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Current Affairs (9-15 August 2020)

The Submarine Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The 2300 km long submarine cable will create countless opportunities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by providing better internet and mobile connectivity.

An “environmental emergency” has been announced by the island nation Mauritius. An environmental emergency has been declared as a Japanese Bathok career. “MV Vakashio” is surrounded on a rock in Mauritius, which starts leaking oil into the sea.

On August 10, 2020, Mount Sinabung in Indonesia exploded, which filled the sky with smoke and ash.

India’s domestic e-commerce marketplace Flipkart has signed an MoU with the One District, One Product (ODOP) scheme of the Uttar Pradesh government.

The government launched the national portal “Suraksha” on human-elephant confrontation. The purpose of this portal will also be to manage the collection of real-time information and the disposal of human-elephant collisions at the right time.

The National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) online dashboard has been inaugurated by the government. The new platform “NIP” will act as a one stop solution for all stakeholders for information on infrastructure projects in New India.

Russia has become the first country to register the COVID-19 vaccine.

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country for the fourth time.

The government banned the import of 101 defense items to promote a self-reliant India.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has developed a new web portal named ‘AIR SUVIDHA’ for India-bound international travelers.

PM Modi will launch the platform for ‘transparent taxation – respect for honest’. It will take the journey of new direct tax reforms even further and reward honest taxpayers.

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare virtually launched the Krishi Megh (NARES-Cloud Infrastructure and Services) along with the KVC ALUNET (Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Chhatr Alumni Network) and Online Accreditation System for Higher Agricultural Educational Institutions (HEI) here at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi 

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his entire government have resigned due to the massive explosion in Beirut, due to the outbreak of public outrage in Lebanon and their failure to prevent disaster on the Lebanese government.

“Indira Van Mitan” scheme has been launched by the Government of Chhattisgarh. The goal of this new scheme is to make the forest dwellers of the state self-reliant.

The Government of Gujarat launched the Chief Minister Kisan Sahay Yojana.

Nitin Sethi of The Huffington Post India and Shiv Sahay Singh of The Hindu on Saturday bagged the prestigious Asian College of Journalism’s Award for Investigative Journalism and the K. P. Narayana Kumar Memorial Award for Social Impact Journalism, respectively.

A Spacetech startup, Skyroot Aerospace, has successfully tested an upper stage rocket engine “Raman”. Skyrot Aerospace has become the first Indian private firm to showcase the ability to manufacture a homegrown rocket engine. “Raman” is a 3-D printed rocket engine named after Nobel Prize winner CV Raman.

Mumbai’s Dadar has become the first city in India to use the women’s symbol on traffic signals and signage.

Minister of Water Power launched the Swachh Bharat Mission Academy. SBM Academy was launched during the current week-long behavior change campaign ‘Gandgi Mukt Bharat’.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced the introduction of ‘Positive Pay’ facility for all checks valued at Rs 50,000 and above.

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has announced the launch of a special scheme called ‘Special Revival Campaign’ to revive Laps (stopped) policies.

Union Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari has addressed “India @ 75 Summit – Mission 2022” organized by Confederation of Indian Industries through video conferencing.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that daughters are entitled to enjoy equal property rights even if they were born before the Hindu Succession Act 2005 amendment.

President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Nahyan, have agreed to a full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Israel has successfully tested its advanced missile defense system, the “Arrow-2” (“Arrow-2”) ballistic missile interceptor.

The Assam government will provide Rs 830 per month to 1730 poor families under the ambitious “Orunodoi” scheme to empower women financially.

Vice Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, AVSM, NM, has been appointed as Director General Naval Operations (DGNO).

The “Fit India Freedom Run” will be organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It will be from 15 August to 02 October 2020. The ministry is going to organize a “Fit India Freedom Run” from 15 August to 2 October to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to mark India’s 74th Independence Day.

The Air Unique-Quality Monitoring (AUM) photonic system has been developed indigenously, with the main objective of real-time remote monitoring of air quality.

An offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard has been launched and re-named as the Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Sarthak’.

Goa’s traditional festive sweet dish ‘Khaje’ (‘Khaje’), spicy Harmal Peppers and Mindoli Banana (Moira Banana) have been tagged Geographical Indication (GI) from the Geographical Indication Registry.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden elected California Senator Kamala Harris to join his vice-presidential race on August 11, 2020 for the 2020 US elections.

Saudi Arabia has exhausted its debt and oil supply to Pakistan, ending decades of friendship between the two countries.

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