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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

India’s first ‘Kisan Rail’ flagged off from Devlali Railway Station of Maharashtra

India's-first-'Kisan-Rail'-flagged-off-from-Maha's-Deolalii.On August 7, 2020 Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways and Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare flagged off the India’s 1st Kisan Rail, a Special Parcel Train from Maharashtra’s Devlali to Bihar’s Danapur Railway station
through video link.
ii.This is the 1st ever multi commodity train of Indian Railways that carries fruits like Pomegranate, Banana, Grapes etc and vegetables like Capsicum, Cauliflower etc.
iii.The train will run on a weekly basis.
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Chief Minister– Uddhav Thackeray
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PM Modi Addresses Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under NEP

PM Modi virtually addresses Conclave on under National Education Policyi.On 7th August 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy(NEP) organised by the Ministry of Education in association with University Grants Commission(UGC) over a virtual platform and discussed various aspects of NEP 2020, which replaces the National Policy on Education framed in 1986 with academicians and scientists.
ii.The objective of this new policy is that the education system should ensure that the current and next generation are “future ready”, which will establish a foundation for the 21st century India- New India.
About University Grants Commission (UGC):
Chairman– Prof. D. P. Singh
Location– New Delhi
About Ministry of Education:
Union Minister– Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre
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IBBI amended Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2016

IBBI amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of Indiai.In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (t) of sub-section (1) of section 196 read with section 240 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (31 of 2016), the Insolvency and
Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2016 by the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Liquidation Process) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2020.
ii.The IBBI has amended regulations for the liquidation process to provide more clarity on fee payable to liquidators.
About IBBI:
It is the regulator for overseeing insolvency proceedings and entities like Insolvency Professional Agencies (IPA), Insolvency Professionals (IP) and Information Utilities (IU) in India.
Chairperson– MS Sahoo
Headquarter– New Delhi
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NHAI signs MoU with IIT Delhi to set up CoE for Advance Data Management System for HighwaysNHAI-Signs-MoU-with-IIT-Delhi-for-Setting-UP-Center-of-Excellence-on-Use-of-Artificial-Intellience-in-Data-Driven-Decesion-Making-in-NHAI

  • On 6th August, 2020 National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) signed an agreement with IIT Delhi to set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in data driven decision making and Advance Data Management System for Highways (ADMS Highways).
  • The MoU was signed in the presence of Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Chairman NHAI and Director of IIT Delhi Dr V Ram Gopal Rao.

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UNESCO Recognises Venkatraipur & Noliasahi of Odisha as ‘Tsunami Ready’; India Becomes 1st Country in Indian Ocean Region to Receive the Honour

UNESCO-recognises-two-Odisha-villages-as-Tsunami-Ready

i.United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognises the two coastal villages of Odisha as “Tsunami Ready” for their overall preparedness to face the tsunami.
ii.The two villages are Venkatraipur and Noliasahi.
iii.Odisha became the first state in India and India became the first country in the Indian Ocean Region to achieve this status of “Tsunami ready” from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
About Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC):
Executive Secretary & Assistant Director General of UNESCO for IOC– Vladimir Ryabinin
Head Office– Paris, France
About Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA):
Managing Director– Pradeep Kumar Jena
Head Office– Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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Simplilearn and NSDC Announce Collaboration to Upskill Professionals in Digital SkillsSimplilearn-and-NSDC-Announce-Collaboration-to-Upskill-Professionals-in-Digital-Skills

i.In order to support the continuity of digital skilling of the Indian workforce, Simplilearn, a global provider of digital skills training joined hands with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
ii.Under this collaboration, Simplilearn will host more than 1,000 hours of free learning in digital skills and technologies for learners across India under the categories of AI and Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Science & Business Intelligence, Cyber Security, Software Development, Project management, and Digital marketing.
iii.This partnership is aligned to the Skill India Mission.
About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC):
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Dr. Manish Kumar
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
About Simplilearn:
Executive Officer (CEO)– Krishna Kumar
Headquarter– San Francisco, United states (US)
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa registers landslide victory in Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections

Sri-Lanka-Ruling-party-led-by-PM-Mahinda-Rajapaksa-registers-landslide-victory-in-Parliamentary-electionsi.Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka were held on 5 August 2020 to elect 225 members to Sri Lanka’s 16th Parliament.
ii.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) headed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has won 145 (plus five more seats from allies) in the elections, securing two-thirds majority in the parliament

