1. International Day against Nuclear Tests celebrated on 29 August
On 29 August, the International Day against Nuclear Tests is commemorated across the world. The purpose of the day is to incite the World Organization, youth networks, and media against nuclear testing. The day highlights the importance of banning nuclear tests as an important step towards achieving a safer world. Poisoned groundwater, cancer, leukemia, radioactive are caused by the toxic legacies of nuclear testing.
UN General Assembly (UNGA) after the 64 sessions of the world organization meeting proclaimed 29 August as International Day against Nuclear Tests. It consistently adopted resolution 64/35 on Dec 2, 2009. The inaugural commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests was recorded in 2010.
Kazakhstan initiated the resolution with the support of a large number of sponsors to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site on 29 August 1991.
Nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945. There have been about 2,000 trials so far. The countries that have tested nuclear weapons so far are USA, France, China, USR, UK, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.
2. 29 August as National Sports Day
In India, National Sports Day is dedicated on August 29.
- It is dedicated to the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, a legendary Indian hockey player, who was also born on this day in 1905.
- This propitious day is kept across the country to create and spread awareness about the importance of sports in everyone’s life.
- On this occasion, PM Modi also originated the ‘Fit India Movement’ at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
3. President awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Journey Awards
Government has announced the Tenzing Norgay National Journey Awards 2018. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the award at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on 29 August 2019. The award acknowledges the achievements of persons in the fields of adventure.
The award is given in four categories:
- Land journey
- Water journey
- Air journey
- Life Time accomplishment
The National Selection Committee supervised by Smt. Upma Chawdhry, IAS, Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs selected the awardees. The committee was established with expert members from the field of adventure.
4. Union HRD Minister launched Integrated Online junction for School Education Shagun
In an attempt to make the education system more transparent, Union Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal originated ‘Shagun,’ an online integrated junction of various education portals on 28th August 2019.
- School Education Shagun (URL: http://shagun.govt.in/) is an overarching initiative to improve the school education system by creating a junction for all online portals and websites relating to various activities of the Department of School Education and Literacy in the Government of India and all States and Union Territories.
- Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pokhriyal said that the word Shagun is coined from two different words- ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning Quality and this online junction of different websites and portals into a single platform will enhance the accessibility of information relating to schools and will ensure a holistic approach to transforming education sector.
5. IIT Guwahati signed MoU with RD Grow Green India for safer drinking water
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RD Grow Green India Pvt. Ltd. at the IIT Guwahati campus between T G Sitharam, Director IIT Guwahati and Rajeev Saikia, MD, RD Grow Green India Pvt. Ltd.
- The drinking water pollution is a major problem in most of the states including Assam. This “chemical-free” treatment technique might be useful to the citizens in rural and urban areas.
- The ambition made by the team from IIT Guwahati resulted in one of the successful incubation of a company within IIT Guwahati (RD Grow Green India Pvt Ltd) taken the challenge to supply contaminant-free drinking water in the Assam state presently using the technology.
6. India Israel is ready to develop new crop varieties
India and Israel have the plan to develop new crop varieties and share post-harvest technology in the success of the 10 years Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project (IIAP). The project has succeeded in growing cherry tomatoes in Haryana and rejuvenating mango orchards demonstrating to Indian farmers progressive irrigation technologies.
Indo-Israel agriculture cooperation:
- The Indo-Israel agriculture cooperation project was launched in 2008. The implementing partners are Israel’s agency for international development cooperation and Indian state governments that facilitate discovered centers of excellence as per their native desires.
- Every year around 10,000 and 20,000 farmers visit these centers. Around 8.6 million hectares area is below the micro-irrigation projects compared to a possible 69.5 million hectares.
- In India, the unit water-stressed areas like Karnataka, Telangana, and Gujarat are currently using these techniques for simple water handiness. The 2018 budget for this technique claimed an Rs.5,000 crore for micro-irrigation fund.
7. Indian app Maitri won tech prize in the US
Maitri application, that connects children at orphanages with senior citizens in old-age homes, has achieved a bronze medal at global tech competition in the US.
- The app, called Maitri, is aimed at bringing together individuals suffering from loneliness and depression and those lacking the nurturing love of elderly role models.
- The app also permits users to volunteer and donate to old-age homes and orphanages through it.
8. I&B ministers award excellence to community radio channels
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar gave away excellence honors to different community radio channels for their valuable contribution in sensitizing local people.
- Mr. Javadekar was conversing on the Second Day of 7th National Community Radio Sammelan held in New Delhi.
- For the year 2019, Friends Radio, Tripura seized the first prize in the thematic category and Salam Namaste, Uttar Pradesh received the second prize in the same category.
9. India is the first in the world to launch facial biometric data based identity document
India becomes the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document, BSID, capturing the facial biometric data of seafarers.
- In New Delhi, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers originated the project. He also delivered over the new BSID cards to five Indian seafarers. India made a presentation on this technology at ILO.
- The new facial biometric technology is a blazed improvement over the two-finger or iris-based biometric data, with modern security features.
10. IAF to perceive ‘building blaster’ Spice-2000 bombs by mid-September
In a major boost for India’s aerial firepower, the Indian Air Force is plan to install the ‘building blaster’ version of the Balakot air strike-fame Spice-2000 bombs by mid-September.
- The Spice-2000 bombs are programmed to be delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Israel around mid-September along with the Mark 84 warhead.
- The Indian Air Force had approved a contract with Israel in June this year for acquiring more than 100 Spice 2000 bombs under the emergency procurement powers of the services given by the Narendra Modi government.