Current Affairs – 1 September 2020

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INDIA

  • Aveek Sarkar of ABP (Ananda Bazar Group) group elected new Press Trust of India chairman
  • Covid-19 cases rising due to aggressive testing and casual attitude of people: Health minister Harsh Vardhan
  • Remembering Pranab Mukherjee: A man for all seasons and a statesman
  • Former President (2012-2017) Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84; awarded Bharat Ratna in 2019
  • India’s first female cardiologist, Dr S. I. Padmavati, dies at 103; won Padma Bhushan (1967) and Padma Vibhushan (1992)
  • Supreme Court’s AGR ruling on Tuesday, focus on fate of Vodafone Idea

STATE

  • Assam comes up with a scheme for setting up and upgradation of existing rice mills

WORLD

  • First commercial direct flight between Israel and the UAE takes off from Tel Aviv, lands in Abu Dhabi
  • Qatar raises minimum wage by 25%, lifts restrictions on changing jobs
  • International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances observed on August 30

ECONOMY

  • Adani Group acquires 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) from GVK group (50.5%), Airport Company of South Africa (10%) and Bidvest (13.5%)
  • Suspension of scheduled international passenger flights extended till September 30: DGCA
  • CSIR-CMERI develops World’s Largest Solar Tree in Durgapur (West Bengal); annual generation capacity is 12,000-14,000 units
  • UPI crosses record 1.5 billion transactions in August, shows latest RBI data
  • Opposition states plan to seek Prime Minister Modi’s help on GST shortfall compensation
  • Fashion retailers hopeful ahead of the festival of lights, as August sales see an uptick

INDUSTRY

  • Small borrowers may get principal payment relief as part of one-time restructuring of loans
  • Keppel Land Limited invests Rs 77 crore in TVS Realty residential project
  • PhonePe to enable digital payments for over 25 million small merchants across India
  • Tyre manufacturer Balkrishna Industries to sponsor six Indian Premier League teams

SPORTS

  • Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in US: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (men’s), Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (women’s) win singles title
  • Arsenal beat Liverpool to lift the FA Community Shield football title at Wembley Stadium in London

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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Jal Jeevan Mission: To measure & monitor water supply in rural areas

  • Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) aims to create a smart rural water supply eco-system to measure and monitor the service delivery of the water supply in rural areas. The National JJM has constituted a Technical Expert Committee.
  • The aim is to prepare a road map for measurement & monitoring of the water service delivery system in rural areas. The committee constitutes members from academia, administration, technology, and specialists from the water supply sector.
Ministry of Jal Shakti FoundedMay 2019
PredecessorMinistry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Ministers responsibleGajendra Singh Shekhawat, Cabinet Minister; Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State
SubsidiaryWAPCOS Limited

In India, Kerala has set up 1st International Womens Trade Centre (IWTC)

  • Kerala Govt aims to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre, in consonance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Angamaly. The aim is to accelerate women entrepreneurship.
  •  The Centre will secure gender parity and provide women with a safe place away from home to start new businesses, set up or expand, and get their products marketed globally.
KeralaState if India
CapitalThiruvananthapuram
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan
GovernorArif Mohammad Khan

Former President: Pranab Mukherjee Passes Away

  • AUG 31, 2020, Former President Pranab Mukherjee passed away at 84 after testing positive for COVID-19. The Government of India has announced seven-day state mourning.
  • The Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee was being treated at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. He had undergone an emergency surgery to remove a brain clot after testing positive for COVID-19 on August 10. After the surgery, he was placed on ventilator support. He developed lung infection and the doctors found his renal parameters damaged. His condition declined further on August 31.

Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology: Landslide Susceptibility mapping of Himalayas

  • The scientists from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology operating under the Department of Science and Technology carried out a study covering 84 square kilometres in the Lesser Himalayas. According to the study, 15% of the region is highly susceptible to landslides.
  • Mussoorie in Uttarakhand witnessed several landslides recently. The increase in the disaster hazard has led the scientists to map the landslide susceptibility in the region. The study has found that the very high and high landslide susceptible zone lies in areas that are covered by highly fractured Krol limestone.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

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World Health Organization report: 25 key health services disrupted globally due to COVID-19

  • WHO has recently reported that at least half of 25 kinds of health services experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. The findings were based on the survey conducted by the international organization in its six regions
  • According to the report of the WHO, the immunisation-outreach were the most hit. Following this, the second most impacted was the non-communicable diseases diagnosis and treatment. It was followed by family planning and contraception, treatment for mental health disorders and cancer diagnosis and treatment.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: TECHNOLOGY Current Affairs - 1 September 2020 3

IIT Bombay students has launched “AIR Scanner” Indian alternative to Scanning Apps

  • Students from the Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay) has AIR Scanner, a free-of-cost mobile application. It was developed by Rohit Kumar Chaudhary and Kavin Agrawal from IIT-Bombay. The mobile application falls in line with the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. The innovation is aimed to help people in education.
  • The Artificial Intelligence (AI) based Reading Assistant & Document Scanner app can scan documents. It can be used to read to users who have difficulty in reading English.

Ministry of Science and Technology: India develops World’s Largest Solar Tree

  • The CSIR-CMERI operating under the Ministry of Science and Technology has developed world largest solar tree. The tree has an annual capacity of generating 12,000 to 14,000 units of Clean and Green power.
  • The Solar Tree has been designed in such a way that maximum exposure of each Solar Photo Voltaic Panel is achieved. There are a total of 35 Solar PV panels in each tree. Each panel has a capacity of 330 watt-power.
Ministry of Science and TechnologyGovernment ministry
Central executiveMinister of Science and Technology
DepartmentsDepartment of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology
OfficeholdersHarsh Vardhan (Minister), Y. S. Chowdary (Minister of State)