  • The two-thirds supermajority will give them powers to change the constitution.
  • Samagi Jana balawega (SJB) led by Sajith Premadasa has emerged as the main opposition party with 54 seats.
  • Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe’s United National Party (UNP) has got only a single seat.
  • Predominant Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which represents north and east tamil speaking regions has won only ten seats.
  • The new parliament is set to meet for the first time on August 20.

iii.Sri Lanka is a democratic republic and unitary state, which is governed by a semi-presidential system, a mixture of parliamentary and presidential system.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damordas Modi congratulated Mahinda Rajapaksa on the imminent victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).
About Sri Lanka:
Capital – Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (legislative), Colombo (executive & judicial)
President – Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Prime Minister – Mahinda Rajapaksa

FAO Introduce New Platform to Reduce Global Food Loss and Waste

On 29th July 2020, The Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) unveiled a new Platform,  “Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste” to support the global reduction of food loss and waste.
The official launch of the platform will be on the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste(IDAFLW) which will be observed on 29th September 2020.
Platform:
The platform will have information on measurement, reduction policies, alliance, actions and examples of models that were successful in reducing the food loss and wastages in the period of global pandemic.
The related portals from the development patterns will also be provided in this platform.
Importance of reduction of food loss and wastage:
The reduction of food loss and wastages will support in improving the food safety, security and nutrition.
This will result in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, reduction in pressure on natural resources and increase the global productivity and economic growth.
Platform to reduce food waste and loss: http://www.fao.org/platform-food-loss-waste/en/
About Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO:
Director-General-  QU Dongyu
Headquarters– Rome, Italy

BANKING & FINANCE

Highlights of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on August 4-6, 2020

Highlights-of-Monetary-Policy-Committee-(MPC)-on-August-4-6,-2020i.To state “2020-21 Resolution of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)” a three day meeting of Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) six-member MPC, headed by Shaktikanta Das was held from August 4-6, 2020 where it was forecasted that India’s real gross domestic product (GDP) will contract in the first half (H1) of FY21 as well as full FY 2020-21.
ii.The central bank kept the repo rate unchanged at 4%, reverse repo rate at 3.35%, and marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 4.25%. Following key decisions taken during the meet:

  • Resolution Framework for COVID-19-related Stress: RBI sets up panel under KV Kamath for one-time restructuring of loans
  • RBI announces additional special liquidity facility of Rs 5000 cr each for NHB & NABARD
  • RBI introduced ASISO facility to help banks manage liquidity in COVID-19 scenario
  • RBI enhanced loan to value ratio to 90% of value of gold pledged
  • RBI extended provisions of restructuring of MSME loans for borrowers with loan outstanding upto Rs 25 cr
  • RBI to bring start-ups under priority sector lending category
  • RBI to set up ‘Innovation Hub’ to promote financial inclusion, efficient banking
  • Positive Pay mechanism for all cheques above Rs 50,000

About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters
– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).
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Exim Bank extends USD 250 million line of credit to Mozambique to improve the power supply quality

Exim-Bank-extends-USD-250-mn-line-of-credit-to-MozambiqueOn August 3rd, 2020 Export-Import (EXIM) Bank on behalf of Indian Government, extended a Line of Credit (LoC) of USD 250 million (about Rs. 1,870 Crores) to Mozambique to improve the power supply quality of the country.
Agreement
The Agreement was signed through exchange between Saroj Khuntia, General Manager of EXIM Bank and Adriano Isaias Ubisse, National Directorate of Treasury, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Mozambique.
About Mozambique:
Capital – Maputo
Currency – Mozambican metical
President – Filipe Nyusi
Prime Minister – Carlos Agostinho do Rosário
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ADB signed USD 200 mn financing deal with Reliance Bangladesh LNG and Power Limited for 718 mw power plant in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a USD 200 million financing deal with the Reliance Bangladesh LNG and Power Limited (RBLPL) to build and operate a 718 megawatt (mw) combined-cycle gas-fired power plant in Bangladesh.

  • The project will reduce the current energy deficit and lead to more private sector investment in the country’s electricity sector.

Location of the Plant
The plant is proposed to be set up on land allotted by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), in Meghnaghat, Narayanganj District near Dhaka.
Financing Deal
The financing deal has two components of dollar 100 million each.

  • ADB will provide USD 100 million and will also manage the other part worth USD 100 million from the Leading Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP).

