Current Affairs- 16th August

Science and Technology

Narendra Tomar inaugurates world's second-largest refurbished gene bank

Narendra Tomar inaugurates world's second-largest refurbished gene bank
  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today inaugurated the world’s second-largest refurbished National Gene Bank at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa in New Delhi.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar said that the farmers of India are fully capable of accepting the challenges faced by the agriculture sector and conquering them.
  • He said that the country’s farmers are skilled human resources even without any major educational degree.
  • Mr. Tomar said, concrete steps have been taken by the government through several schemes to increase the income of farmers.

National

Ten more Handloom Design Resource Centres to be set up in country

Ten more Handloom Design Resource Centres to be set up in country
  • Ministry of Textiles has said that ten more Handloom Design Resource Centres will be set up in the country with aim to build and create design-oriented excellence in the Handloom sector.
  • It will also facilitate weavers, exporters, manufacturers and designers access design repositories for sample and product improvisation and development.
  • The Ministry has roped in NIFT keeping in view the fact that it is an in-house organization of Ministry of Textiles of which Handloom also is a part.
  • It said, the expertise of NIFT in fashion and design trends can be utilized by Handloom sector for greater market linkage.

75 Hunar Haats to be organised under ''Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav''

75 Hunar Haats to be organised under ''Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav''
  • Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday announced that 75 Hunar Haats, the flagship initiative of his ministry to encourage master artisans, will be organised in various parts of the country to mark 75 years of India”s independence.
  • The ”Hunar Haats” will be organised under the ”Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, which is being celebrated to mark 75 years of independence, however, officials said the target of 75 Haats is likely to be completed in a couple of years due to Covid protocols in place in many places
  • Naqvi said here that a target has been set to provide employment and employment opportunities to 7,50,000 artisans, craftsmen through 75 ”Hunar Haats” across the country.

Assam govt. to grant an extra 7-day leave to employees to spend time with elderly parents

Assam govt. to grant an extra 7-day leave to employees to spend time with elderly parents
  • Continuing with its focus on geriatric care, the Assam government has decided to grant an extra seven days’ leave to its employees once a year but on the strict condition that they will spend the time with their elderly parents.
  • Making the announcement in his Independence Day speech on Sunday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the employees could avail the leave at any given time.
  • “We have to take a resolve that we won’t keep our elderly parents in an old age home. In spiritual India, nothing is more disturbing and shameful than to see elderly parents in an old age home.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched TAPAS

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched TAPAS
  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched an online portal Training for Augmenting Productivity and Services, or TAPAS, to offer massive open online courses (MOOC). TAPAS has been developed by the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD). TAPAS will provide five basic courses on Drug (Substance) Abuse Prevention, Geriatric/Elderly Care, Care and Management of Dementia, Transgender Issues and on comprehensive course on Social Defence Issues.
  • While launching the portal Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar congratulated NISD team for the initiative and said that the online medium of learning will enable the Ministry in reaching out to an even larger number of people working in this area of social defence.

International

India working for return of Karmapa

India working for return of Karmapa
  • The government of India is positively considering an outreach to the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje, and he will be allowed to visit Sikkim soon, reported thehindu.com Aug 24, citing the state’s Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang.
  • “We have got a positive reply to our demand that 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje be allowed to visit Sikkim at the earliest. We believe it will happen very soon,” Mr Tamang was quoted as saying.
  • The head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism left India in 2017 but did not return. He later acquired a Dominica passport in order to be able to travel more freely than on the restrictive Indian government issued Identity Certificate for Tibetan residents in the country.

Israel condemns Poland restitution law

Israel condemns Poland restitution law
  • Israel on Saturday condemned Poland’s approval of a law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime and announced it was recalling its top diplomat in protest.
  • The move ignited a diplomatic crisis between Israel’s new government and the nationalist conservative government in Poland. After years of close ties under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s new government, which includes top officials who are the children of Holocaust survivors, has taken a far more confrontational approach.

Canadian PM calls for snap election on September 20

Canadian PM calls for snap election on September 20
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a snap election which will take place on September 20. The announcement was made after the Prime Minister met Governor General Mary Simon to request her to dissolve Parliament.
  • As required by law, the campaign for the country’s 44th general election will last 36 days. Trudeau’s Liberal Party has been running a minority government for over two years now and the next general election was due in October 2023.

Sports

PM congratulates Indian contingent at World Archery Youth Championships for winning 15 medals

PM congratulates Indian contingent at World Archery Youth Championships for winning 15 medals
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Indian contingent at the World Archery Youth Championships in Wroclaw for winning 15 medals including 8 Golds. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the Indian contingent has made the country proud by winning the medals. Extending best wishes to the team for future endeavours, he said, may this success inspire more youngsters to pursue archery and excel in it.
  • In Archery, Komalika Bari became the new under-21 recurve world champion at the Youth World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland yesterday. India’s Junior recurve archers also bagged gold in the men’s and the mixed team event. In the U21 men’s recurve team final the Indian team of Dhiraj Bommadevara, Aditya Choudhary, and Parth Sushant Salunkhe clinched the gold medal in a very exciting fashion.

Days and Dates

Home ministry notifies August 14 as 'Partition Horrors Remembrance Day'

Home ministry notifies August 14 as 'Partition Horrors Remembrance Day'
  • The Government of India on Saturday declared August 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, after an announcement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The gazette notification was issued by the Union home ministry.
  • “The Government of India declares 14th August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day to remind the present and future generations of Indians of the pain and suffering faced by the people of India during the partition,” the notification said.
  • Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi announced that August 14 will now be observed as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ in memory of the struggles and sacrifices of people.

Other Important Affairs

  • Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin has stepped down today as prime minister after months of political turmoil culminated in the loss of his majority.
  • Taliban have taken over the capital Kabul and claimed victory in Afghanistan. A spokesperson for the group told a news network that their fighters have seized the presidential palace.
  • At the public address on the 75th Independence Day, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has announced four new districts and 18 new tehsils in the state.
  • The government of Bangladesh, Chinese vaccine maker Sinopharm and Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd signed an MoU in Dhaka on Monday for the co-production of the Sinopharm COVID 19 vaccine in the country.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that 75 new Vande Bharat Express trains will be launched to connect different parts of the country in 75 weeks to mark the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav