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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Prahlad Singh Patel virtually inaugurated 1st golf course of Mizoram, “Thenzawl Golf Resort” under Swadesh Darshan SchemeShri Prahlad Singh Patel virtually inaugurates world class “Thenzawl Golf Resort”

i.Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent charge) Prahlad Singh Patel virtually inaugurated the first golf course of Mizoram i.e. “Thenzawl Golf Resort” Project, implemented under the Swadesh Darshan (SD) Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, from New Delhi.
ii.The Project was constructed by Edufice Infraservices Private Limited of New Delhi.
iii.It should be noted that the centre has sanctioned Rs.92.25 Crore for development of the North East Circuit at Thenzawl & South Zote, District Serchhip and Reiek, Mizoram out of which an amount of Rs.64.48 Crore was sanctioned for various components at Thenzawl including the Golf Course.
iv.The Golf Course at Thenzawl is designed by Graham Cooke and Associates of Canada.
About Mizoram:
Chief Minister (CM)Zoramthanga
GovernorP.S Sreedharan Pillai 
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eVIN to Strengthen Immunisation Supply Chain, reached 32 States & UTseVIN,-Aimed-at-Strengthening-Immunisation-Supply-Chain,-Reaches-32-States-&-UTs-Health-Ministry

i.The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), which is used for efficient vaccine logistics management has reached 32 States and Union Territories (UTs) and will soon be rolled-out in the remaining State of Sikkim and Union Territories (UTs) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh and Ladakh.  
ii.eVIN provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country amid COVID-19.
iii.eVIN is being implemented under the National Health Mission (NHM) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister– Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State (MoS)– Ashwini Kumar Choubey
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Uttarakhand to develop India’s first snow leopard conservation centre in Uttarkashi forestsIndia's first snow leopard conservation centre

On August 01, 2020 Chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat chaired a meeting along with State forest minister Harak Singh Rawat and other officials to look into the setting up of the conservation centre. 
i.The conservation centre is set to come up at a place named Lanka, near Bhaironghati bridge in Uttarkashi district. 
ii.It will be built by the Uttarakhand forest department along the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of its six-year long project  Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems (SECURE) Himalayas. 
iii.Dutch Conservation Architect Anne Feenstra shared the details of the conservation centre.  
iv.The conservation centre is expected to create awareness of the Big Cat among the people. 
Snow Leopard in Uttarkhand:-
i.According to several researches, Uttarakhand is home to 86 snow leopards at present. 
ii.In Uttarakhand, snow leopards are found in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Gangotri National Park, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary and other places of altitude between 3000-4500 meters.
About Snow Leopard:

  • According to the World Wild Fund for Nature India (WWF), India is home to 450-500 snow leopards.
  • Snow Leopard is listed under Schedule – I of  Wildlife Protection Act of India which gives the big cat absolute protection against hunting and poaching .  
  • It is listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list.

About Uttarakhand:
Capital – Garsain (Summer),  Dehradun (Winter)
Chief MinisterTrivendra Singh Rawat
Governor – Baby Rani Maurya
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Northern Railway runs the first-ever Vyapar Mala express train for small tradersNorthern Railway runs first-ever Vyapar Mala Express train

On August 1, 2020 the Northern Railway ran its first Vyapar Mala Express train from Kishanganj in Delhi bound for Jirania in Tripura. It will help small traders to move their cargo in short time, cost effective, convenient and environment-friendly mode of transportation.
The train has 46 wagons and It is an express service where piece-meal stock will reach its destination in a shorter time.
Other facts about the train:
i.The train departed at Kishanganj, Delhi to reach Jirania and It will cover 2673 Km from Punjab to Tripura.
ii.Wheat was loaded in 34 wagons at Guniana station of Firozpur Division by Food Corporation of India and Rice and Pulses have been loaded in the remaining wagons.
iii.The Railway board has earned more than 94 lakh from this Vyapar Mala Express train.
About Northern Railway
Headquarters – New Delhi railway station
Division – Ambala (Haryana), Delhi railway division, Firozpur (Punjab), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh).

