1. PM Modi to launch e-RUPI digital payment solution on August 2
- eRupi has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India on its UPI platform, in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Health Authority.
2. Hotline established between Indian Army in Sikkim, China’s PLA in Tibet
- The new hotline comes a day after the two sides held the 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks on the Chinese side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting point on Saturday. While there has been no official word from either side yet, sources said a statement is expected on Monday.
- Such hotlines have been helpful in keeping things largely under control in eastern Ladakh, where the two armies are involved in the standoff. Nearly 1,500 messages have been shared at the two hotlines in eastern Ladakh, at Chushul and Daulat Beg Oldie, since the standoff began in May 2020.
3. Deepak Das takes over as Controller General of Accounts
- The Principal Advisor on Accounting matters to the Union Government.
- Responsible for establishing and managing a technically sound Management Accounting System.
- Responsible for preparation and submission of the accounts of the Union Government.
- Responsible for exchequer control and internal audits.
4. Cochin Shipyard launches five vessels at one go
- Cochin Shipyard Ltd is the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India. It is part of a line of maritime-related facilities in the port-city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Of the services provided by the shipyard are building platform supply vessels and double-hulled oil tankers.
- Founded: 29 March 1972
- Headquarters: Kochi
- Key people: Madhu S. Nair; (Chairman & MD)
5. India to assume UNSC Presidency today
- The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security, recommending the admission of new UN members to the General Assembly, and approving any changes to the UN Charter.
- Headquarters: New York, United States
- Founded: 24 October 1945
6. US slaps sanctions on Cuban police force and its leaders over crackdown on protests
- Thousands of Cubans took to the streets in the largest demonstrations against the Cuban government in decades. The demonstrators were protesting shortages of basic goods, power outages, restrictions on civil liberties and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Capital: Havana
- President: Miguel Díaz-Canel
7. 36th edition of CORPAT between India and Indonesia begins
- India and Indonesia have been carrying out Coordinated Patrols along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice a year since 2002, with an aim of keeping this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping, international trade and conduct of legitimate maritime activities.
- INS Saryu is the first Saryu-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designed and constructed indigenously by the Goa Shipyard Limited. The ship is home-ported at Port Blair, under the Andaman and Nicobar Command. She is the largest offshore patrol vessel in the navy.
- Commissioned: 21 January 2013
8. Samoa’s new leader confirms scrapping of China-funded port
- Samoa’s former leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, promised to build the port with Chinese help for $100 million, after a similar project was deemed economically unviable by the Asian Development Bank.
- China is the single largest creditor in Samoa, accounting for about 40%, or some $160 million, of its external debt.
- Capital: Apia
- Founded: 1 January 1962
- Currency: Samoan tālā
9. PV Sindhu bags bronze at Tokyo Olympics
- Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. Over the course of her career, Sindhu has won medals at multiple tournaments including Olympics and on the BWF circuit including a gold at the 2019 World Championships.
- Born: 5 July 1995, Hyderabad
- Current ranking: 7 (23 March 2021)
- Highest ranking: 2 (7 April 2017)
- Career record: 344 wins, 148 losses
- Coach: Park Tae-sang
10. Jamaica won all 3 medals in women’s 100m
- The two women have now shared the last four Olympic sprint gold medals.
- Fraser-Pryce, who won gold in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, won bronze in Rio and has now added silver after finishing behind the 29-year-old Thompson-Herah in 10.74s.
- Shericka Jackson made it a Jamaican clean sweep when she took third spot on the podium in a personal best 10.76 seconds.
11. Graphic artist Anand Radhakrishnan wins prestigious Eisner award
- Known as the Oscars of the comic field, the awards are named after graphic novel legend Will Eisner. The American cartoonist is known for his seminal works such as The Spirit and A Contract with God. The awards consist of 32 categories ranging from Best Writer to Best Lettering as well as a Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. During the Eisner Awards, the winners of the Eisner Hall of Fame and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award are also announced. The Humanitarian Award is named after Clampett of Looney Toons fame.
12. Muslim Women’s Rights Day: 1st August
- Muslim Women’s Rights Day is observed across the nation on August 1 to celebrate the enactment of the law against triple talaq. The central government enacted the law on August 1, 2019, that has made the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence.
- Mr. Naqvi along with the Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani and the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav will attend a programme in New Delhi to observe the Muslim Women Rights Day.