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
• 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 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 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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