Daily Current Affairs - 12th Aug 2020

Bruno Fernandes puts United in the last four

  • Manchester United reached the Europa League semifinals as midfielder Bruno Fernandes scored a 95th-minute penalty to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen after extra time. Copenhagen dominated the opening half and missed several chances before United moved up a gear in the second, hitting the woodwork twice and forcing a string of superb saves from keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

DAC approves procurement proposals worth over Rs. 8,722 crore including 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft for IAF

  • Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved procurement proposals worth over Rs. 8,722 crore including 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft for Indian Air Force.
  • The decision has been taken during the DAC meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to strengthen the Armed Forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • With HAL having successfully developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) Prototypes and certification process underway, the DAC approved procurement of Basic Trainer Aircraft from HAL to address the basic training requirements of the Indian Air Force.

Emirates CB gets BCCI nod to host IPL

  • The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) said it has received the official clearance from the BCCI to host the IPL in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. The development comes a day after IPL chairman Brijesh Patel told that the BCCI has received all necessary clearances from the Indian government to stage the league in the UAE. The T20 league has been moved out of India due to the coronavirus pandemic.

EU to give 1.65 million euro to flood hit people in South Asia

  • The European Union said it is providing 1.65 million euro in humanitarian aid in response to severe flooding that has affected South Asia-most notably Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
  • The funding comes on top of the 1.8 million euro announced earlier this year to support families affected by a series of disasters, including Cyclone Amphan that ravaged India and Bangladesh in May.
  • EU's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) said, this brings the total EU support to victims of disasters in the region to 3.45 million euro.

Factory output shrinks for 4th straight month

  • According to the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), Factory output continued to remain in the negative territory for the fourth consecutive month, contracting by 16.6 per cent in June, though it recorded a sequential improvement over last month’s revised contraction of 33.9 per cent. In June, manufacturing (17.1%) activity improved the sharpest with contraction in output coming down to 17.1% from 38.4% in May while contraction in mining (19.8%) and electricity (10%) sectors recovered only marginally.
  • Cumulatively, Index of Industrial Production (IIP) contracted by 35.9 per cent in the April-June quarter, as against growth of 3 per cent last year, with the deepest contraction seen in consumer durables (67.6 per cent), capital goods (64.3 per cent) and manufacturing (40.7 per cent).

Global coronavirus cases cross 2 crore mark

  • The overall number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 2 crore mark (2,0001,019), while the death toll has reached seven lakh 50 thousand. World Health Organization reports claimed that COVID-19 cases rose 200-fold, and have doubled in six weeks, since mid-March.
  • The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 5,085,821 and 162,919, respectively.

Indian, Afghan officials discuss Loya Jirga

  • Indian and Afghan officials in Delhi and Kabul discussed the outcome of the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, in Afghanistan that advised the release of 400 Taliban militants convicted of serious crimes.

Indian-origin senator Kamala Harris named US Vice Presidential candidate for Democratic party

  • Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has named Indian-origin senator Kamala Harris as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Joe Biden made history by selecting the first black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket.
  • Kamala Harris is currently the US Senator from California. If elected, Kamala Harris would be the first ever woman to be the Vice President of the United States and the first ever Indian-American and African Vice President of the country.

Israel shares AI-based technology, high-end equipment with AIIMS to help combat COVID-19

  • Israel has given state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence-based technologies and high-end equipment to AIIMS, Delhi as part of Israel-India cooperation to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a 12-hour disinfection product called CPD that stays active to protect the surface against new attacks of contamination, a non-invasive remote patient monitoring system which aids as a preliminary screening tool of respiratory indicators of suspected COVID-19 patients and recovering patients and AI-based software for Ultrasound use and designed especially for fighting COVID-19.

Law admission exam to be conducted on Sept. 7

  • The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for both undergraduate and postgraduate candidates for 2020 will be held on September 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a communique from the Consortium of National Law Universities said. The CLAT 2020 was scheduled to be conducted in May earlier this year but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Narendra Singh Tomar launches ICAR's data recovery centre 'Krishi Megh'

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched ICAR's data recovery centre - Krishi Megh. The move is aimed at protecting the precious data of the government's premier research body Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It has been set up at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) in Hyderabad.
  • Krishi Megh has been set up under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), funded by both the government and World Bank.
  • Currently, the main data centre of the ICAR is at the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI) in the national capital.

