Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (08th to 14th August 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 2nd August 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

Quit India Movement Day

  • All India Congress Committee session in Bombay on 8 August, 1942, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi launched the ‘Quit India Movement’. It is also known as August Movement or August Kranti.

 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

  • The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
  • Theme: COVID-19 and indigenous people resilience.

Nagasaki Day

  • Nagasaki day is on August 9, which is observed as the day to remember the people and innocent children who were killed by the atomic bombs dropped by the United States in 1945.

World Bio-Fuel Day

  • Every year 10th August is observed as World Bio-Fuel Day in a bid to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (Green Fuels).
  • The theme for 2020 World Biofuel Day is ‘Biofuels Towards Atmanirbhar Bharat’

 World Lion Day

  • World Lion Day is observed across the world on August 10 every year.
  • The main purpose of the day is to raise awareness about lions and educate people about issues concerning their protection and conservation.

National Sons and Daughters Day

  • National Son’s and Daughter’s Day is celebrated on 11 August every year.

International Youth Day

  • International Youth Day was designated by the United Nations (UN) in the year 1999, in an attempt to raise awareness regarding the cultural and legal issue concerning youth. The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action”

 World Elephant Day

  • World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants.

International Lefthanders Days

  • International Left Handers Day is an international day observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers.

World Organ Donation Day

  • Organ Donation Day is observed every year on 13th of August.

Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)

  • Youm-e-Azadi or Pakistan Independence Day is observed annually on 14 August.
  • On this day Pakistan achieved Independence and was declared a sovereign nation following the end of British rule in

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

Ministry of Jal Shakti launches new version of 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. The web portal indiawris.gov.in

PM Modi launches week long campaign ‘Gandagi, Bharat Chorho’

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a week long cleanliness campaign ‘Gandagi, Bharat Chorho’ till August 15.

PM Modi Launches Rs 1 Lakh Crore Finance Facility For Agri-Infrastructure

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a debt financing facility under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund with a budget of Rs 1 lakh crore.

Indian Railways committed to integrate with GeM portal

  • Indian Railways is committed to integrate with the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal to move all its procurement to the platform.

Panel set up to fix ceiling rates under duty reimbursement scheme for exporters

  • The government has constituted a three-member committee for determination of ceiling rates under a scheme for reimbursement of taxes and duties to exporters.
  • According to an order of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the committee would be chaired by Secretary (retd) G K Pillai. The other two members are Y G Parande (retd CBIC member) and Gautam Ray (retd chief commissioner of custom and central excise).

India will be self-sufficient in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients production in next 2 years

  • Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has stated that in the next couple of years, India will be self-sufficient in the production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Key Starting materials to reduce import dependency and attain drug security.

Indian Traders Launch ‘China Quit India’ Campaign To Boycott Chinese Goods

  • The Confederation of all India Traders launched the ‘China Quit India’ campaign to boycott Chinese goods, while its members held protests across 600 places across the country.
  • This is a new dimension to its nationwide campaign “Bhartiya Saamaan-Hamara Abhimaan”.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh to launch Atmanirbhar Bharat Saptah

  • Defence minister Rajnath Singh will launch the Atmanirbhar Bharat Saptah. The move is aimed at promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a self-reliant India with increased local manufacturing.

PM Modi inaugurates submarine Optical Fibre Cable connecting Chennai, Port Blair

  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 2300 kilometre submarine optical fibre cable network between Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Mr Modi stated this project is Union government’s commitment for Ease of living.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar launches portal on Human Elephant Conflict on World Elephant Day

  • The Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar released document on Best Practices and launched a portal on Human Elephant Conflict on the eve of World Elephant Day, 2020.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates NIP Online Dashboard

  • Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the National Infrastructure Pipeline, NIP, Online Dashboard in New Delhi.
  • The dashboard is being hosted on the India Investment Grid, IIG indiainvestmentgrid.gov.in.

Govt aims to develop 10 Craft and Handloom Villages in India: Smriti Irani

  • Union Minister Smriti Irani stated the government is aiming to develop ten Craft and Handloom Villages in the country so that tourists from across the globe can visit them and learn the rich legacy of Indian weavers and lend support to the Make in India initiative. Almost 95% of the handwoven fabrics used globally are produced in India.

Narendra Singh Tomar launches ICAR’s data recovery centre ‘Krishi Megh’

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched ICAR’s data recovery centre – Krishi Megh. The move is aimed at protecting  the precious data of the government’s premier research body Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
  • It has been set up at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) in Hyderabad.

Education Minister launches Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2020

  • Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually launched the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2020 in New Delhi.

Tribal Affairs Ministry develops nine ‘Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museums

  • Tribal Affairs Ministry is developing “Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museums dedicated to the contributions of the tribal people in India to the freedom struggle.
  • Out of nine sanctioned museums, two museums are near completion and remaining seven are at different stages of progress. The Ministry stated that by the end of 2022 all the museums will come into existence.

Jal Shakti Minister launches Swachh Bharat Mission Academy as part of campaign Gandagi Mukt Bharat

  • Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched Swachh Bharat Mission, SBM Academy in New Delhi, as part of the ongoing week-long behaviour change campaign Gandagi Mukt Bharat.

