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Current Affairs Quiz: 29 September 2020 | Daily Current affairs

Current Affairs Quiz  29 September 2020 | Daily Current affairs

29 September is World Heart Day 2020

World Heart Day is observed on every 29 September. The theme for the World Heart Day is ‘Use Heart To Beat Cardiovascular Disease.’ In this article, Dr Gaurav Khandelwal who is a cardiologist at AIIMS explains what is heart failure and why youngsters are at a higher risk.

World Heart Day is used as an opportunity to create awareness about different heart disease that affects a large population in today’s time. On the occasion of World Heart Day, this article focuses on heart failure which is the leading cause of mortality and repeat hospitalization amongst all CVDS. Over the years, India has noticed a drastic increase in the prevalence of heart failure amongst people in the younger age group of 45-50 years and below. Medical experts have time and again emphasised on how heart failure not only impacts the productive years of life but also puts the additional socio-economic burden on patients and their families. The associated death rates of heart failure are comparable to cancer, with 1 of 3 heart failure patients dying within 1 year of diagnosis, during their productive life years.

Alapan Bandyopadhyay named new West Bengal Secretary

Alapan Bandyopadhyay, a 1987-batch IAS officer and currently the home secretary and the information and cultural affairs secretary, has been appointed as the new chief secretary of the state.

He will replace Rajiva Sinha, who is set to retire on September 30. Sinha would take over as the chairman of the WBIDC for a period of three years.

Google doodle pays tribute to Zohra Sehgal

Google on paid tributes to the legendary actor-dancer Zohra Sehgal by dedicating a special doodle to her that perfectly captures the screen icon’s joie de vivre.

On this day in 1946, “Neecha Nagar”, starring Sehgal, was released at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d’Or prize. The movie, according to Google is Indian cinema’s first international critical success.

Illustrated by guest artist Parvati Pillai, the doodle shows the late actor’s sketch replacing the O of ‘GOOGLE’ and showing one of her iconic dance step from the song ‘Jiya Jale’ from Mani Ratnam-directed “Dil Se”.

Born on April 27, 1912, in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh in a traditional Muslim family, Sehgal grew up in Chakrata, Uttarakhand and was sent to Lahore for higher education.

Sehgal started her career as a dancer with Uday Shankar in 1935. She had appeared in many Bollywood films as a character actor as well as in English language films besides television series and plays.

Considered the doyenne of Indian theatre, Sehgal worked with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and Prithviraj Kapoor’s Prithvi Theatre for 14 years.

She moved to London on a drama scholarship in 1962 and built an international profile with roles in British television classics Doctor Who and The Jewel in the Crown” among others.

In the mid-1990s, she returned to India and continued acting on the stage and in Bollywood films.

Sehgal went on to feature in hits like “Cheeni Kum”, “Dil Se”, “Veer Zaara”, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Bend It Like Beckham”, among others.

Her last big-screen appearance was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2007 movie “Saawariya”.

As a dancer, she performed across Japan, Egypt, Europe and the US. She choreographed for a few Hindi films as well, including classics like Guru Dutt’s “Baazi” and the dream sequence song in Raj Kapoor’s film “Awaara”.

Sehgal was honoured with India’s highest honours — the Padma Shri (1998), the Kalidas Samman (2001), and the Padma Vibhushan (2010) — for her contribution to art and cinema.

She died in Delhi in 2014 at the age of 102.

Manipur woman innovator to make a mask from lotus stem

from Manipur’s Bishenpur district who has made thread and cloth from lotus stem is now working to make a mask from the stalk of the same plant.

Tongbram Bijiyshanti, a resident of Thanga Tongbram locality in the vicinity of the state’s famous Loktak lake, told PTI that she along with 15 women are involved in the project and is training 20 more women.

Lotus plants grow in large numbers in Loktak lake.

Bijiyshanti said she made thread and cloth from lotus stem for her start-up programme in 2018-19. Her product was sent to a Gujarat laboratory which gave the green signal for it.

