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Important Days

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

UN confirmed 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honour and assist the victims and survivors of terrorism and to improve and preserve the full benefit of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

An online high-level event entitled “Not Forgotten: Stories of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism”, will be held with the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, for victims to speak about remembrance on their own terms, reminding the audience that it is not only about bereavement, but also about acknowledging the experience of survivors.

World Senior Citizen’s Day

The World Senior Citizen’s Day is celebrated on August 21 each year. The day is dedicated to increasing awareness about the issues that affect older adults.

The history of the World Senior Citizen’s Day dates back to 1988. Ronald Reagan, former president of the United States officially founded World Senior Citizen’s Day – a day dedicated to older adults and their issues.


National Headlines

Harsh Vardhan launches game on COVID-19 “The Corona Fighters”

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has started a game on COVID-19 named as “The Corona Fighters”. The game has been launched with a target to change the player’s actions in the real world, telling them to take the right cares and escape virus.

This game is a new and very creative way to show people the right tools as well as ways to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister also launched IEC’s two promotional videos promoting adherence to key COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviours.

Santosh Gangwar launches official Logo of “Labour Bureau”

Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment, Santosh Gangwar has launched the official Logo of “Labour Bureau”. It displays the three goals that the Labour Bureau aspires to achieve in producing quality data i.e. Accuracy, Validity and Reliability.

It also indicates that the Labour Bureau is a data-based organization which deals in data pertaining to workers and work. The logo of Labour Bureau also comprises of “Blue wheel”, a cogwheel that represents work. The blue colour indicates that the Labour Bureau deals with blue-collar workers.

It also includes a “tricoloured graph” that matches the colours of the National flag. It also has “wheat ears” which indicates the fruit of rural agricultural labour. 

MoTA partners MoRD to promote sustainable livelihood in Rural India

Ministry of Tribal Affairs has signed a joint communication with the Ministry of Rural Development to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities. Through joint communication, both ministries will together promote sustainable livelihood opportunities among tribal women Self Help Groups (SHGs) under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

Ministry of Rural Development will identify and map the tribal women SHG members including their individual livelihood assets while Ministry of Tribal Affairs will offer planning support to SRLM to finalize the State Annual Action Plan and include the same in its Livelihood Annual Action Plan.

The partnership between the two ministries will support the efforts of each other, such as the initiatives of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and objectives of DAY-NRLM deeply complement each other. 

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister for Rural Development: Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • Union Minister of Tribal Affairs: Arjun Munda.

Tribal Affairs Minister launches “Trifood Project” of TRIFED

The tertiary processing centres of “TRIFOOD Project” of TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been virtually launched by the Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda.

The TRIFOOD project has been launched in Raigad, Maharashtra and Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. This project is expected to help in encouraging the tribal entrepreneurship. “Trifood Project” is being implemented by TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with the Ministry of Food Processing (MoFPI).

TRIFOOD seeks to improve the income of tribals with the help of better utilization of Minor Forest Produce (MFPs) collected by the tribal forest gatherers. 

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of TRIFED: Ramesh Chand Meena.

India Post issued stamps on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

India Post has released a set of five commemorative postage stamps and a miniature sheet on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India on 15th August 2020 on the occasion of 74th Independence Day. This is the third part of the series.

The stamps depict following five cultural sites of India:

  • The Historic City of Ahmedabad,
  • Churches and Convents of Goa,
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal,
  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments,
  • Qutub Minar.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.

International Headlines

Luis Abinader becomes new President of Dominican Republic

Luis Rodolfo Abinader has been sworn in as the 54th President of the Dominican Republic. He succeeds Danilo Medina of Liberation Party. Abinader’s Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) won the elections with 53% vote, while Gonzalo Castillo who was the candidate of the ruling PLD got 37.7%.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Dominican Republic Capital: Santo Domingo.
  • Dominican Republic Currency: Dominican Peso.

Keith Rowley becomes PM of Trinidad and Tobago for 2nd consecutive term

Keith Rowley was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for a 2nd consecutive 5-year term. Rowley is from the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM).

As per the preliminary result, PNM won 22 of the 41 electoral seats, while the opposition United National Congress (UNC) led by former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar won 19 seats.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Capital: Port of Spain.
  • The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar.
  • The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago President: Paula-Mae Weekes.

Francisco Asue reappointed as PM of Equatorial Guinea

Francisco Pascual Eyegue Obama Asue was reappointed as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for 3rd consecutive term. On 14th August 2020, The Asue government tendered the resignation to President Teodoro Obiang, following the criticism of the president.

The government was dissolved to resolve the economic situation. Francisco Asue was first appointed as the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea on 23rd June 2016.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Republic of Equatorial Guinea President: Teodoro Obiang.
  • Republic of Equatorial Guinea Capital: Malabo.
  • Republic of Equatorial Guinea Currency: Central African CFA franc.

Banking and Business

Lakshmi Vilas Bank launches “LVB DigiGo” instant account opening facility

Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) has launched LVB DigiGo, a digital initiative to enable the opening of savings account instantly. LVB’s new initiative will help people to avail the most required banking services instantly through the website.

As a Lakshmi DigiGo customer, one can visit the nearest LVB Branch and convert his/her “Lakshmi DigiGo”, account to a fully-featured regular account of choice and avail cheque book, debit card and a host of other facilities.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Lakshmi Vilas Bank: Chennai.
  • Lakshmi Vilas Bank MD & CEO: S Sundar (Interim).

YES Bank launches unique facility ‘Loan against Securities’

‘Loan against Securities’ is a unique digital solution launched by the YES Bank under its loan in seconds platform. “Loan against Securities” will enable customers to avail loan facility against the securities that they hold.