Centre Forms Committee For Procurement, Administration Of COVID-19 Vaccine

  • The committee titled National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration has been formed under the chairmanship of Dr VK Paul, who is member (health) at the NITI Aayog ,to consider the logistics, ethical aspects of procurement, and administration of COVID-19 vaccine.

 PM Modi launches ‘Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest’ platform

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest’ He stated it will strengthen the efforts of reforming and simplifying India’s tax system

MoRTH allows sale and registration of electric vehicles without batteries

  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries

India’s Katra-Delhi Express Road to be completed by 2023

  • The work has started on the first-of-its-kind Katra-Delhi express road corridor, which will be ready by 2023 and when it becomes functional, the travel time from Katra to Delhi will get reduced to around six and half hours, and from Jammu to Delhi to just about six hours. It was announced by Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Rajnath Singh launches Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) through an online webinar. The NIIO puts in place dedicated structures for the end users to interact with academia and industry towards fostering innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence.

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Ministry of Jal Shakti

  • Minister of Jal Shakti: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
  • Constituency: Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Indian Railways

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman: V K Yadhav
  • Minister: Piyush Goyal

MoCF

  • Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers: D. V. Sadananda Gowda
  • Constituency: Karnataka

CAIT

  • Head Quarters: New Delhi
  • Secretary General: Praveen Khandelwal

Ministry Of Defence:               

  • Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence
  • Constituency: Lucknow
  • Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Defence

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:      

  • Prakash Javadekar, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency:Madhya Pradesh
  • Babul Supriyo, Minister of State

Ministry of Textiles:

  • Minister of Textiles and Minister of Women and Child development: Smriti Irani
  • Constituency: Amethi

Ministry of Education:           

  • Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Haridwar
  • Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State

Ministry Of Tribal Affairs:  

  • Arjun Munda, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Khunti
  • Renuka Singh Saruta, Minister of State

NITI Aayog

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Amitabh Kant
  • Headquarter– New Delhi

MoRTH:

  • Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Minister of Shipping and MSME: Nitin Jairam Gadkari
  • Constituency: Nagpur, Maharashtra

MoDoNER

  • Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office: Jitendra Singh
  • Constituency: J&K

Ministry of defence:

  • Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence
  • Constituency: Lucknow
  • Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Defence

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

UNESCO recognises two Odisha villages as Tsunami Ready

  • In a first two coastal villages of Odisha have been recognised as being “Tsunami Ready” by UNESCO for their overall preparedness to face the calamity.
  • Odisha became the first state in the country to have such villages and the country the first in the Indian Ocean region to achieve the honour from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

Bangladesh to construct memorial for Indian soldiers martyred in 1971 liberation war

  • Bangladesh will construct a memorial for the Indian soldiers martyred during the country’s liberation war in 1971. The memorial will be constructed coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh, stated the Minister of Liberation War Affairs of Bangladesh AKM Muzammel Haq.

India, Maldives ink contract for development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll of island nation

  • India and Maldives signed a contract for development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll of the island nation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announces world’s first COVID-19 vaccine

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the country’s first coronavirus vaccine, touted as the first in the world too. News agency Reuters reported that Putin’s daughter received a shot of the vaccine. Earlier, it was reported that the country would register its vaccine candidate

EU to give 1.65 million euro to flood hit people in South Asia

  • The European Union stated it is providing 65 million euro in humanitarian aid in response to severe flooding that has affected South Asia-most notably Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Bangladesh to get largest ever dollar 3.1 billion loan package from Japan

  • Japan has signed its largest ever loan package worth dollar 1 billion for Bangladesh. The embassy of Japan stated that the loan under its Official Development Assistance (ODA) will be given for seven projects of Bangladesh under concessional terms.

India extends USD 1 million assistance to Antigua, Barbuda to combat COVID-19

  • India has extended an assistance of USD 1 million to Antigua and Barbuda to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. This assistance is aimed at improving health infrastructure and capacities in Antigua and Barbuda.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Commits USD 25mn To Expand Unified Champion Schools To 6 Countries Including India

  • Special Olympics Bharat announced that Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has committed USD 25 million to expand Unified Champion Schools (UCS) to six countries — India, Argentina, Egypt, Pakistan, Romania and Rwanda.

India Announces $500-Million Package For Connectivity Project, Creation Of Air Travel Bubble With Maldives

  • India announced a USD 500 million-package to the Maldives for the largest connectivity project in the island nation to connect Male with three neighbouring islands.

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IOC-UNESCO

  • The Indian Ocean Tsunami Ready Programme of IOC-UNESCO is a community performance-based programme that facilitates tsunami preparedness as an active collaboration of the community, community leaders, and national and local emergency management agencies

Odisha

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Bangladesh:

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka

Maldives :

  • Capital: Malé
  • Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa

Russia:

  • President: Vladimir Putin
  • Capital: Moscow
  • Currency: Russian Rouble

European union:

  • Capital: Brussels
  • President of the Commission: Ursula von der Leyen

Japan:

  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen

Antigua and Barbuda:

  • Prime Minister– Gaston Browne
  • Capital– Saint John’s
  • Currency– East Caribbean dollar

UAE:

  • President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

EXIM Bank extends USD 250 mn line of credit to Mozambique

  • Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) has extended a USD 250-million (about Rs 1,870 crore) line of credit (LOC) to Mozambique for improving power supply quality in the country.
  • EXIM Bank till date has extended 14 LOCs to Mozambique, taking their total value to USD 772.44 million.

