Current Affairs- 3rd September

National

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launches ‘AYUSH AAPKE DWAR’ campaign

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launches ‘AYUSH AAPKE DWAR’ campaign
  • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched ‘AYUSH AAPKE DWAR’ campaign from Mumbai on Friday by distributing medicinal plant saplings to citizens. The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) distributed medicinal saplings and Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science (CCRA), Ministry of Ayush distributed Ayurvedic medicines to the public. This was as part of the National campaign which was launched by the AYUSH Ministry today.
  • Mr. Sonowal also witnessed a special programme organised by Mumbai Port Trust as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Govt constitutes committee to review existing guidelines of Journalist Welfare Scheme

Govt constitutes committee to review existing guidelines of Journalist Welfare Scheme
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today constituted a Committee to review the existing guidelines of Journalist Welfare Scheme and make appropriate recommendations for changes to the guidelines.
  • The committee will be headed by Prasar Bharati Board Member Ashok Kumar Tandon. The committee will have nine Members from different print and electronics media and an Additional Director General of PIB as members. Director (IP) in the Ministry will be Convener of the committee.
  • It will examine the need for revision of quantum of ex-gratia payment in death as well as other cases under Journalist Welfare Scheme.

Ladakh declares its state animal and bird

Ladakh declares its state animal and bird
  • The newly formed Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh has declared the black-necked crane and snow leopard as their state bird and animal. The declaration made by the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory comes almost two years after President Ram Nath Kovind passed legislation bifurcating the state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) into two UT – Ladakh and J&K.
  • The black-necked crane was previously the state bird of the former state of J&K, along with Hangul as the state animal. After the bifurcation, new symbols were needed for the newly born UT of Ladakh.

International

INS Airavat arrives at Sattahip, Thailand with COVID Relief Material

INS Airavat arrives at Sattahip, Thailand with COVID Relief Material
  • As part of the ongoing Mission SAGAR, INS Airavat on Friday arrived at Sattahip, Thailand with COVID Relief Material. The ship is delivering 300 oxygen concentrators based on the requirement projected by the Government of Thailand in its fight against the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.
  • Defence Ministry said, INS Airavat has been deployed to deliver COVID relief to friendly foreign nations in South East Asia who are battling the COVID19 pandemic under the aegis of Mission SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).

PM Modi addresses plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum in Russia

PM Modi addresses plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum in Russia
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the India-Russia energy partnership can help bring stability to the global energy market.
  • Addressing the Plenary Session of the Eastern Economic Forum, Mr. Modi said, India and Russia are partners in space exploration through the Gaganyaan programme.
  • The Prime Minister said, India and Russia have been working jointly in many energy projects. The Prime Minister highlighted that India’s biggest shipyards, Mazagon docks limited will partner with Zvezda for the construction of some of the most important commercial ships in the world.

India, US sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

India, US sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • India and US have signed Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This is a significant step towards deepening defence technology cooperation between both the countries. The Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV) under the Joint Working Group Air Systems in the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).
  • The main aim of DTTI is to bring sustained leadership focus to promote collaborative technology exchange and create opportunities for co-production and co-development of future technologies for Indian and US military forces. Under DTTI, Joint Working Groups on land, naval, air and aircraft carrier technologies have been established for focus on mutually agreed projects in respective domains.

Yoshihide Suga to step down as Japanese PM

Yoshihide Suga to step down as Japanese PM
  • Yoshihide Suga will step down as Japanese Prime Minister amid increasing anger over his government’s handling of COVID-19.
  • Mr. Suga announced today that he would not seek re-election in this month’s leadership race for the ruling Liberal Democratic party. The winner of that contest will lead the party in a general election that must be held by November 30.
  • Suga became Prime Minister just one year ago after long-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped down over health concerns.

Sports

India wins three medals today at Tokyo Paralympic Games

India wins three medals today at Tokyo Paralympic Games
  • India won three medals on Friday in the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The day began with a silver medal in the Men’s High Jump T64 final when debutant Praveen Kumar cleared jump of 2.07 metres for a new Asian Record. In Shooting, Avani Lekhara won a bronze medal in the 50-metre three-position SH1 air rifle event.
  • In Archery, Harvinder Singh won the bronze medal in the men’s individual recurve event. This is India’s first ever medal in archery at Paralympics. With this, Team India has so far won a total of 13 medals including two gold, six silver and five bronze.
  • Prachi Yadav, who became the first Indian to qualify for the Paralympics in Canoe Sprint has finished 8th in the finals of Women’s VL2 200-metre even

Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win two medals

Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win two medals
  • Trailblazing shooter Avani Lekhara on Friday became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals by claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to add to an unprecedented gold she had won earlier in the ongoing Games.
  • The 19-year-old Lekhara qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s.
  • In the fiercely contested finals, Lekhara totalled 445.9 to finish ahead of Ukraine’s Iryna Shchetnik, who let slip her grip on the medal spot with a poor third shot of 9.9 in the elimination.

Awards and Honours

Powergrid wins the Prestigious global ATD Best Award

Powergrid wins the Prestigious global ATD Best Award
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna CPSU under Ministry of Power, Government of India has been awarded the coveted “Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2021 BEST Award”. POWERGRID securing 8th rank among the 71 organizations from around the globe, thus becoming the only PSU to win this award and one of the only two companies of India in the Top 20.
  • The Association for Talent Development, formerly American Society for Training & Development, is a non-profit association serving those who develop talent in the workplace.

Other Important Affairs

  • Atul Bhatt has been appointed as chairman and managing director (CMD) of disinvestment-owned steel company Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL).
  • Indian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Savitri arrived Chattogram harbour, Bangladesh today carrying two 960 Litres Per Minute Medical Oxygen Plants to support the ongoing efforts of the Bangladesh military and government agencies in combating the ongoing wave of the COVID pandemic in the country.
  • The Assam government has decided to rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park, also a Tiger reserve, as Orang National Park. The Assam cabinet passed a resolution regarding this on Wednesday. Covering an area of 79.28 sq km, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985, and a national park in 1999.
  • “Blocked” by Alejandro Prieto was named grand prize winner of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2021.