Current Affairs- 9th August
Science and Technology
ISRO to send Bhutan’s INS-2B satellite into space by December 2021
- India’s premier space agency Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to launch a Bhutanese satellite in December this year. The development of the INS-2B satellite of Bhutan is being underway by four Bhutanese engineers who are being trained by ISRO.
- The space engineers from Bhutan’s department of information technology and telecom were trained at ISRO’s UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru from December 28 to February 25, 2021. The training covered theoretical and technical aspects and included visits to laboratories and test facilities. With the first phase of the satellite development already done, the second phase of training will focus on finishing touches of the satellite.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba gets one-year extension
- Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been given one-year extension by the government, according to a Ministry of Personnel order.
- Gauba, former Union Home Secretary, was in 2019 appointed to the country’s top bureaucratic post for two years.
- Gauba is said to be the key architect of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act under which Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union territories following the abrogation of the special status given to the erstwhile state under Article 370 of the Constitution.
IAF war veterans felicitated at Air Force Technical College in Bengaluru
- The war veterans from Indian Air Force were felicitated at the Air Force Technical College in Bengaluru today as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav.
- Air Commodore K.G. Kuruvilla, Wing Commander J.S. Gahalawat, Wing Commander A. Raghunath and Wing Commander M.R. Shirazi had participated during 1965 and 1971 wars and won gallantry awards for their valour and courage.
- Air Commodore Biji Philip felicitated the war heroes.
- Air Commodore K. G. Kuruvilla gave a message to the countrymen on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
ITBP inducts its first women officers in combat
- For the first time, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) inducted women officers in combat on Sunday. Two women, Prakriti and Diksha, joined the ITBP as combatised officers after completing their training at the academy in Mussoorie.
- The passing-out parade was held at the academy on Sunday and reviewed by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. A total of 53 officers passed out from the ITBP officers’ training academy.
- Chief Minister Dhami and ITBP director general S S Deswal inducted the two women officers as Assistant Commandants, the entry-level officer rank in the paramilitary.
PM Modi chairs UNSC high-level Open Debate on Enhancing Maritime Security
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the oceans are part of our common heritage and the sea routes are the lifeline of international trade.
- He said, the seas are very important for the future of our planet. Chairing a high-level United Nations Security Council Open Debate through video conferencing this evening, Mr Modi said, the shared maritime heritage is facing many challenges today as sea routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism and there are maritime disputes between many countries.
- He said, climate change and natural disasters are also related to maritime domain.
Indian Army to participate in International Army Games 2021 in Russia
- A 101 member contingent of the Indian Army will proceed to Russia to participate in International Army Games – 2021 from 22 August to 4th September 2021.
- The contingent will participate in Army Scout Masters Competition, Elbrus Ring, Polar Star, Sniper Frontier and Safe Route games showcasing various drills in High Altitude Area terrain, operations in snow, sniper actions, combat engineering skills in obstacle ridden terrain in the various competitions.
- Participation in these annual games is a reflection of the level of professionalism of the Indian Army amongst the world Armies.
UN's Inter-govt Panel on Climate Change released its 6th assessment report
- The United Nation’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, of which India is one of the 195 members, has released its sixth assessment report today.
- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the IPCC’s assessment, the most detailed review of climate science ever conducted and code red for humanity.
- Mr. Guterres said in a statement that this report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet.
- Countries should also end all new fossil fuel exploration and production and shift fossil fuel subsidies into renewable energy, he added.
Telangana IT department wins NASSCOM AI Game Changer Award
- The Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Department (ITE&C) of the Telangana government won the AI Gamechanger Award in the Xperience-AI Summit organised by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) for extensive research in the field of Artificial Intelligence and projects adopted by the State government.
- Out of 300-plus applications invited from multiple stakeholders, including enterprises, startups, government bodies, academic institutes and NGOs, the use case “Crowd Monitoring Using AI” implemented by the State government, with Awiros, a startup company as its technology partner, won the award.
Awards and Honours
Book and Author
Book by 14-year-old chronicling her lockdown days released
- Veteran actor Shabana Azmi has launched the book written by a 14-year-old girl, which chronicles the lockdown days seen through her eyes as the Covid-19 pandemic spreading last year.
- It ‘handholds readers through a journey – the hopeful beginning of a new decade, the confusion triggered by a pandemic, lockdown travails, coping with the whole new world of online schooling, a new digital divide, the vaccine race, the waning of the pandemic’s severity and it’s resurgence.
- The Padma Bhushan awardee said that unlike most youngsters her age, Brisha has come out of the social media and smartphone obsession.
Days and Dates
International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples: 9th August
- Every year on August 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed. Nearly 476 million indigenous people live in 90 countries across the world. They account for 6.2 per cent of the world’s total population. India, on the other hand, is home to around 104 million of these indigenous people, which makes them 8.6 per cent of the country’s total population. According to the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), 705 ethnic groups have been officially recognised as “Scheduled Tribes”.
- The theme for this year’s International Day of Indigenous Peoples is “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract”.
Other Important Affairs
- Parliament has passed the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today amid din. The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin today suggested the creation of a maritime security body in the United Nations Security Council to address maritime crimes, piracy and maritime terrorism.
- Delhi’s first “Animal DNA Laboratory” was set up at Forensic Science Laboratory in Rohini. Wildlife forensics is a new field of criminal investigation.
- Haryana signs MoU for promotion of handlooms, handicrafts at int’l level. The Haryana government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Walmart Vriddhi, a growth and training programme designed for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and Haqdarshak, a technology platform.
- The historical nuclear attack took place in the year 1945 with an atomic bomb on August 6 in the city of Hiroshima and later on August 9 in Nagasaki. Nagasaki Day is observed every year on August 9 to promote peace politics and raise awareness of the effects of the bomb attack on Nagasaki.