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Current Affairs Today – 4th September 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. In India, the National Small Industry Day is celebrated on 30 August every year, to support and promote small Industries for their overall growth potential and opportunities received for their development in the year.
  2. ICICI Bank thas launched a virtual property exhibition under the name ‘Home Utsav’.
  3. Axis AMC has launched Axis Global Alpha Fund of Fund. For its global product initiative, Axis AMC has tied up with Schroders.
  4. Election Commission of India (ECI) will set up the country’s first regional voters’ awareness centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  5. Uttarakhand and Karnataka are paired under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme to promote national integration through mutual understanding.
  6. The Jammu & Kashmir government has set up a 10-member council for conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of its components in the Union territory.
  7. Assam Assembly passes bill to protect to protect various heritage sites of the state.
  8. Pang Lhabsol, a festival of cultural heritage and historical importance is one of the most historically and culturally significant festivals celebrated annually by Sikkim people.
  9. A team of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, is working towards developing indigenous algorithms that can protect the Nation’s digital data from cyber-attacks by advanced computers.
  10. China, home to the world’s largest navy, is looking to set up new PLA bases in the Indo-Pacific region.
  11. The two days National Tribal Research Conclave will be held virtually on 3rd and 4th September 2020.
  12. A senior official in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has informed that India will host a summit of the council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on November 30, 2020.
  13. Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021 has been released and under the overall category, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, has topped the list.
  14. India has been ranked third in terms of the largest solar market in 2019 as per Mercer Global listing for 2019. India had 9% of the world’s installed capacity.
  15. Isha and Akash Ambani, Ambani scions, and Jio Board directors have been included by Fortune Magazine in the ’40 under 40’ list of the most influential young leaders for the year under the technology section.
  16. India and Russia on September 3, 2020 finalised a deal to manufacture AK-47 203 rifles in India.
  17. The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (APIIC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) as a step forward in the direction of setting up a Bulk Drug Park (BDP) under a scheme by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Department of Pharmaceuticals
  18. Rajasthan government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ShriVallabh Pittie (SVP) International Group to develop projects for textile, defence and aerospace.
  19. Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra to develop the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) ecosystem in the state.
  20. Infosys to acquire US based engineering firm ‘Kaleidoscope Communication’ for $ 42 million (Rs 308 crore).
  21. Insurance regulator IRDAI has constituted a six-member working group on index-linked products following requests for permission from life insurers to introduce such products.
  22. Three RPF personnel was awarded Jeevan Raksha Medals by President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
  23. Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of S Krishnan as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Punjab & Sind Bank.
  24. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the appointment of Murali Ramakrishnan as Managing Director and CEO of the South Indian Bank for a period of three years with effect from October 1, 2020.
  25. Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a Deemed to be University, Pune, under Ministry of Defence has developed “Healthy Air”, herbal-based immunity to boost room freshener product
  26. Olympic ski champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany has announced her retirement due to injury caused during a race in February 2020, which was keeping her from performing at her best.
  27. Indian Grandmaster P Iniyan has won the prestigious 48th Annual World Open online chess tournament.
  28. In our series on Atmanirbhar Bharat, IIT Delhi incubated startup Chakr Innovation has launched ‘Chakr DeCoV’ to decontaminate N95 masks.
  29. American actor Channing Tatum is a proud dad and wants to honor his 7-year-old daughter by writing his first children’s book titled ‘The One and Only Sparkella” (Feiwel & Friends).
  30. Pope Francis is set to release the book “Let Us Dream” in December 2020.
  31. Former England all-rounder and legendary cricketer, David Capel passed away.
  32. Facebook continues to focus on their responsibility to ensure the integrity of Myanmar’s election on their platform
  33. The researchers from Kerala and West Bengal have identified Systomus gracilus,a new cyprinid(family of freshwater fish) fish from Ganges River at Naihati of West Bengal.

NEWS IN DETAILS

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

National Small Industry Day observed on 30 August

  • In India, the National Small Industry Day is celebrated on 30 August every year, to support and promote small Industries for their overall growth potential and opportunities received for their development in the year.
  • Industry day is a medium to provide balanced growth to existing small, medium and large-scale enterprises and render assistance for setting up new industries to boost the state’s financial health.

