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 2nd August 2020

Arab world’s first-ever nuclear reactor starts its operation
• UAE finally starts its first-ever nuclear reactor Barakah at Abu—Dhabi the gulf coast
• developed in a joint venture with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
Other development
• The watchdog of nuclear Industry (IAEA) International Atomic Energy Agency in its praising tweet wrote that the “plant’s Unit 1 had achieved its first critically that is a generation of a controlled fission chain reactor

One nation One card scheme integrates four more States/UT’s
• Four more states—Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland, and Uttrakhand
• One nation One Ration Card—a beneficiary of a ration card regardless of their location in the country can avail ration under the National Food Security Act ( NFSA) though one of their ration cards

What is NFSA
• The National Food Security Act 2013 widely known as the Right to Food Act was made into law on 12th September 2013
• There is a various food security program which runs under NFSA Act like Mid-day meal scheme, Integrated Child Development Services Scheme
Government notification on E-invoicing
• The central government comes up with a centralized e-invoicing scheme for business having turnover more than 500 crores
• It is now mandatory for all those businesses with a turnover of more than 500 crores to generate B2B invoices on centralized government portal which will go live from 1st October

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Daily News Update 31st July 2020

Atal Innovation Mission launches “AIM-ICREST” in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation- It is an incubator capabilities enhancement program for robust ecosystem focused on creating high performing start-ups.

Central Consumer Protection Authority established to promote, protect and enforce the rights of consumers; will function from Indian Institute of Public Administration premises under Consumer Protection Act 2019.

AYUSH Ministry reviews the National Health Mission and Operationalisation of Health and Wellness Centres and dedicated a web portal to submit State Annual Action Plans.

6th BRICS Environment Ministers Meeting via videoconference under the Presidency of Russia.

NASA launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover – The rover will land in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb 18, 2021.
-The mission designed to better understand the geology and climate of Mars and seek signs of ancient life on Red Planet.

Agriculture Ministry is funding start-ups under the innovation and agripreneurship component of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- In the first phase,112 startups in the area of agro processing, food technology and value addition will be funded for a sum of Rs. 1185.90 lakh.

A Bill authored by American civil rights leader and lawmaker John Lewis which seeks to establish an exchange programme between India and U.S. to study the work and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior.
-The Bill also seeks to establish the Gandhi-King Global Academy based on the principles of non-violence.
-It proposes the establishment of the U.S -India Gandhi-King Development Foundation.

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Daily News Update 30th July 2020

Asian Development Bank has approved USD 3 million grant to India from its Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund to further support the government’s emergency response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Human and Resource Development to be renamed as Ministry of Education- The name change was a key recommendation of the draft New Education Policy.

Guwahati gets manhole cleaning robot ‘BANDICOOT’ to ensure minimal human involvement to clean the sewers and was developed by the Start up India company called Genrobotics under the Make in India initiative by CSIR.

Union Cabinet Approves National Education Policy 2020- which is aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and has a target of 50% Gross Enrollment Ratio by 2035.

The center, in collaboration with the World Bank has decided to convert a large area of ravines in Gwalior-Chambal belt of MP into arable land.

PM Modi to inaugurate the Supreme Court Building of Mauritius.

Russia successfully tested the Zircon hypersonic missile.

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Daily News Update 1st August 2020

Daily News Update 1st August 2020

One in every Three Child are Poisoned by Lead: UNICEF Report
• United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a recent report which is first of its kind published
impact of lead on children’s health across the world. As per the recent report one in every three
children is being poisoned by lead.
• Problem
Children, when exposed to lead, gets highly affected. Severe problems like mental health and
behavioral problems, including an increase in crime and violence, can be seen in them.
• Cause
Mainly children from lower economic country and work in the factories where the recycle of
lead is done.

2. India Imposes Import Restrictions on Color TV Sets
• Ban on popular Chinese applications, the Indian Government has moved the import of Color TV
sets from free to restricted and the government is aimed to promote PM Modi’s vision of “Vocal
for Local” which will boost domestic manufacturing and balance the trade deficit the country is
currently facing against China.

3. Sembcorp commissions three wind power projects
• Sembcorp Energy India has announced the successful completion of its three wind power
projects with a total capacity of 800 megawatts (MW).
• The projects were auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). With this,
Sembcorp became the first independent power producer (IPP) to fully commission its projects
awarded in the first three
• wind auctions held by SECI.

4. Reliance Power, JERA ink loan agreement
• Reliance Power has signed a loan agreement, along with Japanese utility JERA, for $642 million
with a group of lenders for their 745-megawatt gas-based project in Bangladesh.
• In September 2019, Reliance Power inducted JERA as a partner for the 750 MW-gas based
combined cycle power project.
• Reliance Power holds a 51% stake while JERA will hold 49% stake in the joint venture company.

5. NASA Mars Perseverance Rover launch
• NASA launched its Mars Perseverance Rover on July 30, 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, Florida.
• The main aim of the Mars Perseverance Rover is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and
soil samples for a possible return to Earth.
• The duration of the mission is expected to be at least one Mars year which is equivalent to 687
days on Earth.

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India- Indonesia Defence Ministers Dialogue was held in New Delhi

Daily News Update 29th July 2020

India- Indonesia Defence Ministers Dialogue was held in New Delhi

-the leaders held discussions on strengthening the ties between the two maritime neighbours. The talks included export of Brahmos missile to Indonesia by India.

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China announced the suspension of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain

Daily News Update 29th July 2020

China announced the suspension of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain

-Canada , Britain and Australia are part of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance. The other members are New Zealand which suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

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PM Modi, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth to jointly inaugurate new SC Building of Mauritius

Daily News Update 29th July 2020

PM Modi, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth to jointly inaugurate new SC Building of Mauritius

-It is one of the 5 projects implemented under ‘Special Economic Package’ of USD 353 million (other projects are- Metro Express Project, ENT Hospital project, etc).

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Ministry of Earth Sciences launches “Mausam”

Daily News Update 29th July 2020

Ministry of Earth Sciences launches “Mausam”

-the mobile app “Mausam” is launched for India Meteorological Department

-users can access observed weather, forecasts, radar images and be proactively warned of impending weather events.

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