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India contributed USD 15.46 mn to India-UN Development Partnership Fund of UNOSSCIndia-contributes-USD-15

i.On August 5, 2020, the Government of India (GoI) has contributed USD 15.46 million to the India-UN (United Nations) Development Partnership Fund as a support to fellow developing nations for their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related projects. 
ii.In this regard, a cheque of USD 15.46 million handed over by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti to the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) Director Jorge Chediek at a ceremony held within social distancing guidelines at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
About United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC):
Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation– Jorge Chediek
Headquarter– New York, United States (US)
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BANKING & FINANCE

Aditya Birla Health Insurance Launches New Services and Products for COVID-19

Aditya-Birla-Health-Insurance-launches-new-servicesi.Aditya Birla Health Insurance Company Limited (ABHICL), the health insurance arm of Aditya Birla Capital Limited, has introduced new services, product solutions & add-ons to the existing products.
ii.This will enable customers to safeguard their health during COVID-19 i.e., from the 1st stage of  virus detection to post-recovery phase covering pre and post-hospitalization expenses.
iii.ABHICL to minimise the Initial waiting period from 30 to 15 days for all the policyholders for COVID-19 related Inpatient Hospitalization claims. This offering will be launched for policyholders soon.
About ABHICL
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
CEO– Mayank Bathwal 
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Airtel Announced the Multi Year Strategic Collaboration with Amazon to Tap Startups and SMEAirtel collaborates with Amazon to boost cloud offerings

On 5th August 2020, Bharti Airtel announced the multi-year strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services(AWS) to provide a comprehensive set of cloud solutions to the large enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises(SME) customers in India.
About Bharti Airtel Limited:
MD & CEO– Gopal Vittal (India and South Asia)
Headquarters– New Delhi
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

US conducted test flight of unarmed Minuteman 3 missileUS-conducts-test-flight-of-unarmed-Minuteman-3-missile

i.On August 4, 2020, the United States (US) Air Force conducted a scheduled test launch of an LGM-30G Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) carrying a load of three unarmed reentry vehicles, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US to a target in the Pacific Ocean.
ii.Missile’s three reentry vehicles traveled 4,200 miles (6,759 kilometers) to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of a developmental test.
iii.Minuteman III, manufactured by Boeing is a long-range, solid-fuel, three-stage ICBM with the capability to carry single or multiple nuclear warheads.
About United States (US):
Capital– Washington, D.C.
Currency– United States Dollar
President– Donald John Trump
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CPCB Developed COVID19BWM App to Track Biomedical Waste: Recommended by SC‘COVID19BWM APP’ for tracking biomedical waste daily

i.The Supreme Court (SC) has made it mandatory for all municipal corporations and state pollution control boards to use the ‘COVID19BWM App’ to track biomedical waste on a daily basis. 
ii.This ensures that the waste is collected, transported and sent to a registered common biomedical waste treatment facility. 
iii.The app was developed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in May 2020 following the directions from the National Green Tribunal(NGT).
About CPCB
CPCB functions under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
Chairman- Shri Shiv Das Meena, IAS 
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ENVIRONMENT

New twighopper species named Cladonotus bhaskari after Kerala researcher Dhaneesh BhaskarNew-twighopper-species-named-Cladonotus-bhaskari-after-Keralite-researcher-Dhaneesh-Bhaskar

i.After a span of 116 years, a first new species of twighopper, genus Cladonotus Saussure, was discovered from the Sinharaja rainforest of Sri Lanka by Croatian and German researchers. 
ii.The interesting fact is that this cockcomb-shaped twighopper has been named as Cladonotus bhaskari after Dhaneesh Bhaskar, a young conservation biologist and grasshopper expert from Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI).
iii.Notably, this newly discovered species is also the first known female of the genus, and its photograph is the first photo of the member of this genus in the natural habitat.
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Polar Bears in Arctic could become extinct by 2100: The Study published in Nature Climate ChangePolar-bears-could-go-extinct-by-2100-Study

i.The new study of University of Toronto Scarborough published in the journal of Nature Climate Change titled “Fasting season length sets temporal limits for global polar bear persistence” on 20th July 2020, states that climate change is starving the polar bears into extinction and concluded that the Polar bears in the Arctic could become extinct by 2100.
ii.Polar bears are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with climate change a key factor in their decline.
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SPORTS

