August 2020

Myanmar pushes back against China funded China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

Myanmar has pushed back against China after trying to widen its influence through China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC). The decision was …

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13th India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting held virtually

On August 17, 2020, India and UAE held their 13th Joint Commission Meeting virtually. The five sub-committees from India and UAE …

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GoI: 21 Centres of Excellence to be launched to incubate new technologies

The State-Owned Technology Parks in India (STPI) are to have the largest ecosystem to incubate new technologies. This is to …

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India-Nepal agree to hasten India-aided Development Projects

On August 17, 2020, India and Nepal agreed to speed up India-aided Development Projects. This is being done amidst China’s …

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Turkey discovers Natural Gas reserves in Black Sea

On August 21, 2020, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the discovery of large natural gas reserves in the …

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International Solar Alliance to hold World Solar Technology Summit for the first time

The International Solar Alliance will hold World Solar Technology Summit for the first time on September 8, 2020. The summit …

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SWASTHYA Portal and ALEKH e-newsletter launched by Ministry of Tribal Affairs

On August 17, 2020, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched Tribal Health and Nutrition portal called “SWASTHYA”. Also, the ministry …

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MPEDA opens Quality Control Lab in Porbandar; India misses Sea Food Export Target in 2019-20

On August 17, 2020, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) opened a Quality Control Laboratory in Porbandar. The laboratory …

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New COVID-19 strain with 10-times more infection rate detected in Malaysia

Malaysia has recently detected a new COVID-19 strain that is 10 times more infectious. The mutation of the virus is …

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Karnataka to build Industrial Corridor between Bidar and Mysuru

On August 17, 2020, the Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwanthnarayan announced that the State Government is to build …

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World Tallest Pier Bridge in Manipur; 13 new Highway Projects in Manipur

The Indian Railways is constructing world’s tallest pier bridge in the state of Manipur. The bridge is 141 metres high. …

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UK launches 3 million pounds Innovation Challenge Fund in India

On August 17, 2020, the United Kingdom launched 3 million pounds of Innovation Challenge Fund in India. The funds were …

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DRDO developed Anti-Drone System deployed in 74th I-Day celebrations

As the Prime Minister Modi addressed the country at the Red Fort, DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization) anti-drone system was …

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Mauritius Oil Spill: India deputes 10-member specialist team under Mission SAGAR

On August 16, 2020, India sent 30 tonnes of technical equipment and material to Mauritius. The country is fighting to …

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NTPC develops infrastructure for increased use of Fly Ash

The National Thermal Power corporation developed infrastructure at Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh to transport fly ash to cement plants …

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Status of Organic farming in India

Context: In a world battered by the COVID pandemic, the growth story of organic farming is unfolding with increasing demand not …

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India announces $500 mn package for Maldives

India announced new connectivity measures for the Maldives, in an effort to help it deal with the economic impact of the …

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Indian Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sarthak’ launched

Context: An Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard was launched and re-christened as Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarthak’  …

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NITI Aayog: Oracle Cloud selected to transform Aspirational Districts

On August 13, 2020, NITI Aayog announced that it has selected Oracle Corporation to modernise vital IT infrastructure in 112 …

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GoI allows sales of Electric Vehicles without BATTERIES

On August 12, 2020, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways announced that the Electric Vehicles shall be sold and …

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