Current Affairs- 26th July

Science and Technology

Ministry of Sci &Tech to set up first-its-kind Centre of Excellence in Northeast

Ministry of Sci &Tech to set up first-its-kind Centre of Excellence in Northeast
  • Ministry of Science and Technology will set up a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence in the Northeast.
  • The prestigious project for establishing Centre for Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development as a Centre of Excellence was sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology and is complete for formal inauguration shortly.
  • The location of the project is at Kimin in district Papum Pare in Arunachal Pradesh. The construction of the new building as well other infrastructure has been completed.

National

Smriti Zubin Irani to launch 24/7 helpline number for women affected by violence

  • Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will be launching a 24/7 helpline number for women affected by violence tomorrow.
  • The aim of the helpline is to provide round the clock emergency and non-emergency complaints and counseling services to women affected by violence.
  • The helpline will link them with appropriate authorities such as police, hospitals, District Legal Service Authority, psychological services and providing information about women-related government programmes across the country through a single uniform number.

Govt to set up National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming & Comics

  • The Union Government has decided to set up a National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics for creating a world-class talent pool in India to cater to the Indian as well as global industry.
  • It will be set up in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said this in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
  • He said, in order to support skilled manpower in the animation and VFX sector, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and Film and Television Institute of India run courses on Animation and VFX

International

INS Tabar participated in Russia's Navy Day celebrations

INS Tabar participated in Russia's Navy Day celebrations
  • INS Tabar participated in the 325th Navy Day celebrations of the Russian Navy.
  • It reached St Petersburg, Russia on 22nd of this month. Yesterday, the ship joined the column of ships in Naval Parade reviewed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Over 50 ships, motor boats, submarines, 48 airplanes and helicopters of the naval aviation took part in the parade.
  • Post-Navy Day celebrations, INS Tabar will participate in Exercise INDRA scheduled to be held on 28th and 29th of this month in the Baltic sea with two Russian Navy ships.

Key UN climate science talks open amid floods, fires

  • Nearly 200 nations started online negotiations today to validate a UN Science Report that will anchor autumn summits charged with preventing climate catastrophe on a planetary scale.
  • The report that is going to be finalised is being considered very important worldwide, World Meteorological Organization head Petteri Taalas told some 700 delegates by Zoom.
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment is critical for the success of the Glasgow climate conference in November, he said. Record-smashing heatwaves, floods and drought across three continents in recent weeks, all amplified by global warming, have added pressure for decisive action

Typhoon In-fa disrupts life in Eastern China

Typhoon In-fa disrupts life in Eastern China
  • Typhoon In-fa has moved to Shanghai and continued to lash the city after making landfall at the nearby island-city of Zhoushan on Sunday. ‘
  • The meteorological authority said the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, as well as Shanghai municipality, all in eastern China, will be continually affected by heavy winds and torrential rains over the next couple of days.
  • No casualties had been reported as of Monday evening in Shanghai.
  • Still, the typhoon has disrupted people’s lives. The storm has destroyed more than 4,700 trees on the streets, according to local governments. The typhoon also affected the electricity supply, with some residents of Pudong and Minhang districts complaining of blackouts to the Shanghai branch of the State Grid Corporation of China, a state-owned utility company.

Sports

India's Priya Malik clinches gold at Cadet World Wrestling Championship

India's Priya Malik clinches gold at Cadet World Wrestling Championship
  • Indian junior wrestler Priya Malik won a gold medal in the 73-kg category Cadet World Championship held in Budapest, Hungary. The Cadet World Championship is a tournament where the best Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Women wrestlers worldwide below the age of 17 compete.
  • Priya had won gold at the Khelo India youth games in Pune in 2019. On Friday, Jaskaran Singh won a silver medal in the 60-kg freestyle category, after he lost to Kamronbek Kadamov of Uzbekistan

Japan’s youngest gold medalist

Japan’s youngest gold medalist
  • Japanese 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya clinched the Olympic title in the women’s street skateboarding competition on Monday, July 26, shedding tears of happiness after nailing her final trick and becoming the country’s youngest-ever gold medal winner.
  • Nishiya came out on top of an unusually young field of competitors, with all three medalists in their teens. Brazilian silver medallist Rayssa Leal is also 13, while bronze medallist Funa Nakayama, also from Japan, is 16.

Book and Author

An Ordinary Life: Portrait of an Indian Generation by Ashok Lavasa

  • In an interview about his book An Ordinary Life on his father, Udai Singh Lavasa, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has said that he lacks the objectivity and distance in time to write about his own period in the Election Commission (EC). However, he also said that just as he has written a book about his father, perhaps his son might write about him.
  • In a 40-minute interview to The Wire, to mark the launch of his book An Ordinary Life: Portrait of an Indian Generation, Ashok Lavasa, who resigned as election commissioner in 2020 to become vice-president of the Asian Development Bank, suggested he had resigned from the EC because the bank offered him “a huge opportunity”.

Days and Dates

World Mangrove Day: 26th July

World Mangrove Day: 26th July
  • Today is World Mangrove Day. Each year the day is celebrated on 26th of July, aiming to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.
  • In West Bengal, the Largest Single Plantation Drive to Save the Sundarbans is Underway. The mangroves of Sundarbans not only provide sustainable livelihoods to millions of people but also function as a protective barrier for its inhabitants from natural calamities by taking the lashes on itself.
  • However, back to back cyclones have caused the degrading health of mangroves which affects their resilience and recovery potential against climate change consequences.

Other Important Affairs

  • The Tokyo Olympics are introducing four new sports — skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing. Each traveled its own unique path to the Games.
  • The Centre has accredited a total of 236 academies across the country under Khelo India Scheme for the training of the Khelo India Athletes.
  • US-based Mastercard will not be issuing any new debit and credit cards from July 22, following the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) bank.
  • In West Bengal, a two-member Inquiry Commission, comprising retired Supreme Court Justice M.B. Lokur and former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, has been set up to probe the reported interception through spyware.
  • Tunisia’s President has sacked the Prime Minister and suspended Parliament, after violent mass protests nationwide yesterday.