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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Def Minister Rajnath Singh Launched Indigenisation portal SRIJAN; DPSUs inked Contracts with Industry Partners and AcademiaRaksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launches Indigenisation portal SRIJAN

i.On August 14, 2020, i.e. on the final day of Atma Nirbhar Week celebration (Atmanirbharta Saptah) between August 7-14, 2020 of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and to boost Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (self-reliant India movement), Union Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) Rajnath Singh virtually launched Department of Defence Production (DDP) portal SRIJAN as a part of “opportunities for Make in India in Defence”.
ii.On the occasion four Contracts of Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC) under Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) and four MoUs between industry partners and Defence PSUs were also signed. A number of Expressions of Interest (EoI)/Requests for Proposal (RFP) were also issued.
About Ministry of Defence:
Rajnath Singh constituency– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP)
Minister of State (MoS)– Shripad Yesso Naik
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NITI Aayog’s AIM & NASSCOM launch ATL Artificial Intelligence Step-up modules for school studentsArtificial Intelligence Step-up modules to school students nationwide

i.On August 14, 2020 National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)’s Atal Innovation Mission(AIM) in collaboration with National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) has launched Atal Tinkering Lab(ATL) Artificial Intelligence(AI) Step-up module (ATL AI Step Up Module) through ‘ATL AI Modules’ for school students to empower youngest minds and drive innovations in the country to the next level.
ii.The module was launched in a virtual platform attended by CEO NITI Aayog Mr Amitabh Kant,  Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission Mr R Ramanan and NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh.
About NITI Aayog
CEO– Amitabh Kant
Head quarters– New Delhi
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EU launches Nirmanshree For Odisha and Maharashtra Women in Housing Sector

EU launches 1-mn-euro project in Maharashtra newEuropean Union has launched project ’Nirmanshree’ for enhancing the women skill towards housing construction sector. This is the first-of-its-kind sustainable housing on a large scale in India .The project will be implemented in Beed and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra and the Dhenkanal and Jajpur districts of Odisha.
i.A non-profit organisation, Habitat for Humanity India has also join hands with EU for funding this project.
ii.The total cost of the project is EUR 9,49,694 (INR 7,40,85,628 or US$1,075,307).90 percent of fund provides by EU and remaining 10 percent will be issued by Habitat for Humanity India.
iii.3,000 women will be trained for technical and entrepreneurial skills in housing sector which focus on area such as masonry, plumbing and electrical fitting, among others.
About Habitat for Humanity India
Headquarters – Mumbai,Maharashtra
MD – Rajan Samuel

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI’s Central Board headed by Shaktikanta Das approved a dividend of Rs 57,128 crore to Central GovtRBI approves dividend of ₹57,128 crore to govt

i.The 584th meeting of the Central Board of Reserve of Board(RBI) under the Chairmanship of Governor Shaktikanta Das approved the transfer of Rs 57,128 crore in surplus as dividend to the Central government for the accounting year 2019-20.
ii.The board decided  to maintain the Contingency Risk Buffer at 5.5%.
iii.The Board reviewed the current economic situation, continued global and domestic challenges, and the monetary, regulatory and other measures taken by the RBI to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
About RBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS         

Singer Shahzan Mujeeb Becomes 1st Brand Ambassador of Aligarh Municipal Corporation’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan CampaignIndian Idol Fame Shahzan Mujeeb signed as first ever National Brand Ambassador

Indian Idol Season11 Finalist and Oscar Nominated Playback Singer Shahzan Mujeeb became First Ever National Brand Ambassador of Aligarh Municipal Corporation for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Campaign at National and International level.
i.He is also a Music Composer and Music Director. His film Gera won the National Award for Best Gujarati Film.
Note : Aligarh Municipal Corporation (AMC) is the civic body that governs Aligarh city. Established under the Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act-1959.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO’s Chandryaan-2 Captured Images of Crater of Moon; one of the Craters Named ‘Sarabhai Crater’ after Vikram SarabhaiChandrayaan-2 captures image of crater on Moon

