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Current Affairs 30-31 August- 01-05 Sept

  • The first international women’s trade centre (IWTC) of India will establish at Angamaly in Kerala.
  • Uttar Pradesh government has launched “Major Dhyan Chand Vijaypath Yojana”. Under this scheme, 19 international players from the state of Uttar Pradesh will get road connectivity to their houses.
  • The first-ever “seaplane services in Gujarat” will be commenced from 31 October 2020 by spicejet airline. The seaplane service will offer seamless and affordable air connectivity from Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity in Kevadia in Gujarat.
  • India and Russia have become the joint winners of FIDE online Chess Olympiad. World chess governing body FIDE declared both the finalists as joint winners after at least two games in the second match were affected by internet connectivity issues.
  • PM Narendra Modi has announced to observe September as the ‘Nutrition Month’ or ‘Poshan Mah’.
  • World Bank has stopped the publication of its “Doing Business” report to probe data collection irregularities in the annual ranking of countries’ business and investment climates. The last Doing Business report was published in October 2019 in which India was ranked 63rd while New Zealand was on top.
  • The estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter (April-June) Q1 of 2020-21 has been released by the National Statistical Office(NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  • NSSO has released the GDP estimates at both Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices. According to the latest release, the GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in Q1 of 2020-21 is estimated at Rs 26.90 lakh crore. This value was Rs 35.35 lakh crore in Q1 of 2019-20. Hence, the Indian economy has experienced a contraction of 23.9% as compared to 5.2% growth in Q1 2019-20.
  • Rajeev Kumar took charge as the Election Commissioner of India on September 1, 2020. He has joined the Election Commission of India with Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra.
  • Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) has won the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix 2020 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
  • India has withdrawn its participation from the multilateral Military Exercise “Kavkaz 2020” to be held in Russia between 15th to 26th September 2020.
  • World’s Largest Solar Tree has been developed by the CSIR-CMERI. The solar tree has been installed at the Residential Colony of CSIR-CMERI in Durgapur, West Bengal. The solar tree has the annual capacity to generate 12,000-14,000 units of Clean and Green Power while its installed capacity is above 11.5 kWp.
  • Indian Railways has developed a remote-controlled medical trolley named ‘MEDBOT’ to help deliver food and medicines to COVID-19 patients.
  • The Editor Emeritus and Vice Chairman of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications, Aveek Sarkar has been elected as the chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI).
  • Pramod Chandra Mody gets 6-month extension as CBDT Chairman.
  • Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract worth Rs 2580 Cr with M/s. Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML), M/s. Tata Power Company Ltd. (TPCL) and M/s. Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The contract has been signed for supply of six Pinaka Regiments to the Regiment of Artillery of the Indian Army and hence will enhance the operation preparedness of our Armed Forces.
  • The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is all set to host the first-ever Cycling Summit in 2021, with an aim to promote the culture of cycling in the country. The Cycling Summit 2021 will be hosted in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
  • Union Cabinet has granted its approval to the Mission Karmayogi for Civil Services Capacity Building in India.
  • The Central Government has banned gaming app PUBG and 118 other applications in view of the emergent nature of threats.
  • The Union Territories(UTs) Ladakh & Lakshadweep have been included in the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme on ‘Integrated Management of Public Distribution System’.
  • National Nutrition Week is observed every year from 1st September to 7th September since 1982 .
  • Madhya Pradesh government has launched a 15-day campaign named ‘Gandagi Bharat Chhodo’.
  • Usha Padhee becomes 1st woman DG of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
  • The Hyderabad International Airport or GMR led Rajiv Gandhi International Airport won the ‘National Energy Leader’ and ‘Excellent Energy Efficient Unit’ awards at the 21st National Awards for ‘Excellence in Energy Management’.
  • India has joined the group of top 50 countries in the global innovation index for the first time, moving up four places to the 48th rank and keeping the top position among the nations in central and southern Asia. Switzerland, Sweden, the US, the UK and the Netherlands lead the innovation ranking, and the top 5 positions are dominated by high-income countries.
  • Chinese Navy has become the world’s largest navy. The country looks forward to set up its new PLA bases in the Indo-Pacific region. This announcement was made by Pentagon in its report to the US Congress.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved J&K official languages Bill 2020. According to the J&K official languages Bill 2020, Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi along with Urdu and English, will be the official languages in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Tamil Nadu has appointed India’s first-ever woman ambulance driver, M Veeralakshmi under a new initiative by CM Palaniswami.
  • India will soon be hosting the Quad meet with quadrilateral security dialogue grouping of countries involving India, Japan, Australia and the United States. India will also host 2+2 dialogue with the United States.
  • ICICI Bank has launched a virtual property exhibition under the name ‘Home Utsav’.
  • Team of NTPC Limited, the Central PSU under Ministry of Power, has won the All India Management Association (AIMA) Chanakya (Business Simulation Game) National Management Games (NMG) 2020.
  • Indian Grandmaster P Iniyan has won the prestigious 48th Annual World Open online chess tournament.
  • Saudi Arabia chaired the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Extraordinary Meeting which was held in the virtual mode.
  • Indian Navy and Russian Navy has commenced the 11th edition of a biennial bilateral maritime exercise “INDRA NAVY”.
  • Punjab government has rolled out “I Rakhwali” App to ensure greenery and to protect the environment in Punjab.
  • The 5th BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meeting was held under the chairpersonship of Russian Federation.

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