Daily Current Affairs - 06th Aug 2020

A book titled ‘RAW: A History of India’s Covert Operations’ authored by Yatish Yadav

  • The book, titled “RAW: A History of India”s Covert Operations” has been authored by investigative journalist and author Yatish Yadav.
  • The new book gives a peep into the heroic covert operations carried by India’s external spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and thereby narrates a gripping account of what actually happens behind the grey walls of the secret society.

Ajay Tyagi gets 18 months’ extension as SEBI chairman

  • Ajay Tyagi has been given an 18 month extension as the chairman of markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India, SEBI. His term will continue till February 2022.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of Ajay Tyagi's term for 18 months with effect from 1st September 2020 to 28th February 2022. Tyagi, a 1984 batch retired IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre was appointed as the SEBI chairman in March 2017 for three years.

Bharti Airtel inks multi-year strategic pact with Amazon for AWS solutions

  • Bharti Airtel announced a multi-year strategic pact with Amazon Web Services (AWS) – the cloud services arm of the retail giant – to deliver Cloud solutions to large as well as small and medium enterprise (SME) customers in India.
  • Puneet Chandok, president, commercial business, India and South Asia, Amazon Internet Services, said it is a 50:50 strategic partnership.

C''garh govt launches scheme for tendu leaves collectors

  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched a social security scheme for tendu leaves collectors in the state, which will benefit over 12 lakh families, mostly tribals and forest dwellers engaged in its collection.
  • The scheme, named after slain Congress leader Mahendra Karma, was inaugurated on the occasion of his birth anniversary from the official residence of Baghel.
  • Karma, who was popularly known as Bastar tiger for his tough stand against Naxals, 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.

Canara Bank net profit up 23.5% at Rs 406 crore for June quarter

  • Canara Bank reported 23.5 per cent rise in standalone net profit at Rs 406.24 crore for June quarter 2020-21.
  • The public sector lender logged a net profit of Rs 329.07 crore in the same quarter of the previous financial year.
  • Canara Bank, which amalgamated Syndicate Bank into itself with effect from April 1, 2020, however, said the earning figures are not comparable as these are related to standalone financials for pre-amalgamation period.
  • Total income in April-June 2020-21 increased to Rs 20,685.91 crore from Rs 14,062.39 crore in the year-ago period, Canara Bank said in a regulatory filing.

Demise of Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar

  • Maharashtra former Chief Minister and Senior Congressman Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passed away.
  • Mr. Patil Nilangekar, who hailed from Nilanga city in Latur district was a powerful cooperative leader from Marathwada region. He was highly active in the field of education.

Domestic refiners shut down for maintenance as fuel demand wanes

  • Domestic refiners — both state-owned and private — are initiating annual maintenance shutdowns for their refining capacities. The shutdown coincides with dwindling demand for petroleum products, after a strong revival in May and June.
  • Reliance Industries (RIL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) have all undertaken a maintenance shutdown in the past one month, in some of their facilities. IOC undertook a shutdown at its Paradip refinery starting July 25; the refinery will remain shut till August 15.

First Mobile RT-PCR lab of India developed by IISc launched in Karnataka

  • The State Government of Karnataka launched India’s first mobile RT-PCR lab in Bengaluru. The lab was developed by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. The lab has been named Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) lab. It is capable of conducting 9000 tests per month.
  • Apart from testing COVID-19, the lab can also be utilised to test HCV, H1N1, TB, HIV, HPV, etc. The main advantage of the lab is that it can be used for molecular diagnostic testing in COVID-19 hotspots quickly.

Hiroshima Day: 6th August

  • Annually 6th of August marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima during World War II. The horrific incident took place on August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb named “Little Boy”, on the town of Hiroshima in Japan.
  • This day is remembered to promote peace and spread awareness about the danger of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

India contributes 15 million USD to India-UN Development Partnership Fund

  • India contributed 15.46 million USD to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund.
  • India has contributed the funds to the United Nations Office for South-south Cooperation (UNOSSC) as a permanent representative of the UN. Of this, 9.46 million USD has been dedicated to the Commonwealth countries and 6 million USD to the overall fund.
  • The fund is managed by UNOSSC. It was established in 2017. The Fund supports developing countries in achieving their 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. Currently, there are 36 projects being implemented in 37 countries with the help of the fund.