Equitas SFB appointed as official retail banking partner for Chennai Super Kings

  • Equitas Small Finance Bank announced that it has been appointed as the official retail banking partner for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL team with effect from August 1, 2020.

CDSL gets nod for e-KYC authentication

  • Central Depository Services (India) Ltd, has received approval for local Authentication User Agency (AUA)/e-KYC User Agency (KUA) from UIDAI.

Mahindra Manulife Mutual Fund launches Arbitrage Yojana

  • Mahindra Manulife Mutual Fund has launched –Mahindra Manulife Arbitrage Yojana, an open ended scheme for investment in arbitrage opportunities available in equity, derivatives and debt markets.

Razorpay launches payment gateway ‘Button’ to digitise freelancers, NGOs

  • Payment gateway startup Razorpay has introduced a feature that allows micro-entrepreneurs and freelancers to instantaneously accept digital payments online, a move attempted to corner the market of the rapidly digitising small businesses amid the ongoing pandemic.

RBI announces ‘positive pay’ feature to enhance safety of cheque payments 

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to introduce a mechanism of ‘Positive Pay’ for all cheques of value Rs 50,000 and above.

Federal Bank chooses Fiserv to support launch of first independent credit card

  • Private sector lender Federal Bank has chosen global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions Fiserv to enable digitisation of the bank’s end-to‑end card issuance and processing cycle, and support the launch of its credit card.

RBI to implement system-based asset classification in urban co-operative banks

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to implement system-based asset classification in urban co-operative banks (UCBs), prescribing a timeline based on their asset size.

HDFC Bank launches Shaurya KGC Card for armed forces

  • Private sector HDFC Bank launched a ‘Shaurya KGC Card’ for the armed forces.
  • The Shaurya KGC Card will provide armed forces personnel with finance for agricultural requirements like production of crop, post-harvest maintenance and consumption needs.

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EXIM Bank

  • CEO: David Rasquinha
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 January 1982

Mozambique

  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Mozambican metical
  • President: Filipe Nyusi

Equitas Small Finance Bank

  • MD and CEO: Vasudevan P N
  • Headquarters: Chennai

Central Depository Services:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Nehal Vora : Managing Director & CEO

Razorpay

  • CEO: Harshil Mathur
  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru

RBI

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das

Federal Bank:

  • Headquarters: Aluva
  • CEO: Shyam Srinivasan
  • Tagline :Your Perfect Banking Partner

HDFC:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Non-Exe Chairperson: Shyamala Gopinath
  • CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

IFC to invest $10 mn in Endiya Partners Fund II for product start-ups

  • Endiya Partners Fund II, a city-based venture capital fund has received a commitment of Rs 75 crore ($10M approx.) from the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, the company stated.

Paytm launches first pocket Android POS device for contactless payments in India

  • Paytm has launched the first pocket Android POS device for contactless ordering and payments in India, a move that will make this technology more affordable for SMEs. The company has introduced ‘Paytm All-in-One Portable Android Smart POS’ at an introductory price of Rs 499 per month rental.

Reliance Foundation to partner W-GDP, USTATED to bridge gender digital divide

  • Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, stated it has forged a new partnership with US Agency for International Development and W-GDP to bridge the gender digital divide in India.

Dell, NITI Aayog launch 2nd student entrepreneurship programme

  • Dell Technologies in association with NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) announced the second Student Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP 2.0) that would mentor eight teams to foray into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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International Financial Corporation (IFC),

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Executive Vice President & CEO: Philippe Le Houérou

Paytm:

  • CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Headquarters: Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Reliance Foundation:

  • Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Mukesh Ambani, Nita Ambani :chairperson

Dell Technologies:

  • Headquarters: Texas, U.S.
  • Chairman & CEO: Michael Dell

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

BHEL begins civil works at 660-MW Sagardighi power plant in West Bengal

  • State-owned engineering firm BHEL has commenced civil works at 660-MW Sagardighi supercritical thermal power project in West Bengal.

Delhi government launches electric vehicle policy, announces incentives of up to Rs.1.5 lakh

  • The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi launched the Electric Vehicle Policy for the national capital under which the AAP government will waive registration fee, road tax, and provide an incentive of up to1.5 lakh for new cars. This policy also aims to constitute 25% electric vehicles by 2024.

Punjab Cricket Association’s new international stadium to be named after Patiala’s last ruler 

  • The Punjab Cricket Association has decided to name its new stadium in Mullanpur after the last ruler of erstwhile Patiala state, late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, who played a Test match for India in 1934.

Meghalaya Cabinet approves 50 percent reservation for women in Village Employment Councils

  • The Meghalaya cabinet has approved the “Policy on Reservation of seats for Women in Village Employment Councils (VECs)”.

Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi dedicate Railway Museum at Hubballi in Karnataka through video conferencing

  • Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi dedicated a Railway Museum at Hubballi in Karnataka through video conferencing. The event was presided over by Minister of State of Railways Suresh Angadi and was attended by other dignitaries and senior officials.

