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Latest Current Affairs 07th August 2020

Flood waters continue to recede in Assam:Flood waters continued to recede in Assam improving the situation considerably, with people returning back to their homes.

5880 fresh COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu; tally 2,85,024:5880 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu today. They included 5856 residents and 24 who had returned from outside the state

Indian Coast Guard saves lives of 14 fishermen at sea in Nagapattnam:The Indian Coast Guard today saved the lives of 14 fishermen at sea approximately 88 nautical miles east of Nagapattnam.

Modi govt committed for holistic development of our weaver’s community”: HM Amit Shah:Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that“Modi government is committed for the holistic development of our weaver’s community”.

Delhi Airport develops portal for all international arriving passengers across India:Delhi International Airport Limited today announced that it has developed a first-of-its-kind portal where India-bound international arriving flyers can fill the mandatory self-declaration form and also apply online for exemption from mandatory institution quarantine process.

Vice President asks civil servants to be pro-active change-agents in building a New India:The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today urged young IAS officers to treat their vocation as a mission to bridge rich-poor, men-women and urban-rural divides and be pro-active change-agents in building a New India.

VP calls for reorienting agricultural priorities towards more nutrition-sensitive food:Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today highlighted the need to constantly review our food, agriculture and trade policies according to the times. He also called for reorienting agricultural priorities towards more nutrition-sensitive food.

PM Modi to inaugurate submarine cable connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and dedicate to the Nation through video conferencing the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair on Monday (10th August, 2020).

Manoj Sinha takes oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir:Manoj Sinha was sworn-in as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

PM Modi to inaugurate Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra tomorrow:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission, on August 8.

Kerala: 11 dead in Idukki as major landslide causes destruction:In a major havoc, a landslide occurred in a plantation area in the hinterlands of Idukki district in Kerala.

Bihar: Floods continue to wreak havoc; NDRF carries out rescue ops:In Bihar, more than 70 lakh people across over 16 districts are reeling under the floods.

India’s first Kisan Special Parcel Train to run from today:The country’s first Kisan Special Parcel Train or Kisan Rail will start from Friday (August 7).

Celebrate Indian tradition, honour artisans on National Handloom Day today:National Handloom Day is being organised by the Ministry of Textiles on a virtual platform.

Ramped up effort led to 1,370 testing labs in India currently: Health Ministry:India has a total of 1,370 coronavirus testing labs so far since January 2020, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

PM Modi virtually addresses ‘Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’:Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the Inaugural Address at the ‘Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’ through video conference on Friday.

Bangladesh to construct memorial for Indian soldiers martyred in 1971 liberation war:Bangladesh will construct a memorial for the Indian soldiers martyred during the country’s liberation war in 1971.Bangladesh will construct a memorial for the Indian soldiers martyred during the country’s liberation war in 1971.:US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday urged prominent Afghans holding a major meeting to free Taliban prisoners, promising help if the war-torn nation moves forward on peace efforts.

President Trump signs executive order banning transactions with TikTok owner:United States’ President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order banning transactions with TikTok parent after 45 days.

Sri Lanka’s PM Mahinda Rajapaksa wins with record majority; PM Modi congratulates him:In Sri Lanka, the ruling party led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has got a landslide victory at the general elections held on Wednesday.

Twitter to Flag state affiliated accounts of P-5 Nations:In a yet another attempt to limit the information warfare on its platform, major social media platform Twitter has started announced that it will be labeling state-affiliated media accounts.

Dawn of A New Era of Peace, Progress & Prosperity in J&K and Ladakh: A Series of Road & Highway Projects to Give Impetus to Growth:Following is the text of an article by Ashok Tandon, senior Journalist and member, Prasar Bharati Board, titled ‘Dawn of A New Era of Peace, Progress & Prosperity in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh : A Series of Road & Highway Projects to give impetus to growth’:

US reimposes 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum:US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he had ordered a 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum be reimposed, saying America’s key trading partner was flooding the US market with the metal.

Girish Chandra Murmu appointed as the new CAG:Former Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of the country.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 to be held in Australia in 2022:International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed due to COVID-19 will be held in Australia in 2022.

Five hockey players test COVID positive on arrival at SAI Bengaluru for Hockey National Camp:Hockey players Manpreet Singh, Surender Kumar,  Jaskaran Singh, Varun Kumar and Krishan B Pathak who reported to the National Hockey Camp in Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Bengaluru along with the team, after a home break, have tested Covid positive.

England’s white-ball Tour to India postponed until early 2021:With the announcement that ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, due to take place across Australia in October and November 2020, has been postponed and the present COVID-19 situation in India, the BCCI and ECB have confirmed that England men’s white-ball tour to India, originally scheduled in the ICC Future Tours Programme for late September to early October 2020, will be postponed until early 2021.

SAI to resume Badminton National Camp in Hyderabad today:Sports Authority of India has decided to resume the Badminton National Camp for 8 Olympic hopefuls at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad from August 7.

In a first, online patriotic film festival begins today:National Film Development Corporation is organizing a first of its kind, online patriotic film festival.

Indian Astronauts training well for India’s manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’:Gaganyaan will be the first-ever human space mission conceived and developed in India, as a distinct illustration of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” vision.

India is a treasure trove of traditional wisdom on agriculture: Vice President:Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has called for making agriculture more efficient, resilient and profitable to ensure food and nutrition security to millions.

‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ finalists showcase apps in Mega Hackathon:A Mega Hackathon is underway where the top finalists selected under the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ across categories are showcasing their Apps.

Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads: Study:People who are infected with the coronavirus carry similar levels of the pathogen in their nose, throat and lungs whether they have symptoms or not, a new study from South Korea showed Thursday.

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