Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 24 2020
1. A book titled “Gastric Cancer” released by Jitendra Singh
Union Minister, Jitendra Singh has released a book on cancer named “Gastric Cancer” edited by Dr Ashok K. Vaid. The book was launched during a special session organized during the 3-day virtual conference on Oncology.
The book is published by Springer Healthcare Education. Ashok K. Vaid is a Noted Oncologist and was awarded Padma Shri in 2009 for his outstanding work in the field of medicine.
2. India’s longest river ropeway inaugurated in Assam
The longest river ropeway of India has been inaugurated in Assam. The ropeway is 1.8 Km long and connects Guwahati and North Guwahati over Brahmaputra river. The ropeway will be operated from Kachari Ghat in Guwahati to Dol Govinda temple in North Guwahati.
3. Nuakhai Juhar Festival celebrated in Chhattisgarh and Odisha
Nuakhai Juhar festival was celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and other neighbouring states. It is celebrated to welcome the new crop of the season. It is also called Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat.
During the festival, food grains are worshipped. The locals organize dances and folk songs in their districts displaying their culture and tradition. It is predominantly celebrated in western Odisha. However, this year due to COVID-19 lock down, people celebrated the festival inside their homes.
4. Unitus Ventures receives Rs 75 cr from SIDBI
Unitus Ventures said it has secured an investment of Rs 75 crore (USD 10 million) under SIDBI”s Fund of Funds for Startups initiative.
The fund received from SIDBI (Small industrial Development Bank of India) will strengthen the deployment of Unitus” second fund that was launched in 2018, a statement said.
Unitus has recently invested Rs 8.5 crore (USD 1.1 million) in Masai School, an ed-tech platform.
5. Satpal Singh Satti named Himachal finance commission chief
Former BJP state president Satpal Singh Satti has been appointed Chairman of the Sixth Himachal Pradesh State Finance Commission. The much-awaited appointment of Satti was being expected for a long time but kept getting delayed for one reason or the other.
6. IBM, NSDC join hands to offer free digital skills training
IBM and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) joined hands to offer a free digital education platform focused on emerging technologies and professional development skills.
As a part of the collaboration, IBM will curate online courses from the ‘Open P-TECH’ platform and offer them to users via NSDC’s eSkill India portal to empower the country’s youth with various skills to succeed in their future careers.
7. Anand Mahindra, Shantanu Narayen to receive 2020 Leadership Awards from USISPF
A top US-based India-centric business advocacy group will honour Mahindra group Chairman Anand Mahindra and Adobe Chairman and CEO Shantanu Narayen with its 2020 Leadership Awards in recognition of their exemplary vision towards promoting US-India bilateral ties.
The award, would be presented during the third Annual Leadership Summit, titled “US-India Week: Navigating New Challenges”, which will convene virtually from August 31, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) said.
8. Adani Group set to acquire 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport
Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) is likely to soon acquire a 74 per cent stake in Mumbai International Airport (MIAL). With this acquisition, Adani Group flagship will become the largest private operator of airports in the country after GMR Group.
Adani Group is expected to announce acquisition of GVK Group’s 50.5 per cent stake before next week, Business Standard reported.
9. Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain to win Champions League
German giants Bayern Munich have won the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in the club’s history after beating French side Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the final in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
A goal by French winger Kingsley Coman was enough for the Munich side to dash the Parisians’ dreams of winning for the first time the top club competition of European football.
10. Sophia Popov, Ranked 304th, Wins Women’s British Open
Sophia Popov marked her ball a few inches from the hole on the 18th green, pulled the brim of her cap over her face and began to cry in the arms of her caddie. The realization had finally hit her. Against all odds, she was about to become a major champion.