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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

India extended US$18 mn Line of Credit to Maldives for expansion of fishing facilities at MIFCO

India-extends-Line-of-Credit-worth-18-million-US-dollars-to-Maldives-for-expansion-of-fishing-facilities-at-MIFCOi.On August 5, 2020, India has extended the Line of Credit (LoC) worth US$18 million to the Government of Maldives for the expansion of fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO) based in Felivaru, Lhaviyani Atoll, through the development of fish collection and storage facilities, and the setting up of a tuna cooked plant and fishmeal plant.
ii.The credit line agreement was signed by India’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM)’s Chief General Manager Sudhattaa Mandal and Maldivian Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer.
iii.This extension is a part of US$800 million LoC offered by India through Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) carrying an interest rate of 1.75% with repayment tenor of 20 years and a 5-year moratorium.
About Maldives:
Capital– Male
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

UN’s Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond: Around 23.8 Million Children May Drop Out of School Due to the Impacts of COVID-19

24-million-may-drop-out-of-school-due-to-COVID-19-impacti.On 4th August 2020, António Guterres Secretary-General of United Nations(UN) launched the report titled “Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond” states that around 23.8 million additional children and youths may drop out or not have access to education in 2021 due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
ii.
The Policy brief was built on United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO)’s data and features recommendations on ways to avoid the emerging disaster.
iii. UNESCO led the drafting of the Policy Brief authored by António Guterres, Secretary-General, which contains the input of 15 organisations.
About United Nations:
Secretary General– António Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
About UNESCO:
Director General– Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters– Paris, France
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BANKING & FINANCE

Airtel Payments Bank partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer “Smart Plan Shop Package Policy”

Airtel-Payments-Bank-partners-Bharti-AXA-General-Insurance-to-secure-retailers-and-merchantsi.On August 6, 2020, Airtel Payments Bank has entered into a partnership with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer the latter’s affordable and newly launched shop insurance product namely “Smart Plan Shop Package Policy” for financial protection of the bank’s retailers and merchants.
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The policy will provide financial protection in case of damage to assets inside the shop due to fire and allied perils and burglary, among others, as covered in the product.
iii.The insurance policy has a flexible sum insured option, starting from Rs 2 lakh up to Rs 25 lakh.
About Airtel Payments Bank:
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Anubrata Biswas
Headquarter– New Delhi, Delhi
About Bharti AXA General Insurance:
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Sanjeev Srinivasan
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Global remittances may lose $108.6 bn in 2020: ADB

Global-remittances-may-lose-$108

i.In accordance with the report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) published on August 3, 2020, if the economic impact of Covid-19 persists throughout the year then global remittances may fall by $108.6 billion in 2020.
ii.Migrant workers are in extreme situations while many others are facing scant job security and limited access to social assistance.
iii.In the last three months of the outbreak, global remittances will fall by $108.6 billion in 2020.  This is equivalent to an 18.3% decline from what would have been expected without the impact of Covid-19.
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
Members– 68 Nations
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FutureBrand Index 2020: Reliance Industries Ranked 2nd Biggest Brand;Apple Topped

Reliance-Industries-ranked-second-biggest-brand-globally-after-Apple-FutureBrand-Index-2020On 4th August 2020, FutureBrand Index 2020 was released, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Oil and Gas Company ranked as the Second Biggest Brand for its recognition associated with its growth, innovative products and customer service after Apple which topped the index.
Reliance Industries Limited:
i.Reliance Industries Limited is owned by Mukesh Ambani is one of the companies of the future among Nextera Energy, ASML and other high tech, renewable and ethical organisations.
ii.It is the only Indian Company in the Top 10 and Second Indian organisation on the ranking.
FutureBrand Index 2020:
i.Future Brand Index, the global perception study based on the assessment of the company’s performance, reordered the PwC’s Global Top 100 Companies which was based on the Market Capitalisations.
ii.Future Brand Index examines the leading firms all over the world and evaluates their growth over the years.
iii.In the Future Brand Index 2020 Samsung is ranked 3rd followed by Nvidia, Moutai, Nike, Microsoft, ASML, PayPal and Netflix in the top 10.
iv.Tata is ranked 65 for its technology business.
Note:
RIL ranked 91st in the PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) Global Top 100 companies 2020.
Top 3 Companies in FutureBrand Index 2020:

Rank  Company
1 Apple
2 Reliance Industries Limited
3 Samsung


About Reliance Industries Limited(RIL):
Founder Chairman– Dhirubhai Ambani
Chairman & Managing Director(CMD)- Mukesh Ambani
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Indian Express Journalist Dipankar Ghose and PARI, a Non-Profit Journalism Website Bags Prem Bhatia award 2020 

Indian-Express-reporter-Dipankar-Ghose-and-People’s-Archive-of-Rural-India-win--Prem-Bhatia-award-2020Prem Bhatia award 2020 is conferred upon Indian Express reporter Dipankar Ghose‘Outstanding Political Reporting of The Year 2020’ and People’s Archive of Rural India(PARI), a non-profit journalism website – ‘Outstanding Environmental Reporting of The Year 2020’.

  • Dipankar Ghose bagged the award for his political reporting on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the migrant labour crisis.
  • PARI was awarded for its extensive field reports, including climate change effects and the impact of the pandemic on rural India. It is dedicated to reporting on rural India.

About Prem Bhatia awards
The Prem Bhatia Awards were instituted in 1995 by the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust, in memory of eminent journalist Prem Bhatia (1911 – 1995).It is given annually.
Outstanding Political Reporting of The Year– Rs 2,00,000 will be given to a journalist who has reported the major political events of the year with objectivity.
Outstanding Environmental Reporting of The Year– Rs 1,50,000 is awarded for the journalist who has shown most promise in reporting on environmental, developmental or social affairs.
Earlier recipients of the award
Earlier  recipients of the award include, Raj Chengappa, Neerja Chowdhury, Suhasini Haider, Praveen Swamy, Rajdeep Sardesai and P Sainath among others.

‘Moothon’ and ‘Son Rise’ wins awards at 20th edition of New York Indian Film Festival

‘Moothon’,-‘Son-Rise’-win-awards-at-20th-New-York-Indian-Film-Festivali.On 2nd August 2020, Malayalam film ‘Moothon’ and National Award winning documentary ‘Son Rise’ won awards at the 20th edition of New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF) of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) which was conducted as a virtual event with the celebrities of the film industries and award winners participating from all across India and the United States.
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More than 45 feature length narratives, short and documentaries of India were showcased in the virtual edition of 20th NYIFF held from 24th July 2020 to 2nd August 2020.
About Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC):
Executive Director & President– Sunil Hali
Chairman– Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo
Headquarters– New York, United States of America

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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS      

Manoj Sinha appointed as Lt Governor of J&K; Succeeds Girish Chandra Murmu

Manoj-Sinha-Appointed-J&K-Lieutenant-Governor-After-GC-Murmu-Resignsi.President of India, Ram Nath Kovind appointed Manoj Sinha(61 years old), former union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Uttar Pradesh(UP) as Lieutenant(Lt) Governor of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K), effective from the date he assumes charge.
ii.He succeeds Girish Chandra Murmu, the 1st Lt governor of the Union Territory(UT) of J&K who resigned on August 5, 2020.
About J&K:
Capital– Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter)
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Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of SEBI gets Another 18 Months Extension

Govt-extends-Ajay-Tyagi's-term-as-Sebi-chairman-by-18-months-till-Feb-2022An order of Department of Personnel Training informed that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC), Government of India (GoI), has approved another extension of Ajay Tyagi’s term as Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) for 18 months, with effect from(w.e.f)01.09.2020 up to 28.02.2022 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

  • The government had granted a 6-month extension to him before the expiry of his three-year tenure on March 1, 2020.
  • He took charge from his predecessor, U K Sinha, on March 1, 2017.