A Botany graduate, she said: “I researched on the production methodology mostly from the internet and got into the field back in 2017-18 when a teacher of mine told me to come up with an idea to serve as a source of living.”

Eldest of three siblings, Bijiyshanti said her team is currently involved in producing traditional men’s shawl and necktie.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the innovative efforts of Bijiysanti in his Mann ki Baat radio programme.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has also appreciated the innovative efforts of Bijiyshanti to make thread and clothes from lotus stem.

PM Modi launches logo of Jal Jeevan Mission, six mega projects under Namami Gange Mission in Uttarakhand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launches logo of Jal Jeevan Mission, via video conferencing as well as six mega projects in Uttarakhand under Namami Gange Mission.
Union Minister Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was also present at the event.
“In the past decades, huge initiatives were taken up to clean river Ganga but those initiatives had neither public participation nor farsightedness. As a result, the water of river Ganga was never cleaned,” PM Modi.

Namami Gange Programme has been taken to a new level. Apart from Ganga cleanliness, the focus is also on developing the infrastructure of the neighbouring areas of Ganga banks. There are plans to collaborate the people of other states apart from Uttarakhand into organic farming,” PM said.
“The country’s first four-floored sewage plant has been started here. There are more than 20 sewers in Haridwar whose operations have been closed,” he said.
“With the building of Ganga Museum, the tourist footfall will increase here,” he said.
PM also attacked the opposition Congress over the farm bills by saying, “For years they said they will implement MSP, then why they didn’t.”

Kuldeep Singh Chahal to be new UT SSP

Kuldeep Singh Chahal will be the new Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of the UT. Chahal, a 2009-batch IPS officer, is presently serving as SSP in the neighbouring district of Mohali.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, on Monday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for inter-cadre deputation of IPS officer Kuldeep Singh Chahal from Punjab cadre to AGMUT cadre (Chandigarh) for a period of three years.
Chahal was the senior-most officer among the other two IPS officers, KB Patil and Viveksheel Soni.

The UT Administrator had sent Soni’s name to the Home Ministry last month from among a panel of three officers. Before joining the IPS, Chahal was an Assistant Sub-Inspector in the Chandigarh Police.

Walmart looks to join hands with Tata group in retail push

Walmart Inc. is in discussions with the Tata group for a large stake purchase in the proposed super app of the salt-to-software conglomerate, two people aware of the development said. The ‘super app’ aims to create a digital services behemoth offering a wide range of products in the retail space.

Tata group is in talks with Walmart for a deal entailing a strategic investment by Walmart in the super app platform business. The Walmart investment could touch $20-25 billion eventually for a large stake in the proposed super app to be hosted under a Tata Sons subsidiary,” one of the two people said on condition of anonymity.
If the deal fructifies, it will be the country’s largest deal in the retail space ever, eclipsing Walmart’s own May 2018 purchase of a 66% stake in Flipkart for $16 billion.

As per the ongoing discussions between Tata and Walmart, the super app could be launched as a joint venture between Tata and Walmart, which will enable leveraging on the synergies between Tata’s e-commerce business and Flipkart.

Flipkart veteran Anil Goteti resigns

Flipkart veteran Anil Goteti has resigned to pursue his entrepreneurial ambition, the Walmart-owned e-commerce firm told employees in an email on Wednesday.

Goteti, who had joined Flipkart in 2012, and is currently senior vice president and head of the M3 Organization, will remain with the company till November and continue as an advisor after his tenure ends. He reports to CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy.

Anil (Goteti) has been associated with us for the last eight years, and during his stellar tenure with Flipkart, he has held several leadership roles making a very deep impact on the organization,” said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart Group, in a letter sent to the employees.

Mukesh Ambani on top of Hurun rich list for 9th year in a row; others see a rise in wealth too

RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani continued to be on the top of IIFL Hurun India Richlist for the ninth year in a row even while the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the economy.