India extends Line of Credit worth 18 million dollars to Maldives

  • India has extended Line of Credit worth 18 million US dollars to the Government of Maldives for the expansion of fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO).
  • The project envisages investment in fish collection and storage facilities and the setting up of a tuna cooked plant and fishmeal plant. It is part of the 800 million US dollars line of credit offered by India with repayment tenor of 20 years and a 5-year moratorium. Indian High Commission in Male said fishing is deeply connected to the Maldivian way of life and is a key driver of the economy through exports.

Indian Army begins process to grant Permanent Commission to eligible women officers

  • Indian Army has kickstarted the process to grant Permanent Commission to eligible women officers, nearly two weeks after the defence ministry approved the proposal.
  • It has asked women officers to apply for permanent commission by 31st August this year.
  • Women Officers who have joined the Indian Army through the Women Special Entry Scheme and Short Service Commission Women are being considered and all of them have been instructed to submit their application forms, option certificate and other related documents to Army.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu resigned

  • Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant-Governor Girish Chandra Murmu resigned . Murmu was the first Lt Governor of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He was appointed in October 2019.
  • Incidentally, Murmu's resignation comes exactly a year after Article 370 was revoked paving way for the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
  • Murmu, a 1985 batch IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre. Murmu has served as Principal Secretary to Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Lebanon trembles with devastating blast

  • In the central region of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon a huge blast triggered off in a port warehouse where highly explosive material was stored. The blast leads to the killing of 78 people and injury to nearly 4,000.
  • Ammonium nitrate an odourless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertiliser in the field has been found to be the root cause of the Beirut explosion as stated by the Lebanese authorities. Ammonium nitrate has found to be involved in numerous industrial explosions over the decades.

Polling for parliamentary elections conclude in Sri Lanka

  • In Sri Lanka, the polling for parliamentary elections has concluded with voter turnout of around 71 percent reported countrywide. The voting is around 10 percent less compared to the previous election as strict health guidelines were in place in wake of COVID pandemic.
  • Over 7450 candidates are in fray for parliament seats while around 1.62 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise at around 13 thousand polling booths.

Sports Authority of India shortlists 258 athletes in 12 disciplines for TOPS Junior

  • In a move to groom athletes for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, the Mission Olympic Cell has shortlisted 258 athletes in 12 sporting disciplines including the 85 selected before the lockdown, who will be part of the TOPS Developmental Group. This was announced by Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju during a review meeting.
  • The training support to the TOPS Developmental Group will be extended in each discipline through a group / systems approach, and a monthly Out Of Pocket Allowance of Rs. 25,000 will be given to every athlete.

Union Agriculture Minister launches Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the Sahakar Cooptube NCDC Channel, a new initiative by National Cooperative Development Corporation.
  • Mr Tomar said that his Ministry is in the forefront of operationalizing different aspects of Atma Nirbhar Bharat call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Minister also launched guidance videos produced by NCDC on ‘Formation and Registration of A Cooperative’ for eighteen different states in Hindi and regional languages.

Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Smriti Irani launch the book ‘Swachh Bharat Kranti’

  • The book “The Swachh Bharat Revolution”, edited by Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation has been translated into Hindi and published as the Swachh Bharat Kranti.
  • The Swachh Bharat Kranti captures the remarkable journey of the SBM through 35 essays by a diverse range of stakeholders and contributors to the SBM, sharing their perspective on this social revolution. The essays are arranged in four key sections which are the four key pillars of SBM’s success: Political Leadership, Public Financing, Partnerships and People’s Participation.

US to pay over $1 bn for 100 mn doses of J&J's potential Covid-19 vaccine

  • The United States government will pay Johnson & Johnson over $1 billion for 100 million doses of its potential coronavirus vaccine, its latest such arrangement as the race to tame the pandemic intensifies.
  • It would deliver the vaccine to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) on a not-for-profit basis to be used after approval or emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • J&J has already received $1 billion in funding from the US