i.Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that Chandrayaan-2 has captured images of Crater of the Moon by Terrain Mapping Camera – 2 (TMC-2) and named one of the craters as ‘Sarabhai Crater’ after Indian astrophysicist Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai who is regarded as the Father of Indian Space program,  to celebrate his birth centena
ii.Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai’s 100th birth century was observed on  12th of August, 2020.
iii.Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER),to pay tribute to him, announced  that Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter has captured the Moon images of “Sarabhai” Crater.
About ISRO:
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman of ISRO & Secretary Department of Space (DoS)– Kailasavadivoo (K) Sivan
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IISc and ISRO developed sustainable process to make bricks on lunar surfaceIISc, Isro develop space bricks for lunar habitation

i.Team of researchers of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, Karnataka and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) developed a sustainable process for making brick-like structures named “Space Bricks” on the surface of the moon. The process uses the lunar soil, bacteria and guar beans to make the space brick.
ii.The process uses the Urea –  sourced from human urine and lunar soil as the raw materials for the construction on the lunar surface which reduces the overall expenditure.
About Indian Institute of Science (IISc):
Director– Govindan Rangarajan
Location– Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Chairman– Kailasavadivoo Sivan
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
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NSE, IIMB join hands to offer Platform for Investor EducationNSE, IIM-Bangalore join hands

National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) Investor Protection Fund Trust (NSE IPFT) and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) have jointly developed and launched Platform for Investor Education (PIE), an online investor education resource centre.
i.The PIE was launched in a virtual meet attended by Mr. Nagendraa Parakh, Executive Director of SEBI, Mr. Vikram Limaye MD & CEO of NSE  and Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director of IIM Bangalore.
About NSE:
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Vikram Limaye 
Headquarters – Mumbai.
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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book “A Bend in Time: Writings by Children on the Covid-19 pandemic” by Bijal Vachharajani ReleasedA book, titled A Bend in Time Writings by Children on the Covid-19 pandemic

A book titled “A Bend in Time : Writings by Children on the COVID 19 Pandemic” was released in July 2020, the introduction of which is written by award-winning children’s author Bijal Vachharajani. The book is published by Talking Cub (children’s imprint of Speaking Tiger).

  • The book showcased the emotions and thoughts of children and young adults, from across the country and social groups, about the greatest global crisis in recent times: the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Bijal Vachharajani is the winner of the AutHer Children’s Book Award 2020 and also named in the Parag Honour List 2020 of TATA Groups.

There are 12 contributing authors of the book viz. Archita Agrawal, Ishaan Ghosh, Lavanya Sinha, Mira Gupta, Omkar Mantri, Sharvari Sonawani, Shiv Malik, Shivani Sharma, Shreya Aiyer, Sofia Kakar, Tishya Tara and Uk!Yo.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Celebration of India’s 74th Independence Day 2020 – August 15India celebrates 74th Independence day 2020

i.Indians all around the world celebrate the 74th Independence Day on 15th August 2020, to mark the independence of India from rule of British Raj on 15th August 1947.
This day is celebrated to remember the sacrifice of the freedom fighters and to pay tribute to the personnels of the Armed forces, paramilitary and police forces for ensuring national safety.
ii.Narendra Modi, The Prime Minister of India, addresses the nations following the flag hoisting ceremony at the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi.
iii.On the event of 74th Independence day, an anti drone system developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation(DRDO) deployed near the Red Fort.
About DRDO:
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters– DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi.
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S.no Current Affairs 16 & 17 August 2020
1 Def Minister Rajnath Singh Launched Indigenisation portal SRIJAN; DPSUs inked Contracts with Industry Partners and Academia
2 NITI Aayog’s AIM, NASSCOM launch Artificial Intelligence Step-up modules for school students
3 EU launches Nirmanshree For Odisha and Maharashtra Women in Housing Sector
4 RBI’s Central Board headed by Shaktikanta Das approved a dividend of Rs 57,128 crore to Central Govt
5 Singer Shahzan Mujeeb Becomes First National Brand Ambassador of Aligarh Municipal Corporation
6 ISRO’s Chandryaan-2 Captured Images of the Moon; one of the Craters Named ‘Sarabhai Crater’ after Vikram Sarabhai
7 IISc and ISRO developed sustainable process to make bricks on lunar surface
8 NSE, IIMB join hands to offer Platform for Investor Education
9 Book “A Bend in Time: Writings by Children on the Covid-19 pandemic” by Bijal Vachharajani Released
10 Celebration of India’s 74th Independence Day 2020 – August 15

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