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12th Aug 2020 Current Affairs Headlines

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National Headlines

GoI launched National Portal “SURAKHSYA” on Human-Elephant conflict

Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar has launched National Portal on Human-Elephant conflict called “SURAKHSYA”. The portal aims to collect real-time information and will also manage conflicts on a real-time basis.

The portal will help to set data collection protocols, data visualization tools and data transmission pipelines. The National Portal was launched during the celebration of international annual event World Elephant Day.

The World Elephant Day is celebrated every year on August 12 to create elephant conservation and share knowledge for better protection of wild captive elephants. The portal will help to set data collection protocols, data visualization tools and data transmission pipelines.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • IUCN Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland.
  • IUCN CEO: Grethel Aguilar.
  • IUCN Founder: Julian Huxley.
  • IUCN Founded: 5 October 1948.

NIP Online Dashboard launched by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman

The National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) Online Dashboard has been inaugurated by the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman.

The newly launched platform “NIP” will act as one stop solution for all stakeholders seeking for information on infrastructure projects in New India.

The platform is being considered a step towards the vision of an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. It will attract investors for PPP projects and also ensure easy accessibility to updated project information.

International Headlines

Walter Roger Martos Ruiz becomes new prime minister of Peru

The former defence minister and retired army general, Walter Roger Martos Ruiz becomes new Prime Minister of the country. His appointment was confirmed by President of Peru, Martin Vizcarra. Ruiz will succeed Pedro Álvaro Cateriano Bellido. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Government Palace in Lima.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Peru Capital: Lima.
  • Peru Currency: Peruvian Sol.

Russia becomes 1st country to launch COVID-19 Vaccine

Russian President, Vladimir Putin has announced that a COVID-19 vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use. Russian Ministry of Health has given regulatory approval for what it claims is the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute.

Russia is the first country to register a coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine has proven efficient during tests, offering enduring immunity from the coronavirus.

Many scientists within the country and abroad are sceptical, however, questioning the choice to register the vaccine before Phase 3 trials that normally last for months and involve thousands of individuals.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Russia: Vladimir Putin.
  • Capital of Russia: Moscow.

Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko wins sixth term

President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has won his sixth consecutive term with 80.23 per cent of the vote at the country’s presidential election. A former English teacher Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, who emerged as Lukashenko’s main rival at the elections gets 9.9 per cent of the vote.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Belarus: Minsk.
  • The currency of Belarus: Belarusian Rouble.

Mohamed Ould Bilal becomes new Prime Minister of Mauritania

Mohamed Ould Bilal has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Mauritania. The appointment was made by the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.

Mohamed Ould Bilal is a veteran public administrator and has served as the head of the country’s national water agency, a presidential aide and a cabinet minister.

Appointment of Mohamed Ould Bilal as the Prime Minister of Mauritania was made following the resignation of his predecessor Ismail Ould Cheikh Sidiya and his entire government.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Mauritania: Nouakchott.
  • The currency of Mauritania: Mauritanian ouguiya.

Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan PM for 4th time

Sri Lanka’s former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa took oath as the country’s Prime Minister for the fourth time, after his party secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections on 5 August 2020.

Mahinda Rajapaksa was administered the oath of office for the ninth Parliament by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a historic Buddhist temple, Rajamaha Viharaya in Kelaniya, a north Colombo suburb.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
  • Capital of Sri Lanka: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
  • The currency of Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan rupee.

Sports News

Max Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

The Red Bull racer, Max Verstappen has won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton finished the race at second position while another Mercedes racer Valtteri Bottas finished third. This was Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012.

India’s KN Ananthapadmanabhan promoted to ICC’s panel of umpires

Indian Umpire, KN Ananthapadmanabhan has been included in ICC’s international panel of umpires following compatriot Nitin Menon’s promotion to the elite panel.

Ananthapadmanabhan played 105 First-Class and 54 List A games for Kerala, taking 344 and 87 wickets respectively. He also scored three First-Class hundreds and eights half-centuries.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of ICC: Manu Sawhney.
  • Headquarters of ICC: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Chairman of ICC: Imran Khwaja (Interim).

Agreements & MoUs

A.P. governent signs MoU with US Based IT Firm “Boston Group”

The Boston Group has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up an IT company in Visakhapatnam. The new IT company stated to be installed in the state according to the MoU is expected to create 250+ jobs in the IT sector.

The employees of this centre would be deployed in the R&D on Learning platforms and leverage advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Cyber Security and Human Resources.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of The Boston Group: Subu Kota.
  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy; Governor: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

Defence News

GoI bans import of 101 Defence items to boost Atma Nirbhar Bharat

The Ministry of Defence has announced a list of over 100 items that would be banned for import beyond the time indicated against them.

The government has prepared a list 101 items on which there would be an embargo on import to give a push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (Self Reliant India Movement).

It is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 Lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of Defence: Raj Nath Singh.


Kamala, also known as James Harris passed away

One of the most iconic superstars of WWE, James Harris, popularly known as Kamala, passed away at the age of 70. Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound Harris battled the greatest Superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Andre the Giant. He terrorised opponents and thrilling audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE.

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