Sir David Attenborough Gets Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, 2019
Former PM Manmohan Singh felicitated British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2019 at a virtual event. David is the brother of eminent actor Richard Attenborough. The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was instituted in the memory of the former Prime Minister by a trust in her name in 1986. It consists of a monetary award of Rs. 25 lakh along with a citation.
Raj Srivastava was appointed as India’s Ambassador to Republic of Croatia
Raj Kumar Srivastava was appointed on September 4, 2020 as the next ambassador of India to the Republic of Croatia. He is an IFS officer of 1997 batch and is presently serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Tokyo.
Usha Padhee becomes 1st Woman DG of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
Usha Padhee has been given additional charge as Director-General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation (BCAS). She is the first woman and third IAS officer to have been appointed to the post. She succeeds Rakesh Asthana (IPS) who was appointed as the Director-General of Border Security Force (BSF).
India ranked in the top 50 nations in the Global Innovation Index
India has climbed 4 spots and has been ranked 48thby the World Intellectual Property Organization in the Global Innovation Index 2020 rankings. In midst of the Covid -19 pandemic, it comes as an uplifting news for India, and is a testament of its robust R&D Ecosystem. India was at the 52nd position in 2019 and was ranked 81st in the year 2015. It is a remarkable achievement to be in a league of highly innovative developed nations all over the globe. The WIPO had also accepted India as one of the leading innovation achievers of 2019 in the central and southern Asian region, as it has shown a consistent improvement in its innovation ranking for the last 5 years.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Japan for cooperation in the field of good quality textiles
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Textiles Committee, India and M/s Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre, Japan for improving quality and testing of Indian textiles and Clothing for the Japanese market. The MoU would enable M/s Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre, Japan in assigning Textile Committee as their cooperative Testing and Inspection service providers in the Republic of India for Textiles & Apparel products including Technical Textiles and any other products mutually agreed upon at a later date for both domestic and overseas clients/buyers.
Cabinet approves "Mission Karmayogi"- National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB)
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved launching of a National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB)with the following institutional framework:- (i) Prime Minister's Public Human Resources (HR) Council,(ii)Capacity Building Commission.(iii) Special Purpose Vehicle for owning and operating the digital assets and the technological platform for online training,(iv)Coordination Unit headed by the Cabinet Secretary.
NPCSCB has been carefully designed to lay the foundations for capacity building for Civil Servants so that they remain entrenched in Indian Culture and sensibilities and remain connected, with their roots, while they learn from the best institutions and practices across the world. The Programme will be delivered by setting up an Integrated Government Online Training - iGOTKarmayogiPlatform.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Finland for cooperation in the field of Geology and Mineral Resources
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of geology and mineral resources between Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines, the Government of the Republic of India and Geological Survey of Finland (Geologiantutkimuskeskus), Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Government of Finland. The MoU facilitates cooperation in the field of geology, training, mineral prognostication and suitability analysis, 3/4D modeling, Seismic and other Geophysical surveys finalised with the intent of reinforcing and strengthening scientific links between the two Organisations. This MoU aims to provide with a framework and a platform to promote and foster cooperation in the fields of geology, and mineral resources between the Participants for mutual economic, social and environmental benefit; and share experiences on geological data management and information dissemination to promote exploration and mining, in the areas of geology and mineral resources.
Shri Rajiv Kumar takes over as new Election Commissioner
Shri Rajiv Kumar assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. Sh Kumar joins the Election Commission of India with Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra.
Hemant Khatri is appointed new CMD of Hindustan Shipyard Limited
Hemant Khatri (Retd) has assumed charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of state-owned defense shipbuilder, Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on September, 2020. He replaces Rear Admiral LV Sarat Babu (Retd). Previously, Hemant Khatri was serving as the Director of Strategic Projects HSL.
World Health Organization (WHO) certifies Africa free from Wild Polio
The Africa Regional Certification Commission(ARCC) an independent body set up by World Health Organization (WHO) has certified the African continent free from wild polio. The landmark feat related to public health has been achieved by the continent after decades of work along with international health bodies, national and local governments, community volunteers and survivors.
England's James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to claim 600 wickets in Test Cricket
England's James Anderson scripted history by becoming the first pace bowler of the world to take 600 Test wickets in his career when he dismissed Pakistani captain Azhar Ali
India's Longest River Ropeway inaugurated in Guwahati
Assam's Finance and Health Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated India's longest river ropeway of 1.82 km over the Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, Assam. It will connects Kachari Ghat in Guwahati city at the one end to the Dol Govinda Temple in North Guwahati at the other side.
Central Government constitutes National Council for Transgender Persons
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 16 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 (40 of 2019), the Central Government has constituted a National Council for Transgender Persons vide notification dated 21st August, 2020. The Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment will be Chairperson (ex-officio) and Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment will be Vice-Chairperson (ex-officio). The National Council shall perform the following functions, namely:-
The other members of the Council include representatives of various Ministries/Departments, five representatives of transgender community, representatives of NHRC and NCW, representatives of State Governments and UTs and experts representing NGOs.
World Class State of the Art Honey Testing Lab inaugurated at Anand, Gujarat
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the ‘World Class State of Art Honey Testing Laboratory’ established by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)in Anand(Gujarat) with support of National Bee Board (NBB).
Army Sports Institute, Pune awarded with Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2020
Army Sports Institute, Pune has been identified and awarded with “Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2020” by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt of India. Army Sports Institute, Pune was raised as part of Indian Army’s “Mission Olympics” programme on 01 Jul 2001. The aim was to train the vast reservoir of talent in the Army in selected seven disciplines to include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Diving, Fencing, Weightlifting and Wrestling with an ultimate aim of winning medals at Olympics. The institute draws its sportsmen from the Army as well as from young raw and proven talent in ‘Boys Sports Companies’ (8-14 years age).
