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 most backward districts under its Aspirational Districts Programme. Highlights The selected 112 districts constitute 28% of Indian population. The Oracle Corporation will provide new cloud solution and will aid the District Magistrates to transform the … Read more NITI Aayog: Oracle Cloud selected to transform Aspirational Districts

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 registered without pre-fitted batteries. This will reduce cost of Electric Vehicles by 50%. Why is the step introduced? The step is being introduced by GoI as the batteries make the Electric Vehicles highly expensive than … Read more GoI allows sales of Electric Vehicles without BATTERIES

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

On August 12, 2020, India extended 1 million USD to Antigua and Barbuda to combat COVID-19 outbreak. This is aimed at improving health infrastructure in the country. Highlights India has also offered same level of assistance, that is, 1 million USD to each of Caribbean Community under CARICOM. CARICOM is a group of 20 developing … Read more India extends 1 million USD to Antigua and Barbuda to combat COVID-19

Israel successfully test fires advanced Missile Defence System

On august 13, 2020, Israel successfully tested the advanced missile defence system Arrow-2. The missile was developed to defend against the short- and mid- range rockets that are fired from Lebanon and Gaza and also long-range missiles fired from Iran. Highlights In 2019, USA and Israel jointly test fired Arrow-3 successfully in Alaska. This system … Read more Israel successfully test fires advanced Missile Defence System

Lok Sabha: New French Course launched

The Lok Sabha has launched a new French Course at beginner level for the staff and officials. Around 57 officials have been registered under the course. About the Course The course is being launched as its is essential to acquire knowledge of French language in the interconnected world. The initiative is to be implemented by … Read more Lok Sabha: New French Course launched

PM SVANidhi Scheme: 5 lakh loan applications from street vendors

On August 12, 2020, the number of applications received by the Government of India under PM-SVANidhi Scheme crossed 5 lakhs in 41 days of its launch. The scheme was launched to benefit the street vendors. PM SVANidhi is PM Street Vendor’s Atma Nirbhar Nidhi. Highlights Under the scheme, the number of loans sanctioned has crossed … Read more PM SVANidhi Scheme: 5 lakh loan applications from street vendors

“Elephants. Not Commodities” Report: 200 elephants in India are in inadequate conditions

The International Animal Welfare Organization, World Animal Protection on the eve of World Elephant Day (August 12) released its report, “Elephants. Not Commodities”. According to the report, over 200 elephants in India are kept in severe inadequate conditions. Highlights The report researches on Elephant Tourism in the countries such as India, Thailand, Laos, Nepal, Cambodia, … Read more “Elephants. Not Commodities” Report: 200 elephants in India are in inadequate conditions

COVID-19: Israel shares high end technology with AIIMS

Israel recently shared its artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies and high-end equipment with AIIMS, Delhi.  This is a part of India-Israel cooperation fight against COVID-19. Highlights These technologies include AI video-oriented and voice operated autonomous personal robot and mobile applications that can be installed on any mobile phones of COVID-19 staff. Also, Israel has provided a … Read more COVID-19: Israel shares high end technology with AIIMS

India test fires first Private Upper Stage Rocket Engine

The Aerospace Start up Skyroot Aerospace has test fired an upper stage rocket engine and has become the first Indian private company to demonstrate the capability of homegrown rocket engine. Highlights The 3D printed rocket engine was named after the Nobel Laureate Sir C V Raman. The rocket had fewer moving parts and weighed half … Read more India test fires first Private Upper Stage Rocket Engine

Tribal Freedom fighters Museum developed by GoI

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs had announced that around nine tribal fighters’ museums are to be established by 2022. The museums are to be dedicated to freedom fighters of tribal clans. Out of these nine, two are nearing completion and the rest are in different stages of progress. Highlights The largest of all the nine … Read more Tribal Freedom fighters Museum developed by GoI

SC Judgement: Women have Equal Rights on Parental Property

On August 11, 2020, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra of Supreme Court ruled that daughters have equal rights as that of sons on parental property. They shall remain coparcener throughout their life. Highlights The judgement said that the daughters have equal rights in parental property as that of son. This includes in … Read more SC Judgement: Women have Equal Rights on Parental Property

Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 11-08-2020

Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 10-08-2020: 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 … Read more Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 11-08-2020

Daily Current Affairs – August 11, 2020

Daily Current Affairs – August 11, 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 11, 2020

