Current Affairs- 30th July

Science and Technology

ISRO to launch Geo-Imaging Satellite EOS-03 in 2021

ISRO to launch Geo-Imaging Satellite EOS-03 in 2021
  • Geo-imaging satellite for earth observation EOS-03, which would enable near real-time monitoring of natural disasters like floods and cyclones, is scheduled for launch in the third quarter of 2021.
  • EOS-03 is capable of imaging the whole country four-five times daily, the Minister of State for the Department of Space said in a written response in the Rajya Sabha.
  • In addition to natural disasters, EOS-03 would also enable monitoring of water bodies, crops, vegetation condition, forest cover changes, Singh said.

Intel launches ‘AI for All’ initiative in collaboration with CBSE

Intel launches ‘AI for All’ initiative in collaboration with CBSE
  • Chipmaker Intel on Thursday said it has collaborated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to launch the ‘AI For All’ initiative, aimed at creating a basic understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) for people in India. 
  • Based on Intel’s ‘AI For Citizens’ programme, ‘AI For All’ is a 4-hour, self-paced learning programme that demystifies AI in an inclusive manner, a statement said. 
  • The programme aims to introduce AI to one million citizens in its first year, it added. 
  • “AI has the power to drive faster economic growth, address population-scale challenges and benefit the lives and livelihoods of people.

National

Blood Donation Camp organised at INS Virbahu

  • A ‘Blood Donation Camp’ was organised by INS Virbahu/COMCOS (E) in collaboration with NTR Trust Blood Bank, Visakhapatnam here on Friday as part of INS Virbahu Golden Jubilee Celebrations. 
  • The Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by Surg Rear Admiral Rahul Ray VSM, Command Medical Officer, Eastern Naval Command. 
  • The event saw large participation by 400 voluntary Blood Donors consisting of Naval Officers and Sailors, families and civilian staff from various units of ENC.

India’s 14 tiger reserves set global standard in tiger conservation

India’s 14 tiger reserves set global standard in tiger conservation
  • On the occasion of International Tiger Day on Thursday, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav announced that 14 tiger reserves in India have received accreditation of the Global Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS). 
  • CA|TS is a globally accepted conservation tool that sets best practice and standards to manage tigers and encourages assessments to benchmark progress. 
  • Habitats which support tiger populations are the building blocks of wild tiger conservation and effectively managing them is essential for long-term survival of wild tigers, said officials. 
  • CA|TS is being implemented across 125 sites in seven tiger range countries and India has the highest 94 sites, out of which assessment was completed for 20 tiger reserves this year.

Uttar Pradesh tops in Ethanol Production

Uttar Pradesh tops in Ethanol Production
  • With a view to strengthen India’s energy security and reduce vehicular emissions, locally produced Ethanol, blended with petrol is set to make its way into people’s gas tanks. Achieving energy security and transitioning to a thriving low-carbon economy is critical for a growing nation like India. Aligning with this, Uttar Pradesh has emerged as India’s largest ethanol-producing state with a cumulative annual capacity of 58 crore liters, produced by 54 distilleries that are established across the state. 
  • By blending low-carbon fuel, the Uttar Pradesh government was able to contribute to India’s forex reserve by saving a total of 75.58 million dollars, and in turn, providing a boost to the overall economy at the most challenging times.

International

India and US sign extension of SGP deal

India and US sign extension of SGP deal
  • India and the US on Friday renewed for another five years a global development partnership agreement that provides for jointly offering assistance to their partner countries in areas of connectivity, trade and investments, healthcare and agriculture. 
  • Both sides signed the second amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development, the Ministry of External Affairs said. 
  • The SGP agreement was signed in November 2014 and the fresh amendment extended the pact’s validity up to 2026.

BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan finalised

  • The 6th meeting of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Working Group was held virtually on 28th and 29th of July under the Chairship of India. The main outcome of the Working Group meeting was the finalisation of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan containing specific measures to implement the BRICS Counter Terrorism Strategy adopted by BRICS Leaders in 2020. 
  • The Action Plan is aimed at further strengthening result oriented cooperation between BRICS countries in areas such as preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, financing of terrorism, misuse of internet by terrorists, and curbing travel of terrorists.

Sports

Vantika Agrawal bags National Women Online Chess title

  • Delhi’s Vantika Agarwal stunned a strong field to win the National women online chess title. 
  • In a field headed by R. Vaishali and featuring past National champions like Tania Sachdev, Bhakti Kulkarni, Padmini Rout and seasoned names like Mary Ann Gomes, Soumya Swaminathan and Esha Karavade, ninth seed Vantika scored 9.5 round from 11 rounds. Her victims included Bhakti and P. V. Nandhidhaa, seeded three and five. Her lone loss came against former National champion Swati Ghate. 
  • Arpita Mukherjee, seeded 18, took the second spot with nine points. Sreeja Seshadri topped a three-way tie at 8.5 points to take the third spot.

Awards and Honours

Satpura Tiger Reserve wins NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award

Satpura Tiger Reserve wins NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award
  • Madhya Pradesh is trying to be at the forefront of nature conservation. Now, recently, due to this, another achievement has been added to the account of the State. In fact, the Satpura Tiger Reserve of the state has been awarded the NatWest Group Earth Heroes award in the Earth Guardian category for best management. 
  • According to the information received, State Forest Minister Vijay Shah has congratulated Amale associated with Satpura tiger reserve management. You must all know that the Satpura Tiger Reserve has also been included in the possible list of World Heritage.

Days and Dates

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: 30th July

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: 30th July
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is marked every year on July 30 to create awareness around people who are being trafficked and are taken away against their will. It helps to educate others that trafficking in persons is a crime exploiting even women and children for tragic jobs like forced labour and sex. This day gives an opportunity to understand the harms of human trafficking and its impact on the life of the people. 
  • The theme for this year for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is ‘Victims’ voices lead the way.’ It highlights the importance of sharing and learning from survivors of human trafficking. The survivors are important factors in the battle against human trafficking.

Other Important Affairs

  • The Rajya Sabha on Friday passed the Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021 without the discussion. The bill seeks to make the post of Chairman, Coconut Development Board as Non-Executive one. 
  • The Reserve Bank of India cancelled the licence of Madgaum Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Margao, Goa, as the bank with its current financial position would be unable to pay its present depositors in full.
  •  The Kerala Police launched a new initiative called the Pink Protection project for the protection of women in public, private and digital spaces. The Pink Protection project aims to prevent dowry-related issues, cyber-bullying & humiliation in public places.
  •  To create a new ‘Airport in a Box’ platform that supports end-to-end travel experience for passengers at the Kempegowda International Airport, IBM has entered into a a 10-year partnership with IBM and Kyndryl.