Assam council of ministers approves “Assam Non-Government Education Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Rules 2020”

  • In Assam,  the council of ministers approved the Assam Non-Government Education Institutions (Regulation of Fees) Rules 2020. This would regulate the fees structure of the private educational institutes.The council of ministers meeting also approved the Assam Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) scheme 2020.

Khadi’s first silk training-cum-production centre to come up in Arunachal

  • The far-flung tribal village of Chullyu in Arunachal Pradesh will soon be bustling with spinning and weaving activities with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) set to open the first-of-its kind training-cum-production centre of silk in the state.

Chhattisgarh CM Launches Indira Van Mitan Yojana

  • Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced the launch of Indira Van Mitan Yojana on the occasion of World Tribal Day.

Chhattisgarh’s Jagdalpur Becomes Country’s First Municipal Corporation To Provide Forestland Right Certificates To People Of Urban Area

  • Chhattisgarh’s Jagdalpur has become the first municipal corporation in the country where people of an urban area have been provided forest land right certificates.

Khattar launches anti-bullying campaign of Faridabad police

  • Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the anti-bullying campaign of Faridabad police by unveiling its Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages to flag the problem of bullying at home, in neighbourhood, schools, colleges and workplace. The district police aims to implement targeted programmes to counter the menace of bullying.

Mumbai’s Dadar becomes the first city to have female icons on traffic signals

  • Mumbai has become the first city in India to have women symbols on traffic signals and signage.
  • Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed traffic signals that display female icons sporting triangular frock, a shift from the default representation of men.

Gujarat Launches New Scheme To Compensate Farmers For Crop Loss

  • The Gujarat government launched a new scheme under which farmers facing crop losses due to drought, excess rain or unseasonal rain will get compensation without collection of any premium from them.
  • The new scheme – Mukhya Mantri Kisan Sahay Yojanawill replace the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for this year only.

‘Mukti Caravan’, an anti-child trafficking drive launched in Bihar by Kailash Satyarthi’s Foundation

  • Kailash Satyarthi Foundation launched a campaign against child trafficking in Bihar over a webinar hosted by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF).
  • The KSCF, founded by Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi has been working towards ensuring a child-friendly world has been running a campaign called ‘Mukti Caravan’ in various parts of the country for many years.

AP CM YS Jagan Launches YSR Cheyutha For Women

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched YSR Cheyutha scheme from his camp office in Tadepalli. Through this scheme, the government will offer financial assistance to all the SC, ST, BC, Minorities women who are aged between 45-60.

HP govt launches Nutritional Immunity Boosting ‘Him Haldi Dudh’

  • Himachal Pradesh state government launched Nutritional Immunity Boosting ‘Him Haldi Dudh(Turmeric Latte)’ manufactured by MILKFED

Assam to launch mega scheme for women’s financial empowerment

  • The Assam government would provide Rs 830 per month each to 17 lakh poor families under the ambitious “Orunodoi” scheme, Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced.

Telangana launches Artificial Intelligence to help in farming

  • Telangana government launched it’s Artificial Intelligence for Agricultural Innovation (AI4AI) programme.
  • The programme will be held in collaboration with the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), World Economic Forum, India.

West Bengal government launches scheme to provide soft loans, subsidies to youth

  • On the occasion of International Youth Day, the West Bengal government launched ‘Karma Sathi Prakalpa’ scheme under which one lakh unemployed youth would be provided soft loans and subsidies to make them self-reliant.

Punjab govt distributes free smartphones to class 12 students

  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched a state-wide Rs 92 crore `Punjab Smart Connect Scheme’ that aims at providing more than 1.74 lakh class XII students with smartphones by November 2020.

Gujarat: Two over bridges of Ahmedabad named after late Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj

  • In Gujarat, two over bridges of Ahmedabad city have been named after late Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. The Railway over bridge in Ranip area of the city will be known as Atmanirbhar Gujarat Railway Flyover.

Goa Government Signs Pact For German Vocational Training In IITs

  • The Goa government has signed a tri-partite agreement to carry out world-class German dual vocational education and training in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of the state.

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Himachal Pradesh:

  • Capital: Shimla, Dharamshala
  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur

West Bengal

  • Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Capital: Kolkata
  • CM: Mamta Banerjee

New Delhi

  • CM: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Governor: Shri Anil Baijal

Punjab

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief minister: Amarinder Singh
  • Governor: V. P. Singh Badnore

Meghalaya

  • Capital: Shillong
  • Chief minister: Conrad Sangma
  • Governor: Tathagata Roy

Karnataka:

  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala

Assam:

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • Chief Minister:  Sarbananda Sonowal

KVIC:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson :Vinai Kumar Saxena

Arunachal Pradesh:

  • Capital: Itanagar
  • Governor: D. Mishra
  • Chief Minister:Pema Khandu

Chhattisgarh

  • Capital : Raipur
  • Chief minister: Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor: Anusuiya Uikey

Haryana:

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
  • Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya

Maharashtra

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • CM: Uddhav Thackeray

Gujarat

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Chief minister: Vijay Rupani
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat

AP

  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Capital(s): Visakhapatnam (executive), Amaravati (legislative), Kurnool (judicial)

Telangana

  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao

Goa

  • Capital: Panaji
  • Chief minister: Pramod Sawant
  • Governor: Satya Pal Malik

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

IndusInd Bank acquires 7.82% stake in Eveready by invoking pledged shares

  • Private sector IndusInd Bank has acquired 7.82 per cent stake in battery maker Eveready Industries by invoking pledged shares following loan default.

