1. Textile Ministry to celebrate 7th National Handloom Day tomorrow
- National Handloom Day is observed every year on 7 August, and the date holds special significance in India’s history. The Swadeshi movement was launched on the same day in 1905, and the date is now an occasion to pay tribute to handloom weavers and artisan communities of India.
2. ICHR plans events to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
- Six national seminars have been planned and entire period have been distributed in six segments ranging from year 1498 to 2022. He said, two international seminars will be organized in London and Singapore wherein revolutionary movement will be discussed.
- The Indian Council of Historical Research is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Education established by an Administrative Order. The body has provided financial assistance to historians and scholars through fellowships, grants, and symposia.
- Founded: 27 March 1972
- Headquarters: New Delhi
3. BRO constructs highest motorable road in the world in Eastern Ladakh
- The road is constructed much above the altitude of Siachen Glacier which is at 17,700 feet. The Khardung La Pass in Leh is at an altitude of 17,582 feet. With this, India has bettered Bolivia’s record of a road at 18,953 feet.
- The Border Roads Organisation is a road construction executive force in India that provides support to and is a part of the Indian Armed Forces. BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighboring countries.
- Director General: Lt. Gen. Rajeev Chaudhary
- Founded: 7 May 1960
- Headquarters: New Delhi
4. Qatari FM’s special envoy meets Joint Secy of EAM’s PAI desk
- Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. The museum sits on the city’s Corniche waterfront promenade.
- Capital: Doha
- Currency: Qatari Riyal
5. Subhas Sarkar addresses the G20 Research Ministers’ Meeting vitually
- The G20 is an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union. It works to address major issues related to the global economy, such as international financial stability, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development.
- Founder: Group of Seven
- Founded: 26 September 1999
- Chairman: Mario Draghi (2021)
6. US urges Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi to resume nuclear talks
- The 2015 deal between Iran and six other countries, the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany saw that Iran stopped some nuclear work in return for an end to sanctions hurting its economy. However, Iran re-started banned nuclear work after Mr. Trump pulled out of the deal.
- The negotiations have been taking place in the Austrian capital, Vienna, between Iran and other countries which are still part of the agreement to try to revive the frayed deal and lift sanctions. However, the talks have been on hold for several weeks.
7. Greece battles to control fire close to ancient Olympic site
- More than 170 firefighters, around 50 trucks, six helicopters and water-bombing aircraft were deployed near the ancient archeological site, the birthplace of the Olympic games, on the Peloponnese peninsula.
- Capital: Athens
- Currency: Euro
8. PM renames Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after Dhyan Chand
- The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games (formerly, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna) is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. The award is named after Dhyan Chand (1905–79), an Indian field hockey player, widely regarded as the greatest field hockey player of all time, who scored more than 1000 goals over a career that spanned over 20 years from 1926 to 1948. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their “spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years” at international level. As of 2020, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of ₹25 lakh (US$35,000).
9. Prof. CR Rao Centenary Gold Medal for Bhagwati, Rangarajan
- The award has been constituted by the TIES to commemorate the contribution of Prof Rao, who is the founder president of the Society, and is the doyen of mathematical statistics. He celebrated his 100th birthday on September 10 last year. The award will be presented once in two years to an Indian or Indian-origin scholar for her/his lifetime contributions to the fields of theoretical and applied aspects of quantitative economics, and official statistics.
- “It consists of a gold medal and citation. As part of the award, the awardees are expected to give an acceptance lecture either during the annual conference of TIES or any other venue organized by the Society,”.
10. Hiroshima Day: 6th August
- In 1945, the United Nations deployed a nuclear bomb to the city of Hiroshima. This wiped-out 39 percent of the civilians in the city. The US created two atomic bombs named ‘The Little Boy’ dropped in the city of Hiroshima and ‘The Fat Man’ in the city of Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively.
- The blast killed nearly 80,000 people with massive infrastructural damage. As per the official data, 69 per cent of the buildings were destroyed.