Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 06 2020
1. Japan marks 75 years of atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack on the city of Hiroshima. In 1945, the United States warplane Enola Gay dropped an atom bomb named “Little Boy” in the city of Hiroshima killing 140,000 people. Three days later, on August 9, the United States dropped another atom bomb “Fat Man” in Nagasaki that killed more than 40,000 people.
2. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu resigned
The day when the Union Territories (UTs) Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh celebrated their one year of formation, the Lieutenant Governor of J&K Girish Chandra Murmu resigned. He sent his letter of resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind. Following his resignation, Manoj Sinha has been appointed as the LG of Jammu and Kashmir.
3. What is Swachh Bharat Kranti?
“Swachh Bharat Kranti” is a translated copy of the book “Swachh Bharat Revolution”. Swachh Bharat Kranti is a Hindi version and Swachh Bharat Revolution is the English version. On August 5, 2020, the Hindi version of Swachh Bharat Revolution was launched by the Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smt Smriti Irani and Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
4. Demise of Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar
Maharashtra former Chief Minister and Senior Congressman Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar passed away. The doctor announced kidney failure as the reason for his death. The 88-year-old minister who had been suffering from several co-morbidities including diabetes and high blood pressure, and had been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Pune was admitted at a private hospital.
5. India-UN Development Partnership Fund: India contributes USD 15.46 mn
India gives USD 15.5 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, under its commitment to supporting developing nations in their developmental priorities across all the Sustainable Development Goals. This fund of USD 15.46 million including USD 6 million for the overall fund, in which all developing countries are eligible for partnership, and USD 9.46 million is dedicated to Commonwealth countries.
6. 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 authored by investigative journalist and author Yatish Yadav. A 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.
7. Ajay Tyagi gets 18 Months extension as SEBI Chairman
According to a Personnel Ministry, Ajay Tyagi has been given an 18-month extension, as the chairman of markets regulator SEBI. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the extension of Tyagi’s term for 18 months, with effect from September 1, 2020 up to February 28, 2022.
8. Manoj Sinha appointed as new LG of Jammu and Kashmir
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed former Union minister Manoj Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. He will replace Girish Chandra Murmu who resigned. Murmu’s resignation has been accepted by the President.
9. RBI’s 2nd Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2020-21 Released
The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India met on 4th, 5th and 6th August for its second meeting of 2020-21. During the second Monetary Policy meet, the MPC analysed the current & evolving macroeconomic and financial conditions and has decided to continue with the accommodative stance to revive growth as well as to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. With its decisions, MPC aims to keep inflation within the target and hence to preserve financial stability.
10. Bank accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana crosses 40-crore mark
More than 40 crore bank accounts have been opened under the government’s flagship financial inclusion drive Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), launched about six years ago by the Modi-government.
As per the latest figure, there are 40.05 crore beneficiaries of this scheme and deposits in Jan Dhan bank accounts are in excess of Rs 1.30 lakh crore.
11. Airtel joins hands with AWS to tap India’s booming cloud computing market
Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), one of India’s largest integrated telecom providers, announced a multi-year, Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver a comprehensive set of innovative cloud solutions to large enterprise and small and medium enterprise (SME) customers in India.