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US announces expanded five-pronged ‘Clean Network’ initiative

The United States announced a five-pronged ‘Clean Network’ initiative to further reduce Chinese access to Americans’ data. It is an expanded version of the ‘Clean Path’ initiative. It would involve removing “untrusted” Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat from American stores. The programme has 5 facets – Clean Carrier, Clean Apps, Clean Store, Clean Cloud and Clean Cable.

Saturday, 08 August 2020
Environment

Last fully intact ice shelf in Canadian Arctic collapses

The last fully intact ice shelf, called Milne Ice Shelf, in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just 2 days by the end of July. This ice shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. The cause of this is the above normal temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf.

Saturday, 08 August 2020
News

RBI announces names of KV Kamath Committee members

The Reserve Bank of India announced the names of the members of the committee that will submit recommendations on the financial parameters to the Central Bank. This committee would be headed by KV Kamanath, the former head of the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS. This committee would function under the aegis of the RBI.

Saturday, 08 August 2020

Art, Culture

Art, Culture

Uttarakhand likely to develop a ‘Ramayana’ circuit’ to promote tourism

The Uttarakhand tourism development corporation is likely to develop a ‘Ramayana’ circuit comprising of all holy sites linked with Ramayana in the state. The objective of this initiative is to boost religious tourism within the state. The temples that are likely to be linked include Bharat and Shatrughan temple in Rishikesh, Raghunath temple in Devprayag, among others.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
Art, Culture

World Sanskrit Day observed on August 3 this year

The World Sanskrit Day is celebrated on 3rd August 2020. Every year, Sanskrit Diwas, also known as ‘Vishvasamskritadinam’ is celebrated to commemorate one of the oldest languages in the world. This day is celebrated on poornima (full moon) of the ‘Shravana’ month. It promotes the revival of this ancient Indian language. Sanskrit is said to be the most computer-friendly language

Monday, 03 August 2020

Business

Business

Facebook employees allowed work from home until July 2021

Facebook Inc will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will give them $1,000 for home office needs. With this, the company joins other big technology firms that has taken similar steps recently. While Google allowed employees  to work from home until the end of June 2021, Twitter proposed remote work indefinitely for some of its employees.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
Business

6th National Handloom Day, 2020

National Handloom Day is observed on 7th August each year to create awareness about the importance of handloom industry. The day was declared by the Union Government and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi at the Centenary Hall of Madras University, Chennai in 2015. During this year’s National Handloom Day, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani launched a mobile app and a portal to propagate the handloom industry.

Friday, 07 August 2020

Environment

Environment

Last fully intact ice shelf in Canadian Arctic collapses

The last fully intact ice shelf, called Milne Ice Shelf, in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just 2 days by the end of July. This ice shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. The cause of this is the above normal temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the ice shelf.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
Environment

Namami Gange project included in Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation announced that Namami Gange project has been included in the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration 2020. This is according the decision taken by National Ganga Council meeting chaired by PM Modi on December last year. The project involves cleanliness and renovation of tributaries of the Ganges.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Health & Lifestyle

Health & Lifestyle

DIAL develops AIR SUVIDHA portal

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium, announced that it has developed AIR SUVIDHA, a first-of-its-kind portal that enables filling of mandatory self-declaration form and provides for online application for exemption from mandatory institution quarantine process for India-bound international arriving flyers. This facility would help in making passengers’ journey more convenient and confortable in a contactless way.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
Health & Lifestyle

SII partners with GAVI, Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to speed up COVID-19 vaccine development

Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) partnered with GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to hasten manufacturing and delivering of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and other third world countries. India’s drug regulator, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has earlier granted permission to SII for conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the vaccines.

Saturday, 08 August 2020

National

National

Gujarat’s Industrial Policy 2020 unveiled

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the state’s Industrial Policy 2020. The earlier policy of 2015 had ended on 31st December 2019 and was further extended up until the date of the release of the new policy. The average annual outlay for the New Gujarat Industrial Policy, 2020 will be up to Rs.8 thousand crore.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
National

Around Rs.60,000 crore of infrastructure projects cleared in J&K

In a year following the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, 2,273 infrastructure projects worth Rs.5,979 crore, which have been pending for the past 5 to 10 years, were sanctioned and 506  completed. Some of the works done include strengthening of Panchayat infrastructure, creation of 10,000 jobs, opening up 50 new degree colleges, among others.

Saturday, 08 August 2020

News

News

RBI announces names of KV Kamath Committee members

The Reserve Bank of India announced the names of the members of the committee that will submit recommendations on the financial parameters to the Central Bank. This committee would be headed by KV Kamanath, the former head of the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS. This committee would function under the aegis of the RBI.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
News

Centre to soon define strategic sectors

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government would soon come out with a new public enterprise policy that would define strategic sectors having no more than four Public Sector Undertakings. This is a part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ package that was announced by the finance minister in May. The maximum of 4 PSUs can be ensured by merger or privatisation of the existing state-owned enterprises.

Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Israel, India test technologies to detect COVID-19 in 30 seconds

Israel and India are conducting trials on a large sample of patients for four different kinds of technologies that have the potential to detect coronavirus infection in around 30 seconds, including a breath analyser and a voice test. The rapid testing is being jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defence, India’s DRDO, CSIR and Principal Scientific Advisor.
Friday, 31 July 2020
Science & Technology

China completes BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System that could rival the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS). It can significantly enhance China’s security and geopolitical power by providing navigation aid and enabling communication and image transmission. It was officially commissioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Sports

Sports

India withdraws from women’s world team Squash championship

India has withdrawn from women’s world team Squash championship scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The reason behind this move is the lack of preparation, time and match readiness of its players. The competition is to be held from 15th to 20th December. Squash Rackets Federation of India Secretary Cyrus Poncha stated that top players were consulted before the withdrawal.
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
Sports

Sports Minister chairs 1st General Council meeting of Khelo India scheme

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju chaired the 1st General Council meeting of the Khelo India scheme. The minister, during the meeting, urged the states to organise State-level Khelo India Games annually to identify a larger number of grassroot-level talents. He asked the states to organise competitions at the district, block and Panchayat-level to identify young talent.

Wednesday, 05 August 2020

World

World

Facebook employees allowed work from home until July 2021

Facebook Inc will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will give them $1,000 for home office needs. With this, the company joins other big technology firms that has taken similar steps recently. While Google allowed employees  to work from home until the end of June 2021, Twitter proposed remote work indefinitely for some of its employees.
Saturday, 08 August 2020
World

US announces expanded five-pronged ‘Clean Network’ initiative

The United States announced a five-pronged ‘Clean Network’ initiative to further reduce Chinese access to Americans’ data. It is an expanded version of the ‘Clean Path’ initiative. It would involve removing “untrusted” Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat from American stores. The programme has 5 facets – Clean Carrier, Clean Apps, Clean Store, Clean Cloud and Clean Cable.

Saturday, 08 August 2020