Latest Current Affairs 31st August 2020

PM Modi condoles passing away of former President Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of former President Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee passes away; Seven day State Mourning to be observed: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who was admitted at the Army Research and Referral Hospital passed away on Monday evening. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days State Mourning will be observed throughout India from 31.08.2020 to 06.09.2020, both days inclusive. During the period of State Mourning the National Flag will fly at half mast on all buildings throughout India, where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.

Odisha: 14.5 lakh people in 20 districts affected by floods: About 14.5 lakh people in 3256 villages in 20 districts have been affected by the floods so far. As flow of water from Chattisgarh has dropped, inflow of water into Hirakud reservoir has also dropped down. However Coastal districts of Puri Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara been severely hit.

Fight Against Covid-19: SpiceJet launches compact ventilation device -SpiceOxy: As part of its latest innovation in the fight against COVID-19, SpiceJet on Monday announced the launch of SpiceOxy – a compact, portable, non-invasive ventilation device, which is an effective solution for patients with mild to moderate breathing issues.

Assam Assembly Session begins amidst COVID-19: The four day autumn session of the Assam Assembly began on Monday amidst COVID-19 pandemic following all the social distancing protocols. Some of the major issues which featured prominently in the opening day raised by the oppositions were NRC, implementation of Assam Accord, APSC scam, flood and erosion.

Jammu & Kashmir: Six civilians injured in grenade attack in Baramulla: Suspected militants lobbed grenade on security forces near Azad Gunj bridge in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.

BSF seizes medicines and miscellaneous items while being smuggled to Bangladesh: The BSF troops of South Bengal Frontier seized huge quantity of cosmetics, medicines and miscellaneous items worth Rs. 23,25,505 /- on Saturday, 30 August, 2020. These items were being smuggled to Bangladesh through location of Lake Bour under Bbmorder Out Post Haridaspur  North 24 Pargana border district.

Kerala celebrates Onam with traditional fervour and gaiety: Amid Covid 19 pandemic, Keralites across the globe is celebrating Thiruvonam today, the biggest cultural festival of the State.

Bangladesh announces national mourning in honour of former President Pranab Mukherjee: The government of Bangladesh has announced national mourning on Wednesday to honour the memory of the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee who passed away on Monday, reports the official news agency BSS.

Bangladesh to set up authority for regulating online media: The government of Bangladesh will set up an authority to regulate the online media. Briefing media after a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Monday, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said that the Online Media Policy has a provision to set up a Commission for regulating the online media. Till the time the Commission is formed, the Ministry of Information will set up an authority for regulating the online media.

Indian High Commission gifts books to 100 Universities and Colleges to mark Mujib Barsho in Bangladesh: The High Commission of India on Monday gifted books on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the liberation war of Bangladesh to 100 universities and colleges in the country in places like Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet among others.

Malaysia marks 63rd Independence Day: King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah officiated the celebration at the administration center of Putrajaya, being joined by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and members of his cabinet.

Elementary, middle schools reopen in Beijing in a staggered manner: Over 200 million students in the Chinese mainland have returned to school in all provinces and autonomous regions, except Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where local authorities claimed that the situation of COVID-19 containment is still severe.

European Investment Bank to invest 650 million euros into Kanpur city metro rail: As the urban infrastructure gets a facelift across the country, foreign investors are readily coming forth to collaborate on such projects. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has decided to invest 650 million euros into the construction of Kanpur’s first city metro line.

India aims to achieve 100 MT coal gasification target by 2030: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi: India aims for 100 million tonnes (MT) coal gasification by 2030 with investments worth over Rs. 4 lakh crores, said Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Coal and Mines.

India’s GDP contracts 23.9 percent in April-June quarter: The Indian economy contracted by 23.9 per cent in the April-June quarter of this fiscal amid the COVID-19 crisis, official data showed on Monday.

Sensex tumbles 839.02 points to end at 38,628.29; Nifty slides 260.10 points to 11,387.50: After rallying 543 points in the morning session and touching the 40,000-mark, the BSE Sensex surrendered all gains to close at 38,628.29, showing a loss of 839.02 points or 2.13 per cent. Similarly, the NSE Nifty tanked 260.10 points or 2.23 per cent to end at 11,387.50.

Union Minister Nitiin Gadkari to lay foundation stone and inaugurate 11 highway projects in UP: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari will lay foundation stone of and inaugurate 11 highway projects in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Banks to refund charges collected on electronic transactions after 1 January: The Finance Ministry has asked banks to immediately refund the charges collected after 1st of January this year on transactions carried out using the electronic mode prescribed under the IT act.

South African pacer Anrich Nortje joins Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2020: Having joined the Delhi Capitals ahead of the upcoming season of the Dream11 Indian Premier League, South African pacer Anrich Nortje took part in his first nets session on Sunday evening, and seemed delighted to step out on the field after having spent a week quarantining upon his arrival in the UAE.

Air Force Sports Control Board conferred with ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2020’: Air Force Sports Control Board was conferred with ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2020’ for the outstanding contribution in helping sportsperson to excel in their respective disciplines and implement robust sports welfare measures.

Odisha FC signs Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio: Odisha FC on Monday announced the signing of Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio, who has played alongside Neymar and Ronaldinho, ahead of the seventh edition of the Hero Indian Super League.

India, Russia declared joint winners of 2020 Online FIDE Chess Olympiad: India and Russia were declared joint winners of the 2020 Online FIDE Chess Olympiad after the final was marred by internet disconnection last night.

IIT Madras startup subsidiary launches nano textile coating to inactive Coronavirus: A subsidiary of a tech startup incubated by IIT Madras has launched a nanotech coating for textiles that can inactivate the novel Coronavirus within five minutes of contact.

Health Ministry to rush Central teams to UP, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to deploy high level Central teams to four States of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha. These States are seeing a sudden surge in the number of COVID cases and some of them are also reporting high mortality.

COVID-19: India conducts more than 4.23 crore tests: India has exhibited determined resolve to expand the testing which has led to an exponential hike of COVID-19 testing. Starting from a single test in one lab in Pune in January 20202, the daily testing capacity has been scaled up to more than 10 lakh in August 2020.

Ministry of Tourism organises webinar on Hampi under Dekho Apna Desh Series: The Ministry of Tourism organised their latest webinar titled Hampi- Inspired by the past; Going into the future on 29th August 2020 under Dekho Apna DeshWebinar series.The webinar was focused on an integrated approach that addresses the needs of Hampi as both heritage site and tourist destination, and addresses social, economic and ecological concerns.Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series is an effort to showcase India’s rich diversity under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme.

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