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17 August, 2020

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EU launches Nirmanshree For Odisha and Maharashtra Women in Housing Sector

European Union has launched project ’Nirmanshree’ for enhancing the women skill towards housing construction sector. This is the first-of-its-kind sustainable housing on a large scale in India with 1-million-euro.The project will be implemented in Beed and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra and the Dhenkanal and Jajpur districts of Odisha.
i.A non-profit organisation, Habitat for Humanity India has also join hands with EU for funding this project.
ii.The total cost of the project is EUR 9,49,694 (INR 7,40,85,628 or US$1,075,307).90 percent of fund provides by EU and remaining 10 percent will be issued by Habitat for Humanity India.
iii.3,000 women will be trained for technical and entrepreneurial skills in housing sector which focus on area such as masonry, plumbing and electrical fitting, among others.

NITI Aayog’s AIM, NASSCOM launch Artificial Intelligence Step-up modules for school students

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)’s Atal Innovation Mission(AIM) in collaboration with National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) has launched Artificial Intelligence(AI) based Step-up module for school students.
i.The module was launched in a virtual platform attended by CEO NITI Aayog Mr Amitabh Kant, Mission Director Atal Innovation Mission Mr R Ramanan and NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh.

Def Minister Rajnath Singh Launched Indigenisation portal SRIJAN; DPSUs inked Contracts with Industry Partners and Academia

on the final day of Atma Nirbhar Week celebration (Atmanirbharta Saptah) between August 7-14, 2020 of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and to boost Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (self-reliant India movement), Union Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri) Rajnath Singh virtually launched Department of Defence Production (DDP) portal SRIJAN as a part of “opportunities for Make in India in Defence”.

Economy

RBI’s Central Board headed by Shaktikanta Das approved a dividend of Rs 57,128 crore to Central Govt

The 584th meeting of the Central Board of Reserve of Board(RBI) under the Chairmanship of Governor Shaktikanta Das approved the transfer of Rs 57,128 crore in surplus as dividend to the Central government for the accounting year 2019-20.

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Book “A Bend in Time: Writings by Children on the Covid-19 pandemic” by Bijal Vachharajani Released

A book titled “A Bend in Time : Writings by Children on the COVID 19 Pandemic” was released in July 2020, the introduction of which is written by award-winning children’s author Bijal Vachharajani. The book is published by Talking Cub (children’s imprint of Speaking Tiger).

The book showcased the emotions and thoughts of children and young adults, from across the country and social groups, about the greatest global crisis in recent times: the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bijal Vachharajani is the winner of the AutHer Children’s Book Award 2020 and also named in the Parag Honour List 2020 of TATA Groups.
There are 12 contributing authors of the book viz. Archita Agrawal, Ishaan Ghosh, Lavanya Sinha, Mira Gupta, Omkar Mantri, Sharvari Sonawani, Shiv Malik, Shivani Sharma, Shreya Aiyer, Sofia Kakar, Tishya Tara and Uk!Yo.

IISc and ISRO developed sustainable process to make bricks on lunar surface

Team of researchers of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, Karnataka and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) developed a sustainable process for making brick-like structures named “Space Bricks” on the surface of the moon. The process uses the lunar soil, bacteria and guar beans to make the space brick.

ISRO’s Chandryaan-2 Captured Images of the Moon; one of the Craters Named ‘Sarabhai Crater’ after Vikram Sarabhai

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that Chandrayaan-2 has captured images of the Moon by Terrain Mapping Camera – 2 (TMC-2) and named one of the craters as ‘Sarabhai Crater’ after Indian astrophysicist Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai who is regarded as the Father of Indian Space program, to celebrate his birth centena
ii.Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai’s 100th birth century was observed on 12th of August, 2020.
iii.Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER),to pay tribute to him, announced that Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter has captured the Moon images of “Sarabhai” Crater.

Singer Shahzan Mujeeb Becomes First National Brand Ambassador of Aligarh Municipal Corporation

Indian Idol Season11 Finalist and Oscar Nominated Playback Singer Shahzan Mujeeb became First Ever National Brand Ambassador of Aligarh Municipal Corporation for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Campaign at National and International level.
i.He is also a Music Composer and Music Director. His film Gera won the National Award for Best Gujarati Film.

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