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 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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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 8th August 2020

Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill
The island of Mauritius declared environmental emergency due to oil spill caused by Japanese owned ship that was stranded off the coast days ago. The MV Wakashio of Japanese companies Nagashiki Shipping Ltd and Okiyo Maritime Corporation was on its way from Brazil to Singapore carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel. The ship ran aground on July 25, 2020.

The French Island of Reunion is the closest to Mauritius. The Island of Reunion is a major military base of France in the Indian Ocean. India conducted joint patrols with the French Navy, CORPAT (Coordinated Patrols) for the first time from the Reunion Island in March 2020.

The Agalega Islands of Mauritius has been leased to the Indian military for development of strategic assets. The island is located to the north of Mauritius island.

KV Kamath committee: Names announced
RBI has announced the names of the members of the KV Kamath committee.

The committee will submit recommendation on the financial parameters to the central bank.

KV Kamath is the former head of the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS.

The other members of the committee will be Diwakar Gupta, TN Manoharan, and Ashvin

Exim Bank extends line of credit to Mozambique
Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has extended a USD 250-million line of credit (LOC) to Mozambique for improving power supply quality in the country.

With the signing of this LOC Agreement, Exim Bank to date has extended 14 LOCs to Mozambique, taking their total value to USD 772.44 million.

China claims half of Tajikistan
China has debt-trapped Tajikistan, and now it is claiming 45% of its land.

It has claimed the Pamir region of Tajikistan that accounts for 45 per cent of Tajik territory. In line with its modus operandi to stake a claim on foreign territories, Beijing has started with historical revisionism.

Dushanbe owes Beijing $1.2 Billion in debt out of its total foreign debt of 2.9 billion US dollars.

Tawazun to build satellite centre with Airbus
Abu Dhabi state defence and security entity Tawazun will build a satellite assembly, integration and testing centre with Airbus in the UAE’s oasis city of Al Ain.

The centre also intends to manufacture components for small to medium-sized communication, navigation and hyperspectral satellites weighing between 50 and 250 kilograms.

Pentagon awards ULA and SpaceX $653 million
The U.S. Air Force has awarded United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Elon Musk’s SpaceX $653 million in combined military launch contracts in the Pentagon’s next-generation, multibillion- dollar launch capability program.

The contracts are for launch service orders beginning in 2022.

ULA will receive a contract for approximately 60% while Musk’s SpaceX, will receive approximately 40%.

Submarine OFC to be inaugurated
PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate and dedicate the submarine Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair.

The submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island and Rangat.

It will enable the delivery of faster and more reliable mobile and landline telecom services.

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Daily News Update 7th August 2020

India extends Line of Credit to Maldives

India has extended Line of Credit worth 18 million US dollars to the Govt of Maldives forthe expansion of fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO).

The project envisages investment in fish collection and storage facilities and the setting up of a tuna cooked plant.

It is part of the 800 million US dollars line of credit offered by India.

10-acre food park to be set up at Vedasanthoor

Tamilnadu CM Edapadi K Palanisamy announced that a food park will soon be set up in 10-acre premises at Vedansathoor in Dindigul district Tamilnadu.

NIDM and IMD organize a webinar Series

National Institute of Disaster Management in collaboration with India Meteorological Department organized a webinar series on “Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Risk Reduction.

The webinar series includes four webinars focused on Thunderstorms and Lightning, Cloudburst and Floods, Cyclones and Storm Surges and Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events.

‘Bangas Awaam Mela’ held in Handwara

Locals in Handwara town celebrated the first year of abrogation of Article 370 by organizing a two-day festival “Bangas Awaam Mela”

The Annual Festival saw the participation of hundreds of Gujars, Bakarwals and other Kashmiri sightseers from Kupwara, Tangdhar and Handwara.

The Mela was conducted over 2 days commencing on August 3 with the grand finale on August 4, 2020.

First Snow Leopard Conservation Centre of India

The Uttarakhand State Government is to develop India’s first Snow Leopard Conservation centre of India. The centre is to be developed by the Uttarakhand forest department and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A number of snow leopards have been spotted in the districts of Pithoragarh and Uttarkashi. However, the actual figures are unknown. So far, the state government has concluded that there are 86 snow leopards in the state.

The step is to promote winter tourism in the state. The state is also in the process of developing six city forests to expand the green area in the cities. This is to be achieved in city forests in Kumaon region, four in hilly districts and two in plains.

Secure Himalaya is another project being operated in India to conserve Snow Leopard. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Development Programme. The programme is now being operated in four states/UTs namely Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.

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Daily News Update 5th August 2020

CHRI Report on Slavery

Recently, the Commonwealth Human Right Initiative (CHRI) and Walk Free (an international anti-slavery organization) released a report on slavery on the occasion of World Day Against Trafficking in persons (30th July)

•The report: It assessed the progress made by Commonwealth countries on the promises made in 2018 to end modern slavery by 2030 and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (target 8.7) of ending forced labor, human trafficking, and Child labor

commonwealth countries account for about 40% of people living in the condition of modern slavery in the world

India Specific Outcome

India has no national coordination body or national Action plan in place to deal with modern-day slavery

• India accounted for one-third of all child brides in the world.

Steps Taken by India

Constitution provision

• Article 21 – deals with the Right to life and personal liberty

•Article 23 – of the constitution prohibits forced labour

China’s Presence water Ecuador water

Recently Ecuador has expressed an official discomfort  over the sighting of flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galopagos archipelago ( a part near Ecuador )

Reason: Chinese ships are frequent in Ecuador’s water during august month of the year as the cold Humboldt Current brings in nutrient that lead to high congregation of marine species   

 UK considering a coin to commemorate Gandhi

Britain is considering minting a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of people from the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

Gandhi advocated for non-violence throughout his life and played a key role in India’s struggle for independence.

His birthday, Oct. 2, is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.

2. Pakistan’s PM unveils new political map

Pakistan PM Imran Khan has unveiled a ‘new political map’ of Pakistan that includes Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (lIOJ&K) as part of the country’s territory for the first time.

Furthermore, the new map also shows Siachen as a part of Pakistan.

The Indian government has described it as political absurdity.

The map also includes parts of Western Gujarat.

3. DD Assam 24×7 channel launched

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched DD Assam 24×7 channel through video conferencing. It was necessary for the State to have a new channel.

All the North-Eastern states have state-specific Doordarshan channels which can be viewed anywhere in India.

Doordarshan Free Dish offers 104 channels free of cost for lifetime and people need to just get a set-top box.

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