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Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

MAKE IN INDIA IN DEFENCE
The Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Ministry of Defence (MoD) has prepared a list of 101 items for which there would be an embargo on the import beyond the timeline indicated against them.
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About:

  • The list of 101 embargoed items comprises of some high technology weapon systems like artillery guns, assault rifles, corvettes, sonar systems, transport aircrafts, LCHs, radars and many other items to fulfil the needs of the defence Services.

  • The list also includes wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) with indicative import embargo date of December 2021, of which the Army is expected to contract almost 200 at an approximate cost of over ₹5,000 crore.

  • The embargo on imports is planned to be progressively implemented between 2020 to 2024. 

Important Info :
  • The Government also intends to reach a turnover of $25 billion through indigenously manufactured defence products and also expects to export products worth $5 billion.
  • Government has also decided that in any government contract over ₹200 crore, no foreign company can participate in the tendering process. This year ₹52,000 crore items are to be bought only from Indian companies.
  • MoD has also bifurcated the capital procurement budget for 2020-21 between domestic and foreign capital procurement routes.
Source : PIB
Defence & Security

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

MATHERAN
After a long gap of 125 years, scientists have found 140 rare species of butterflies, including 77 new ones, in Matheran. The last time butterflies were codified in this eco-sensitive zone was in 1894, when a researcher identified 78 species.
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About:

  • Matheran is a hill station and a municipal council in Karjat Tahsil in the Raigad district, Maharashtra. It is located on the Western Ghats range.

  • Matheran is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

  • Matheran, which means "forest on the forehead" (of the mountains) is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Union Ministry of Environment.

Source : The Hindu
Geography

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

eSanjeevani
Union Health Minister presided over a review meeting with States/UTs on the “eSanjeevani” and “eSanjeevaniOPD” platforms.
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About:

  • In a short span of time since November 2019, tele-consultation by eSanjeevani and eSanjeevaniOPD have been implemented by 23 States (which covers 75% of the population) and other States are in the process of rolling it out.

  • eSanjeevani, the Tele-Medicine platform rolled out by Health Ministry, has completed more than 1,50,000 tele-consultations enabling patient to doctor consultations from the confines of their home, as well as doctor to doctor consultations.

  • This eSanjeevani platform has enabled two types of telemedicine services viz. Doctor-to-Doctor (eSanjeevani) and Patient-to-Doctor (eSanjeevani OPD) Tele-consultations. The former is being implemented under the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centre (AB-HWCs) programme. 

Source : PIB
Health

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

ALL INDIA POWERLOOM BOARD
After the all India handicrafts and handloom boards, the ministry of textiles has disbanded another advisory body — the All India Powerloom Board.
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All India Powerloom Board:

  • The All India Powerloom Board was first constituted as an advisory board in 1981. It was reconstituted for a period of two years in 2013.

  • It had representatives of central and state governments, Powerloom Federation and was headed by the Union minister of textiles.

  • The decision to disband the boards follows an assessment that they failed to impact policy-making and became vehicles of “political patronage”

Important Info :

Textiles Research Associations (TRAs)?

  • Ministry of Textiles has also notified a change in the status of all eight Textiles Research Associations (TRAs). They now cease to be “affiliated bodies” of the ministry.
  • The TRAs will now be “approved bodies” for conducting testing, research and developmental activities related to the textiles sector.
Source : Times of India
Economy

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

BEEG (BIO-COMPOST ENRICHED ECO-FRIENDLY GLOBULE)
IIT Kanpur has developed indigenous seed balls named BEEG (Bio -compost Enriched Eco-friendly Globule) which will help people and farmers in plantation with safety in Corona times and will also provide employment to people.
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About:

  • The BEEG is developed in collaboration with Agnys Waste Management Private Limited (start-up at IIT Kanpur).

  • The Seed Balls are comprised of indigenous variety of seeds, compost, and clay. There is no need for digging pits for planting  saplings . These seed balls are to be thrown at aimed places and they will germinate  when come into contact with water.

  • BEEG is enriched with the right ingredients and seeds to germinate early, and are the best way to utilise Monsoon and plant as many trees as possible without risking lives by social gathering during Covid 19.

Source : All India Radio
Economy

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

INDIAN DIASPORA IN AUSTRALIA
More than 38,000 Indians became Australian citizens in 2019-2020, a 60% increase from the previous year and the largest diaspora group to be granted the country’s citizenship.
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About:

  • Out of the over 2,00,000 people who became Australian citizens in 2019-2020, 38,209 were Indians, the highest number on record, followed by 25,011 Britishers, 14,764 Chinese and 8,821 Pakistanis.

  • As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 census, 6,19,164 people in Australia declared that they were of ethnic Indian ancestry. This comprises 2.8% of the Australian population. Among those, 5,92,000 were born in India.

Source : The Hindu
International

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

AIM iCREST
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), has launched AIM iCREST – an Incubator Capabilities enhancement program for a Robust Ecosystem focused on creating high performing Startups.
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About:

  • AIM has joined hands with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation for launching it.

  • AIM iCREST has been designed to enable the incubation ecosystem and act as a growth hack for AIM’s Atal and Established incubators across the country.

  • Under the initiative, the AIM’s incubators are set to be upscaled and provided requisite support to foster the incubation enterprise economy, that will help them to significantly enhance their performance.

  • This will be complemented by providing training to entrepreneurs, through technology driven processes and platforms.

Source : PIB
Economy

Current Affairs
Aug. 10, 2020

KAVKAZ
India will take part in the Russian Kavkaz 2020 strategic command-post exercise next month. A small tri-service contingent will take part in the exercise to be held in Astrakhan.
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About:

  • The Kavkaz 2020 - also referred to as Caucasus-2020 - is an exercise aimed at assessing the ability of the armed forces to ensure military security in Russia’s southwest.

  • The invitees also include China and Pakistan, apart from other member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. 

Source : The Hindu
International
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