CCI approves proposed deal pertaining to JV formation between Honda Motor, Hitachi

  • CCI has approved a combination proposal filed jointly by Keihin Corporation, Nissin Kogyo Co. Ltd., Showa Corporation and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd to form a joint venture between Honda Motor Co Ltd (HAMCL) and Hitachi Ltd.

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IndusInd Bank

  • CEO: Sumant Kathpalia
  • Headquarters: Pune

CCI

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Ashok Kumar Gupta

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

Flipkart signs MoU with UP government’s one District, One Product scheme

  • E-commerce marketplace Flipkart has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the One District, One Product (ODOP) scheme of the Uttar Pradesh government to bring artisans, weavers and craftsmen into mainstream business.

NHAI inks pact with IIT-Delhi to set up centre of excellence for use of AI in decision making

  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a pact with IIT-Delhi to set up a centre of excellence for the use of artificial intelligence in decision making, the government stated.

CSIR, FSSAI sign MoU for collaborative research on food and nutrition

  • An agreement was signed between CSIR and FSSAI for collaborative research and information dissemination in the area of food and nutrition, the Health Ministry stated.

Andhra Govt Signs MoU With US Based IT Firm To Setup Centre At Visakhapatnam

  • The Andhra government signed an MoU with The Boston Group to set up a facility devoted to research and development (R&D) in the Information Technology sector with focus on learning platforms and leveraging advanced technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and cybersecurity.

Bihar Pollution Control Board signs MoA with IIT, Delhi for air quality management

  • The Bihar State Pollution Control Board has signed a ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ (MoA) with IIT, Delhi for setting up of geographical information system (GIS) based platform for air quality management in the state.

Rajasthan government, SIDBI to ink MoU for cluster-based development of MSMEs

  • The Rajasthan government and the Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI) will soon ink an agreement to create newer avenues and growth opportunities for MSME units in the State.

PFC signs MoA for construction of Modular Operation Theatres in Siddharthnagar

  • Government-owned Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC), India’s leading NBFC, signed an MoA with District Administration of Siddharthnagar in Uttar Pradesh for construction of two Modular Operation Theatre Rooms in the District Hospital, Siddharthnagar

BSE signs MoU with Akola-based bullion associations

  • The Bombay Stock Exchange has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Akola, Maharashtra-based bullion trade and industry associations, Akola Sarafa Association and Akola Sarafa Va Suvarnakar Yuva Sangh.

Delhi MoU signed with IIT-B for smog tower at CP

  • The Delhi government has signed an MoU with IIT-Bombay and Tata Projects Limited to construct a smog tower in Connaught Place.
  • The smog tower is a 20-metre-high structure fitted with several air purifiers to clean the air.

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UP

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

NHAI:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman: Sukhbir Singh Sandhu

FSSAI:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Rita Teaotia

CSIR:

  • Director General: Shekhar C. Mande
  • Head Quarters: New Delhi

The Boston Group:

  • CEO: Rich Lesser
  • Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Bihar:

  • Capital: Patna
  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar

Rajasthan:

  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Chief minister: Ashok Gehlot

SIDBI:

  • Headquarters location: Lucknow
  • Founded: 2 April 1990
  • Chairman and Managing Director: Mohammad Mustafa,

PFC:

  • HQ– New Delhi, India
  • Chairman & Managing Director– Shri Ravinder Singh Dhillon

BSE:

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Chairman: Vikramajit Sen
  • MD & CEO: Ashishkumar Chauhan

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPS AND PORTALS

SAI launches Khelo India Mobile App online training program for principals, PE Teachers

  • The Sports Authority of India, in association with Education Boards CISCE and CBSE, will host an online program for training of Physical Education (PE) Teachers from CISCE Schools on “Khelo India Fitness Assessment of School Going Children”.

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani launches app for weavers on National Handloom Day

  • On the occasion of the 6th National Handloom Day, the Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, announced the launch of a handloom portal.

 DC Rajouri launches ‘Awaz-e Rajouri’ mobile app

  • Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Mohammmad Nazir Sheikh launched a mobile app Awaz-e Rajouri in presence of the district Officers and media persons.
  • The app has been developed by a team of National Informatics Centre Rajouri.

Delhi Airport Develops Air Suvidha Online Portal For International Passengers

  • The Delhi airport has developed an online portal Air Suvidha that will allow international passengers to fill a mandatory self-declaration form.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS

Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP registers victory in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary polls

  • In Sri Lanka, the party led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and its allies have secured two-thirds seats at the general elections.

JCB India appoints Deepak Shetty as its new deputy CEO and MD

  • JCB India now has a new deputy CEO and MD in Deepak Shetty. Deepak is not new to the company and has held various managerial roles in JCB for the last 10 years.

MHA Sends Senior And Mid-Level IPS Officers To Paramilitary Forces, Some Elevated

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs in a series of orders sent several IPS officers to paramilitary forces and other organisations on deputation.
  • CBI Joint Director Amrit Mohan Prasad has been appointed as Additional Director General (ADG) in ITBP; Arvind Deep a UT cadre officer has been appointed as ADG in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) from Delhi Police. PS Ranpise, IPS of Odisha cadre, has been sent on deputation to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Walter Martos sworn in as new Prime Minister of Peru

  • Walter Roger Martos Ruiz was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Peru to replace Pedro Cateriano.
  • Led by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, the act sees the presence of members of the outgoing Cabinet.