Note– UK Sinha, who was initially appointed for a three-year term, was also given multiple extensions. He remained in the post for six years from 2011 to 2017.
About Ajay Tyagi
i.He is a 1984 batch IAS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre.
ii.Prior to his appointment as chairman of SEBI he served as an additional secretary (investment) in the Department of Economic Affairs under the Finance Ministry.
About SEBI:
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra    

Win Trade Fantasy Sports(WTF) appoints Suresh Raina, Harmanpreet Kaur as global brand ambassadors

WTF-Sports-appoints-Suresh-Raina,-Harmanpreet-Kaur-as-global-brand-ambassadorsIndian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina & Indian women’s team captain(T20I) Harmanpreet Kaur were appointed as Global brand ambassadors of Win Trade Fantasy (WTF) Sports . In addition to this, Suresh Raina has also joined the brand as Strategic Partner.

  • World Trade Fantasy (WTF) Sports is a fantasy sports gaming platform, which was formally launched in India and other parts of the world on 6th August, 2020.
  • Users can create their own team made up of real-life players from upcoming matches, score points based on their on-field performance and compete with other fans.
  • The app at present hosts Fantasy Cricket, Football and Basketball. It lets users strategize and use their sports knowledge to get rewards.
  • The announcement was made through a web conference by co-founders of WTF India and Global Vinit Bhatia, Manit Parikh and Yash Kadakia.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

Oman India Joint Investment Fund II Acquired 1.63% stake in DCB Bank 

Oman-India-Joint-Investment-Fund-II-buys-1Oman India Joint Investment Fund(OIJIF) II  acquired 5.07 million (50,69,903) shares or 1.63% stake in DCB Bank Limited(DCB Bank)through a block trade (bulk deal) on stock exchanges. The stake is valued at Rs 42 crore.

  • The shares were purchased at an average price of Rs 81.90 valuing the transaction at Rs 41.52 crore.

About OIJIF 
OIJIF is a growth capital private equity fund focused on investing in the mid-market segment in India. It receives support from its General Partners, State Bank of India (SBI) and State General Reserve Fund(SGRF) of Oman .
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chief Executive Officer–  Srinath Srinivasan
About DCB Bank:
DCB bank, formerly Development Credit Bank is one of the emerging private sector banks in India
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Nasser Munjee
Managing Director & CEO– Murali M Natrajan

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Indian Railways introduces OHE Inspection app for real-time monitoring

Indian-Railways-introduces-OHE-Inspection-app-for-real-time-monitoringIndian Railways has launched an Overhead Equipment (OHE) Inspection app which will help in minimizing the train delays and long waits due to technical snags. The app has been rolled out on a Pan India basis.
Features
i.The Overhead Equipment (OHE) app will monitor the overhead wire in real-time and if there are any defects in it, it will alert the Indian Railways.
ii.Global Positioning System (GPS) based tracking of the patrolman.
iii.Real time capturing of Overhead Equipment defects and provision of taking Photographs.
iv.Exception alerts to the Indian Railways.
Towards 100% Punctuality
On 1 July, 2020 for the first time in the history of Indian Railways, 100% punctuality of trains was achieved as 201 trains arrived at their destination at the right time.  The previous best was 99.54% on 23rd May, 2020.
Indian Railways
Union Minister for Railways – Piyush Vedprakash Goyal
Railway Board Chairman – V K Yadav

OBITUARY

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction novelist Shirley Ann Grau died at 91