Spanish Footballer Iker Casillas announces retirement at 39Legendary Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas announces retirement

On 4th August, 2020 Spain’s World Cup-winning Captain and  Goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement.  In 2014, Casillas became one of four players to represent Spain at four World Cups. Iker Casillas was born 20 May 1981 in  Móstoles, Spain. 
i.As Captain, he helped Spain lift the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and win two successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012. 
ii.With 167 International Caps, Casillas has the second most International appearances for Spain. 
iii.Casillas has played for Real Madrid for 16 years, winning three champions league titles and five la liga crowns. 
iv.He joined Portugese club Porto in 2015 and made 156 appearances winning two Primeira Liga titles and one Portuguese Cup.
Iker Casillas hadn’t played for Porto since May last year, after he had a heart attack during a practice session.
Honors:-
i.In 2008, Casillas finished fourth overall in the Ballon d’Or.He was named as the World’s best Goalkeeper for a record 5 times by International Federation of Football History & Statistics(IFFHS).
ii.Casillas won the Yashin Award (FIFA World Cup Golden Glove) in 2010 World Cup after he kept a joint–record five clean sheets.
iii.He received the Gold Medal of Royal order of Sporting Merit in 2009 and Royal Order of Sports Merit Cross in 2015.  The order is intended to recognize distinguished service in sports and physical education, it is awarded by his Majesty the King of Spain. 

OBITUARY

Former Maharashtra CM, Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passed away at 88 in PuneFormer Maharashtra Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passes away at 88

On August 5, 2020, Senior Congressman and former Maharashtra Chief Minister(CM) Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passed away at the age of 88 in Pune, Maharashtra. He Was born on 1 September 1931 in Nilanga, Hyderabad state (British India). 
About Dr. Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar
i.He had served as the 10th Chief Minister of Maharashtra for a year between 3rd June 1985 and 6th March 1986. 
ii.He also served as the member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly several times in the constituency of Nilanga.  
iii.He established the Maharashtra Educational Trust in the year 1968.
About Maharashtra: 
Capital – Mumbai
Chief Minister Uddhav Bal Thackeray
Governor – Bhagat Singh Koshyari

Father of Modern Indian theatre & Padma Awardee Ebrahim Alkazi Passed Away at 94Theatre doyen Ebrahim Alkazi passes away at 94

i.The Father of Modern Indian theatre, Ebrahim Alkazi  passed away at the age of 94 in Escorts Hospital, New Delhi due to a massive heart attack. He was a theatre director, drama teacher, and the longest-serving director of the National School of Drama(NSD) i.e., from 1962 to 1977. 
ii.He was credited for revolutionising India theatre. He was born on October 18, 1925 in Pune, Maharashtra.
iii.He won the Padma Vibhushan in 2010, Padma Bhushan in 1991, Padma Shri in 1966. 
About Padma Awards
The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
3 categories of the Award: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).
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William English, co-creator of computer mouse, passes away aged 91 William English, co-creator of computer mouse, passes away aged 91 in California