In fact, 627 of the richest Indians, who have a wealth of Rs 1,000 crore or more, also saw an increase in their fortunes as on 31st August 2020, according to the latest report shared by IIFL and Hurun. A total of 828 Indians featured in the list. Mukesh Ambani, who is the Chairman of India’s most valued firm Reliance Industries Ltd, has a wealth of Rs 6.58 lakh crore. His total wealth surged by 73% in the last 12 months and propelled him to become the richest individual in Asia and the fourth richest person in the world. This year, a hike in Mukesh Ambani’s wealth alone contributed more than one-fourth of the total jump in the IIFL Hurun list.

London-based Hinduja brothers, who have a joint wealth of nearly Rs 1.44 lakh crore, bagged the second position on the list, followed by HCL-Founder Shiv Nadar. Others on the top 10 richest Indians list include Gautam Adani and family, Azim Premji, and Radhakishan Damani who is the founder of Avenue Supermarts etc.

Indian Railways to link Kisan Rail with seasonal fruits, vegetables; Orange, Keenu trains to take off first

The national transporter launched Kisan Rail services last month and so far, these trains carried around 4,100 tonnes of goods from farmers to markets across India.

Indian Railways Kisan Special trains: In a bid to benefit small farmers, Indian Railways is considering linking Kisan Trains with seasonal fruits and vegetables. According to officials quoted in a PTI report, first off the mark could be an Orange Special Kisan Train between Nagpur and Delhi and a Keenu Special Kisan Train between Nagpur and Delhi and a Keenu Special Kisan Train from the state of Punjab to West Bengal and Odisha during the months of December and January.

The details are still being finalized, said the officials who further added that they have received feedback from various zones of Indian Railways about the viability of running dedicated train services linking them with seasonal produce. The national transporter launched Kisan Rail services last month and so far, these trains carried around 4,100 tonnes of goods from farmers to markets across India.

According to officials, the farther the goods or supplies are sent, the cheaper the ferrying cost is. Within 0-500 km distance, Indian Railways services are expensive. But the services of the national transporter are at par with the roadways for more than 1,000 km distance, they said. For over 2,000 km distance, Indian Railways services are cheaper than the roadways by at least Rs 1,000 per tonne, they added. These Kisan Rail train services will be part of the Indian Railways zero-based time table, which will soon be in effect soon. Thus, even if regular train services begin post-COVID-19 pandemic, these train services will have dedicated routes and paths to run on.

Flipkart, Bajaj Allianz launch cyber insurance cover

E-commerce marketplace Flipkart and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance have launched a cyber insurance cover for online financial frauds.
The product, ‘Digital Suraksha Group Insurance’, will help customers who want to cover themselves against financial losses caused as a result of cyber attacks, cyber frauds, or other such malicious activities across various online platforms, said a company statement on Tuesday.

It will compensate for direct financial loss (up to the sum insured) due to unauthorised digital financial transactions as a result of identity theft arising out of cyber-attacks, phishing/spoofing, and SIM-jacking.

“Customers can opt for a one-year cover at premiums as low as ₹183 for a cover of ₹50,000,” it further said.

Mahendra Agarwal quits as MD, Director of Gati

Logistics and supply chain company Gati Ltd said in a BSE release it has cancelled the proposed Extraordinary General Meeting which was scheduled to be held on September 30.
This development comes in the backdrop of a letter dated September 28, wherein Mahendra Kumar Agarwal submitted his resignation as Director and Managing Director of the company with immediate effect.

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In the circumstances, the EGM, called on Allcargo Logistics Ltd’s request for Agarwal’s removal, has become infructuous, said Gati. Consequently, the Gati board decided to cancel the EGM as well as the e-voting scheduled for the issue.

Allcargo had acquired a near 47 per cent stake in Gati earlier this year. On September 4, the Supreme Court had allowed Allcargo to go ahead with an EGM to oust Agarwal.
Gati shares were trading at ₹48.20, down 2 per cent, on the BSE.

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