GK & Current Affairs : 14-08-2020

Defence

  • 4th in the series of five Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) which has been designed & built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard - ‘Sarthak’.
  • This institution, launched on 13 August 2020, puts in place dedicated structures for the end users to interact with academia and industry towards fostering innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence - Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO).

International

  • India will fund the implementation of Greater Male Connectivity Project in this country through a 400 million dollar Line of Credit and 100 million dollar grant - Maldives.
  • This country has given state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence-based technologies and high-end equipment to AIIMS, Delhi to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic - Israel.
  • Indian state that became the first State in the world to become fully organic - Sikkim.

National

  • Lok Sabha has started a beginner-level course in ____ language for the officials and staff of the Lok Sabha Secretariat at the Parliament House - French.
  • Supreme Court has ruled that daughters will have inheritance rights equal to those of sons from properties of fathers and grandfathers right from the codification of the law in - 1956.
  • India ranks _____ in number of organic farmers and ninth in terms of area under organic farming - first.
  • Two dedicated programs those were launched in 2015 to encourage chemical free farming - Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCD) and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY).
  • A Price Monitoring and Resource Unit (PMRU), under the aegis of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), has been set up in – Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Online Performance Dashboard that developed by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to showcase updated & real-time details of 11 schemes / initiatives for achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - “Empowering Tribals, Transforming India”.
  • The “Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation” for the year 2020 have been awarded to - 121 Police personnel.
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries under the - Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled ______ that lists out the fundamental rights of taxpayers and basic standards of services that they should expect - ‘Taxpayers’ Charter’.
  • Incubator that launched by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) to promote research and startups in the fields of medical electronics and health informatics - MedTech, Lucknow.

Sports

  • Largest country-wide Run, orgainsed by the Sports Ministry, that will be held from August 15 to October 2 - Fit India Freedom run.

State Current Affairs

  • In Manipur, the Patriots' Day was observed on the 13th August commemorating the - 1891 Anglo-Manipuri war.
  • This state government launched Nutritional Immunity Boosting ‘Him Haldi Dudh (Turmeric Latte)’ manufactured by MILKFED - Himachal Pradesh.

Science and Technology

  • New microwave device, certified by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and based on French and American standards, that can disinfect any premises in just 30 seconds - ‘Atulya’.

General Knowledge

  • The “Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation” was constituted in – 2018.
  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) - Founded: 29 August 1997; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) - Founded: 1991; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Israel - Capital: Jerusalem; Currency: New Israeli Sheqel.
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