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Friday, July 2, 2021

DAILY GK : 02 JULY 2021

 DAILY GK : 02 JULY 2021

1. CONSTRUCTION OF UNITS 5 & 6 OF KUDANKULAM NUCLEAR PLANT

          Rosatom, a Russia’s State-run Nuclear Energy Corporation & Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), a PSU under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have started the construction work on Units 5 & 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu.

          Kudankulam is India’s largest nuclear power station.

          India and Russia’s agreement on nuclear power envisions building as many as 12 nuclear plants by 2035.

 

2. CYBER MUSEUM ON WAR HEROES

          As part of the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence, the Ministry of Defence has initiated a project to create the 1st of its kind cyber museum which will honour the war heroes  of India.

          It will be an interactive virtual museum of India’s Gallantry award winners and will be hosted by the Gallantry awards portal.

 

3. GLOBAL CYBERSECURITY INDEX 2020

          Recently, the Global Cyber security Index 2020 (GCI 2020) – 4th Edition was released by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency for Information & Communication Technologies (ICT).

          India with a score of 97.5 has been ranked 10th (India was placed at the 47th spot in the last edition of GCI in 2018) in the Index.

          The US topped the Index, UK & Saudi Arabia shared the 2nd spot while Estonia took the 3rd rank.

 

4. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN HEALTHCARE

          World Health Organisation (WHO) released the World’s 1st report on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the healthcare sector called, “Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health”.

          WHO with inputs from various international experts prepared the report that can be used by countries to minimize the risk & maximize the benefits of AI.

 

5. WORLD BANK TO SUPPORT INDIA’S INFORMAL WORKING CLASS

          World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directors approved a USD 500 million loan programme to support India’s informal working class to overcome the COVID-19 distress and to support the states to manage the current pandemic, future climate and disaster shock.

          Out of the USD 500 million loan, USD 112.50 million will be financed by the International Development Association (IDA) and the remaining USD 387.50 million will be provided as a loan from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

          The loan programme was named – ‘Creating a Coordinated and Responsive Indian Social Protection System’ (CCRISP), it was built on the USD 1.15 billion ‘Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program’ which was approved to support schemes under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY).

 

6. ICICI BANK LAUNCHED – ‘SALUTE DOCTORS’

          On the eve of National Doctor’s Day, on July 01, 2021, ICICI Bank launched ‘Salute Doctors’, a digital and instant banking solution that is designed exclusively for medical doctors.

          The solution is powered by ICICI STACK, a digital banking platform with nearly 500 services

 

7. NPST RECEIVES TPAP REGISTRATION FROM NPCI

          Network People Services Technology (NPST), an Thane-based banking technology provider has received a Third-Party Application Provider (TPAP) registration from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for its TimePay solution.

          TPAP is the entity that provides the UPI compliant app to the end-user customers to facilitate UPI (Unified Payments Interface) based payment transactions.

 

8. DIANA AWARD 2021

          Three Delhi students – Kaif Ali, student of JamiaMillia Islamia; Sana Mittar, from the University of Warwick; and Devanshi Ranjan, from Lady Shri Ram College has won the 2021 Diana Award Roll of Honour for their contribution to society during the COVID-19 pandemic.

          The Diana Award is established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales and is given out by the charity named – Diana Award, it is supported by her sons, William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Harry, the Duke of Sussex.

 

9. AMAZON WEB SERVICES ACQUIRED WICKR

          Amazon is all set to have its own messaging application as its cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has acquired encrypted messaging platform Wickr for an undisclosed sum.

          The acquisition is on the lines of the company’s strategy for government contract work. Notably, Wickr is a popular app with government agencies in the United States (US).

 

10. ABHIMANYU MISHRA BECAME THE YOUNGEST CHESS GRANDMASTER

          Indian American chess player Abhimanyu Mishra (12 years 4 months, 25 days old) became the youngest ever Chess Grandmaster after he scored his third Grandmaster (GM) norm in Budapest, Hungary.

          He won the title against 15-year-old Indian chess player Leon Luke Mendonca

 

11. ICC MEN’S T20 WORLD CUP 2021 SHIFTED TO UAE – OMAN

          The International Cricket Council (ICC) has shifted the venue of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Tournament from India to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, due to India’s prevailing pandemic situation.

          The tournament will be hosted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at 4 venues from 17 October to 14 November 2021.

          ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be participated by 16 teams and the last T20 World Cup event was won by West Indies in 2016 in India.

 

12. “FIERCELY FEMALE: THE DUTEE CHAND STORY”

          Journalist Sundeep Mishra authored a new book, “Fiercely Female: The Dutee Chand Story”.

          The book insights on the Gender-identity controversy of popular Indian sprinter Dutee Chand.

          She is India’s first openly homosexual athelete.

          The book details the controversy, when Dutee Chand was dropped from the 2014 Commonwealth Games on false gender identity claims, which was later turned to her favour by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

 

13. NATIONAL CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS’ DAY 2021 – JULY 1

          The National Chartered Accountants'(CA) Day is annually observed across India on July 1st to commemorate the establishment of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) by the Parliament under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949.

 

14. NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY 2021 – JULY 1

          The National Doctors Day is annually observed across India on 1st July to recognise the efforts and contributions of the doctor’s community to society and the commitment of the doctors towards their profession.

          The headquarters of IMA has declared “Save the Saviours” as the theme of National Doctors Day 2021.

 

15. GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) DAY 2021 – JULY 1

          The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Day is annually observed across India on 1st July.

          The day marks the commemoration of the unprecedented reform of Indian taxation – Goods and Services Tax (GST).

          The day is observed by the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) across India.

          The year 2021 marks the observance of the 4th GST Day.

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