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Daily Current Affairs – 6 July 2020 : Today Gk Updates
1. COVID recovery rate improves to 60.77 percent in country
– Government said that due to collective and focused efforts for containment and management of COVID-19 by the Centre along with the States and Union Territories, the number of recovered cases rose to over four lakh nine thousand.
– During the last 24 hours, a total of 14856 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Union Health Ministry said, there are over one lakh 64 thousand more recovered patients than COVID-19 active cases.
– This takes the national recovery rate amongst COVID-19 to 60.77 percent. The Ministry said there are over two lakh 44 thousand active cases and all are under active medical supervision.
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As of now, a total one thousand one hundred laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct Covid-19 tests including 786 government laboratories and 314 private laboratory chains. During the last 24 hours around two lakh 49 thousand samples have been tested. The cumulative number of samples tested, so far is more than 97 lakh 89 thousand.
2. PM Modi launches Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ to help the local developers create indigenous apps.
– The innovation challenge aims at encouraging tech & startup communities to create world-class Made in India Apps. Under the challenge, innovators are invited to develop apps in eight categories.
– The App innovation challenge has been launched by the Ministry of Electronics & IT in collaboration with the Atal Innovation Mission-Niti Aayog.
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The Innovation Challenge have been launched in the following 8 categories:- Social Networking, Office Productivity & Work From Home, E-Learning, Health & Wellness, Entertainment, News, Business including Fintech and Agritech and Games.
3. All centrally protected monuments to open from today in non- containment zones
– Government has decided to open all the centrally protected monuments from today by completely abiding with safety protocols. Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has said only those monuments and museums which are in the non-containment zones will be opened for visitors.
– He said, all centrally protected monuments and sites will be bound by the protocols like sanitization, social distancing and other health protocols issued by the Health Ministry.
– A total of 3691 centrally protected monuments come under the Archaeological Survey of India. Out of which, 820 monuments which have places of worship were opened on 8th of last month.
4. India third largest e-waste generator in the world
– India is the third largest electronic waste generator in the world after China and the USA.
– These three countries together contributed 38% of total 53.6 million tonnes (Mt) of e-waste, generated worldwide in 2019.
– Releasing these data, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020 presented a worrying scenario where only 17.4% (9.3 Mt) of the total e-waste was collected and recycled globally.
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Europe ranked first worldwide in terms of e-waste generation per capita with 16.2 kg per capita.
5. ADB becomes observer of Network for Greening the Financial System
– The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined the central banks and supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer.
– NGFS was launched at the Paris One Planet Summit on December 12, 2017, is a group of central banks and supervisors willing to share best practices and contribute to the development of environment and climate risk management in the financial sector.
– ADB joins the ranks of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development as NGFS observers.
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The Asian Development Bank is a regional development bank headquartered in the city of Manila, Philippines. The company also maintains 31 field offices around the world to promote social and economic development in Asia.
President: Masatsugu Asakawa
6. Nagaland govt bans import, trade and sale of dog meat
– The Nagaland government banned the import, trading, and sale of dog meat in the north-eastern state. Earlier, the Mizoram government had taken a similar decision in March.
– It said that dog meat consumption is prohibited in India through the Food Safety and Standard (Food Products Standard and Additives) Regulation, 2011. However, this is poorly enforced, and in the states of Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
– Thousands of dogs each year are illegally captured from the streets or stolen from homes, and cruelly transported from neighbouring states in gunny bags to be brutally slaughtered for consumption by being beaten to death.
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Nagaland Capital: Kohima; Chief Minister: Neiphiu Rio; Governor: RN Ravi