Pulitzer-Prize-winning-novelist-Shirley-Ann-Grau-dies-at-91On august 6, 2020 the famous fiction writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Shirley Ann Grau, died at the age of 91 due to stroke in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. She was born on July 8, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
About Shirley Ann Grau
i.She wrote six novels and four short stories which are all set in the Deep South, from New Orleans to north Louisiana and Alabama.
ii.Her stories and novels express the issues of race and gender at the Deep South. Her first book, The Black Prince was published in 1954, when she was 26.
iii.She was often referred as “Southern woman writer” and her works were frequently compared to that of fellow Southerner Flannery O’Connor.
Awards
i.Shirley won the Pulitzer Prize for her fourth book, “The Keepers of the House” in 1965 which speaks about the romance between a wealthy white man and his black housekeeper in rural Alabama which drew critical praise and threatening phone calls.
ii.The Book, “The Black Prince and Other Stories” was nominated for the National Book Award in 1956.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Yatish Yadav’s new book ‘RAW: A History of India’s Covert Operations’ offers a peek into the exploits of Indian spymasters

Yatish Yadav’s new book ‘RAW A History of India’s Covert Operations’ offers a peek into the exploits of Indian spymastersThe famous Journalist and Author, Yatish Yadav wrote a new book titled, “RAW (Research and Analysis Wing): A History of India’s Covert Operations”, narrates the heroic operations carried out by the Indian external spy agency, RAW has been published by Westland Publications and is available in Amazon and other bookstores in India.
About the book:
i.The book narrates the operatives of the Spy agency, and its significant role on national security and long-term secret diplomacy.
ii.The book also gives details of the real spies and reveals the unknown aspects of their life, trauma and temptation, triumphs they faced during their mission.
About RAW
i.RAW was founded by the spymaster Rameshwar Nath Kao, which was established in 1968
ii.The main purpose of RAW is to satisfy the need for increased intelligence that was identified during the Sino-Indian Border War in 1962 and during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Hiroshima Day 2020 – August 6

Hiroshima-Day-2020-August-6i.August 6th of every year is observed as Hiroshima Day to mark the world’s first atomic bombing on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II which instantly killed more than 70,000 people. The day is to remember the victims of the bombing and to promote world peace and create awareness about the hazards of Nuclear Power and nuclear weapons.
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6th August 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima Day.
About Japan:
Prime Minister– Shinzō Abe
Capital– Tokyo
Currency– Japanese Yen
UNESCO World Heritage SiteGenbaku Dome, one of the few structures left standing in the city center after the bomb
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STATE NEWS

Haryana Govt launched Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana & Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana for state’s girls & women

Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana Schemei.In order to give a major boost to ”Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, on August 5, 2020, state government of Haryana has launched two schemes, with a total outlay of Rs 256 crore, viz. launched “Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana” to provide free sanitary napkins to girls and women of below poverty line (BPL) families, and also initiated “Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana” to provide fortified flavoured skimmed milk powder to women and children.
ii.These schemes were launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar through video conferencing.
About Haryana:
Capital– Chandigarh
Governor– Satyadeo Narain Arya
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Chhattisgarh govt launched Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Sangrahak Samajik Suraksha Yojana for tendu leaves collectors

Chhattisgarh govt launches scheme for tendu leaves collectorsi.On the occasion of birth anniversary of slain Congress leader Mahendra Karma, i.e. on August 5, 2020, the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister (CM) Bhupesh Baghel launched a social security scheme namely “Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Sangrahak Samajik Suraksha Yojana” for tendu leaves collectors in the state covering over 12 lakh families, mostly tribals and forest dwellers.
ii.Tendu leaves: Used for making bidis (leaf-wrapped cigarettes), these are collected by forest dwellers and from them it is purchased by the state government.
iii.Mahendra Karma: He was popularly known as Bastar tiger for his tough stand against Naxals. He was among 29 people, including senior Congress leaders, who were killed in a Naxal attack in Jhiram valley of Bastar district on May 25, 2013.
About Chhattisgarh:
Chief Minister– Bhupesh Baghel
Governor– Anusuiya Uikey
Capital– Raipur
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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh launches ‘Pride of Punjab’ partnership of State Govt, YuWaah for youth development

