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Import of some ‘Defence items’ banned
- The Ministry of Defence has announced a list of over 101 items that would be banned for import beyond the time indicated against them.
- The government has prepared a list 101 items on which there would be an embargo on import to give a push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (Self Reliant India Movement).
- The list includes high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircraft, light combat helicopters, radars, and many other items.
- It is estimated that contracts worth almost Rs 4 Lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Portal “SURAKHSYA” on “Human-Elephant Conflict” launched
- The Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar released a document on Best Practices and launched a portal on Human-Elephant Conflict.
- The portal aims to collect real-time information and will also manage conflicts on a real-time basis. The portal will help to set data collection protocols, data visualization tools and data transmission pipelines.
- World Elephant Day is observed every year on 12th August to spread awareness about the animal. It was launched in 2012 to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants.
- Note: Indian Elephant has also been listed in Appendix I of the Convention of the Migratory species in the recently concluded 13th Conference of Parties on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat in February 2020.
Lebanon's PM Hassan Diab resigns
- Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab has resigned from his post in the wake of the major blast in Beirut that has triggered public outrage.
- Mr Diab said he is taking a step back so he can stand with the people and fight the battle for change alongside them.
- President Michel Aoun has accepted the resignation of the Diab government and asked it to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.
India and Maldives signed a contract ‘Eco-tourism zones’
- India and Maldives today signed a contract for development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll of the island nation.
- These eco-tourism zones are part of grant projects being implemented under the High-Impact Community Development project (HICDP) scheme which involves total grant assistance of 5.5 million US dollars to the Maldives.
- Currently, there are 9 such high-impact projects being implemented in the Maldives.
- The development of high-impact assets, building capacities within the local councils and supporting of the local island economy are the most important objectives of these projects.
“AIR SUVIDHA” portal
- The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)has developed a web portal named ‘AIR SUVIDHA’ for India-bound international passengers. The online forms have been developed in collaboration with various state governments, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Wold Biofuel Day
- Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas celebrated the World Biofuel Day on 10th August 2020.
- A webinar with the theme “Biofuels towards Atmanirbhar Bharat” was also organised this year.
- World Biofuel Day is observed every year to aware about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels.
- The day also highlights the various actions taken by the Government in the Biofuel sector.
Former Indian footballer Manitombi Singh passes away
- Former India defender and Mohun Bagan captain Manitombi Singh passed away.
- He played for Mohun Bagan and was part of the Hindustan FC team that won the Delhi Soccer Association league title in 2010.
- Manitombi played for India in the 2002 LG Cup in Vietnam. It was Stephen Constantine’s first tournament as head coach and ended the senior national team’s 31-year wait for a title.
- He was also part of the India squad in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
Submarine cable connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands launched
- PM Narendra Modi launched the submarine Optical Fibre Cable between Chennai and Port Blair.
- The cable link will deliver bandwidth of 2 x 200 Gbps between Chennai and Port Blair, and 2 x 100 Gbps between Port Blair and the other islands.
- The foundation stone for this project was laid by the PM on Dec 2018, at Port Blair.
- The project is funded by the govt of India through the Universal Service Obligation Fund under the Department of Telecommunications.
Silk Training cum Production Center set to open in Arunachal
- Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will open the Silk Training cum Production Center in the tribal village of Chullyu in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Machinery like handlooms, Charkha, Silk reeling machines and warping drums would be installed in the training cum production Center.
- KVIC has transformed the dilapidated school building into the training cum production centre for Eri Silk.
- With the launch of this centre, the state would soon be bustling with spinning
State PSC Current Affairs 11.08.2020 (Hindi)
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