in 2016. It was sold and used by a number of US government agencies.

Railway Stations to be classified on Waste Water Output

  • The CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) is to classify railway stations based on the quantity of waste water generated by them and also based on the disposal of untreated water that are drained into the municipal drain systems.
  • The categorization has been done under the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. The main objectives of the act are to control, prevent and abate water pollution.

Rs 14,690 Crore disbursed under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme

  • The Ministry of Finance announced that the public sector banks have so far disbursed Rs 14,690 crores for the MSMEs under the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS).
  • The credit line of ECLGS is the biggest component of the economic package announced by the Finance Minister under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The Finance Minister announced that Rs 29,490 crores of loans has been sanctioned to MSMEs. Out of this, Rs 14,690 crores has been disbursed.

Shahakar Mitra Scheme launched to assist the cooperative institutions

  • The Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched Shahakar Mitra scheme. The scheme has been launched to assist the cooperative institutions to access innovative ideas of young professionals. In return the young interns will gain confidence to become self-reliant in the field.
  • The Scheme is an internship programme for the youth in the country. It is an initiative of the National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC). The scheme promotes “Vocal for Local” that was launched under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

The Astronaut and Oceanographer Kathy Sullivan reached Challenger Deep

  • The Astronaut and Oceanographer Kathy Sullivan recently reached the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep. With this she has become the first woman to reach the deepest point in the earth.
  • In 1984, Kathy made her space walk debut and became the first woman to walk in space.
  • Challenger Deep is the deepest point in the Earth’s sea bed. It is at a depth of 10,902 metres. It is named after the British Royal Navy survey Ship HMS Challenger that recorded its depth for the first time.

TrueNat machines to test COVID-19 in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh

  • The Uttar Pradesh Government is to make the TrueNat Machines available in all 75 districts to test COVID-19. The ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) had approved the machines to conduct COVID-19 tests earlier.
  • The state has set a target of 15,000 tests per day. The target is to be achieved by the middle of June, 2020. The aim is to increase the target to 20,000 by June end.
  • The TrueNat machines will provide results in an hour or two. Hence, the machines will help in faster diagnosis.

Veteran Poet Gulzar Dehlvi passed away

  • The Veteran Urdu poet Anand Mohan Zutshi ‘Gulzar’ Dehlvi passed away after recovering from COVID-19 in less than a week.
  • Gulzar was the editor of “Science ki Duniya”, the only science magazine published in Urdu by the Government of India. It was launched in 1975. He has also set up Urdu schools in India.
  • He was a follower of “Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb”, a term used to define syncretic Hindu-Muslim culture. He was also a part of number of mushairas namely Jashn-e-Rekhta and Jigar Fest.