PESB Selects Soma Mondal As Next Chairman Of SAIL

  • Soma Mondal has been selected by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) as the next chairman of Steel Authority of India

eBikeGO ropes in cricketer Harbhajan Singh as its brand ambassador

  • AI and IoT powered electric mobility start-up eBikeGO has roped in Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh as its brand ambassador.

Lebanon PM and entire government resigns after Beirut explosion

  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the country’s entire government have resigned after the deadly Beirut blast that killed at least 160 people.

Belarusan President Lukashenko wins sixth term

  • Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko has won his sixth consecutive term.
  • He had won the election with 80 percent of the vote.

Senior IRS Officer Patanjali Jha assumes charge as Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai

  • Senior Indian Revenue Service Officer Patanjali Jha has assumed charge as the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai. He has worked in Mumbai in an earlier stint from May 1997 to April 2007.

Indian umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan included in ICC’s panel

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

Former RBI deputy governor S S Mundra appointed as non-executive chairman of Indiabulls Housing

  • Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd stated that former deputy RBI governor Subhash Sheoratan Mundra has been appointed as non-executive chairman of the company with immediate effect.

Isher Judge Ahluwalia resigns as ICRIER chairperson after 15-year stint

  • Isher Judge Ahluwalia has stepped down as chairperson of think tank Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) due to health reasons. She had been in this position for 15 years.

BharatPe appoints Suhail Sameer as Group President

  • BharatPe has appointed Suhail Sameer as Group President. Sameer along with CEO & Co-Founder Ashneer Grover will have the overall responsibility for building the organization, merchant network, business, and revenue.

Diplomat Vikram Kumar Doraiswami appointed India’s next envoy to Bangladesh

  • Indian Foreign Service officer Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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Sri Lanka

  • Prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa
  • Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

JCB:

  • Headquarters: Rocester, England
  • Chairman :Anthony Bamford

Ministry of Home Affairs:

  • Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs
  • Constituency: Gujarat
  • Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs
  • Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Home Affairs

Peru:

  • Currency: Sol
  • Capital : lima

SAIL

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Anil Kumar Chaudhary

Lebanon

  • President: Michel Aoun
  • Capital: Beirut
  • Currency: Lebanese pound

Belarus

  • President: Alexander Lukashenko
  • Capital: Minsk
  • Currency: Belarusian Rouble

Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd

  • Headquarters: Gurugram

Bharatpe:

  • HQ: New Delhi
  • Ashneer Grover – CEO & Co – Founder – BharatPe

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONORS

Pune Institute Wins Smart India Hackathon 2020

  • Pune-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has won the first prize in the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2020, a national-level digital product building competition.
  • DIAT’s team of six members provided a solution titled “DRISHTI” to recognise face, expression and gesture using artificial intelligence (AI).

Chingari wins AtmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’s social category

  • Indian Short video platform Chingari, news app Logically-Check Fake News and Verify Facts and 22 more apps emerged as winners of the government’s Aatma Nirbhar App Innovation challenge.

Jamia students’ crop prediction software wins Rs 1 lakh at Smart India Hackathon 2020

  • A team of six students from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) under the name ‘Monks’ won Software Edition in problem statement NS275.

Nitin Sethi bags ACJ investigative Journalism award

  • Nitin Sethi of The Huffington Post India and Shiv Sahay Singh of The Hindu bagged the prestigious Asian College of Journalism’s Award for Investigative Journalism and the K. P. Narayana Kumar Memorial Award for Social Impact Journalism, respectively.

Rockefeller Foundation picks Naandi Foundation for Food Vision 2050 prize of $200,000

  • US-based Rockefeller Foundation has selected Naandi Foundation, a Hyderabad based non-profit organisation, as one of the top 10 ‘Visionaries’ in the world for the Food Vision 2050 Prize. The award, which was announced in New York, carries a cash prize of $200,000.

MS Swaminathan award for environment protection conferred upon RS Paroda

  • The Rotary Club of Madras East has conferred the MS Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection 2019 upon RS Paroda the Founder Chairman of the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS), New Delhi for his enormous contributions in the field of plant breeding and genetic resource management and his leadership in establishing over 20 institutions in the field of crops, horticulture, livestock, natural resource management, fisheries, agricultural engineering and social science sectors.

Indian Achievers Award 2020 for Healthcare Excellence – Akshat Malik

  • ClickOnCare Founder & CEO, Akshat Malik bags another colossal achievement by winning the Indian Achievers Award 2020 for Healthcare Excellence in recognition of outstanding and professional achievements and inspiring social contributions in the society.

Medal For Excellence in Investigation 2020: List of 121 Police Personnel Receiving Award This Year

  • Union Home Minister’s Medals for Excellence in Investigation for 2020 have been awarded to 121 Police personnel, including 21 women police officers.

