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Daily GK Dose November 25th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 25th

1. Andhra Pradesh Government launched Bhuseva and Bhudaar web portal

Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Bhuseva and Bhudaar web portal through which people can view land records online.

  1. People can get land record online through these portals using Aadhaar card. Bhudaar security policy was also launched to provide security to the land records of farmers.
  2. Bhudaar card can be generated by the land owner or property owner from Bhuseva web portal. Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar and M-Bhudaar. Under Mobile Bhudaar, one has to download application on mobile. One can also get Bhudaar card from Mee Seva centers

 

2. Delhi government launched Open Transit Data platform

To increase transparency and build transport solutions, the transport department of the Delhi government has launched the Open Transit Data platform which provides real-time datasets free of cost.

  1. It is a major step to promote collaboration and co-creation of innovative and inclusive transport solutions for the people of Delhi.
  2. The portal was designed and developed by IIIT Delhi on behalf of the Delhi government.

3. CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute developed transgenic rice with reduced arsenic accumulation

Arsenic accumulation in rice grains is one of the serious agricultural issues in India. To address this, researchers at Lucknow-based CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute have developed transgenic rice by inserting a novel fungal gene, which results in reduced arsenic accumulation in rice grain.

  1. As large number of people are affected by arsenic toxicity, it is imperative to develop rice with lesser arsenic content and high yield.

4. NBFC Mudra loans grew faster than banks in FY18: report

According to the 2017-18 annual report of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), though NBFCs sanctioned only over ₹27,000 crore of Mudra loans in FY18 against ₹92,492.68 crore by public sector banks, their year-on-year growth was faster.

  1. Impressively, NBFCs not only met their Mudra target of ₹9,050 crore for FY18, but their sanctions for the year were a five-fold jump from the previous year.

5. UNICEF appoints Singer Nahid Afrin as first Youth Advocate of NE region to fight for child rights

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has appointed popular singer Nahid Afrin (17) of Assam as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the northeastern region to fight for child rights.

  1. UNICEF engages ‘Youth Advocates’ to harness their voice as agents of change in society. Nahid had made her playback debut in 2016 Bollywood film ‘Akira’ starring Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. She received best female playback singer award at the Assam state Film Award 2018.
  2. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund is special program of UN devoted to aiding national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children. It was created in 1946 to provide relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. It is headquartered in New York.

6. Bhavani Devi becomes first Indian to win gold medal in Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship in Canberra

India's Bhavani Devi won the gold medal in the Sabre event in the Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2018 held in Canberra

  1. Bhavani Devi is the first Indian to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship. She defeated England's Emily Ruaux 15-12 in the final.
  2. Earlier, Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the Tournoi Satellite Fencing Championship in Iceland.

7. World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom wins record sixth gold medal

India's MC Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold in the World Championships by beating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48kg category summit bout, young Sonia Chahal settled for a silver.

  1. India ended the championships with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze - from Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Simranjit Kaur (64kg).

8. Ambareesh, the Beloved Rebel of Kannada Cinema and Politics, Passes Away at 66

Veteran Kannada actor and former minister Ambareesh passed away in a Bengaluru hospital on Saturday where he was being treated for multiple ailments.

  1. He served as a union minister in the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.
  2. The actor was an MP from 1998-99, 1999-2004 and 2004-2009. He was also the Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from 2006 to 2008.

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