The customers are required only to pledge the securities and not selling them. YES, Bank will open a current account in the name of the customer in order to conduct smooth transactions.

The securities eligible under the “Loan against Securities” facility are Shares, Equity & Debt Mutual Funds, Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), Fixed Maturity Plans (FMP), Insurance policies issued by LIC and select Private Insurance Companies, Non-Convertible Debentures (NCD), Tax-free Bonds (RBI, NABARAD, NHAI, PFC, IRFCL, HUDCO, IIFCL, NHB, REC, and IREDA).

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • MD & CEO of Yes Bank: Prashant Kumar.

Muthoot Finance, Kotak General Insurance tie up to offer COVID-19 cove

Muthoot Finance has tie-up with Kotak Mahindra General Insurance to offer COVID-19 insurance cover of up to Rs 1 lakh against the gold loan. The company will be providing complimentary COVID-19 insurance cover to their eligible customers through Muthoot Finance Ayush Gold Loan, an exclusive initiative of Muthoot Group. This specific cover will only be available for the customers opting to avail gold loan under the Super Loan scheme.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Muthoot Finance Head Office: Kochi, Kerala.
  • Muthoot Finance Chairman: M.G. George Muthoot.
  • Muthoot Finance Managing Director: George Alexander Muthoot.
  • Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Kotak Mahindra General Insurance MD and CEO: Mahesh Balasubramanian.

Summits and Conferences

5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament held virtually

5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (5WCSP) was held virtually. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Geneva, and the Parliament of Austria jointly organized the two day Conference with the support of the United Nations (UN).

The conference was held with the theme “Parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism” to deliver peace and sustainable development for the people and planet.

The conference was held with prime objective of strengthening multilateralism and international cooperation in order to rebuild a better world. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla participated in the inaugural ceremony of the conference.


Science and Technology

“Pavitrapati” & “Aushada tara” launched to fight against COVID-19

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, DIAT (DU) has launched two products namely “Pavitrapati” & “Aushada tara” to fight against COVID-19.

“Pavitrapati” is an Ayurvedic based Biodegradable Face Mask which will act as a virus neutraliser in order to provide resistance against the bacteria / virus. These masks will be made available on online platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart etc.

“Aushada tara” is an anti-microbial body suit which comprises of superhydrophobic, breathing, anti-microbial, comfort feeling properties. The has passed the splash resistant tests and has got good repellent property of any fluids.

MeitY launches “Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge”

“Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge- Innovate Solutions for #Aatmanirbhar Bharat” has been launched by the Union Minister of Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

It aims to invite innovators, startups and students to use two microprocessors namely “SHAKTI (32 bit) and VEGA (64 bit)” to develop various technology products.

SHAKTI & VEGA microprocessors have been developed by IIT Madras and Center for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC) respectively.

The Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge will provide momentum to the strong ecosystem of Start-up, innovation as well as research in India. The challenge has been made open to students at all levels and startups.


Agreements & MoUs

Atal Innovation Mission signs SoI with Business Sweden

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and Business Sweden on behalf of India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre have signed a virtual Statement of Intent (SoI) to expand the culture of innovation in the country.

The partnership aims to encourage the disruptive potential of Indian entrepreneurs and to give impetus to the vibrant start-up ecosystem across the country.

Through this partnership, various initiatives of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) like Atal Community Innovation Centers (ACIC), Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL), Atal New India Challenge (ANIC), Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), and Atal Research & Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE), will receive support with the help of programs, awareness campaigns, various activities and events which will improve the overall innovation grid of both the countries.

India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre is an association between AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur and Business Sweden. It seeks to create an ecosystem of open innovation in both countries.


Ranking

Swachh Survekshan Awards 2020 Announced

Swachh Survekshan 2020 awards have been announced and Indore became India’s cleanest city for the fourth year in a row. Read the complete details.

Click Here To See the Complete List of Winners!!


Sports News

INOX Group becomes sponsor of Indian team for Tokyo Olympics

The governing body for the Olympic Movement in India, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and INOX Group has signed a sponsorship agreement to support Team India for Tokyo Olympics, which was rescheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

The partnership agreement will further support team India’s promotions through the Group’s entertainment company, Inox Leisure Limited.

The Inox Group is a diversified Indian conglomerate with activities spanning manufacturing medical and industrial gases, cryogenic equipment, LNG storage and distribution equipment, besides owning multiplex chains.


Apps and Portal

Google launches ‘Kormo’ app in India to help people find jobs

Google has launched its employment application named ‘Kormo Jobs’ in India. It would help millions of Indians to get entry-level jobs. Kormo Jobs will help to provide entry-level jobs to thousands of people, to help those who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus and young professionals who are looking for jobs.

Google had first launched the employment application in Bangladesh in 2018 and further expanded it to Indonesia in 2019. In 2019, Google had also tested this app in India but under the brand ‘Spot’ on Google Pay app, which saw more than 2 million verified jobs posted on the platform, including from companies like Zomato and Dunzo.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of Google: Sundar Pichai; Headquarters: California, United States.

Obituary

Former Indian cricketer Gopalaswamy Kasturirangan passes away

Former Cricketer, Administrator and Pitch Curator, Gopalaswamy Iyenger Kasturirangan passed away.

He was born on 12th October 1930 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He began his career in the 1948-49 season representing Mysore in the Ranji Trophy and retired from first-class cricket after the 1962-63 season.

Gopalaswamy Kasturirangan was a fast bowler who played 36 first-class matches and Captained Mysore Ranji Team (now Karnataka).


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