Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) moves towards 2nd phase, ODF-Plus

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1.UAE becomes first country in Arab World to produce nuclear energy

As the Barakah Nuclear Plant’s 1st Unit got operational, UAE became the first country in the Arab World to produce nuclear  energy.The new plant is part of the UAE’s graph  to become less reliant on oil and gas, the current source of the vast majority of its energy.UAE is among the world’s biggest fossil fuels producers.Barakah plant situated  in the Al Dhafrah region of Abu Dhabi started producing heat.The plant, powered by South Korean technology , hopes to produce 5.6 gigawatts of electricity and supply up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs.

2.World Sanskrit Day: 03 August 2020

The World Sanskrit Day is being celebrated on 03 August.It is celebrated on Shravan Poornima, that is the Poornima day of the Shravan month in the Hindu calendar.In the year 2020, this day is celebrated on August 03.In India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all its affiliated universities and colleges to mark World Sanskrit Day or World ‘Samskrita’ Day with appropriate celebrations on August 3.The objective of the day is to illuminate the younger generation about the ancient Indian language which is believed to have originated about 3,500 years ago.The idea is to advocate people about the Sanskrit language and the need to preserve our national heritage.

3.DCGI gives permission to Serum Institute of India to conduct phase 2 and 3 human clinical trial of Corona vaccine developed by Oxford university

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given nod to the Serum Institute of India (SII) to conduct phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University.The approval for conducting phase 2 and 3 clinical trials by the SII was granted by DCGI thorough evaluation based on the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19.Currently, phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine are going on in the UK, phase 3 clinical trials in Brazil and phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in South Africa.

4.Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) moves towards 2nd phase, ODF-Plus

The Swachh Bharat mission has focused on rural and urban areas separately and played a crucial role in ensuring sanitation in the country.Since the launch of the mission in 2014, more than 10 crore individual toilets have been constructed across the country and as a result, rural areas in all the States have declared themselves Open Defecation Free ODF on 2nd October, 2019.The Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) has moved towards its second phase which is also called ODF-Plus.This phase will continue till 2024-25.More than 66 lakh individual household toilets and over 6 lakh community and public toilets have also been constructed or are under construction.

5.Khadi Agarbatti Atma Nirbhar Mission approved by Govt. to generate employment and make India self-reliant in agarbatti production

MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has approved a unique employment generation program proposed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission, KVIC to make India Atma Nirbhar in Agarbatti production.The program named as Khadi Agarbatti Atma Nirbhar Mission aims at creating employment for unemployed and migrant workers in different parts of the country.Under the scheme, KVIC will provide Automatic Agarbatti making machines and powder mixing machines to the artisans through the successful private Agarbatti manufacturers who will sign the agreement as business partners.KVIC will provide a 25 per cent subsidy on the cost of the machines and will recover the remaining 75 per cent of the cost from the artisans in easy installments every month.

6.VP M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to freedom fighter Pingali Venkayya on his birth anniversary

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tribute to legendary freedom fighter and the designer of India’s national flag, Pingali Venkayya on his birth anniversary.Pingali Venkayya was a polymath with interests in geology, education, agriculture and languages.Our national flag is a symbol of our sovereignty, great history and culture.The Vice President said, the nation will always be grateful to the designer of the Tricolour, the pride and glory of our nation.

7.Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tests positive for COVID-19

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has tested positive for Covid-19.He has been admitted to Manipal Hospitals on the advice of doctors as a precautionary measure.He has requested those who have come in contact with him recently to be observant and exercise self quarantine.The CM recently met governor Vajubhai Vala and the latter is likely to undergo tests. A few days back the ministers CT Ravi, Anand Singh and BC Patil were tested positive.

8.Rajasthan to provide meals at ₹8 under Indira Rasoi Yojana from this month

The Rajasthan government is going to start with the ‘Indira Rasoi Yojana’ in urban areas of the state from August 20.Under the scheme, 358 kitchens in 213 urban localities will be operationalised wherein people will get food for ₹8.It is another step towards realising the resolve of Rajasthan government’s ‘no hunger no sleep.The state government will spend ₹100 crore per year on this scheme.

9.Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to launch e-Rakshabandhan

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched e-Rakshabandhan, a month-long awareness programme on the safety of women and children in cyberspace.The programme will be conducted jointly by the State police and CID to bring awareness among the public, especially women, youth and children through webinars and AP CID’s official YouTube channel.The programme is aimed at creating awareness among the public on cybercrimes across the State.The participants will be explained different types of cybercrimes, and tackling techniques and alarm raising methods.

10.Kotak Mahindra Bank launches ‘Kona Kona Umeed’ Campaign

Kotak Mahindra Bank has announced the launch of a two-month-long campaign called ‘Kona Kona Umeed’.With this it will offers huge discounts to lift up hope and optimism among its customers in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.The bank will provide a range of offers and deals on its products including loans, savings accounts, current accounts, corporate salary accounts as well as Kotak debit cards, credit cards and digital payments.Kotak has tied up with over 100 brands to provide exclusive deals to its customers in categories such as shopping, essentials, personal care, education, fitness, health & wellness, kids & parenting, entertainment, cyber care & security, among others.

11.Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix 2020

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula One British Grand Prix 2020 held at the Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom.Max Verstappen (Red bull) ended up second in this F1 race while Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) came third.This is the third win for Hamilton in this season of F1 races.