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 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
respectively.
• 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 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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