1. ISRO to send Bhutan’s INS-2B satellite into space by December 2021
- India and Bhutan have been engaged in space cooperation with a ground Earth station for South Asia Satellite (SAS) that was inaugurated in Thimphu, Bhutan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in August 2019.
- Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
- Founded: 15 August 1969
- Headquarters: Bengaluru
- Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan
2. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba gets one-year extension
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in service to Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, as Cabinet Secretary for a further period of one-year beyond August 30, said the order issued.
- He had also served as secretary in the Union Urban Development Ministry, Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry, looking after crucial left wing extremism division, among other responsibilities.
3. IAF war veterans felicitated at Air Force Technical College in Bengaluru
- Air Force Technical College (AFTC) was established on 4 July 1949, in collaboration with Air Service Training Co. (Hamble), U.K. with Gp.Capt. J Beaumont CBE, DFC, as the first Commandant. The college was then named as Technical Training College (TTC). The entire staff of the College were officers and technicians from the Royal Air Force (RAF).
- After TTC was renamed as AFTC on 1 January 1957, Gp. Capt M.J. Kriplani MBE took over as the first Indian commandant of the college. AFTC is the alma mater for all technical officers of the Indian Air Force.
4. ITBP inducts its first women officers in combat
- The Indo-Tibetan Border Police is India’s primary border patrol organization for its border with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of India, raised on 24 October 1962, under the CRPF Act, in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962.
- Motto: Shaurya – Dridhata – Karm Nishtha; Valour – Steadfastness and Commitment.
5. PM Modi chairs UNSC high-level Open Debate on Enhancing Maritime Security
- 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, New York, United States
- Founded: 24 October 1945
6. Indian Army to participate in International Army Games 2021 in Russia
- The competition also fosters military to military cooperation while building upon the best practices of participating nations. It may be recalled that India stood first amongst the eight countries that had participated in Army Scouts Master Competition 2019 in Jaisalmer.
- The International Army Games is an annual Russian military sports event organized by the Ministry of Defense of Russia. The event, which was first staged in August 2015, involves close to 30 countries taking part in dozens of competitions over two weeks to prove which is the most skilled.
- First event: 2015
- Last event: 2020
7. UN’s Inter-govt Panel on Climate Change released its 6th assessment report
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations that is dedicated to providing the world with objective, scientific information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of the risk of human-induced climate change, its natural, political, and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options.
- Head: Hoesung Lee
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
- Founder: Bert Bolin
- Founded: 1988
8. Telangana IT department wins NASSCOM AI Game Changer Award
- As part of NASSCOM’s ‘AI for India’ mission, AI Gamechangers awards program was conceptualized to seed the awareness and enthusiasm around this wonderful technology, thereby encouraging overall adoption through the country. The awards will recognize innovative and impactful use-cases that solve an important problem, inhouse or otherwise. These awards are meant for everyone – Enterprises, Startups, Government bodies, Academic Institutes and NGOs. Diverse applications from different sectors are being received by solution creators and adopters alike.
9. Book by 14-year-old chronicling her lockdown days released
- The book, features forewords by Director Devi Kar and Principal Damayanti Mukherjee of Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata, where Brisha is a student of class 10.
10. International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples: 9th August
- On December 23, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People will be observed every year on August 9. On the same date in 1982, the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations had convened its first meeting. On December 10, 1994, the UNGA also proclaimed the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. The main objective of the First International Decade was to solidify international cooperation to solve problems in the areas, including human rights, the environment, development, education, and health.