Nitin Sethi and Shiv Sahay Singh win ACJ''s journalism awards

  • Nitin Sethi and Shiv Sahay Singh have been declared winners of the Asian College of Journalism’s award for investigative journalism and the K P Narayana Kumar Memorial Award for social impact journalism respectively.
  • Sethi won in the investigative journalism category for his six-part series titled "Paisa Politics" published by The Huffington Post India. Singh won the inaugural social impact journalism award for his story titled "Death by digital exclusion: On faulty public distribution system in Jharkhand" published in The Hindu.
  • The ACJ Journalism Awards Committee received 105 entries in the investigative journalism category and 147 entries in the social impact journalism category.
  • Both awards comprise trophies and citations. The Investigative Journalism Award winner receives Rs 200,000 in prize money and the Social Impact Award winner gets Rs 100,000.

Phase-2 clinical trial of indigenously developed Covaxin for Covid-19 begins in Nagpur

  • In Maharashtra, the phase-2 clinical trial of indigenously developed Covaxin for Covid-19 began in Nagpur. Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech has developed this vaccine for coronavirus. Nagpur based Gillurkar hospital has started the second round of trial of indigenously made Covaxin. 55 volunteers had undergone clinical trial in the first phase a few days ago.
  • The vaccine trial will be done after a gap of 28 days, 42 days, 104 days and 194th day. After each dose, the blood samples will be collected to check the growth in antibodies.

Power Grid Corporation of India posts profit of Rs. 2,048 crore for Q-1 of FY 2021

  • Power Grid Corporation of India has posted a profit of Rs. 2,048 crore after tax and a total income of Rs. 9,817 crore on consolidated basis for first quarter of financial year 2021. On standalone basis, corporation posted profit of Rs. 1979 crore after tax and a total income of Rs. 9,620 crore for the same period.

Rationalisation: Textile Ministry to close 2 PSUs, withdraw officers from export councils

  • The Union Textile Ministry has abolished five advisory boards, withdrawn officers from industry bodies and is planning to withdraw its representatives from export promotion councils as well as shutting down two public sector undertakings (PSUs) as a part of a rationalisation exercise. The Ministry wound up the All-India Handloom Board on July 27; the All-India Handicrafts Board and the Cotton Advisory Board on August 3; and the All-India Powerloom Board and the Jute Advisory Board on August 4.

Russia launches first vaccine against coronavirus

  • Russia has developed the first vaccine against the coronavirus.The announcement was made by President Vladimir Putin during a televised video conference call with government ministers. He said one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Russia currently has two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the race. Russia will reportedly begin producing the vaccine soon and already has plans for a massive, country-wide vaccine drive.
  • Currently, there are more than 160 vaccine candidates in different stages of production and 27 of these have reached the human trials.

SC gives equal inheritance right to daughters from 1956

  • In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India has ruled that daughters will have inheritance rights equal to those of sons from properties of fathers and grandfathers right from the codification of the law in 1956.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, S Abdul Nazeer and MR Shah cleared the confusion arising from the apex court’s conflicting interpretations of the amended Section 6 of Hindu Succession Act, which came into force from September 9, 2005.
  • The bench said whether the father is alive or not, daughters born before September 9, 2005, too can claim equal right in inheritance. The apex court said, daughters cannot be deprived of their right to equality conferred by Section 6 of the Act.

Tribal Affairs Ministry develops nine ‘Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museums

  • Tribal Affairs Ministry is developing “Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museums dedicated to the contributions of the tribal people in India to the freedom struggle. Out of nine sanctioned museums, two museums are near completion and remaining seven are at different stages of progress.
  • The Ministry said that by the end of 2022 all the museums will come into existence. All the museums will have strong usage of technologies like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D/7D holographic projections.
  • These museums will demonstrate the way tribals struggle to protect their custodial concerns for the biological and cultural diversity of the country.

Veteran sports journalist G.K. Menon passes away

  • Veteran sports journalist GK Menon died in suburban Mumbai. He was 93. He worked with the Indian Express and The Times of India and ended his freelance career in the early 1990s. Menon played cricket at the club level and also was an active member of the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Dadar, central Mumbai.
  • Menon was also instrumental in the emergence of former India pacer, late Ramakant Desai.

World celebrates International Youth Day

  • August 12th is observed as International Youth Day. This day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12th August be declared International Youth Day.
  • The theme of this year is Youth Engagement for Global Action.