21st July 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Read the daily GK update of 21st July 2020. In today's GK Update we are covering the following news headlines: EV Charging Plaza, Manodarpan, Zoram Mega Food Park, SBI Cards. Read the daily GK update for upcoming competitive exams in 2020.

Here is the daily GK update of 21st July 2020 covering the following news headlines: EV Charging Plaza, Manodarpan, Zoram Mega Food Park, SBI Cards.

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 21st July 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

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National News

1. India’s first public EV Charging Plaza inaugurated in Delhi

  • India’s first public EV (Electric Vehicle) charging plaza has been inaugurated by the Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, R.K Singh at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi.
  • The public EV Charging Plaza has been established by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to make e-mobility ubiquitous and convenient in India.

2. Union HRD Minister launches “Manodarpan” for students

  • “Manodarpan” initiative has been launched by the Union HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
  • “Manodarpan” is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development launched to ensure mental well-being of the students.
  • It will cover a wide range of activities to offer Psychosocial Support to students for their Mental Health & Well-being amid the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

State News

3. Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurates Zoram Mega Food Park in Mizoram

  • Union Food Processing Minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has virtually inaugurated the “Zoram Mega Food Park” in Mizoram.
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focusing on boosting the food processing industry.
  • This Mega Food Park will benefit farmers, growers, processors, consumers and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the North East Region.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Mizoram: Pu Zoramthanga; Governor: P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.


4. Ashwini Kumar Tewari becomes new MD & CEO of SBI Cards

  • SBI Cards and Payment Services has appointed Ashwini Kumar Tewari as its new Managing Director and chief executive officer.
  • The new appointment will be valid for two years and his appointment will come into effect from August 1, 2020. He was nominated by parent State Bank of India for the position.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of State Bank of India: Rajnish Kumar.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 July 1955.

5. P Praveen Siddharth appointed as PS to President of India

  • A 2001-batch, Indian Revenue Service officer, P Praveen Siddharth has been appointed as the new personal secretary to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
  • Siddharth is already serving as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the President’s Secretariat. He will replace Vikram Singh, who has now been appointed Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping.


6. MYAS partners with UNICEF to promote volunteerism among youth

  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has partnered with UNICEF to strengthen the Government of India’s resolution to mobilise 1 crore youth volunteers to attain the goals of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • To promote volunteerism among the youth of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has signed a Statement of Intent with YuWaah (a multi-stakeholder platform formed by the UNICEF).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports: Kiren Rijiju.
  • Executive Director of UNICEF: Henrietta H. Fore.

7. CBDT signs MoU with MoMSME for sharing of data

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India (MoMSME).
  • As per the signed MoU, CBDT will share certain Income-tax Return (ITR) related information with MoMSME.
  • The exchanged data will enable MoMSME to keep a check as well as to classify enterprises in Micro, Small and Medium categories as per the criteria.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises: Nitin Jairam Gadkari.
  • Chairperson of Chairperson: Pramod Chandra Mody.

Summits & Conferences

8. India Business Council to host India Ideas Summit 2020

  • India Business Council will host the 45th India Ideas Summit 2020 on July 22nd.
  • The Summit convenes business and government leaders for discussions on the future of the U.S.-India Partnership and the trends shaping globalization, trade and investment, and the future of work in the COVID-era and beyond. This year’s focus is on “Building a Better Future”.

Defence News

9. MoD signs contract with BEML for procurement of Mine Plough

  • Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for procurement of Mine Plough (MP) for Tank T-90 S/SK.
  • The contract to procure 1,512 Mine Plough (MP) for Tank T-90 S/SK has been signed with the approval of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh.
  • The procurement will cost approximately Rs 557 crore. These mine ploughs when fitted on T-90 Tanks will provide individual mobility to Tanks while negotiating mine field.

Sports News

10. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup postponed to 2022

  • International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) announced, the T20 Men’s World Cup, scheduled to be played in Australia in October-November 2020, has formally been postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19.
  • Besides rescheduling the T20 World Cup to October-November, 2022 the ICC Board also decided to push the 2023 ODI World Cup in India to October-November 2023 from its designated window in February-March, 2023.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of ICC: Manu Sahney.
  • Headquarters of ICC: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Books and Authors

11. A book titled “The Endgame” authored by Hussain Zaidi

  • Crime writer, S Hussain Zaidi has penned a new novel “The Endgame” which talks of politics, betrayal, and unimaginable terror. The book has been published by HarperCollins India.
  • “The Endgame” gives the readers a close-up of complex political machinery at work, including state security, defence services, and intelligence agencies like – all building up to an explosive climax.

12. A book titled “Suraj Kade Marda Nahi” authored by Baldev Singh Sadaknama

  • Sahitya Akademi Award winner, Baldev Singh Sadaknama has authored a book ‘Suraj Kade Marda Nahi’ (sun never dies).
  • The book portrays many aspects of freedom fighter Udham Singh. The book is published by Unistarbooks. The book has been released and will be formally launched on July 31, 2020.
  • Udham Singh 80th death anniversary will fall on July 31, 2020. The book portrays some facts pertaining to Colonel Reginal Dyer, also known as the butcher of Jallianwala bagh.
  • It also covers how Udham Singh killed Michael O’ Dwyer, former lieutenant governor of Punjab on March 13, 1940, at Caxton Hall, London for which he was hanged on July 31, 1940.

Obituaries News

13. Civil Rights pioneer John Lewis passes away

  • Civil Rights pioneer John Lewis passed away. Lewis was also a long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Lewis was a protege of Martin Luther King Jr. and kept the fight for civil rights and human rights until the end of his life.
  • His last public appearance was in a protests for racial justice that swept the US and the world in June.

14. MP Governor Lalji Tandon passes away

  • Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon passed away. He was undergoing treatment since June 11 and passed away after a prolonged illness.
  • During his treatment period, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel was given the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Lalji Tandon has served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad for two terms and was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Lucknow in 2009.
  • He was appointed Governor of Bihar in 2018, and then the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in 2019.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

15. Former Australia Test cricketer Barry Jarman passes away

  • Former Australian test wicketkeeper and ex-International Cricket Council match referee, Barry Jarman passed away.
  • He was Born on February 17 in 1936. He made his test debut in 1959. He became the first-choice wicketkeeper for Australia only after the retirement of Grout in 1966.

16. Veteran Odia Actor Bijay Mohanty passes away

  • Veteran Odia Actor, Bijay Mohanty passed away. He started his career with theatre as a performer and directed many plays before venturing into movies.
  • His performance in his debut film, Chilika Tire, earned him several accolades including the National Film Award.
  • He is most famous for negative roles in films including Samay Bada Balaban, Naga Phasa, Sahari Bagha, Danda Balunga and Chaka Bhaunri. He also contested for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat in 2014 general election.

Miscellaneous News

17. Delhi Cabinet approves “Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana”

  • Delhi Cabinet has approved ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’, which will be launched in six to seven months and will be linked to Centre’s ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme.
  • The scheme will help the beneficiaries get ration delivered at home. They will not have to come to the ration shops.
  • The scheme is expected to benefit lakhs of people in the national capital through 2016 PDS shops.
  • At present subsidised ration is provided under the National Security, 2013 Act and this new programme would add to the benefits of the Act.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Delhi: Anil Baijal.

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