AspirantWorld One liners : 2nd August

• Muslim Women’s Rights Day is observed in India on 1 August 2020. The Day is observed to mark the first anniversary of the law against instant triple talaq. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressed the Muslim women through the virtual conference on this occasion.

• Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) approved a programme to benefit the artisans involved in the manufacturing of Agarbatti under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’ on 30th July 2020. The aim is to develop the village industry. As per the programme, four Pilot Projects will be started initially. Each targeted cluster of artisans get support with about 50 Automatic Agarbatti making machines and 10 Mixing machines.

• The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to supply mustard oil on 31st July 2020. The move is in line with “Aatmanirbhar.” The MoU was signed by Shri VK Nagar, Director, KVIC and Shri Rama Kant Sharma, DIG, ITBP in presence of KVIC Chairman, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena.

• Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar participated in 6th Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) Environment Ministers’ Meeting. Environment Ministers of the five BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa participated in the 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting on 31st July 2020 through a video conference under the presidency of Russia.

• Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) was awarded the SKOCH Gold Award for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT-enabled Scholarship Schemes”. It is the project of the Scholarship Divison of the Ministry. MoTA chose to participate in Digital India and E-Governance-2020 Competition. The awards were announced on 30 July 2020.

• China’s President Xi Jinping officially commissioned its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System constellation. China’s navigation system uses a network of satellites and can provide positional accuracies of under ten metres (GPS provides positioning accuracies of under 2.2 metres). China initiated BeiDou in 1994. BeiDou offers services including accurate positioning, navigation and timing as well as short message communication.

• Union Power Minister dedicated Sembcorp’s state of the art SECI 1, 2 and 3 wind projects to the nation. Sembcorp Energy India Limited (SEIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, announced completion of its latest 800 MW wind power projects, bringing its India renewable energy capacity to 1,730 MW. With the full commissioning of its 300MW SECI 3 wind project, Sembcorp becomes the first independent power producer to fully commission its projects awarded in the first three wind auctions held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. The building has been constructed with Indian grant assistance and is the first India assisted infrastructure project within the capital city of Port Louis. The new Supreme Court building project is one of the five projects being implemented under the ‘Special Economic Package’ of 353 million dollars extended by India to Mauritius in 2016.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Padma Shri awardee Ren Sonam Tshering Lepcha. Ren Sonam Tshering Lepcha, who was born in Kalimpong in 1928, started his career as a soldier. He travelled to various parts of Sikkim and complied a wide range of Indian folk and traditional Lepcha songs and played folk music on All India Radio in 1960.

• The Uttar Pradesh government has told the Centre that it has planned to fix the minimum environment flow for the polluted stretches of at least six rivers. E-flow is the minimum limit of flow required to maintain a river in the desired environmental state. The Uttar Pradesh Government has planned to regulate the E-flow for polluted stretches of Saryu, Hindon, Ramganga, Betwa, Ghaghara and Rapti rivers.

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