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Daily Current Affairs – 1 July 2020 : Today Gk Updates
1. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana extended till November end
– PM Narendra Modi in his address to the nation said that the centre’s free ration scheme- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana will be extended till November end to support the poor and migrant labourers through India’s upcoming festive season.
– The Prime Minister announced extensive implementation of the ‘One Nation, One Ration’ card scheme to assist the migrant labourers.
– He also urged citizens to be extra cautious during Unlock 2.0 and take adequate care of their health, especially since we are entering a season of cough, cold and fever.
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Under the scheme, the centre will provide free ration to approximately 80 crore people till November. The extension is expected to cost the government around Rs 90000 crore.
2. National Doctor’s Day 2020: 1st July
– National Doctor’s Day is observed every year on July 1st to thank physicians and doctors for their dedicated services to patients. In the US, this day is celebrated on 30th March.
– National Doctor’s Day is an opportunity for the people to express their gratitude towards Doctors. This day is dedicated to all medical professionals who work and serve patients round the clock to save lives.
– Doctor’s Day 2020 is being celebrated for acknowledging the services of doctors and their huge contribution to the medical advancement in India.
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National Doctors’ Day is celebrated on July 1 all across India to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.
2. World’s largest convalescent plasma therapy project launched in Maharashtra
– Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched ‘Project PLATINA’- World’s largest convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial.
– He announced that his government will use Rs 16.65 crore to sponsor the execution of this project for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients.
– In convalescent plasma therapy, antibodies from the blood of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are used to treat serious patients.
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Maharashtra Capital: Mumbai; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
4. China passes controversial Hong Kong national security law
– The Chinese Parliament on June 30 passed the controversial national security law for Hong Kong.
– The law will carry a maximum penalty of life in jail. It is expected to come into effect from July 1, 2020, on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China by the British.
– The controversial security law was passed after it received unanimous approval from China’s top lawmaking body, the 162-member National People’s Congress Standing Committee.
– The move comes amid extensive criticism of the law from the international community and massive protests from the people of the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong.
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China Capital: Beijing; President: Xi Jinping
5. FCC designates Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation as National Security Threats
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has designated two Chinese companies – Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation as national security threats.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said both Huawei and ZTE have close ties with Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus. He said, US government will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit vulnerabilities in US communications networks.
The FCC has increasingly scrutinised Chinese companies as tensions grow between Beijing and Washington over trade, the coronavirus and security issues. The agency is considering banning these Chinese telephone companies from entering the US market.
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The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government that regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable across the United States.
Chairperson: Ajit Pai; Founder: Franklin D. Roosevelt
6. Amendments in Indian Stamp Act, 1899 to come into effect from today
– The Amendments in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 brought through Finance Act 2019 and Rules made there under will come into effect from today.
– In order to facilitate ease of doing business and to bring in uniformity of the stamp duty on securities across States and thereby build a pan-India securities market, the Central Government through requisite amendments, has created the legal and institutional mechanism.
– It will enable states to collect stamp duty on securities market instruments at one place by one agency through on one Instrument.