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01 August Current Affairs Headlines

Important Days

International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship is celebrated globally on 30th July. This day is observed to mark the value of friends and friendship in life. The day also promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in several cultures across the world.

World day against trafficking in persons

The world day against trafficking in persons is marked on July 30 every year to raise awareness about the menace of human trafficking and to protect the human rights of the victims.

It was the first time in 2013 when the United Nations General Assembly designated 30 July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. And the same year, the UN General Assembly held a high-level meeting to form a global plan of action to tackle Trafficking in persons.

The theme of this year’s World Day Against Trafficking focuses on first responders to human trafficking.“Committed To The Cause -Working On The Frontline To End Human Trafficking”.

National Headlines

Indian Railways installs automatic lighting systems at three railways stations in Madhya Pradesh

In a unique step towards energy conservation, the Indian Railways has recently installed automatic lighting systems at three railways stations in Madhya Pradesh. Officials informed that the Railways plan to scale up the project to cover more stations on its network.

Railways have installed these automatic lighting systems at JabalpurNarsinghpur and Bhopal railways stations of Madhya Pradesh, which fall under the West Central Railway zone.

Chief Public Relations Officer of West Central Railway Priyanka Dixit informed that the automatic lighting system at railways stations is controlling the lighting at these stations in tandem with the arrival and departure of trains.

As soon as trains will arrive at the railway station, the lights of the platform will light up automatically at 100 per cent capacity and as soon as the train leaves, 50 per cent lights on the stations will turn off. Due to this, more than 100 units of electricity are being saved daily at big stations like Bhopal and Jabalpur, which will lead to money-saving.

Useful Notes for all Competitive Exams:

  • Governor: Anandiben Patel,(Additional Charge)
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan (BJP)
  • Capital: Bhopal

Appointments Headlines

Hardik Satishchandra Shah becomes new Private Secretary to PM Modi

2010-batch IAS officer, Hardik Satishchandra Shah has been appointed the Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on co-terminus basis.

He is is currently serving as a Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Before moving to the PMO last year, he worked as the PS to Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar.

ICRA appoints N. Sivaraman as MD and Group CEO

The domestic rating agency, ICRA has appointed N Sivaraman as its new managing director and group chief executive officer for three years. He succeeds former MD and Group CEO Naresh Takkar.

The post has been left vacant for one year after the termination of Naresh Takar in August 2019.

Useful Notes for all Competitive Exams:

  • ICRA Headquarters: Gurgaon, Haryana.
  • ICRA Non-Executive Chairman and Director: Arun Duggal.

Sports Headlines

Harikrishna finishes 2nd at Biel Chess Festival

Indian Grandmaster, P Harikrishna has finished second in the rapid section of the 53rd Biel International Chess Festival in Switzerland. The World No. 26 scored 10 points, two less than Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland, who finished on top.

Earlier, the Indian GM had finished on top in the ACCENTUS Chess960 tournament, with 5.5 points.

Domestic allrounder Rajat Bhatia announces retirement

Veteran Indian domestic allrounder, Rajat Bhatia has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He started his career with Tamil Nadu in 1999-2000 but played most of his cricket for Delhi.

Bhatia has also been a regular in the IPL having played for Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants.

Ranks and Reports

Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur tops Niti’s aspirational districts ranking

Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh has topped the list of aspirational districts in Overall Delta Ranking by government think-tank Niti Aayog for the February-June 2020 period. Ri-Bhoi (Meghalaya) and Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) have been placed at the second and third positions.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.

Science and Technology

DIAT develops ‘Aashray’ to combat COVID-19

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed ‘Aashray’, a medical bed isolation system to combat COVID-19 by preventing or minimising the spread of the virus.

This medical bed isolation system developed by Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, (DIAT) is a low cost, reusable solution to maintain proper isolation of COVID-19 patients by creating a suction or negative pressure near exhale, further filtering and disinfecting the aerosol.

As per prototype manufacturer, the cost of the setup for a unit of 10 beds is Rs 1 lakh approximately and for home, the quarantine will be around Rs 15,000 for a single bed.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Vice-Chancellor of DIAT: CP Ramnarayanan.
  • Headquarters of DIAT: Pune, Maharashtra.

Iran Launches Underground Ballistic Missiles During Exercise

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles as part of an exercise involving a mock-up American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian commandos fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the replica in the footage aired from the exercise called “Great Prophet 14.” Anti-aircraft guns opened fire on a target drone near the port city of Bandar Abbas.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital– Tehran
  • Currency– Iranian Rial


West Bengal Congress president Somendranath Mitra passes away

West Bengal Congress Committee president Somendranath Mitra passed away. Somen Mitra as he was often referred to, took charge of West Bengal Congress in 2018. He played a crucial role in forging an electoral understanding of Left parties and Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Maidan coach Ashok Mustafi passes away

Veteran Maidan coach Ashok Mustafi, who also trained former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly during his formative years, passed away after a prolonged illness. He was the coach of famous Dukhiram Cricket Coaching Centre which came into being under the Aryan Club galleries.

Malayalam actor Anil Murali passes away

Malayalam actor Anil Murali, who made his mark through villain roles, passed away in Kochi. He was 51. Some of his other movies include Ivar, Lion, Babakalyani, Nasrani, PuthiyaMukham, Pokkiri Raja, City of God, Amen, IyobintePushthakam, Joseph to name a few. His Tamil films include Nimirndhu Nil and ThaniOruvan.

Padma Shri awardee Sonam Tshering Lepcha dies at 92

Folk musician and Padma Shri awardee Sonam Tshering Lepcha passed away at Kalimpong due to old age ailments, his family sources stated. He was 92. He passed away due to age-old ailments in Kalimpong. He suffered a cardiac arrest.

He started his career as a soldier. He travelled to various parts of Sikkim and complied a wide range of Indian folk and traditional Lepcha songs and played folk music on All India Radio in 1960. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of folk music.

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