Daily GK Update: 28th May 2020

By Stuti Mishra|Updated : May 28th, 2020

 Honours & Awards

1. Rajiv Joshi wins 'Inventor of the year award-2020' in New York


  • Indian American inventor Rajiv Joshi has been awarded as the Inventor of the Year award 2020 during a virtual awards ceremony.
  • He won the award for advancing the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence capabilities.
  • IIT Mumbai alumnus, Rajiv Joshi has more than 250 patented invention in US.
  • He works at IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York.
  • His works include interconnect structures, machine learning techniques and AI applications.
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 Books & Authors

2. J K Rowling to release children’s book ‘The Ickabog’


  • Renowned Author J K Rowling is all set to release her latest children’s book ‘The Ickabog’.
  • Five chapters are already been made available online for free and rest of the chapters will be made available withing 7 weeks.
  • The whole book format will be made available in November 2020.
  • The book is an original fairy tale and is available at http://theickabog.com/read-the-story.
  • J K Rowling belongs to Britain and is the author of the all-time famous Harry Potter novel.
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 Banking & Finance

3. Government to withdraw RBI Bond scheme 2018


  • The government has announced to withdraw RBI bond or GoI Bonds scheme from 28th of May 2020 due to declining interest rates.
  • The scheme is also known as 7.75% Savings (Taxable) Bonds scheme 2018 which is mostly subscribed by retail investors looking for safety of principal and regular income.
  • These bonds are not available for NRIs.
  • They are issued at par at ₹100 with min amount of ₹1,000.
  • They are repayable at 7 yrs from the issue date with tax on the bond’s interest.
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 State Affairs

4. Ladakh’s first solar lift irrigation plant inaugurated


  • Director of Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Mohammad Raza has inaugurated the 1st Solar Lift Irrigation Plant of Kargil, Ladakh at Yak Breeding Farm.
  • It has 5 KW Solar Plant and 3 HP Submersible Pump.
  • This plant will solve the shortage of water to irrigate lands, drinking water issue making it carbon neutral and self-sufficient.
  • The Pump is discharging 45,000 Litre water per day from Dawn to Desk and soon more such projects will be proposed.
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 International Affairs

5. Saudi Arabia extends tourist visas for 3 months


  • Saudi Arabia has announced the extension of tourist visas, which expired during the lockdown, for a period of three months.
  • The extension will be done automatically through the system without the need for the visa holder to visit the passport department.
  • The service will be free of charge.
  • Saudi Arabia has also announced relaxation in lockdown within a month.
  • Currency of Saudi Arabia: Saudi riyal
  • Capital of Saudi Arabia: Riyadh
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 Science & Technology

6. NASA renames WFIRST as Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope


  • NASA has changed the named of Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) to Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.
  • It is a next-generation space telescope set to launch in 2025 to investigate long-standing astronomical mysteries like universe expansion, distant plants, etc.
  • The renaming is initiated to honor Nancy Grace Roman who is the US space agency's 1st chief astronomer.
  • She is the mother of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
  • HQ: Washington, DC.
  • Head: Jim Bridenstine.
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7. Famous Urdu writer Mujtaba Hussain passes away


  • Renowned Urdu satirist writer Mujtaba Hussain (87 years) passes away due to cardiac arrest.
  • He was known for humorous Urdu writings in books and newspaper.
  • He was honored with Padmashree in 2007.
  • His work includes 'Japan Chalo Japan' and columns in Siasat.
  • He was known as the Mark Twain of Urdu.
  • The entire collection of his work can be accessed on www.mujtabahussain.com.
  • He belongs to Hyderabad.
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 International Affairs

8. Facebook launches ‘CatchUp’ calling application


  • Facebook has launched calling application “CatchUp” that will allow the user to indicate when they are available to talk and call friends and family.
  • It is developed by New Product Experimentation team of Facebook.
  • The coordination calling can be done with group of up to 8 people or individuals.
  • It will work with existing contact lists and with their existing Facebook account.
  • FB headquarter: California, US.
  • CEO of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg.
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 National Affairs

9. NCSTC launches COVID Katha in Hindi


  • National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) along with Anamika Ray Memorial Trust has brought out the Hindi version of COVID Katha.
  • COVID Katha is the Popular Multimedia Guide for Mass Awareness that carries information on A-to-Z of COVID-19 having Do’s & Don’ts, Scientoons, daily information, etc.
  • It was already being released in English.
  • The COVID Katha is being translated in the Khasi (Meghalaya), Tamil, Bengali and Assamese version.
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 Summits & Conferences

10. FM attends NDB’s Special Board of Governor’s meet


  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Special Board of Governors meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) through video-conference.
  • NDB in a short span has approved 55 projects of total outlay of $16.6 billion and COVID-19 Emergency Programme Loan product.
  • NDB appointed Mr Marcos Troyjo of Brazil as the new president and Mr Anil Kishore from India as the new vice president in the meet.
  • NDB Headquarter: Shanghai, China.
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 National & International Appointments

11. Tsai Ing-wen took oath as president of Taiwan for 2nd term


  • Tsai Ing-wen took the oath as the President of Taiwan for her second 4-year term.
  • The appointment marks another historic high point for Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party, which has grown over the past 4 decades from a loose band of pro-independence dissidents to become Taiwan’s dominant political bloc
  • Taiwan is also emerging successful in containing COVID-19.
  • Currency: New Taiwan dollar.
  • Capital of Taiwan: Taipei.
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12. IAF inducted Tejas Mk-1 FOC aircraft


  • Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted Tejas Mk-1 FOC aircraft into resurrected No 18 Sqn, the “Flying Bullets” at Air Force Station Sulur enhancing the operational capability of the Air Force.
  • It is built under indigenous fighter aircraft program boosting ‘Make In India’ initiative.
  • Tejas Mk-1 FOC is a single engine, light weight, highly agile, all weather multi role fighter aircraft capable of air-to-air refuelling.
  • It is a versatile platform.
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Daily GK Update: 28th May 2020


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