Current Affairs- 3rd August
Science and Technology
Nasa's Boeing OFT-2 mission with Starliner, Atlas V rocket set for launch
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is scheduled to launch its Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (oft-2) second mission tonight. OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Programme. The mission is targeted to launch at 10.50 p.m. IST tonight.
- The Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. About 30 minutes after launch, Starliner will perform its orbital ion burn to begin its daylong trip to the space station. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the space station on Wednesday.
Defence secretary launches website on 75th Independence Day celebrations
- Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar on Tuesday launched a website on the 75th Independence Day Celebrations 2021 (indianidc2021.mod.gov.in) in New Delhi. It is a platform to connect Indians from world over to celebrate the National Festival.
- The platform is freely accessible to all and provides & information regarding activities centred around the Independence Day Celebrations 2021. It encompasses the entire Indian diaspora as if they were a part of the celebrations in person. Defence Ministry said, it is an attempt to engage people of all ages, especially the youth.
SBI launches new feature in Yono, Yono Lite app
- To safeguard the interest of its customers, Country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a new and enhanced security feature – ‘SIM Binding’ in YONO and YONO Lite app. The new version of these platforms will protect customers from various digital frauds. With the SIM Binding feature, YONO and YONO Lite will work only on those devices which have the SIM Card of mobile numbers registered with the Bank.
- To get access to the new version of YONO and YONO Lite, users will have to their mobile app and complete the one-time registration process on these Apps. The registration process verifies the SIM of the Registered Mobile Number (RMN) with the bank in order to complete the registration.
INS Khanjar Maiden Visit to Gopalpur Port
- Indian Naval Ship Khanjar becomes the first Indian Navy ship to call at the heritage coastal port of Gopalpur in Odisha. The two-day visit which concluded on 02 Aug 21, was organised as part of Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav as well as Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Independence and 50th anniversary of the 1971 War
- The visit of the ship was aimed at enhancing ties and spreading awareness with the local populace on aspects of coastal security and maritime operations.
- The ship’s team also undertook a cleanup drive at Gopalpur beach and tree plantation in the port premises.
Finance firms plan to close coal plants in Asia
- Some of the world’s biggest financial institutions are working on a plan to speed the closure of coal-fired power plants in Asia. BBC reports that the initiative was developed by UK insurer Prudential, is being driven by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and includes major banks HSBC and Citi. The ADB hopes the plan will be ready for the COP26 climate conference which is to be held in Scotland in November. The plan aims to tackle the biggest human-made source of carbon emissions.
- Under the proposal, public-private partnerships will buy coal-fired plants and shut them far sooner than their usual operating lifespan.
Kiren Rijiju to attend 8th meeting of Ministers of Justice of SCO member states
- Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju will attend the eighth meeting of Ministers of Justice of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on 6th of August. He will be joined by Minister of State for Law and Justice Prof. S.P. Singh Baghel.
- During the meeting, member States will further deliberate on areas of cooperation, the role of coronavirus laws in the pandemic, providing free legal aid to citizens in accordance with national legislation, role of ministries of justice in countering corruption and other allied areas of cooperation and assistance in legal services. A Joint Statement following the meeting will be signed.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches Paralympic theme song
- Sports Minister Anurag Thakur today launched the theme song for Tokyo Paralympics in New Delhi.
- He hoped that Indian para-athletes will shine in the Tokyo Paralympics. The Sports Minister said, biggest ever Indian contingent of 54 para-athletes will participate in the Tokyo Paralympics in nine disciplines and they will give their optimum best.
- The song “Kar De Kamaal Tu” is composed and sung by a Divyang cricket player Sanjeev Singh.
Axelsen dethrones Chen for gold
- Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen won the Olympic badminton gold on Monday in Tokyo, becoming the first non-Asian man to win the singles title since 1996.
- Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen has won gold in men’s singles badminton, denying a repeat title to the defending Olympic champion, China’s Chen Long, 2-0 in convincing fashion.
- Axelsen and Chen, two of the world’s most brutal smashers, ended their match 21-15 21-12 after nearly an hour of flash shots and mesmerising rallies. Afterward, Chen embraced and spoke in Chinese with Axelsen, who was still sobbing when he left the court.
- “He told me that I deserved it, and my performance here has been great. And I said ‘Thank you so much and that he has been a big inspiration to me,” said Axelsen, who had just hung up from a call with Frederik, the crown prince of Denmark.
Awards and Honours
Bengal bags SKOCH awards for 4 'ease of doing business' projects
- The Government of West Bengal has received four SKOCH awards for its schemes under the Ease of Doing Business initiative. The State scheme ‘Silpasathi’-the online single window portal won the platinum award while the Auto Renewal of Certificate of Enlistment through online system for urban areas has received the gold award. Online issuance of trade licences in rural areas and the E-Nathikaran: the online system for registration, preparation and submission of deeds have won two silver awards.
- Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today tweeted, the state government will ensure that the ease of doing business in West Bengal continues to be one of the foremost in the country.
Book and Author
Kunal Basu's new book 'In An Ideal World' out in 2022
- Renowned novelist Kunal Basu’s new work of fiction, In An Ideal World, will be released next year, Penguin Random House India (PRHI) announced.
- The book, scheduled to released under the publishing house’s ‘Viking’ imprint, is touted to be a “powerful, gritty and fast-paced literary novel” exploring a variety of themes relevant to the current times — college, politics, family, crime investigation and fanaticism.
- “I am deeply pleased that Penguin Random House will be the custodian of my new novel about a fractured land with a fractured heart,” said the 65-year-old bilingual author, whose earlier works include “The Yellow Emperor’s Cure” (2011), “Kalkatta” (2015) and “Sarojini’s Mother (2020)”.
Other Important Affairs
- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification to exempt Battery Operated Vehicles from the payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark.
- The U.S. Men’s National Team was crowned champion of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup after defeating Mexico 1-0 in extra time on Miles Robinson’s 117th-minute header before a sold-out crowd of 61,514 fans at Allegiant Stadium.
- Armenian President Armen Sarkissian appointed Nikol Pashinyan as the country’s Prime Minister.
- Lieutenant General Samir Gupta assumed the appointment of Director General Financial Planning of Indian Army.
- The International Olympic Committee has launched a formal investigation into allegations that Belarus attempted to force an athlete to return home. IOC Spokesman Mark Adams said that they need to establish the full facts which may take time.