BANKING & FINANCE 

ICICI Bank launches ‘Home Utsav’, a virtual property exhibition

  • ICICI Bank thas launched a virtual property exhibition under the name ‘Home Utsav’.
  • The exhibition will digitally showcase real estate projects by renowned developers, across India.
  • The exhibition can be accessed on www.homeutsavicici.com.
  • The exhibition can be accessed by both customers and non-customers of ICICI Bank.

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ICICI Bank

  • CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India
  • Founded: June 1994, Vadodara

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Axis Mutual Fund launches a global fund-of-fund

  • Axis AMC has launched Axis Global Alpha Fund of Fund. For its global product initiative, Axis AMC has tied up with Schroders.
  • Axis Global Equity Alpha Fund of Fund is the first dedicated global feeder fund launched by the mutual fund house.
  • The Axis Global Equity Alpha Fund of Fund is an open-ended fund of fund scheme that invests in the Schroder International Selection Fund Global Equity Alpha.
  • Axis AMC has two other mutual fund schemes offering international exposure, which were launched over the last couple of years — Axis Growth Opportunities Fund and Axis ESG Equity Fund.

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

India’s First Regional Voters’ Awareness Centre to Come Up in Jaipur

  • Election Commission of India (ECI) will set up the country’s first regional voters’ awareness centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • It will cater to four states — Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.
  • The centre will carry out various awareness activities under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme. Sunil Arora is the present Chief Election Commissioner.

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Rajasthan

  • Statehood Day: 30 March 1949
  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra

STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Uttarakhand, Karnataka paired under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme

  • Uttarakhand and Karnataka are paired under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme to promote national integration through mutual understanding.
  • Both the states have established relations through sports, trade and culture. Uttarakhand had inspired people in Karnataka in forest conservation.

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Uttarkhand

  • Statehood Day: 9th November 2000
  • Capital: Dehradun
  • Governor: Baby Rani maurya
  • Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • National Park: Jim Corbett NP, Gangotri NP, Nanda Devi NP, Rajaji NP

Karnataka:

  • Statehood Day: 1st November 1956
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala
  • National Park: Anshi NP, Bandipur NP, Bannerghatta NP, Kudremukh NP, Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) NP.

JK govt set up a 10-member council for the conservation of biological diversity

  • The Jammu & Kashmir government has set up a 10-member council for conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of its components in the Union territory.
  • As per an order issued by the General Administrative Department (GAD), sanction has been accorded to constitute the Jammu and Kashmir Biodiversity Council.
  • The Council will be headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests as chairman of the 10-member panel.
  • The council will constitute a fund known as “Jammu and Kashmir Biodiversity Council Fund”.
  • The council will perform the functions within the jurisdiction of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • The council will function upon the consultation with the National Biodiversity Authority, notify the format and procedures for seeking approvals with regard to biodiversity issues.

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Jammu & Kashmir:

  • Capitals- Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
  • Lt Governor- Manoj Sinha
  • National Parks: City Forest (Salim Ali) National Park, Dachigam National Park, Hemis National Park, Kishtwar National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Baltal-Thajwas WLS, Changthang Cold Desert WLS, Gulmarg WLS, Jasrota WLS, Karakoram (Nubra Shyok) WLS etc

Assam Assembly passes bill to protect state’s heritage sites

  • Assam Assembly passes bill to protect to protect various heritage sites of the state.
  • The Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Bill, 2020 was passed by the state assembly to protect, preserve and restore tangible heritage, which are currently not covered under any national or state law.
  • The bill has been drafted by by the Directorate of Archaeology, under the guidance of State Cultural Affairs (Archeology) Minister Keshab Mahanta.

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Assam:

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • National Park: Dibru-Saikhowa NP, Kaziranga NP, Manas NP, Nameri NP, Rajiv Gandhi Orang NP, Dehing Patkai

Sikkim Celebrated Pang Lhabsol festival

  • Pang Lhabsol, a festival of cultural heritage and historical importance is one of the most historically and culturally significant festivals celebrated annually by Sikkim people.
  • The festival aims to pay tribute to Mount Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim which is believed to have been protecting this sacred land since ages.

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Sikkim

  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Chief Minister: Prem Singh Tamang
  • Governor: Ganga Prasad

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

IIT Guwahati collaborates with university in Czech Republic for data protection project

  • A team of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, is working towards developing indigenous algorithms that can protect the Nation’s digital data from cyber-attacks by advanced computers.
  • The team has also designed encryption architectures that can be used to protect sensitive health data that is transmitted through the internet.

