Current Affairs- 10th August
Science and Technology
India to launch advanced geo imaging satellite “Gisat-1”
- Three days prior to the 75th Independece Day celebrations, India will launch its most advanced geo-imaging satellite – Gisat-1. This satellite will allow the government to better monitor the country’s borders, especially with Pakistan and China, through imaging the sub-continent 3-4 times daily.
- The COVID-19 pandemic had delayed the launch of Gisat-1 multiple times this year, but the satellite will finally begin its ascent from Sriharikota spaceport on August 12 at 5:43 am, IANS reported. ISRO’s GSLV-F10 rocket will carry the 2,268-kg Gisat-1 into Earth’s geo-orbit. The code name of Gisat-1 is EOS-3.
- Once Gisat-1 is placed 36,000 km above the surface of the earth in the geostationary orbit, the satellite will be able to constantly monitor areas that are of interest such the country’s borders
IITian-founded exchange is India's first cryptocurrency unicorn
- CoinDCX raised $90 million in a Series C funding round at a valuation of $1.1 billion, becoming the first Indian cryptocurrency exchange to achieve unicorn status amid regulatory uncertainty over crypto assets.
- The funding was led by B Capital Group, founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Existing investors such as Coinbase Ventures, Polychain Capital, Block.one, and Jump Capital also participated in the round.
- The funds “will be used predominantly to further our ambition of ensuring that crypto awareness is spread over the length and breadth of India,” CoinDCX said in a statement on Tuesday.
BRO restores road communication between Kargil & remote Zanskar valley
- In Kargil Ladakh, Project Vijayak of Border Roads Organization has restored the road communication between Kargil and remote Zanskar valley by launching a 100 feet Class 40R Bailey Bridge at Sangrah on NH 301. Earlier the culverts were washed away due to cloud burst and traffic was disrupted.
- Brigadier Ashish Ghambir Cheif Engineer Project Vijayak of BRO said that the Karmayogis of BRO worked tirelessly from morning till late night for 96 hours to complete the bridge and open it for traffic thus bringing much needed relief and succour to the commuters between Kargil and Zanskar.
Earth Sciences Ministry to implement Deep Ocean Mission
- The Earth Sciences Ministry will implement Deep Ocean Mission at a total budget of 4077 crore rupees in the five years. This information was given by Minister of State for Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
- Dr. Singh said, preliminary estimates indicate that 380 million metric tonnes of polymetallic nodules comprising Copper, Nickel, Cobalt and Manganese are available in Central Indian Ocean Basin. The estimated value of these metals is about 110 billion US dollars. He said, the polymetallic sulphides are expected to contain rare earth minerals including gold and silver.
Guinea confirms West Africa’s first death due to Marburg virus disease
- Guinea confirmed a case of Marburg disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday, the first recorded in West Africa of the lethal virus that’s related to Ebola and, like Covid-19, passed from animal hosts to humans.
- The virus, which is carried by bats and has a fatality rate of up to 88 percent, was found in samples taken from a patient who died on 2 August in southern Gueckedou prefecture, the WHO said.
- Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said that the potential for the Marburg virus to spread far and wide needed to stop it in its tracks.
China recalls Lithuania ambassador over Taiwan office row
- China has recalled its ambassador to Lithuania in protest over Lithuania’s recent decision that it will allow the Taiwan government to set up “representative offices” in the name of “Taiwan.” It would be the self-ruled island’s first such de facto embassy in Europe to bear the name “Taiwan”, which Beijing sees as a violation of its one-China policy. Normally only “Taipei” is used.
- In a statement on Tuesday, the Chinese government expressed its categorical opposition to this move and said Beijing had decided to recall its envoy to Vilnius, Shen Zhifei, and demanded the Lithuanian government in turn recall its ambassador in Beijing, Diana Mickeviciene. Lithuania also plans to open a representative office in Taiwan by the end of the year. Many countries have de facto embassies in Taipei which are often termed ‘trade offices’, including the European Union, of which Lithuania is a member state.
Anurag Thakur to launch Fit India Freedom Runs 2.0 on 13th Aug
- The Government will organise Fit India Freedom Run 2.0 throughout the country, as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. The aim of the initiative is to encourage people to take up fitness activities such as running and sports in their daily lives and get freedom from obesity, laziness, stress and diseases. Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur will launch the Nationwide programme on Friday. In his message, Mr. Thakur urged everyone to take part in the nationwide programme to make it a people’s movement.
- Briefing media in New Delhi today, Secretary, Youth Affairs and Sports, Usha Sharma said, through this campaign, citizens will be given call to make a resolve to include physical activity of at least 30 minutes daily in their lives Fitness Ki Dose- Aadha Ghanta Roz.
Book and Dates
The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy
- Award-winning novelist Anuradha Roy’s next book, a story about the changed ways of loving and living in the modern world, will release on September 3, publishing house Hachette India announced.
- In the book, titled “The Earthspinner”, Roy delves into the “life and mind of Elango the potter, who must navigate complicated and impossible love, the dedication of a beloved pet, his own passion for creativity and a world turned upside down by the petty violence that characterises the present day”.
- “This novel is about themes close to my heart: creativity, the freedom to live and love — which in our country are constrained by community, religion, state harassment.
Days and Dates
August 7 to be marked as 'Javelin Throw Day' to honour Neeraj Chopra
- The day Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning Olympic gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, August 7, will be celebrated as National Javelin Day by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). The 23-year-old Chopra became only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold in Tokyo on Saturday when he clinched the yellow metal in javelin throw with a best effort of 87.58m.
- “To encourage javelin throw pan-India, we will celebrate August 7 as National Javelin Day and from next year onwards our affiliated units will hold javelin competitions in their respective states,” AFI’s Planning Commission chairman Lalit Bhanot said during a felicitation function of the athletes, including Chopra.
World Lion Day: 10th August
- Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today asked everyone to raise awareness to propagate the cause of lion conservation on the occasion of World Lion Day. In his message, the Vice President asked people to rededicate themselves to creating safe habitats for lions so that their population increases further.
- On the World Lion Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too conveyed greetings to all those passionate about lion conservation.
- The theme of World Lion Day- 2021 is ‘Slow Elimination of the African lion’.
- There were 650 wild lions in India. They include 109 adult males, 201 females and 2013 cubs. Gujarat is the only state with 100 per cent of the Asiatic lion population in the world.
Other Important Affairs
- As part of 75 years of Independence, a 100 feet tall National Flag was dedicated to the nation at Gulmarg in the north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in a modest ceremony today.
- World Biofuel Day is observed on August 10 every year. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector.
- Asian Development Bank on Friday said it has approved a USD 300 million loan as additional financing for the ongoing Maharashtra Rural Connectivity Improvement Project that is upgrading rural roads and connecting remote areas with markets.
- ‘Nation First, Always First’ will be the theme of India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Sunday. All the Olympians who won medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games have been sent special invites for the event.