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Daily Current Affairs – 1 August 2020 : Today Gk Updates

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Daily Current Affairs – 1 August 2020 : Today Gk Updates

1. PM Narendra Modi to address Smart India Hackathon today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Smart India Hackathon of All India Council for Technical Education today. He will also interact with students.
  • The Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives.
  • Over ten thousand students will be competing to solve 243 problem statements from 37 Central Government departments, 17 State Governments and 20 industries during the online.
  • On the occasion, the Prime Minister will also speak on the new National Education Policy 2020.

 

2. International commercial flights to remain suspended till August 31

  • The International commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till August 31, 2020. This was announced by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • The restriction will however not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
  • The announcement comes as the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission is scheduled to begin from August 1st to repatriate stranded Indians from 23 countries.
  • Under phase 5 of the mission, a total of 792 flights have been scheduled, which includes 692 international flights and 100 domestic flights.

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All international commercial flight operations have been suspended since March 22, 2020 after the imposition of the complete nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

 

3. Eight core industries output shrinks 15% in June

  • The output of eight core industries shrank by 15 per cent in June this year contracting for the fourth consecutive – month due to fall in the production of coal, crude oil, natural gas, steel, cement and electricity.
  • According to the data released by the Commerce and Industry Ministry, the output of coal sector fell 15.5 per cent, crude oil declined by 6 per cent , natural gas by 12 per cent, refinery products fell by 8.9 per cent, steel sector plunged by 33.8 per cent, cement by 6.9 per cent and electricity declined by 11 per cent.
  • During April-June in the current fiscal, the sector’s output dipped by 24.6 per cent as compared to a positive growth of 3.4 per cent in the same period in the previous year.

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These eight industries account for 40.27 percent in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

 

4. Central Government to fund 112 startups to promote Agri Firms

  • The Central Govt will spend nearly twelve crore rupees for funding 112 startups to promote agri firms in the current financial year.
  • Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said the funds will be given to the start-ups selected by different knowledge partners and agribusiness incubators in the area of agro-processing, food technology and value addition.
  • The funds will be provided under the Innovation and Agri-entrepreneurship Development Programme launched under the revamped Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.

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These start-ups were trained for two months at 29 agri-business incubation centres spread across the country.

 

5. Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated across country today

  • The festival of sacrifice, Eid-ul-Azha or Bakrid is being celebrated with religious fervour and due reverence across the country today.
  • There will be no mass congregations prayers in Eidgahs and Grand mosques in most of the places in view of the coronavirus pandemic and in compliance with lockdown norms and guidelines issued to contain covid-19.

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Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son in obedience of God’s command.

 
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