Sudha Murthy, ITC’s Sivakumar bag Gramodaya awards

  • Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation and Sivakumar Surampudi, Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses of ITC Ltd, are among the winners of the Gramodaya Bandhu Mitra Puraskaras.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Juventus’ MVP of the Year award for record 37 goals in single season

  • Cristiano Ronaldo was named as Juventus’ ‘Most Valuable Player of the Year’ for the championship that lasted for almost 11 months.

Odisha award to three women for organ donation

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated the families of three women whose organs were donated after being declared brain dead. The women, who were given the honour posthumously, were P Priyankarani Patra of Digapahandi in Ganjam district, Suchitra Das of Bhubaneswar and Rajalakshmi Das of Delang in Puri district.

‘Khaje’, ‘Harmal Chilli’ and ‘Moira banana’ get GI tag

  • Goa’s traditional festive sweet dish ‘Khaje’, spicy Harmal Chilli and Myndoli Banana (Moira Banana) has obtained Geographical Indication (GI) tag in last three months, thus giving the local producers exclusive brand protection rights.

Vertex Global Services CEO, Gagan Arora, wins “CEO of the Year” Award, by ‘Indian Achievers’ 2020

  • Gagan Arora, CEO & Strategic Growth Leader of Vertex Global Services, was recently named as “CEO of the Year – 2020″ by IAF India.

Govt announces Police Medals, J&K tops gallantry list

  • Jammu and Kashmir Police has topped the list of Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) with total 81 medals, followed by 51 medals that have gone to the CRPF this Independence Day.

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Indian Achievers’ Forum:

  • Sunil Shastri: Chief Patron & President,
  • Head office: New Delhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

Mukesh Ambani Now World’s 4th Richest Person: Report

  • Reliance Industries’ chairman, Mukesh Ambani, is now the fourth richest person in the world, according to news agency Bloomberg. With a total net worth of $80.6 billion, Mukesh Ambani was ranked fourth in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
  • Mr Ambani was behind Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (whose net worth was at $187 billion), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates ($121 billion) and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg ($102 billion), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which is a daily ranking of the world’s richest people.

Karnataka tops list of states seeking skilled workforce to resume industrial activities

  • Karnataka has topped the list of states seeking skilled workforce to resume industrial activities followed by Maharashtra, Delhi, Telangana and Haryana as India unlocks in varying degrees since June 1 with nearly 65,000 workers being offered jobs via the skills ministry’s recently launched Assem portal.

Akshay Kumar only Bollywood star among Forbes’ highest-paid actors of 2020

  • According to Forbes Magazine, Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne Johnson clung to the top slot on the list of the world’s highest-paid male actors for a second straight year.

 Punjab Gets First Rank In Health, Welfare Centre Operationalisation

  • The Punjab Government announced that the state achieved first rank in operationalisation of Health and Welfare Centres (HWCs) as per the latest rankings released by the Centre.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Mizoram governor wrote 13 books during lockdown

  • Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has released ‘Corona Kavithakal’, a collection of poems, written by Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai during the lockdown. The governor has recently penned at least 13 books in English and Malayalam.

“Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World” by Dalai Lama

  • The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, will release a new book on climate change with German environmental journalist Franz Alt in
  • The book has been titled “Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World”.

‘Connecting, Communicating, Changing,’ book chronicling 3 years of VP in office released

  • Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh released the book titled ‘Connecting, Communicating, Changing’ chronicling his three years in office as the Vice President of India.

Sharon Stone to Release Memoir ‘The Beauty of Living Twice’

  • The actress and human rights activist Sharon Stone’s memoir The Beauty of Living Twice will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in March 2021, Knopf Publisher Reagan Arthur.

 CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Duke University Scientists develop low-cost method to test mask effectiveness against viral droplets

  • Duke University in the US, have developed a simple method to visualise how effectively different types of masks prevent the spread of droplets that could contain novel coronavirus particles, an advance which could aid small scale mask producers to optimise designs, and help community outreach organisations demonstrate proper mask fitting procedures.

IIT Kanpur develops indigenous seed balls BEEG for farmers

  • In Uttar Pradesh, IIT Kanpur has developed indigenous seed balls named BEEG (Bio -compost Enriched Eco-friendly Globule) which will help people and farmers in plantation with safety in Corona times and will also  provide employment to people. The BEEG is developed  in collaboration with Agnys Waste Management Private Limited (start-up at IIT Kanpur).

77 New Butterfly Species Found In Matheran Hill Station Near Mumbai

  • As many as 77 new species of butterflies have been found in the ecologically sensitive forest of Matheran hill station near Mumbai during a study conducted there over the last eight years, according to the Bombay Natural History Society.

Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace’s Raman: India’s first homegrown rocket engine

  • Aerospace startup Skyroot Aerospace has successfully test fired an upper-stage rocket engine, becoming the first Indian private company to demonstrate the capability to build a homegrown rocket engine.

Microwave device ‘Atulya’ to disintegrate novel Coronavirus unveiled by Nitin Gadkari

  • A microwave device named ‘Atulya’ that can disinfect any premises in just 30 seconds, disintegrating COVID-19 virus was unveiled by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.

Israel, US successfully test Arrow-2 ballistic missile defense system

  • Israel successfully tested its Arrow-2 ballistic missile interceptor.
  • The Missile test was conducted in the test site in Central Israel over the Mediterranean Sea.

