DAILY GK UPDATE

POLITICS

  • Government has released the first ever Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) on Friday in New Delhi. The document indicated that one out of three families living in villages is landless and depends on manual labour for livelihood. This document will be essential for policy makers both at Centre and state level. This was the first paperless census and was conducted on hand-held electronic devices. The exercise for the census began in 2011 and the result indicated that 23.52% rural families have no literate adult above 25 years, indicating a poor state of education among rural masses.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of an Online National Agriculture Market that will provide more options to farmers for selling their produce. Farmers are restricted to selling their produce at mandis or market committees that charge various taxes on producers. But, now an online platform would be set up wherein farmers will be able to sell and buy fruits, vegetables and other produce from across the country. With this, farmers can sell their produce both in physical mandis and on online platform. This will likely boost their incomes and improve availability, and allow moderating price rise.

BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT 

  • After a long wait Nationwide Mobile Number Portability is live now. This service will provide the facility to subscribers to keep their existing mobile phone numbers even while shifting between states and circles. This service is expected to benefit thousand of customers. According to Trai data more than 157 million subscribers have ported to other operators as of April.
  • State Bank of India  has launched an initiative known as ‘Project Tatkal. This initiative aims to provide doorstep services and expedite home loans application process.  The implementation of the project will be done at large centres with sizable home loan business.
  • India has launched an online registration system for foreign employers who seek to recruit Indian workers, including nurses. All the foreign employers need to register in the eMigrate system (www.emigrate.gov.in). The system makes it mandatory for the employer to fill in a registration application which will then be vetted by the Indian mission.

INTERNATIONAL 

  • NASA has unveiled a boomerang-shaped aircraft that could be the first to take flight on Mars to look for potential landing sites for future manned mission to the red planet.

AWARDS

  • R Paul Singh, Indian-American professor has been selected for 2015 World Agriculture Prize laureate. Singh is known for niche research areas of agricultural sector such as freezing preservation, energy conservation, post-harvest technology and mass transfer in food processing.
  • Darshan Jain, an Indian-American teacher has been selected for prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was named for the award by President Barack Obama along with 107 Mathematics and Science teachers across US. All of them were chosen for shaping America’s success through their passion for Math and Science. Presently Darshan Jain is director of mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Previously, he had taught mathematics at this institute for eight years.
  • Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been named as the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize. He is the founder and chairman of Bangladesh-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) which is the world’s largest NGO.