24th September 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam


24 September 2020

24th September 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

National News

1. Department of Biotechnology launches Programme for Clinical Trial Research

  • The Department of Biotechnology has launched the programme for “Strengthening Clinical Trial Research Capacity in Neighbouring Countries”.
  • The programme will help neighbouring countries, and LMICs (Lowand Middle Income Countries) to build capacities for Covid-19 vaccine trials.
  • Through this training program and knowledge sharing efforts, Government of India is fulfilling its commitment of building various technical capacities in its neighbouring countries.
  • The Department of Biotechnology has initiated the first phase of the training program in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
  • The objective of these trainings would be to support researchers and investigator teams for enhancing and strengthening their clinical trial capabilities for conducting clinical trials in compliance with ICH-GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation- Good clinical practice).

International News

2. Former rebel leader Ishmael Toroama elected Bougainville president

  • Former rebel military commander, Ishmael Toroama has been elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea.
  • This was the first general election since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to separate from Papua New Guinea in November 2019. Bougainville is a mineral-rich and lush group of islands in the South Pacific.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Bougainville Capital: Buka Island.
  • Bougainville Currency: PNG kina.

Economy News

3. UNCTAD projects India’s GDP at -5.9% in 2020

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has predicted that the GDP of India will contract by 5.9% in the year 2020.
  • For the year 2021, UNCTAD projects the Indian economy to grow by 3.9%. The projection was made in its Trade and Development Report 2020.
  • The baseline scenario is a sharp recession in 2020 as the stringent lockdown measures, to prevent the spread of the virus have halted, many productive activities across the country.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • UNCTAD Headquarters location: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • UNCTAD Head: Mukhisa Kituyi.
  • UNCTAD Founded: 30 December 1964.


4. RBI appoints AK Dixit as new administrator of PMC Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed AK Dixit (ex-general manager at Union Bank of India), as the new administrator of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank.
  • He has replaced JB Bhoria who has stepped down from his role as the administrator of the bank due to health reasons.
  • In September 2019, the RBI had superseded the board of PMC bank due to fraud and financial irregularities in the PMC bank.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • PMC Bank Founded: 1984.
  • PMC Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Awards & Rewards

5. 72nd Emmy award 2020 announced

  • The 72nd Emmy Awards 2020 marks the beginning of Hollywood’s first major show in the times of COVID-19.
  • The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at an empty theatre in Los Angeles with cutouts of the nominees placed in the audience.

Here's the winners' list of the Emmy Awards 2020:

  • Drama Series: Succession
  • Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Succession
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Succession
  • Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Zendaya, Euphoria
  • Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jeremy Strong, Succession
  • Limited Series: Watchmen
  • Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Uzo Aduba, Mrs America
  • Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
  • Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Unorthodox
  • Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series: Watchmen
  • Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
  • Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, Watchmen
  • Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek
  • Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek
  • Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
  • Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Outstanding Television Movie: Bad Education

About Emmy Award

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry. It is presented at numerous annual events held throughout the calendar year, each honouring one of the various sectors of the television industry.

Ranks & Reports

6. PM Modi in Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people of 2020’ list

  • Time Magazine has released the TIME 100 Most Influential People List 2020. Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi is the only politician on the list.
  • He has been named in this for the fourth time since coming in power in 2014. The List has named people in five categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, Icons.

The following Indians have also been named in this list:

  • Professor Ravindra Gupta (Pioneer), is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology and has worked for the cure of HIV.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana (Artists).
  • Bilkis (Icons), the ‘Dadi from Shaheen Bagh’.

Science & Technology

7. India's Khushi Chindaliya appointed as UNEP regional ambassador

  • A 17-year-old girl, Khushi Chindaliya has been appointed as Regional Ambassador for India by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)- Tunza Eco-Generation.
  • In her new role, Khusi will raise awareness about climate change and the importance of environmental conservation and the need to safeguard environmental treasures.
  • She will work with the TEG on various environmental awareness programmes till February 2021.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • UNEP Headquarters location: Nairobi, Kenya.
  • UNEP Head: Inger Andersen.
  • UNEP Founded: 5 June 1972.

Defence News

8. DRDO successfully test fires ABHYAS from Odisha

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS, a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.
  • ABHYAS can be used as a target for evaluation of various missile systems. ABHYAS has been designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the DRDO.
  • The air vehicle is launched using twin underslung boosters. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has an Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with a Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control.
  • The vehicle has been programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check out of the vehicle is done using laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • DRDO Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.
  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.

Important Days

9. World Maritime Day 2020: 24 September

  • World Maritime Day 2020 is observed globally on 24th September in the form of an online event.
  • The exact date of celebrating World Maritime Day is left to the individual governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September.
  • The theme of World Maritime Day 2020 is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet," which provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to showcase the work that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets.
  • The theme will provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including shipping, to both reflect on the work done and the urgent steps they further plan towards a sustainable future.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • International Maritime Organization Headquarters location: London, United Kingdom.
  • International Maritime Organization Founded: 17 March 1948.
  • International Maritime Organization Secretary- General: Kitack Lim.

Obituaries News

10. Former Australian Cricketer Dean Jones passes away

  • Former Australian cricketer and renowned commentator, Dean Jones passed away.
  • He made his debut for Australia in a Test match in the West Indies in 1984.
  • He played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia between 1984 and 1994 before venturing into the commentary. He scored almost 9500 international runs.

11. Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi passes away

  • Union Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi has passed away after he contracted coronavirus disease.
  • He is the first member of the Union Cabinet to die due to coronavirus. Suresh Angadi was a four-time Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Belagavi constituency. He was elected in 2004, 2014 and 2019.

12. Bollywood Actor Bhupesh Pandya passes away

  • Theatre personality and Bollywood actor Bhupesh Pandya, who is best known for his role in Ayushmann Khurrana’s debut film ‘Vicky Donor’ has passed away.
  • He was an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD).

Miscellaneous News

13. Central Pollution Control Board celebrates 46th Foundation Day

  • The Central Pollution Control Board celebrated its 46th Foundation Day.
  • The CBCB was established on September 23, 1974 under The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as a technical arm of Central Government for environmental research, monitoring, regulation and enforcement in the country.
  • Since its inception, CPCB is working towards environmental protection in the country.
  • Some of its pro-active actions include setting sector specific standards; real time surveillance of more than 5,000 industries; river basin studies, which led to genesis of Ganga Action Plan; multi-city source apportionment studies; establishing extensive monitoring network and data management for public dissemination; setting national ambient air quality standards; and fixing water quality criteria.

14. ‘Kritagya’ Hackathon by National Agricultural Higher Education Project of ICAR

  • A hackathon named “KRITAGYA” has been planned by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP).
  • This hackathon has been planned to promote potential technology solutions for enhancing farm mechanization with special emphasis on women friendly equipments. Students, faculties and innovators/entrepreneurs from any university / technical institution across the country can apply and participate in the event in the form of a group.
  • “KRITAGYA” will give an opportunity to the students, faculties, entrepreneurs, innovators and other stakeholders to showcase their innovative approaches and technology solutions to promote farm mechanization in India.
  • It will also help in enhancing the learning capabilities, innovations and disruptive solutions, employability and entrepreneurial drive in Farm Mechanization sector.


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