Chinese navy becomes world’s largest navy

  • China, home to the world’s largest navy, is looking to set up new PLA bases in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • This was revealed by the Pentagon in a detailed report to the US Congress on September 1, 2020.
  • The other nations reported to be on China’s radar include Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the UAE, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan.
  • China’s naval fleet comprises 350 warships and submarines including 130 major surface combatants.
  • The number is greater than the US Navy’s force-level of 293 warships, as per the Pentagon report.

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China (Capital/Currency): Beijing/ Renminbi

  • President: Xi Jinping

SUMMITS AND CONFERENCES

Arjun Munda inaugurates the two-day National Tribal Research Conclave

  • The two days National Tribal Research Conclave will be held virtually on 3rd and 4th September 2020.
  • The Conclave Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda will chair the two-day National Tribal Research Conclave.
  • The Conclave is organized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA).
  • This is the second workshop of its kind.
  • The first workshop was organized in January 2020.
  • The themes of the conclave are Health, Livelihood, Education, digitalisation, water conservation, data sciences and development models for aspiration and model villages.

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IIPA

  • Founder: Paul H. Appleby
  • Founded: 1954

India to host SCO Council Summit of heads of government on November 30

  • A senior official in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has informed that India will host a summit of the council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on November 30, 2020.
  • The focus of the summit will be on the contribution to trade and the economic agenda of the influential grouping.
  • India has already been focusing on expanding its cooperation with SCO.

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SCO

  • Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Deputy Secretaries General: Sabyr Imandosov; Wang Kaiwen; Aziz Nosirov; Vladimir Potapenko
  • Founded: 15 June 2001
  • Secretary General: Vladimir Norov
  • Official language: Chinese and Russian
  • Founders: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

RANKS AND INDICES

THE World University Rankings 2021 released

  • Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021 has been released and under the overall category, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, has topped the list.
  • From India, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has been placed in the 301-350 category in overall global rankings.

Highlights:

  • The IISc Bengaluru has slightly improved its overall score, from 45.6 to 47.9.
  • The seven older IITs did not participate in the THE-World University Rankings 2020.
  • The THE World University Rankings 2021 includes more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions in 2020.
  • The participating universities are ranked based on their performance in knowledge transfer, teaching, research, and international outlook.

India ranked 3rd in largest solar market in 2019: Mercom global listing; Top- China

  • India has been ranked third in terms of the largest solar market in 2019 as per Mercer Global listing for 2019. India had 9% of the world’s installed capacity.
  • China has topped the ranking with 30 Gw (26% of world capacity). The US is on the second rank.
  • Adani Green Energy has emerged as the top Solar Developer in 2019 with 12.3 Gw capacity.

Isha and Akash Ambani included in Fortune Magazine’s list of most influential young leaders

  • Isha and Akash Ambani, Ambani scions, and Jio Board directors have been included by Fortune Magazine in the ’40 under 40’ list of the most influential young leaders for the year under the technology section.
  • As per the US-based publication, after Akash and Isha Ambani joined the Jio Board, the valuation of the business rose to USD 65 billion.
  • Recently, they both have helped in launching Jio mart to challenge other online shopping markets.

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Fortune Magazine

  • Founder: Henry Luce
  • First issue date: September 1929
  • Based in: New York City, New York, U.S

AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

India, Russia finalise deal to manufacture AK-47 203 Rifles

  • India and Russia on September 3, 2020 finalised a deal to manufacture AK-47 203 rifles in India.
  • The deal was finalised during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Russia.
  • The AK-47 203 Rifles will be made in India under the joint venture Indo-Russia Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), which was established between the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Rosoboronexport and the Kalashnikov Concern.
  • The OFB will own around 50.5% majority stake in IRRPL, Kalashnikov Group will own 42% and Rosoboronexport will own 7.5% stake.
  • The AK-47 203 Rifle of 7.62×39 mm will be manufactured at Uttar Pradesh’s Korwa Ordnance Factory that was inaugurated by PM Modi in 2019.

