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INDIA

  • Record number of over 6.61 lakh Covid 19 tests conducted in country in single day
  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 66.30 per cent
  • Preparations in full swing in Ayodhya for tomorrow’s Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Ram Mandir
  • UPSC announces Civil Services Examination 2019 results
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urges govt, judiciary to ensure faster justice
  • I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar launches DD Assam 24×7 channel through video conferencing
  • Rebel MLAs should give up BJP’s hospitality if they want dialogue with Congress: Surjewala
  • BS Yediyurappa in hospital, cabinet rejig before Independence Day may be delayed

STATE

  • Punjab Police apprehend 12 more persons in Hooch tragedy case
  • Aam Aadmi Party to restructure Delhi unit with an eye on municipal polls: Gopal Rai
  • Heavy rains and water-logging: Holiday declared for government offices in Mumbai
  • Bihar govt instructs hospitals to conduct COVID19 test of patients across state

WORLD

  • Nobel Laureate John Hume died following long period of illness
  • Bangladesh: Flood situation improves in country, Govt takes relief measures in affected areas

ECONOMY

  • Worst seems to be over, farm sector to cushion COVID-19 impact on economy: FinMin report
  • Early indicators of economic activity in July show improvement over June: Nomura
  • E-way bill generation higher in July at 48.3 million; still lower than pre-Covid levels

INDUSTRY

  • Maruti’s Nexa becomes the third largest auto retail brand in just five years
  • IHCL introduces I-Zest, its suite of digital solutions for guests and employees
  • Adani group, Suraksha, Sunteck Realty submit EOI to acquire debt-laden HDIL
  • Family firms playing catalytic role in reshaping Indian economy: Study
  • Auto component maker Steel Strips Wheels bags new orders worth over $1 mn from US
  • Nasscom says Donald Trump’s order on H1-B visa based on misinformation

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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HRD to review Chinese language programmes across universities

  • Ministry of Education which was formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resource Development is all set to put several higher education institutes that offer Chinese language training on the radar.
  • Even those institutes that had links with the official Chinese language learning and training department “Hanban” in the past are on close scrutiny. Hanban is a Chinese organization which runs hundreds of Confucious Institutes abroad.
Ministry of Human Resource Development(HRD)Government ministry
OfficeholderRamesh Pokhriyal (Union Minister)
Founded  Sep 26, 1985

Rajasthan starts Indira Rasoi Yojana

  • Rajasthan’s CM Ashok Gehlot recently directed his officials to commence Indira Rasoi Yojana from 20Th August 2020. The CM said it is another step towards realising the resolve of Rajasthan Government’s “No Hunger No Sleep”.
  • Under this scheme, the needy and poor will get healthy and nutritious food at 8 Rs per plate. The state government will spend 100 Crores per year on the scheme.
  • The Indira Rasoi Yojana named after former Indian PM Indira Gandhi, will run in 358 kitchens in 213 urban local bodies of the state.
Rajasthan State of India
Capital Jaipur
Chief ministerAshok Gehlot

KVIC: Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanirbhar Mission Launched

  • 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.
  • Last month itself the proposal was submitted to the Ministry. Upon its implementation, numerous jobs will be created in the Agarbatti industry.
Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)Government ministry
HeadquartersMumbai
Agency executiveVinai Kumar Saxena (Chairperson)
Parent agencyMinistry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Andhra Pradesh has launched E-Raksha Bandhan 

  • Andhra Pradesh CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on the eve of Raksha Bandhan launched ‘E-Raksha Bandhan’, an online training programme on cybersecurity.
  • The programme is aimed at creating awareness among the public on cybercrimes across the State.
  • The programme has massive support of various dignitaries including, Crime Investigation Department (CID), FM Radio, The Andhra Pradesh Police, Cyber Peace Foundation, Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC), and other organisations for organizing, advertising and creating mass awareness about the month-long online awareness programme.
Andhra PradeshState of India
GovernorBiswabhusan Harichandan
Chief ministerY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

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United Kingdom(UK) envoy to India got promoted

  • British high commissioner to India Philip Barton on Monday got appointed as the permanent under-secretary to head the newly merged Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
  • This new appointment of Sir Philip Barton as the Permanent Under-Secretary of the new ministry came just after the approval of United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has earlier announced to the parliament that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) will merge to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
DFIDDepartment for International Development- It was formed in the year 1997. The main goal of the department is to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty.

United States Impose restrictions on H1B Visa

  • US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that bans federal agencies from hiring foreign workers especially those on H-1B visa on contracting or subcontracting.
  • The unprecedented move is followed by a month old announcement by the Trump government on June 23 where the administration announced that the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas will remain suspended until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS

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HDFC Bank surges 5 percent as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approves appointment of the new CEO

  • Shares of HDFC Bank  jumped 5 per cent after the search for the new head of the lender came to an end and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also approved his name.
  • HDFC Bank in a regulatory filing said the RBI has approved the appointment of Sashidhar Jagdishan as HDFC Bank CEO for a tenure of three years starting October 27. A board meeting will also be convened in due course to approve his appointment. Jagdishan will succeed fabled banker Aditya Puri.
  • Shares of the private sector bank were trading at Rs 1,047.20, up 4.52 per cent on BSE.
    HDFCFinancial services company
    CEOAditya Puri (Sep 1994–)
    Headquarters Mumbai
    Parent organization Housing Development Finance Corporation

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ECONOMY

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Real-time monitoring of Rs 1 lakh crore Agri Infrastructure fund(AIF) in works

  • Govt plans to review its newly launched Rs 1 lakh Cr Agri Infrastructure Fund (AIF) after the disbursement of Rs 20,000Cr.
  • “The scheme, operational for 10 years, will be reviewed by the Department of Expenditure for evaluation and mid-course correction if required,” said a senior agriculture department official, who did not wish to be identified.
  • “It will be monitored regularly through an online platform. All assets created under this scheme will be geotagged for real-time monitoring.”

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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DCGI finally gave green signal to SII – India to start trial of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

  • India’s top drug regulatory body DCGI (The Drugs Controller General of India) finally gave green signal to Serum Institute of India (SII) for conducting phase II and III clinical trials of Astra Zeneca vaccine developed by the Oxford University against coronavirus disease.
  • The approval came after scrutiny was done based on the recommendations of the group of a medical expert on COVID-19.
Serum Institute of India (SII) Founder Cyrus S. Poonawalla
Founded1966
Parent organization Poonawalla Investments & Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Subsidiaries Bilthoven Biologicals BV, Vakzine Projekt Management GmbH