Andaman and Nicobar to be a maritime hub

Part of: GS Mains III – Infrastructure; Defence; Security  Context:  PM said that Andaman and Nicobar islands region was going to be developed as a “maritime and start-up hub” and highlighted his government’s development initiatives for it.  PM to inaugurate a submarine optical fibre cable between Chennai and islands    Benefits:  It helps to turn the islands “digitally independent”.  12 islands of the archipelago have been selected … Read more Andaman and Nicobar to be a maritime hub

National Landslide Susceptibility Mapping (NLSM) programme

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II and III – Natural hazards and disaster; Disaster Management  About NLSM  Geological Survey of India has launched and undertook a national programme on landslide susceptibility mapping – Macro scale (1:50,000) National Landslide Susceptibility Mapping (NLSM) with an aim to cover the 0.42 million sq. km landslide prone areas … Read more National Landslide Susceptibility Mapping (NLSM) programme

Idukki landslip

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II and III – Natural hazards and disaster; Disaster Management  Context:  Kerala faces floods for third consecutive year.  Incessant rain and strong winds swept across several parts of Kerala amid predictions of heavy or very heavy rain in many others.  Note: Try to know and locate places such as Eravikulam National Park, Nayamakkad tea … Read more Idukki landslip

Import embargo on 101 defence items

Part of: GS Mains II and III – Govt policies and initiatives; Defence  Context:  Defence Ministry to impose import embargo (ban or restrictions) on 101 items to boost indigenisation of defence production  Benefits:  Boost indigenisation of defence production  Helps India to become self-reliant in defence (#AtmanirbharBharat initiative)  Government intends to reach a turnover of $25 billion through indigenously manufactured defence … Read more Import embargo on 101 defence items

Chhattisgarh to launch “Indira Van Mitan Yojana”

The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced about the launch of “Indira Van Mitan Yojana” on the eve of International Day of World Indigenous People. It is an initiative to support forest dwellers of Chhattisgarh and achieve self-reliance. Highlights The scheme aims to benefit 19 lakh families from scheduled areas of Chhattisgarh by providing them … Read more Chhattisgarh to launch “Indira Van Mitan Yojana”

KVIC: First Silk Training cum Production Centre in Arunachal Pradesh

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission is to set up the first of its kind training cum production centre of silk in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The centre is to be launched in the first week of September, 2020. Highlights The KVIC will provide machinery such as handlooms, warping drums and silk reeling machines. … Read more KVIC: First Silk Training cum Production Centre in Arunachal Pradesh

GoI scraps Powerloom Board after Handloom Board

The Ministry of Textiles has disbanded All India Powerloom Board after All India Handicrafts and Handloom boards. Also, all of the eight Textiles Research Associations in the country will now cease to be “affiliated bodies” of the ministry. Highlights The Textile Research Associations will now act as approved bodies to conduct tests, researches and development … Read more GoI scraps Powerloom Board after Handloom Board

Defence Minister launches Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah

On August 10, 2020, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah. The scheme aims to shift India towards local manufacturing and aid “Make in India” initiative. Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah The idea of the scheme is to give importance to domestic production in the country. The idea of observing a week will … Read more Defence Minister launches Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah

Indian Railways to observe “Cleanliness Week”

The Indian Railways is to observe Cleanliness Week between August 10, 2020 and August 15, 2020. The week will give the message of significance of cleanliness. Highlights During the week, the Indian Railways is to launch special cleanliness drive that will focus on cleanliness in the station offices, tracks, worksites, colonies and other areas in … Read more Indian Railways to observe “Cleanliness Week”

77 new species of butterfly found in Maharashtra

The study conducted by Bombay Natural History Society has found 77 new species of butterflies in the ecologically sensitive forest of Matheran hill station in Mumbai. With this the total number of butterfly species in the forest has gone up to 140. Highlights Matheran hill station is spread over 214 square kilo metres and is … Read more 77 new species of butterfly found in Maharashtra

Andhra Pradesh State Industrial Development Policy 2020-23

The Andhra Pradesh Government has launched a new State Industrial Development Policy for the year 2020-23. The policy aimed to create employment for youth and match national average in industrial GVA per capita. The previous Industrial Development Policy of the state was implemented between 2015-20. Highlights The policy was unveiled by the State Industries Minister … Read more Andhra Pradesh State Industrial Development Policy 2020-23

eSanjeevani Medicine Platform: 1.5 lakh Online Consultations provided

The web based comprehensive Telemedicine solution eSanjeevani has so far provided 1.58 lakh online consultations according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Highlights The online platform was operationalised in more than 23 states. It covers more than 75% of population in the country. There are two types of teleconsultation under the platform. They … Read more eSanjeevani Medicine Platform: 1.5 lakh Online Consultations provided

