Daily Current Affairs - 11th Jul 2020

10th July: National Fish Farmers Day

  • The Government of India back in 2001 declared 10th July to be celebrated every year as ‘National Fish Farmers Day’. The initiative of celebrating the Day was first taken by Mumbai’s Central Institute of Fisheries Education.
  • Every year, on 10 July, the National Fish Farmer's Day is celebrated in memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who successfully demonstrated induced breeding (Hypophysation) technology in Indian Major Carps on 10 July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in Cuttack, Odisha.

11th July: World Population Day

  • World Population Day is observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
  • The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
  • It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, the approximate date on which the world's population reached five billion people. World Population Day aims to increase people's awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

Arunachal Pradesh filmmaker bags Dada Saheb Phalke Award for documentary on honey hunting

  • Arunachal Pradesh filmmaker Kezang D Thongdok has bagged the Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2020 for a short documentary “Chi Lupo“. Chi Lupo, documented by Kezang D Thongdok is a short documentary on honey hunting.
  • Chi Lupo sketches the tradition of honey hunting practised in the Shertukpen community in which “Chi” means honey while “Lipo” means hunters.

Biocon drug Itolizumab gets DCGI approval

  • The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given its approval to ‘Itolizumab’ injection for the treatment of COVID-19 patients with restricted emergency use only in case of moderate to severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) patients.
  • Itolizumab is an anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody injection that is being used in India for the treatment of Psoriasis (Skin Disorder in which Skin Cells multiply 10 times faster than normal).
  • Bengaluru based biopharmaceutical company- Biocon Limited is the developer and the manufactures of the Itolizumab injection.

Commercial farming of endangered species in Myanmar may boost demand for rare animals: WWF

  • Wildlife and environmental conservation group WWF and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) have warned that the change in the Myanmar law allowing for commercial farming of endangered species may boost the demand for rare animals in the world.
  • The government of Myanmar in June passed a law allowing private zoos to breed 90 wildlife species out of which more than 20 are endangered. The list of wildlife animals allowed for commercial farming include Tiger, Pangolin, Siamese crocodile and Ayeyarwady Dolphin which are among endangered species in the world.
  • Myanmar is considered to be a major hub of illegal trade in wildlife driven by demand from neighbouring China.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan releases White paper on ‘Focused Interventions for ‘Make in India’

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences released a white paper on “Focused Interventions for ‘Make in India’: Post COVID 19” and “Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients: Status, Issues, Technology Readiness and Challenges”, prepared by Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC),
  • Under this, the focus has been made on 5 sectors of the Indian Economy: (i) Medical and Health (ii) Machinery and Manufacturing (iii) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (iv) Electronics (v) Agriculture and Food Processing.

First Parcel Cargo with Chilli for Bangladesh leaves Guntur

  • The first parcel cargo with red chillies for export to Bangladesh was flagged off from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Special Parcel Express (SPE) from Guntur station of the South Central railway is carrying 384 tonnes of parcel over the distance of 1372 kilometre from Reddipalem in Guntur to Benapole in Bangladesh.
  • Guntur is the centre for export of Chilli and other spices from India. It is among the largest chilli producing districts in India.

Flipkart signs MoU with Karnataka govt to Promote local art, craft and handlooms

  • Homegrown e-commerce marketplace Flipkart has signed an MoU with Karnataka MSME and Mines department to promote the states arts, crafts and handloom sectors by bringing them on to e-commerce and providing market access.
  • The partnership under the Flipkart Samarth programme will enable local artisans, weavers and craftsmen of Karnataka to showcase their hallmark products to a pan-India customer base, the company said in a release.
  • Both the Government of Karnataka and the Flipkart Group will focus on creating avenues to increase business and trade inclusion opportunities for these underserved segments of the society, thereby adding further thrust to Made in India efforts.

Gyanendro Ningombam named as Hockey India's officiating president

  • Gyanendro Ningombam was named as the officiating president of Hockey India. The decision followed the resignation of Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, who stepped down from the position, citing family commitments.
  • Ningombam has been associated with Manipur Hockey and has impressed with his work at the grassroots level. He also served as the editor of Meeyam, an evening daily in Manipur. He had served as the Chief Executive Officer of Manipur Hockey between 2009 to 2014.

