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National Headlines

Tata Group to launch “Super App” for digital services

Tata Group is starting a new app titled “Super App” meant to bring together the country’s diverse sales sector to offer a range of consumer goods. The app will put the conglomerate in competition with giants of the region like Reliance Industries and global titans like Amazon.

The app will offer food and grocery ordering, fashion and lifestyle, consumer electronics and consumer durables, insurance and financial services, education, healthcare and bill payments.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Tata Group Chairman: Natarajan Chandrasekaran
  • Tata Group Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Appointments

DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy gets two-year extension

Famous Indian scientist, G Satheesh Reddy was granted a two-year addition as the chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). He was appointed to the post in August 2018 for two years.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of Reddy”s tenure as the DRDO chairman and as the Secretary of the Department of Defence Research & Development (DoDRD) for a period of two years beyond August 26.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • DRDO Established: 1958.

International

Earth observation satellite launched by China

China has successfully launched 5th Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-9 (05), from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite, sent into orbit by a Long March-2D carrier rocket, is an optical remote-sensing satellite with a resolution up to the sub-meter level.

This launch was the 343rd mission of the Long March rocket series and the 23rd for China in 2020. Gaofen-9 (05) is an optical remote sensing satellite developed by Aerospace Dongfanghong Satellite Co.Ltd, part of China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • China Capital: Beijing.
  • China Currency: Renminbi.
  • China President: Xi Jinping.

Defence News

IAF launches ‘MY IAF’ app to provide career-related information

The Chief of the Air Staff, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has launched a mobile application named ‘MY IAF’ to provide career-related information and details to the aspirants who wish to join the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The app launched as a part of the Digital India initiative has been developed in association with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

The app serves as a single digital platform where users can find the details of the selection procedure, training curriculum, pay and perks etc for both officers and airmen in the IAF.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Indian Airforce founded: 8 October 1932.
  • Indian Airforce Headquarters: New Delhi.

Agreement News

GoI and AIIB sign MoU for $500 million for Mumbai Urban Transport Project-III

The Government of India, the Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has signed a loan agreement for a $500 million Mumbai Urban Transport Project-III.

The aim of the project is to improve the network capacity, service quality and safety of the suburban railway system in Mumbai. With a population of 22.8 million (2011), Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is the most populous metropolitan region in India and is expected to reach 29.3 million by 2031 and 32.1 million by 2041.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Jin Liqun.
  • Headquarters of AIIB: Beijing, China.
  • AIIB established: 16 January 2016.

Sports News

Australia all-rounder Cameron White announces retirement

Australian all-rounder Cameron White has announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket. He represented Australia in 4 Test matches, 91 ODIs and 47 T20Is.

He also led the Australian limited-overs team in 7 international games. He amassed 146 runs in tests, 2072 runs in ODIs and 984 runs in T20Is. Cameron White has been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket. He scored 10,537 first-class runs from 177 games at an average of 39.91.

Bayern Munich wins UEFA Champions League 2019-20

German professional sports club, Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 title by defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0.

The final was played in Lisbon, Portugal. Bayern Munich has become the first European Cup winners who won all their matches during the tournament. This is the sixth European Champions League title for Bayern Munich.

German Golfer Sophia Popov wins Women’s British Open 2020

German Golfer Sophia Popov won the Women’s British Open 2020 title (rebranded as 2020 AIG Women’s Open) by defeating Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura by two strokes at Royal Troon in Scotland.

Sophia has now become the first female golfer from Germany to win the LPGA Tour’s major title.


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