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Facts- 26th August

1. Google launches ‘Be Internet Awesome’ programme for kids’ safety in India

  • CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Founded: 4 September 1998, Menlo Park, California, United States
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States
  • Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin
  • Parent organization: Alphabet Inc.

2. BPR&D and AICTE launched MANTHAN 2021


  • The Bureau of Police Research and Development, was set up on 28 August 1970 in furtherance of the objective of the Government of India for the modernisation of police forces.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi


  • Founded: November 1945
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Anil Sahasrabudhe

3. India’s first Green Hydrogen electrolyser manufacturing unit starts in Bengaluru

  • “The factory has a capacity of manufacturing approximately 0.5 GW per year today. But, we can quickly expand that to 2 GW per year,” Ballantine added. The idea of National Hydrogen Mission was first mooted in the Budget 2021 putting an effort to tap green energy sources for manufacturing hydrogen. India has already set a target of achieving 450 GW renewable energy by 2030.

4. Mandaviya assumes charge as chairperson of Stop TB Partnership Board

  • The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership’s mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality diagnosis, treatment and care is available to all who need it.

5. Rajnath Singh to commission Coast Guard’s offshore patrol vessel Vigraha

  • The 98-meter OPV, with a complement of 11 officers and 110 sailors, has been designed and built indigenously by Larsen and Toubro Ship Building Limited. It is fitted with advanced technology radars, navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery capable of operating in tropical sea conditions.
  • The ship is also equipped with integrated bridge system, integrated platform management system, automated power management system and high-power external fire-fighting system.

6. Centre announces Drone Rules-2021

  • The government has also reduced fees for permissions to nominal levels. The maximum penalty has also been reduced to one lakh rupees.
  • This will, however, not apply to penalties in respect of violation of other laws. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade will regulate the import of drones. No pilot licence will be required for operating nano drones and micro drones for non-commercial use.  All drone training and examination will be carried out by an authorised drone school.

7. Niti Aayog releases NER District SDG Index report

  • East Sikkim, with a score of 75.87, ranks first in the region followed by districts Gomati and North Tripura (score 75.73) at the second position.
  • The score for the 103 districts ranges from 53 in Kiphire, Nagaland to 75.87 in East Sikkim, Sikkim, the report said.
  • According to the report, out of the 103 districts considered for ranking, 64 districts belonged to the front runner category while 39 districts were in the performer category in the composite score and ranking of districts.

8. Nirmala Sitharaman chairs 2nd meeting of BRICS FMs, Central Bank Governors

  • BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
  • Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC” (or “the BRICs”) before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
  • Founded: June 2006

9. Four-day Naval Exercise Malabar-2021 begins today

  • Malabar is a multilateral war-gaming naval exercise that was started in 1992. It began as a bilateral exercise between the navies of India and the United States. Two more editions of the exercise were carried out in 1995 and 1996, after which there was a break until 2002 in the aftermath of India’s nuclear tests.

10. ‘Ain Dubai’: UAE announces the world’s tallest observation wheel

  • The observation wheel tour, which is the main attraction, will be for approximately 38 minutes. This means one rotation of the wheel will last for about 38 minutes.
  • The giant wheel will have 48 passenger cabins with air-conditioning. As many as 1,750 visitors can visit at one time.
  • The special cabins, which are bigger than ‘2 double-decker buses’ can be customised according to a visitor’s needs. It will also host events and other things.