Friday, July 23, 2021

DAILY GK: 24 JULY 2021

 DAILY GK: 24 JULY 2021

1.INDIAN NAVY CONDUCTS PASSEX WITH UK NAVY

      Indian Navy (IN) participated in a Bilateral Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with United Kingdom’s (UK) Royal Navy in Bay of Bengal. 

      The Maritime Exercise aimed at sharpening the ability of two navies to operate together in the maritime domain.

 

2.SC QUASHES PROVISIONS OF 97TH AMENDMENT

      A 3-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench comprising Justices R F Nariman, K M Joseph and B R Gavai struck down certain parts of Part IXB of the Indian Constitution.

      Part IXB was inserted by the Constitution (97th Amendment) Act, 2011, it deals with incorporation, terms of members of board and its office bearers and effective management of cooperative societies.

      The SC Judgement however held that Part IXB of the Indian Constitution dealing with functioning and incorporation of multi-state co-operative societies will be operative.

      The 97th Constitutional Amendment required ratification by at least one-half of the state legislatures as per Article 368(2) of the Constitution, as it deals with an exclusive state subject (co-operative societies).

 

3.G20 ENVIRONMENT MINISTERIAL MEETING

      G20 (Group of Twenty) Environment Ministers’ Meeting 2021 was held in hybrid format which was hosted by Italy (2021 G20 Presidency) in Naples.

      In the meeting, India participated virtually and was represented by Union Minister, Bhupender Yadav, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

 

4.‘AGRITECH CHALLENGE 2021’

      United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), under the Centre for Financial Health in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, the Government of India); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rabo Foundation; International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bayer launched Agritech Challenge 2021 to address the challenges faced by the smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa.

      Africa: Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia

      Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia

 

5.SWEDEN JOINS INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE

      Sweden, a leading member of the European Union (EU), ratified the framework agreement for International Solar Alliance (ISA).

      ISA, a global initiative by India aims to provide Solar energy & sustainable solutions to enhance energy security and tackle the challenges faced due to Climate Change.

      Notably, Sweden has set an ambitious target of achieving 100% renewable electricity capacity by 2040.

 

6.MAX BUPA HEALTH INSURANCE REBRANDED AS ‘NIVABUPA’

      The Max Bupa Health Insurance company limited which was renamed as Niva Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited has rebranded itself as ‘NivaBupa’.

      The brand transition of the company will be completed by December 2021.

      The rebranding of Max Bupa as Niva Bupa is due to the shareholder transition of Max Bupa from Max India to True North.

 

7.NORMAN BORLAUG NATIONAL AWARD 2020

      Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist Marine Biotechnology Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI), Kochi, Kerala has been honoured with the ICAR Norman Borlaug Award 2020, the National Award For Excellence In Agricultural Research.

 

8.SHIV NADAR STEPS DOWN AS HCL TECH MD

      The founder of HCL Group, Shiv Nadar (76), has resigned as managing director and director of HCL Technologies Ltd, a subsidiary of HCL, with effect from July 19, 2021.

      He is succeeded by C. Vijaya kumar, president and chief executive officer (CEO), as the managing director for five years.

 

9.TATA BOEING AEROSPACE DELIVERS 100TH FUSELAGE

      Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) delivered the 100th fuselage for AH-64 Apache combat helicopter to Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility at Arizona, USA.

      These fuselages developed in Hyderabad under Make in India policy will be used by Boeing in its Global production of the state-of-art AH-64 combat helicopters.

      TBAL is Boeing’s 1st Joint Venture Company in India, that was set up in Hyderabad, Telangana as a result of the 2015 agreement between Tata Advanced Systems and Boeing.

 

10.KERALA’S ‘OLDEST LEARNER’ PASSED AWAY

      107-year-old Bhageerathi Amma who became Kerala’s Oldest learner after clearing her 4th standard equivalency examination at the age of 105 years, has passed away due to age related ailments.

      In 2019, She was applauded by the Prime Minister of India for her achievement of clearing Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM).

      Bhageerathi Amma, was a recipient of prestigious ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ by the Central government for her exceptional contribution towards women’s empowerment.

 

11.BOOK “AN ORDINARY LIFE: PORTRAIT OF AN INDIAN GENERATION”

      Ashok Lavasa, retired IAS officer and former Election Commissioner of India(ECI), has authored a new book titled “An Ordinary Life: Portrait of an Indian Generation” featuring the experiences of his father – Udai Singh and the way of life in India during his generation.

 

12.NATIONAL BROADCASTING DAY 2021 – JULY 23

      The National Broadcasting Day is annually observed across India on 23rd July to commemorate the first radio broadcast aired from the Indian Broadcasting Company(IBC) on 23rd July 1927.

      IBC was a private radio station based in Bombay (now Mumbai).

      The Radio Club of Bombay made the first-ever broadcast in India in June 1923.

      23rd July 2021 marks the 94th anniversary of the establishment of All India.

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