AspirantWorld One liners : 7th August

• Government of India has extended Line of Credit (LoC) worth $18 million to the Government of Maldives. The aim is to expand the fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO). The project aims to invest in fish collection and storage facilities. The fund will be used for setting up of a tuna cooked plant and fishmeal plant.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy on 7 August through video-conferencing. The conclave was organized by the Ministry of Education along with the University Grants Commission (UGC). Also, the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched UGC’s guidelines to offer internship-embedded degree programmes.

• National Handloom Day is observed on 7 August every year. The days aim to create awareness about the importance of the handloom industry in socio development of the nation. The day honours the handloom weavers. The day will increase awareness about the benefits of handloom to the younger generations. The day is observed to strengthen efforts towards an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. History: PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day at the University of Madras’ Centenary Hall.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a conversation with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa on 6 August 2020. The leaders discussed the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the strong democratic values shared by both countries. Prime Minister Modi conveyed his wishes to H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa for his impressive electoral performance.

• The ITER Organization is celebrating the Start of Assembly of the ITER Tokamak with a ceremony at Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance, France. The Celebration has been hosted virtually by French President Emmanuel Macron. ITER is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today. In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars.

• The country’s first Kisan Special Parcel Train or Kisan Rail will start from August 7, 2020 to provide seamless supply of perishable produce. The train will transport material between Maharashtra’s Devlali and Bihar’s Danapur Railway station. It will be covering a distance of 1,519 kilometres in around 32 hours.The Kisan Rail will carry fruits and vegetables and will make stoppages at several stations and pick-up and deliver them. This will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time.

• Vice President of India paid tribute to freedom fighter and the designer of India’s national flag, Pingali Venkayya on his birth anniversary. Pingali Venkayya (1876 – 1963) was an Indian freedom fighter and the designer of the flag on which the Indian national flag was based.Venkayya’s version was first designed for the Indian National Congress and subsequently modified in 1947.

• The Government of India launched the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the country’s promising junior athletes, with an aim to groom these young talents for medal glory at the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. The Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) ‘Mission Olympic Cell’ (MOC) has shortlisted 258 athletes in 12 sporting disciplines for TOPS Junior, including the 85 selected before the lockdown, who will be part of the ‘Developmental Group’.

• Farmers in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal are betting on the pokkali variety of rice from Kerala to tide over a crisis-like situation created by severe seawater incursion into paddy fields in vast areas of the Sundarbans after cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal on May 20. The pokkali variety, known for its saltwater resistance, flourishes in the paddy fields of coastal Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts of Kerala.

• National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is organizing a first of its kind, online patriotic film festival. The festival is a part of Independence Day Celebrations by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The festival will run from august 7th till the 21st.The festival will showcase high quality Independence Day themed patriotic films daily at the free of cost. Critically acclaimed films from various Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati and Malayalam will be showcased in the festival.

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