28th July 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Here is the daily GK update of 28th July 2020 covering the following news headlines: Mausam, Tunisia, 2nd Empathy e-Conclave, World Hepatitis Day.

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National News

1. PM launches High Throughput COVID testing facilities

  • Three high throughput COVID-19 testing facilities have been launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
  • The three testing facilities located at the National Institutes of Indian Council of Medical Research, at Kolkata, Noida and Mumbai, will increase the testing capacity by almost 10,000 daily tests.
  • Hence, it will help in the early detection and treatment of the virus, thereby helping fight the spread of the COVID-19.

2. India hands over 10 broad-gauge railway locos to Bangladesh

  • India has handed over 10 broad-gauge railway locomotives to Bangladesh.
  • The locomotives were flagged off from the Gede station of the Easter Railway in West Bengal’s Nadia district while the receiving station will be of Darshana on the other side.
  • With this, India aims to offer Bangladesh mobility solutions for both intra-country and inter-country movement.
  • These locomotives will help in managing the increasing volume of passenger and freight train operations in Bangladesh.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.

3. Dr Harsh Vardhan launched “Mausam” app for weather forecasts

  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the mobile app “Mausam” for weather forecasts.
  • This app is launched on the occasion of the 14th foundation day of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).
  • This app is designed and developed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune and the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
  • Harsh Vardhan also launched the Knowledge Resource Centre Network (KRCNet), which will act as a one-point stop for research, publications and e-resources of all the institutions that function under the MoES.

International News

4. Hichem Mechichi becomes new Prime Minister of Tunisia

  • Tunisia’s interior minister, Hichem Mechichi has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country.
  • He succeeded Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned over allegations of a conflict of interest. He has a month to form a government.
  • As well as being the interior minister in the outgoing government, Mechichi has been a counsellor to President Saied, handling legal matters.
  • He has previously been chief of staff at the Ministry of Transport and also served in the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • President of Tunisia: Kais Saied; Capital of Tunisia: Tunis.
  • The currency of Tunisia: Tunisian Dinar.

Appointments

5. Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi assumes Charge as commandant of INA

  • Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM has assumed charge as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy (INA).
  • He has replaced the Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM who served as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy (INA) from 12 June 2019 to 27 July 2020.
  • Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasala, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the erstwhile College of Naval warfare, Karanja and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

Summits and Conferences

6. ILBS organises “2nd Empathy e-Conclave” with AAI

  • Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) has organised “2nd Empathy e-Conclave” in collaboration with Airport Authority of India (AAI).
  • The conclave was held on the occasion of “World Hepatitis Day”. The theme of 2nd Empathy e-Conclave is “Keep your Liver Safe in COVID times”.
  • During the conclave, ILBS highlighted the importance of healthy liver as well as the features of “Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign” which has undertaken several innovative initiatives across India to reach out to diverse populations.
  • Event featured the participation of Speaker of Lok Sabha, Om Birla; Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad; and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences: Vijay Kumar Dev.
  • Chairman of Airport Authority of India: Arvind Singh.

7. India-Indonesia Defence Ministers’ Dialogue held in New Delhi

  • Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Indonesia was held in New Delhi.
  • The Indian delegation was led by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while the Indonesian delegation was led by Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto.
  • During the defence ministers dialogue, General Subianto was honored with ceremonial Guard of Honour.

Books and Authors

8. “Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India” authored by Viral V.Acharya

  • The book titled “Quest for Restoring Financial Stability in India” authored by former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor Viral V.Acharya.
  • The book is published by SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd. The book portrays his quest to restore financial stability in India and offers a concrete plan for sustained improvement.

9. “The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World” authored by Dr. S Jaishankar

  • The former diplomat, and current Minister of External Affairs in the Government of India, S Jaishankar, is releasing his new book “The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World”.
  • The book was published under the HarperCollins India publications.
  • Jaishankar writes in the book that India has had to struggle mightily to gain influence in a domain that could have come more easily earlier as its foreign policy carries “three major burdens” from its past.

Important Days

10. World Hepatitis Day celebrated on 28th July

  • World Health Organization is observed on 28th July every year as “World Hepatitis Day”.
  • This day is celebrated to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.
  • This year’s theme is “Hepatitis-free future,” with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B among mothers and newborns.
  • The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.
  • There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common cause of deaths, with 1.3 million lives lost each year.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • WHO Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland; Director general: Tedros Adhanom.

11. World Nature Conservation Day: 28th July

  • World Nature Conservation Day is observed on 28th July every year. World Conservation Day is celebrated internationally to increase awareness about the best practices to protect our natural resources.
  • The Earth is supplied a limited amount of properties that we all rely upon each day like water, air, soil and trees.

Obituaries

12. Two-Time Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland passes away

  • Two-Time Oscar Winner, Olivia de Havilland passed away at the age of 104. She was born on 1st July 1916, in Tokyo, Japan.
  • The actress, who starred in blockbusters like Captain Blood (1935), The adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Snakepit, The Heiress.
  • She unchained the Hollywoods contract system which was later called as “De Havilland Law”.
  • On March 13, 1946, Olivia won an Oscar award for the movie ‘To Each His Own’ under the category Best supporting actress. Again in the year 1949, she won the second Oscar award for the movie “The Heiress’.
  • In the year 2008, Olivia was honoured with, National Medal of Arts and France’s Legion of Honor (Légion d’honneur) award after two years.

13. American Actor John Saxon passed away

  • The American actor, John Saxon passed away. He was born on 5th August 1936 as Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America.
  • He was debuted in 1954 and starred in detective and horror shows like “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.
  • Saxon starred in around 200 movies and TV shows. He was best known for his role in “Enter the Dragon” (1973) starring Bruce Lee.
  • He won the Golden Globe Award for the new star of the year in 1958 for the movie “This Happy Feeling”.

Miscellaneous News

14. DRDO launches ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest

  • An innovation contest ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ has been launched by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The contest was launched on the 5th death anniversary of former President and noted scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ has been launched as an open challenge to promote the innovators and startups of the country.
  • The contest has been launched for emerging technologies to encourage the individuals & startups for innovation in defence and aerospace technologies in the country.
  • After due evaluation, an expert committee will decide the winners of the contest. The winners would be awarded with prize money of up to Rs 10 lakh for startup and Rs five lakh to individual category.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation: G Satheesh Reddy.

15. Bureau of Indian Standard’s Mobile App ‘BIS-Care’ launched

  • ‘BIS-Care’, a mobile app of the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) has been launched by the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan.
  • The minister also launched three portals i.e. the Standardization, Conformity Assessment and Training Portals of e-BIS for consumers.
  • The BIS Care app will help the consumers in checking the authenticity of the ISI-marked and hallmarked products as well as lodging complaints.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Director General of Bureau of Indian Standard: Pramod Kumar Tiwari.

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