Current Affairs- 4th August

Science and Technology

Reprogrammable Satellite “Chameleon” launched

Reprogrammable Satellite “Chameleon” launched
  • A sophisticated telecommunications satellite that can be completely repurposed while in space has launched.
  • Developed under an ESA Partnership Project with satellite operator Eutelsat and prime manufacturer Airbus, Eutelsat Quantum has pioneered a new generation of satellites with the European space industry.
  • The flexible software-defined satellite – which will be used by governments and in mobility and data markets – was launched on board an Ariane 5 on July 30, 2021, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

National

Union Cabinet approves continuation of 1,023 fast track special courts

Union Cabinet approves continuation of 1,023 fast track special courts
  • The Cabinet on Wednesday approved continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Fast Track Special Courts for further two years till 31st March 2023. Briefing media Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said, 1,023 Fast Track Special Courts have been given get two-year extension. He said, 389 exclusive POCSO courts will also get extension. He said, central share of outlay will be funded from Nirbhaya fund.
  • This will provide speedy justice access to justice to victims of sexual crimes, quick justice to the hapless victims and declogging of ther judicial system. It will help in reduction in number of pending cases of rape and POCSO Act.

Cabinet approves MoU between IIST and TU Delft Netherlands for research collaboration

Cabinet approves MoU between IIST and TU Delft Netherlands for research collaboration
  • Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Institute of Space science and Technology (IIST) and The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands for carrying out the Academic programmes and Research activities.
  • The Parties may exchange students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level and they will mutually discuss and decide the areas of studies and credits to be pursued under the scheme. The signed Agreement will provide impetus to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of Science and Technology.

INS Vikrant leaves port for maiden sea trials

INS Vikrant leaves port for maiden sea trials
  • A Proud and historic day for India as the reincarnated Vikrant (IAC) sails for her maiden sea trials today, in the 50th year of her illustrious predecessor’s key role in victory in the 1971 war. It’s the largest & most complex warship ever to be designed & built in India.
  • It’s a proud & historical moment in our quest for Atmanirbhar Bharat & Make in India initiative.
  • With the building of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), India joins select group of nations having niche capability to indigenously design, build & integrate a state of art Aircraft Carrier.

International

India-Russia joint training exercise INDRA 2021 begins

India-Russia joint training exercise INDRA 2021 begins
  • The Indo – Russia joint training Exercise INDRA 2021 commenced at Prudboy Ranges, Volgograd in Russia on Wednesday. It started an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries. Exercise INDRA 2021 will enhance interoperability between the Indian and Russian Armies.
  • The aim of the exercise is to facilitate joint training between Indian and Russian Armies to jointly plan and conduct counter-terror operations under the United Nations mandate. The conduct of the exercise will also entail academic discussions between expert groups of both contingents.

ASEAN appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

ASEAN appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar
  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has appointed Brunei’s Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof as its special envoy to facilitate the mediation of the dialogue process in Myanmar. The appointment of the envoy from Brunei comes amid media reports of deep divisions within ASEAN countries on the issue.
  • The announcement came in a joint communique issued after the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet on Wednesday in which 10 countries including Myanmar took part virtually.
  • The special envoy will visit Myanmar to seek ways to end violence and open dialogue between all parties. He will also oversee a humanitarian aid package.

Germany becomes 5th country to sign International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement

Germany becomes 5th country to sign International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement
  • Germany on Wednesday became the 5th country to sign International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement after amendments to it entered into force on 8th January this year, opening its Membership to all Member States of the United Nations.
  • Today, Ambassador of Germany to India Walter J. Lindner deposited signed copies of International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement with Ministry of External Affairs, the depositary of Agreement. Signed copies of International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement were handed over to Additional Secretary (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs.

Sports

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain bags bronze medal

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain bags bronze medal
  • In Tokyo Olympics, promising athlete Neeraj Chopra sealed an automatic qualification for the Men’s Javeline throw finals by throwing 86.65 metres in his first attempt.
  • However, fellow Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh failed to cross the qualification hurdle with his best throw of 76.40 metres. Men’s Javelin Throw Final will take place on 7th August at 4:30 P.M. Indian Time

Book and Author

My Own Mazagon by Captain Ramesh Babu

My Own Mazagon by Captain Ramesh Babu
  • A new book titled “My Own Mazagon” has authored by Captain Ramesh Babu. The book published by Indus Source Books features the history and story of Mazagon, the island which was merged into a single entity as Bombay. The Book will be jointly released by Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, (Retd.), CMD Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.
  • The Book rediscovers the forgotten history of Mazagon and resurrects the identity of Maza Gaon, or ‘My own Village’.

Other Important Affairs

  • The Government has decided to release all pending installments of MPLADS funds in 2019-20 during 2021-22 subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria and submission of eligible documents by district authorities as per the MPLADS guidelines.
  • Two rockets launched from Lebanon struck Israel on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, adding that it fired artillery into Lebanese territory in response to the attack.
  • Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (oft-2) second mission, which was scheduled to be launched by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA has been delayed. The delay has been caused after teams discovered an issue with the spacecraft.
  • The Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli (OFT) in Tamil Nadu launched a new high-tech and low sound weapon called TriCa (Trichy Carbine), a mini version of the Trichy Assault Rifle (TAR).