Amarinder Singh launches Pride of Punjabi.On 5th August 2020, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched the ‘Pride of Punjab’ programme through video conferencing.The programme is a partnership programme between the Department of Youth Services and Sports and YuWaah – a joint initiative of UNICEF, other UN agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.
ii.The launch was attended by Minister for Department of Sports & Youth Services Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, United Nations Children’s Fund Special Representative for Young people Mr. Ravi Venkatesan, Mr. Abhishek Gupta, Chief Operating Officer YuWaah(Generation Unlimited India) and others.
About Punjab:
Capital – Chandigarh
Governor – V. P. Singh Badnore
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India’s first mobile RT-PCR COVID lab was inaugurated by Karnataka’s Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar in Karnataka

On August 5, 2020 Karnataka’s Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar inaugurated India’s first Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT- PCR) COVID-19 mobile Lab approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The mobile lab is called the Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting lab (MITR) which was developed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru and handed over to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) in Bengaluru.
About the lab
i.The lab is capable of producing 100% results within 4 hours and it can conduct 9000 RT-PCR tests per month.
ii.The mobile lab can also be used for molecular diagnostic-testing and will be deployed in coronavirus hot spots quickly.
iii.Apart from COVID-19 test, the lab can be used for testing H1N1, HCV, TB, HPV and HIV among others.

AC GAZE

Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel launched : Narendra Singh Tomar 

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has launched “Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel”, a new initiative by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and the guidance videos produced by NCDC on ‘Formation and Registration of A Cooperative’ also launched  in Hindi and regional language of eighteen different states.The headquarters of NCDC is New Delhi.

Foundation Stone of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur laid: Himachal Pradesh

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sirmaur at  Dhaula kuan in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh through Video conference ,along with Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shri Jai Ram Thakur;Minister of State for Finance Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Minister of State for Education Shri Sanjay Dhotre.

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S.no Current Affairs 7 August 2020
1 India extended US$18 mn Line of Credit to Maldives for expansion of fishing facilities at MIFCO
2 UN’s Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond: Around 23.8 Million Children May Drop Out of School Due to the Impacts of COVID-19
3 Airtel Payments Bank partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer “Smart Plan Shop Package Policy”
4 Global remittances may lose $108.6 bn in 2020: ADB
5 FutureBrand Index 2020: Reliance Industries Ranked 2nd Biggest Brand after Apple on Top
6 Indian Express Journalist Dipankar Ghose and PARI, a Non-Profit Journalism Website Bags Prem Bhatia award 2020
7 ‘Moothon’ and ‘Son Rise’ wins awards at 20th edition of New York Indian Film Festival
8 Manoj Sinha appointed as Lt Governor of J&K; Succeeds Girish Chandra Murmu
9 Ajay Tyagi, Chairman of SEBI gets Another 18 Months Extension
10 Win Trade Fantasy Sports(WTF) appoints Suresh Raina, Harmanpreet Kaur as global brand ambassadors
11 Oman India Joint Investment Fund II Acquired 1.63% stake in DCB Bank
12 Indian Railways introduces OHE Inspection app for real-time monitoring
13 Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction novelist Shirley Ann Grau died at 91
14 Yatish Yadav’s new book ‘RAW: A History of India’s Covert Operations’ offers a peek into the exploits of Indian spymasters
15 Hiroshima Day 2020 – August 6
16 Haryana Govt launched Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana & Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana for state’s girls & women
17 Chhattisgarh govt launched Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Sangrahak Samajik Suraksha Yojana for tendu leaves collectors
18 Punjab CM Amarinder Singh launches ‘Pride of Punjab’ partnership of State Govt, YuWaah for youth development
19 India’s first mobile RT-PCR COVID lab was inaugurated by Karnatka’s Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar in Karnataka
20 Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel launched : Narendra Singh Tomar
21 Foundation Stone of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur laid: Himachal Pradesh

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