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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

CSIR signed MoU with FSSAI for Collaborative Research and Information Dissemination; FSSAI received “Food Systems Vision Prize”Harsh-Vardhan-presides-over-signing-of-MoU-between-CSIR-and-FSSAI

i.On August 7, 2020, an agreement was signed between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for collaborative research and information dissemination in the area of food and nutrition, during a ceremony which was presided Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
ii.The collaboration between these two premier institutions of India will contribute in fulfilling the vision of New Food System 2050.
iii.FSSAI Received “Food Systems Vision Prize” for its ‘Eat Right India’ movement.
About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI):
It is a body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Chairperson– Ms Rita Teaotia
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Arun Singhal
Chatbot– Food Funda
Headquarter– New Delhi
About Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR):
It is a body under the Ministry of Science and Technology
Director General– Dr. Shekhar C. Mande
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Ramesh Pokhriyal Inaugurates Two Day Global Conference on Reimagining and Transforming the University Organised by O.P. Jindal Global UniversityTwo day Global Conference on Reimagining and Transforming the University

i.Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Minister for Education inaugurated the global conference on “Reimagining and Transforming the University: Confluence of Ideas during and Beyond the COVID-19 Disruption” hosted by O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) and International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) on 6th and 7th August 2020.
ii.Around 20 themes were discussed across the sessions which were designed to understand the required transformation in the universities.
About Ministry of Education:
Union Minister– Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Minister of State– Sanjay Dhotre
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IBBI amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Voluntary Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2017IBBI amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

i.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 has amended the  Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Voluntary Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2017 by Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Voluntary Liquidation Process) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2020.
ii.As per the amendment, for initiating voluntary liquidation process the corporate person may replace the liquidator by appointing another insolvency professional as liquidator by a resolution of members or partners, or contributories, as the case may be. 
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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BANKING & FINANCE

SEBI revised IFSC guidelines, 2015’ eligibility, shareholding limit for clearing corp at IFSCSebi-revises-eligibility,-shareholding-limit-for-clearing-corp-at-IFSC

i.On August 7, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) amended the clause 4 (2) of SEBI international financial services centre (IFSC) guidelines, 2015 pertaining to eligibility criteria and shareholding limit for clearing corporations that wish to operate in such centres.
ii.Under the norms, any Indian recognised stock exchange or clearing corporation, or, any recognised stock exchange or clearing corporation of a foreign jurisdiction, will form a subsidiary to provide the services of clearing corporation in IFSC wherein at least 51% stake is held by such exchange or clearing corporation.
About SEBI:
Chairman– Ajay Tyagi
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

IIT-Kharagpur Researchers Bags Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards 2020 for Clean Energy ResearchIT-KGP researchers awarded for generating power from wet clothes

Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards 2020 is bestowed to a group of researchers from Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT) Kharagpur for developing a mechanism for generating electricity from wet clothes left under sunlight to dry. The work has been published in Nano Letters, a high-impact journal in the field, and the innovation has been patented by them.

  • The same award was presented separately to another team of the IIT Kharagpur for addressing the problem of energy conservation and thermal management in wearable and flexible electronic devices.

Awardees
i.Prof Suman Chakraborty, Prof Partha Saha and Dr Aditya Bandopadhyay from the Department of Mechanical Engineering for developing Electrical power generation from wet textile.
ii.A team led by Prof Sunando Dasgupta from the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded for their work on Smart, flexible, and multi-functional thermal and energy management systems for next-generation electronic devices. The group also has been working in collaboration with Purdue University, USA for this purpose.
About GYTI Awards
It was instituted by the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institution (SRISTI), a voluntary organization.
About IIT Kharagpur:
Director– Virendra Kumar Tewari 

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS        

Government Forms Panel Under RoDTEP Scheme for Exporters to be Headed by G K PillaiPanel-set-up-to-fix-ceiling-rates-under-duty-reimbursement-scheme-for-exporters-chaired-by-G-K-Pillai

i.The Government of India has set up a three-member committee for determination of ceiling rates under Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP) scheme
ii.The Committee will be headed by Secretary (retired) G. K. Pillai and two other members Y G Parande, retired Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs member and Gautam Ray, retired chief commissioner of custom and central excise.  
About Ministry of Finance:
Union Minister – Nirmala Sitharaman
Minister of State –  Anurag Singh Thakur
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 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani launches Mobile App & Backend Website for Handloom Mark SchemeSmriti Irani launches Mobile App & Backend Website