Pathogens listed Critical by World Health Organization found in River Yamuna

The World Health Organization, 2017 had published its first list of antibiotic resistant priority pathogens that pose the greatest threat to human lives. These critical group and certain multi-drug resistant bacteria are found in River Yamuna according to a group of researchers from IIT Delhi. Highlights The study conducted by the researchers says that sewage … Read more Pathogens listed Critical by World Health Organization found in River Yamuna

SURAKHSYA: National Portal of “Project Elephant” launched

On August 10, 2020, the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar launched National Portal on Human Elephant conflict called “SURAKHSYA”. The portal aims to collect real time information and will also manage conflicts on real time basis. Highlights The National Portal was launched during the celebration of international annual event World Elephant Day. The World Elephant Day is … Read more SURAKHSYA: National Portal of “Project Elephant” launched

Mount Sinabung Volcano of Indonesia erupts

The Mount Sinabung of Indonesia has erupted again. The volcano was dormant for 400 years and erupted recently in the year 2010 and in 2014. Highlights The volcano is the most active in the country. It is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire that has more than 120 active volcanos. Mount Sinabung is located … Read more Mount Sinabung Volcano of Indonesia erupts

Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 10-08-2020

Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 10-08-2020: 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 MCQ – 10-08-2020

Daily Current Affairs – August 9-10, 2020

Daily Current Affairs – August 9-10, 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 9-10, 2020

Arakunomics model

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II –   About:  Hyderabad non-profit Naandi Foundation has been selected for Food Vision 2050 Prize  The recognition fetches Naandi a prize money of $200,000  Do you know?  The Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire … Read more Arakunomics model

Arabian Sea Humpback Whale

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Environment and Biodiversity; Conservation; Endangered species  Basic info:   IUCN status – Least Concern   Found – Around the world   The humpback whale is one of the four species of baleen whales occurring in Indian waters and it is one of the least studied species in India.  Do you know?  … Read more Arabian Sea Humpback Whale

Sonneratia alba

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Environment and Biodiversity; Conservation; Endangered species  Context:  Maharashtra first Indian state to declare state mangrove tree as symbol of conservation  Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) cleared a proposal to declare Sonneratia alba as the State mangrove tree and approved a recovery programme for the Arabian Sea Humpback Whale.  Benefits:  The move helps to enhance conservation … Read more Sonneratia alba

Delhi’s E-Vehicle Policy

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Environment and Pollution; Green initiatives; Sustainable development  Context:  Delhi government launched Electric Vehicle Policy  It aims to ensure 25% of the newly registered vehicles in Delhi by the year 2024 we e-vehicles  Benefits:  Boost the city’s economy  Reduces pollution levels  Generates employment in the transport sector  Measures taken … Read more Delhi’s E-Vehicle Policy

Bangladesh constructs war memorial for Indian Soldiers killed in 1971

The Bangladesh Government is to construct war memorial for Indian soldiers killed in 1971 war. The memorial is to be constructed in Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria bordering Tripura. This is mainly due to its significance in the Liberation War of 1971. Highlights Bangladesh has a war memorial on the outskirts of Dhaka for all martyrs. However, the … Read more Bangladesh constructs war memorial for Indian Soldiers killed in 1971

India bans 101 Defence items

On August 9, 2020, Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh announced that India has put ban on 101 items to boost indigenous production. The list of 101 items was prepared by the Defence Ministry. This is being done to make India self-reliant under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Highlights The decision has been made to provide opportunity … Read more India bans 101 Defence items

Envistats India 2020 report

The National Statistical Office recently released the Envistats India 2020 report. The report says that the number of heat wave days in 2019 increased over 80%. The report was prepared by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. The National Statistical Office (NSO) operates under this ministry. Key Findings of the report The average number … Read more Envistats India 2020 report

78th anniversary of Quit India Movement observed

On August 8, 2020, India commemorated the 78th anniversary of Quit India movement. On August 8, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi launched Quit India Movement at the session of All India Congress Committee in Mumbai. What is Quit India Movement? The Quit India Movement was launched after Cripps mission failed. Gandhiji made a Do or Die call through … Read more 78th anniversary of Quit India Movement observed

IBBI amends Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Regulations, 2017

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy board of India recently amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Regulations. This is the second amendment. The amendment has made major changes to the voluntary liquidation process. About the Amendment The amendment allows the corporate persons to replace the liquidator with another liquidator or insolvency professional to initiate voluntary … Read more IBBI amends Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Regulations, 2017

Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 08-08-2020

Daily Current Affairs MCQ – 08-08-2020: 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 MCQ – 08-08-2020