Pros of the Project
i.The power plant will minimise the dependence of Bangladesh on electricity imports.
ii.It will also reduce the share of environmentally harmful and expensive fuels like coal and oil in the energy mix of the country.
About LEAP
It was established in 2016 with USD 1.5 billion capital commitment for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
About ADB Bank
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Former J&K Governor GC Murmu appointed as 14th CAG; Replaces Rajiv Mehrishi

Ram Nath Kovind, President of India as per the powers conferred on him by Section 1 of Article 148 of the Constitution of India has appointed Girish Chandra(GC) Murmu as 14th Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) of India, with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. He succeeds Rajiv Mehrishi who completes his term on August 8,2020 as he attains the age of 65.

  • GC Murmu will take oath on August 8, 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • He will have a tenure up to November 20, 2024.

About GC Murmu
i.He is the 1985-batch Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer
ii.He was appointed as the 1st Lt Governor of the UT on October 31, 2019 after its formation under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
iii.He resigned from the post on August 5, 2020.
iv.He has held many important post including: Expenditure secretary in the Union finance ministry
About Rajiv Mehrishi 
i.He is a retired IAS officer of the 1978 batch belonging to the Rajasthan cadre.
ii.He assumed office as CAG of India on 25 September 2017.
iii.Prior to his appointment as CAG he was serving as a Home Secretary in the Government of India.
iv.Earlier to this he held key positions as the Finance Secretary, Secretary (Fertilizers) and Secretary (Overseas Indian Affairs) of the Government of India among others.
v.He has authored a book titled “India 2017 Yearbook” on current affairs in India.
About CAG Of India:
The CAG of India is an authority established by Article 148 of the Constitution of India which audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the State Governments, including bodies and officials substantially funded by the Government.CAG is appointed for a term of six year or till the person attains 65 years of age, whichever is earlier.

Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi appointed as UPSC chairman; Succeeds Arvind Saxena

On 6th August, 2020, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) appointed Professor Pradeep Kumar Joshi as its new Chairman. His tenure as the chairman of the UPSC will be till April 4, 2022.
He succeeds Arvind Saxena who retires as the UPSC chairman on 6th August 2020.
About Pradeep Kumar Joshi
i.He joined as the UPSC member in May 12, 2015 and was the chairman of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commissions
ii.He also served as Director of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA).
iii.Prof.(Dr.) Joshi taught more than 28 years at postgraduate level and held many important positions in various policy making, academic and administrative bodies.
iv.He is a specialist in the field of Financial Management.
v.Prof.(Dr.) Joshi has published and presented research papers in several national and international conferences and seminars.
About Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) 
The commission conducts the civil services examination annually in three stages preliminary, mains and interview to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others.
Members: 
The other members of UPSC are: Bhim Sain Bassi, Air Marshal A S Bhonsle (retired), Sujata Mehta, Manoj Soni, Smita Nagaraj, M Sathiyavathy Bharat Bhushan Vyas, T C A Anant and Rajiv Nayan Choubey.
Headquarters: New Delhi

PNB Housing Finance appoints Hardayal Prasad, Former SBI Card Head as New MD and CEO

PNB-Housing-Finance-appoints-ex-SBI-Card-head-Hardayal-Prasad-as-new-MD-and-CEOOn 6th August 2020, PNB Housing Finance, promoted by Punjab National Bank(PNB)announced the appointment of Former State Bank of India(SBI) Card Head, Hardayal Prasad as its new Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO).

  • Prasad will take over from Neeraj Vyas, the current interim CEO of PNB housing finance on 10th August 2020.

Hardayal Prasad:
i.Prasad is experienced in banking, international operations at SBI and SBI Cards and Payment Services (SBI Card).
ii.He resigned from the post of MD and CEO of SBI Card pursuant to voluntary retirement from SBI, the promoter of SBI Card on 15th July 2020 which came to effect on 31st July 2020.
About PNB Housing Finance:
Head Office– New Delhi
Tag Line– Ghar Ki Baat

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

LIC acquired 4.23% Stake of YES Bank 

LIC-acquires-close-to-5%-stake-in-Yes-BankLife Insurance Corporation of India(LIC) has acquired 4.23% Stake(105.98 crore shares) of YES Bank by purchasing from the open market. With this acquisition, the hold of LIC in YES Bank has increased from 0.75%(19 crore shares) to 4.98%(125 crore shares).

  • Period of acquisition is between September 21, 2017, and July 31, 2020.