i.The Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, launched the Mobile App & Backend Website for Handloom Mark Scheme (HLM) for the weavers on the occasion of 6th National Handloom Day held virtually on 7th August, 2020, organized by the Ministry of Textiles, GoI (Government of India). 
ii.A website portal, ‘My Handloom’ for the individual weavers and organization was launched by Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, on the same occasion. 
About the Ministry of Textiles: 
Headquarters – Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi
Union MinisterSmriti Zubin Irani
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DIAL develops ‘Air Suvidha’, 1st of its kind portal for all international arriving passengers across IndiaDelhi-Airport-develops-‘Air-Suvidha’-portal-for-all-international-arriving-passengers-across-India

i.Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) a GMR Group-led consortium,that operated Indira Gandhi International Airport has developed AIR SUVIDHA, a first-of-its-kind portal allowing international arriving passengers to fill a mandatory self-declaration form and eligible passengers to apply for exemption from compulsory institutional quarantine for coronavirus
ii.It will make passengers’ journey more convenient and comfortable in a contactless way as they won’t have to fill the physical copies of the forms on arrival.
iii.The online forms have been developed in collaboration with various state governments, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
About Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Cabinet Minister– Dr Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State (MoS)– Ashwini Kumar Choubey
About Ministry of External Affairs (MEA):
Union Minister– Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of State (MoS)– Vellamvelly Muraleedharan
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IIT Guwahati, in collaboration with Imperial College London, develops nanoparticle ‘meta-grid’IIT Guwahati, in collaboration with Imperial College London

i.The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India, and Imperial College London, United Kingdom, have developed nanoparticles the ‘meta-grid’ or ‘metamaterial grid’ that makes the light-emitting diodes (LED) brighter, energy-efficient and durable.
ii.Meta-grid is a specifically patterned array of nanoparticles acting as metamaterials and it is capable of exhibiting extraordinary optical properties.
iii.It was jointly developed by Dr. Debabrata Sikdar, assistant professor at IIT Guwahati, Prof. Sir John B. Pendry and Prof. Alexei, A. Kornyshev from Imperial College, London. 
About Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati
Headquarters – Guwahati, Assam, India
Director – T.G Sitharam
About Imperial College London
President – Alice P.Gast
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom
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SII Partnered with Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the manufacture & Delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for IndiaSII-enters-into-new-partnership-with-Gavi-and-the-Bill-&-Melinda-Gates-Foundation-to-accelerate-manufacture

i.Serum Institute of India(SII) Private Limited has entered into a new partnership with Gavi, the International Vaccine Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to accelerate the process of manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and other low and middle income countries(LMICs) by 2021 as part of the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), a mechanism within the COVAX Facility.
ii.The vaccines will be made available to the 92 countries included in Gavi’s COVAX AMC. SII has set a ceiling price of USD 3 per dose
About SII:
Headquarters– Pune, Maharashtra
Chairman and Managing Director–  Cyrus S. Poonawalla
CEO– Adar C. Poonawalla
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SPORTS

ICC Retains India as the Host of 2021 Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup & Australia to Host Men’s T20 2020 World Cup in 2022ICC Meet India retains 2021 World T20 hosting rights

i.On 7th August 2020, International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that India will host the Men’s Twenty-20 (T20) Cricket World Cup 2021 (7th edition) between October – November 2021 as the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) retained the hosting rights and Australia will host the 2020 Men’s World Cup (8th edition), which was postponed due to the global pandemic in 2022.
ii.ICC also confirmed that the 2021 Women’s One Day International (ODI) World cup in New Zealand scheduled for 6th February – 7th March 2021 has been postponed until February- March 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
About International Cricket Council(ICC):
Chairman– Imran Khwaja (interim)
CEO– Manu Sawhney
Headquarters– Dubai, UAE
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OBITUARY

Former MP & Senior Congress Leader, Nandi Yellaiah died due to COVID-19 at 78 in Telangana Former MP Nandi Yellaiah succumbs to COVID-19

On August 8, 2020 the former Member of Parliament (MP) & Senior Congress Leader, Nandi Yellaiah had passed away due to COVID – 19 infection at 78 in Telangana. He was born on July 1, 1942, in Hyderabad, Telangana.
About Nandi Yellaiah
i.He was the six-term member of Lok sabha.
ii.He was elected to the 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th Lok sabha from siddipet (s.c) parliamentary constituency.
iii.He was also elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Nagarkurnool, Telangana succeeding Manda Jagannatham.
iv.He also represented the Rajya Sabha twice until 2014.
About Telangana
Capital – Hyderabad
Chief Minister – K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor – Tamilisai Soundararajan

IMPORTANT DAYS

78th Anniversary of Quit India Movement – August 08, 202078th-anniversary-of-the-Quit-India-Movement-day-2020-August-8

On August 08, 2020 Government of India commemorated the 78th Anniversary of the “Quit India Movement”. On this day in 1942, father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of ‘Do or Die’ to all Indians to drive away Britishers from the country. 
Key Points:
i.After the failure of Cripps Mission in March 1942, Gandhiji began the Quit India Movement and determined to launch a mass civil disobedience motion.
ii.As a result, Gandhi was imprisoned at Aga Khan Palace, Pune and the All India Congress Committee and the four Provincial Congress Committees were declared unlawful associations under the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1908
iii.The movement began from Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai.  
iv.This day is observed as August Kranti Day every year. 
Note – The Quit India Movement helped in uniting the people of India against the British rule. 

