Daily Current Affairs – August 8, 2020

Daily Current Affairs – August 8, 2020: It is known that civil, finance & competitive exams including UPSC, SSC, IAS, Banking, Defence, Railway & other government (central & state level recruitment exams) emphasize on ascertaining aspirants’ knowledge of recent current affairs. To develop a sound awareness of recent/latest current affairs events, reading about monthly current affairs in news … Read more Daily Current Affairs – August 8, 2020

Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Ministry of Agriculture funding start-ups under the innovation and agripreneurship component of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana in 2020-21. Background: A component, Innovation and Agri-entrepreneurship Development programme has been launched under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana in order to promote innovation and agripreneurship by providing financial support and nurturing the incubation ecosystem. These start-ups are in various categories such as agro-processing, … Read more Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Priority Sector Lending (PSL)

The Reserve Bank of India has assigned priority sector lending (PSL) status to India’s startup sector. Significance of the move: RBI opening up more funds for lending to startups is a very positive step. Startups have not had easy access to debt, stymied by traditional lender metrics of creditworthiness. This is a huge booster as sufficient funding and user adoption are … Read more Priority Sector Lending (PSL)

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

Former Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu was recently appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). About CAG: The Constitution of India provides for an independent office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in chapter V under Part V. The CAG is mentioned in the Constitution of India under Article 148 – 151. He is the … Read more Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

Abanindranath Tagore

National Galary of Modern Art, New Delhi is organising the virtual tour titled “The Great Maestro | Abanindranath Tagore” to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Abanindranath Tagore on 7th August 2020. About Abanindranath Tagore: Abanindranath Tagore, the nephew of Rabindranath Tagore, was one of the most prominent artists of Bengal school of art in India. He was the first major supporter of swadeshi values in … Read more Abanindranath Tagore

US against Cuba on UNHRC seat

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – International affairs; International Affairs  About:  U.S. urged UN members not to support Cuba’s bid to join the organisation’s Human Rights Council.  U.S. administration described Cuba’s sale of medical services, Havana’s main source of foreign exchange, as a form of human trafficking.  Do you know?  The main criticism against HRC … Read more US against Cuba on UNHRC seat

Kisan Rail

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Farmers/Agriculture; Infrastructure  About:  Indian Railways said it will begin running Kisan Rail.  The first such train will run weekly between Devlali (Maharashtra) to Danapur (Bihar).  About Kisan Rail   It was announced in the Union Budget 2020-­21   This train will help in bringing perishable agricultural produce like vegetables and fruits to the … Read more Kisan Rail

Indian pangolin

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Conservation; Endangered Species  In news:  Telangana Forest Department has exposed the rampant poaching of pangolins in the forests of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.  Three to four kilograms of pangolin scales were seized, for seized from the gang, for which three to five animals might have been killed.  Do you know?  Recently, … Read more Indian pangolin

India’s Global Hunger Index

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Health; Poverty; Social/Welfare issue  About:  India ranked 102nd on the Global Hunger Index, despite high food production.  Nutritional security requires measures to improve protein and vitamin deficiencies.  Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report  Prepared by the Concern Worldwide (an Irish agency) and the Welt Hunger Hilfe (a German organization)  The report … Read more India’s Global Hunger Index

RBI Monetary Policy Highlights

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Indian Economy – Monetary policy; RBI and Banking  Context:  RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced key policy decisions during the third review of the monetary policy since the COVID­19 pandemic spread in the country.  Do you know?  Monetary policy is the process by which the RBI controls the supply of money, … Read more RBI Monetary Policy Highlights

Gujarat Industrial Policy 2020

On August 7, 2020, the Gujarat State Government launched the “Industrial Policy 2020”. The policy aims to provide Rs 40,000 subsidies to the industries in the state in the next five years. Join our Official Telegram Channel HERE for Motivation and Fast Updates Subscribe to our YouTube Channel HERE to watch Motivational and New analysis videos Google’s Best Books for UPSC … Read more Gujarat Industrial Policy 2020

United Nations releases 6 million USD in response to Beirut Explosion

The United Nations released 6 million USD in response to the explosion at Beirut port. With this, the total UN funding towards relief operation of the explosion has come to 15 million USD. A catastrophic blast occurred at the Lebanon capital, Beirut. It was driven by tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate. Join our Official Telegram Channel HERE for Motivation … Read more United Nations releases 6 million USD in response to Beirut Explosion

Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill

On August 8, 2020, the island of Mauritius declared environmental emergency due to oil spill caused by Japanese owned ship that was stranded off the coast days ago. The MV Wakashio of Japanese companies Nagashiki Shipping Ltd and Okiyo Maritime Corporation was on its way from Brazil to Singapore carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel. The … Read more Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill

First Mobile RT-PCR lab of India developed by IISc launched in Karnataka

On August 5, 2020, the State Government of Karnataka launched India’s first mobile RT-PCR lab in Bengaluru. The lab was developed by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. The lab has been named Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) lab. It is capable of conducting 9000 tests per month. About the lab Apart from testing COVID-19, … Read more First Mobile RT-PCR lab of India developed by IISc launched in Karnataka

Pakistan’s new political map

Pakistan recently released a new political map claiming the entire territory of Jammu & Kashmir, and part of Gujarat including the erstwhile state of Junagadh as part of its territory. Background In recent times in the wake of the global pandemic when the whole world is fighting against the deadly virus in unison, our neighbours … Read more Pakistan’s new political map

The First General Council Meeting of Khelo India: Highlights

Recently Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju in the first general meeting of the Khelo India asked the states to actively organise the Khelo India Games to gather a larger pool of talent from the grassroots level. Background Various annual competitions like the University Games and the Khelo India Youth Games which are organised at the … Read more The First General Council Meeting of Khelo India: Highlights

GoI launches NCDC YouTube Channel “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC India”

On August 4, 2020, the Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched YouTube channel of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) called “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC India”. Highlights The channel will focus on encouraging youth and farmers to learn about the benefits of cooperatives. It will aim to bring in more youths in the cooperative sector. … Read more GoI launches NCDC YouTube Channel “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC India”

First Anniversary of creation of Ladakh and J&K celebrated

On August 5, 2020, the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir celebrated their first anniversary of formation. Background On August 5, 2019, the Government of India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir by modifying Article 370 of the Constitution. After the abrogation of the article, two union territories Ladakh and Jammu … Read more First Anniversary of creation of Ladakh and J&K celebrated

What is Swachh Bharat Kranti?

