Daily News Update 26th August 2020

1. Russia, Turkey sign deal

• Russia and Turkey have signed a contract on the delivery of the 2nd batch of formidable S-400 air defense missile system.

• The sides are now discussing the financial arrangement of implementing the contract.

• Russia and Turkey signed a loan agreement for the supply of S-400 air defense systems in Sept 2017.

• This resulted in the US suspending deliveries of F-35 fighter jets to its NATO ally.

2. ‘Abhilash’ receives International Award

• A short film based on lockdown titled ‘Abhilash’ has bagged an International Award at the ‘Bengal Lockdown online film Festival’ in the Best Social Message Film category.

• The festival, organized under the supervision of organizer Subhamapurva, witnessed contest from around 135 films from around the world.

• Out of these titles, only 50 titles from 20 countries were officially nominated.

3. Country’s longest ‘ropeway over a river

• The Assam Govt. has inaugurated a 1.8-km- long ropeway over the Brahmaputra, connecting Guwahati to North Guwahati.

• It is the longest ropeway on a river in India. Built at a cost of Rs 56 crore, it comprises of two cabins, each with a capacity of 30 passengers and one operator.

• It takes eight minutes to traverse the entire length of the ropeway.

4. Government of India and AlIB Sign Agreement

• The Govt. of India, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AlIB) have signed a loan agreement.

• It has been signed for a $500 million Mumbai Urban Transport Project-ll to improve the network capacity, service quality, and safety of the suburban railway system in Mumbai.

• It is expected to increase network capacity in the region.

5. Zen Technologies gets patent from UK

• Zen Technologies Limited has been granted a patent by UK patent office for containerized tubular shooting range (CTSR).

• The valuable patent will give the company an exclusive right to access in many foreign markets.

• .CTSR is range-in-a-container solution, where security forces can train their personnel rapidly and efficiently than conventional ranges.

6. National Council for Transgender Persons

• The Centre has constituted a National Council for Transgender Persons through a notification. The Social Justice and Empowerment

• Minister will be the ex-officio Chairperson and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment will be ex-officio Vice- Chairperson.

• It will advise the Centre on the formulation of policies and programs, with respect to transgender persons.

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Daily News Update 24th August 2020

India Uzbekistan co-chaired first national coordination committee meet

  • The member discussed issue such as line of credit, project, trade and investment

International Day for remembrance of slave trade and its abolition is observed on 23 August

Nukhai juhar was celebrated in Odhisa,Chattisgarh

  • it is one of the most ancient festival celebrated in India
  • the festival is to welcome the new crop of the season
  • the festival is celebrated to appreciate and celebrate the hard work of farmers with those who effort the country is fed

Arunachal Pradesh to provide tap water to all rural home by 2023 under JJM

  • Andhra Pradesh state government has announced that it is to provide 100% of water connection to the house of the States by 2023 and mission
  • The moves comes as Arunachal Pradesh is highly dependent on Assam state
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Daily News Update 21st August 2020

Daily News Update 21st August 2020

1. 6.1 MN Indian youth may lose jobs in 2020
• Around 6.1 million youth in the 15-24 age group are likely to lose their jobs in 2020 if India takes
six months ending September to contain COVID-19.
• This will be around 40% of the total job losses the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness. This
data was given by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labor Organization
(ILO) through a joint report.

2. Google launches Kormo app in India
• Google has expanded its employment application – Kormo Jobs – to India as it is looking forward
to helping millions of Indians to land entry-level jobs.
• .The company had launched the employment application in Bangladesh in 2018 and further
expanded it to Indonesia.
• The application will help users to identify entry- level job opportunities and also to learn new
skills and create CVs.

3. Swachh Survekshan 2020 results announced
• The government announced the results of the annual survey of cleanliness, Swachh Survekshan
2020 on 20 August 2020.
• Indore once again bagged the top spot as the cleanest city of India, the fourth time in a row.
• The second and third positions in the category were grabbed by Surat and Navi Mumbai
• This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of the country.

