Current Affairs- 30th August

National

BRICS Agricultural Research Platform inaugurated in India

BRICS Agricultural Research Platform inaugurated in India
  • Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar today announced the operationalization of BRICS Agricultural Research Platform prepared and set up in India for strengthening the cooperation in the field of agricultural research & innovations amongst the BRICS member States. The Minister was addressing the 11th meeting of BRICS Agriculture Ministers under the theme BRICS Partnership for Strengthening Agro Biodiversity for Food Security and Nutrition.
  • The BRICS- Agricultural Research Platform, as a global platform for science-led agriculture will help in addressing the issues of world hunger, undernutrition, poverty and inequality by promoting sustainable agricultural development through strategic cooperation in agriculture and allied sector.

MIB officially recognises NBF''s self-regulatory body

MIB officially recognises NBF''s self-regulatory body
  • The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has officially recognised the News Broadcasters Federation”s (NBF) self-regulatory body.
  • In a press release, the NBF said that the granting of official status by the MIB to the NBF makes the body the only institution of its kind in the entire country to get the accreditation from the government of India.
  • “The NBF”s self-regulatory body”s emergence as the sole body to meet all criteria to be granted validation by the Union of India and be the only recognised body regulating the news media sector as on-date once again reiterates the commitment of the largest news broadcasters body to the fundamentals of transparency, accountability and strong self-regulation,” it said.

Govt introduces new BH number series for vehicles

Govt introduces new BH number series for vehicles
  • The Centre has introduced new vehicle registration series to ensure seamless transfer across states. Called BH (Bharat series), it will free vehicle owners from re-registration process when they shift from one state/union territory to another.
  • The series has been introduced by the road transport ministry, and notified by central government. The government has said that the new series will be available on voluntary basis to defense personnel, employees of central government/ state government/ central/ state public sector undertakings and private sector companies/organisations, which have their offices in four or more states/union territories.

International

INS Airavat arrives in Vietnam with Covid relief supplies

INS Airavat arrives in Vietnam with Covid relief supplies
  • As part of the ongoing Mission Sagar, INS Airavat today reached at Ho Chi Minh City Port in Vietnam with COVID Relief Material. The ship is carrying 100 Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen in five ISO Containers and 300 Oxygen Concentrators of 10 litres per minute capacity each.
  • INS Airavat, is on a deployment to South East Asia for trans-shipment of COVID Relief aid. The Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the region and has been at the forefront of numerous humanitarian missions spanning the entire extent of the Indian Ocean including South and South East Asia and East Africa.

Foreign Secretary to chair UNSC meeting on Middle East

Foreign Secretary to chair UNSC meeting on Middle East
  • Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is now chairing United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on the situation in the Middle East. India currently holds the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August. Mr Shringla reached New York yesterday evening.
  • The Foreign Secretary will attend events relating to the wrap up session of India’s UNSC Presidency. After his engagements in New York, Mr Shringla will visit Washington DC for India-US bilateral consultations.

North Korea appears to have restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor, says IAEA

North Korea appears to have restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor, says IAEA
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, has said that North Korea appears to have restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor. In a report, the Agency said, the laboratory had been operating since July, 2021, suggesting that it handled a full batch of spent fuel.
  • Plutonium, which is used for nuclear weapons, is believed to be produced at the reactor’s complex. According to the IAEA, this was the first sign of operational activity at the reactor since December 2018, months after US President Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Sports

SP Sethuraman wins 2021 Barcelona Open Chess Tournament

SP Sethuraman wins 2021 Barcelona Open Chess Tournament
  • Indian Grandmaster SP Sethuraman won the Barcelona Open chess tournament title while compatriot Karthikeyan Murali finished third.
  • Sethuraman (Elo 2644) collected 7.5 points from nine rounds to emerge winner on the basis of a better tie-break score after Daniil Yuffa of Russia also finished level with the Indian player.
  • In the ninth and final round played late on Thursday, Sethuraman beat Hakobyan in a Catalan Closed variation game.
  • Sethuraman, who was the top seed, remained unbeaten through the nine rounds, winning six matches and drawing three.

Tokyo Paralympics 2021

Tokyo Paralympics 2021
  • Yogesh Kathuniya clinched Silver medal in Men’s Discus Throw after registering his season-best attempt of 44.38 metre.
  • While Devendra Jhajharia won Silver medal, Sundar Singh Gurjar bagged Bronze in the men’s Javelin Throw.
  • Devendra Jhajharia grabbed Silver with a personal best throw of 64.35. This was also his third medal at Paralympic Games. Sundar captured bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58.

Javelin Thrower Sumit Antil, Shooter Avani Lekhara win Gold medals in Tokyo Paralympics

Javelin Thrower Sumit Antil, Shooter Avani Lekhara win Gold medals in Tokyo Paralympics
    • In Tokyo Paralympics, India today secured its 2nd Gold medal. India’s Sumit Antil today set a new world record to win the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw (F64) event at Tokyo. With the best throw of 68.85 metres in the final, he took India’s medal count to seven.
    • Indian shooter Avani Lekhara created history by winning the gold medal in the Women’s 10 metre Air Rifle shooting event at Tokyo Paralympics today. The 19-year-old became the first woman from India to win a Paralympics gold medal. Avani finished with a Paralympic Record and in-process equalled the World Record with 249.6 points.

Days and Dates

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: 30th August

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: 30th August
  • International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is marked every year on August 30 to honour and pay tribute to people who have faced enforced disappearances. Global organisations UN and Amnesty International observe this day to raise awareness about how enforced disappearance is a crime and should not be used as a tool to deal with situations of conflict.
  • According to the UN, more than 6,000 people were registered as missing in Kosovo since 1999. Hence, the resource centre for missing persons in Kosovo has also been initiated by the UN.

Other Important Affairs

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will launch the digital quiz contest called Amrit Mahotsav with Khadi in New Delhi tomorrow. The quiz has been designed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • In Tokyo Paralympics, Vinod Kumar wins Bronze medal with a best effort of 19.91 meter in Men’s Discus Throw F52 event. Vinod Kumar also broke the Asian Record with the effort.
  • The militaries of China, Pakistan, Mongolia and Thailand will take part in a multinational peacekeeping exercise named ‘Shared Destiny-2021’ to be organised by the People’s Liberation Army in the country’s central Henan province next month.
  • Ladakh Gets The World’s Highest Altitude Movie Theatre, Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom Screened at the launch. The mobile theatre situated at an altitude of 11,562 feet was introduced in the Paldan area of Leh in Ladakh in an attempt to bring cinema watching experience to most remote areas.