Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 25 2020
1. International Conference on Climate Change and its Impact on Himalayan Region to be held in India
The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital is to conduct an International Conference on Climate Change and its Impact on Himalayan Region. The conference is to be held between September 14 and September 16, 2020.
2. India-AIIB sign agreement of 500 million USD
Government of Maharashtra and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank signed loan agreement of 500 million USD to improve service quality, safety and network capacity of suburban railway system in Mumbai.
The project is to increase network capacity in the region. This in turn will also help to reduce fatal accidents of commuters. Among the primary beneficiaries of the project, 22% will be female passengers.
3. NLCIL bags “Swachhta Hi Seva award” for transforming Neyveli Township
The Government of India Navratna, NLC India Limited (NLCIL) has bagged the award for making an extremely valuable contribution in the implementation of the “Swachhta Hi Seva Programme”. Rakesh Kumar, CMD of NLCIL hailing the efforts of NLCIL in transforming the entire Neyveli into a plastic-free, clean and green campus, and announcing the “Swachhta Hi Seva 2019” Award.
4. Tata Group to launch “Super App” for digital services
Tata Group is launching a new app named “Super App” purported to bring together the country’s disparate sales sector to offer a range of consumer goods. The app will put the conglomerate in competition with giants of the region like Reliance Industries and global titans like Amazon.
5. China launches 5th Gaofen-9 series Earth observation satellite
China has successfully launched 5th Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-9 (05), from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The satellite, sent into orbit by a Long March-2D carrier rocket, is an optical remote-sensing satellite with a resolution up to the sub-meter level. This launch was the 343rd mission of the Long March rocket series and the 23rd for China in 2020.
6. India, Uzbekistan conduct first meeting of National Coordination Committee
India and Uzbekistan held the first meeting of their National Coordination Committee on August 24, 2020. The committee has been set up to monitor the implementation of the mutually agreed projects between India and Uzbekistan.
7. Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: DRDO identifies 108 systems and subsystems to design, develop and manufacture
The Defence Research and Development Organization has taken several initiatives to strengthen indigenous defence production under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Recently, DRDO has included 108 systems and subsystems to achieve Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
8. Rare fish called “Mahseer” sighted in Sileru river
A team of researchers from Andhra University sighted a rare fish called “Mahseer” in the Sileru river. The fish is listed as Endangered in IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) list.