29th September 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam


29 September 2020

29th September 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

National News

1. Dr Harsh Vardhan launches ICMR's vaccine web portal

  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the ICMR's vaccine web portal and National Clinical Registry for Covid-19.
  • This vaccine web portal will provide information related to the COVID-19 vaccine development in India and abroad. Through this, all the information about the vaccine development would be provided in a simple and transparent manner.
  • The National COVID-19 Clinical Registry will collect data regarding clinical and laboratory investigations, treatments, management protocols and outcomes of hospitalized COVID patients in India.
  • ICMR's Mobile Stroke Unit was also launched. The Mobile Stroke Unit will ensure timely and appropriate treatment to people suffering from heart disease and hypertension.

International News

2. Moctar Ouane appointed as new Prime Minister of Mali

  • The interim President of Mali, Bah Ndaw, has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as the new prime minister of Mali.
  • Moctar Ouane has served as Mali’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1995-2002, and as foreign minister from 2004-2009 during Amadou Toumani Toure’s presidency.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Republic of Mali Capital: Bamako; Currency: West African CFA franc.

Banking & Economy News

3. SBI Card starts new brand campaign ‘Contactless Connections’

  • SBI Card has launched its new brand campaign titled ‘Contactless Connections’, which aims to spreads the message that love and care can be shared even during this difficult period where social distancing is the norm.
  • The campaign endeavours to bring a fresh breath of positivity by demonstrating that people can connect emotionally and spread joy despite the social distancing practices by which we are bound.
  • Contactless payments, enabled by SBI Card, allow consumers to simply wave their card or phone or scan a QR code to make safe, secure payments, without handing over their card or punching in the PIN.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • CEO of SBI Card: Ashwini Kumar Tewari; Founded: October 1998.
  • SBI Card Headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana.

4. ICRA projects India’s GDP for FY21 to contact by 11%

  • Rating agency ICRA has revised its forecast for the contraction in India's FY21 GDP to 11 per cent from its earlier assessment of 9.5 per cent.
  • The reason behind contraction is an increase in a growing number of COVID-19 cases in India.
  • Besides, the agency revised its year-on-year (YoY) forecasts for Q3FY21 to (-) 5.4 per cent from (-) 2.3 per cent and Q4FY21 to (-)2.5 per cent from (+) 1.3 per cent.

Agreements & MoUs

5. PFC signs MoU with Govt. of India detailing targets for FY 2020-21

  • Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) has signed a performance-based Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Power, Government of India detailing various targets to be achieved by PFC during Fiscal Year 2020-21.
  • Government of India has set an ambitious revenue target of Rs. 36,000 Crores.
  • This target has been set along with various performance-related parameters such as Operating Profit as percentage of Revenue from Operation, PAT as a percentage of Average Net-worth and Non-financial parameters viz., IPDS-related parameters.
  • PFC has been delivering exemplary performance from the past years and the ratings from the Government of India stands testimony to the performance.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Power Finance Corporation Ltd: Shri Ravinder Singh Dhillon.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Power: Raj Kumar Singh.

Appointments News

6. KVIC appoints Sunil Sethi as its Advisor

  • The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has appointed Sunil Sethi as its Advisor. Sunil Sethi is the Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India.
  • He has been appointed for a period of one year. He will succeed fashion designer Ritu Beri.
  • Sunil Sethi will advise the Commission on latest design interventions in the readymade garments segment as well as promotion of Khadi in India and abroad.
  • Sustainable growth of Khadi in the fashion industry, both locally and internationally, is the key idea behind the appointment.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission: Vinai Kumar Saxena.

7. GoI appoints P.D. Vaghela as new chairman of TRAI

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed P.D. Vaghela as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI).
  • He will succeed RS Sharma, who was at the helm of the sector regulator for five years.
  • He is currently in the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP) under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, where he was appointed as the secretary for a year till 30 September.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Telecom Regulatory of India Founded: 20 February 1997
  • Telecom Regulatory of India Headquarters: New Delhi.

Awards News

8. All India Football Federation awards 2019-20 announced

  • All India Football Federation (AIFF) awards 2019-20 has announced.
  • Indian men’s team Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has won the 2019-’20 AIFF Player of the year awards in men’s category.
  • The women’s squad’s midfielder Sanju Yadav from Haryana has won the 2019-’20 AIFF Player of the year awards in women’s category.