Israel shares AI-based technology, high-end equipment with AIIMS to help combat COVID-19

  • Israel has given state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence-based technologies and high-end equipment to AIIMS, Delhi as part of Israel-India cooperation to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

NASA satellite finds 66 new exoplanets, 2,100 more ‘candidates’

  • During its two-year-long primary mission, NASA’s planet hunter TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite )has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2,100 candidates astronomers are working to confirm, the US space agency has stated.

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Skyroot Aerospace

  • Co-Founders, CEO & CTO– Pawan Kumar Chandana
  • Co-Founder & COO– Naga Bharath Daka
  • Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana

Israel

  • Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Currency: Israeli Shekel

NASA:

  • Headquarters; Washington, D.C, United States
  • Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

Indian Armed Forces contingent heads to Russia for war games next month

  • India gets ready to participate in the Russian Kavkaz 2020 strategic command-post exercise. All the bilateral and multilateral military exercises had been put on hold due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 and now their resumption is starting gradually.

Two light combat helicopters developed by HAL deployed in Ladakh for high altitude IAF operations

  • Amid the prevailing border tension with China in Eastern Ladakh, two Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have been deployed for operations at high altitude in Leh.

DAC approves procurement proposals worth Rs 8,722.38 crore

  • The initiative on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in its meeting held under the Chairmanship of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh accorded approval for capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces. Proposals for an approximate cost of Rs 8,722.38 crore were approved

AFK hands over first consignment of grenade launcher ammunition to BSF

  • The Ammunition Factory, Khadki (AFK) handed over the first consignment of the indigenously-designed and manufactured 40-millimetre Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) ammunition to the Border Security Force (BSF).

 Goa Shipyard made Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sarthak’ launched

  • An Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard was launched and re-christened as Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarthak’.

Defence Minister launches BDL’s indigenised Konkurs missile test equipment

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched Konkurs Missile Test Equipment and Konkurs Launcher Test Equipment, which have been indigenously designed and developed by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). Earlier, these products were imported from Russia.

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HAL

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Chairman and Managing Director: R Madhavan

MoD

  • Defence Minister of India: Raj Nath Singh
  • Constituency: Lucknow, UP

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

India to host 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup; Women’s ODI World Cup postponed to 2022

  • India were retained as hosts for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, while Australia will host the 2022 edition of the same event.
  • Additionally, the Women’s 50-over World Cup, which was scheduled to between 6 February and 7 March next year, has also been postponed to 2022.

 Max Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took a sensational surprise victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to bring Mercedes’ domination to an end.

 Veteran sports journalist GK Menon passes away

  • Veteran sports journalist GK Menon passed away. He was 93.

Singer and Actor Trini Lopez passes away

  • Trini Lopez, the singer whose hits included “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree,” has passed away at 83 of complications due to COVID-19.

Viacom CBS head Sumner Redstone passes away at 97

  • Media magnate Sumner Redstone who headed Viacom Inc and CBS has passed away at 97. He has been credited with building a media empire and heading many high-profile takeovers during his illustrious career.

England all-rounder Laura Marsh announces retirement from all forms of cricket

  • Former England all-rounder Laura Marsh has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket.

Sports Ministry to organise ‘Fit India Freedom Run’ from Aug 15- Oct 2

  • The Sports Ministry will organise the largest country-wide run, the Fit India Freedom Run from august 15th till 2nd of October, which boasts of a unique concept. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will launch the mega-event.

Madhya Pradesh Women Cricketer Anshula Rao Fails Dope Test

  • Madhya Pradesh women cricket team’s Anshula Rao has been provisionally suspended by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after failing a dope test.

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ICC

  • CEO: Manu Sawhney
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports:  

  • Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  • Constituency: Arunachal West

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Mukund Lath, prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana, passes away at 82

  • Mukund Lath, prominent cultural historian, scholar, and an exponent of the Mewatigharana passed away at the age of 82.
  • Lath was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri, in 2010 for his trailblazing contributions to the field of arts and cultural history.

Veteran CPM leader Shyamal Chakraborty dies of Covid-19

  • West Bengal CPM leader and former transport minister Shyamal Chakraborty passed away. He was 76.
  • Chakraborty, the three-time transport minister of West Bengal from 1982 to 1996 in the Jyoti Basu government, was a member of the CPI(M)’s central committee.

Former India and Mohun Bagan footballer Manitombi Singh passes away

  • Former India defender and Mohun Bagan captain Manitombi Singh passed away at the age of 39.

Congress leader Nandi Yellaiah passes away

  • Senior Congress leader and eight-time MP Nandi Yellaiah passed away due to brief illness after being detected positive for Covid-19. He was 78.

WWE legend Kamala passes away at 70

  • One of the most iconic superstars of WWE, James Harris, popularly known as Kamala, passed away at the age of 70.

Famous Urdu poet Rahat Indori passes away

  • Noted Urdu poet and lyricist Rahat Indori, who tested positive for COVID-19, has passed away.

Tamil Producer V Swaminathan Passes Away Due to COVID-19

  • Tamil producer V Swaminathan passed away due to COVID-19. V Swaminathan was one of the owners of the production house, Lakshmi Movie Makers, along with K Muralidharan and G Venugopal

UPCA president Yadupati Singhania passes away

  • Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) president Yadupati Singhania has passed away.
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