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Daily Current Affairs – 15 July 2020 : Today Gk Updates
1. PM Modi to address digital conclave on World Youth Skills Day today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a video address on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day today. The day marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Skill India Mission.
A Digital Conclave is being organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to mark the occasion.
Skill India is an initiative of the Government of India to empower the youth with skill sets, making them more employable.
Skill India offers courses across several sectors which are aligned to the standards recognised by both, the industry and the government under the National Skill Qualification Framework.
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Skill India or the National Skills Development Mission of India is a campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is managed by the National Skills Development Corporation of India.
2. HRD Ministry announces guidelines for online classes
The HRD Ministry has announced guidelines for online classes conducted by schools amid the COVID pandemic.
Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually released the PRAGYATA guidelines on digital education in New Delhi. The guidelines recommend a cap on the screen time for students.
The HRD Ministry has suggested that the online classes for pre-primary students should not be for more than 30 minutes a day. For Classes 1st to 8th , it has suggested that not more than two online sessions of upto 45 minutes each should be conducted in a day.
The guidelines have been issued for the overall development of the students with an aim to cut down undue screen time.
3. Centre approves Rs. 107 crores for the firefighting facilities at Haldia dock in Kolkata
The central government announced that it has approved Rs. 107 crores for the modern and advanced firefighting facilities at the Haldia dock complex of Kolkata Port.
The new modern facilities will ensure safe cargo operations, especially petrochemical goods.
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Shipping, has approved the amount for the augmentation of fire-fighting facilities on five jetties of Haldia dock complex.
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Kolkata port is counted as one of the top 12 major ports in the country.
3. Iran drops India from Chabahar rail line project amid China’s multi-billion dollar deal
– Iran has dropped India from a railway project linking the Chabahar port to Zahedan city citing delays from the Indian side in funding and starting the construction.
– India and Iran had signed an agreement four years ago to construct a 628-kiolmetre railway line from the strategically vital port to Zahedan, along the border with Afghanistan.
– This comes amid China finalising a 25-year, $400 billion strategic partnership deal with Iran.
– The port inaugurated in December 2017, has opened a new strategic route connecting Iran with India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.
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Iran President: Hassan Rouhani; Capital: Tehran
4. Indian Railways develops Post Covid Coach with hands free amenities to fight Covid 19
– Indian Railways has developed a Post Covid Coach to fight Covid 19. This Post Covid Coach is designed with hands free amenities, copper-coated handrails and latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating for Covid-free passenger journey.
– The Railways Ministry said, the Coach has been designed by Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala to prevent the spread of Covid 19. The Ministry said, Railways has taken numerous steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus infection.
– This Post Covid Coach includes hands free amenities like foot operated water tap and soap dispenser, foot operated lavatory door, foot operated flush valve.
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Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal, Minister of State: Rajen Gohain
5. US drops plans to deport international students whose courses move fully online because of pandemic
– US government has dropped its plans to deport international students whose courses move fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes a little over a week after US President Donald Trump’s administration had announced the policy.
– Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the government over the plan. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts has said the parties have come to a settlement.
– Foreign students were told last week that they would not be allowed to stay in the US this autumn unless they switched to a course with in-person tuition.