4. India: 1st in the number of organic farmers
• India has ranked 1st in the number of organic farmers and 9th in terms of area under organic
farming, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
• Sikkim became the 1st state to become fully organic and other states including Tripura and
Uttarakhand have set similar targets.
• The major organic exports from India have been flax seeds, sesame, soybean, tea, medicinal
plants, rice, and pulses.

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Daily News Update 19th August 2020

1. US signs deal to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan
• The United States has signed a deal to sell 66 of the latest model F-16 jets to Taiwan amid the
ongoing tensions between the Washington and Beijing
• The F-16 jets have been built by Lockheed Martin Corp.
• The sale was first floated in 2019 and will reportedly be completed by the end of 2026. As part
of the announcement, 90 jets will be sold to Taiwan.

2. Navroz: Parsi New Year 2020
• Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz or , is celebrated to mark the beginning of the Iranian
• The tradition is believed to have been celebrated for the past 3,000 years and is observed by
Iranians and the Parsi community around the world.
• The most prominent Navroz celebrations take place in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India.
• This year it was celebrated on August 16, 2020.

3. Railways constructing tallest pier bridge
• Indian Railways is constructing the world’s tallest pier bridge in Manipur.
• The bridge which is being constructed across river ljai is an engineering marvel because the
tallest pier height will be 141 meter.
• It will surpass the existing record of 139 meter of Mala – Rijeka viaduct, Montenegro in Europe.
The total estimated cost of the bridge is Rs 280 cr and will be completed by March 2022.

4. Legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj dies
• Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away in August 2020.
• He was an Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Mewati Gharana.
• With a musical career spanning more than 80 years, he was bestowed with numerous major
awards including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.
• His performances of classical and semi classical vocals have become albums and film

5. MCX to launch India’s first bullion index
• Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) is all set to launch the country’s first bullion index,
Bulldex, on August 24, 2020.
• The bullion index, Bulldex, being launched by MCX is the sixth product in bullion complex with 1-
kg gold, 100-gm goldmini, 8-gm gold guinea and 1-gm gold peta, while the Options on Futures
on 1-kg gold is already in place.

6. New bus stand dedicated to Madan Lal Dhingra
• Haryana CM Manohar Lal, on 17 August 2020, dedicated the new bus stand in Karnal to Martyr
Madan Lal Dhingra.
• He also unveiled the martyr’s statue at the bus stand on his martyrdom day.
• Madan Lal Dhingra was an independence activist, who, while studying in England, had
assassinated a British official, William Hutt Curzon Wyllie.

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Daily News Update 17th August 2020

Daily News Update 17th August 2020

1. Mauritius declares state of emergency
• The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a state of environmental emergency after a
Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore began spilling tons of fuel.
• The satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental
areas that the government called very sensitive.
• The ship was carrying near 4,000 tons of fuel and cracks have appeared in its hull.

2. Khaje; “Harmal Chilli’ get Gl tag
• Goa’s traditional festive sweet dish ‘Khaje spicy Harmal Chilli and Myndoli Banana (Moira
Banana) have obtained Geographical Indication (GI) tag in last three months.
• Earlier, the State’s popular ‘Cashew Feni’ and ‘Khola Red Chilli, had also obtained Gl tag.
• The Myndoli Banan an important fruit crop, grown in the villages of Pernem, Bicholim and
Bardez taluka.

3. “Priority pathogens” found in Yamuna water
• A research paper from IT Delhi has shown that the river Yamuna harbored some of the
multidrug-resistant bacteria that a World Health Organization (WHO) report had red flagged in
• The paper has been published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
• The research paper notes that bad sewage management was the main source of their entry into
the river.

4. Odisha govt. approves drinking water projects
• The Odisha cabinet has approved 4 mega drinking water projects in Koraput, Malkangiri,
Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Gajapati and Cuttack Districts worth Rs 800.27 cr.
• These will provide drinking water to 6.07 lakh additional population in 911 villages in these
• The cabinet also approved as many as 20o proposals focusing on industrial development,
irrigation among others.