On July 26, 2020 the co-creator of the mouse, Mr. William English died at the age of 91 in California due to respiratory failure. He was born in 1929, Kentucky and studied electrical engineering at university before joining the US Navy.
He built the first mouse in 1963, with the help of the sketches made by Doug Engelbart while they were working on early computing.
About his invention
i.The first prototype of the mouse was built at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) which was a wooden block with a single button, two rolling wheels underneath at 90-degree angles that would record vertical and sideways movement.
ii.In 1968, at the San Francisco’s Civic auditorium, the mouse was put out to public view with demonstration using a video, and a NASA-owned projector, the size of a car. The demo was later called as the mother of all demos.
iii.In 1971, English left the Stanford Research Institute and joined Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) where he replaced the wheels of the mouse to a rolling ball. 
iv.English, also created the graphical desktop user interface system which is used by all modern computers.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Smriti Irani Launch the book ‘Swachh Bharat Kranti’Union-Ministers-Shri-Gajendra-Singh-Shekhawat-and-Smt-Smriti-Irani-launch-the-book-‘Swachh-Bharat-Kranti’-in-hindi

On 4th August, 2020 Union Minister for Jal Shakti  Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development  Smriti Zubin Irani launched the book ‘Swachh Bharat Kranti’ (Hindi) in New Delhi. 
i.‘Swachh Bharat Revolution’ which was released in October 2019 has been translated into Hindi and published as  “Swachh Bharat Kranti”.
ii.It has been edited by Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation. 
iii.The book captures the remarkable journey of Swachh Bharat Mission and looks into the process behind the social revolution. 
iv.Swachh Bharat Kranti contains 35 Essays from various stakeholders and contributors of Swachh Bharat Mission who share their perspective of the cleanliness mission.  
v.Union Minister Smriti Irani commended the role of women in making the Swachh Bharat Mission, a true Jan Andolan. 
About Swachh Bharat Mission:
Swachh Bharat Mission was a country wide campaign to eliminate open defecation and improve solid waste management. 
i.It was launched on 2nd October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi. 

  •  Slogan – One step towards Cleanliness. 

ii.The mission was split into two: rural and urban.
In rural areas “SBM – Gramin” financed and monitored through the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.           
“SBM – urban” is overseen by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. 
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IMPORTANT DAYS

World Lung Cancer Day 2020: August 1World-Lung-Cancer-Day-2020August-1

i.World Lung Cancer Day is observed annually on August 1 to raise awareness about the causes and treatment of lung cancer and its global impact, creating an educational movement to understand the risks of lung cancer and early treatment around the world.
ii.The World Lung Cancer Day campaign was initiated in 2012 by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies(FIRS) in collaboration with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and also including the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in the U.S.
About FIRS
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland 
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International Plastic Bag Free Day 2020 – July 3International Plastic Bag Free Day 2020

The International Plastic Bag Free Day is a global initiative by the activists from activist associations like Zero Waste Europe’s Bag Free World and German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GAIA), observed on 3rd July every year to create a worldwide awareness about the Plastic pollution and the contribution of the single use plastics to the global catastrophe.
The first International Plastic Bag Free Day was observed on 3rd July 2009.
Background:
The day is dedicated to highlight the critical issues caused by that disposable single use carry bags and to create awareness on the effects of these plastics on nature, marine life and animal life.
Events:
i.To celebrate the International Plastic Bag free Day, more than 2000 organisations from all over the world participates in the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement, global movements to eliminate the use of single-use plastics.
ii.These organisations work on the need for alternative to the disposable plastic bags to reduce the plastic pollution.
Key Points:
i.The plastic bag takes more than 100 to 500 years to completely decompose.
ii.More than 100000 marine lives are affected by the plastic bags.

STATE NEWS

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar launched Parivar Pehchan PatrasHaryana-Chief-Minister-Manohar-Lal-Khattar-launches-'Parivar-Pehchan-Patra'

On 4th August 2020, Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana launched the ‘Parivar Pehchan Patras’(PPP), an initiative of the state government developed by the team CMO (Chief Minister’s Office) for effective and efficient delivery of central and state schemes to the people in a transparent way. 
About Haryana:
Chief Minister– Manohar Lal Khattar
Governor– Satyadeo Narain Arya
Capital– Chandigarh
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Haryana Minister Anil Vij Launches “Works Management System” Web Portal to its ULBsWorks Management System' Web portal for management