ARCI scientists convert tamarind waste & cotton waste to supercapacitor electrodes
Tamarind seeds and cotton waste may soon be used to make low-cost supercapacitors for energy storage – thanks to the efforts of a group of Indian scientists who have used such waste biomass to develop materials for making cost-effective supercapacitor devices. This can pave the way towards affordable electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles which bank on supercapacitors significantly for their application in braking systems and start-stop cycles. Responding to the intense hunt for supercapacitor materials to meet the widespread demand for supercapacitors, Scientists at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, have developed a couple of cost-effective electrode material for making affordable supercapacitor devices, from waste biomass like tamarind seeds and industrial cotton waste. They have converted the waste materials into highly porous carbon fibres by activation process and then utilised the porous carbon fibres to make high-performance supercapacitor electrodes. The findings of their recent work have been published in the ‘Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics.’ The electrode materials made from the biomass waste has been tested with the help of a rapid testing protocol developed by Scientists at Centre for Fuel Cell Technology, ARCI-Chennai to evaluate different porous electrode materials for their suitability in supercapacitors. The protocol involves Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and records the impedance ( a parameter used to measure the opposition that a circuit presents to a current when a voltage is applied) offered by a material under a small perturbation and the capacitance (ratio of the change in electric charge of a system to the corresponding change in its electric potential) formed by the arrangement of electrolyte ions over the electrode surface, which is called as double-layer capacitance. The ARCI scientists used it to test the pore characteristics and stability of the activated carbon material prepared from tamarind seed and its suitability for supercapacitor application.
Rajiv Kumar appointed as Election commissioner
Former Finance secretary Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Election commissioner with effect rom 31st August, 2020. He succeeds Ashok Lavasa who resigned the position to join as Vice-President of Asian Development Bank.
Cabinet approves proposal for leasing out three airports - Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram
The Union Cabinet accorded its approval for leasing of three AAI airports namely, Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram for Operation, Management and Development to M/s Adani Enterprises Ltd, who is declared as the successful bidder in a Global Competitive Bidding conducted by the Airports Authority of India, for a period of fifty years. These projects will bring efficiency in service delivery, expertise, enterprise and professionalism apart from harnessing the needed investments in the public sector.
Cabinet approves setting up of National Recruitment Agency to conduct Common Eligibility Test
Cabinet approves creation of National Recruitment Agency (NRA), paving the way for a transformational reform in the recruitment process for central government jobs. A multi-agency body called the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to screen/shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts. NRA will have representatives of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, the SSC, RRB & IBPS. It is envisioned that the NRA would be a specialist body bringing the state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the field of Central Government recruitment.
Shri. Kishor Rungta has assumed charge as Chairman of Fertilisers Association of India, Southern Region
Shri. Kishor Rungta, CMD, The Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd(FACT) has assumed charge as Chairman of Fertilisers Association of India, Southern Region (FAI SR).
Rakesh Asthana appointed as Director General of BSF
The appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by PM Modi approved the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as the Director General o the Border Security Force (BSF).
Walter Roger Martos Ruiz becomes new President of Peru
The former defence minister and retired army general Walter Roger Martos Ruiz becomes the new president of Peru.
Russia becomes first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine
Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.
Shri Patanjali assumes charge as Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax
Senior Indian Revenue Service officer Shri. Patanjali has assumed charge as Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai. Prior to this, he was holding the post of Director General of Income Tax (Investigation Wing), Bengaluru for the state of Karnataka & Goa.
Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected as President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko was reelected as President of Belarus for a sixth term in office. President Lukashenko is described by the West as leading an authoritarian dictatorship following consolidation of power after each election since the first one in 1994.
Shri Girish Chandra Murmu assumed office as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Shri Girish Chandra Murmu assumed office as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He belongs to Indian Administrative Service of Gujrat cadre (1985 batch). Shri Murmu succeeds Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, who demitted office on 8th August 2020. Prior to this, Shri Murmu was the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi takes oath as Chairman, UPSC
Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi, presently Member, Union Public Service Commission, took the oath of office and secrecy as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The oath was administered by Shri Arvind Saxena, outgoing Chairman of the Commission.
Defence Institute of Advanced Technology 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, won 1st prize in Smart India Hackathon (SIH)-2020. The SIH-2020, the 36-hour non-stop digital product building competition was a national level competition for software edition organized jointly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) held during 1-3 August 2020 at Noida Institute of Engineering & Technology (NIET), Uttar Pradesh. The DIAT student team “Age of Ultron” which comprised of six members under the guidance of Dr. Sunita Dhavale, won the 1st Prize of Rupees 1 Lakh for solving problem statement MS331 in the category of software posed by the Madhya Pradesh Government. The team provided the solution titled “DRISHTI” for the face, expression and gesture recognition using Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Irfan M.. Ali sworn in as Guyana's new President
Dr. Irfan M Ali was sworn in as Guyana's ninth executive president on August 3rd, 2020 shortly after declaration that the People's Progressive Party(PPP) had won the March 2 General and Regional Election.
UAE becomes first Arab nation to produce Nuclear energy
The UAE is the first Arab country to produce nuclear energy, after it was announced on August 1, 2020 that Unit 1 of the Abu Dhabi baed Barakah nuclear power plant is now operational. Commercial operations of the reactor are expected to begin later this year and will help power business and homes across the nation using clean energy.
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