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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

18 Aug One Liners - Current Affairs

 18 Aug One Liners - Current Affairs

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• Supreme Court refuses to direct transfer of money from PM CARES Fund to the National Disaster Response Fund.

• Exports of agricultural commodities increase by over 23 percent during March to June this year.

• 66 lakhs Self Help Groups, covering over 7 crore rural women, created under National Rural Livelihood Mission says Rural Development Minister Narendra Tomar.

• Hockey India announces financial assistance of 10,000 rupees to 61 unemployed players, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

• Senior BJP leader and Central Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took a  jibe at the opposition today and said that the Supreme Court judgment pertaining to the PMCARES fund has cleared the air regarding the issue. He said, all the donations to PMCARES fund is done in a transparent manner.

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• Mr. Prasad informed that so far out of the total  of 3 thousand 100 crore rupees volunatry donation received in the PMCARES fund, 2 thousand crore rupees have been spent to purchase 50 thousand ventilators in the country.

• Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that government has given a conducive atmosphere for the promotion and protection of capabilities of youth from Minority communities. He said, the atmosphere of inclusive empowerment has ensured that a large number of youth from the minority communities are being selected in the top administrative services. This year also, 145 people belonging to minority communities have been selected in Civil Services.

• Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today launched Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge - Innovate Solutions for Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

• Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa today resigned from his post  to join the Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) as vice-president next month. Mr. Lavasa has submitted his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind and has requested to be relieved by the end of this month.

• Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla today arrived in Dhaka  on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.

• Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved a proposal of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for a major expansion scheme in all the border and coastal districts. A total of 83 NCC units will be upgraded. It includes Army 53, Navy 20, Indian Air Force (IAF) 10. The scheme aims to impart NCC training to the cadets in the border and coastal areas. Under the scheme, a total of one lakh cadets from 173 border and coastal districts will be inducted in the NCC.

• A virtual meeting was held between the Senior diplomats of India and Nepal to review the progress made on various India-aided developmental projects being implemented in the Himalayan nation. The meeting was held virtually due to the covid-19 pandemic. The meeting was the 8th round of talks under the aegis of the India-Nepal Oversight Mechanism

• The 4th Session of the BRICS Anti-Drug Working Group comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa was held virtually. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Rakesh Asthana, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau. The session was held over the video conference on August 12, 2020. The 4th session was chaired by Russia. The countries adopted reaffirming the commitment of the five-member states to the International Anti-drug conventions. 

  Project Dolphin: 

Gangetic river dolphin, declared as a National Aquatic species in 2010, is a species of freshwater dolphins primarily found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and their tributaries in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

At present, there are about 3,700 Gangetic river dolphins in the Indian river systems.

These dolphins are sighted along deep river reaches in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The Project Dolphin, announced by the PM, will, however, cover both freshwater (river) and marine (oceanic) dolphins.

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Project Lion: 

Asiatic lions are found in protected areas and agro-pastoral landscape of Saurashtra, covering nine districts in Gujarat. Its current estimated population is 674. India has recorded a 29% increase in its population in the past five years — from 523 in 2015 to 674 in 2020.

The Project Lion will have many additional components including creation of new required infrastructure, use of technology, involvement of experts for conservation, providing world standard care and health management.

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