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- Telangana crosses 82,000 mark in COVID-19 cases, death toll reaches 645
- Under opposition attack, Centre to make all Central Vista plans public
- UP govt on course in construction of Bundelkhand Expressway, aims completion before 2022 elections despite Covid
- Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Rhea Chakraborty complains to Supreme Court about media trial
- Supreme Court to examine if reference to alleged corruption in judiciary would per se amount to contempt
- Shah Faesal quits as chief of J&K People’s Movement; ‘may rejoin IAS’
- BJP expresses concern over party workers’ safety in Jammu and Kashmir
- Free smartphones to be distributed to students on August 12 in Punjab
- As Saudi Arabia snubs Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir, cracks appear in ties
- Asian economies stand to win some and lose some as Covid accelerates a shift in supply chains: Moody’s
- Early signs of India’s economic recovery wane as virus surges
- India inflation likely edged up in July on higher food prices: Poll
- With an eye on China, Government mulls duty hike on textiles, cameras, laptops
- DGCA suspends two senior executives of AirAsia India over safety violations
- Hyundai Creta crosses 5 lakh cumulative sales milestone in domestic market
- Air safety watchdog DGCA to check airports hit by heavy rain after Kozhikode crash
- No basic customs duty relief to SEZ solar manufacturing units yet; govt mulling equalisation levy
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA
Indian Railways is to launch Special “Cleanliness Week”
- 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.
- 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 and around railway stations. The drive will focus on plastic waste collection from the tracks.
- The Indian Railways has launched several initiatives to ensure hygiene and cleanliness in the trains and Railway station toilets.
|Indian Railways||Railway company|
|Founded||16 April 1853, India|
|Number of employees||13,08,000 (2016-2017)|
Andhra Pradesh Govt launched a new 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
|Andhra Pradesh||State of India|
|Chief minister||Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy|
eSanjeevani: 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.
- 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 are as follows
- eSanjeevani (doctor-to-doctor)
- Patient-to-doctor (eSanjeevani OPD)
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Pathogens listed Critical by WHO found in River Yamuna
- The WHO, 2017 has published its 1st 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.
- The study conducted by the researchers says that sewage is the main source of their entry into the river. The researcher team studies 20 major sewer drains of the river over two seasons at five major locations of Delhi.
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.
- 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 in the North Sumatra Island of Indonesia.
2,300-km submarine optical fibre cable from Chennai to A&N Islands launched
- PM Modi on August 10, 2020 launched a 2,300-km-long submarine optical fibre cable between Chennai and Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands that would give residents of the islands faster Internet connection.
- This will boost digital services like tele-education, tele-health, e-governance services and tourism on the island.
India, Maldives ink contract for development of Five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll
- India & Maldives on August 10, 2020 signed a contract for development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll of the island nation in the presence of Indian high commissioner Sunjay Sudhir.
- These eco-tourism zones are part of grant projects being implemented under the High-Impact Community Development project (HICDP) scheme by India.
|Maldives||Country in South Asia|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENSE
“Make in India”: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was launches Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah
- 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.
- The idea of the scheme is to give importance to domestic production in the country. The idea of observing a week will provide impetus to Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
- The Defence Minister recently introduced import embargo on 101 defence items to boost indigenisation of defence production. Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan was launched to make India self-reliant based on Economy, Demography, System, Infrastructure, and Demand.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: ECONOMY
Indigenous platforms in negative list to avoid imports: Defence Ministry
- Several military platforms like the Light Combat Aircraft, Pinaka rocket launchers and Akash missile systems, which have been indigenously developed, were included in the negative list of imports to ensure that the Services do not go in for procurement of similar systems by imports, the Defence Ministry said on August 10, 2020.
- On August 9, the Defence Ministry had issued a 101-item negative defence import list which must be domestically procured in a phased manner.
Defence Minister has launches various initiatives of DPSUs & OFB
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on August 10, 2020 launched the initiatives of a number of modernisation and up-gradation of facilities as also new infrastructure creation by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) through digital link in New Delhi.
- The Defence Ministry is celebrating Atma-Nirbharta (self-sufficiency) week from August 7 to 14.
|Preceding Ministry||Department of Defence (1938–47)|
|Founded||15 August 1947|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: ENVIRONMENT
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.
- Matheran hill station is spread over 214 square kilo metres and is located at 80 km from the Maharashtra capital. The study was conducted between 2011 and 2019. This is the first study in the forest in 125 years.
SURAKHSYA: National Portal of “Project Elephant” launched
- 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.
- The National Portal was launched during the celebration of international annual event World Elephant Day. The World Elephant Day is celebrated every year on August 12 to create elephant conservation and share knowledge for better protection of wild captive elephants.
- The portal will help to set data collection protocols, data visualization tools and data transmission pipelines.