Current Affairs- 6th August

National

Textile Ministry to celebrate 7th National Handloom Day tomorrow

Textile Ministry to celebrate 7th National Handloom Day tomorrow
  • Textile Ministry will celebrate the 7th National Handloom Day tomorrow. The handloom weaving community will be honoured for their contribution in the socio-economic development of this country.
  • It is a sector that directly addresses women’s empowerment with over 70 per cent of all weavers and allied workers being female. Three Handloom Craft Villages at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Mohpara Village, District Golaghat in Assam and Kanihama, Budgam in Srinagar are being set up by the Ministry in collaboration with the State governments.
  • The aim behind setting up the craft villages is to provide additional attraction for the domestic and international tourists and promote the well-known Handloom and Handicraft Products of the region

ICHR plans events to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

ICHR plans events to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
  • The nation is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence. A series of events are being organized to mark the occasion across the country. The Mahaotsav will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari.
  • Indian Council of Historical Research, ICHR, has planned series of events to celebrate the Mahotsav. Talking to AIR News, Director ICHR, Dr. Om Jee Upadhyay said, ICHR has planned 75 regional seminars wherein focus will be laid on unsung heroes of the freedom struggle movement and historical places. He said, activities have been planned according to the 75 regions covering 10 to 12 districts.

BRO constructs highest motorable road in the world in Eastern Ladakh

BRO constructs highest motorable road in the world in Eastern Ladakh
  • Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed and black-topped the highest road in the world at Umlingla Pass in Eastern Ladakh. The highest motorable road in the world is situated at an altitude of 19,300 feet.
  • To put things in context, this is higher than the base camps of Mount Everest. The north base in Tibet is at 16,900 feet, whereas the south base camp in Nepal is 17,598 feet. The summit of Mount Everest is a little over 29,000 feet.
  • The road itself is a 52-km long tarmac stretch through Umlingla Pass, connecting important towns in Chumar sector of Eastern Ladakh.

International

Qatari FM’s special envoy meets Joint Secy of EAM’s PAI desk

Qatari FM’s special envoy meets Joint Secy of EAM’s PAI desk
  • Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of Qatar for Counter-terrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution, Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani who is on a visit to India today met Joint Secretary of the External Affairs Ministry’s Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran (PAI) desk,  J. P. Singh.
  • Sources said that during the meeting, they exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and recent developments in the Afghan peace process. He also called on Mr Sanjay Bhattacharya, Secretary (Consular, Passport and Visa, CPV and Overseas Indian Affairs, OIA) and discussed bilateral affairs. Tomorrow, he will also call on External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Subhas Sarkar addresses the G20 Research Ministers’ Meeting vitually

Subhas Sarkar addresses the G20 Research Ministers’ Meeting vitually
  • Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar participated in the G20 Research Ministers’ meeting today which was hosted in blended mode by Italy. G20 Education Ministers exchanged views on enhancing research collaborations and sharing digital space among G20 Countries for a strong, sustainable, resilient and inclusive recovery.
  • Representing India, Mr Subhas Sarkar reiterated the country’s commitment to promote research and to skill, reskill and upskill the youth and collaborating with other G-20 countries to achieve this objective. He said that India attaches great importance to work with G20 partners and find evidence-based solutions to common problems.

US urges Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi to resume nuclear talks

US urges Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi to resume nuclear talks
  • The US has called on Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi to return to talks on reviving a historic nuclear deal. A spokesman for the US state department said that window for diplomacy would not remain open forever. Tensions between the US and Iran have soared since 2018, when the then-President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal and restored sanctions.
  • Ebrahim Raisi who was sworn in yesterday as Iran’s new President said that he would support any diplomatic plans to end sanctions on Iran. All illegal US sanctions against the Iranian nation must be lifted, he said.
  • Tehran denies the charge of Western countries that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.

Greece battles to control fire close to ancient Olympic site

Greece battles to control fire close to ancient Olympic site
  • Greek firefighters battled to bring under control two major fires raging near Olympia and on the island of Evia on Thursday as the country swelters in a record-breaking heatwave.
  • After destroying around 20 houses, “the fire’s front is now heading towards Lalas,” a wooded mountainous area to the north west of Olympia, local official Nektarios Farmakis told media.
  • Olympia, usually thronging with tourists at this time of year, as well as six nearby villages, were evacuated the day before. A similar number of firefighters were also battling to contain a blaze on Evia, some 200 kilometres east of Athens.
  • At least 150 houses were destroyed on the island as the fire surrounded a monastery and a dozen villages.

Sports

PM renames Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after Dhyan Chand

PM renames Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after Dhyan Chand
  • The Khel Ratna Award has been named as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the decision was taken following a number of requests from citizens across the country to rename it.
  • In a series of tweets today, PM Modi said, Major Dhyan Chand was among India’s foremost sportspersons who brought honour and pride for India. He said, it is befitting that the nation’s highest sporting honour will be named after Major Dhyan Chand.
  • Referring the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister said, the exceptional performance of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams has captured the imagination of the entire country.

Awards and Honours

Prof. CR Rao Centenary Gold Medal for Bhagwati, Rangarajan

Prof. CR Rao Centenary Gold Medal for Bhagwati, Rangarajan
  • The Indian Econometric Society (TIES) Trust has conferred the inaugural Prof. CR Rao Centenary Gold Medal (CGM) to two distinguished Indian scholars — Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati and Dr. C Rangarajan.
  • Dr. Bhagwati is a professor of economics, law and international relations at Columbia University and Director of the Raj Centre on Indian Economic Policies. Dr. Rangarajan is the former chairman, Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister and former governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • “Prof Rao’s contributions to theory and applications of statistics has made him one of world leaders in the subject. He has been listed as one of the top ten Indian scientists of all time,”

Days and Dates

Hiroshima Day: 6th August

Hiroshima Day: 6th August
  • Hiroshima Day is observed every year on August 6 to promote peace politics and raise awareness of the effects of the bomb attack on Hiroshima. Hiroshima city was attacked by an atomic weapon that killed thousands of lives instantly on August 6, 1945. Today is the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city. It was the first city to be attacked by a nuclear bomb.
  • An annual event takes place at the Galway Alliance War in Eyre Square marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in 1945. Various programs are held to promote peace politics every year through music, dance, and songs.

Other Important Affairs

  • As part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebration, a cycling expedition has been flagged off from Port Blair in Andaman to Diglipur yesterday. The expedition carrying Victory Flame will cover a distance of 340 kms. in five days.
  • The Himachal Pradesh State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with online retailer Flipkart for online sale and promotion of the products made by local artisans and craftsmen to customers across the globe.
  • India’s Zoological Survey (ZSI) has got a female head for the first time in its 105 year history. The inspiring Dr. Dhriti Banerjee becomes the first woman appointed there.
  • V O Chidambaranar Port Trust in Tuticorin became the first major port in the country to introduce e-cars for its officers as part of the various efforts taken by the port to go green.
  • Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED) has celebrated its 34th foundation day on 6th August. TRIFED was founded to drive tribal development through marketing support for tribal products, both, handicrafts and Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP).