Current Affairs

6 August, 2020

International

India contributed USD 15.46 mn to India-UN Development Partnership Fund of UNOSSC

the Government of India (GoI) has contributed USD 15.46 million to the India-UN (United Nations) Development Partnership Fund as a support to fellow developing nations for their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related projects.
ii.In this regard, a cheque of USD 15.46 million handed over by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti to the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) Director Jorge Chediek at a ceremony held within social distancing guidelines at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.
About United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC):
Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation– Jorge Chediek
Headquarter– New York, United States (US).

National

Uttarakhand to develop India’s first snow leopard conservation centre in Uttarkashi forests

Chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat chaired a meeting along with State forest minister Harak Singh Rawat and other officials to look into the setting up of the conservation centre.
i.The conservation centre is set to come up at a place named Lanka, near Bhaironghati bridge in Uttarkashi district.
ii.It will be built by the Uttarakhand forest department along the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of its six-year long project Securing livelihoods, conservation, sustainable use and restoration of high range Himalayan ecosystems (SECURE) Himalayas.
iii.Dutch Conservation Architect Anne Feenstra shared the details of the conservation centre.

eVIN to Strengthen Immunisation Supply Chain, reached 32 States & UTs

The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), which is used for efficient vaccine logistics management has reached 32 States and Union Territories (UTs) and will soon be rolled-out in the remaining State of Sikkim and Union Territories (UTs) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Chandigarh, an Ladakh.

Prahlad Singh Patel virtually inaugurated 1st golf course of Mizoram, “Thenzawl Golf Resort”

Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent charge) Prahlad Singh Patel virtually inaugurated the first golf course of Mizoram i.e. “Thenzawl Golf Resort” Project, implemented under the Swadesh Darshan (SD) Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, from New Delhi.
ii.The Project was constructed by Edufice Infraservices Private Limited of New Delhi.
iii.It should be noted that the centre has sanctioned Rs.92.25 Crore for development of the North East Circuit at Thenzawl & South Zote, District Serchhip and Reiek, Mizoram out of which an amount of Rs.64.48 Crore was sanctioned for various components at Thenzawl including the Golf Course.

Economy

Airtel Announced the Multi Year Strategic Collaboration with Amazon to Tap Startups and SME

Bharti Airtel announced the multi-year strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services(AWS) to provide a comprehensive set of cloud solutions to the large enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises(SME) customers in India.
About Bharti Airtel Limited:
MD & CEO– Gopal Vittal (India and South Asia)

Aditya Birla Health Insurance Launches New Services and Products for COVID-19

Aditya Birla Health Insurance Company Limited (ABHICL), the health insurance arm of Aditya Birla Capital Limited, has introduced new services, product solutions & add-ons to the existing products.
ii.This will enable customers to safeguard their health during COVID-19 i.e., from the 1st stage of virus detection to post-recovery phase covering pre and post-hospitalization expenses.

Sports

Spanish Footballer Iker Casillas announces retirement at 39

Spain’s World Cup-winning Captain and Goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement. In 2014, Casillas became one of four players to represent Spain at four World Cups. Iker Casillas was born 20 May 1981 in Móstoles, Spain.
i.As Captain, he helped Spain lift the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and win two successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Miscellaneous

US conducted test flight of unarmed Minuteman 3 missile

the United States (US) Air Force conducted a scheduled test launch of an LGM-30G Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) carrying a load of three unarmed reentry vehicles, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US to a target in the Pacific Ocean.

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