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 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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Daily News Update 9th August 2020

Indian Railways introduces OHE Inspection app
Indian Railways has rolled out an application called “OHE Inspection With the help of this app, the Railways will quickly find out the problem in train delay and it will get it fixed as soon as possible.

The OHE Inspection app will allow capturing real-time OHE (Overhead Equipment) defects as well as send alerts.

The app has been rolled out on a Pan India basis.

Future Brand Index 2020: Reliance ranked 2nd
Mukesh Ambani’s oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries has been ranked second biggest brand after Apple on the Future Brand Index 2020.

The Future Brand Index is a global perception study that reorders PwC’s Global Top 100 Companies by Market Cap on perception strength rather than financial strength.

The 2020 list is topped by Apple, while Samsung is ranked third.

India Water Resources Information System
The Ministry of Jal Shakti has launched a new version of the India Water Resources Information System (India-WRIS) with new functionalities and features

Open to the public, and accessible through the web portal it contains information related to water resources.

The Ministry of Jal Shakti, under the National Hydrology Project, launched the first version in July 2019.

“Amazing Ayodhya”: Book by Neena Rai
Coinciding with the Ram temple ‘bhoomi pujan publishing house Bloomsbury announced their
the latest book that will shed light on the history of Ayodhya.

Titled “Amazing Ayodhya” the book by Neena Rai promises to offer “authentic information” about the city.

It will not only help understand the life and times of ancient Hindus but also the revered figures
of Rama and Sita.

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Daily News Update 3rd August 2020

International webinar on Lokmanya Tilak: key facts
• 2-day webinar on 100th anniversary of great Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak was organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations
• theme—Swaraj to self-reliant India & was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Amit shah
• discussion was done on Indian freedom Movement, his global vision his thought on swadeshi and also attempts at India’s cultural revival


Government to review Chinese language program across the university
• Government to put on radar several higher education institutes that offer Chinese language training on the radar
• Government is also putting official Chinese language learning and training department HANBAN which runs hundred of Confucius Institutes abroad


SABIC Plant: 1st to operate on 100% RE
The polycarbonate facility of SABIC in Spain is all set to become the world’s first large scale chemical production plant to run entirely (100 percent) on renewable energy.
SABIC is a global diversified chemical company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in America, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products.

Iran launches underground ballistic missiles
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles on 29 July 2020.
It was launched as part of a drill that targeted a replica American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran has developed and stored some of its ballistic missiles underground to protect them from being destroyed or seized by enemy countries.


ADB signs $200 million financing deal with Reliance
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a dollar 200 million financing deal with the Reliance Bangladesh LNG and Power Limited (RBLPL).
It has been signed to build and operate a 718-megawatt combined-cycle gas-fired power plant in Bangladesh.
The project will ease ongoing energy shortages and drive further private sector investments in the country’s power sector


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