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Russia (Capital/Currency): Moscow/ Russian Rouble

  • President: Vladimir Putin

Andhra Pradesh signs MoU with CSIR-IICT on Bulk Drug Park

  • The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (APIIC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) as a step forward in the direction of setting up a Bulk Drug Park (BDP) under a scheme by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Department of Pharmaceuticals
  • The objective of the MoU is to develop a collaborative partnership between the State government and CSIR-IICT to establish Bulk Drug Pharma park in the State
  • It seeks financial support from the Centre.

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CSIR

  • Director General: Shekhar C. Mande
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Rajasthan government signed a MoU with ShriVallabh Pittie (SVP) International Group

  • Rajasthan government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ShriVallabh Pittie (SVP) International Group to develop projects for textile, defence and aerospace.
  • Through this MoU, SVP will invest Rs 4000 crore for the projects, which will create employment opportunities for about 4000 people.

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Rajasthan

  • Statehood Day: 30 March 1949
  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra

SIDBI, Maharashtra Govt Inked Pact to Develop MSME Ecosystem

  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra to develop the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) ecosystem in the state.
  • As a part of MoU, Project Management Unit (PMU) will be deployed by SIDBI in Maharashtra.

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Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI):

  • Chairman & Managing Director (CMD): Mohammad Mustafa
  • Headquarter: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

ACQUISITION & MERGER

Infosys to acquire US based engineering firm ‘Kaleidoscope Communication’

  • Infosys to acquire US based engineering firm ‘Kaleidoscope Communication’ for $ 42 million (Rs 308 crore).
  • This is the second acquisition of Infosys after it acquired Simplus, a Salesforce consulting and advisory firm for $250 million.
  • The acquisition of Kaleidoscope Communication is expected to strengthen the firm’s health-tech vertical which witnessed a robust growth amidst the COVID pandemic.

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Infosys

  • Founded: 7 July 1981, Pune
  • CEO: Salil Parekh
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

RECENT COMMITTEES IN NEWS

Irdai sets up panel to study index-linked products for life insurance companies

  • Insurance regulator IRDAI has constituted a six-member working group on index-linked products following requests for permission from life insurers to introduce such products.
  • The working group, to be led by Dinesh Pant, appointed actuary of LIC of India, will examine the need for such products in India and how they will better serve needs and interests of customers relative to traditional savings product.

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IRDAI

  • Founded: 1999
  • Sector: Insurance
  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Type: Statutory corporation
  • Chairperson: Subhash Chandra Khuntia

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

RPF personnel honoured with Jeewan Raksha Medals

  • Three RPF personnel was awarded Jeevan Raksha Medals by President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
  • The honoured Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are Late Shri Jagbir Singh, Shri Shivcharan Singh, Shri Mukesh Kumar Meena.
  • Sanvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (posthumous) – Late Shri Jagbir Singh, Constable/Northern Railway
  • Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak- Shri Shivcharan Singh, Constable/ Western Railway
  • Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak- Shri Mukesh Kumar Meena Head Constable/North Western Railway

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RPF

  • Founded: 27 July 1872
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

S Krishnan becomes new MD & CEO of Punjab & Sind Bank

  • Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of S Krishnan as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Punjab & Sind Bank.
  • He will replace S Harishankar.
  • Earlier to this elevation, S Krishnan was as an Executive Director at Canara Bank.

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Punjab & Sind Bank

  • Non-Executive Chairman: Dr Charan Singh.
  • Headquarters: NewDelhi, India.
  • Tagline: Where Service is a Way of Life

Murali Ramakrishnan becomes new MD & CEO of South Indian Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the appointment of Murali Ramakrishnan as Managing Director and CEO of the South Indian Bank for a period of three years with effect from October 1, 2020.
  • Ramakrishnan had retired from ICICI Bank as Senior General Manager at Strategic Project Group on May 30, 2020, and joined the South Indian Bank as an advisor on July 1, 2020.