5. He-enhanced cool bright stars discovered
• A team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (1IA), has discovered He(helium)-
enhanced cool bright stars among the metal-rich sample of Omega Centauri.
• This work, a result of the spectroscopic survey conducted of this cluster, determines the Heabundance of these stars for the first time and has been published in The Astrophysical Journal

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Daily News Update 16th August 2020

India rank 1st in organic farming,

  • Sikkim was the first state in the world to become completely organic
  • India ranks 9th in the term of areas under organic farming
  • Like Sikkim states like Uttrakhand & Tripura also have similar targets

Israel UAE peace pact

  • it is also called Abrahim record
  • Israel is a third Arab country after Egypt and Jordan to sign the peace agreement
  • The name Abraham has been provided to honor three major religion Judaism Christianity and Islam
  • the deal has stopped Israel annexation of West Bank
  • the west bank is sandwiched between Israel and Jordan
  • Israel and UK equal sign agreement in coming weeks on direct flight telecommunications tourism energy security and Healthcare

PM Modi launches optic fiber link connecting Lakshadweep Island and the mainland

  • the undersea Optical fiber cable link to be established between Lakshadweep and the mail and its second in the country
  • the first of its kind was established between Chennai and Port Blair
  • it will boost communication between India Lakshadweep
  • the department of Telecommunication is to implement the project
  • also, it will boost 4G mobile services and Digital Services such as Education, Tourism, and health in the Island

Arunachal Pradesh Government forms panel to discuss autonomous region in the state

  • the region under the autonomous Council of Arunachal Pradesh is currently under the fifth schedule of the Indian Constitution
  • this doesn’t provide special rights for the indigenous communities as that of 6 schedules of Indian Constitution
  • doctor council in the states are demanding to include Arunachal 126 scheduled to make a launcher is the owner of natural resources rather than being the protector

National Digital Health Mission launched

  • under this mission, every Indian will get a health ID card
  • the ID card will contain all the relevant information about the persons past medical condition treatment and diagnosis
  • the mission is completely Technology-based
  • the mission aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of healthcare in India it is to operate under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat

Central Water Commission and Google launched flood forecasting initiative

  • under this initiative, numerous alerts can be sent to the public regarding flood situation in the region
  • also, people can learn about the current water level in the flood-affected region in the country


  • This monsoon has brought long flood situation in many states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam the water level has risen in the region near water bodies Putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk

Amrut scheme ranking Odisha continues to be the top performer

  • AMRUT—Atal mission for rejuvenation and urban transformation scheme the scheme aims to provide pipe water supply to household in urban areas of the state
  • it also in site construction of sewage treatment plants and improving green spaces in the cities
  • the mission was launched in 2015 by PM Modi
  • the mission mainly focuses on following water supply stormwater drainage to reduce flooding sea bridge increasing green spaces in this week’s non-motorized urban transport
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Daily News Update 14th August 2020

Sky root: 1st to test upper-stage rocket engine

  • Aerospace startup Sky root Aerospace has successfully test-fired an upper-stage rocket engine.
  • With this, it has become the first Indian private company to demonstrate the capability to build a homegrown rocket engine.
  • The 3-D printed rocket engine – Raman, named after CV Raman, has fewer moving parts and weighs less than half of conventional rocket engines with a similar capacity.

Japan has signed its largest-ever loan package

  • worth dollar 3.1 billion for Bangladesh.
  • The loan, under its Official Development Assistance (ODA), will be given for seven projects of Bangladesh under concessional terms
  • The loan will cover the construction of Jamuna railway bridge in parallel to the existing Bangabandhu Bridge, expansion of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport etc.

Saudi Arabia ends a loan to Pakistan

  • Saudi Arabia has ended a loan and associated oil supply to Pakistan.
  • This is because of Islamabad’s criticism that Riyadh-dominated Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is not doing enough on the Kashmir issue.
  • Pakistan Foreign Minister had even threatened to split OIC if the group fails to convene a stand-alone session on Kashmir

First Census of Water Bodies in J&K

  • Financial Commissioner Revenue, Dr PawanKotwal, has launched the first Census of water bodies of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • It will capture information on important parameters of water bodies like their number, size, condition, type of use, storage capacity, etc.