IAF gets last of 5 Apache attack helicopters from Boeing

  • Boeing handed over the last of the five AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF), completing the contract for 22 Apaches.
  • The Apaches were deployed at the Leh air base as part of the forward movement of assets, amid the stand-off with China in Ladakh.
  • India contracted 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinook helicopters from Boeing through the Foreign Military Sales programme of the U.S. government in September 2015 under a $3 billion deal.
  • Boeing’s joint venture in Hyderabad, Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited, has been producing aero-structures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter for both the U.S. Army and international customers.

India moves up a rank, becomes second-largest foreign investor in UK

  • The statistics for the number of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in the Financial Year 2019-20 in the United Kingdom was released by the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). As per the Figures provided by DIT, the second-largest source of FDI in the United Kingdom is now from India.
  • United States continues to be the number one source of FDI in the United Kingdom with 462 projects resulting in 20,131 jobs. followed by India, Germany, France and China and Hong Kong.
  • India invested in 120 projects and created 5,429 new jobs in the UK .

India's 2018 Tiger Census Makes It To Guinness World Records

  • India's 2018 Tiger Census has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's largest on-camera wildlife survey.
  • The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 estimated 2,967 tigers or 75 per cent of the global tiger population in the nation.
  • Every four year since 2006, All India Tiger Estimation has been conducted in India.
  • The entire All India Tiger Estimation 2018 covered an area of 121,337 square kilometers. A total of 34,858,623 photographs were captured by the 26,838 camera traps.

Indian economy returning to normalcy after ease in lockdown: RBI Governor

  • RBI Governor Shaktikant Das said, that Indian economy is returning to normalcy after the ease in lockdown in the country.
  • He was addressing the 7th SBI Banking and Economics Conclave. He said that Covid 19 was the worst health and economic crisis in the last 100 years with unprecedented negative consequences for output, jobs & well-being. But after the ease in lockdown there are signs of improvement in the economy,he said.

NSE launches NSE refiner standards for BIS- Standard Gold

  • National Stock Exchange of India Ltd announced the launch of NSE Refiner Standards (NRS) for BIS – Standard Gold.
  • The NSE Refiner Standards for BIS – Standard Gold would enable the acceptance of gold bars produced by the domestic refiners in India, for settlement of the gold futures contracts traded on the NSE platform.
  • The introduction of NRS for BIS – Standard Gold by NSE shall facilitate greater participation from the domestic market players in the exchange traded deliverable bullion commodity derivatives by widening the scope of acceptable bullion commodity for delivery on NSE platform.

Odisha’s Swabhiman Anchal gets its first passenger bus

  • People in Swabhiman Anchal (previously referred to as Cut-Off space) in Odisha’s Malkangiri district noticed a passenger bus plying for the first time of their area after the Independence.
  • The Swabhiman Anchal, which was surrounded by water and an inhospitable terrain, not too long ago gained accessibility after the development of the Gurupriya Bridge which linked it with remainder of the State. The area had been a stronghold of left-wing extremists.
  • The construction of the 910-meter long Gurupriya bridge began in the year 1986 and was inaugurated after 32 years on 26th July 2018. The Gurupriya bridge is on the Janbai river.

Singapore re-instates faith in PM Lee

  • The 2020 General Elections of Singapore was conducted for its 105 seats unicameral Parliament (93 members are elected through the Election). Singapore became the 2nd Country in Asia to conduct National Polls in the times of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • Earlier South Korea became the first Asian Country by conducting its 21st Legislative Elections.
  • Under the leadership of incumbent Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the People’s Action Party (PAP) have won 83 seats out of the total 93 seats contested in the Election by securing 61.24 percent of the total valid votes.

Skill India Launches AI-based ASEEM Digital Platform To Bridge Demand-Supply Gap Of Skilled Workforce Across Sectors

  • In an endeavour to improve the information flow and bridge the demand-supply gap in the skilled workforce market, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today launched ‘Aatmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM)’ portal to help skilled people find sustainable livelihood opportunities.
  • ASEEM is also available as a mobile application. By collaborating with Bengaluru based company- Betterplace, the portal is developed and managed by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).