Moody’s Upgraded Yes Bank’s long-term foreign currency issuer rating 
i.Recently, Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the long-term foreign currency issuer rating of YES Bank by a notch to “B3” from “Caa1” after a Rs 15,000-crore capital raising.
ii.The bank still remains under non-investment grade.
B rating– It is considered speculative and are subject to high credit risk,
CAA rating– It is considered to be speculative of poor standing and are subject to very high credit risk
About YES Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Prashant Kumar
Tagline– Experience our Expertise
About LIC:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– M.R.Kumar

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Ministry of Jal Shakti  launched a New Version of the India Water Resources Information System

Ministry-of-Jal-Shakti-launches-new-version-of-India-Water-Resources-Information-Systemi.The Ministry of Jal Shakti(MoJS) has launched a new version of the India Water Resources Information System (India-WRIS) with new functions and features. It is open to the public, and accessible through the web portal www.indiawris.gov.in.
ii.The MoJS has established a dedicated organization, National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) to maintain and update India-WRIS.
iii.The system includes time series data obtained through manual readings and telemetry data received by means of GPRS or satellite.
About MoJS
Union Minister– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Minister of State– Rattan Lal Kataria
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SAI with CISCE and CBSE launches Khelo India mobile app Online Training Programme for PE Teachers & Principals

On 6th August 2020, the Sports Authority of India(SAI) in association with Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations(CISCE) and Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) will host an online training programme through the Khelo India Mobile App (KIMA) to train the Physical Education (PE) teachers and head of the institutions from CISCE schools on “Khelo India Fitness Assessment of School Going Children”.
About Sports Authority of India(SAI):
Director General– Sandip Pradhan
Executive Director– Anjan Kumar Mishra
Head Office– Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi
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OBITUARY

Writer and activist Sadia Dehlvi dies aged 63

Writer and activist Sadia Dehlvi diesOn August 5, 2020 the writer and activist Sadia Dehlvi died of cancer at the age of 63 at Delhi. She was born in 1957, came from the royal ‘Shama’ family, edited the Urudu women’s journal Bano.
Dehlvi, writing focuses on women, minorities, Islamic spirituality, and Delhi’s heritage and culture. Her grandfather, Hafiz Yusuf Dehlvi, founded Shama, an iconic Urdu film in 1938 and literary monthly.
About Sadia Dehlvi
Career
i.Her popular books include ‘The Sufi Courtyard: Dargahs of Delhi’ 2012 and ‘Sufism: The Heart of Islam’ (2009) published by HarperCollins that narrates the Islam’s Sufi traditions and importance of Sufi.
ii.Her book, ‘Dilli ka Dastarkhwan’ – chapter in City Improbable: An Anthology of Writings on Delhi” was later edited by Khushwant Singh.
iii.She wrote a book in 2017, titled ‘Jasmine & Jinns: Memories and Recipes of My Delhi’ that opens the Delhi’s culinary history.
Her works
i.Dehlvi also produced and scripted documentaries and television programmes, including “Amma and Family” (1995), with veteran actor Zohra Sehgal as the lead.
ii.Khushwant Singh dedicated his book ‘Not a Nice Man to Know’ to her which was later produced as a TV series in 1998.
iii.Singh’s book “Men and Women in my Life”, which has a chapter dedicated to her, has her photo on its cover.

Veteran CPM leader and former West Bengal Transport Minister Shyamal Chakraborty passed away at 76

West Bengal transport minister Shyamal Chakraborty passes awayOn 6th August, 2020 the former Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPM) and former West Bengal Transport Minister Shyamal Chakraborty passed away at the age 76 in Calcutta.
He served as the three-time transport minister of West Bengal from 1982 to 1996.
About Shyamal Chakraborty
Career
i.He became a member of the undivided Communist party in 1959.  He was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly in the 1981 bypoll and in 1982, 1987 and 1991.
ii.Chakraborty served as the president of the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions), West Bengal unit, from 2003 to 2017.
iii.Baptized into politics in the early ’60s, his organisational and oratory skills were first spotted by Communist stalwart Promode Dasgupta.
iv.He had served as a member of the Rajya Sabha MP (Member of Parliament) from 2008 to 2014.
v.At present he was the state unit president of the CPM’s trade union wing, CITU
 About Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPM)
Headquarters – New Delhi
General Secretary – Sitaram Yechury

Padma Shri awardee and prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana Mukund Lath passes away at 82

Padma Shri awardee Mukund Lath passes awayA prominent culture historian and exponent of Mewati Gharana, Mukund Lath passed away at the age of 82 on 6th August, 2020 in Jaipur. He was born on 9th October 1937 in Kolkata. He was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri, in 2010 for his contributions to the field of arts and cultural history.
About Mukund Lath

