Daily Current Affairs - 12th Jul 2020

Cambodian NGO Receive ‘Development Marketplace Award’ from World Bank Group and SVRI

  • A research team from the KHANA Center for Population Health Research has won funding to implement a WhatsApp chatline offering 24-hour gender-based violence response and support for female entertainment workers in Cambodia, the World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI).
  • The 2020 Development Marketplace: Innovations to Address Gender-Based Violence award will enable the researchers at KHANA to test the feasibility and effectiveness of the ‘SMARTgirl Chatline’, which provides 24-hour support via WhatsApp to female entertainment workers in Cambodia who are at risk or survivors of gender-based violence.

Cartoonist Avad Bin Hassan Jami passes away

  • Renowned cartoonist Avad Bin Hassan Jami, popularly known as “Jami” passed away in Jamnagar.
  • His cartoons regularly published in leading Gujarati daily newspapers and news magazines for more than two decades.
  • Mr. Jami was a drawing teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jamnagar. He became a full time cartoonist after retirement.

CCI approves Escorts-Kubota deals

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition in Escorts Limited (Escorts) by Kubota Corporation (Kubota) and in Kubota Agricultural Machinery India Private Limited (KAI) by Escorts, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002.
  • As per the proposed combination, Kubota will subscribe to the 1,22,57,688 equity shares(9.09% of the total issued, subscribed and paid-up share capital) of Escorts on a pre-capital reduction and 10 % on a post-capital reduction basis.

Govt invites suggestions, comments for safety evaluation of hydrogen propelled vehicles

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified a draft notification proposing amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for inclusion of the standards for the safety evaluation of the vehicles being propelled through hydrogen fuel cells.
  • As amended from time to time, till the corresponding BIS specification is notified under the Bureau of Indian Standard Act, 2016.

HRD Ministry formulates detailed SoP for conducting University examinations

  • The Human Resource Development Ministry has formulated a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for conducting University examinations in the country
  • The SOP formulated in association with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health have been devised to ensure students' safety, fairness and equal opportunity amid the global pandemic due to COVID-19.
  • Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has informed that the UGC has issued a guideline to conduct all the examinations of the terminal semester in the Universities by 30th September this year. He said, these exams will be conducted through offline, online or mixed mode.

India's first e-Lok Adalat in Chhattisgarh settles 2,270 cases in one day

  • The first State Level ‘E-Lok Adalat’ of India was conducted successfully in Chhattisgarh.
  • The Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court P.R. Ramachandra Menon inaugurated the first State Level E-Lok Adalat of India from the Conference Hall of the Chhattisgarh State’s High Court in Bilaspur district. The E-Lok Adalat was conducted through video conferencing.
  • A total of 3133 cases were placed before the 195 benches out which 848 cases were attended by 24 benches from the capital city of Chhattisgarh Raipur.

India's foreign exchange reserves touches all time high of 513.25 billion dollars

  • India's foreign exchange reserves have surged by a massive 6.47 billion dollars to reach a fresh all-time high of 513.25 billion dollars in the week ended 3rd July 2020.
  • Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, rose by 5.66 billion dollars to 473.26 billion dollars. In the previous week, the reserves had increased by 1.27 billion dollars to end at 506.84 billion dollars.
  • India's special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund rose by 4 million dollars to reach 1.45 billion dollars, while the country's reserve position increased by 259 million dollars to 4.526 billion dollars.

INST scientists formulate nanoparticle to reduce severity of rheumatoid arthritis

  • Scientists from the Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST), Mohali, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology Government of India, have formulated nanoparticles with chitosan and loaded these nanoparticles with zinc gluconate for reducing the severity of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Element Zinc is vital for maintaining normal bone homeostasis, and its levels are reported to get reduced in rheumatoid arthritis patients and arthritis-induced animals. It is also known that oral supplementation of zinc in the form of zinc gluconate have very low bioavailability in humans.

IRDAI gives its nod to Insurance companies to launch corona Kavach Health Insurance Policies

  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, IRDAI, has allowed 30 general and health insurers to launch short-term ‘Corona Kavach' health insurance policies. The policy will cover medical expenses occurred due to coronavirus disease.
  • This policy can be availed by persons between the age of 18 to 65 years. Several insurers have announced the launch of the ‘Corona Kavach' policies for three -and-a-half months; six-and-a-half months; and nine-and-a-half months.
  • Home care expenses benefit up to a period of 14 days will also be covered in the policy for those seeking treatment within the comfort of their own homes, on the advice of a medical practitioner

Jharkhand govt signs MoU with HDFC Bank for digital payment solutions

  • The Jharkhand government has signed a memorandum of understanding with private lender HDFC Bank to offer digital payment solutions to traffic violators.
  • The HDFC bank will provide digital payment solutions to the transport department of Jharkhand. The traffic police will be equipped with POS machines to collect traffic- related penalties.

Loyal Textile introduces ‘triple viral shield’ range

  • Loyal Textile Mills unveiled reusable ‘triple viral shield’ products with anti-viral coating, under its Supera Shield brand.
  • Loyal had collaborated with HeiQ Materials AG, Switzerland, and Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). It uses R Elan fibre from Reliance and HeiQ’s Viroblock technology to make these range of products.
  • Along with this, other triple viral shield products like masks(SS 95 medical respiratory type Mask) and protective antiviral fashion wear range were also launched.

Nagaland govt bans import and sale of dog meat in the State

  • The Nagaland government has banned the import and sale of dog meat in the State.
  • Commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets, and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dine in restaurants will be banned in the state.
  • Any person found violating the order shall be liable to be punished under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Narendra Modi inaugurates Asia’s largest solar plant in Rewa district

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 750-megawatt solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project, which is Asia’s largest till date.
  • The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited is a joint venture of state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. It comprises three solar generating units of 250 MW each located inside a solar park.
  • The project is the first renewable energy project to supply to an institutional customer outside the state. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will get 24% of energy from the project. The plant will supply its remaining 76% to the state discoms of Madhya Pradesh.

NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission launches app development module for school students

  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission has launched the ATL App Development Module for school children across the country. The ATL App is an online course, which is completely Free.
  • Through six project-based learning modules and online mentoring sessions, young innovators can learn to build mobile apps in various Indian languages and showcase their talent. Additionally, to build capacities and acumen for app development within school teachers, periodic Teacher Training sessions will be conducted on the AIM App Development course.

TN Chief Minister honoured with Paul Harris Fellow

  • The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International,Chicago, has honoured Tamil Nadu(TN) Chief Minister(CM) Edappadi K Palaniswami with Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
  • The recognition is in the honor of Rotary founder, Paul Harris who contributed to The Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is conferred to honour the efficient service of people who provide drinking water, sanitation, prevention of diseases, environment, world peace etc. to its people.

UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria in reduced form

  • The UN Security Council passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria.
  • The Council passed a proposal submitted by Germany and Belgium allowing the use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for one year.
  • With the approval of the German-Belgian proposal, the Bab al-Hawa crossing point on Syria's northwestern border with Turkey will be maintained for a year, until July 10, 2021. This will allow badly needed humanitarian aid to continue flowing to several million Syrians living in the insurgent region of Idlib, which the Syrian regime does not control.

Union Bank of India reduces MCLR by 20 basis points across tenors

  • State-owned Union Bank of India has announced reduction in its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate - MCLR by 20 basis points across tenors. The revised one-year MCLR stands at 7.40 percent as against 7.60 percent earlier.
  • The three-month and six-month MCLRs have been cut to 7.10 percent and 7.25 percent, respectively.