On 4th August 2020, Haryana’s Urban local bodies and Home Minister Anil Vij launched the first of its kind, “Works Management System”, a web-based, paperless and centralised web portal for the management and monitoring of the development works in the Urban Local Bodies(ULB) in Haryana.
Key Points:
i.This centralised web portal will bring in all the workings of ULB in Haryana under a single platform and any kind of delay in the completion of works will be displayed on the portal.
ii.The portal will enable transparency and reduce corruption in the state.
iii.The direction for the allotment of development projects in the municipal bodies and the completion of the entire process over online through this portal are provided.
iv.The training for the officers and employees are provided to ensure the seamless functioning of the system.
v.The portal will enable the Chief Minister, Additional Chief Secretary and the Director of the Department to access the progress of the development works on their dashboard and mobile phones.

Andhra Pradesh Government signed an MoU with ISB to drive economic growth of the state Andhra-govt-inks-MoU-with-ISB-to-drive-economic-growth

i.On August 5, 2020 the Andhra Pradesh Government virtually signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through the Economic Development Board, with the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB) in order to work with various economic departments in the state.
ii.The MoU was signed by theChief Executive (CEO) of Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, J V N Subramanyam and ISB Dean Rajendra Srivastava signed in the presence of Industries and Commerce Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy. 
iii.Objective: To recover the economy and to monitor the growth of the state during the COVID-19 phase.
iv.According to the MoU, a laboratory called “GoAP-ISB Policy Lab” would be set up to drive the evidence-based policy decisions.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Capital – Amaravati
Chief Minister – Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
Governor – Biswabhusan Harichandan 
About Indian School of Business (ISB)
Chairman of the Board– Harish Manwani
Dean – Rajendra Srivastava
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AC GAZE

A device named “AJO-Neo” developed : SNBNCBS

S.N. Bose National Centre For Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), Kolkata, an autonomous research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India,has developed a No-touch & Painless device named “AJO-Neo” for non-invasive screening of bilirubin level in new-borns.

KVIC and ITBP sign MoU to supply mustard oil

In a bid to support the “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” initiative, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to supply mustard oil

Note: ITBP became the first Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to have supplies from the KVIC.
About KVIC:
Chairman– Vinai Kumar Saxena
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

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1 Prahlad Singh Patel virtually inaugurated 1st golf course of Mizoram, “Thenzawl Golf Resort”
2 eVIN to Strengthen Immunisation Supply Chain, reached 32 States & UTs
3 Uttarakhand to develop India’s first snow leopard conservation centre in Uttarkashi forests
4 Northern Railway runs the first-ever Vyapar Mala express train for small traders
5 India contributed USD 15.46 mn to India-UN Development Partnership Fund of UNOSSC
6 Aditya Birla Health Insurance Launches New Services and Products for COVID-19
7 Airtel Announced the Multi Year Strategic Collaboration with Amazon to Tap Startups and SMB
8 US conducted test flight of unarmed Minuteman 3 missile
9 CPCB Developed COVID19BWM App to Track Biomedical Waste: Recommended by SC
10 New twighopper species named Cladonotus bhaskari after Kerala researcher Dhaneesh Bhaskar
11 Polar Bears in Arctic will become extinct by 2100: The Study published in Nature Climate Change
12 Spanish Footballer Iker Casillas announces retirement at 39
13 Former Maharashtra CM, Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passed away at 88 in Pune
14 Father of Modern Indian theatre & Padma Awardee Ebrahim Alkazi Passed Away at 94
15 William English, co-creator of computer mouse, passes away aged 91
16 Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Smriti Irani Launch the book ‘Swachh Bharat Kranti’
17 World Lung Cancer Day 2020: August 1
18 International Plastic Bag Free Day 2020 – July 3
19 Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar launched Parivar Pehchan Patras
20 Haryana Minister Anil Vij Launches “Works Management System” Web Portal to its ULBs
21 Andhra Pradesh Government signed an MoU with ISB to drive economic growth of the state
22 A device named “AJO-Neo” developed : SNBNCBS
23 KVIC and ITBP sign MoU to supply mustard oil

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