Career 
i.Lath taught History at the University of Rajasthan at the Department of History and Indian Culture, and retired in the year 1997.
ii.Some of his works on performing arts are: ‘A Study of Dattilam: A Treatise on the Sacred Music of Ancient India’ (1978), ‘Sangita evam Chintan’ (1992), and ‘Transformation as Creation’ (1998).
iii.Lath studied under the tutelage of Pandit Maniram, Ramesh Chakravarti, and under Pandit Jasraj, whom he also accompanied on several tours and concerts.
iv.The efforts of Pandit Jasraj’s and Mukund Lath, made Mewati gharana as the recognisable genre of Hindustani classical music.
About Mewati gharana
i.The Mewati gharana also known as the Jaipur-Mewati gharana is a musical apprenticeship tribe of Hindustani classical music.
ii.Brothers Ghagge Nazir Khan and Wahid Khan founded the Mewati Gharana, named after the region in Delhi, Mewat.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

“Amazing Ayodhya” – A new book to tell the history of Ayodhya

A book Titled “Amazing Ayodhya” by Neena Rai

Neena Rai Authored the book titled “Amazing Ayodhya” will shed light on the history of Ayodhya.The book is set to give “authentic information” about the city of Ayodhya and will help in understanding the life and times of ancient Hindus.
Key Points:
i.The book aims to gain knowledge of the architecture in Ayodhya, houses in Ayodhya, establishment of the city and animals which lived in Ayodhya.
ii.According to the publishing house Bloomsbury, the book is well-researched and is replete with descriptions and draws out comparisons of earlier eras with our current life and culture.
iii.The book will hit the stands in November.

IMPORTANT DAYS

6th edition of National Handloom Day is observed on August 7, 2020

6th-National-Handloom-Day-2020-August-7i.Every year the Government of India celebrates the National Handloom day on August 7 , to generate awareness about the Handloom Industry amongst the public at large and its contribution to socio-economic development.
ii.The 6th edition of the Nation Handloom Day is celebrated on August 7, 2020.
iii.The Union Government had declared 7th August as the first National Handloom Day in July 2015. The day chosen in order to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement, launched on August 7, 1905.
About Ministry of Textiles 
Union Minister – Smriti Zubin Irani
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STATE NEWS

Maharashtra Became the First State to Partner with Google India to Provide Learning Tools for Schools

SAI-launches-Khelo-India-Mobile-App-online-training-program-for-principals-PE-Teachersi.On 6th August 2020, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray announced the partnership with Google which will blend google’s learning programmes that integrate the classroom approach with online learning, over a virtual launch event.
ii.Maharashtra became the first state in India to collaborate with Google India for state-wide distribution of G suite for Education and Google Classroom.
About Maharashtra:
Chief Minister–  Uddhav Thackeray
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Capital– Mumbai
UNESCO Sites in Maharashtra:
Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves, and Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai.
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S.no Current Affairs 8 August 2020
1 India’s first ‘Kisan Rail’ flagged off from Devlali Railway Station of Maharashtra
2 PM Modi Addresses Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under NEP
3 IBBI amended Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2016
4 NHAI signs MoU with IIT Delhi Strengthen data-driven decision making
5 First Time in Indian Ocean Region UNESCO Recognises Two Coastal Villages of Odisha as Tsunami Ready
6 Simplilearn and NSDC Announce Collaboration to Upskill Professionals in Digital Skills
7 FAO Introduce New Platform to Reduce Global Food Loss and Waste
8 Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa registers landslide victory in Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections
9 Highlights of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on August 4-6, 2020
10 Exim Bank extends USD 250 million line of credit to Mozambique
11 ADB signed USD 200 mn financing deal with Reliance Bangladesh LNG and Power Limited for 718 mw power plant in Bangladesh
12 Former J&K Governor GC Murmu appointed as 14th CAG; Replaces Rajiv Mehrishi
13 Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi appointed as UPSC chairman
14 PNB Housing Finance appoints Hardayal Prasad, Former SBI Card Head as New MD and CEO
15 LIC acquired 4.23% Stake of YES Bank
16 Ministry of Jal Shakti  launched a New Version of the India Water Resources Information System
17 SAI with CISCE and CBSE launches Khelo India mobile app Online Training Programme for PE Teachers & Principals
18 Writer and activist Sadia Dehlvi dies aged 63
19 Veteran CPM leader and former West Bengal Transport Minister Shyamal Chakraborty passed away at 76
20 Padma Shri awardee and prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana Mukund Lath passes away at 82
21 “Amazing Ayodhya” – A new book to tell the history of Ayodhya
22 6th edition of National Handloom Day is observed on August 7, 2020
23 Maharashtra Became the First State to Partner with Google India to Provide Learning Tools for Schools

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