STATE NEWS

Meghalaya Cabinet Approves Policy on Reservation of Seats for Women in Village Employment CouncilsMeghalaya-approves-policy-on-seat-reservation-for-women-in-village-employment-councils

i.On 8th August 2020, Conrad Kongkal Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya informed the cabinet’s approval for the passage of the “Policy on Reservation of seats for Women in Village Employment Councils(VECs)”, the policy of reserving 50% seats for women in the village level community institutions.
ii.This policy ensures the empowerment of Women by establishing a forum for women to exercise their leadership and freedom.
About Meghalaya:
Chief Minister– Conrad Kongkal Sangma
Governor– Tathagata Roy
Capital– Shillong
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Flipkart signs MoU with the U.P. Government under  ODOP schemeFlipkart signs MoU with UP govt's

i.On 8th August, 2020 E-commerce platform Flipkart signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttar Pradesh Government’s One District, One Product (ODOP) scheme. 
ii.As part of the MoU, artisans, weavers and craftsmen under the One District, One Product (ODOP) scheme will be brought into the ‘Flipkart Samarth’ initiative. 
iii.This partnership will enable the under-served communities to showcase their specialised products and crafts in the e-commerce platform. 
About Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath
Governor – Anandiben Patel
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Gujarat Announced New Industrial Policy 2020Gujarat-announces-New-Industrial-Policy-in-line-with-Atmanirbhar-Bharat-Abhiyan

i.Gujarat Government announced the New Industrial Policy 2020 for the State, with an expected average annual outlay of up to Rs 8,000 crore, which was meant to provide incentives to the industries. 
ii.It aims to provide an estimated Rs 40,000 crore as subsidies to industries in the next 5 years. 
iii.The new policy is in line with the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. It replaces the Gujarat Industrial Policy 2015.
About Gujarat:
Capital– Gandhinagar
Chief minister– Vijay Rupani
Governor– Acharya Devvrat
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AC GAZE

DIAT, Pune wins first prize in Smart India Hackathon 2020

Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) Pune, an autonomous organization under the Department of Defence Research & Development, DRDO,  has won first prize of rupees 1 Lakh for solving problem statement MS331 in the category of software posed by the Madhya Pradesh Government in Smart India Hackathon -SIH(Software) 2020, which is held at Noida Institute of Engineering & Technology (NIET), Uttar Pradesh from August 1 to 3, 2020.

Note: This software edition is organized jointly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)(officially renamed Ministry of Education (MoE)) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Click here to Know more

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S.no Current Affairs 9 & 10 August 2020
1 Harsh Vardhan presided the signing of MoU between CSIR and FSSAI for Collaborative Research and Information Dissemination
2 Ramesh Pokhriyal Inaugurates Two Day Global Conference on Reimagining and Transforming the University Organised by O.P. Jindal Global University
3 IBBI amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Voluntary Liquidation Process) Regulations, 2017
4 SEBI revised IFSC guidelines, 2015’ eligibility, shareholding limit for clearing corp at IFSC
5 IIT-Kharagpur Researchers Bags Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards 2020 for Clean Energy Research
6 Government Forms Panel Under RoDTEP Scheme for Exporters to be Headed by G K Pillai
7 Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani launches Mobile App & Backend Website for Handloom Mark Scheme
8 Delhi Airport develops ‘Air Suvidha’ portal for all international arriving passengers across India
9 IIT Guwahati, in collaboration with Imperial College London, develops nanoparticle ‘meta-grid’
10 SII Partnered with Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the manufacture & Delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for India
11 ICC Retains India as the Host of 2021 Cricket World Cup & Australia to Host 2020 World Cup in 2022
12 Former MP Nandi Yellaiah died due to COVID-19 at 85  in Telangana
13 78th Anniversary of Quit India Movement – August 08, 2020
14 Meghalaya Cabinet Approves Policy on Reservation of Seats for Women in Village Employment Councils
15 Flipkart signs MoU with the U.P. Government under  ODOP scheme
16 Gujarat Announced New Industrial Policy 2020
17 DIAT, Pune wins first prize in Smart India Hackathon 2020

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