Swachh Bharat Kranti” is a translated copy of the book “Swachh Bharat Revolution”. Swachh Bharat Kranti is a Hindi version and Swachh Bharat Revolution is the English version. On August 5, 2020, the Hindi version of Swachh Bharat Revolution was launched by the Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smt Smriti Irani … Read more What is Swachh Bharat Kranti?

UK to mint coin in remembrance of Gandhi Ji

Daily Current Affairs – August 4, 2020: It is known that civil, finance & competitive exams including UPSC, SSC, IAS, Banking, Defence, Railway & other government (central & state level recruitment exams) emphasize on ascertaining aspirants’ knowledge of recent current affairs. To develop a sound awareness of recent/latest current affairs events, reading about monthly current affairs in news or pdf format … Read more UK to mint coin in remembrance of Gandhi Ji

EIA Notification 2020: Key facts

Daily Current Affairs – August 4, 2020: It is known that civil, finance & competitive exams including UPSC, SSC, IAS, Banking, Defence, Railway & other government (central & state level recruitment exams) emphasize on ascertaining aspirants’ knowledge of recent current affairs. To develop a sound awareness of recent/latest current affairs events, reading about monthly current affairs in news or pdf format … Read more EIA Notification 2020: Key facts

Pak appoints three senior lawyers in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Case

Daily Current Affairs – August 4, 2020: It is known that civil, finance & competitive exams including UPSC, SSC, IAS, Banking, Defence, Railway & other government (central & state level recruitment exams) emphasize on ascertaining aspirants’ knowledge of recent current affairs. To develop a sound awareness of recent/latest current affairs events, reading about monthly current affairs in news … Read more Pak appoints three senior lawyers in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Case

Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020: Overview

Daily Current Affairs – August 4, 2020: It is known that civil, finance & competitive exams including UPSC, SSC, IAS, Banking, Defence, Railway & other government (central & state level recruitment exams) emphasize on ascertaining aspirants’ knowledge of recent current affairs. To develop a sound awareness of recent/latest current affairs events, reading about monthly current affairs in … Read more Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020: Overview

Vidyarthi Vigyaan Manthan 2020-21: Key highlights

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan recently launched an innovative initiative Vidyarthi Vigyaan Manthan 2020-21 (VVM). This initiative under the national programme is created to make science an interesting study among students from class 6 to 11. Join our Official Telegram Channel HERE for Motivation and Fast Updates Subscribe to our YouTube Channel HERE to watch Motivational … Read more Vidyarthi Vigyaan Manthan 2020-21: Key highlights

Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission Launched: Highlights

Proposed by KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) and approved by the Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission is all set to generate employment for the local artisans making India self-reliant in agarbatti production. Join our Official Telegram Channel HERE for Motivation and Fast Updates Subscribe to our YouTube Channel HERE to watch Motivational … Read more Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission Launched: Highlights

Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

Barakah is the UAE first nuclear reactor. Barakah, means “blessing” in Arabic, it is the Arab regional first Nuclear power plant. Barakah was built by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation at a cost of some $24.4 billion. Recently the power plant achieved its criticality; the first step towards power production. Criticality … Read more Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

1947 agreement Tripartite agreement

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – India-Nepal relations; International relations  About:  Tripartite agreement between the United Kingdom, India and Nepal was a treaty signed in 1947 concerning the rights of Gurkhas in military service.  In 1947, India became independent from the United Kingdom, and it was decided between the two governments to split the … Read more 1947 agreement Tripartite agreement

Menstrual Hygiene Management National Guidelines, 2015

Part of: GS Mains II and III – Children/Women welfare; Health/Social issue  Context:  National Guidelines on Menstrual Hygiene Management was released by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2015  It seeks to address every component of menstrual hygiene ranging from, raising awareness, addressing behaviour change, creating a demand for better hygiene products, capacity building … Read more Menstrual Hygiene Management National Guidelines, 2015

A.P. Governor clears Bill which provides for three capitals

Part of: GS Mains II – Government policies and interventions for development  In news:  In a major turning point in the history of Andhra Pradesh, Governor gave his assent to the A.P. Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions and A.P. Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Bills ­ 2020.  The clearance of the decentralisation Bill facilitates the … Read more A.P. Governor clears Bill which provides for three capitals

NEP 2020: KVs unlikely to change medium of instruction

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Education reforms  Context:  The new NEP contained a clause which provides for the mother tongue or local language to be used as the medium of instruction “wherever possible” at least until Class 5, but preferably till Class 8 and beyond.   Kendriya Vidyalayas and schools affiliated to the CBSE cater to … Read more NEP 2020: KVs unlikely to change medium of instruction

Core sector output shrank further

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Economics – Growth and Development  Context:  The output of eight core sector industries shrank further.  Economists expect the negative trend to continue for at least two more months.  During April-­June 2020­21, the sector’s output dipped by 24.6% as compared to a positive growth of 3.4% in the same … Read more Core sector output shrank further