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South Indian Bank:

  • Headquarters: Thrissur, Kerala
  • Tagline: Experience Next Generation Banking

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

MoD developed Healthy Air, a Herbal-based Immunity Boosting Room Freshener

  • Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a Deemed to be University, Pune, under Ministry of Defence has developed “Healthy Air”, herbal-based immunity to boost room freshener product.
  • The product was developed with an aim to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Highlights:

  • Healthy Air has been developed by the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
  • The product consists of various extracts of herbal oils like Neem, Neelgiri, Camphor, Daalcheeni, Tulsi, Lemon, Turmeric, Laung, Ajwain, Lavender, Elaichi, Turmeric, Natural Vetiveru, Raimuniya, and Pine Oil.
  • The product is herbal-based product is non-mutagenic, non-carcinogenic, non-toxic.
  • The product purifies the air and makes it breathable.
  • The product is used in any room, conference halls, at public places, hospitals, malls, cinema halls, waiting for lounges, rooms of Airports, Railway Station etc.
  • The product is packed in a container with a wick also will be loaded in a dispenser.

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Olympic Ski Racing Champion Viktoria Rebensburg announces retirement at 30

  • Olympic ski champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany has announced her retirement due to injury caused during a race in February 2020, which was keeping her from performing at her best.
  • The 30-year-old German ski racer won the gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

India’s P Iniyan wins World Open Online Chess Tournament

  • Indian Grandmaster P Iniyan has won the prestigious 48th Annual World Open online chess tournament.
  • He scored 7.5 points out of a possible 9 with six victories and three draws to finish on top.
  • A total number of 120 players from 16 countries participated in the event which included more than 30 Grandmasters.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CURRENT AFFAIRS

IIT Delhi incubated startup launches ‘‘Chakr DeCoV’’ to decontaminate N95 masks

  • In our series on Atmanirbhar Bharat, IIT Delhi incubated startup Chakr Innovation has launched ‘Chakr DeCoV’ to decontaminate N95 masks.
  • Designed in the shape of a cabinet, Chakr DeCoV is built with an innovative decontamination mechanism, which utilises the high penetrability of Ozone gas for cleaning the pores of the N95 mask, ensuring complete decontamination of its intricate layers.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Actor Channing Tatum to release first children’s book, ‘The One and Only Sparkella’

  • American actor Channing Tatum is a proud dad and wants to honor his 7-year-old daughter by writing his first children’s book titled ‘The One and Only Sparkella” (Feiwel & Friends).
  • The One and Only Sparkella was illustrated by Kim Barnes, and will be the first in a series of picture books.

A new book titled “Let Us Dream” by Pope Francis

  • Pope Francis is set to release the book “Let Us Dream” in December 2020.
  • In the book, Pope Francis explains how a crisis can teach an individual to deal with problems they face in their lives.
  • He cites three major crises from his own personal life.

OBITUARY

Former England Cricketer David Capel passes away

  • Former England all-rounder and legendary cricketer, David Capel passed away.
  • He had played around 15 tests and 23 One Day Internationals (ODIs) representing England from 1987 to 1990.
  • He made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1987.

MISCELLANEOUS

Facebook Is Preparing for Myanmar’s 2020 Election

  • Facebook continues to focus on their responsibility to ensure the integrity of Myanmar’s election on their platform.
  • Facebook also recognize Myanmar’s complex social and political context and are sensitive to the tumultuous changes and the serious violence that took place since the country’s last election in 2015.
  • Facebook is using artificial intelligence technology to proactively identify hate speech in 45 languages, including Burmese.
  • It has also introduced more transparency when it comes to issue, electoral and political ads, going far beyond the standard in print and broadcast media.
  • It is also working with two partners in Myanmar to verify the official national Facebook Pages of political parties.
  • It is limiting the Spread of Misinformation.

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Facebook

  • Founded: February 2004, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States
  • CFO: David Wehner
  • Founders: Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew McCollum, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes

Kerala and West Bengal have identified ‘Systomus Gracilus’, a New Species of Freshwater Fish from Ganga

  • The researchers from Kerala and West Bengal have identified Systomus gracilus,a new cyprinid(family of freshwater fish) fish from Ganges River at Naihati of West Bengal.
  • The discovery was published as an article in the ‘Journal of Experimental Zoology’.

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West Bengal:

  • Established on: 26 January 1950
  • Capital: Kolkata
  • Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee

Kerala:

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: Arif Mohammed Khan
  • Festivals: Onam, Vishu, Thrissur Pooram, Nehru Trophy Boat Race
  • National Parks: Anamudi Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Periyar National Park,Silent Valley National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Aralam WLS, Chimmony WLS, Idukki WLS, Periyar WLS, Wayanad WLS, Peppara WLS, Neyyar WLS, Kurinjimala WLS, Malabar WLS etc

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