CURRENT AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS : 06 AUGUST 2020

CURRENT AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS : 06 AUGUST 2020

CURRENT AFFAIRS : 06 AUGUST 2020

COVID-19 NEWS

(1.) COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 67.19 percent; highest number of people recovered in last 24 hours :- Highest recoveries from Corona-virus were reported in the country during the last 24 hours. A total of 51,706 people affected with the virus recovered in one day which is the highest figure since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India. This has resulted in further improvement in the recovery rate which reached 67.19 percent in the country. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 12,82,215 people have recovered from Corona-virus infection in the country so far. The Ministry said, a total of 52,509 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 19,08,254. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is 5,86,244. In a single day, 857 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 39,795. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.08 per cent in the country.

NATIONAL NEWS

(1.) Lord Rama is common thread of unity in diversity in the country, says PM :- Recounting the different Ramayans written in various languages, Prime Minister noted that Shree Ram is the common thread of unity in diversity in the country. He said that Lord Ram is a symbol of strength and unity for all religions, irrespective of religion. During his historic address at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is an emotional moment for the entire country and construction of Ram Temple will also pave way for the development of Ayodhya and open up several opportunities across sectors which will change the economy of the region.
The Bhumi Poojan ceremony started at sharp 12.30 afternoon and culminated at 12.45 pm. Many Saints, spiritual leaders and other leaders associated with Ram Temple movement were present at the ceremony. Mahesh Bhagchandka and Pawan Singhal from family of late Ashok Singhal, Former President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad were Mukhya Yajman in Bhumi Pujan function. Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Prime Minister to have Darshan at Ram Janmbhumi and Hanumangarhi temple of Ayodhya and after planting a sapling of Parijat Tree he took part
in the Bhumi Poojan ceremony.

(2.) Ajay Tyagi gets 18 months’ extension as SEBI chairman :- Ajay Tyagi has been given an 18 month extension as the chairman of markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). His term will continue till February, 2022. Department of Personnel and Training in an order today said, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of Ajay Tyagi’s term for 18 months with effect from 1st September, 2020 to 28th February, 2022. Tyagi, a 1984 batch retired IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre was appointed as the SEBI chairman in March, 2017 for three years.

(3.) Centre issues notification for CBI probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death :- The Centre today issued a notification asking the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also demanded such a probe. Earlier today, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it has accepted the request by the Bihar government to order a CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case. CBI spokesperson said, the agency is ready to probe the case. Rajput was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra on June 14th.

(4.) NIDM in collaboration with IMD organises webinar series on “Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Risk Reduction” :- National Institute of Disaster Management in collaboration with India Meteorological Department organised a webinar series on “Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Risk Reduction”. The webinar series include four webinars focusing on Thunderstorms and Lightning, Cloudburst and Floods, Cyclones and Storm Surges and Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events. The webinar series exhorted on enhancing human capacity in terms of better understanding of Hydro-Meteorological Hazards Risk and effective collaborative actions.

(5.) India extends Line of Credit worth 18 million US dollars to Maldives for expansion of fishing facilities at MIFCO :- India has extended Line of Credit worth 18 million US dollars to the Government of Maldives for the expansion of fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO). The project envisages investment in fish collection and storage facilities and the setting up of a tuna cooked plant and fishmeal plant. It is part of the 800 million US dollars line of credit offered by India with repayment tenor of 20 years and a 5 year moratorium. Indian High Commission in Male said fishing is deeply connected to the Maldivian way of life and is a key driver of the economy through exports.

STATE NEWS

(1.) Pious Soil, water from all major religious sites to be used in construction of grand temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi :- Pious Soil and water from all the major religious sites, places of national importance and sacred rivers of the nation will be used in the construction of the grand temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. Shankaracharya and Saints from all across the world have sent many auspicious materials for Bhoomi Poojan which will also be used in the construction. Soil from Shri Badrinath Dham, Haldi Ghati, forts of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Shivaji, Shri Ranganathswami Mandir, Shri Mahakaleshwar Mandir and birthplaces of Chandrashekar Azad and Shri Birsa Munda have already reached Ayodhya. Water from Mansarovar, Ganga Sagar and other oceans have also reached Ayodhya which will be used in construction of Ram Temple. The proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya will have five mandaps and one octagon shaped shikhar. The Grand Temple will be a 161 feet tall and three story structure which will have Ramlala at ground floor while Ram Darbar will be on the first floor. Second floor will be reserved for Shri Ram Janm Bhoomi Teerth Shetra Trust.

(2.) Security of KBR Airport in Leh handed over to CISF :- As part of increasing the security at hyper sensitive KBR Airport in Leh, the responsibility was handed over to CentralIndustrialSecurityForce(CISF) today. In a symbolic ceremony, Ladakh police Inspector General SD Khandare handed over the security key of Leh Airport to CISF in the presence of Advisor to Ladakh LG, Mr Umang Narula and DG CISF Mr Rajesh Ranjan. Leh airport is 64th in the row to get CISF cover for security out of 140 operational airports in the country.

(3.) Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai & its neighbouring districts :- Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai and its neighbouring districts, disrupting normal life amid numerous incidents of water-logging across low-lying areas and railway stations. While extreme water logging was reported from Dadar, Girgaon, Mahim, Byculla and Andheri, rail services continue to remain partially suspended, inconveniencing essential services workers.

(4.) Karnataka Medical Education Minister inaugurates nation’s first ICMR approved mobile RTPCR Covid lab :- Nation’s first ICMR approved mobile RTPCR Covid lab developed by Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru was inaugurated by Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr.K Sudhakar today. Packed with all the safety features, this unique lab is capable of producing accurate results within four hours. In a month the mobile lab can conduct 9000 tests. The lab can be utilised for testing H1N1, HCV, TB, HPV, HIV virus also.The mobile lab was handed over to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru today.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

(1.) Death toll in massive explosion at Lebanese capital Beirut mounts to 100; over 4,000 injured :- In Lebanon, the death toll in the huge explosion in the capital, Beirut has gone up to 100. More than 4,000 people have been injured in the explosion which took place last night. The explosion sent shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital. Videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city’s port. Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed and many buildings have been destroyed. The blast was heard 240 km away on the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. An investigation is under way to find the exact trigger for the explosion. Lebanon’s Supreme Defence Council said those responsible will face the maximum punishment possible.

(2.) Polling for parliamentary elections conclude in Sri Lanka; voter turnout of around 71% reported :- In Sri Lanka, the polling for parliamentary elections has concluded with voter turnout of around 71 percent reported countrywide. The voting is around 10 percent less compared to the previous election as strict health guidelines were in place in wake of COVID pandemic. No major incident was reported and the polling remained largely peaceful.

CORPORATE AFFAIRS : 06 AUGUST 2020

  1. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Phase-I: April 2020 to June 2020. Source : Click Here to Visit
  2. Goa joins MyGov Citizen Engagement Platform; 12 states had already launched their MyGov Platforms. Source : Click Here to Visit
  3. Shadesmart & Radiant Cooling technologies promote energy-efficient cooling in buildings. Source : Click Here to Visit
  4. The Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation (Amendment) Rules, 2020. Source : Click Here to Visit
  5. Gold tops $2,000, India takes cues as price hits record of Rs 54,480 ex GST. Source : Click Here to Visit

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Compiled By : CS Surbhi Saxena

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