Here is the complete list of 2019-20 AIFF AWARDS:

  • 2019-20 AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Women’s Player of the Year: Sanju Yadav.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year: Anirudh Thapa.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year:  Ratanbala Devi.
  • 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Assistant Referee: P. Vaira-Muthu (from Tamil Nadu).
  • 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Referee: L. Ajit Kumar Meetei (from Manipur).
  • 2019-20 AIFF Award for the Best Grassroots Development Programme: West Bengal (based on E-licence courses and Golden Baby Leagues).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • President of AIFF: Praful Patel.
  • AIFF founded: 23 June 1937.
  • FIFA affiliation of AIFF: 1948.
  • Headquarters of AIFF: Dwarka, Delhi.

9. Usha Mangeshkar honoured with Lata Mangeshkar award 2020-21

  • The Maharashtra government has announced the Gan Samragni Lata Mangeshkar award for the year 2020-21 to veteran female playback singer Usha Mangeshkar.
  • The award is given by the cultural department of the state government. The award includes a cash prize of five lakh rupees, a certificate and a memento.
  • The veteran singer has sung songs in Marathi, Hindi and several other Indian language films.
  • Her songs from the film 'Subah ka Tara', 'Jay Santoshi Maa', 'Azad', 'Chitrlekha', 'Khatta Meetha', 'Kala Pathar', 'Naseeb', 'Khubsurat', 'Disco Dancer', 'Inkar' ruled the chartbuster.

Important Days

10. International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

  • International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction is observed globally on 29th September.
  • This year is the first-ever observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
  • It also comes during the global COVID-19 pandemic, that has brought about a global wake-up on the need to transform and rebalance the way our food is produced and consumed.
  • The theme for International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction 2020 is “Stop food loss and waste. For the people. For the planet.”

11. World Heart Day: 29 September

  • World Heart Day is observed on 29th September annually to draw people’s attention to heart illness and the range of associated health issues.
  • The day which is celebrated annually creates awareness of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including heart disease & stroke and highlights the preventive and control measures.
  • The theme for World Heart Day 2020: "Use Heart To Beat Cardiovascular Disease".

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • World Heart Federation Founded: 2000.
  • World Heart Federation Headquarters location: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • World Heart Federation Chairman: Rajeev Gupta.

Science & Technology

12. IIT Madras develops "MOUSHIK" microprocessor

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has successfully developed 'MOUSHIK', an indigenously-made microprocessor for the Internet of things (IoT) devices.
  • 'MOUSHIK' is a processor cum a system-on-chip that can cater to the rapidly-growing IoT devices, an integral part of smart cities of a digital India. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology funded the MOUSHIK project of IIT Madras.
  • "MOUSHIK" microprocessor was conceptualised, designed and developed at the Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre for Digital Intelligence and Secure Hardware Architecture (PS-CDISHA) of the RISE Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras.
  • The field applications of 'MOUSHIK' include smart cards including credit cards, ID cards, debit cards, travel cards for metros and driving licenses, electronic voting machines (EVMs) and office management systems including attendance, surveillance cameras and safe locks.
  • It also includes personalised health management systems.

Defence News

13. ITBP chief S S Deswal given additional charge of NSG DG

  • ITBP Director General, S S Deswal has been given the additional charge of counter-terrorism force National Security Guard (NSG) as its incumbent chief A K Singh is going to retire on September 30.
  • This is the second time that Deswal, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer, has been directed to lead the NSG in an additional capacity.
  • The NSG was raised as the federal contingency force in 1984 to undertake specific counter-terrorism operations and hijack-like incidents.
  • The ''black cat'' commandos of the force are based in five hubs across the country, apart from their main garrison in Gurgaon''s Manesar.
  • They also render personal security to some high-risk VVIPs like Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and some chief ministers.

Obituaries News

14. Assam’s only woman CM Syeda Anwara Taimur passes away

  • Assam’s first and only woman chief minister, Syeda Anwara Taimur passed away.
  • A four-time Congress MLA beginning with her first election in 1972, Taimur held portfolios like education before becoming chief minister for a brief period from December 6, 1980, to June 30, 1981.
  • She was nominated for a Rajya Sabha term in 1988. She joined the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in 2011.

Miscellaneous News

15. RBI ropes in Amitabh Bachchan for customer awareness campaign

  • The Reserve Bank of India has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the customer awareness campaign.
  • The campaign aims to prevent gullible account holders from being duped by fraudsters.
  • As part of the RBI's public awareness initiative, the regulator will keep informing customers about dos and don'ts that have to be followed by them to transact safely and securely.
  • The regulator has been running the campaign for more than a year not only in English and Hindi but in various regional languages for maximum reach.
  • It keeps on repeating the message so that people don't forget their rights and responsibilities.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

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