Atal Innovation Mission declares results of ATL Tinkering Marathon 2019

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 1.US Conducts Test Flight of Unarmed Minuteman 3 Missile

An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California on a test flight to a target in the Pacific Ocean.Test launches are essential to sustaining the aging Minuteman 3 nuclear weapon system.Minuteman III, manufactured by Boeing is a long-range, is a three-stage ICBM with the capability to carry single or multiple nuclear warheads.As of 2020, the LGM-30G Minuteman III version is the only land-based intercontinental ballistic missile in service in the United States.The Minuteman entered service in 1962 as a deterrence weapon that could hit Soviet cities.

2.Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of world’s first atomic bombing

Japan on 06 August marks 75 years since the world’s first atomic bomb attack.The atomic bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy”, exploded on August 6, 1945, obliterating Hiroshima and killing 140,000 of an estimated population of 350,000.Thousands more died later of injuries and radiation-related illnesses.This bomb attack was done in the motive to end the Second World War in 1945.Hiroshima was one of the army headquarters of Japan. Also, it was the largest military supply depot for troops and supplies.

3.India contributes over $15.46 mn to India-UN Development Partnership Fund

India has contributed $15.46 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, underscoring the country’s commitment to supporting developing nations in their developmental priorities across all the Sustainable Development Goals.India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti handed over a cheque of $15.46 million.The tranche of $15.46 million includes $6 million to the overall fund, in which all the developing countries are eligible for partnership, and $9.46 million dedicated to the Commonwealth countries.The India-UN Development Partnership Fund is managed by the UNOSSC and implemented under the leadership of partner developing countries leveraging the strengths of United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes.

4.India extends Line of Credit worth 18 million dollars to Maldives

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.

5.Atal Innovation Mission declares results of ATL Tinkering Marathon 2019

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has declared the results of its flagship national annual innovation marathon challenge.The ATL Tinkering Marathon 2019 was held over fifty thousand Atal Tinkering Labs across the country and announced 150 winners of the Marathon.The challenge was executed by AIM in partnership with MyGOV on MyGov’s Innovate Platform this year.42 percent of the winning teams are from rural areas and 57 percent are from government schools. About 45 percent  of the winning team students are girls.This year’s marathon was uniquely designed by the students themselves.The Marathon had a strong focus on Research preceding the Innovations.The final phase of solution development received over 1191 entries from students across 29 States and UTs.

6.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.Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai inaugurated the first webinar on “Thunderstorms and Lightning”.He highlighted the major interventions carried out by the Government departments and agencies for reducing the adverse risks of Hydro-Meteorological disasters.National Institute of Disaster Management is a premier institute for training and capacity development programs for managing natural disasters in India.NIDM works under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

7.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.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.Called as Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting lab, MITR can be deployed in Corona hot spots quickly.Another innovative project fructified in Bengaluru when a bus stand was converted into 200 bed Covid Care Centre.

8.Haryana CM launches Parivar Pehchan Patra

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched Parivar Pehchan Patra in the state.A brain child of team CMO, the PPP will enable the citizens to get the benefits of various central and state government schemes at their door-step in a fair and transparent manner.The PPP will be now linked to Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yogna (MMPSY).All the departments will be linked with e-Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) within the next three months.At present, the MMPSY, which was launched on January 26, 2020 and three pension schemes – Old Age Samman Allowance Scheme, Divyang Jan Pension Scheme, and Widow and Destitute Women Pension Scheme, have been integrated with Parivar Pehchan Patra.

9.Bharti Airtel inks multi-year strategic pact with Amazon for AWS solutions

Bharti Airtel announced a multi-year strategic pact with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver Cloud solutions to large as well as small and medium enterprise (SME) customers in India.The products linked to artificial intelligence and Edge among others will be offered to the SMBs.Bharti Airtel will act as a channel partner for AWS to tap startups and SMBs and sell the products of AWS and bundle them with its public cloud offerings.Airtel Cloud will build an AWS CloudPractice, supported by AWS Professional Services, as well as develop differentiated Cloud products and capabilities leveraging AWS services, Airtel’s data centre capabilities and network and telecoms offerings.

10.President appoints Manoj Sinha as new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

The President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Manoj Sinha as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.The President accepted the resignation of Girish Chandra Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.Mr Murmu, a 1985 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer was appointed as the LG in October last year.Murmu had sent his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind.

11.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.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.

12.Former Union Home Secretary & Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Ram Pradhan passes away

The former Union Home Secretary Ram Pradhan has passed away due to age-related ailments.Mr Pradhan served as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh during the Rajiv Gandhi government.Pradhan was an IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre.He also headed a two-member committee set up in December 2008 to probe the security forces’ response to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.