It will be controlled and monitored at the central level by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

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Daily News Update 13th August 2020

IRAN successfully test fires advanced Missile Defence System

  • Israel successfully tested the advanced missile defense system Arrow 2.
  • The missile was developed to defend against the short – and mid range rocket tgat fired from Lebanon and Gaza

India extends 1 million USD to Antigua and Barbuda to combat COVID 19

  • It aimed at improving Health infrastructure in the country

GOI allows sales of Electric Vehicles without batteries

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways announced that the Electric Vehicle shall be sold and registered without pre-fitted batteries
  • This will reduce the cost of Electric Vehicles by 50%

NITI Aayog : Oracle Cloud selected to transform Aspirational District

  • Aims to modernize vital IT infrastructure in 112 most backward district under Aspirational District Programme

ARUNODOI: Assam to launch mega scheme for Women Financial Empowerment

  • It will be the biggest scheme in Assam that will benefit more than 17 lakh families

CHINA extends anti-dumping Tariff on Indian Fibre Optic Product

  • The tariff is to take effect on august 14 2020 and is to last for five years
  • The tariff are to be ranged from between 7.4% and 30.6%
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Daily News Update 12th August 2020

India test-fires first Private Upper Stage Rocket Engine

• The Aerospace Startup Sky root Aerospace has test-fired an upper stage rocket engine and has become the first Indian private company to demonstrate the capability of a homegrown rocket engine.

• The 3D printed rocket engine was named after the Nobel Laureate Sir C V Raman. The rocket had fewer moving parts and weighed half of the conventional rocket engines. According to the masterminds that developed the rocket, it is capable of multiple restarts. Also, it is capable of inserting various satellites into multiple orbits in a single mission.

SC Judgement: Women have Equal Rights on Parental Property

• A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra of Supreme Court ruled that daughters have equal rights as that of sons on parental property. They shall remain coparcener throughout their life.

• The judgement said that the daughters have equal rights in the parental property as that of the son. This includes in cases where the father died before the enactment of Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005. The Judgement also said that the according to Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956, the status of coparcener on the daughter born before or after amendment in the same manner as that of the son.

• In 2015, the Supreme Court had pronounced that the rights under the amendment of Hindu Succession Act, 1956 is applicable only to living daughters. However, in the recent judgement, the apex court pronounced that “a daughter always remains a loving daughter”.

• Hindu Succession Act, 1956- The act codifies laws related to intestate or unwilled succession among Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. It provides a uniform and comprehensive system of inheritance and succession. It was amended in 2005. Under the amendment, Section 6 was inserted.

Russia: First to approve a COVID vaccine

• President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID vaccine after less than two months of human testing.

• The vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

• It works effectively, forms strong immunity, and has passed all the needed checks.

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Daily News Update 10th August 2020

KVIC set to open first Silk Training Center
Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIc) is set to open the first of its kind Training cum Production Center of Silk in the tribal village of Chullyu in Arunachal Pradesh.

Conceived just six months ago, the center will be launched in the first week of September 2020. The KVIC has refurbished and converted a dilapidated school building into the training cum production center.

India to participate in the Kavkaz exercise
India is ready to participate in the Russian Kavkaz 2020 strategic command-post exercise.

A tri-service contingent with 150 Army personnel and from Air Force and Navy will be heading to
Astrakhan in Southern Russia for the exercise.

It is scheduled for Sept 15-26, 2020 and there will be participation from 18 countries including countries who are part of SC as well as China and Pakistan.

Suresh Angadi inaugurates Malgudi Museum
Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi virtually inaugurated Malgudi

Museum at Arasalu in Karnataka’s Shivamogga.

The old station building at Arasalu has been converted into a museum.

It has been renovated keeping with ‘Malgud theme in mind.

The Mysore Divisional Railway has funded it.

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